School's almost out, summertime is getting close and the weather forecast predicts lots of sunshine. Here's a look at what's on the calendar for the next couple of weeks in the foothills:
Saturday is bluegrass
Music and Art in the Meadows is held on the first Saturday in June each year at the Coarsegold Historic Museum at 31899 Highway 41. From 1-5 p.m. great food, toe-tapping music, arts and crafts vendors, a raffle and silent auction will fill the afternoon.
Enjoy the bluegrass sounds of Grassfire, and Morgan Canyon Band's urban bluegrass tunes have a classic-rock feel.
Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the museum, Coarsegold Miners' Grill and Coarsegold Pizza. Visitors are advised to bring their own chairs. For details, call the museum at (559) 642-4448.
Immersed in Art Deco
Head to Groveland for Vintage Day at the Groveland Hotel on Saturday to celebrate the Art Deco era of the 1920s and '40s. This event includes:
An old-fashioned ice cream social at noon, with lots of flavors and toppings to choose from
Free dance lessons at 2 p.m. Couples and groups can learn the fox trot and Charleston.
Period costume contests with prizes
A self-guided tour allows visitors to learn about the architecture of the town's historic buildings, many of which were built in 1920s.
The dinner menu features entrees from the 1930s, such as pork chop with Hollywood mango chutney and fresh trout similar to what President Franklin D. Roosevelt dined on at the Ahwahnee Hotel while visiting Yosemite National Park in 1938.
At 8 p.m., Ginger and The Hoosier Daddys will bring their unique act to the stage, luring guests onto the dance floor.
On Sunday, there will be a car show at Mary Laveroni Park.
For more info, visit www.groveland.com/events or call (209) 962-4000.
Travel back in time
In conjunction with the John Muir Festival, Lee Stetson and Alan Sutterfield will give a historic performance of "The Tramp and the Rough Rider" on June 7. At 5:30 p.m. in Granite Dell Gardens, you're invited on an imaginary trip back in time as these two men tell their tales. The venue is at 10265 Granite Dell Road, off Highway 132, between Merced Falls Road and Highway 49. Dinner tickets are $40 each and may be purchased at http://johnmuir.us/tramp-rough-rider-dinner.
Coulterville's John Muir Fest takes place June 8 at the town park. Hike the John Muir Trail, watch interesting presentations, enjoy live entertainment by local musicians, try gold panning and visit booths featuring handcrafted items by artists and artisans. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
For details and tickets, call (209) 878-3501, or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine, cars and art
Mariposa Rotary's Art, Wine and Wheels Festival is scheduled for June 8 from noon to 6 p.m. Held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, this event features wine tasting from local award-winning vintners and artwork by artists of the Sierra region.
Music, food and a classic car exhibit will be on site. Admission is free. The cost for wine tasting is $10 for six tickets plus a souvenir wine glass. Call (209) 769-8198 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Pioneer Wagon Train is making preparations for this year's historic event. To be held June 12-15, wagons and teams, horse riders and those walking will follow the old stagecoach roads used in the 1800s. The 32-mile journey takes three days, starting at Goat Meadow Campground in Fish Camp. The trip is completed at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.
The public is invited to join the participants for meals, including dinner and entertainment around the campfire each evening. The cost per meal through Saturday's lunch is $10. Saturday night's event includes cowboy poetry by Bud Puckett and Dr. Madison Seamans, and live music. Advance tickets are $20, available in Mariposa at the Visitors Center and the Mariposa Shipping Co., and $25 at the door. Visit www.mariposawagontrain.org for details.