The pool complex 
at Morongo Casino
Photo by Jenny Kirchner

JUMP IN: Surviving summer in the desert

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.
Photo by Halie Wilson

Glorious Garner

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.
Longtime Idyllwild Arts Academy music teacher Marshall Hawkins performs during the 2013 Jazz in the Pines Festival.
Photo by J.P. Crumrine

The importance of JAZZ

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.
Photo by JP Crumrine

Idyllwild celebrates the 21st Jazz in the Pines

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.
Photo by Neil Jordan

Idyllwild rocks

“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.
Photos from the Idyllwild Town Crier archives.

A dam impressive feat

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.
Camping at Lake Hemet. 
Photo by John Pacheco

24 hours in Idyllwild

Whether you’ve planned your 24 hours in Idyllwild to escape the blistering desert heat or simply because you need a change of scenery, you’ve chosen well.
Straftofd Players Todd Fowler, Debbie Overman, Preston Sparks and Barbara Rayless rehearse. 
Photo by Marshall Smith

Stratford Players to stage Tony winning play

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.”
Pinkie Meringue Shimmer

Pinkie’s Big Gay Column

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.