By RHEA-FRANCES TETLEY
The upcoming Labor Day weekend is filled with activities with music being played in most communities.
Lake Arrowhead Village will have music each day of the weekend. This will be the last weekend for the Splash Pad Islands, the floating play islands at Lake Gregory. There will be no sand castle contest at Lake Gregory this year due to the lack of sand, but activities will be occurring all weekend at Lake Gregory, including live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The artists and artisans of Green Valley Lake (GVL) are holding their 31st annual Green Valley Lake Artisan Studio Tour on Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maps to the artisan homes will be available at the Black Dog Shoppe, the GVL General Store, Green Valley Lake Real Estate and on sandwich boards on Green Valley Lake Road. See their Facebook at GVL Artisan Studio Tour for more information and photos of many of the artisan items that will be offered. A taco truck will be in town in front of the Black Dog Shoppe on Saturday and Sunday and the Shoppe will be featuring Dock House Blonde Brew from the 5174 Craft Brew Company.
Green Valley Lake is open all weekend too; it has 20 surface acres, with one mile of shoreline beach area and a playground for kids with a picnic area, hiking trails and mountain bike trails, kayaks and small boats for rent. Fishing for trout, bass, catfish and crappie is $15 for adults and $8 for kids. A valid California fishing license is required.
Thursday, September 2
Cynthia Connolly, who is the co-author of Banned in DC, will be signing books outdoors at Mystic Mountain Music record store in Crestline. She will be sharing anecdotes from the world of punk rock from 1979 through 1985 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The talk will be a “fast-paced ride” through the creation of the book illustrated by a slide show of ephemera and photos, not included in the $25 book. Mystic Mountain Music is located at 23830 Lake Drive in Crestline.
Friday, September 3
Start Me Up, a tribute to the Rolling Stones, will be playing at Lake Arrowhead Village at 7 p.m. Some free dance floor wristbands, plus a limited number of grass area festival seating wristbands, will be issued one hour before each Center Stage concert begins.
The California Feet Warmers will be playing during Tunes in the Trees at Skypark from 7 to 9 p.m. The California Feet Warmers are lovers of “ragtime, stompy blues and hot jazz.” They play brass band music that is a nod to New Orleans music, circa 1920. With their boisterous and fun on-stage presence, they are a joy to watch.
The Skinny Ties will be playing from 5 to 7 p.m. during Lake Gregory farmers market and artisan fair on the south shore of Lake Gregory. This will be the last farmers market and artisan fair in Crestline this season.
The Mountain History Museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at 27176 Peninsula Drive in Lake Arrowhead. Learn about the local history of these mountains. Museum admission is always free.
Saturday September 4
The Running Springs farmers market and artisan fair, located at 2645 Whispering Pines Drive, between the bank and the library, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 26. (if the weather stays nice) When you spend $25 at the market, you will receive one free Snow Valley Mountain Resort lift ticket.
The Answer to Classic Rock will play on Center Stage at Lake Arrowhead Village at 7 p.m.
The annual VFW Trout Derby will be happening at Lake Gregory on Sept. 4, hosted by the VFW Auxiliary. Signups for the derby begin at 7 a.m. and the derby ends at 1:30 p.m. with the trophies and prizes being given out at 2 p.m.
The Lake Gregory Company is stocking over 2,000 pounds of rainbow and golden trout for the derby. There is a $20 entry fee, which doesn’t include a valid California fishing license, $10 county fishing fee nor the parking fee of $2 for the first hour and $1 an hour for each additional hour, if the regional park lots are used. There are many free parking spots around the lake’s shore. Advance derby tickets can be purchased at Goodwin’s Market, Lake Drive Hardware, 7-Eleven and at the Lake Gregory Company’s main office.
In the evening, Tacos and Tunes will take place on the lakeshore north shore patio of Lake Gregory on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday Summer Music continues at the Bear Claw Saloon with Wild Mountain Honey playing at 7 p.m.
Sunday September 5
The 57th annual spaghetti dinner at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church at 23076 Crest Forest Drive will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. This fun event welcomes all for fun, all-you-can-eat food and great raffles. They will be serving spaghetti, salad and garlic bread, plus coffee and punch. It is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
At Lake Arrowhead Village on Center Stage will be Led Zepagain, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, at 7 p.m.
The last night of Tacos and Tunes will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the North Shore Lake View Terrace Patio of Lake Gregory. Entry is free.
The Mountain History Museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum has a new display room of locally historic items with history time lines of the various communities, photos and many other historical items. Free entrance and free parking at 27176 Peninsula Drive Lake Arrowhead.
Monday September 6
The Mountain History Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Author Rhea-Frances Tetley will be signing her books Images of America: Crestline and Images of America: Lake Arrowhead, plus Crestline Chronicles and Lake Arrowhead Chronicles.
This is the last day the floating islands will be available for use at Lake Gregory, as this is the last weekday the Lake Gregory swim beach will be open, and only will be open four more days this season, for the weekends of September 11 and 12 and September 18 and 19, weather permitting. After that, the swim beach will be closed for the season. The boat house will remain open for boat rentals of kayaks, paddle boats, aqua cycles, Duffy Boats and other rentals on the lake. The shore will remain open for fishing year-round with a $10 fishing fee at www.lakegregory.com. Personal kayaks may be launched year-round for the $10 daily launch fee or those with annual launch permits.
Lake Arrowhead Village will have a Labor Day afternoon concert from 4 to 6 p.m. with the tribute band to Bread, Pure Bread. The show is free with no table reservations but the beer garden will be closed.