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Mural Magnifico

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Garlic may be top dog in Gilroy, but wine’s not far behind. And there’s a mural to prove it. At Fifth Street and Monterey Road, right across from the famed “Garlic Capital of the World” mural painted 25 years ago, you will find one depicting Santa Clara Valley wine [...]

Pumpkin parties

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
Wallace Baine

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You can see the grounds of the Pumpkin Park at Uesugi Farms from the road. But to actually get there by car? That takes a journey. Once you turn off Monterey Road between San Martin and Morgan Hill to enter the park, you’ll soon find yourself in a transition, a bit like the [...]

Artist in the vineyard

Laura Ness

Laura Ness is an accomplished freelance writer offering travel tips and commentary on the California wine industry.

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Do you remember the smog-ridden ’80s in Los Angeles? Viticulturist Ron Mosley of Vinescape, a vineyard installation and management company dealing with more than 100 vineyards throughout the Santa Clara Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains, sure does. “It was hell,” Mosley [...]

Local backcountry

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
Ron Erskine

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“I have been meaning to get up there.”“It’s been 10 years since I visited the park. I have to go back soon.”When I talk to people in our community, many who have lived here for decades, I am surprised how often I hear remarks like this about Henry W. Coe State Park. [...]

Mr. Rough and Ready

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
Wallace Baine

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The sky is an alarming swirl of gray and orange. You can’t tell just by looking if it’s day or night. Everything smells burnt. Chaos surrounds you. You’re standing in a parking lot of a WalMart in Clearlake, experiencing firsthand the Mendocino Complex Fire of 2018. Your [...]

Porch song

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
Wallace Baine

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Before television, before radio, before the hundreds of beguiling distractions that have blessed (and cursed) the American family, there was the front porch. This modest architectural feature of the typical American mid-century home served a distinct purpose. It was the private [...]

A half-century on stage

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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It’s anyone’s guess which is more numerous along the crowded sidewalks of Manhattan, actor/performers or tourists. But earlier this summer, one group arrived in New York City checking both boxes. They numbered about 30, all from Gilroy, Morgan Hill or the surrounding area [...]

Double down on theater

What happens in Hollister, stays in Hollister. At least when fundraising is involved. And it doesn’t hurt when casino games are, either. San Benito Stage Company (SBSC) is hosting its second annual Casino Night on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Odd Fellows Hall. Proceeds from the [...]

Hidden in the Sierras

Ron Erskine

Ron Erskine is a local outdoors columnist and avid hiker.
Ron Erskine

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The most visited Sierra playgrounds are alongside mountain passes traversed by the main highways that cross the range. Donner Summit, Echo Summit and Carson Pass are examples that come easily to mind. These areas offer special sights to be sure, but often in close company with [...]
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