From the Editor
WE ALL KNOW THE Central Sierra’s treasures of crisp, clean air, starry skies, unhurried roads, rolling hills dotted with century-old oaks and rows of vineyards, the High Sierra’s alpine beauty and lowland lakes, and the myriad of adventures that can be had in this stellar section of California’s Gold Country. Not only do we have the fortune of all of these fineries, we have some of the most passionate and talented individuals who own or manage the places we frequent in the winter and beyond.
In this issue of Central Sierra Seasons we bring you the story of these behind-the-scenes people of the most iconic recreational locales, as well as the chefs behind the plates and the vineyard managers behind our burgeoning wine industry. Here you’ll discover their dedication to quality and to the best experience possible for residents and visitors alike, as well as a little of their background on how they came to the region.
Somehow, like knowing the history of an area, learning the background of the people who help to make this one of the best areas to visit and live, brings us just that much closer to our affinity for the Central Sierra.
Also in this issue Patricia Harrelson takes us into the whimsical world of local authors, Bob Holton reports on the amazing progress of the Angels Camp Museum, Ron Pickup picks up where he left off last issue on Cinema in the Sierra, this time in Calaveras County, Sunny Lockwood gives us the colorful story of the Gypsy Time Travelers, Amy Nilson brings us three more great getaways, Erin Pollen keeps us gardening, and as always, Mark Stoltenberg has a rich story to tell about the Chance family.
Then there’s theater, music, events and art. We, at Central Sierra Seasons, wish you happy reading as you absorb all that is in these pages and may this information help you to experience your best winter ever.
Jan Hovey, editor