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2011 Schedule for Heritage Days of Mendocino County
—Friday, April 29, 2011—
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11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
3:45–4:45 pmAwards Ceremony for Student History Contest • Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion St, Mendocino • Prizes awarded to winners of local history contest from 3rd through 8th grade students.
—Saturday, April 30, 2011—   Back to Top
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
1:30–5 pm34th Annual John Drueker Memorial Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale • Dana Gray Elementary School, Fort Bragg • The 34th Annual John Drueker Memorial Rhododendron Show, “There’s No Place Like Home”, at Dana Gray Elementary School. A juried show with over 700 entries, it is one of the largest Rhododendron Shows on the West Coast. Enjoy spectacular flowers, arrangements, locally hybridized plants, displays, and sale. Admission is free. You can call 707-964-4435 or visit their Web site for more information.
—Sunday, May 1, 2011—
10 am–3:30 pm34th Annual John Drueker Memorial Rhododendron Show & Plant Sale • Dana Gray Elementary School, Fort Bragg • The 34th Annual John Drueker Memorial Rhododendron Show, “There’s No Place Like Home”, at Dana Gray Elementary School. A juried show with over 700 entries, it is one of the largest Rhododendron Shows on the West Coast. Enjoy spectacular flowers, arrangements, locally hybridized plants, displays, and sale. Admission is free. You can call 707-964-4435 or visit their Web site for more information.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
—Friday, May 6, 2011—   Back to Top
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
6–9 pmProgressive Dinner Ford House Visitor Center, 735 Main Street, Mendocino • $75 • Stroll to each successive course of this gourmet dining experience: appetizers at the Ford House, salad and entrée at the Mendocino Hotel, and dessert buffet at the Kelley House. Each course will be accompanied by fine Anderson Valley wines. Tickets are available by calling the Ford House at 707-937-5397. This is a benefit to restore the historic Ford House. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.mendoparks.org.
—Saturday, May 7, 2011—
9:30–11:30 amHome of Seabiscuit/Ridgewood Ranch Walking Tour • 2 hours • $20 (< 11 yrs free) • Ridgewood Ranch, Willits • Guided tour starts promptly rain or shine and includes the historic ranch house built in 1905, Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, Mare Barn, descendants of Seabiscuit, fascinating stories, photos, and memorabilia. Reservations are required; please call 707-459-5992.
Third-Order Fresnel Lens at Point Cabrillo
10 am–4 pmPoint Cabrillo Lantern Tour • Point Cabrillo Light Station • $5 • Lantern Room tours every 1/2 hour. This historic lighthouse, part of the 30-acre Light Station, itself surrounded by a 270-acre nature preserve, was built in 1909. Restoration of the lighthouse was completed in August 2001. Learn about the early Lightkeepers, climb to the top and view the 3rd order Fresnel lens up close. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87 will be leading tours up to the Tower, Lantern Room, and the Gantry. Must be 42" tall. Fresnel lens tours are only available a few times a year since the lens is owned by the Coast Guard and is an active Federal aid to navigation. Also open for your enjoyment is the Second Assistant Lightkeeper’s house, now a museum, a Marine science exhibit in the old blacksmith’s shop, and enjoy a hike to Frolic Cove, site of the 1850 wreck of the Clipper Brig Frolic.
10 amOtis Johnson Wilderness Park Walk with Native Daughters of the Golden West • Free (donations welcome) • Otis Johnson Wilderness Park, Fort Bragg • Native Daughters of the Golden West members will be your guides along the paths of the Otis Johnson Wilderness Park. Meet at the entrance at the east end of Laurel Street. Enjoy the history and the botany of this dramatic, little known park. FREE. Donations are welcome.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
Father Time and The Maiden, atop the Masonic Temple
11 am–3 pmAnnual Heritage Showcase at the Gardens • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Heritage Showcase is a day to learn about homesteading history on the Mendocino Coast. The public is invited to view gardening and food preservation methods, learn from seed collectors, ride the horse-drawn wagon—all to get the ‘feel’ of homesteading on the coast in the 1860s. Your whole family has an opportunity to enjoy the Parrish Family Homestead, the Farmhouse, orchards and garden. There will be trails to follow, tours to take, storytellers, presentations, live music performances to see and special children's activities—all of which add up to a day of fun that celebrates the exceptional people, remarkable places, buildings and historically fascinating lifestyle that have made coastal California great. Grab your walking shoes and see how much of the coastal heritage you can discover in an afternoon. For example, even if you don’t have a green thumb, you are sure to enjoy a gentle meander through the Gardens. Go behind the scenes and discover how our gardeners manage the 47-acre wonderland that dates back to the 1860s.
