Annie Oakley and Alfred Hitchcock share a birthday of Aug. 13. Oakley was born in 1860 and Hitchcock was born in 1899. Just imagine the interesting guest list for a joint birthday party. It would have been quite a time.
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The guest list for Imagination Theater’s annual benefit — Affair to Remember— will include the cast of “Oliver!” previewing the fall IT production. The evening will also have wine from Cantiga Wineworks and Palissandro Winery, with food from long-time theater supporters, Diane Wilkinson Catering and Sierra Capital Catering. To help raise money to support the local theater company some great items will be up for bid like: an all-inclusive weekend in Ashland, Ore.; South Lake Tahoe vacation home rental; June Lake getaway; local wine tours; themed gift baskets; and season theater tickets. The party is Friday, Aug. 15 from 7-10 p.m. at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Tickets are available at imaginationtheater.net or 530-642-0404.
Knotty Pine Lanes, 2667 Sanders Drive in Pollock Pines, is having its first 1920s Hot August Night 500 Grand Prix on Friday, Aug. 15. The evening will consist of an all-you-can-eat sundae bar, strike pot, prizes and huge payouts all in a car racing format. The entry for this really fun time is $25. Check in is at 7 p.m. and the bowling starts at 7 :30 p.m. For more information call 530-644-5414.
Some cool guests will be beating the summer heat in the cool wine cavern at Winery by the Creek, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. The private tasting of a special flight of six wines will be paired with artisan cheeses and charcuterie and some super wine information. To attend call 530-6202402 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ag in the Classroom program is presenting its second 20 Mile Taste fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the Davies Family Inn Shadowridge Ranch, 3700 Fort Jim Road in Placerville. This is a good guest list to be on and a great chance to sample the delicious pairings of wine from Holly’s Hill, Lava Cap, Madroña, Miraflores, Rainbow Orchards, Sierra Vista and Wofford Acres. Placerville Brewery will provide tastes of their local brews. Food partners include Allez, Diane Wilkinson catering, YamaMamas, Rainbow Orchards and Smokey Ridge Ranch. For tickets call 530-303-8117.
Legends and more
To celebrate all the legends that can be found at the Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, the hotel owners are presenting Legends, Music and Wine on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 6-7 p.m. in the Milton Room. Guests will walk through the true history of the hotel that plays such a big role on Main Street — separate the facts from the myths, listen to some toe-tapping banjo music and all the while enjoy select tastings from the Jodar Winery. Advance reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 530-622-4271.
Kick it up
Summer Sunday Kick Back at Crystal Bistro on Carson Road in Camino will kick it up a notch with music by Born Barefoot on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 3-6 p.m. Born Barefoot is a small band with a big sound. Having played together for more than nine years, the trio brings harmonic energy to a broad mix of original and covers songs spanning many decades and genres. For more details call 530-303-3749.
Get your tickets
Tickets for the American River Music Festival are available at americanrivermusic.org or by calling 530-622-6044. This is the eighth annual showcase of music at Henningsen Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus, and local spots in the Coloma Valley. The festival on Sept. 12, 13 and 14 will include: Greg Brown, The Bills, Whitewater Ramble, Tommy Malone (of the Subdudes), Laura Love and Big Bad Gina, The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Baskery, The Parson Red Heads, Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, The Rebecca Loebe Trio, Patchy Sanders and many more. Plus the festival offers three days/nights of beautiful riverfront camping with performances, join-in-shops and jams in each campground. When you buy a camping ticket it includes entrance to all festival music, shuttles and the very popular Friday guided river walk.
Just a note to Art Walkers — this Third Saturday, Aug. 16 the El Dorado Arts Council will not be participating because it is moving from Main Street to the Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. This is an exciting move and more information will be forth coming.