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Thanksgiving in the Mountains

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Join Us For Our  13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast at the St. Bernard Lodge

Featuring Roast Turkey with all the trimmings,  Glazed Ham, Candied Yams, Fresh Baked Bread, Salad Bar and an assortment of Homemade Desserts.

We will be serving  Thursday, November 24th,  1 pm – 5 pm
$24.95 per person
To make your reservations please call  530-258-3382

If you want to stay the weekend and enjoy the many local events book a room with us at the St. Bernard Lodge.

Special events for the weekend include Christmas Tree Permits and tree cutting in the Plumas and Lassen National Forests.  With a $10 permit Christmas trees may be cut until December 24, 2011.  The Almanor Ranger District in Chester will be open Saturdays: Nov. 26, Dec.3,10 & 17th from 9 am to 3pm.  Make sure to stop in an visit us at the St. Bernard Lodge for breakfast, lunch or dinner while you are in the area.  give us a call at 530-258-3382.

November 25th the Chester area merchants will be hosting Merchant’s Open House from 5 pm – 9pm.  It is a night of Holiday fun for the entire family.  Merchants stay open with holiday goodies and sales.  There will be bonfires, carols and Christmas Tree lighting, a special visit from Santa and an informal light parade.

On the 26th  Taylorsville hosts their 11th Annual Light Parade with craft booths, Chili Dinner and of course Santa.

 

 

Celebrate Veteran’s Day

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

B&Bs FOR VETS

B&B's offering Free Rooms for Vets

Innkeepers want to say thank you to those who’ve served their country by inviting veterans to wake up on 11-11-11 in a B&B. Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active and retired military and vets and one guest by offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military on Thursday, November 10, 2011. While hundreds of inns and B&Bs have signed on to provide rooms, they will be reserved quickly, so review the list below from innkeepers in the U.S. and reserve your room while space is available.

For a complete list of Canadian inns and B&Bs participating in the B&Bs for Vets program, visit BBCanada.com’s B&Bs for Vets page and search by province. At this time there are over 495 B&B’s in the U.S. and 295 in Canada which are participating in this program.

St. Bernard Lodge is offering a free room on either November 10th or November 11th.  Please call the lodge directly to make a reservation.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering fee free days November 11, 12 and 13.

From the entire B&B industry, thank you to all those who are presently serving or have served to protect our freedom.

Instructions for Vets:
1.Vets – please contact the inns and B&Bs directly to reserve your room.
2.Rooms are complimentary for Thursday, November 10, 2011 for vets and one guest; most rooms accommodate two guests only.
3.Proof of veteran status may be requested.
4.Vets – please note no fees will be charged for a reserved one-night veteran’s stay but a credit card may be required to book your stay. Credit card or cash may be accepted for add-ons and additional nights. While policies vary from inn to inn, the full rate may be charged if the complimentary room night is not occupied or not canceled in a timely manner according to the inn’s standard reservation practices or cancellation period set for this special event. Please be considerate if your plans change; most inns will have a waiting list for their complimentary rooms, and a proper cancellation will always be filled with a fellow deserving vet.

Fall Colors are Here

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Lassen in background

Come visit Lassen Volcanic National Park and Plumas County. We have a variety of fall colors to see and the weather is great!
For a complete driving guide check out Plumas County Fall Color Guide, it will show you driving routes for the best fall colors in Plumas County.  Hwy 89 through Lassen Park will give you great fall colors and views of Lake Almanor.  If you want to hike while you are here check out Mill Creek Falls  and Kings Creek Falls both great hikes in Lassen Park.

For some great photo tips check Awesome Autumn.  Plumas county also has a self guided driving and biking tour of local historical barns displaying quilt blocks.  This tour was created through a grant of the California 4-H Youth Development Program.  Many of the barns are in the same areas as our wonderful fall colors.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is offering no fee days November 11,12,and 13th.  St. Bernard Lodge is offering a lodging special of book three nights and get the third night at 50% off until November 31st.

 

WATERCOLOR IN NATURE

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

August 20th and 21st, 2011

Lassen Association is providing  Watercolor workshop as part of its Field Seminar Program.

Professional artist, Kim Faucher will be personally guiding you in sketching and watercolor painting. Kim is a professional artist and instructor with years of experience teaching other outdoor enthusiasts how to capture nature by watercolor.  Kim is also a direct descendant of Alex Sifford, a pioneer who settled in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Kim currently teaches watercolor painting in Medford, Oregon.

The cost is only 49.95 per person per workshop.  A personal watercolor kit is included in price or bring your own supplies.  Meet at Drakesbad Guest Lodge 8:45 am both Saturday and Sunday.  Workshop lasts until 3 pm each day.  It is recommended to bring backpacks, small folding chair, water, sack lunch, snacks, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, hat, loose protective and comfortable clothing, insect repellent and light jacket just in case.

