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Saturday, Sep 18
All Day The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee Cross Country Meet is September 18th!
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09:00 AM Mokelumne River Cleanup on September 18th!
04:00 PM Back to School Night Night 1861 At Columbia State Park
Until 10:00 PM 55th reunion canceled for SUHS class of 1965 &1966
Sunday, Sep 19
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09:00 AM Murphys Certified Farmers' Market 2021
02:30 PM American Heritage Girls Annual Registration Party is September 19th at Linebaugh Park
05:00 PM The Ironstone Amphitheatre Welcomes Toby Keith on September 19th!!
Wednesday, Sep 22
All Day Hogan Dam Road Closed in Valley Springs on September 22nd.
All Day Make Sure Stevenot Winery & Tasting Room is on Your Visit Itinerary
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
Thursday, Sep 23
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04:00 PM The 2021 Certified Farmers' Market San Andreas is Open Weekly Thursdays 4pm to 6pm!
05:00 PM Free Thursday Evening Concerts at The Watering Hole
Friday, Sep 24
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05:00 PM The 2021 Angels Camp Farmers Market
Saturday, Sep 25
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Sunday, Sep 26
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09:00 AM Murphys Certified Farmers' Market 2021
Wednesday, Sep 29
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06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
Thursday, Sep 30
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All Day The Festival Will Go On! The Bear Valley Music Festival Returns July 23rd - August 1st!!
Bear Valley, CA...The Bear Valley Music Festival is a 53-year old icon in our community, and only a pandemic could make us miss a year. After much analysis, conversations with the state and county health officials, and listening to over 500 of you via the survey we sent out in February we are thrilled to announce that we’re back. We expect to make a formal announcement in early May that will include our robust safety protocols, the programming line-up and this year’s ticket sales process.

The 2021 Festival will be reduced to one week and two weekends, so we expect to sell out quickly. There is much more information to come, but for now mark your calendars for July 23rd - August 1st. The celebration will be especially sweet as we join together to finally enjoy live music again in the High Sierra.

See you soon!
The BVMF Board of Directors
All Day The 2021 Bear Valley Music Festival is July 23 - August 1st!
Bear Valley, CA...The 2021 Bear Valley Music Festival is July 23 - August 1st! Order your tickets now & make plans for your summer musical adventures in the California Alps.

About Bear Valley


Bear Valley is located on Scenic Highway 4 in the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest–an area known as the California Alps between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

Make plans to come early for performances to enjoy beverages, snacks and the art exhibit–all to benefit the Festival.

The Festival is held in a large tent located in the heart of Bear Valley Village. In addition to the main performance tent, small tents are located adjacent and offer local wines from award-winning wineries, beer, beverages and snacks along with Festival merchandise for sale as fundraisers for the festival.

The annual Arts of Bear Valley exhibit is back this season and also supports the Festival. The exhibit is located in the Community building adjacent to the Festival tent.

A Brief History

The Bear Valley and Lake Alpine region of Alpine County has a rich history, and today hosts thousands of visitors, many who take part in the wide recreational activities available throughout the year.

This area was originally named Grizzly Bear Valley by explorer Jedediah Smith, who traveled up the Stanislaus River drainage on his journey across the Sierra Nevada in 1827 following the route of today’s Highway 4, which was designated a National Scenic Byway in October 2005.

In 1850, the route was traced by Major John Ebbetts, who led a company of miners across this route. The Major’s death in 1854 resulted in the naming of the pass in his honor. A toll road, known locally as the Big Trees Road, operated from 1866 to 1911, while today, the highway is one of Alpine County’s state scenic highways.

Development of the Bear Valley Village and nearby ski area began in the early 1960′s. Located on the site of Blood’s Toll Station, homesteaded by Harvey Blood a hundred years earlier, development began with the purchase of 480 acres in 1952 by the Orvis family, prominent San Joaquin Valley ranchers.

In 1955, 20 acres on the north side of the valley were subdivided, marking the beginning of today’s Bear Valley community.

The Bear Valley Mountain Resort, originally named Mt. Reba, opened in December 1967, while the construction of homes, condominiums and commercial facilities began about the same time.  Nearby Lake Alpine, a man-made reservoir, offers a rustic lodge, cabins, restaurant and store, as well as a large concentration of camping facilities.

