Sierra Repertory Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre in the Sierra Foothills. We present 10 shows annually ranging from Broadway musicals, comedy, classics, drama and farces at two locations: East Sonora Theatre and Historic Fallon House in Columbia State Historic Park.
O.A.R.S.'s three-hour tours through the gushing environs of Yellowstone Lake invite explorers to mount up for a close encounter with the park's natural splendor and geothermal pyrotechnics on the lake’s West Thumb. Sliding past Lakeshore Geyser, kayakers will explore local hot springs and mud pots as O.A.R.S.'s geologists lead a discussion on the region’s unique makeup. Led by experienced guides who know the lake’s West Thumb like the back of their own west thumb, half-day-trippers typically team up in pairs on one of O.A.R.S.'s two-seater sea kayaks, though singles are available on request for fitness fiends and mysterious loners.
For 29 years, the friendly and knowledgeable rafting staff of River Journey has outfitted visitors with the equipment and know-how to navigate the meandering waters of the picturesque Stanislaus River. Departing from Knights Ferry, guided and self-guided groups in fitted lifejackets bob under the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi in their inflated rafts or kayaks, paddling with provided paddles or hiring a flock of unemployed ducks to do the grunt work. Adventurers then splash through Class 2 Russian Rapids—where their pictures will be snapped for optional purchase at the end of their trip—before floating between Two Bluffs, marked on each side by towering basalt cliffs where swallows and blue heron nest. Rafts continue toward Lovers Leap, a sheer rock wall with a uniquely shaped peak, and through the Throw Rapid after a sharp right bend in the river. Through Horseshoe Park and along to slow, calm swimming holes, three- to five-hour trips draw to a close at Orange Blossom Park after conquering 8 miles of the dynamic waterway and performing celebratory run-ashore dances.
The blues can spawn from many different things. A life full of regrets. A failed relationship with a former sweetheart. A favorite Cheers episode interrupted by the Public Broadcasting System. With the blues, there's always a story in between the notes of every chord progression. At some point, however, all of that melancholy comes full circle, and the music transforms into a raucous celebration of life. That's certainly the case at the Blues and Bones Festival, where crowds gather to hear regional blues artists, from soulful singers to lightening-fast guitarists, share their euphonious stories to cheering crowds.
Though the expressive performances of these artists certainly shake attendees right down to their bones, the "bones" in the event title actually refers to the remnants of slow-smoked BBQ. In addition to the music, the outdoor festival culls a melange of food vendors who add their own signature seasonings to pork, chicken, and beef in hopes of taking home prizes.
Many people's favorite memories are born at Yosemite as they scale its epic cliffs, spot mule deer among its fields of wildflowers, or feel the mist of waterfalls thundering down from hundreds or thousands of feet above. The expert photographers of YExplore help visitors preserve those memories with shots that truly capture the grandeur of the land, with all its subtle gradations of light and color.
All of Y Explore's guides live in or around Yosemite, and harbor a deep knowledge of the area's geology and natural history. While the crowds line up to ascend El Capitan or look at that one acorn that's pretty big, Y Explore leads its students down paths stamped with far fewer footprints. There, you'll be free to practice the finer points of composition, lighting, perspective, depth of field, and other photographic concepts?resulting in stunning images of landscapes, flora and fauna, and sunsets.
The guttural thrum of an engine stirs the leaves of an oak tree. Over the crest of a rolling hill, motorcycles with goldenrod appear. Miles behind the riders, along blacktop shimmering in the sun’s warmth, Motherlode Motorsports equips patrons with rides, helmets, gas, and experienced guidance. Riders do not need a California motorcycle license to pilot the three-wheeled bikes, giving first-timers the chance to jump right on and glide along the gently ascending hills of Gold Country to San Andreas or up to the nearby Stanislaus National Forest.
Motherlode Motorsports also connects road warriors with an inventory of speedsters from Yamaha, KTM, Suzuki, and Honda, as well as gear from Fox Racing and other brands. Staff experts can offer advice on where to ride as well as tips on survival when confronting a feral camshaft and its cubs in the woods.