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Posted by: John_Hamilton on 09/09/2011 07:47 AM Updated by: John_Hamilton on 09/09/2011 09:07 AM
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The 2011 Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration - Hermitfest Tomorrow

Hermit Valley, CA....Tomorrow the 5th Annual Hermitfest Rolls into Hermit Valley. The music schedule is 12:00..Jens Jarvie, 1:00 ..Grover Anderson, 2:00.. Jessie & The Tour Guides4:15 to 6:00PM. We had a chance to talk to the promoters Ron Schaner and Tami Rakstad-Schaner last night in Hermit Valley. Hope you can make it..


John Hamilton & Ron & Tami Schaner Talk About Hermitfest Above



Alpiveras, County, CA...The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (EPSBA) will be hosting our 5th Annual Scenic Celebration on Saturday, September 10th. We invite music and mountain fans to "Come Play on the Pass" with us. The centerpiece of our celebration will be our day long, free live music event in Hermit Valley which we affectionately refer to as "Hermitfest" but visitors should definitely make a weekend of it and spend some time checking out the entire Scenic Byway from Arnold to Markleevile.

Hermit Valley performers will include the Tour Guides, Bill Welles, Grover Anderson and Jens Jarvie. The music begins around noon, powered by a solar generator provided by Sol Sierra, and will officially end at 5 pm. There will be food and beverages, a few select vendors and raffle tickets available for sale at the event. The raffle features great prizes provided by local businesses including Bear Valley Ski Resort (think lift tickets), Bear Valley Lodge, Calaveras Big Trees State Park and others. The Forest Service will be joining us with activities for the kids. While we welcome your dogs, please bring only well socialized dogs and keep them on a six foot leash.

In addition to the celebration in Hermit Valley, Markleeville will be celebrating the day with their traditional live fish plant at the Carson River Resort just outside of town at around 2pm. The Resort will also be hosting a barbeque and talking fish but the real party will be at the Markleeville Art Gallery at 14841 Highway 89 in downtown Markleeville where they have a variety of activities planned. Don't forget to ask about the specials at the nearby Wolf Creek Restaurant. On the Arnold side you may want to stop and have breakfast, visit the Logging Museum, hike a portion of the Rim Trail (you are on your own this year...no guided hikes will be available) or stop in at Big Trees State Park to admire the giant redwoods on your way to Hermit Valley. Unfortunately, Grover Hot Springs State Park, outside Markleeville, will be closed for maintenance.

Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7000 foot elevation. If you haven't driven the pass before, remember that we are a scenic byway for good reason. The higher elevation portion of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine on the west and Silver Creek on the east is narrow, twisty, steep and so worth the drive with beautiful mountain views and many opportunities to get out of your car and take a closer look. The route over the top is not recommended for large RVs or trailers.

Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California. The Ebbetts Pass Byway Association is the non-profit organization tasked with preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway. The EPSBA had developed a guidebook for the area which is available on our website for those who want to know more about the history, geology, wildlife and recreation available in the area. Sierra Heritage Magazine is also featuring the area in their current issue.

This event is made possible by the generous support our event partners and sponsors so make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support of this event. Our 2011 partners and sponsors include the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Bear Valley Business Association, Bear Valley Lodge, Bear Valley Ski Resort, Calaveras Big Trees Association, Century 21 Realty, Cedar Creek Realty, Sol Sierra and the US Forest Service. For more information about the Ebbetts Pass area, this event and what's happening along the byway all year long, visit www.scenic4.org or www.facebook.com/Scenic4 or e-mail us at info@scenic4.org.

For other events in the area that weekend and lodging information, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at 209-736-0049 (www.gocalaveras.com) or the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at 530.694.2475 (www.alpinecounty.com).


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