Come Play for the Day at the John Muir Festival

Looking for a great family-friendly day of play? Come to Coulterville Park for the 4th Annual John Muir Festival, Saturday, June 8, 10 – 5 pm. Meet new friends and share Muir experiences!

Just around the corner on Highway 49 and the Historic John Muir Route on Highway 132, plan for a full day of festival fun. There will be food vendors in the park all day. Enjoy tri-tip sandwiches, HB’s, HD’s, shaved ice, smoothies, Kettlecorn, and fresh squeezed lemonade. The community swimming pool will be open to cool off, so bring swimsuits and towels. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on if you want to kick it and listen to music by The Geriatrics, Faux Renwah and Sequoia.

Build an ice glacier, sketch in your own journal, or play nature Bingo. These and other activities can be found in the Nature Station area of the park. Handcrafters and crafting demonstrations will be on-going throughout the day. From woodworks to wool spinning to John Muir sculptures, unique gifts and treasures can be found. And, speaking of found, Sierra Outdoor Survival on Main Street will have gold panning demonstrations. You can also try some panning on your own and perhaps find a bit gold.

All presentations will be held at the new John Muir Geotourism Center on Main Street just across from the Coulter Café. Learn about Sierra Nevada Geotourism from Brittany Todd. Dr. Bill Swagerty and Mike Wurtz from University of the Pacific will share the John Muir Center and Muir’s travels through the big trees. Peter and Donna Thomas, 4-year participants of the festival are back again to share the ramble route and book/paper making, and Bob Bauer shares ‘Shepherd of the Plains: John Muir at Twenty Hill Hollow’ Rounding out the day’s activities, board secretary and JM enthusiast Karen Wilson offers a sketching on the trail with John Muir. For those wanting to schedule the day around presentations, here is the schedule:

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Brittany Todd, Sierra Business Council – Sierra NV Geotourism

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Dr. Bill Swagerty, Professor of History and Director, John Muir Center, University of the Pacific

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m – Mike Wurtz, Archivist – Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library and “Muir and the Big Trees”

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Peter & Donna Thomas – Ramble Route and paper making for books

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Robert Bauer – Shepherd of the Plains: John Muir at Twenty Hill Hollow

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Karen Wilson – Sketching on the Trail with John Muir