The 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 monthly Fresno Flats dinner featuring Coarsegold veterinarian and Cowboy Poet Madison Seamons and the 2013 Heritage Days Mountain Bells, will serve as the Mountain Area kick-off of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.
The Mountain Bells who will reign over Heritage Days (Sept. 20 and 21) are Zoe Powell, Cecelia Garcia, and Katelyn Suderman.
Sponsors for Powell, Garcia and Suderman are Sierra Historic Sites Association, Golden Chain Theatre, and Vision Academy of the Arts, respectively.
The Yosemite Grant was a bill signed by Abraham Lincoln that ensured the preservation of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove.
"The celebration of the anniversary of the Yosemite Grant is an opportunity for the Mountain Area to work together to be a part of this historic celebration," said Jackie Byers, Vision Academy president.
According to Sheila Adams,Vision Academy board member, new events were added to the annual Heritage Days (Sept. 20-21) to tie into the Yosemite Grant anniversary.
"We are calling these events A Step Back in Time To Heritage Days," Adams said. "We are looking for community members to participate and we hope to build some excitement leading up to Heritage Days."
From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, a Country Fair with a baked cookie contest and "Best Salsa in the Mountain" contest will be held at Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park on School Road (427). The day will include vendors, entertainment, and demonstrations including fly fishing techniques, line and square dancing, taekwando, gymnastics, and chain saw wood carvers. Indian tacos will be available for lunch.
"We are looking forward to having Diane's Gymnastics, Chamber Maids and Patti Laws School of Dance perform," Byers said.
Other kick-off events
Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Country Fair with baked cookie contest and "Best Salsa in the Mountains" contest.
Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Demonstrations and entertainment continued and cookie and salsa contest awards (1 p.m.)
Chili dogs and Frito-boat lunch sponsored by Sierra Historic Sites Association.
Wednesday, Sept. 18: Sierra Lions Club drive through tri-tip barbecue dinner, 5-6 p.m. at Sierra Star parking lot. Hoe Down with line dancing and square dancing lessons, 6-9 p.m., Oakhurst Community Center.
Details: Jackie Byers, (559) 683-7071, Sheila Adams, (559) 642-4329, nps.gov/yose/anniversary.