Welcome to Across the Bridge with stories, events and entertainment especially for residents of and visitors to the foothills of the central sierra including Yosemite National Park. I’m Kellie Flanagan reporting for KRYZ Radio.
In Oakhurst, it’s Artober, an annual celebration of the arts community … which includes A Bear a Day Treasure Hunt — 31 carved wood bears for 31 Days are hidden around the Oakhurst area through Oct. 31 (you find your clues online). And it’s not just bears — Artober in Oakhurst boasts loads of art-themed events and demonstrations all month long. Visit the website yosemitethisyear.com or ARTober.net for more information.
On Tuesdays in Oakhurst while the weather holds out, stop by Open Mic Night in the Wine & Beer Garden at Queen’s Inn by the River. Join the fun from 5 – 8 p.m. at the award-winning home of Idle Hour Winery at the Queen’s Inn by the River just off Highway 41. You never know who will be there!
Near Yosemite in Mariposa on Wednesday, Oct. 9, stop by The Alley on Highway 140 between 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. as the County of Mariposa shares how your input, your feedback and your ideas have shaped the Mariposa Creek Parkway Master Plan. The master plan’s big ideas will roll out, as county officials give updates on the project progress and discuss opportunities for Mariposans to help make this transformative project a reality. Bonus is a hands-on demonstration with local artist and sculptor Jackie Baxton, whose tactile work celebrating the natural environment resonates deeply with the Parkway project.
In Mariposa on Thursday, Oct. 10, come Meet your Native Bees with the Yosemite Audubon Society from 7 – 9 p.m. at Mariposa Methodist Church. “Meet Your Native Bees” is a presentation by Dan Horner on the bees of Mariposa County and the west, and will feature tips on photographing them. The program is free and open to the public
This is the weekend for the Oakhurst Fall Festival, starting on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. and running through Sunday Oct. 13 – a full-on family fun event over three days with midway rides, Jedi Academy, roving characters, live music, artists and vendors and great food – all at the Oakhurst Community Park. Of special note: the Fire Force returns to the Fall Festival on Saturday night as The Saga Continues with new characters, new fire dancers, smoke and lights starting at 7 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Park.
In Coarsegold this weekend, the community is invited to the annual Chukchansi Pow Wow honoring Mother Earth at the Coarsegold Historic Village on Highway 41 – with traditional regalia, singing, dancing, drumming, crafts and foods starting Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 6 p.m.
In Oakhurst at the Golden Chain Theatre, don’t miss pirates, the Lost Boys, the Darling Family or our favorite boy who won’t grow up as Peter Pan comes to the stage on Friday and Saturday evenings and for Sunday afternoon matinees through Oct. 27. Adapted for stage and directed by Jennifer Janine, with new original material by James Mierkey, this is sure to be a memorable immersive experience for patrons young and old – and it’s rated PG for pretty great that we have live local theatre.
And on Fridays, there’s another Open Mic Night in Oakhurst – this one’s at Yosemite Wine Tails where you can bring your furry friend, too. Featuring live music by local artists on Fridays from 7 – 10 p.m. on Highway 41.
On Saturday Oct. 12 in Mariposa, march as one community to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Walkers, runners, and community members will gather to honor cancer survivors and raise awareness about reducing the risk of breast cancer by by early detection. The event commences at the front of John C. Fremont Hospital — check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. $40 for Adults and $10 Children (Ages 5-12)
On Saturday, Oct. 12 in Oakhurst local and regional authors, poets, illustrators and other industry professionals are invited to participate in the Central Sierra Authors Faire, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near both the Oakhurst Library and the Oakhurst Community Park on Civic Circle Drive. The Authors Faire is sponsored by the Oakhurst Branch Library and is free to the public.
On Saturday in Tollhouse, Sierra High School is the site of the 27th Annual Intermountain Harvest Arts Festival – a family friendly event with music, arts, crafts, food and special children’s activities – all day long from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In North Fork on Saturday, Oct. 12, join the North Fork Women’s Club for a Chili Cook-Off & Oktoberfest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bandit Town USA on Road 226 in North Fork.
In Yosemite on Sunday, Oct. 13 – take advantage of a rare opportunity to enjoy Yosemite with Your Dog with the Yosemite Conservancy. It’s a full day program on the Valley floor with your furry friend and that starts at 9 a.m. in Yosemite National Park sponsored by Yosemite Conservancy.
That’s all for this week’s edition of Across the Bridge — produced by Ron Iudice and brought to you by Yosemite Home Companion. I’m Kellie Flanagan reporting for KRYZ and we’ll see you across the bridge.