Today, Bear Valley is a recreational paradise, offering a multitude of summer and winter sports, and is close to foothill golf courses and the Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The community is also home to the oldest cultural event in Alpine County, the Bear Valley Music Festival, held every August.

Area Camping

Three dozen campgrounds, plus thousands of acres of dispersed camping, makes Alpine County a favorite with campers. A range of facilities are available, from primitive sites along rushing streams, to lakeside campgrounds with swimming, fishing and boating.

Developed facilities are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alpine County and California State Parks, as well as by private owners.

With elevations ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet, campgrounds are clustered around Lake Alpine on the west, and at Caples Lake, Hope Valley and Markleeville on the east.

Undeveloped, or dispersed, sites are found in a variety of locations around Alpine County. Popular spots include Centerville Flats, Wolf Creek Meadows, Pacific Valley and a variety of locations in Hope, Faith & Charity Valleys.

For more information please visit:
The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway
All Day Make Sure Stevenot Winery & Tasting Room is on Your Visit Itinerary
Vallecito & Murphys, CA...Come Enjoy our Patio or Lawn while enjoying wine!! Stevenot Winery is open from Wednesday - Sunday, 11am to 4pm in Vallecito. On Weekends you can drop by the Stevenot Tasting Room on Main Street in Murphys as well.


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About Stevenot Winery
Wine, gold, history, and heritage are all parts of the rich and colorful tradition that is Stevenot Winery. Located in downtown Murphys and in Vallecito, in the heart of the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County, Stevenot’s beginnings hark back long before their first release of wine in 1978.

The first Stevenots came to the area during the great Gold Rush of the mid 1800’s. During that time vineyards began cropping up throughout the region as miners from France, Germany, and Italy were creating a demand for wine on an unprecedented scale. At one time the Sierra Foothills rivaled the areas of Napa and Sonoma combined in vineyard acreage with over 100 wineries established.

Although the industry eventually declined with the advent of prohibition, it wasn’t long before Barden Stevenot, a fifth generation member of the Stevenot family in Calaveras County, took up where his family had left off and established the winery in the late 1970’s. Recognized as one of the pioneers of the rebirth of wine production in the Sierra Foothills, Stevenot Winery quickly secured its reputation for producing world class wines and for their innovative and award winning style.

Stevenot also looks back at Calaveras County history. The Tasting Room in downtown Murphys was part of the Rufe and Keilber Meat Market, built in 1893. Behind the Tasting Room is the Matterson house, built in the 1860’s, which was damaged, but not destroyed, by the 1893 explosion of the nearby Manuel and Garland Store warehouse. Much of the center of town was destroyed by this accident caused when a clerk left a candle burning in the warehouse which ignited some black powder stored nearby.

New Generation
At about the same time Barden Stevenot was establishing his winery, the Oliveto family was establishing a distribution business in Jackson, which is now headed by brothers Jon and David Oliveto. Born and raised in Jackson, Jon and David began working at very early ages with their father Ross Oliveto’s milk distributing business which opened in the late 1960’s. In 1979 the milk distribution company was sold and the Oliveto family went into the beer and soft drink distribution business serving Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne counties. In the early 1980’s a wine division was added. The Oliveto family began distributing Stevenot wines in the early 1980’s, when White Zinfandel was their best seller. Oliveto Distributing was honored with the Miller Masters award in the early 1990’s, placing them in the top seven distributors in the United States. They were also awarded the High Life Achievement by Miller Brewing Company in 2002 and 2003, given to the top 40 distributors out of a roster of 450 companies.

Oliveto Family - Stevenot Winery Owners
Left to Right: David, Lorraine, Elizabeth, Ross, & Jon.

On February 10, 2010 Oliveto Distributing, Inc. became the proud new owner of Stevenot Wines and now operates the Stevenot Tasting Rooms on Murphys’ Main Street,and at the winery in Vallecito. Jon and David Oliveto are now owners of the well-respected and long-standing distribution company based out of Vallecito.

Into the twenty first century
Recently the Stevenot presence has expanded beyond the Tasting Room on Main Street to the winery in Vallecito. The winery is on property developed by John Batten in 1852. In addition to a facility that allows for local crush and bottling, the vineyards grow Barbera, Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, and Merlot grapes which provides the opportunity to produce Estate Bottled wines. As you pass through the decorative iron gates in the dry stone wall, past the pond, the heritage oaks, and landscaped meadow, your eye is immediately drawn to the Batten House. The Olivetos have put a great deal of thought and effort into the rehabilitation of this mid nineteenth century landmark. There are ample shaded outdoor areas to enjoy a glass, or two, of Stevenot wine.