1:30 pmHistoric Downtown Willits Walking Tour • $5 donation • Mendocino County Museum, Willits • Docent-led tour starts at the Museum and loops through Downtown Willits with information on the early days of Little Lake Valley, the establishment of Willits, architectural highlights, and historic events.
7–9 pmNight Walk in Downtown Fort Bragg with Derek Hoyle • $5 donation • Dress warmly, and meet at the Guest House Museum at 7 pm. 343 North Main St (at Laurel St).
—Sunday, May 8, 2011—   Back to Top
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
12 pmPoint Cabrillo Light Station Guided Walk • Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park, 13800 Point Cabrillo Drive, Mendocino Robert Becker will lead a Guided Walking Tour of the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park—the tour includes a walk to Frolic Cove, conditions permitting. Meet your PCLK Docent at the Farmhouse Visitors Center Parking Lot. More info on their Web site.
Call for TimePurdy Plant Hike with Sierra Club • Donation • Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Comptche-Ukiah Rd • Part of the Mendocino County Museum program on native plants and Carl Purdy’s horticultural work. Contact Yvonne Kramer to reserve a place and obtain starting time and location at 707-463-0342.
—Friday, May 13, 2011—
10 am–2 pmKelley House Museum: 150th Anniversary StampKelley House Museum, Mendocino • The Mendocino Coast Stamp Club is putting together a philatelic cover celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Kelley House. This is a one-day event on May 13, 2011. We plan on having the local post office bring a table and employee on that date to cancel any out-going mail with a special celebration cancellation. This is good for that day only. There is a 30-day grant period after that date in which people can get that on their own personal souvenir by mailing them to the Postmaster in Mendocino.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
—Saturday, May 14, 2011—   Back to Top
Noyo Harbor in the 1940s
10 am–12 pmBeyond the Threshold: Historic Interiors of Fort Bragg and Mendocino, with Marianne Hurley • Free (donations welcome) • Veteran’s Building, Laurel and Harrison Sts, Fort Bragg • Fans of Marianne Hurley, Architectural Historian with California State Parks, will be delighted to learn that she will be speaking on May 14 on “Beyond the Threshold: Historic Interiors of Fort Bragg and Mendocino.” Sponsored by Friends of the Fort Bragg Library, her talk will take place in the Historic Veterans’ Building at the corner of Laurel and Harrison. Marianne’s photographs and her commentary about going inside some of the Coast’s outstanding historic buildings will be filmed by MCTV. Two of Marianne’s previous talks, “Architectural Treasures of Fort Bragg” and “The Amazing Alleys of Fort Bragg,” can be viewed on the MCTV web-site. Friends of the Fort Bragg Library is helping celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fort Bragg Library.
10 am–4 pmSmall Craft Boat Show • Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion Street, Mendocino • The Lost Coast branch of the Traditional Small Craft Association will hold a showing of member boats. There are currently 23 members of the club, and most have row boats ranging from 12’ to 18’ which are used on the coast rivers and inland lakes of this general area. Several of the boats built by club members are true works of art.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
11 amHistoric Downtown Willits Walking Tour • $5 donation • Mendocino County Museum, Willits • Docent-led tour starts at the Museum and loops through Downtown Willits with information on the early days of Little Lake Valley, the establishment of Willits, architectural highlights, and historic events.
7–9 pmNight Walk in Downtown Fort Bragg with Derek Hoyle • $5 donation • Dress warmly, and meet at the Guest House Museum at 7 pm. 343 North Main St (at Laurel St).
