What do Judy Creighton and Mark Twain have in common? And if Mark Twain was a wine drinker what was his favorite varietal? Well, maybe I can't latter, but I do know that Judy will be hosting Wines of the World this Thursday at The Garden, in Murphys, at 5:30pm. Our theme will be cheese paired with the winners of the Calaveras County Fair Professional Judging Competition. Join us outside at the picturesque home of Steve and Carolyn Gonzalez, just steps away from Black Bart Theatre, where you can park, and the Murphys Park.
Judy has had the painstaking task of tasting all of these award winning wines and matching them to cheeses from around the world, so that you can have the best experience possible. (Who wouldn't be envious of that?!) With her experience as owner of two cheese shops, she offers a wealth of knowledge and perspective about American and international cheeses. She served as a judge at two American Cheese Society competitions and writes a cheese column for her local newspaper and the ACS quarterly newsletter. She is currently Core Instructor at the Cheese School of San Francisco where she teaches a variety of topics.
Wines of the World is an integral part of the wine associations educational program. Cost for CWA members is $15 and $25 for non members. For more information, call 209-728-9467 or visit on-line at calaveraswines.org. The Garden is located at 577 S. Algiers St. Murphys, California
The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance would like to extend a huge thank you to Steve Collum and Chloe Respess for their hard work putting together our Grower's Display, at the Calaveras County Fair. This year, Steve and Chloe created an interactive space for families to wander through and learn about life in the vineyard. Monthly and seasonally changes, pest and disease control, and even who lives in the vineyard! Sadly, "Dude" the gopher passed away the night before the fair, so we were unable to show off his habitat, but we did have birds of prey. Tri County Wildlife Care attended the fair on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing an owl and a red tailed hawk. Children and adults hovered around these gorgeous birds to have an in depth discussion with their handlers as to their care and life.
Vineyard workers were showcased in beautifully framed portraits along the walls, in addition to vines and leaves on display for people to see up close. Lady bugs and magnifying glasses were available on low tables for children to watch, and a collection of intrusive insects were available to view from close up. Don't miss the exhibit next year at the County Fair!
Murphy’s Creek Theatre presents: THEATRE UNDER THE STARS 2013 – WINE, DINNER
Redbuds bloom amidst the beautiful, bustling town of Murphy’s, CA, thoughts of
summer begin to buzz like the bees. For the
staff, artists and patrons of Murphy’s Creek Theatre, visions of magical
evenings filled with warm laughter and cool gentle breezes amongst the shadows
of the oaks begin to come alive and dance… For summer is the season of MCT’s
annual outdoor Shakespearian Theatre schedule at the Cornelia B. Stevenot
Amphitheatre, and their 19th season already promises to be very
special and exciting!
Starting June 21st and running through
July 20th, “Theatre Under
2013” opens with one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies,
About Nothing!” The story opens
with soldiers returning from war, some of
whom carry the invisible scars of conflict,
these days. But the play
ultimately a comedy in which a band of
pranksters conspire to bring Beatrice and Benedick, two
literature, together at the altar in holy matrimony.
Next in the summer lineup is, “The
Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) [Revised], which runs from August 2
- September 1. Three guys, one dead
playwright, and thirty-seven
in under two hours. The whole family
will enjoy watching three
talented actors, armed with an outrageous assortment of outerwear, costumes and zany props, cram the Bard’s entire canon of plays (and sonnets) into
minutes of high-speed, over-
On top of a great line-up of summer
shows MCT is also enhancing its outdoor program this year in a variety of ways. Audiences this summer will not just see a
play, but will also enjoy a wonderful pre-show program as well. Guests can arrive as early as 6:30 in the
evening to enjoy live acoustic music and fine dining under the oaks, featuring gourmet dinners catered by some of the most
talented chefs in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, paired each night with just
the right red or white wines from one of our area’s finest local wineries. On any performance night audience members
will be able to enjoy a gourmet dinner under the oaks, provided by award
winning caterers such as Cupcake Wars’ finalist Lila and Sage, paired with an
exquisite Italian wine from say, Val Du Vino Winery, all while accompanied with
live music performed by talented acoustic musicians from the Sierra Foothills, including
The Lava Cats and members of The Hot Dark.
And of course, after dinner and under a spectacular sunset, patrons will
enjoy - in Italian Renaissance style - the masterful works of William
with Lila and Sage, dinners will also be provided by Murphy’s Catering,
Columbia House Catering and Creative Catering.
Other featured wineries will include La Folia Winery, Zucca Mountain
Vineyards, Hovey Winery, Chatom Winery, Lavender Ridge and many more. Dinner ticket packages are optional and carry
an additional charge, which includes a glass of wine. Dinner reservations are mandatory. Dinner will be served from 6:45 until 7:30 pm. Performances begin at 8 pm, with dessert to
be served at intermission.
Tickets are available now at The Black Bart
Playhouse, Sustenance Books and Murphy’s Music, or go online to www.murphyscreektheatre.org, or
call the theatre at (209)728-8422. If
fine dining, exquisite wines and live theatre sound like your idea of an
appealing summer night out, you will not be disappointed with MCT’s “Theatre
Under The Stars 2013- Wine, Dinner and Shakespeare!”
Twisted Oak Concert Series! What: Twisted Folk 2013 Summer Concert Series
Where: Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Rd at Highway 4, Vallecito
(in Calaveras County between Angels Camp and Murphys)
When: May – August, 2013
Tickets and more information: www.twistedoak.com/concerts
All concerts begin at 7:30pm, gates open at 6:30pm. Hot food and Twisted Oak wines will be available for purchase. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or low-back chair for seating. All shows will be held rain or shine. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted.