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Recreation

It goes without saying that Yosemite National Park forever will be the greatest recreational draw for visitors and residents alike. But as spectacular as the scenery is, it alone is only part of the experience of the Sierras. California is the land of plenty, and nowhere is it more truthful than here. Oakhurst and the surrounding areas are rich in American Indian culture, California Gold Rush pioneers, farmers, ranchers, cowboys, lumberjacks and artisans. It is an unusual combination, but it just goes to show you the diversity of the region. We have been reinvented many times over through the years, and that is why we can honestly say we have something for everyone. We cater to our guests—from five-star accommodations and dining, to picnics under the stars and singing around a campfire.

Here is a peek at a handful of the entertainment and recreational opportunities in Eastern Madera County.-

EVENTS

Powwows
The Chuckchansi and Mono American Indian tribes still living in the area continue to hold many gatherings, native dances and powwows. Both tribes demonstrate and teach basket weaving—look for examples of this fine artwork for sale in many of the local shops.

Bass Lake’s Annual Fireworks Show
OK, you’ve seen fireworks. You’ve seen awesome displays over the Statue of Liberty in New York City. You’ve witnessed the skies washed in color across the globe to ring in the year 2000. You’ve anticipated the techno-wizardry of the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

But if you haven’t relaxed on a boat and seen fireworks light up the night and reflected in the clear waters of Bass Lake, you can’t say you’ve truly enjoyed fireworks. There’s only one word for our version: breathtaking!

Peddlers Market
The Coarsegold Peddlers Market, held twice each year (Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends), is a treasure hunters dream come true. Enjoy live entertainment and tractor displays while you shop for antiques, collectibles, one-of-a-kind items, crafts and commercial goods. Then rest up in the food court or beer garden, because you will still want to try your hand at gold panning since it is right there in the Coarsegold Historic Village.

North Fork Loggers Jamboree
Take a step back in time to experience the timber trades. This great event features a variety of interesting logging competitions. Held Fourth of July weekend, it is a sure hit for the entire family.

Entertainment

Oakhurst Fall Chocolate and Wine Festival
What could be better than to spend a beautiful autumn day surrounded by colorful fall foliage while tasting chocolate, food and wine? In our humble opinion…there is nothing better! The food is prepared by local restaurants, the wines are all California grown, and the chocolate comes from all over the world (‘cause let’s face it, all chocolate is wonderful). When you need a moment to savor, try your hand at pumpkin carving, sit and listen to live music, play games with the kids, and shop for unique holiday gifts and crafts to take home to your friends.

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

Fresno Flats Historical Park
Fresno Flats Historical Park recaptures the flavor of 19th-century life in this secluded part of California. The pioneers who settled here mainly came to build their lives and raise their families, so they planned from the start to earn their living as farmers, merchants and by using the rich natural resources of the mountains.

Both of the two restored homes that comprise the museum have been designated as Points of Historical Interest by the State of California. Historians call attention to the unique construction styles restored by the volunteers of the Sierra Historic Sites Association (SHSA)—designs no longer in use anywhere else in the state. Tour a pair of one-room schools, two 19th-century jails and several other farm buildings in the historical park.

The museum complex is open from dawn to dusk for self-guided tours of the grounds, and picnic areas and restrooms are available. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours of the grounds and buildings are available from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations for group tours may be made by calling 559-683-6570.

King Vintage Museum
Allan King and his late wife Barbara collected vintage clothing for more than 20 years. For years, the King family held fashion shows to gather the funds necessary to open the Museum. The main feature exhibit changes every season; so, come and see the new exhibit each season. Visit the Victorian room and see the ballroom slippers that date back to 1790, the Corset Display and the dresses of the 1800s.

Other exhibits include a Civil War sword, Civil War discharge papers and military uniforms. The bridal collection includes wedding dresses dating from 1940 to the 1990s. The children’s display includes shoes, clothing, dolls and books of the 19th and 20th century. The shelves on the walls are lined with a fantastic hat collection of cloches, bonnets, cartwheels, mourning bonnets and much more dating back to the Victorian times through the 1960s.

