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Celebrate a Hometown Holiday and shop small in Fort Bragg

Posted on: November 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Julia Conway No Comments
looking east up Laurel Street

Laurel Street

Looking for an alternative to the cookie-cutter merchandise in the big box discount stores?  Family and friends are visiting for Thanksgiving and need an activity for Friday or Saturday?  Want to get a head start on your Christmas list?  We have the answer for you.  Join us on Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November 29th in historic downtown Fort Bragg for some Hometown Holiday shopping!

Enjoy a slower pace of shopping with friendly and helpful people to greet and entertain you from 12:00N to 3:00P.  Browse our galleries, boutiques, bookshops, specialty stores, antique stores, toy and game stores and more!  There are more than 90 independently owned “small” shops, with something for everyone on your gift list, for all ages and budgets.  Enjoy strolling carolers and holiday decorations, and best of all, no standing in line for hours just to snag a mass-produced gift of the moment.  Park at one of the five convenient downtown lots and take a leisurely stroll along Franklin Street.  Enjoy a delicious hot beverage at one of our downtown cafes, or schedule a late lunch with your friends and family.  We’ll see you downtown this Thanksgiving weekend and thank you for shopping small and local!



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What? More mushrooms you say?

Posted on: November 10, 2014 at 10:44 am by Julia Conway No Comments
Locally foraged Boletus Edulis

Locally foraged Boletus Edulis

The Mendocino Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival kicked off in style last weekend with the Zoppe’ Family Circus, the Mushroom Train and numerous Mushroom dinners at local restaurants.  With the beautiful Indian summer weather, there is lots to enjoy here in Fort Bragg, so don’t miss the next round of Mushroom themed events, scheduled through the Festival’s end on Sunday, November 16th.

Never searched for wild mushrooms on a mountain bike?  Bike Sprite in Fort Bragg is sponsoring outings in our beautiful redwood forests, traversing trails and logging roads in search of wild mushrooms.

Navarro Vineyards and Cucina Verona bring you a very special Winemaker dinner on Thursday, November 13th.  Call the restaurant at 707-964-6844 for details and reservations for this fabulous feast!

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens continues to host wild mushroom observation walks, Mondays starting November 17th and continuing into December!  No picking, but great opportunities to photograph local species in their natural habitat.

Wondering how to prepare all those fabulous fungi?  Assaggiare Mendocino is hosting a wild mushroom hike and cooking class on Saturday, November 15th starting at 10:00AM.  Call 707-961-9687 or email to reserve your spot!

Make plans to join the Beachcomber Inn and Spa for a festive lunch on the Captain’s Deck featuring tempting and tasty mushroom delights from Chef Scott Effinger of the Cliff House this Saturday, November 15th from 1:00P to 3:00P.  If you haven’t been there, the Beachcomber sports the best beach views in town, perched above the Pudding Creek beach and trestle.

Wrap up your festival week with the Fungi Finale at Jughandle Creek Farm and Nature Center, just a few miles south of Fort Bragg.  The party starts at 2:00P on Sunday, November 16th, so don’t miss your last chance to learn from local mushroom expert Eric Schramm of Mendocino Mushrooms.

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Zoppe’ Family Circus Returns to Fort Bragg

Posted on: November 3, 2014 at 10:52 am by Julia Conway No Comments

Zoppe’ Family Circus, photo Hayley Ross,

Come experience the History of Zoppé – An Italian Family Circus since 1842!
The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) with acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Giovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than what passes for circuses these days. “We try to touch every emotion during the show,” he says. “They’ll laugh, they’ll cry, and they’ll feel for the characters. It’s more of an event than a show.” Buy tickets here. And watch the circus here!

Showtime schedule – all at Todd’s Point, Oceanview Drive, Fort Bragg:
November 6 at 7:00 PM
November 7 at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM
November 8 at 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00 PM
November 9 at 1:00 & 4:00 PM

Pricing (proceeds benefit Three Rivers Charter School): Adults $18; VIP upgrade available before each show–$15 additional per ticket, first come/first serve; Kids $13; Under 3 years/free

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Mushrooms in Fort Bragg?

