Archive for May, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend … Lots of Small Town Fun
—Posted Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 11:12 pm—
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It’s not too late to book a room at the Atrium for Memorial Day weekend, the official summer kick-off event. Take a look.

•May 25-27: Fort Bragg Quilt Show, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm, Town Hall and Masonic Hall. Admission $7, children under 11 free. Preview party Fri. May 25, $12 (includes admission for entire weekend show). Fabulous quilts, quilting demos, quilts for sale. Presented by Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg. Contact information: Susan Bivins,

•May 25-28: Mendocino Waves and Caves Kayak Weekend. Experience camping and exploring the Mendocino Coast, enjoying areas only accessible by kayak. Dart into sea caves, glide down waves, and experience the incredible beauty of the wild Mendocino Coast. Three nights of camping and meals provided. Novice through Advanced paddlers will enjoy this trip.
Cost: $395/person (early registration discounts available). Contact Liquid Fusion Kayaking, 707-962-1623;

•May 26: Starry Night: Symphony of the Redwoods Annual Pops Fundraiser Concert, Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg. Doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts at 7. $40 for concert and buffet, $20 concert only. A Starry Night of great music, singing and surprises, fantastic food and silent auction items, no host bar, and the Visual Violins drawing. Tickets available at 707-964-0898. Eagles Hall is located at 450 South Franklin Street.

•May 26: Chris Hillman Concert, Saturday, May 26th, 8 pm (doors open at 7:30) Cotton Auditorium, 500 N. Harold St, Fort Bragg. Tickets $25 ($30 at the door).H An unforgettable evening featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) with long-time singer and instrumentalist Herb Pedersen. Purchase advance tickets at . Proceeds benefit the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation.

•May 26: Pre-Chris Hillman Concert Dinner. The Fort Bragg Senior Center (adjacent to the Cotton) is hosting a fantastic Mexican dinner (proceeds benefit the Senior Center) prior to the show so come early! For information call 707-964-0443.

•May 26-27: Fourth Annual Fort Bragg Sea Glass Festival, 10 am – 6pm, Sea Glass Museum, 1701 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. Local and out-of-town Sea Glass artists display their sea glass art. Fort Bragg has the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Come see what wonderful things artists create with it. Information: 707-357-1585.

Take A Walk Through Fort Bragg History: Learn How A Military Post Became The City’s Business District, Visit Our Pioneer Cemetery, And More
—Posted Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 10:16 pm—
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One of the things we enjoy when on vacation, is learning something about the history of our vacation destination. It adds so much when we understand the events that shaped the areas we visit. It’s fun to read historical markers, and even better when we can join in a tour led by a local historian. If you’re like us, and you’ve planned to stay with us during the next few months, then you’re in for a real treat.

This month the Mendocino Coast Historical Society begins a program of docent led walks through Fort Bragg’s historical business district (we’re just a few blocks away), and pioneer cemetery. This is a fun way to learn about Fort Bragg’s interesting past and and the pioneer families that helped develop the area.

Historic Downtown: On Saturday May 19, you’ll hear how Fort Bragg’s business district is actually located where the Fort Bragg military post was built; how the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake destroyed much of the business district (ironically triggering an economic boom); and learn about later events that shaped the Fort Bragg we know today. Meet at the Guest House Museum, 343 N. Main Street, for a 10 am departure. A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested.

Pioneer Cemetery: On Sunday May 20, listen to stories of some of the pioneers and early settlers of Fort Bragg  and the Mendocino Coast, as you gaze at weathered tombstones. You’ll learn about  tombstone symbols and what they tell us about area and family history. Meet at Rose Memorial Park, located at Franklin and Spruce Streets. The walk, led by David Foucheaux, starts at 2 pm.  A donation to the Historical Society of $5.00 is requested

Here are some walk dates after May:

Historic Downtown Fort Bragg Walks: 6/16, 7/21, 8/18

Cemetery Walks: 6/17, 7/22, 8/19


Mother’s Day Weekend At The Atrium: An Afternoon In The Botanical Gardens, A Fashion Show And Tea, A Mother’s Day Brunch On The Skunk Train — Can It Get Any Better!
—Posted Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 9:41 pm—
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Mothers deserve special treatment everyday, but we all know how that goes. It’s a good bet though, that all will be forgiven if she spends a leisurely, comfy Mother’s Day weekend at the Atrium. Our friendly local town folk have arranged some special activities sure to make this a Mother’s Day weekend to remember. Here’s the line up:

•Friday, May 11: National Public Garden Day, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 9 am–5 pm. This day of national recognition honors public gardens and their contributions in education, conservation, and ecology. In honor of all of our nation’s gardens and the people who support them, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is providing free admission for all visitors. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens,18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352;

•Saturday, May 12: “Hoity Toity” Fashion Show and Tea,1-3 pm (doors open at noon), at the Eagle’s Hall, 210 N Corry St., Fort Bragg. Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door. A fun event and a great fundraiser for Parent’s and Friends, Inc. Dust off your tea hat and join in for tiny sandwiches (with the crust trimmed off, of course) pots of tea, and a fashion show featuring the crème de la crème of the Paul Bunyan Thrift Shop. Bid on apparel worn by models; shop in the show boutique. 707-964-8542.

•Sunday, May 13: Skunk Train Mother’s Day Brunch, 10 am (4-hour round trip). Treat Mom to a relaxing morning riding the train and sipping Mimosas (juice for the kids), then enjoy a special brunch in the redwoods. Adults $70; children $40. Board at the Skunk Depot, Foot of Laurel St. 707-964-6371;

If Mom wants to stay tucked in on her day, no problem — we’re serving up a special breakfast just for her!