On Friday, November 16 bluegrass sensations Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
rode into town and shook the shack at the historic Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. Playing some favorites along with some new tunes, the band demonstrated their versatility and deep bluegrass roots.
Laurie is also an active river advocate with a true love of our central Sierra rivers, including the Mokelumne. For the last two years, she and fellow musician friend Suzy Thompson have produced the “River of Song” benefit concert for us and Friends of the River in Berkeley.
In addition to the great music, there was great wine available. In 2009 winemaker extraordinaire Bill Easton of Terre Rouge and Easton Wines created a limited-release Wild and Scenic Mokelumne label Zinfandel as a fundraiser for Foothill Conservancy. Proceeds from the wine benefited our (now-successful) effort to secure Wild and Scenic designation for the Mokelumne. We paired some of the few rare, remaining bottles of this nicely aged fine wine with a bottle of Easton 2014 Zinfandel, and six fortunate raffle winners took home this dynamic duo.
Mary Pulskamp, owner and operator of Rosebud’s Café, kindly baked delicious cookies local music-lovers enjoyed along with California beer and wine donated by Lagunitas Brewing, Drytown Cellars, and Sobon Wines.
Many thanks to everyone who came, and to our friends Marta and Kevin Brady-Johnson, Cinny and Dick Cowgill, Mel Welsh, Paula and Bob Leitzell, Laurie and Howie Webb, and sound guy Pete Bell for all of their hard work before, during, and after the show. We’d also like to thank Amanda Nelson and Carolyn Schooley of our staff, whose efforts are an essential ingredient in all of our events.