Summer temperatures in the desert cities can get pretty warm; and by warm, I mean hot. The good news is that summer in the desert is also a great time to plan your vacation or weekend getaway with huge savings on accommodations, dining, and attractions. The entire family can enjoy a week or weekend stay for a fraction of the cost of visiting during “high” season.
The scent of pine always evokes pleasant memories for me; memories of summers spent exploring the forest and of family gatherings around a campfire; memories of pitch dark nights with stars, glistening like diamonds, against the ink black sky and time spent lying in the cool, moist grass counting them and laughing with my best friend.
On one of few occasions in my life when my heart filled my throat and my knees buckled and rattled so that I couldn’t hide my immense and abrupt fear, I found myself in front of a large, silent audience during Cindy Kim’s Senior Music Recital at Idyllwild Arts Academy in the spring of 1999. I was a kid.
On August 16-17 the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation will celebrate the 21st year of Jazz in the Pines. The festival includes a marketplace with art, jewelry, pottery, T-Shirts, hats, posters and more. Food vendors will also be serving up everything from BBQ to shakes and smoothies.
“Belay on,” “Off belay,” “Belay off.” A strange conjugation in a foreign language? Perhaps to some, but not to climbers. Hike up to the base of Tahquitz Rock or Suicide Rock on any week-end and you’ll hear these calls echoing off the pure, sensuous granite walls that make up this internationally known and revered climbing area. Some of these calls will be mine.
It’s invisible from the highway. But without it there would be no Lake Hemet. For 119 years Hemet Dam, a landmark that once merited “wonder of the world” status, has blocked the only exit for runoff from Garner Valley and its surrounding slopes. Its story recalls the early years of America’s attempts to industrialize Mother Nature.
The Stratford Players has been awarded the rights to perform the 2013 Tony Winner, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in July of this year. Artistic Director, Marsha Kennedy said, “It’s fresh from the Mark Taper Forum, so we’d like to get the word out about it.”
Whether soaring on a giant tram to a pristine wilderness, taking a sunset tour through ancient canyons or floating in a giant wave pool, Palm Springs has a variety of “cool” entertainment options for a close-to-home and affordable getaway
I want to send out a big thank you to the hard-working people that have put this magazine together and for asking me to do a column. Most of you know who I am, Pinkie Meringue Shimmer. I am a full time resident of Idyllwild since 2012, my partner and I also have a lovely little home in the desert.