Beginner and Experienced Painters Welcome

Experience Lassen Volcanic National Park through Watercolor Painting.  Choose to spend one or two days with Kim Faucher in the Warner Valley area of Lassen Park.  Translate impressions of your surroundings into luminous watercolors as you create memories of your visit.  The class is designed to accommodate the beginner as well as experienced watercolorist.  Kim Faucher will demonstrate techniques for drawing and painting natural features such as rocks, mountains, water, weathered wood, wildflowers, trees and geological formations found in Warner Valley.  With Warner Valley as your backdrop and inspiration, you will learn how to compose a painting, understand the values of light and dark, sketch, transfer drawing to watercolor paper, background wash, wet into wet and negative painting.

Workshop details and registration are available at both Loomis Museum and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center, or online at http://www.lassenassociation.org.  Class limit 20 painters – Ages 13 and up.

St. Bernard Lodge still has rooms available for this weekend.  Book your room and your class now, http://www.stbernardlodge.com.

Lassen Association will be offering two other field seminar topics this summer:  Star Gate; The Night Sky over Lassen Volcanic National Park with Instructor Ellis Richard and August 6 and August 27th. Also, Nature Photography for Digital & Film at Lassen Volcanic National Park with Instructor, Terry Nathan on August 27 & 28th.  Details of both to follow on future blog post.

 

 

 

 

49th GOLD DIGGER DAYS IN GREENVILLE, CALIF.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

 

 

 

Start the weekend Friday night the 15th with a Hot Rod Car show & Band in the Evergreen Parking Lot. Car show start at 5:00 pm Music by Side FX starts at 8:00 pm and goes until midnight.

Saturday July, 16th 2011

Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge on Main Street at 7:00am
Men’s Softball Tournaments start at 7:00 am both Saturday and Sunday.

Street Faire and Food Court are available all day along Main Street.

Horseshoe Pitchers Tournaments start at 9:00 am both Saturday and Sunday.

“Parade” starts at 10:00 am. There are cash prizes for best float: $200, $100 and $50. For more information on parade entry form call Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at 530-284-6633 or www.indianvalley.net
After the parade join in on an Old Fashion Homemade Ice Cream Social on Pine Street.

Activities during the day include: Kids games, petting zoo, bake sale, Men’s best beard and legs contest, kids gold rush with $350 in prizes. Watermelon eating contest for all ages.

The is a “GOLD DIGGER RAFFLE” for a Henry .30/30. Drawing will be held Saturday at Street Dance, winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available at local Indian Valley Merchants.

THE GENESEE-BECKWOURTH TRAIL

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

 

Historic Heart K Ranch

Enjoy a guided tour along the Old Genesee Beckwourth Wagon Road in Plumas County. Dan Elliot a US Forest Archeologist and Farrell Cunningham a Maidu Historian will be leading the trip. You will learn avout the Maidu Indians who lived in the area for many generations as well as early European Settlers such as Jim Beckwourth.

During the tour you will visit the Heart K Ranch and learn its history and future presented by Feather River Land Trust.

Reservations are required. Call today to register at 530-284-1022. Cost is 50 per person or 95 per couple. Morning refreshments, lunch, snacks and bus transportation are all provided. The tour begins in Quincy at 8:00 am and will conclude by 5:00 pm

SOLAR COOK-OFF

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

21st Annual Solar Cook-off

Friday and Saturday July 8 & 9, 2011 Blackhawk Solar presents the 21st Annual Solar Cook-off at the Taylorsville Campground.

Bring your own store-bought or home-made solar oven and share in the fun.  There will be solar demonstrations, solar cooked food to sample.  Over 30 Arts and Crafts booths.  More than a dozen bands.  Admission for the weekend is only $15.00 if you want to camp fee is $14 per night.

Music Line-up Music includes:  FRIDAYNIGHT

7:30 – 8:15 pm Hank & Shaidri Alrich

8:20 – 9:00 pm Boogie Daddys

9:05- 10:00 pm Jeff Pershing Band

10:00 pm Drumming with Terra  Lumbus and Dancing

SATURDAY

10:00 – 10:30 am Benny, Penny & Dude

10:35- 11:10 Melissa Ruth & Likely Stories with Leal Brothers

11:50 am – 12:30 pm Spur of the Moment

12:35- 1:15 pm Perpetual Drifters

1:20 – 2:00 pm Rocket Surgery

2:05- 2:45  pm Soldiers of HiFi

2:50-3:35 pm Mudbone

3:40 – 4:20 pm Jason King Band

4:25- 5:15 pm Blue Haven

8:00 – 8:45 pm Lost Sierra Ramblers

8:50- 10:00 pm Guitar Woody and the Boilers

A Day at Chester Park

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

A Few Brews & A Banjo

Saturday, June 25th 2011
2 – 6pm at Chester Park

Come spend a sunny summer afternoon sitting among friends alongside the north fork of the Feather River under cottonwood trees. Sip on a tasty micro-brewed beer with a tri-tip sandwich. Enjoy Bluegrass & Americana Music. Watch children dance and play. This is not only great fun, you are helping to raise for local high school music and drama programs.

Music Schedule:

2–3:30pm.. Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong
4–5:30pm..The Ruby Hollow Ban

Slim & Armstrong

Event admission is free. Tickets for brew-glasses and wristbands are $25 and will be available at the park on the day of the event to those 21 years old and up.

