Well it’s about time Old Man Winter came to visit! We were seriously starting to take measures to ensure that our well didn’t run dry, as several have in Calaveras County lately. The creek that runs through the north end of our property, a tributary of the Jesus Maria Creek, had been bone dry for almost 2/3rds of a year and we were starting to think that all the work our neighbor had done to improve the runoff of water on his property had been an exercise in futility. Why create diversions and install giant French drains and culverts when there wasn’t any water to divert? But now all that hard work has paid off for him, and we can relax about our well for a while.
We have some great local events coming up this week that will entertain you and delight your senses. This Wednesday, February 12th, at 11am, Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp will host “88 Days… The Story of Mark Twain in the Mother Lode”. This free event will hopefully inform and entertain folks about the life and times of famous author Samuel Clemens, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
And then the next day, Thursday, February 13th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Murphys Historic Hotel will be hosting Wines of the World, with a chocolate and Port tasting being the focus of the evening. There is a fee of $15/person for CWA members and $25/person for the general public. Guests are welcome to dine in the hotel afterwards and will receive a $5 discount on their entrées if they do!
This Friday is Valentines Day, and there are lots of activities to participate in to celebrate the special day. The Angels Camp Museum is having Love Fridays all month long, this week’s presentation will discuss “Love History (President Polk and the Gold Rush)”, and if you call ahead, they will have a brown bag lunch waiting for you at 1:00 pm when you arrive. The cost is $12 for one presentation, or $45 if you decide to attend all four. Zucca Wine Bar, Alchemy Market and Café, and Victoria Inn, all in Murphys, are having live music in the evening to entertain their diners, and Angels Camp Mercantile and Café is hosting a karaoke open mic night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill is offering a special 6 course dinner with wine pairings for $85/couple, with seatings at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm and is having an open mic night in the Whitewater Saloon starting at 9:00 pm. And finally, Valley Springs will be celebrating the occasion with a family-oriented Valentine’s Day dance from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, hosted by the Cowgirl Up Ranch at the Veterans Hall at 189 Pine Street in Valley Springs. The cost is $10/person while students and youngsters 6 and under get in for free!
So if you happen to find yourself up in the Calaveras foothills this week, I hope you get the chance to attend one or more of these activities and that you have a wonderful, enjoyable, love-filled Valentine’s Day week!