Monterey County Events Newsletter
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IN THIS ISSUE:
It's so difficult to select events to list here -- there is such a variety! I encourage you to pick your favorites from the full list: http://gomonterey.com/events.html
This is only some of the wine related events (except for the Artichoke and Squid Festivals). In case you can't decide, we'll help you:
Free Tickets to Jazz -- June 3
(EDITORS NOTE: These tickets have been claimed. Please see future issues for other free opportunities.) If you will be in Monterey on June 3, we have 3 pairs of tickets to give away to hear "Pieces of a Dream" and "Slim Man" at Riverland Vineyards in Salinas Valley. Concert takes place outside on the winery grounds in front of the Tasting Room. Gates open 1:00pm. Event time 2:00pm. Tickets are completely non-refundable and non-transferable (NO TICKET / NO ENTRY). Picnics allowed. BBQ, snacks, wine, soda, juice and water will be for available for sale. No outside beverages permitted. Coolers will be inspected. No video/audio recording of artist performances allowed.
THESE DATES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. Please do NOT apply if you will not be in the Monterey area June 3, 2000.
We will mail one pair of tickets to the first 3 e-mail responses (click "Reply") that include a *name* and *mailing address*.
I'm sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone, only the winners will be contacted.
5/7, 5/13, 5/21 and 6/2 Smooth Jazz Spring Concert Series
May 1 - 6 -- Riverland Vineyards Grand Opening
May 7 - 13 -- Grand Opening of Joullian's Tasting Room
May 13 -- Paraiso Springs Anniversary Open House
May 14 -- Celebration of Chocolate & Wine
May 20 - 21 -- Artichoke Festival
May 27 - 28 -- Great Monterey Squid Festival
Sometimes we plan our vacations like packing our suitcase: just ONE more thing (stuff, stuff) until the hinges stretch or the tab rips off the zipper.
Remember being 7 years old when everything was interesting? For example, if walking were boring you would skip, or walk backward, or makeup games with the lines and cracks in the sidewalk, or hop on one foot laughing.
I invite you to be 7 again!
1.) Rent a bicycle or bike-tram (seats 4 people) at one of the bike shops on Cannery Row, and slowly bike along the bike path that runs along what used to be the railroad tracks. The bike shop should be able to supply a backpack. Your next stop should be to buy a sandwich and drinks. Pack a windbreaker, the bike shop will supply you with a helmet. Wear it. It's the law besides, it's common sense.
The bike path begins in the north in Marina but I recommend you get on it in Monterey and head "south" toward 17-Mile Drive/Del Monte Forest, south of Pacific Grove.
Be on the lookout for walkers and children, which tend to bolt in unpredictable directions. The etiquette is to announce "On your left," and to pass to the left. Keep in mind that some people are dyslexic and may step right in your way! (The brain is a complicated thing!)
There is no purpose in this, just "be" in the open air with the Bay arrayed before you with the occasional Sea Otter in the kelp, or fluttering Monarch Butterfly like a flighty gem...
2.) Another strategy to just "Be" in Monterey is to - for one day - leave the street map behind and TRY to get lost.
You really can't get too lost in the Monterey area, the Pacific is on the west and Highway 1 is on the east.
But I invite you to wander around; driving slowly is perfectly acceptable, the locals are used to it, you may get a few hand signals from passing motorists but it's their unique way of waving.
And keep on the lookout for beauty! It will surprise you everywhere: you crawl up to a stop sign, turn your head and wow!
There is the Bay from a stunning angle, the sand dunes and coast hills framing the picture; or you'll notice flowers growing on dirt sidewalks; or a neighborhood street that suddenly detours around a stately pine. And look! every house is built differently from its neighbor!
It IS important to drive carefully while looking at the houses and views, slow is good.
Monterey is a beautiful place and I invite you to come, even without an itinerary.
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