July 2019 Newsletter

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Creativity takes courage.
~ Henri Matisse

Photo from “Portrait Project Vol. 1” by Zachariah Budd.

Jazz in the Garden Welcomes Summer

On June 23rd, the first Sunday of summer, the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series (WCCS) presented “Jazz in the Garden.” A trio of young musicians played familiar jazz standards during the concert, held in Wrightwood at a private residence.

Vocalist, Lia Booth, only in her twenties, has the voice of a mature jazz singer and a great sense of humor on stage. Her daring yet effortless musical style is rooted deeply in the past but with a contemporary sensibility that breathes new life into classic jazz standards.

Dylann Asa, a teacher for Keyboard Art School of Music, performed rhythmically and soulfully on stand up bass. The arranger and composer living in Wrightwood had the privilege of studying with bassist Marshall Hawkins, who performed for WCCS in Wrightwood in 2016 and 2017.

The fingers of Danny Gutierrez, pianist, slipped and glided along the keys drawing notes from the keyboard that sang with the understated sounds of jazz.

The concert was held in a garden and, thanks to the mild weather, created the perfect ambiance on a summer evening. Guests were treated to desserts created by Chef Chris Durbin and florals created by Brierrose Design.

For information on future concerts produced by Joyce Wonderly, visit the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series webpage.

This Month’s Events


Wrightwood Book Club
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Library, 6011 Pine St)
Join in the discussion at the monthly Wrightwood Friends of the Library Book Club meeting. The book of the month will be Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House.


Mountaineer Days
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
After Independence Day, the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce continues to celebrate with this two day event, showcasing the local history of the area along with modern day contributions to Wrightwood! For more information, visit the Chamber’s website.


Annual Quilt Auction
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
Pine Needles Quilt Guild is holding their annual quilt auction at the top of Park Dr., as part of Mountaineer Days. Come early to view and your favorites beginning at 10 a.m. The auction starts at 2 p.m. For more information, visit the PNQG website.


Mountaineer Days
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
Mountaineer Days continue.
 


WAC Community Board Meeting
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5 )
All WAC members are welcome to join us for a discussion about the organization, our goals, and our plans moving forward. On the agenda: committee reports and discussions about an arts champion, use of the WAC calendar, and more. Note the earlier than normal start time.


Meet & Greet and Art Show
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5 )
Immediately following the membership meeting, we’ll have our quarterly Meet & Greet hosted by Brier Rose Design and Zach Budd Photography. This art show will consist primarily of photographs taken and edited by Zachariah Budd. Half of the photos presented in this show are portrait style photographs, while the other half will consist of landscape shots. The artwork will be presented using prints and suspending them, and LED lighting will be used to present the photos, in unison with hues that the photos display, that goes to correspond with the photos in a manner that helps the audience appreciate and experience the moment captured within each photo.


Pine Needles Quilt Guild Meeting
6:30 p.m. (start)

(Wrightwood Community Building, 1275 Hwy 2)
General meetings of the Pine Needles Quilt Guild are open to the public the second Tuesday of each month. July’s guest speaker will be Matt Reese of Road to California.


Zachariah Budd Art Show
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

(Wrightwood Arts Center, 6020 Park Drive #5 )
If you missed the art show on Monday July 8th, there’s a second chance to see it. Zachariah Budd features photography and film. Works will be available for purchase. For more information and to see some of the artwork, visit his website.


WWPOA Ice Cream Social
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Community Building, 1275 Hwy 2)
The WWPOA (Property owners/renters org.) is hosting the Village Annual Ice Cream Social at the community building and the WAC will be there. The event is free and welcome for ALL Wrightwood villagers. The purpose of the event is to connect all villagers with their neighbors and our village. All community service clubs, social groups, businesses, and organizations are invited to table or booth space to display their information or materials with or without a host. To participate contact the WWPOA.

Looking Ahead


Fire on the Mountain
2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

(Vivian Null Park, 1275 Hwy 2)
Centerstage Wrightwood and the Wrightwood Blues Society presents: Fire on the Mountain, featuring more then ten great bands. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the gate or online through ticketleap.


Wrightwood Book Club
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Library, 6011 Pine St)
Join in the discussion at the monthly Wrightwood Friends of the Library Book Club meeting. The book of the month will be Library Book by Susan Orlean.


Music in the Pines: Tribute to Motown
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Vivian Null Park, 1275 Hwy 2)
As a tribute to the Motown’s 60th anniversary, The Greg Jones Band and The Yve Evans Trio will perform in the parking lot between the banks. This is part of the free summer concert series.


Pine Needles Quilt Guild General Meeting
6:30 p.m. (start)

(Wrightwood Community Building, 1275 Hwy 2)
General meetings of the Pine Needles Quilt Guild are open to the public the second Tuesday of each month. August’s meeting will feature guest artist Kathi Wilson’s Trunk Show.


Mountain Classic Car Show
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

(Wrightwood Village, Park Drive)
Enjoy a range of beautiful classic cars at our 25th Annual Classic Car show! This car show features over 300 classic cars and is guaranteed not to disappoint. For more information, visit the Chamber’s website.

2019 Wrightwood Literary Festival

Registration is now open for the 5th annual Wrightwood Literary Festival, held September 28th and 29th at Camp Mariastella (at the top of Acorn Drive). Guest faculty this year include poets Kim Dower, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland and Pavana Reddy, and memoirist Antonia Crane. The keynote speaker will be Janet Fitch, international bestselling novelist and author of White Oleander, which became a major motion picture. Join them all on Saturday for a series of writing workshops and the annual Wrightwood Poetry Slam. Sunday is free and features readings, book signings, and the winners of the annual young poets competition.

For more information on the festival, and to register, visit wrightwoodlitfest.com.

Poem of the Month

THE BOOK OF FLY

by John Philip Johnson

1:1
Feeding on the living is good,
      but feeding on the dead is better.

1:2
Nestle your offspring in the rancid.

1:3
The air is heavy; let it work for you,
      but fly only until you find beauty.

1:4
Shit is beautiful.

1:5
Rub your hands together before you eat.

1:6
If you land on the wrist that holds the swatter,
      consider yourself lucky, not clever.

1:7
Remain humble, if you think of anything.

1:8
You only have a few days;
      stay simple.

1:9
Breed when you are able.

2:1
And when you are licked
      by the frog’s tongue,
or swallowed by a songbird,
or felled in a cloud of nerve gas
      and lie twitching, unconcerned,

2:2
know that it is the honor of a fly,
      it is its purpose,
            to die.

from Rattle #63