Like the rest of California, the drought has hit Fort Bragg. We’ve had only 2.5 inches of rain this year (normal is 30+ inches). The non-stop sunshine has left us with picture postcard days, blue skies and temperatures around the mid-60’s (a heatwave for us).
Of course, rain may be coming (we hope). No matter, there is always something to do in our tiny seacoast town for a weekend or a week — indoors or out.
Here are a few reasons to visit in February.
- Four North Coast artists are exhibiting their work at Partners Gallery: Helen Troxel (six new abstract mixed media pieces), on canvas, Sonya Popow (sculptural pots in sawdust or saggar fired terra cotta), Jonathan Palmer (cut paper and plexiglas rods) and Lisa Orselli’s (encaustic and sometimes fabric, wasp paper and graphite). http://www.partnersgallery.com>
- Every Friday and Saturday evening: North Coast Brewing presents Dinner Jazz from 6 to 9 pm in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom. The menu includes dinner specials and pizza from the stone hearth oven along with hand-crafted ales.
- February 1-March 28:Weekend Whale Talks at MacKerricher State Park. Knowledgeable docents talk about the annual gray whale migration and about other marine mammals seen along the Mendocino coast. Programs are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Learn more.
- February 8&9: Symphony of the Redwoods’ Winter Concert, February 8 (8pm ) and 9 (2 pm), Cotton Auditorium. Program:
Sibelius’ Symphony No 1 in E Minor, op 39 and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, op 104. Featured artist: Stephen Harrison, cellist. Ticket information: 707-964-0898; http://www.SymphonyoftheRedwoods.org
- February 22: Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop. The focus will primarily be on, but not limited to, the pruning of fruit tree varieties appropriate to the North Coast climate, specifically apples, pears and selected stone fruits. 10 am-noon. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Meeting Room. 707-964-4352; http://www.gardenbythesea.org.
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It’s not too late to book at room.