All proceeds will be donated to the Music and Drama Dept at Chester High.

Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by the Elks Club of Chester.

The BREWS:

Sierra Nevada Brewing
Great Basin Brewing
Anchor Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
Firehouse
Anderson Valley
Lagunitas
Bear Republic

Brews

Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong

A marvel of musical ingenuity, showman extraordinaire Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, western classics, vintage jazz and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. A fast-paced performance of music and humor that showcases their seasoned gift for connecting with audiences. Whether capturing the haunting refrain of a Jimmie Rodgers blue yodel or swinging out a hot novelty number, everyone gets caught up in the fun these two cut-ups have on stage. Long time fans will remember them as founding members of two of California’s favorite acoustic combo’s, “8th Avenue String Band” and “R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders.” Between them they share a provocative array of period instruments including: flat-top guitar, national steel guitar, baritone and soprano ukulele, musical saw, accordion, six-string banjo and harmonica.

Well-traveled veterans of stages ranging from Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to The Strawberry Music Festival, The National Cowboy Gathering and Prairie Home Companion, these modern day vaudevillians capture a sound and moment in time that consistently delights fun loving music fans of all walks of life.
Ruby-Hollow-Band

Ruby Hollow Band
www.rubyhollowband.com

Covers, original and traditional songs; ballads, new grass, polkas, Irish and South American/ Spanish tunes, incredible 4-part harmonies, and much more. Their repertoire keeps growing from our varied musical passions… and they do it all with flair and lots of fun!

Ruby Hollow is nothing short of a “phoenix rising” band, rumbling and rising from the wonderfully, musically eclectic dust of the 1980′s “Willowgreen” (David Cowan, Jo Chavez, Alice Peake) to a smashing hot, new configuration (with the addition of David Bilinski) of even more cool instrumentation and incredibly beautiful, intricately woven 4-part harmonies… all in the package of Hot Pogo Folk Music!

What is Hot Pogo Folk Music, you may well ask? Think of a child’s pogo stick hopping and bopping around from place to place, staying put long enough for the balance and fun, and then moving on to another adventure… all in compelling music and song!

The Hot Pogo Folk instruments we use (with constant additions!) are: guitars (including a 7 string), dobro, mandolin, electric bass, 2 accordions, banjo, lap steel, harmonica, South American keynas and panpipes, charrango, penny whistles, flute, bodhran; hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimers, kanun, and keyboard for tailored special performances, drums and various percussive instruments.
Sponsored by the Lake Almanor Community Foundation in partnership with Plumas Arts. Special Thanks to Superior Products Co. Mark Carter, Mtn Division

Lake Almanor Basin Mile High Bike Ride

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Chester, California Mile High Bike Ride   June 17th and 18th.

Come ride the scenic Southern Cascades and bump into the gentle Northern Sierras.  This ride is not a race but a collection of three different tours for cyclists of all abilities.  The purpose of this event is to promote recreational bicycling “under the volcano” in the shadow of California’s incredible Lassen Peak with scenic views of Lake Almanor and if you choose the Century Ride great views of meadows and ranches along the Indian Valley.

 

Registration will be at Chester Park Friday the 17th 6-9 pm and Saturday June 18th 6-9am. For more information visit www.milehigh100.com

St. Bernard Lodge will give 20% discount on all meals June 17th -30th for bike riders with a registration form.

Make it a great weekend with the Mile High Bike Ride on Saturday, visit St. Bernard Lodge then onto wine tasting in Manton as part of the Tehama Trail Passport Weekend.

 

Weekend of Wine Tasting

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Tehama Trail Passport Weekend
June, 18th and 19th

Come visit Tehama County Father’s Day Weekend. This will be the first annual Tehama Trail Passport Weekend. Any passport holder will get 20% off meals at the St. Bernard Lodge from June 18th to June 30th with reservations. Just give the lodge a call at 530-258-3382.

The Passport Weekend will be a chance for visitors to tour 17 farms/wineries currently on the Tehama Trail Map. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 after June 10 and during the weekend. This ticket includes free tasting at all farms. Proceeds will go to benefit the Tehama Trail Association to further develop agri-tourism in Tehama County. You can get your tickets at all participating farms or at the Tehama county Farm Bureau.

The 17 partners featured in this passport weekend are: Alger Vineyard, Bianchi Orchards, Burlison Fruit Stand, Cedar Crest Vineyards, County Haven at the Red Barn, Julia’s Fruit Stand, Lima Huli Lavendar, Lucero Olive Oil, Tehama Winery, New Clairvaux Vineyard, Olive Pit, Olive Hut, Pacific Sun Olive Oil, Rolling Hills Casino, Shasta Daisy Vineyard, Indian Peak Vineyards and Ringtail Vineyards.

The St. Bernard Lodge is now carrying wines from both Indian Peak Vineyards and Ringtail Vineyards, they both have some great wines.
For more information about the Tehama Trail and passport weekend, visit www.tehamatrail.com and then visit us at www.stbernardlodge.com make reservations for a meal or an overnight stay.