—Sunday, May 15, 2011—
10 am–3 pmSteaming Day: Stationary Engine Steam-up and Speeder Runs • Donation • Roots of Motive Power Restoration Yard and Loop Track, next to the Mendocino County Museum, Willits • Roots of Motive Power Volunteers will demonstrate steam power and provide rides on speeders around the loop track, as well as provide tours of the Restoration Yard.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
2–3 pmUkiah Historic Downtown Walking Tour • Free • Ukiah • Tour Downtown Ukiah with Dot Brovarney local Historian from Landcestry.com. Learn about the stories behind Ukiah Landmark Buildings. Meet at the Grace Hudson Museum. Ukiah is both a Preserve America Community and has an active Ukiah Main Street Program.
David Foucheaux leads Cemetery Tour in Fort Bragg
2–3:30 pmCemetery Walks in the Rose Memorial Park • $5 donation • East off N. Franklin on Spruce St., Fort Bragg • David Foucheaux will lead the tour, explaining the symbols on the headstones, and raises a mystery or two. Meet at the cemetery. Walk in our cemetery and meet some historic people buried therein.
—Friday, May 20, 2011—   Back to Top
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11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
5–6:30 pmMendocino Historic Review Board (MHRB) Annual Awards for Excellence • Ford House Visitor Center, Mendocino • MHRB awards for the best Historic District preservation projects in 2010. The speaker is Jay Correia, Registrar for the State Office of Historic Preservation, and his talk is entitled “An inside look from a National Register Reviewer’s Perspective.” Light refreshments served.
—Saturday, May 21, 2011—
9:30–11:30 amHome of Seabiscuit/Ridgewood Ranch Walking Tour • 2 hours • $20 (< 11 yrs free) • Ridgewood Ranch, Willits • Guided tour starts promptly rain or shine and includes the historic ranch house built in 1905, Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, Mare Barn, descendants of Seabiscuit, fascinating stories, photos, and memorabilia. Reservations are required; please call 707-459-5992.
10–11:30 amHistoric Walking Tour of Fort Bragg • $5 • Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main St, Fort Bragg • Learn how fires and earthquakes have altered the area since 1885, when Fort Bragg became a town. Meet at the Guest House Museum for the start of the walking tour. Betty Carr, David Foucheaux and Denise Stenberg will lead you.
10 am–3:30 pmPoint Arena Light Station Museum and Lighthouse Tours • 30-45 minutes; tours to the top of the tower every 20 minutes • $7.50 • Lighthouse Road, Point Arena • Tour includes information about the historic Light Station, early Light Keepers and local maritime history. View the 1st Order Fresnel lens in our museum and take the 145-step trek to the top of one of the tallest Lighthouses on the west coast. Self-guided tours of the Station’s 23 coastal acres. Plan to spend a day bird watching, whale watching and enjoying the Station’s trails and spring wildflowers.
1–3:30 pmCalifornia Native Plants Presentation • $4 (Museum Admission) • Mendocino County Museum, Willits • Program on native plants and Carl Purdy’s horticultural work. Speakers include Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director of the Grace Hudson Museum.
2 pmMORE About the California Western Railroad • Free (donations welcome) • Guest House Museum, Fort Bragg • A featured speaker during two past Heritage Days, train fan Mike Stenberg has delighted audiences with his tales of the local railroad which was founded in 1885. This year we get to hear “MORE About the California Western Railroad”. Mike will share stories about: The Rails Go to Willits (the 100th Anniversary), The Pudding Creek Trestle and Ten Mile. Singer Jary Stavely will be Mike’s “opening act” presenting a medley of songs from the Smithsonian Folkways Collection of Railroad Songs. You’ll want to hear both Mike and Jary and learn about the Great Western Railroad. Presentation will be made by Native Daughters of the Golden West of a special plaque celebrating 25 years of the Guest House being a California Point of Historical Interest.
7–9 pmNight Walk in Downtown Fort Bragg with Derek Hoyle • $5 donation • Dress warmly, and meet at the Guest House Museum at 7 pm. 343 North Main St (at Laurel St).
7:30 pmMoonlight Cemetery WalkMartin Simpson • $15; <12 free • Kelley House Museum, Mendocino • Early pioneers of Mendocino will tell their stories during the cemetery tour, with reenactments by local actors. Reservations: 937-5791. Meet at Hillcrest Cemetery, Lansing Street by Palette Dr.
