Spring Cleaning

editor@sierrastar.comMarch 18, 2014 

As is the case with Mountain Area summer camps and seasonal resorts, Sierra Historic Sites Association board members and volunteers pitched in last week to prepare the Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park for a busy spring and summer season.

With the first school bus bringing children to tour the park on March 26, caretaker Bill Huddleson repaired 10 picnic tables and Jim Corey applied a fresh coat of paint on the tables after they were sanded down.

To improve student safety during park tours of the Print Shop, viewing windows have been created so that students can observe Carl Metzler operate the park's 1908 printing press and vintage linotype machine from a safe distance.

In addition to the overall sprucing-up of the park, the Miami Lodge Cabin has been given new life as the visitor center and gift shop at the site. The gift shop features period gifts made by area artisans, wrought-iron tools fashioned by local blacksmiths, books, children's toys and art.

The cabin was built in the 1880s at Miami Lodge, near Fish Camp, and was moved to Holiday Village at Highway 41 and Crane Valley Road (426) in the 1950s. The cabin was donated to Sierra Historic Sites Association by Kathy Musacchio and Charles Pashayan and moved to Fresno Flats in 1983.

The small log structure is sometimes called the Roosevelt Cabin, based on local legend that President Theodore Roosevelt stayed in it during his 1903 Yosemite trip to meet pioneer conservationist John Muir.

Moving the gift shop from the Sweet Museum is the first step in an ambitious reorganization of museum exhibits to be completed this spring. Space in the museum will be dedicated to displaying a model of California Mill No. 2 in Nelder Grove, a three-year project of retired forest ranger John Hawksworth.

The park and gift shop are open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Sierra Historic Sites Association is always in need of volunteers, donations, and new memberships. Those interested should contact the organization.

Details: SHSA, (559) 683-6570.

Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival

Preparations are underway for the 14th Annual Fresno Flats Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival to be held April 11-13 in Oakhurst, with professional performers ready to bring their toe-tapping melodies to Mountain Area music lovers.

The Friday and Saturday events (April 11-12) will be held at the Old School House at Fresno Flats. Sunday's final concert (April 13) will be held at Oakhurst Lutheran Church at 39255 Black Road at Crane Valley Road (426).

This year's lineup of feature pianists includes Tom Brier, duo performers Chris and Jack Bradshaw, known for their four-hand artistry. Other performers will be Larisa Migachyov and flutist Julia Riley, new to the festival this year.

The festival will kick off at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, with a dinner followed by a concert presented by the festival performers at Fresno Flats. Tickets cost $10 for dinner and concert.

Another concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $5. A no-host pizza party will follow the Saturday concert. The weekend's final concert will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 13, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church. Donations accepted.

Details: Charlie Bednar, (559) 683-6570, fresnoflatsmuseum@sti.net.

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