Posted on: October 30, 2014 at 10:55 am by Julia Conway
Local boletes

Locally harvested boletes

The Mendocino County Mushroom, Wine and Brew Festival is right around the corner, and the local wild mushrooms have started to appear all over Fort Bragg.  Never tasted these delectable treats?  Not an experienced wild mushroom forager?  You can enjoy special mushroom-themed menus at local restaurants during the Festival, which runs from Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 16th.  From fine dining to a quick snack, the restaurants of historic downtown Fort Bragg are all gearing up for the event.  Here’s a list of local favorites where you can indulge your hunger for these special seasonal treats.  Reservations recommended at those marked with an asterisk (*).

Mendo Bistro and Barbelow:  seasonal menu items and their famous Candy Cap creme brulee * (for groups of 5 or more)

Luna Trattoria:  Italian dishes to warm the heart and the belly *

Cucina Verona:  Local mushrooms paired with local seafood and special pastas *

The Cliff House:  Fabulous views of Noyo Harbor and a lively happy hour *

North Coast Brewing Company Taproom and Grill:  Mushrooms and weekend dinner jazz with local brews *

Piaci Pizzeria:  A local hangout with some of the best pizza in town and a wide range of microbrews on tap

The Q:  Fort Bragg’s favorite BBQ joint, great for a quick bite for lunch or dinner

Cowlick’s Ice Cream:  Their Candy Cap ice cream can only be improved by the addition of a swirl of local North Coast Brewing beer brittle

Try one, try them all, and tell us about your favorite mushroom dishes in the comments!

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Fort Bragg Certified Farmers Market Now Year-Round!

Posted on: October 18, 2014 at 11:28 am by Julia Conway

Bartlett pears


Fans of the Fort Bragg Certified Farmers Market, held on Franklin Street between Laurel and Pine in historic downtown Fort Bragg usually feel a wistful sense of the passing seasons, as the last market day of the year approaches at the end of October.  Not so this year, as the market has secured an indoor location; in the old gym behind City Hall.  The Fort Bragg market has traditionally been a seasonal one, open the first Wednesday in May through the last Wednesday in October.  Locals and visitors alike anxiously await the spring opening and a return to the beautiful and fresh local produce.  The market will move to the new location on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, and will be held during the usual hours of 3:00P through 6:00P.

Support your local food producers and come to the new winter market at City Hall on Laurel Street just down from Franklin.  Our local farmers and producers will thank you, and so will your taste buds!  For more information, click HERE.

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With the first rain comes……mushrooms!

Posted on: October 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Julia Conway
Festival attendee with giant boletes

Festival attendee with giant boletes

What is the first sign of fall on the north coast?  Our first good rain and the appearance of our first wild mushrooms of the season.  Food lovers from all over the west converge on the forests of Fort Bragg this time of year with good reason; the hunt for the elusive golden chanterelles or the coveted boletus edulis, also known as porcini, or according to the local “gamboni,” which means leg in Italian.  The reference is to the robust and shapely stem of the mushroom that is likened to the calf of a lady’s leg.  You can recognize the mushroom hunters by their downcast gaze and slow, shuffling gait through the woods.  Veteran mushroom hunters guard their favorite picking locations, sometimes leading unwary observers on a merry chase….away from their prized patch!

Locals celebrate the arrival of the mushrooms in style, with the Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival, which runs from Saturday, November 8th through Sunday November 15th this year.  Many of the Festival events are right here in Fort Bragg.  Click HERE for a link to the Festival Brochure.

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Historic Downtown 3rd Annual Sidewalk Saturday September 20th

Posted on: September 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm by Julia Conway


looking east up Laurel Street

Laurel Street

In town for the 75th Anniversary of the Festival of the Holy Ghost (Portuguese Festa) on the weekend of September 21st, or just looking for something fun for the family?  Shop historic downtown Fort Bragg during the annual Sidewalk Saturday celebration.  The merchants of downtown Fort Bragg have joined forces to showcase the best in art, merchandise and services, all available right here in town.  Start your holiday shopping early and join us on Saturday.  Local musician Earl Oliver will be strolling the neighborhood, providing a festive accompaniment to the many activities.  Stores on Laurel Street, Franklin Street, Redwood Street and, of course, Main Street will be celebrating with us.  Don’t miss the historic photos of downtown Fort Bragg displayed at Town Hall, and stop by for some refreshments.  Pick out an outfit for Saturday’s Dinner, Dance and Coronation at the Portuguese Hall or browse the many galleries featuring local artists and artisans.  Don’t forget to enjoy lunch at one of our many outstanding restaurants and cafes while you shop.