Children’s Museum of the Sierra
Located in Oakhurst, California, 24 miles south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, is the latest "fascination station." The 4,000-square-foot museum is packed with a variety of activities to occupy the hands and minds of young people of all ages.

Open year round, the Children's Museum of the Sierra offers young people the opportunity to explore, imagine, create, make choices and learn by doing. This museum has not only become a popular place where teachers, parents and older citizens can assist and interact with children in a positive environment, it is also becoming a popular destination for many vacation itineraries!

Sierra Mono Museum
The Sierra Mono Museum is located in North Fork. The Mono Indians are known for their beautiful basket weaving, and the museum houses a collection of some of their best!

Coarsegold Historic Museum
Coarsegold Historic Museum is located in a historically rich area of eastern Madera County. Three separate tribes of American Indians are represented here: Chukchansi, Miwok and Mono. This area is the end of the gold chain—the gold highway "49" should end in this region. There was much logging, mining, homesteading and cattle ranching done by the "white man" who came to the area in the mid-1800s. The museum has attempted to show the visitor the area in terms of days gone by. There are three buildings: a "packed adobe" that was a way station for horse-drawn freight wagons more than 100 years ago, a school for the Chukchansi Indian children, and a barn (the main museum of artifacts) made of wood that came down the flume in the early 1900s. The Coarsegold Historical Society has produced a book, As We Were Told, which is the history of the area told by 102 of its settlers. The history dates to the early 1900s.

CULTURE

Theater
Melodrama is a long-time fixture at Oakhurst’s Golden Chain Theatre. Quality melodramas throughout the summer season have audiences booing and hissing their way through hilarious old-time theatre.

Live Entertainment
Take your pick! You can enjoy Jazz at the Pizza Factory, Reggae at the Queen’s Inn Wine Bar or Top Name Concerts at the Chukchansi Gold Casino. Get your rest; you’ll need it for your full days of sightseeing, playing, dining and enjoying great live entertainment.

HOSPITALITY

Visitors to Oakhurst, whether it is on business or for pleasure, are guaranteed a comfortable night’s rest through one of the community’s exceptional choices in accommodations. Charming bed and breakfast inns provide a homey feel to every stay, complete with private rooms and delicious morning cuisine. Budget hotels and motels are great for those looking to save some money, while luxury hotels pamper to every need. Oakhurst is also home to quaint boutique hotels and expansive recreational resorts for those who enjoy the natural side of the area. No matter where you stay, the warm hospitality and excellent customer service is second to none. For a listing of Oakhurst’s lodging options, visit the Chamber’s website at www.oakhurstchamber.com.

Museums and Historic Parks
Fresno Flats Historical Park — 559-683-6570
Children’s Museum of the Sierra — 559-658-5656
Wasama Roundhouse — 559-683-8194
Sierra Mono Museum — 559-877-2115
King Vintage Museum — 559-658-6999
Coarsegold Historic Museum — 559-642-4448
Coarsegold Historic Village — 559-683-3900

Events Calendar
January 1 — New Year’s Day
First Weekend of May — Coarsegold Rodeo
First Weekend of May — Bass Lake Fishing Derby
Third Weekend of May — Bass Lake Classic Wooden Boat Show
Third Weekend of May — Oakhurst Home and Garden Show
Memorial Day Weekend — Coarsegold Peddlers Market
Memorial Day Weekend — Bass Lake Memorial Day BBQ
First Weekend of June — North Fork Sidewalk Sale
First Weekend of June — Bass Lake Under the Stars Car Show
Last Weekend of June — Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair
4th of July — Bass Lake’s Annual Fireworks Show
4th of July Weekend — North Fork Loggers Jamboree
Labor Day Weekend — Coarsegold Peddlers Market
First Weekend of October — Bass Lake Fall Festival and Craft Fair
Second Weekend of October — Sierra Art Trails
Second Weekend of October — Oakhurst Fall Chocolate and Wine Festival
Thanksgiving Weekend — Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony
First Two Weekends in December — Christmas in the Mountains

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