Friday, August 29, 2014

Highway 49 Americana Music Festival - Sat Sept 6

Highway 49 Americana Music Festival
Saturday, September 6
Italian Benevolent Society Picnic Grounds
581 Hwy 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685

The 2nd Annual Highway 49 Americana Music Festival on September 6th will feature a musical performance by world-renowned artist Chuck Mead -of BR5-49- and his Grassy Knoll Boys. Brought to you with support from The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort and Sutter Creek Provisions.

Performers include Chuck Mead (of BR5-49), & His Grassy Knoll Boys, The Palominos, The Slade Rivers Band, and The Brute Squad.

$25 advance tickets are tax deductible and all proceeds go to the Amador Community Foundation to fund music education for children in Amador County. Our efforts from last year’s festival- our first-
allowed us to present a check for $2000.00 to the Argonaut Band Boosters at their recent fundraising event.
Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Bring the family for an afternoon of Americana music!
There will be face painting for the kids, raffle prizes, delicious barbecue, beer, wine and beverages will be available for purchase as well as locally made Munnerlyn’s Ice Cream. (Please no outside food or beverages.)

Gates open at 3pm, show starts at 4pm. Log on to  for tickets and upcoming information.

"War of the Worlds" diorama by Joseph W. Svec III displayed at Hein & Company Bookstore in Jackson

Joseph W. Svec III, a Dioramist, is a retired Senior Staff Satellite Test Engineer and college instructor, as  well as a published poet and author. He has written and presented numerous technical papers at the International Aerospace Testing Seminar and to the Institute for Social Innovation. He has written and had published one book of rhymed story poems, Mystical Journeys, with a second in work. He has also published several magazine articles on toy castles and knights, in addition to "A Guide Book to Toy Castles and Knights" from Around the World.  His Toy Castle book currently has satisfied readers in 35 states and 16 different countries.
           Joseph enjoys travel, reading, writing poetry, creating miniature historical dioramas, playing acoustic guitar, and enjoying afternoon tea.  His tea cabinet currently includes over 127 different flavors and varieties of tea.
           Joseph has led campfire programs in the El Dorado National Forest and Sea Shanty Workshops for the Northwest Seaport Museum in Seattle. He currently lives in the shadow of a castle here in Ione with his childhood sweetheart, and he is the master gardener for Ione Rose Garden Cottage vacation rental.
           In addition to the above, Joseph points out that he really does enjoy creating miniature dioramas.  As well as numerous medieval castle dioramas, he has made scenes based on many other historical eras and even dioramas based on the classical music pieces A Night in Bald Mountain and In the Hall of the Mountain King.  He currently has a large futuristic (based on the future as imagined in the 1950's) Moonbase Monorail diorama set up at home.
           This diorama displayed in Hein & Company Bookstore is particularly interesting, as September 21st is the 148th anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells. The diorama represents scenes from H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, which was the first novel to depict an invasion of Earth by Extraterrestrials.  Written in 1889, it showed Earth's forces being overrun by the superior technology of the Martians. It is quite amazing to imagine such a tale written back then.
           While displayed as one large diorama, it actually contains two sections:  The first being the opening of the Martians cylinder that had landed; and next, the initial contact between the Humans and the Martians.  The largest section depicts the Martian tripods as they advance through the town destroying the countryside.
           The story has inspired numerous movies, radio dramas, and sequels, several of which Joseph will be talking about at the September 2nd meeting of the Holmes' Hounds. The Holmes' Hounds, if you don't already know, is the Amador County Sherlockian Society interested in all things pertaining to Sherlock Holmes and other characters of his era. While Joseph's presentation focuses in particular on another literary character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the fascinating Professor George Edward Challenger, made famous in the novel The Lost World, there are several War of the Worlds sequels that feature both Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger, and he will be discussing those in greater detail.
           In addition to the Hein & Company War of the Worlds diorama, Joseph currently has a Robin Hood Castle diorama in the window of the Volcano Theater Company's Cobblestone Theater to promote their current stage production of Robin Hood, which we have heard is outstanding!
           Joseph has enjoyed creating miniature dioramas since he was a child, and now he is pleased to share his interest with others so they can enjoy being whisked away into a miniature world of adventure!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Extended Deadline for "River Reflections" Project to September 6

