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Monterey County Events Newsletter
June, 2000

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  • Riverland Vineyards - Pieces of a Dream
  • Monterey Blues Festival - Monterey Fairgrounds
  • Wine and Cigar Dinner - Chateau Julien Wine Estate
  • Annual Art & Wine Festival - The Barnyard
  • Free Tickets to Jazz - Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
  • More Events
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Allergens
  • Editor's Note - An Asilomar Beach Summer
  • Past Issues

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It's difficult to select events to list here -- there is such a variety! I encourage you to pick your favorites from the full list:

If you are visiting the Monterey area in June, here are our recommendations of interesting things to see and do:

June 3 -- Riverland Vineyards- Pieces of a Dream
Riverland Vineyards, home of Mystic Cliffs wines will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their beautifully remodeled Gonzales Vineyard in the Salinas. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE VINEYARD. Fee: $25-General, $40-Preferred Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Concert-2:00 PM) Phone Number: SSP Concert Hotline - 831/649-1223

June 23 - 25 -- Monterey Blues Festival
The best of the Blues music. Guest performers, soul food. Held on the lawn and under the trees of the Monterey Fairgrounds and Exposition Park. Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: (831) 394-5462

June 23 -- Wine and Cigar Dinner
An exceptional evening of happy indulgence at Chateau Julien Wine Estate. Extraordinary wines, distinctive hand rolled Dominican Republic cigars and delectable foods. A great gift for Father's Day. 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel. Fee: $75.00 per person Time: Reception 7pm, Dinner 8pm Phone Number: (831) 624-2600

June 24 -- Annual Art & Wine Festival
Taste the wines of local wineries, stroll through the gardens and visit with exhibiting local artists actually painting in the gardens, listen to live music and sample foods from Barnyard restaurants. Silent and live wine auction conducted by Rancho Cellars. *Proceeds benefiting MCAP. Location: The Barnyard, Carmel. TICKETS AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE EVENT AT THE BARNYARD, RIO ROAD AND HIGHWAY 1. Fee: $15.00* Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Phone Number: N/A

If you will be in Monterey on **July 9th, 2000**, we have 1 pair of tickets to give away to see DAVE KOZ / Michael Tomlinson at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa at 3 P.M.


If you will be in Monterey on **July 30, 2000,** we have 1 pair of tickets to give away to see TOWER OF POWER + Chris Webster at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa at 3 P.M.

Concerts take place outside on the Plaza Deck overlooking the Monterey Bay. Dress appropriately for both warm and cool weather. Will Call / Tickets open 1:00pm . Gates open 2:00pm . Event time 3:00pm. Tickets are completely non-refundable and non-transferrable (NO TICKET / NO ENTRY). Food & Beverage (full bar) will be available for sale. No outside food or beverage permitted. Coolers and bags will be inspected. No video/audio recording of artist performances allowed.

To win a pair of tickets: 1.) click "Reply" and 2.) indicate the date you will be in Monterey, either July 9 *OR* July 30.

One entry per person, please respond by 5 PM June 9. We will draw the winners June 12.

THESE DATES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. Please do NOT apply if you will not be in the Monterey area for the dates you are applying for.

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more events
For more events in the Monterey area for the rest of 2000 please look through our extensive Events Calendar:

For weather predictions, choose the San Francisco area:

If you are sensitive to trees, grasses, weeds and molds see what might be blooming here around the time of your visit by looking at the web site of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Select "San Jose (Station 2)," it has more recent data. Use the graph feature at the bottom of that page, input today's date 1999 (i.e. 4-1-99) and you'll get a graph of the last 12 month's activity. Click on a bar of the graph to see what was active on that date. Pack tissues ;-)

An Asilomar Beach Summer

The family moved to Monterey in the summer. The small, dark-stained cabin was a welcome relief from the '60 Studebaker they drove across country, motel-hoping on Route 66.

The fog was the constant that summer, sometimes like a white canvas tent shading everything, sometimes like a wet towel on the tops of the pine trees and sometimes down playing peek-a-boo among the trunks. The fog, close, familiar.

Everyday the sister walked the little girl down the path to Asilomar Beach, the soft white sand grabbed at every footstep. Here the fuzzy dune plants glowed iridescent blue- and gray-green under the fog, there the ancient, silver-gray driftwood logs lounged. Sea gulls laughed overhead and then the living sea of many moods, whispered to the sandpipers running toward the sea and back, toward the sea and back.

They always left for the beach early in the morning and headed back when the wind picked up in the afternoon. The purpose was castles: sprawling in warm, dry sand, lazy behind the windbreak of logs, embellished with the finest satin-gray twig palisades and precious beach glass. Or proud and tall albeit short-lived in the hard wet sand decorated with thumbprint pits and wet sand dribbled off little fingers into turrets. Moats, they always took so long - and must be constructed last - rarely got completed before the wind woke up and drove the sisters home.

One morning on the way to the beach, the girl crested a dune and came quietly upon a resting doe, her slender legs trucked under her, sheltered in a hollow among the beach plants, a secret between the girl and the deer. The sister, her mind on gangly teenage boys, didn't see.

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