Autumn is upon us here in the foothills, and what a great time of year to be able to enjoy the lovely scenery and cooler weather in Calaveras County! If you were in town recently, you got a chance to enjoy one of our annual events here in Murphys; The Calaveras Grape Stomp and the Gold Rush Street Faire! The winners of this year’s contest called themselves The Grapeful Dead. The action took place in Murphys Park, and the street fair was on both sides of Main Street, which was closed from just past the bridge down to the antique plumbing supply company in the old IOOF building. Despite the wonderful weather we had for the event, it did seem not only to be smaller this year, but to not be as well attended as past events. Nevertheless, fun was had by all in attendance, it seemed, and there were some really cool items available for sale in support of the victims of the recent Butte Fire that ravaged over a 100 square miles of our beloved county.
Starting on Sunday, October 11, Moaning Caverns is having a Halloween themed event that runs through the rest of the month, and most, if not all, of the local wineries host a wine stroll through Murphys every weekend.
The Calaveras Community Band will be presenting their fall concert from 3 – 5 pm at the Performing Arts Center at Bret Harte High School on Sunday the 1st of November. The Calaveras Drum Circle will be meeting in Utica Park from 4:30 – 6 pm the same day. Bring a percussion instrument or borrow one of theirs!
On Thursday, November 5th, the 3rd Annual Wine Barrel Open golf tournament will be held at Greenhorn Creek Golf Course and Resort, where contestants will compete for a barrel full of award-winning local wines!
Then on Friday, the Hotel Leger at 8304 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill will be hosting Comedy Nite at the Hotel Leger from 8 – 10 pm. Make sure to bring your funny bone!
The 6th annual Day of the Dead Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 11 am- 6 pm at Murphys Community Park to celebrate the lives of those who have passed but are still with us in heart and spirit. On that same day, Columbia College will be holding the Sierra Nevada Film Festival starting at 5:15 pm.
On Sunday, November 15th, the Soroptimist International of Calaveras County will be hosting their annual Teddy Bear Tea with music, entertainment, and crafts at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in the Frogtown hall from 1 – 4 pm. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes and dress-up apparel. Fees are $15 for children 9 and under, and $27 for those over 10.
One of the most entertaining street faire/festivals held in our area is coming next weekend, and it’s celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, so it’s sure to be a fun time for all – it’s the Calaveras Grape Stomp! Attendees are encouraged to join in the fun by climbing into wine barrels in pairs, a Mucker (or Swabber) and a Stomper, to squash the most juice out of their portion of grapes. Most of the participants come in costume, so if you want to join in, make sure to show your team spirit! The big winners at the end of the day collect special prizes for their efforts. There are also auctions held, both silent and call, that offer terrific deals on wine, ski, beauty, and dining packages throughout Calaveras County. A huge draw for the crowds besides the grape stomping activities held in Murphys beautiful community park is the Street Faire. Main Street is closed off to vehicle traffic and booths line both sides of the street, offering everything from culinary treats to jewelry to artwork to clothing to (of course) wine!
and mark your calendars: Saturday, October 5th, 2013
and come visit Calaveras County for a great time!