In order to include more Calaveras and Amador County artists in the ground-breaking project,River Reflections, the deadline to submit qualifications has been extended by two weeks to September 6.
The “River Reflections –Mokelumne River Arts Project, which will include three shows in Amador, Calaveras and Oakland and a Grand Finale Event in May 2015, is slated for statewide attention.   Artists of all kinds –not just painters, but photographers, tattoo artists, jewelry artists, sculptors, dancers, musicians, composers, actors, writers, and video artists are invited to apply.  Finalists selected will be notified by September 15th and will then have until December 1st to submit final work which reflects the significance of the Mokelumne River in all of our lives, whether for water, irrigation, power, recreation or beauty.  Finalists will each receive a $200 stipend and the opportunity to go on complimentary guided “inspirational” river experiences, including a boat tour of Pardee Reservoir. We encourage artists to push the limits of creativity- “Think outside the river,” said a spokesperson from AmadorArts.

The application details can be found at

This ground-breaking project, which brings together a unique group of local agencies, including: AmadorArts, Calaveras County Arts Council, the Foothill Conservancy and East Bay Municipal Utilities District, is one of only 24 successful grantees out of 157 applicants statewide. River Reflections will use the arts to bring attention to the upper Mokelumne River which is a critical resource for our foothill region and for the more than 1.4 million people who depend on its water, many of whom simply do not know where their water comes from.

After going to the AmadorArts website, if you need further information, call Terra Forgette, the River Reflections Coordinator at 209-267-9038.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Main Street Theater Works Newsletter - Aug 2014

  Your Theatre Arts Newsletter
August 2014  

Performance Dates and Times

 The Golden State
through September 6th

Fridays and Saturdays
Gates open at 6:30 pm for picnics
Show starts at 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices
Adults - $17.50
Students/Children 18 & under - $12.00
Family Pack (2 adults/2 students/children) - $49.00

Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre

 Treasure Island
Fall Fundraiser
Friday and Saturday Evening Performances
October 24h and 25h
Doors open at 7:15 pm for dessert
Show starts at 8:00 pm

Sunday Matinee Performance
October 26th only
Doors open at 1:15pm for dessert
Show starts at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices
$25 per person

Native Sons Hall
56 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA

All Tickets Available 
Online at
Hein & Company, 
204 Main St., Jackson, CA
And at the gate

Box Office Policies

No Cash Refunds
(Tickets can be exchanged for exact purchase price
for any
production during the current season only)

No Credit Cards accepted at the Amphitheatre or other event venues 
(Credit cards can be used at Hein & Company or our website)

Students pricing is age 18 or under 
(Student admission will be accepted over the age of 18  with proof of current
Student ID)

No Pets Allowed
(Service dogs are permitted with proof of certification)
Amador Arts and Entertainment

The Golden State
Shines in Jackson!
Main Street Theatre Works' second summer show is a hot and spicy comedy!

Main Street Theatre Works is proud to present the second show of our 2014 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson ~
The Golden State, by Lauren Wilson, running now throughSeptember 6th

This spicy comedy is Lauren Wilson's reinvention of the Moliere classic, The Miser. Set in present-day Southern California, Gertrude Hopper (Linda Montalvo) rules over her children (Paj Crank and Lisa Derthick) and servants (Ernesto Bustos, Katie Hulseand Julie Anchor) with an iron hand, her fists clenched tightly around her money. She's the original miser ~ hiring illegal immigrants so she doesn't have to pay them a fair wage, and removing lightbulbs from the house to cut back on the electric bill. 

She has an even more outrageous plan for her two grown children in order to gain yet more money. But the best laid plans for this "Mommy Dearest" are foiled in the most unexpected ways. The Golden State is a hilarious look at greed, lust, and several other "deadly sins."

This show runs through September 6th and is rated PG-13 for mature humor.

Treasure Island  
Docks in Amador County
Main Street Theatre Works presents the 
Live Radio Show of "Treasure Island"
for 3 Performances Only!
On July 13, 1938, Orson Welles decided to follow up his successful radio play of Dracula, with the production of Treasure Island, featuring his acting troupe, The Mercury Theatre On The Air.   

This October, Main Street Theatre Works  is re-creating the literary radio classic with a live stage production, the fourth in their series. This limited-engagement fundraiser for the company will have two evening performances ~ See ticket information in Performance Dates and Times at left. Tickets are $25 and include dessert and coffee or tea. There's also a no-host wine bar Friday and Saturdaynights.

