Mammoth Lakes: town party, Bluesapalooza, music, drama, art

bluesapalooza.jpgIn Town News… The entire community is cordially invited to attend the Town’s 30th Anniversary Community Party, for FREE! onFriday, August 15 at Shady Rest Park, and Town Council is scheduled to meet on August 6 at 5:00 p.m. with a PLAN Your PARKS presentation.

Around Town… This weekend is the legendary 19th annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza at Sam’s Woods Site, the iconic Mammoth Lakes Music Festival features at the College, the 42nd annual Mammoth Lakes Fine Arts & Crafts Festival is at Kittredge Sports, and Mammoth is hosting the Kids Adventure Games.

Looking ahead… Shakespeare in the Woods: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” proudly hosted by Sierra Classic Theatre commencesAugust 8, along with the Mammoth Margarita Festival in The Village at Mammoth. Don’t miss “Supermoon at the Summit” onAugust 9StellarFest returns along with Fiesta Caliente on August 10, beginning August 14 is the Mammoth Wine Weekend and the smooth sounds of the Sierra Summer Festival. Closing out August is the Mammoth Flip on August 21 and Mammoth Rocks – A taste of the Sierra returns to The Village on August 22. Phew!

Recreation News… Never have a slow day in Mammoth again – experience the best of the Recreation Department this August. Grab the 2 for 1 youth skate rental coupon in The Sheet or in all certified racks throughout Town and get over to the Mammoth RecZone.  Located near Von’s, admission is only $2.00. Hours: Friday: 5-10pm / Saturday: 3-10pm / Sunday: 3-7pm.

The Whitmore Pool offers recreation swimming midweek from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and weekends from 12-4 p.m. Swim lessons are offered midweek mornings and midweek transit service to the Whitmore Pool operates through August 22.

Summer camps are wrapping up for the season – register online today  for the Husky Prep Tennis CampWave Rave Concrete KommandosWilderness CampTetra Brazil Advanced Soccer CampYoutheatre Drama Camp, Youth Gymnastics Camp and the final Youth Climbing Camp of the season!

Drop-in Tennis Lessons at the Community Courts are also scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

Fire Restrictions…Effective Friday, June 27, 2014 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest implemented fire restrictions. Please do your part and abide by the fire restrictionsClick here for the latest information on the wildfire smoke impacting our air quality and review health tips from Mono County Health.

Town Meetings… The Recreation Commission meets on August 5 in Suite Z at 2:00 p.m. and the Planning and Economic Commission is scheduled to meet on August 13 in Suite Z at 2:00 p.m.

Review the latest forecast – summer in the mountains!

Make it a safe and great week.


Stuart Brown
Recreation Manager & Public Information Officer
Town of Mammoth Lakes

14 Responses to Mammoth Lakes: town party, Bluesapalooza, music, drama, art

  1. Tourbillon August 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    The Town was full of happy people on Blues weekend. Saw tons of people enjoying themselves and ditto for all the locals I know.

    Which I guess keeps them too busy to post on the SW Grumpy Board.

  2. bobj August 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    attended my 4th beer festival.
    my thoughts: seemed a bit crowded, always a line to sample beer.
    more law enforcement walking the festival than in past years.
    more males than females, 65% male and 35% female
    breweries held fast to 2 oz. samples, not 4 oz. pours.
    fewer in German costumes.
    definitely more porta-potties this year. that was good.

    overall a B grade.
    gave last year an A- grade.

    would like to hear other comments.

    • Eastern Sierra Local August 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      I’ve been to 10 festivals:

      #1) Dissappointing that right after the beer sampling was complete at least half of the crowd left….obviously just drunks and not real blues fans.

      #2) Too expensive; the ticket use to be $35 now $65 for Saturday….they want $175 for next years festival when this years was $140…(4 day VIP pass).

      #3) The police pressence continues to get larger and larger every year despite the number of attendees not really increasing over the same amount of time.

      #4) The trolley system is great and efficient but to pay to park on a City Street doesn’t seem right when the taxpayers already paid for that street.

      Buddy Guy was great and this year was the first time I saw Sunday’s show as packed as it was.

      • Wayne Deja August 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

        …and I quote myself with my above comment….quote “and since $$$ is all the TOML cares about ….”….there you have it….from $35.00 last year to $65.00 this year and then up to $175.00 next year….pay to park on a city street.. increased police presance to try to control the rowdy drunks…and once the beer sampling was over,good-bye crowd….sounds like a fun day to me.

    • sugar magnolia August 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Not being a big beer drinker, I arrived at 3:00 to start beer tasting. Could always find a brewer with no line, but there were some brewers with small lines. Or, quite often, it looked like a line but was actually people standing and waiting to drain their beer glass so they could get another taster.

      I enjoyed the beers I tasted, the crowd was easy to maneuver through and people were friendly. First time in years that I didn’t come across some totally sh!t faced.

      Interestingly, it seemed to me that a lot of the beer drinkers left after the tasting stopped. The crowd down by the stage was definitely sober, and a little bit unfriendly!

      Overall, the organization of this event was darn near flawless..the free trolley didn’t always come as often as advertised but it worked. Buddy Guy was by far the highlight musically, along with Ana Popovic and Quinn Sullivan.

      My main complaint was the attendees…It seemed like a lot of them didn’t know they were there to have fun.

  3. enoughalready August 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Why are these events not held out at Shady Rest Park?

  4. sugar magnolia August 4, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Guess everyone is different….I enjoyed hearing the music from a distance at my house.

    And I don’t see how Canyon being closed would effect Minaret at all. Lake Mary road to Main street worked just fine. Or Forest Trail. Minaret doesn’t even go the same direction as Canyon.

    Do you think all events should be cancelled because some roadwork has to be done?

  5. A Citizen August 4, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Anyone else get a little tired of the constant THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP over a half mile away from the event site?

    At 1030pm on Friday eve it was louder than my TV next to my bed. I have to get up early and am usually asleep by 9 to get up for work.

    Anyone else feel like closing the road for the event for parking when Canyon is closed is lack of forethought? I feel like someone is taking advantage of an already broken system.

    • Wayne Deja August 4, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      A citizen….I got bad news for you….The loud music….the THUMP….THUMP….THUMP heard throughout the night ?….It includes a lot of people….partiersdrinking booze…..and smoking weed….with money to spend…..and since that’s about all the TOML cares about,you citizens up there just have to deal with the annoyance keeping you up all night long….sorry….

      • Trouble August 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

        Wayne, that’s what a large precentage of this world does to enjoy themselves. I say crank it up and enjoy!

        • Wayne Deja August 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

          Trouble……Me and one of my neighbors have a way of “shutting things down” when this happens late-night in my neighborhood,but probably a good idea to leave some guessing to what it is….maybe just say,kinda like how you end your post…..”let it fly and enjoy “…

          • Trouble August 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

            I can’t hear you!

      • Eastern Sierra Local August 5, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

        You sound jealous.

  6. Realist August 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    A town sponsored party to celebrate what?

    30 years of mismanagement leading to bankruptcy and a 40 million dollar judgement. Yippee!

    A party to celebrate the same pool of leaders who have so little concern for the working public that they would send a press release that pleads with locals: “Don’t spook the visitors” with the truth about the smoke in the air and the poor air quality? They did this without any concern for Us, our health or the health of our visitors?

    A party to celebrate a massively underfunded Town’s employee pension obligation?

    Now that’s a reason to throw a party.

    I’m in for the arts and drama, not the greed and avarice.


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