This weekend was the Friends of the Angels Camp Library Harvest Party Tour.
Crafts at various stops included beautiful painted gourds (above by Connie Bowser), small purses made from men’s ties, cute little knit wine bottle scarves and caps, wine bottle carriers, handmade jewelry and handmade birdhouses with a portion of the crafters proceeds donated to the Friends of the Library.
My friend and I decided to start the tour with a scrumptious lunch at Greenhorn Creek Restaurant, which overlooks Greenhorn Creek Golf Course, in the – you guessed it – Greenhorn Creek Development. Mark Twain (the famous Missouri author sculpted so beautifully in the opening shot) spent just a few months in this area one winter when travelling from Nevada to San Francisco. He was enamored of a tale of a jumping frog contest and wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, a short story that has made him “cause célèbre” in these parts. He is so visible in town and tourist shops, some leave with the mistaken impression he’s a local author – although we were just a necessary short stop before his destination of San Francisco, where, after trying his hand at other ventures, he became a writer. Of course, those familiar with Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer know ol’ Samuel Clemens wrote a great deal about the area he grew up in. But, I digress.
Truly massive homes in this community surround the golf course; you feel Lilliputian going through the giant sized front doors of most. Three generous homeowners opened their stunning, harvest theme decorated homes for this tour. The tour also included Milfiori House (blogged about in August) and free wine tasting at Irish Vineyards.
I’ve mentioned I’m in one of the Gold Rush town areas in California. A beautiful old stone building at the front of the Milfiori property once housed the safe (bank) on the collection route of the Wells Fargo gold shipment. One gent was always stationed on the outside of this room with a rifle poking through this rifle port, aimed at the safe. If some unauthorized bub approached the safe, boom! Old West law keeping.
Irish Vineyards has the most spectacular Apricot wine, and I’m also a fan of their Viogner. My friend simply had to get their “Duck Tape Wine” to share with her sisters at their next get together.
Yep, that’s the label.
Although, they do have wines with more artistic labels for you label fans. Irish participates in many of the local fundraising events and is also a host for the Santa’s Express Fundraiser.
In addition to delectable wines, they have shelves of Irish themed gifts, and of course vineyard themed sweats, for sale. It was a truly enjoyable day – the only change we’d make for next year is to have a lighter lunch (but still at Greenhorn) as all stops offered wine tasting and yummy hors d’oeuvres or desserts.
The owner at the first home was a bit nervous about allowing public shots (which I TOTALLY understand), so no views of the spectacular homes, table settings, man caves, decorations and so much more. If you’re local, definitely add this tour to your calendar next year – our only problem was that we ran out of time. It was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon.
This post is participating in UnknownMami’s Sundays in My City.