—Sunday, May 22, 2011—   Back to Top
Bird Island at Stornetta Public Lands

This island at Stornetta is very popular with the birds!

9 amGuided Bird Watching Walk on the Stornetta Public Lands • 2–3 hours • Free • Point Arena • Meet at the parking area just outside the Point Arena Light Station main gate on Lighthouse Road in Point Arena. The tour will be guided by the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society and will lead participants across the headlands to the Garcia River estuary. Learn about resident and migrating birds from a local expert and enjoy the spectacular Stornetta Public Lands. Approximate time is 2-3 hours.
10 am–3:30 pmPoint Arena Light Station Museum and Lighthouse Tours • 30-45 minutes; tours to the top of the tower every 20 minutes • $7.50 • Lighthouse Road, Point Arena • Tour includes information about the historic Light Station, early Light Keepers and local maritime history. View the 1st Order Fresnel lens in our museum and take the 145-step trek to the top of one of the tallest Lighthouses on the west coast. Self-guided tours of the Station’s 23 coastal acres. Plan to spend a day bird watching, whale watching and enjoying the Station’s trails and spring wildflowers.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
Call for TimePurdy Plant Hike with California Native Plant Society • Donation • Lost Valley, Cow Mountain, Ukiah • Part of the Mendocino County Museum program on native plants and Carl Purdy’s horticultural work. Contact Kerry Heise to reserve a place and obtain starting time and location at 707-489-1500.
3–5 pmHistory of Native Americans on the Mendocino Coast • $7 • Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion St, Mendocino • Harriet Rhoades presents this talk in the Sunday Afternoon With series.
—Friday, May 27, 2011—
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
4–7 pmOpening Reception for Vintage Vehicle Showcase • Free • Mendocino County Museum, Willits • An exhibit of vintage cars, historic photographs of vehicles from Museum Archives, and a display of art photographs of Detroit dashboards. Refreshments and music.
—Saturday, May 28, 2011—   Back to Top
All DayWillits Community Festival and Car Show • Free Festival; Charges for Some Events • Recreation Grove, Willits • Sponsored by the Willits Chamber of Commerce, the City of Willits, Mendocino County Museum in Willits, and Local Businesses, the Festival features vintage cars, booths for food, games, and local goods.
10–11:30 amHistoric Walking Tour of Fort Bragg • $5 • Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main St, Fort Bragg • Learn how fires and earthquakes have altered the area since 1885, when Fort Bragg became a town. Meet at the Guest House Museum for the start of the walking tour. Betty Carr, David Foucheaux and Denise Stenberg will lead you.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
7 pmLinda Pack and the Voices of Mendocino County Remembered • Guest House Museum [Please Note: this is a new location.] • FBMCHS is proud to host an evening with Linda Pack and the Voices of Mendocino County Remembered, a full hour program of dramatically interpreted oral histories from our county’s past, circa 1900, embellished with Songs of the Period. This delightful and popular program has sold out all previous performances and will be a grand finale to Heritage Days. Reservations are required to ensure seating—call 707-964-2404 or 707-964-3628. Linda has recorded more than 80 of these highly entertaining episodes for her weekly public radio program, Mendocino County Remembered. The show airs on Wednesday evenings at 8:05 pm during Radiogram and Saturday mornings at 9:55 am during Humble Pie, on KZYX&Z FM. Archived programs can be heard at www.lindapack.net.
—Sunday, May 29, 2011—
All DayWillits Community Festival and Car Show • Free Festival; Charges for Some Events • Recreation Grove, Willits • Sponsored by the Willits Chamber of Commerce, the City of Willits, Mendocino County Museum in Willits, and Local Businesses, the Festival features vintage cars, booths for food, games, and local goods.
11 amMendocino Historic District Walking Tour • $10 • 1 ½ hrs • Kelley House Museum, MendocinoDocent-led tour visits houses of important pioneers and grand meeting places of the 1800s, including the Presbyterian Church, the Kwan Tai Chinese Temple, and the Masonic Temple.
