The event begins Friday, May 30th at 5 p.m. with Fundraiser Silent Auction and Celebration all around town. Muir’s great, great grandson, Robert Hanna, will share photos and family tidbits from the family’s archives. As part of the evening event, the historic town of Coulterville will be offering additional nature films (Yosemite: A Gathering Spirit) and activities that include a wine & cheese tasting, Country style dinner with live music, and an amazing silent auction with more wine & desserts.
The fundraiser will support youth education programs and workshops planned for this summer.
Hear Robert Hanna, John Muir’s great-great grandson, give a presentation that uncovers and describes the many sides of Muir and take you through a very up-close and personal look at his life as can only be told by his family. With family stories and never before seen photos and writings, this is truly an exciting evening and one not to be missed. Enjoy Yosemite: A Gathering Spirit, nature videos and short youth videos. No. Mariposa County History Museum hosts local wine and cheese tasting, Coulter Café, in the patio, will serve a Country Style dinner with music from Lance Canales & The Flood, and the JMGC center will a hold a fabulous silent auction with items from $50 to $1000’s up for bid and more wine tasting with yummy desserts. Fun will also include raffles and surprises. All for just $50 per adult, $20 for under 21 and children 12 & under free when accompanied by parent.
Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend launches a day of exploring how hiking healed Muir and now heals combat veterans of recent wars and families with speakers and activities. Click on photo collage of the nationally known speakers lined up for the festival for more information and links to their sites.
Saturday festival activities start off with “Early BIrd” Bean Creek Preserve Nature Hike at 8:30 am. Meet at Horseshoe Bend entrance- sign up here. There is no stop to the all day music, signature speakers, nature workshops, Kids Only John Muir Nature Adventure, great art, crafts, natural products, lots of different kinds of food, Family Hikes led by Cindy Ross, Warrior Hike led by Sean Gobin and lots of educational presentations.
Special appearances by Muir Ramble Route hikers Peter and Donna Thomas in their Gypsy Wagon Artists Bookmobile. Both are bookbinders and papermakers, and will be demonstrating their skills during the day.You can also have your eyes checked at the Lions Club Eye-Mobile.
Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area from 10am-4PM and back to Coulterville from 5-7PM
Early Bird nature lovers meet at 8:30am at the entrance gate at Horseshoe Bend for nature hike on Bean Creek Preserve and at 10am the fun starts at Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area. Enjoy music groups Sequoia (Celtic, Bluegrass and R&R) and local yokels, Jerry-and-the-Atrics. Hear keynote speakers Cindy Ross-acclaimed writer and triple-crown hiker, Sean Gobin- founder of Warrior Hike “walk off the war”, Kenny Ballentine-award winning Nature Kids film maker and Len McKenzie-long time Yosemite naturalist share stories on how nature hikes heal children, families and returning war vets and why volunteering is important component for nature appreciation and conservation.
Families get ready for a special For Kids Only Muir Adventure, free workshops on how to journal, how to sketch, create crafts with nature-found resources, Rock Wall, and other fun youth and adult activity booths.
In keeping with the theme “Nature Hikes Heal the Body & Soul”, sign up for free family hikes or the Warrior Hike led by Sean.
You won’t go hungry with great food vendors and you’ll have some serious shopping opportunities at the art, photography, woodworking, natural crafts and other booths showing off their wares. You can even have your eyes checked at the Lions Club EyeMobile, it’s Free!
All this fun is just $10 for Adults, $8 for seniors 62+ and children 12 & under free when accompanied by parent.
AFTER 4PM, as the festival at Horseshoe Bend winds down, so head back to Coulterville for a special 5PM showing of the award-winning film Nature Kids and opportunity to meet and talk with its producer Kenny Ballentine. At the VFW post Vets can meet with Sean Gobin and share stories and libations, while at the JMGC center Cindy Ross will be showing photos of her epic family hikes with an opportunity for an interactive conversation.