Big turnout expected for second 'Eastside Know-How' talk tonight, reservations recommended

The second in the series of "Eastside Know-How"talks is this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 11 and a large turnout is expected—large enough that it is a good idea to make reservations for Rafters, if you intend to attend, according to event organizer Elizabeth Tenney.

"We anticipate even more people tomorrow night at Rafters, but maximum occupancy is 175," she wrote in an email. "To guarantee a spot, consider making reservations for a table."

Contact Rafters 760-934-3131 and click on "Rafters", she said.

"Small plates, appetizers, the regular Rafters menu and a special $29 prix fixe three-course dinner along with drinks will be available at the tables.

"You should plan to arrive by 5:30 at the latest. A manager at the resort will be at the OMR door with a clicker, I understand, and when maximum occupancy is reached, that's it. People will be turned away.

There will be a block of 35 chairs near the screen with an aisle down the middle. There will be a few small tables closer to the fireplace.
A four-foot aisle will be maintained between the high-stool counter and the bar.

holds 40...set with mainly 4 seat tables

holds 50...set with 4-seat and larger tables.

EXITS: front door, side door through the bar, west dining room and through kitchen next to east dining room.


Rafters on Old Mammoth Road
5 p.m.: No-host drinks/appetizers/dinner begin
6 p.m.: Eastside Know-How

Donations will be accepted each evening for Disabled Sports of the Eastern Sierra (1/14), Wild Iris (2/11) and Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary (2/25)

A portion of the evening’s proceeds at Rafters will be donated as well according to
Brent Truax, The Sierra Nevada Resort General Manager.

Bring your friends and arrive early. Seating is limited.


Eastern Sierra locals, famous for their creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness,
will share their “How to…” secrets in six power-packed minutes each.

1) How to produce world-class plays with amateur actors on the Eastside
Shira Dubrovner, Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theater Artistic Director, has extensive background in television, movies and theater. She has directed more than 30 productions. Shira lived in Mammoth in the late 80s, but it was 17 years later before she could return to fulfill her dream of creating a small professional theater here.

2) How to make a film, with no money, about Mark Twain in the Eastern Sierra
Jesse Steele, born and raised in Big Pine, studied film production and acting at USC. Jesse, Creative Director for Stainless Films, welcomes the opportunity to shoot in a perfect location with extremely talented locals. He says the Eastside has a perfect storm for success with so many great locations and talented crew, and he’s poised for the Web-based entertainment future.

3) How to outsmart an avalanche
Neil Satterfield graduated from Mammoth High School and now lives in Bishop where he runs a successful guide business, Sierra Mountain Guides. Neil is fascinated by snow in all its many forms. He’s also extremely interested in snow behavior after being caught in an avalanche when he was 19

4) How to build a ski
Entrepreneur and Ski Smith Michael Lish moved to Mammoth from Reseda to build skis. His business partner, Kristin Broumas, is from Maine. They’re passionate about their business, Community Skis, because according to Michael, “Design and manufacturing are two activities that encompass a great deal of what makes humans human.”

5) How to leave the city and find yourself
Rhonda Duggan is Director of Sales and Marketing for The Sierra Nevada Resort. She was born in Arkansas but considers herself “another SoCal refugee.”
She can’t imagine living anywhere other than the Eastern Sierra and knew when she came here, she “would never get a better opportunity to change [her] life.”

[15-min. break]

5) How to learn what it takes to be a good actor
Allison McDonell Page, Artistic Director of Sierra Classic Theater, grew up in Manhattan. She’s been dancing and acting since before college. When Allison moved to Mammoth from Los Angeles for her husband’s one-year writing assignment, Allison thought her theater days were over. Not so. She’s been here seven years now and delights in the enthusiastic audiences and great talent.

6) How to keep your cool when planning an Eastern Sierra wedding
Lara Kirkner Kaylor, from southern Calfornia, came here after college to figure out where she wanted to be. She’s still here on the Eastside and happy that she is. Former editor of the SHEET, Lara produced excellent Eastside wedding guides. She thinks our beautiful Eastern Sierra wedding venues should be shared with the rest of the world.

7) How to understand the September 1871 murders at Convict Lake
Jim Reed , attorney, former Mono County Counsel and author, was raised in a mining town in the mountains of eastern Nevada. After law school he worked in the California Legislature and taught law in Sacramento. Longing to return to the mountains, Jim moved to Mammoth in 1985. It was reading the Clampers /BOS bronze plaque about the shootout at Convict Lake that led to Jim’s book.
(needs laser pointer) (show book jacket)

8) How to finish something big
John Wentworth, CEO/Board President, Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation, came to the Eastside via Medford, OR, Washington, DC, Plymouth, MA and Los Angeles, and in that order. Here on the Eastside, he discovered “Nature: Wild and Free.” Having flipped his spec house in 2005, he was on his way out of town—unwillingly, perhaps permanently—when an article in the local paper and a follow up phone call from a fellow member of the Sherwins Institute turned him right around. He’s been here ever since accomplishing truly amazing things.