As hundreds of tourists streamed into the 2022 Arts & Wine Festival, the inaugural event was a rousing success in establishing the Wrightwood Village as a destination point for art, culture, music, and hospitality. With 29 brick-and-mortar businesses and 32 artists & vendor booths participating, the full-day excursion provided something for everyone. Presented by the Wrightwood Arts Center (WAC), Festival chairperson Patricia Saviano Farrell and WAC President Joan McCandless, along with 70 volunteers, worked diligently planning and promoting the event. The weather was perfect under clear sunny skies with no wind. On Park Drive, visitors seem delighted with the paintings, drawings, and prints of Tess Lee Miller. Across the way, ceramicist Mary Duman had produced a large body of wares since her recent exhibit at WAC. Nearby, Gayle Dowling presented her artworks before performing at The Village Grind with Gayle & Company. Down the street, Sarah Bailey displayed custom metal signs from her new store-Wrightwood MetalWorks- opening soon on weekends at 6040 Cedar Street. Nearby, the booth of Collette Budd for Brier Rose Design was an opulent floral extravaganza. Next to that, Rent Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace would type out a poem on any suggested topic, with proceeds going to pay his rent. Across the street, Timothy Green and Rattle Magazine attracted a crowd of residents, including WAC President Joan McCandless, Michelle Schneider, Rodger & Barbara Whitten, and Greg & Sandy Jones. In the next booth, Mary Ellen McHenry presented artworks of Snowline student artists. Not to ignore the second component of the Festival, the wine tasting element filled the Veterans Park on Evergreen Road to capacity. With landscaping in full bloom, adding a certain elegance, glasses were raised in a toast for Terry Briot of Cabin Fever, who coordinated the event.
Church Of Music brings entertainment to Wrightwood By Michael Palecki
Last Sunday, in a, reschedule from the third Sunday of each month, The Church Of Music gathered at Wrightwood Place to celebrate with family and friends through music, dance, food, and drink. As the tradition continued, free music and free food were all designed to make you feel better. In addition to coordinating the food entrees, Tyrone Merriner played keyboards and sang lead vocals. Accompanying him was Motown guitarist Dave Pruitt, with Walter Davis playing saxophone. The first set included “Just A Little Bit” by Rosco Gordon, “Route 66” written by Nat King Cole, the Bo Diddley song “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover,” “I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues” from Duke Ellington, “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, “Great Balls Of Fire” written by Jerry Lee Lewis, and “Let The Good Times Roll” by B.B. King. In addition to warming up the audience, including several Pacific Crest Trail hikers, Blaz & Nena from Slovenia were especially delighted with the American greatest hits music and hospitality. The Church Of Music meets on the third Sunday of every month in Wrightwood Place, located at 770 Highway 2 in Wrightwood. The Church of Music is a 501c3 non-profit organization with all donations being tax deductible. For additional information, contact Tyrone at (323) 828-1192.
Wrightwood Garden Faire
By Michael Palecki
The weather was perfect last Saturday for the Garden Faire presented by the Wrightwood Property Owners Association (WPOA). With the emphasis on native plants and gardening, there were Master Gardener speaker in the Community Building, native plants for sale in the parking lot, plenty of arts & crafts, and live music. Beginning at 11:00, Master Gardeners Gail Nieto spoke about gardening during a drought, Robin Cornett presented Native American uses of plants, Meredith Hergenrader explained the Kratky Hydroponic System, and Russ Drew provided information about drip systems on a budget. Meanwhile in Vivian Null Park, Judy Bryson represented the California Botanical Garden and retail nursery with information on native plants available at www.calbg.org and information about invasive plants available at www.cal-ipc.org. A few steps away, Alec Bryson taught children how to create cut-paper Origami artworks. Out in the parking lot, Wendy Walker of Sun Dog Nursery was selling native plants, while nearby Gina Charpentier of Transition Habitat Conservancy was selling milkweed plants for Monarch butterflies. She was glad to report that the count of Monarchs increased from 200 last year to 250 this year. Close by, Grant Ackinson of the WPOA was gifting small children with ornamental blooming plants and monitoring the process of hand painting the terracotta pots. Appearing once again this year, Ed Einboden had a large display of his intricate chain saw folk art. For those who worked up an appetite visiting the various displays, Steve & Vicky Rinek of the Timberline Lions Club /Mountaineer Progress were serving delicious strawberry crepes. Providing live music for the crowd were: Craig Kupka on trombone, Colin Kupka playing saxophone, and John Burcher playing guitar.
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