The weather in Plumas County may have been spotty lately, but our cultural offerings have been sunny and bright. Every once in awhile, I am amazed anew at what all we can pull off when we want to. Over the last month, I have attended so many varied events that I have almost lost track. Bear with me as I recount a few.
First up was Taste of Plumas. I was quite content by the time I waddled out of the fairgrounds after sampling great food from restaurants around the county. I now have a must-try list of several restaurants the next time my travels take me to opposite ends of the county.
That gourmet gluttony was followed the next week by a reading and workshop by noted author Ariel Gore at Feather River College and a yoga workshop at Whitehawk Ranch. That weekend included two performances of dramaworks' delightful version of "Willy Wonka."
Then it was off to the All County Jazz Night, where jazz bands from county high schools performed for an enthusiastic crowd. I took my trombone-playing daughter to that for inspiration.
A trio of Earth Day activities followed. Rain didn't dampen spirits at the festival organized by Feather River College students. A film, "People of the Amazon," and lecture by the film maker on environmental activism lured me to the Town Hall Theatre the next night. I ended the week at Will Lombardi's talk on John Muir's Feather River journeys, but not before I took in dinner and an art show by FRC students at Pangaea.
The events just didn't let up. I sampled one of the Lunch and Learn lectures, this particular one on Nepal, offered by the Plumas County Library. For upcoming topics, see our Events Around Plumas County calendar.
Then last weekend, my daughter and I attend the High Sierra Community Youth Orchestra spring concert, which followed on the heels of the Plumas County Museum's "Black Bart Rides Again" presentation.
I list all of these to give you an idea of the quantity, quality and variety of cultural offerings we're blessed to have here in Plumas County. And those were just the events I made it to. There were many more to choose from. There was the quilt show in Portola I didn't get to and the Ancient Mudras and Sufi Meditation (doesn't that pique your interest?) at the yoga center in East Quincy.
There's no sign of things slowing down. In the next week alone, FRC presents "Oklahoma," Plumas Arts hosts a Downtown Art Walk in Quincy, the library has another Lunch & Learn lecture (this one on Mayans in Guatemala) and the Portola Rotarians serve up a chili cook-off.
What's interesting to me is that all this cultural hustle and bustle doesn't leave me tired - it leaves me inspired and energized. Give me more! Bring it on!
And it leaves me grateful. An amazing amount of unpaid and underpaid work goes into so many of these events. I applaud all of you who have helped support and organize these recent and upcoming events.
That we have so many groups and individuals willing to give of their time, their talents and even their own cash speaks of a kind of richness of soul that many more-populated and affluent counties would have trouble matching.
For most of us, all we have to do is show up. A number of these events are free, low-cost or donation-based. All we need bring is that energy and inspiration I mentioned earlier. The artists, writers, musicians and performers feed off of our enthusiasm. This is how we build a vibrant cultural life together.
So I ask you - take that back - I exhort you to get out there and breathe in what Plumas County has to offer. Engage. You just might find yourself contemplating your own lecture, show, concert ...