2–3:30 pmCemetery Walks in the Rose Memorial Park • $5 donation • East off N. Franklin on Spruce St., Fort Bragg • David Foucheaux will lead the tour, explaining the symbols on the headstones, and raises a mystery or two. Meet at the cemetery. Walk in our cemetery and meet some historic people buried therein.
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Kwan Tai Temple (1854) Open House • 45160 Albion Street, Mendocino • The oldest Chinese Temple in use on the north coast of California, designated California Historical Landmark #927. Open 12-3 pm on Saturday and Sundays in May.
Look at Who We Are: Stories of Home • Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah • An exhibit combining visual stories (brought to life by images and objects) and digital stories (first person video-narratives) created by community members. This exhibit is an inquiry into—and a celebration of—what makes Ukiah unique. Enjoy stories about the Palace Hotel, Mendocino State Hospital, Masonite, City of 10,000 Buddhas, Ranches and Rancherias. Open Wed.–Sat. 10 am–4:30 and Sundays 12–4:30. General admission charge $4; Seniors & Students $3; Family $10. This show runs from March 19 to June 19.
Historic Displays • Guest House Museum • Fort Bragg • The Fort Bragg Centennial Quilt will be on display all month in the Guest House Museum living room. The quilt was created before 1989 by community women handy with a needle to commemorate our first 100 years. The 100 year old Finnish Rug Loom will also be featured at the Guest House Museum.
10 am–3:30 pmPoint Arena Light Station Museum and Lighthouse tours • 30-45 minutes; tours to the top of the tower every 20 minutes • $7.50 • Lighthouse Road, Point Arena • Tour includes information about the historic Light Station, early Light Keepers and local maritime history. View the 1st Order Fresnel lens in our museum and take the 145-step trek to the top of one of the tallest Lighthouses on the west coast. Self-guided tours of the Station’s 23 coastal acres. Plan to spend a day bird watching, whale watching and enjoying the Station’s trails and spring wildflowers. The Lighthouse is open from 10 am to 3:30 pm every day in May.
Stop and View the Rocks • Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Fort Bragg Branch • An exhibit of paintings depicting the drama of Mendocino County off-shore rocks will be featured at the Savings Bank of Mendocino in Fort Bragg opening on April 1. To celebrate the California Coastal National Monument, the most seen and least known of all 100 U.S. National Monuments, the Mendocino Study Club is sponsoring the exhibit as a Heritage Days of Mendocino County event. Study Club Members became Collaborative Partners with the Bureau of Land Management last November 1, agreeing to recognize and to promote the 1100 mile-long California Coastal National Monument. Several prominent artist will be featured in the “Stop and View the Rocks” exhibit, including David Barnes who is creating a painting especially for the exhibit. Lynn Prentice will share one of her famous rock scenes, and Study Club member Elma Bryant is also loaning a painting to display.
Stop and View the Rocks Photos • Mendocino Coast District Hospital, South Lobby • A Photography Exhibit, “Stop and View the Rocks Photos” will be be on display in the South Lobby of the Mendocino Coast Hospital opening on May 9. The off-shore rocks of the California Coastal National Monument are always a favorite photographic subject. Native Daughters of the Golden West Fort Bragg Parlor 210 is sponsoring the exhibit during Heritage Days of Mendocino County. Many outstanding photographers are participating. Members of the Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild will be well represented. The Exhibit will include a Carleton Watkins’ 1863 photo of “Noyo River Meets the Sea” loaned by the Guest House Museum. “Rocks in the Night” by Dan Feaster and a photo by Bruce Lewis of “Rocks at Jug Handle” are two of the early entries. Bill Brazill enjoys old-fashioned photography using glass plates and will display a photo of “Rocks at Westport”.
A Passion for Plants and Place: Carl Purdy of Mendocino County • Admission Charge • Mendocino County Museum, Willits • An exhibit about the life of Carl Purdy, a home-grown horticulturist and landscaper, contemporary of Luther Burbank, and Mendocino County’s first agricultural commissioner. On display will be Carl Purdy’s desk, collection samples, correspondence, photographs and paintings of some of the native plants described and named by Carl Purdy. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am–4:30 pm. Admission charge.

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