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New Italian restaurant opens in Village

December 14, 2012

 

‘Campo Mammoth’ replaces Hyde

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area has done it again: opened up a new restaurant and upped the ante for a pleasant dining experience.

This time we welcome Campo Mammoth at the Village in the space formerly occupied by Hyde. It opens today (Friday), just in time for the holiday rush.

Reflections as the winter season packs a punch

December 14, 2012

 

It’s been a month since Opening Day and so far, the season has certainly packed a punch.

If you were in town the few weeks prior to Opening Day, you witnessed how the pace changes to a very excited, almost frantic behavior from all the local workers and business owners. 

There is nothing in a ski town quite like Opening Day, and this one had lots of expectations behind it (especially after last winter). Allow me to recap.

Main Lodge opener

What a Dickens!

December 14, 2012

As soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been put away, a parade of Christmastime entertainment steps into center stage.

Twirling the golden baton are the holiday-themed movies more heartwarming than hot cocoa, and Christmas carols endlessly streaming on the radio. Oh, and that’s just the beginning!

A majority of yuletide stories are based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The protagonist doesn’t believe in the Christmas spirit until he is confronted with his own cynicism, and has to inspire Christmas joy in others.

Fido & Me- Antlers

December 7, 2012

 

“What the heck are we DOING?” Fido asked.

“Just sit still, you big red lug, this won’t take much more than a minute.”

“I’m not liking this.”

We were an hour away from our appointment with a photographer and some other dogs to make an image for a Christmas card. The idea was simple enough. The execution was going to be another thing altogether.

Fido & Me — Formal Fido

November 30, 2012

“A new cummerbund and bow tie!” Fido yowled. “That can mean only one thing! Hey hey hey hey! It’s party season!”

Fido pawed the flat box in delight. He tossed the green and red ribbon into the air.

“It’s my favorite-favorite-favorite time of the season!”

“I know, Old Boy,” I said. “I take it you’re all set for some holiday cheer, and now you have a brand new set-up for your black tie events.”

“These are just the right color,” he muttered. “How did you know?”

“It was just last week, Fido. You remember Bark Friday, don’t you?”

“But there was so much going on!”

Fido & Me — Fido the Bomb

November 28, 2012

“WE’RE UNDER ATTACK!”

Fido buried his nose under the couch. He would have scrunched all the way under, but biscuits have taken their toll. Even if he were slender, he wouldn’t fit.

“THERE’S ANOTHER ONE!” he yelped, and dug his nose deeper under the couch. I noticed he was shaking, too.

“Fido, just what in the world are you doing?”

“Are you deaf, man?” Fido wanted to know.

“I didn’t hear anything unusual, Old Boy, except for the sweet sound of avalanche control on The Mountain. Right on time. Must be 6:30 a.m..”

“You call that sweet? Have you been watching the news?”

"Bluenose" in Mammoth; review gives thumbs up

November 16, 2012

It is universally acknowledged that getting an elementary school kid to sit still for 35 minutes is nearly impossible—unless you have a special kind of magical comedy.

I think most people remember their first exposure to theatre. You spent most of your days in the sunlight, until one day you and your buddy get off the bus and walk into a dark room with a brightly lit stage on the far end. I was always too short to see over the person in front of me, and would struggle to balance, sitting cross-legged in the theater seat, until the lights were all dimmed.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to the Eastside

November 16, 2012

For the sixth straight year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to the Eastside, thanks to the Friends of the Inyo.

The films, collected by the South Yuba Rivers Citizens League (SYRCL), will show in Mammoth at the Edison Theatre on Friday, Nov. 30; in Bishop at the Cerro Coso Community College on Saturday, Dec. 1, and in Lone Pine at the Lone Pine Film Museum on Thursday, Dec. 6. All showings begin at 7 p.m. and the $10 ticket prize includes a raffle entry.

RZA takes control of Canyon Lodge

November 16, 2012

The thumping bass swelled as I swaggered up the flight of stairs at Canyon Lodge for Mammoth Mountain’s opening weekend concert with RZA from the Wu Tang Clan.

The forum was lit like a disco, just dark enough to make everyone look sexy but with bright flashes keeping up with every quick beat. The crowd looked mostly young from where I stood at the bar, checking out the night’s vibe.

Fido & Me — Thanksgiving Tree

November 16, 2012

“Let’s put up the tree!”

“Fido, what the heck are you talking about?”

“It’s almost Thanksgiving, so let’s put up the tree!”

“Old Boy, I believe you are getting your holidays mixed up. The tree is a Christmas thing, not a Thanksgiving thing. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for everything we have received. Christmas is about giving—a way to say to someone that they’re important to us.”

Fido scrunched into a sit while he considered all this.

“What’s the tree got to do with it, then?”

“Fido, you ask darned good questions sometimes.”

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