Mark your calendars; Saturday, September 20th, 11:00A to 4:00P in historic downtown Fort Bragg.  Hospitality center at Town Hall at the corner of Main and Laurel streets.  Shop local, shop downtown Fort Bragg!

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75th Anniversary of Paul Bunyan Days

Posted on: August 18, 2014 at 10:31 am by Julia Conway

Paul Bunyan Days


This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Paul Bunyan Days celebration!  Named for the bigger-than-life logger and his giant blue ox, the festival celebrates the history of the community and pays tribute to the strength of the people who live here.  Whether you attend the logging show and competition or the parade, or many of the other events, this Labor Day weekend festival is not to be missed!  For the schedule of activities, go to  The festival will run from Friday, August 29th through Monday, September 1st, 2014.


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Fort Bragg’s 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted on: August 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Julia Conway 1 Comment
 A scene from by-gone days.

A scene from by-gone days.

The City of Fort Bragg is observing an important anniversary this year!  August 5th will mark the date of the official incorporation as a City, which occurred on August 5, 1889.  In celebration, the City and the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee have planned a series of community events, with participation from various historical and civic organizations and businesses.

C. R. Johnson, president of the Fort Bragg Redwood Company, was named the first president of the board of trustees, and the town was laid out much as it exists today – with a uniform street grid and mid-block alleys.  The City was established on the sight of the historic military post, established in 1857 about a mile north of the Mendocino Indian Reservation.  Native Americans of the Pomo tribe have inhabited the area for approximately 10,000 years, with their seasonal villages, located along the coast.  The military post was short-lived, and records show that in 1864, after the forced relocation of the Native American population, commemorated as the Trail of Tears, the military post was formally abandoned.  However, the booming logging industry ensured the continued existence of the settlement.

In historic Town Hall, the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee will sponsors a display of historic photographs  and will be open from 4:00P – 8:00P on Friday night the 8th, on Saturday the 9th from 10:00A – 4:00P and on Sunday the 10th from 11:00A to 4:00P.  In conjunction with this exhibit, the Paul Bunyan Days Association sponsors a historic logging display under the arbor at Town Hall.

On Saturday the 9th, from 12:00 noon – 3:00P, there will be an Community Picnic held at Bainbridge Park to be enjoyed at picnic tables or seated on your own picnic blanket in the lawn area.  There will be live music, a petting zoo sponsored by Fort Bragg High School FFA.  City officials will re-enact the signing of the City Charter, complete with period costumes and appropriate ceremony followed by cutting and serving a cake.  Rumor has it that Paul Bunyan will make an appearance at the picnic.  Bring the family and enjoy lunch, which includes a hot dog, chips, watermelon and water, and of course, some of the City’s birthday cake!

On Labor Day weekend, in conjunction with the annual Paul Bunyan Days events, there will be a dedication of the Founders’ Grove in Otis Johnson Park.  The Founders’ Grove dedication will acknowledge the City’s 125th years of incorporation and will commemorate the 75th celebration of Paul Bunyan Days, which celebrate the colorful history of the logging and forest products industry on the north coast.  More information on this event will be available in the Paul Bunyan Days program, available soon at or at

The City and the Paul Bunyan Days Association are seeking committee members and community participants to assemble a time capsule.  Contents for the capsule will be collected throughout the City’s 125th year (starting August 9, 2014) and it will be buried at the end of the celebration year, in August of 2015.  Do you or your family have a place in Fort Bragg’s history?  If so, the organizers welcome you contributions of photos, memories and memorabilia.   Please contact City Hall at 707-961-2823 if you are interested in participating in this activity.


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Coastal Trail Construction to Begin

Posted on: July 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm by Julia Conway
View of the mill site and  Coastal Trail

View of the mill site and Coastal Trail


We are excited to announce that the contract for the build out of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail has been approved and awarded to Granite Construction ( of Ukiah.  This trail, which will be built on former GP mill site land, will connect the Noyo Headlands with Glass Beach, and run the length of the coastal frontage of the property.

The City of Fort Bragg has been working for several years to complete the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail project which will provide public access to Fort Bragg’s coast for the first time in over a century. The project is funded with a $1.36 million grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, $4.8 million from State Parks Proposition 84 funding, and $348,000 in Caltrans funding. The City has all of the funds in place to construct the trail. The project will be constructed in 2014 and 2015, with expected completion in the fall of 2015.

For more information and environmental documents, visit the page on the City’s new website at


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