New Meetup: Gluttony, Ghouls, Greenery, Glory and Guitars

From: Kathleen
Sent on: Thursday, July 9, 2009 12:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Walking thru the Valley of Heart's Delight & Hiking Around!

What: Gluttony, Ghouls, Greenery, Glory and Guitars

When: July 19,[masked]:00 AM

Price: $26.30 per person

Where:
Brookdale Lodge
11570 HIghway 9
Brookdale, CA 95007
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Start your Sunday with a delicious, more-than-ample brunch buffet at the historic, allegedly-has-its-own-ghost, and a river really runs through it, Brookdale Room at the Brookdale Lodge. Where is the Brookdale Lodge, you ask? It?s in Brookdale. Click here for the hotel's website.

Click here for stories about the Brookdale ghosts.

The buffet will cover you for breakfast and well into the afternoon, leaving only the need for a light supper later on. Cost of $26.30 includes tax and tip, Paypal fee, coffee, tea or sodas in a unique environment. This portion of the event will be prepayable.

Apres-buffet: Quick tour of the paintings of famous former guests and a look about the rest of this curious property.

Head on to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park for the ?Glory? as we take time for a very leisurely tour of the old grove, pausing to hear the fascinating stories of each tree told by State Park docents. No need to worry about hiking on an overloaded tummy as this will be a walk on totally flat land with lots of stopping to listen. It will probably take at least an hour, maybe longer.

After the easy part, we?ll do the 4.7-mile Bay Area Hiker hike. url=http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/henrycowell.html ]Click here for Bay Area hiker's description and photos.[/url] Bay Area Hiker calls it ?easy? but I?d describe it more as ?moderate? as part involves walking through sand, and the elevation change is about 700 feet.

Don Quixote?s is hosting a most interesting concert of virtuoso stringed instruments that evening, with harp sympitars and other such things as you may never have seen nor heard tell of before. If you can?t stay around for the concert (which will not be part of the meetup event) it?s still worth checking out the website to expand your musical instrument horizons. [Description below final meetup notes.]

Route suggestions: Depending on where you live, it could well be worth traveling Highway 9 to avoid the rush on 17. The tiny town of Brookdale is before Felton, and thus closer in for those of us heading out from Sunnyvale or Saratoga. If you?re really energetic, you could start substantially earlier in the morning and perhaps do a bit of a trail at Castle Rock State Park on your way down.

Attire: For the meal portion of the event, since this is a rather upscale place [and in broad daylight in an open, airy, sunny dining room], let?s dress in something comfortable but perhaps a bit fancier than our usual hiking gear. This is going to be a leisurely, unstressed day, and we can take a few minutes to change clothes before hiking.

The guitar part:
Alex de Grassi, Michael Manring, Jeff Titus at Don Quixote's in Felton
Sun. July 19 at 7pm $15 adv./$15 door seated concert <21 w/parent
An Evening Of Virtuoso Guitar, Bass and Harp Sympitar This performance brings three world-class players to one stage for a night of solo and combined performances that you will never forget. Often cited as one of the world?s top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, GRAMMY nominee Alex de Grassi brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his evocative compositions and arrangements, a highly-orchestrated sound, and sheer virtuosity. Hailed by many as the world?s leading solo bassist, GRAMMY nominee Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what?s possible on the bass guitar for over two decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners. Without a doubt the unique 24-string Harp Sympitar Jeff Titus brings is worth showing-up to see. This one-of-a-kind beautifully designed Fred Carlson wood and steel creation is dedicated in loving memory to the music of Michael Hedges. Percussive, tap note filled runs over the fretboard compliment Jeff's original and intricate Fingerstyle arrangements. No lover of stringed instruments should miss this show. Artist sites and sounds: www.degrassi.com and www.manthing.com and www.jefftitus.com

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Walking-thru-the-Valley-of-Heart-s-Delight-Hiking-Around/calendar/10840416/

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