Plumas Arts brings winter dances to Chester

Roxanne Valladao
Plumas Arts

Plumas Arts is pleased to be working with a group of Lake Almanor Basin community members to try out some new programming this winter season.

Two dances are planned in the coming months in hopes of giving folks something fun to do to encourage everyone to get out of the house and get together with friends and neighbors.

The first will be a family barn dance featuring contra dancing Feb. 22, at Chester Elementary School.

This dance will be produced in partnership with Chester Elementary School Parent Teachers Association. The PTA will provide concessions at the event to help raise funds for their school projects.

A month later on March 22 EDGEWATER will provide music for a “Cabin Fever Dance Party” at the Chester Memorial Hall. 

The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge No. 2626 will be supporting this event and also providing a no-host bar with alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages.

Both dances are being made possible by Plumas Arts with donations from Tim O’Brien of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Garn Pringle of the Lake Almanor Fitness Center.

Jeff Bryant, the Lake Almanor Basin representative on the Plumas Arts board of directors, who also coordinates the very popular June event A Few Brews and A Banjo, is organizing the Chester dances. 


About Plumas Arts

Plumas Arts has been providing programs and events in the county since its inception in 1981.

The work of the organization provides a considerable service to both the arts and our local economy all around the county — as well as specifically in the Lake Almanor Basin.

Residents, students and businesses in the Lake Almanor Basin benefit directly from the following programs:

The Artist in the Schools program has brought hands-on visual art, dance and music programs to Chester Elementary School for more than two decades.

A 30-year-old Plumas Arts events calendar that is updated weekly online provides a countywide cultural arts calendar that highlights local cultural events with free listings for events producers.

The printed and Web-based calendar at is also a primary point of reference for tourists as well as residents and event planners.

Plumas Arts has coordinated the Almanor Art Show since the early 1980s when the original artist-organizers, who started the annual art show on the banks of Lake Almanor in 1969, asked the organization to take it on.

Plumas Arts has grown the show into one of the biggest and best in the region. It takes place each year on the Collins Pine lawn over the first Saturday and Sunday in August.

Plumas Arts has worked with both the Feather River Fine Arts Guild and Lake Almanor Community Foundation to produce two of the bigger events in the Basin: A Few Brews and A Banjo and Art Around the Lake.

Our sponsorship helps to bring thousands of dollars each year into the Chester schools for visual art, music and theatre programs.


Chester Words & Music

For more than 10 years, Plumas Arts has worked to build and host a thriving Words & Music program in Chester.

In recent years attendance and participation have dwindled and were nearly nonexistent during the winter months.

The Chester Words & Music program is currently on hiatus while Chester-based poet/musician and Plumas Arts board member Christina Quigley works to collect new energy and ideas.

Chester and Lake Almanor residents interested in helping with this effort are encouraged to contact Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or the website at

The Plumas Arts board of directors has solidly supported these efforts for several decades. It is hoped that these new dances will help to increase awareness about what all Plumas Arts does throughout the county to help boost Lake Almanor Basin area membership support for Plumas Arts.

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