East County News Service
March 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a Plein Air art show in Borrego Springs, mountain men at the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, Tomatomania at the Water Conservation Garden, a lavender farm brunch and more.
Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Alaska String Band in concert, the Bunny Train in Campo, a Spring Extravanza at Santee Lakes, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa, Saps at Sea comedy films in Spring Valley, Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms, the Peg Leg Smith Liar's Contest, Meet the Winemakers Weekend in Ramona, the Cajon Classic Cruise season opener, an antique fair in Flinn Springs, and the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra’s spring concert.
So scroll down for all of these events and many more!
PLEIN AIR PAINT-OUT IN BORREGO SPRINGS NOW THROUGH APRIL 1
“I am proud to be the 2018 Curator for the Borrego Art Institute 12th Annual Plein Air Invitational paint-out and exhibit,” says Shannon O’Dunn. Fifteen artists in oils, pastel, and watercolors have been painting in the field all week, March 5-9.. Now, visitors can stop by the Borrego Art Institute on Christmas Circle to see the show, which will remain on display through April 1st.
The Borrego Art Institute is located at 665 Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs.
Exhibit curator Shannon O’Dunn is the former Dean of Fine Arts and instructor Cuyamaca College and the owner of the former O’Dunn Fine Arts gallery in La Mesa.
For more details on the artists, exhibits and gala event, visit www.borregoartinstitute.org.
LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS MARCH 9-18
You’re invited to step back in time and enjoy Rocky Mountain fur trader’s encampment March 9-18 at the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, held at the Mataguay Scout Reservation in Santa Ysabel. Demonstrations of primitive survival skills such as cooking, tool making, tomahawk throwing, archery and black powder target shooting will be provided.
The group is based on the Mountain Man era of America by reenacting pre-1840 living history and draws participants from throughout the Western U.S. Day visitors and period campers are welcome. Primitive and modern camping are available.
(Cost: $20 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and over; free for children under 12.)
To register and get more information, click here for the flyer/application.
ROMAS, BEEFSTEAKS, STRIPES AND MORE AT TOMATOMANIA MARCH 10TH
Tomatomania returns on March 10th and 11th from 9.a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. This famous weekend-long sale features heirloom and hybrid tomato seedlings of every size, shape, color, and taste profile.
Planting tomatoes marks the beginning of spring for gardeners and who can’t resist the fresh taste of a garden tomato? You can get expert advice, pick up tools, attend classes and take a tour of the garden. Plus, visitors can savor some time-honored tomato refreshments.
Find more delicious details at TheGarden.org.
CIRCLE OF ART MARCH 10-11
Art lovers can view works of over 70 fine artists at the 29th annual Circle of Art Show and Sale on Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs. This popular event will be held Saturday, March 10th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information you can visit www.CircleofArt.org.
LAVENDER FARM BRUNCH MARCH 11
Keys Creek Lavender Farm will host a Sunday bunch on Sunday, March 11th at 11:30 a.m. At this first in a series of spring and summer brunches, Chef Evanlee will serve a farm-inspired menu of breakfast foods along with mimosas, tea and coffee while guests enjoy scenic lavender field views.
For reservations or more information, visit Keys Creek Lavender Farm at www.KCLFarm.com.
NOW FOR A PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS…
ALASKAN STRING BAND IN CONCERT MARCH 16 AT KROC THEATER
The Alaska String Band will perform at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre on Friday, March 16th at 7 p.m. to benefit Alpine’s Christ the King Episcopal Church.
This family band will take you on a musical journey filled with the rich sounds of bluegrass and timeless American classics while wide-screen images portray the beauty of Alaska to create a visually captivating setting.
The Alaska String Band has won critical acclaim, with a musical docu-drama, “Southeast Alaska Odyssey, that has appeared nationwide on PBS television.
Tickets are available at ChristTheKingAlpine.org.
WATER-WISE HOME GARDEN TOUR MARCH 24
The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its third annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour. The tour on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will highlight five beautiful gardens utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water use plants, shrubs and trees. The gardens emphasize plants from semi-arid regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Southwestern U.S. and South Africa.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase garden/home items such as bird houses, plant pots and garden jewelry, all handmade by local artisans. In addition, attendees can speak with the homeowners about each garden, as well as knowledgeable garden docents, about how they can re-design their own landscape using drought-tolerant plants.
BUNNY TRAIN DEPARTS MARCH 24 AND 25 AND 31
The Easter Bunny will board the train at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum’s depot in Campo on March 24th, 25th and 31st to visit with passengers as the train travels through San Diego’s beautiful east-county mountains.
After enjoying the one-hour journey along 12 miles of track, the train stops at the Museum’s Display Building where more fun awaits. That includes two Easter egg hunting areas for children—one with eggs in plain sight for young children, the other with eggs carefully hidden in the Museum’s display building.
Children may turn in plastic eggs they find for sweets and other prizes. Entrance into the Display Building and both Easter egg hunts is included with train tickets.
For ticket prices and reservations, visit the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum website at psrm.org/ and click on the “Bunny Train” option listed under “train rides.”
SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA AT SANTEE LAKES MARCH 25
Santee Lakes and the City of Santee invite you to a Spring Extravaganza on Sunday, March 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This event includes continuous egg hunts for children age 8 and under, as well as carnival rides, crafts, face painting, pony rides, photos with the Easter bunny and more.
Tickets are required for some activities. For details, visit SanteeLakes.com.
SPRING HARP FEST MARCH 31 IN LA MESA
Harmonica players from far and wide will participate in the 19th annual Spring Harp Fest on Saturday, March 31st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa.
The lineup of top players and a harmonica jam fest at the event all help benefit music programs in local schools. You can also shop for harmonicas and other musical items.
For details, visit SpringHarpFest.org.
THE SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT COMIC CALAMITIES NIGHT MARCH 31
Saps at Sea, San Diego’s Laurel & Hardy fan organization, continue their slam-bang festival of funtastic films on Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Church in Spring Valley.
The Saps will screen a Tex Avery cartoon and the hilarious short "Going Bye-Bye!" followed by a mistaken identity laugh fest in “The Pip from Pittsburgh” and more. For details, visit the Saps at Sea San Diego Facebook Page.
PEG LEG SMITH LIARS CONTEST APRIL 7
The Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest dates back more than a century, and you’re invited to come spin your best treasure hunting tale. Always held on the first Saturday in April, this year’s event will be held April 7 starting at 7 p.m. at a new location: the American Legion Hall (4515 Borrego Springs Road) in Borrego Springs, where you also enjoy a chuckwagon dinner.
Thomas Smith, known as “Peg Leg” was a mountain man, fur trapper, guide, prospector horse thief and notorious liar. He boasted of finding a fortune in gold, but said he had to flee from Indians and was never able to find his lost riches again. Many have searched since then, but the treasure, if it really existed, has never been found.
At the contest, no reading is allowed. You can speak, sing, or recite poetry to convey your tall tale of searching or finding Peg Leg’s lost gold – all around a blazing campfire. Costumes and props are encouraged, along with team work – so feel free to bring along your merry band of prevaricators, musicians, a mule or two, or whatever else may enhance your presentation.
Families are welcome and there is a children’s category, too.In the past, the event was held at the Peg Leg Smith monument but that site is now within the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and no longer available for the event. Fortunately the American Legion Post offered up its venue to the Committee to Accumulate Curious Tales of Incredibility, or CACTI, organizers of the annual liar’s contest-so the fabulous fib-fest will go on.
You can find more information on the calendar at www.EastCountyMagazine.org .
MEET THE WINEMAKER WEEKEND APRIL 7-8 IN RAMONA
The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association presents Meet the Winemaker Weekend, taking place at 10 local Ramona wineries on April 7th, 2018 and April 8th. The event features a behind the scene taste including award-winning wines and exclusive meetings with the winery owners and winemakers.
The weekend also includes winery tours, a happy hour at Reds, Whites and Brews, boxed lunch and breakfast, depending which day you attend.
For tickets and details you can visit RamonaValleyVineyards.com.
SWEET PEA DAY AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS APRIL 14 IN FLINN SPRINGS
Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, just east of El Cajon, invites you to Sweet Pea Day on Saturday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit a towering sweet pea maze at this event celebrating the fragrant, old-fashioned flowers in their full glory.
You can preview the maze from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and cut your own bouquet starting at 11 a.m. until they are gone—which doesn’t take long!
Guests can also enjoy live music with Jim Earp on a shady pavilion, savor snacks at an outdoor coffee bar, or picnic on the grass to round out an idyllic spring day.
For more information you can visit SummersPastFarms.com.
CAJON CLASSIC CRUISE SEASON OPENER APRIL 14
The Cajon Classic Cruise will rev up its season opener on Wedneday, April 14th from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.
Thousands of people from across the region come to Cajon Classic Cruise nights each Wednesday, all summer long.
In addition to viewing classic vehicles with a different theme each week, visitors can enjoy musical entertainment at Prescott Promenade on Main Street just east of Magnolia, or arrive early to dine at an outdoor café for a roadside view of the Cajon Classic Cruise.
For more information you can visit DowntownElCajon.com.
HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS ANNIVERSARY APRIL 14
Heritage of the Americas Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special event on Saturday, April 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring guest artist Alfredo Rodriguez.
The celebration also features a catered buffet, music, auction, drinks and good times.
For more information, visit heritageoftheamericasmuseum.com/.
ANTIQUES AND CRAFT FAIR APRIL 21-22 AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS
An Antiques and Crafts Fair will be held at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You can view works by over 70 craftsman and artisans while shopping for crafts, collectibles, antiques, and garden items. Find details at SummersPastFarms.com.
SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL AND CHORUS SPRING CONCERT APRIL 29
The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present its spring concert titled “Musical Journeys” on April 29th at 3 p.m. at the College Avenue Baptist Church.
The concert will include John Rutter’s Requiem as well as music from West Side Story and the Wizard of Oz. For tickets and details, visit www.SanDiegoFestivalChorus.org.
That’s all for this week!
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We’ll be back next week with more festivals, events and attractions in San Diego’s East County!