I’m always so surprised why tourists in the Bay Area always head towards Napa, Marin, Guerneville, Carmel, Big Sur, and completely overlook the Gold Country. Calaveras County is a forgotten gem with sepia treasures from yesteryear. You see it in the architecture, you notice it in the decor, in the saloon style bars and boutique bed and breakfasts. Made famous by Mark Twain, the Gold Country offers a plethora of festivals and street fairs, from the Irish Festival to the Frog Jumping Contest. The weekend I played in Angels Camp at the Bret Harte Theater, the Dandelion Days Street Fair was going on in Jackson so after my TV interview I checked myself into the Historic Hotel downtown and then attended the fair where I bought two lovely hand made shawls and hand made soap. The following night we stayed at the Historic Leger Hotel in Mokelemue Hill. This place came compete with ghosts as well as ghost busting kits! We stayed in a room overlooking the Main Street where at night we could hear the Bluegrass/Old Time open mic drift from the saloon downstairs. We woke up and headed to Angels Camp where I had a rehearsal at the theater where I had a concert at 3pm with Frank Levy, piano, Michel Taddei, bass, & Alan Hall, drums. After my standing ovation (THANK YOU ANGELS CAMP!) we had a great meal at Camps Restaurant at the Greenhorn Creek Resort. The following morning we headed into the schools and presented 3 shows for in the local public schools. It was an unforgettable weekend with so many peak experiences for different reasons turning the Gold Country into truly a golden experience.
07 May 2013