Debbie Croft: Foothill towns offer weekend sun and fun

Sun-Star correspondentAugust 16, 2012 

Two outdoor events will take place this weekend in the foothills communities of Coulterville and Columbia.

With temperatures anticipated to stay under the 100-degree mark, it'll be worth the drive to celebrate summer in these historic Gold Rush towns.

Coulterville's 10th annual Sultry Summer Shindig will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Bring the whole family, plus lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the cool shade at the town's community park, where the following activities will take place:

Show Your Chrome Car and Bike Show.

An old-fashioned ice cream making contest and pie eating contest.

Raffle prizes.

The Kid Zone, with a water slide and dunk tank, games, prizes and sweet summer treats.

Live music by local bands will provide entertainment on stage at four different times throughout the day.

• And food, cold drinks and crafts will be available at vendors' booths.

For details, visit www.sultrysummershindig.com.

• The Blues Box Bayou Band will be generating some heat and kicking up the dust at Columbia State Historic Park on Saturday evening:

• Presented by the Friends of Columbia, this final event of the Summer Evening Dance Concert Series will feature Cajun music and food.

• Dinner by Robert's Catering is $10 per person and starts at 6 p.m.

• The dance is free and will be held on Main Street from 6-9 p.m.

• Bring beach chairs and your toe-tapping shoes.

For more information, call (209) 532-3184.

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothills communities. She can be reached at composed@tds.net.

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