Management of the Stevenot label is a family affair. Jon Oliveto is President of Oliveto Distributing. Jon lives in Murphys and is Production Manager and Vineyard Manager. He works closely with winemaker Nancy Steele in the making of each year’s vintage. David Oliveto is Vice President, Operations Manager, and Office Manager. David’s wife Lorraine is Tasting Room Manager and Head Groundskeeper. David and Lorraine live in Murphys. The next generation of Olivetos all live in Murphys as well. Sisters Brooke and Elizabeth have been involved in the business for years. Brooke Peterson is married to Robert Peterson who is a Company Officer and Sales Director. Brooke is currently on sabbatical to raise Cashton, who anchors the third generation. He was seen in the vineyards before his first birthday. Elizabeth is Wine Club Director. Working closely with her father and uncle, Elizabeth is perfectly placed to learn more about the wine making business.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to continue the tradition of Barden Stevenot,” said David. “Stevenot has always been a quality wine and well respected in the community.” “It’s all about quality,” adds Jon. “We have been in the distribution business our whole lives, and will continue to focus on wine making.”

With close to 50 years in the industry serving the region, the Oliveto family knows the business and the community well.

This event repeats weekly every Sunday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday until 10/27/2021
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM The 2021 Angels Camp Farmers Market
Angels Camp, CA...Certified Farmers Market located downtown Angels Camp at Utica Park, off Main Street. Find us Friday evenings from 5pm to dusk, thru September. Fill up the fridge with local foods- because they taste better, are healthier, last longer, and promote a sustainable local economy! At Utica Park we will welcome a great lineup of vendors, live music, delicious dinner and dessert options, a market bag raffle, and all of you great customers! Please contact Market Manager: Sarah Wiebe (209)822-8707

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM Tickets Selling Fast for Best of Calaveras "Wine & Food Walk"
Copperopolis, CA...Explore the Best of the Calaveras Wine and Food Scene this Summer! Meet local Vintners and Restauranteers while enjoying thoughtfully paired wine and food creations. YOU get to vote on the best Wine & Food Pairings and winners will be announced that evening.

The event is set to take place at The Square at Copper Valley located in front of the Gateway Hotel at 101 Stone St, Copperopolis, CA.

Advance ticketing Is recommended as this event Is limited to the first 250 guests. $45 CWA Members & Guests and $55 General Public. Includes a keepsake wine glass, wine & food pairings, and entertainment. Free parking. All proceeds benefit the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance Non-Profit Organization. 21 and over only fundraising event.

List of Confirmed Wineries & Restaurants (more being added for a total of 16 booths):
Aloria Vineyards, Boyle MacDonald Wines, Frog’s Tooth Winery, Indian Rock Vineyards, Ironstone Bistro, Ironstone Vineyards, Jazz Cellars, Newsome Harlow, Prospect 772 Wine Company, Snowshoe Brewing Co Restaurant, Stevenot Winery, Ten by Ten Winery, Val du Vino Winery, and Vine18 Restaurant.

Book your perfect wine weekend and stay at the new Gateway Hotel, located at The Square at Copper Valley.

Best of Calaveras "Wine & Food Walk"
The Town Square at Copper Valley
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM Grover Anderson's Album Release Show At the Bistro Espresso Tonight! Featuring the Lampoliers!
Arnold, CA...Grover Anderson has collaborated with the Lampoliers for his fifth album, All the Lies that I Have Told. It is a collection of small town stories. Written around a high-country campfire, in a Texas Uber, and amidst Wikipedia deep dives, the songs dig a little deeper than traditional rural clichés. The album release show is tonight at the Bistro Espresso, from 6-9 pm. Below is the song "Backseat Chorus" from his new album.

Find out everything you need to know about the new album and where to listen below:

Mark Twain Medical Center
Meadowmont Pharmacy
Bank of Stockton
Bear Valley Real Estate
Bear Valley Cross Country
Cave, Mine & Zip Lines
Fox Security
Bistro Espresso
Pinnacle Physical Therapy
Chatom Winery
Middleton's Furniture
Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Paul D. Bertini
Premier Properties
High Country Spa & Stove
Calaveras Mentoriing

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway
Sierra Logging Museum
Jenny's Kitchen

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