For our October event, we're setting things in a more intimate environment, perfect to relive the golden age of radio, complete with live sound effects. Treasure Island was the second weekly episode of the American Radio drama anthology series, performed by the Mercury Theatre Players, directed and narrated by little known actor and future filmmaker, Orson Welles. The episode was an adaptation of the novel, condensed into a 60-minute broadcast. Under the direction of Allen Pontes, who has produced, directed and starred as Orson in the past three productions ~ The War of the Worlds (2 years in a row) and Dracula ~ will have MSTW's production  adhere to the same time constraints, same script and live sound effects, just the way Orson would want it.

Join us for a fun flashback to the days when people "watched" their radios, and sound effects didn't come from a computer. Come watch how the magic is really made and support Main Street Theatre Works at this fall fundraiser.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this Limited Engagement Event, visit the MSTW website at You can also purchase tickets at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre during the run of The Golden State

Seating is very limited and this event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Duo-Pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman - Sun Sept 7

Duo-Pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman
perform at the Day residence in Forest Meadows,
followed by a catered Summer buffet
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

The Music— Pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman have put together a very attractive program of music performed on two pianos for your summertime listening pleasure. The program begins with the high-spirited, jazzy Overture to the Sinfonietta of Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin. Three delightful short pieces by French composer Francis Poulenc follow: L’Embarquement pour Cythère, Elégie, and Capriccio. The exotic Armenian Rhapsody of Alexander Arutiunian and Arno Babadjanian is followed by the gorgeous Las Niňas romance of Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino. The first half concludes with the Fuga y Misterio of Astor Piazzolla, an astonishing synthesis of high and low art as the composer combines fugal writing with traditional tango music from the barrios of Buenos Aires. The second half includes four highly effective homages to American popular music by British composer Richard Rodney Bennett: Samba triste, Country blues, Ragtime waltz, and Finale (in “Tempo di Hard Rock”--which says it all). The program concludes with the magnificent Fantasy on Themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, as arranged for two pianos by the incomparable Percy Grainger. When one of the greatest arrangers of all time for the piano takes on George Gershwin’s timeless music, the result is a sure-fire masterpiece.

Duo-pianists Diane Day and Ron Brickman have performed frequently together as bothpiano four-hand and duo-piano artists. Their first concert on two pianos took place at the home of Bruce and Lucille Schonfeld in Pioneer in 2009. Their most recent appearanceswith the Friends of Music series included performances of the Liebeslieder Waltzes of Brahms with the Sonora Master Chorale and house concerts in Forest Meadows. Ms. Day resides in the Forest Meadows community outside Murphys and performs regularly with choral ensembles in Tuolumne County and as the accompanist to the vocal department of CSU-Stanislaus in Turlock.

This concert was first performed in the home of Chip Lusby in Sutter Creek in June, 2013. A repeat of the performance allows those living in southern Calaveras and Tuolumne counties to enjoy this exceptional musical offering. But those from further afield who may have missed the first performance—or who may wish to hear it again!—are most welcome. All proceeds after expenses will benefit the upcoming season of the Mother Lode Friends of Music.

The Food—MLFM’s favorite caterers. Donna and Jeneca Kretchman, sister and niece of Friends of Music President Ron Brickman, returns for this event. Both singly and together, they have catered many of the Friends of Music’s memorable past events, including the concert at La Querencia outside Murphys in March 2010, the Stoian-Brickman recital at the Papais residence in Forest Meadows in September 2010 and the all-Russian dinner at the Brickman residence in West Point in September 2011. For this occasion, they are preparing a light summer buffet of assorted salads and appetizers with seafood, meat and vegetarian options and desserts featuring seasonal fruits. Assorted wines and wine-based drinks will be served. Iced tea and fruit drinks will also be served.

The Setting—The home of Diane and Tim Day at 762 Sugarbush in Forest Meadows has been the venue of several concerts presented to the Forest Meadows community. The addition of a well-matched Yahama upright piano to Diane’s trademark 6-foot Yamaha grand permits, for the first time, this concert for two pianos. Exact directions will be given to those ordering tickets. A golf-cart shuttle service will be available. 

Price of admission per person: $25

Ticket information: Advance purchase of tickets is required. Seating is limited and reservations requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. You may send in a check for the number of tickets desired to: MLFM, c/o Judy McCarroll, 989 Sandalwood Drive, Murphys, CA 95247. For more information call Judy at (209) 728-9870, email for a reservation form.