Debbie Croft: Summer concerts at Art Park

August 22, 2013 

— >Mariposa Evenings, a free summertime concert series, is still taking place at the downtown Art Park on Friday and Saturday nights. This weekend's lineup features The Franklin DeWitt Band today and Good Medicine on Saturday.

Glenn Franklin and Bill DeWitt lead their group, playing original music in a folk-rock, cowboy-jazz style. Franklin is the son of Cousin Jack, whose musical influence is still felt in the community. DeWitt's father was a musician, artist and the founder of the Fine Gold Trust.

Good Medicine will be on stage Aug. 24 with the folk-a-delic sounds of Frank and Debbie Sipes. As performers and recording artists, they have entertained audiences across Central and Northern California for more than 25 years.

Concerts start at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Tips are encouraged, and parking is free. The park is located in Mariposa on Highway 140 between Fourth and Fifth streets behind the Pizza Factory.

The Mariposa County Fair is a yearly highlight for many local families. With agricultural events, horse and livestock exhibitions, rodeo and homecoming, 4-H judging, carnival rides, concerts, food and competitions of all kinds, Mariposa is the place to be on the weekend of Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. For details, visit www.mariposafair.com. Season passes and carnival ticket booklets may be purchased in advance at the fairgrounds office. Call (209) 966-2432 to purchase using a credit card, or stop by at 5007 Fairgrounds Road.

A short story writing workshop will be held for six weeks in September and October at the Mariposa County Arts Council's Treetop Gallery. The course is open to the public for writers of all skill levels; it begins Sept. 11, from 6-9 p.m.

Author C.B. Mosher is the instructor. He has published short stories, a novel, a non-fiction book, scientific articles, textbook chapters and a newspaper column. Former participants in his workshops have also been published. Mosher's travels and experiences in North and South America fuel his imagination and provide much to draw from for his writing.

Registration is $50 and due by Sept. 6. Contact the MCAC at (209) 966-3155 or staff@arts-mariposa.org. A James Irvine Foundation grant was given to Poets and Writers, Inc., which makes this project possible. Visit www.mariposaartscouncil.org for details.

The Labor Day Peddlers Market takes place every year at the Coarsegold Historic Village a few miles south of Oakhurst. This event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend long, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

The village is comprised of unique shops and services nestled in the southern end of California's Gold Country. Some of the artists have studios at their shops, giving visitors a personal glimpse of the creative process behind the arts and crafts displayed. Check the website www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com for more information, or call (559) 683-3900.

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

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