Art and wine combine for a two-day celebration in the Mother Lode next weekend at the 37th annual Twain Harte Arts & Wine Festival.
More than 5,000 people are expected, as the festival runs in conjunction with the annual Wines in the Pines sponsored by the Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce.
The street festival will feature 100 vendors, live entertainment, food and – of course – plenty of art to view and wines to taste.
Starting at the Twain Harte Arch, at Joaquin Gully Road and Twain Harte Drive, nearly 100 artists will display and sell their wares, according to a news release from Fire on the Mountain promoters. Among the works represented will be watercolors and landscape photography by Jamestown artist Jerome Andrews and wildlife paintings by Michael Carey.
Other works will include metal sculpture, ironwork, pottery, photography, candles, Zapotec woven rugs and pillows, leather goods, and soaps and lotions.
Wines in the Pines tastings will feature varieties from Amador, Calaveras, Mendocino, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties and will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. at Meadow Plaza, with music by Jana & Leroy.
While the wine tastings are for those 21 and older, there also will be a Kids Zone set up in Meadow Plaza.
Other festival entertainers will be Cajun zydeco group Blues Box Bayou Band, folk-rock jug group the Little Fuller Band and San Francisco street performer Captain Jack Spareribs.
Captain Jack regularly appears at Pier 39 in San Francisco. His show includes magic, juggling, illusions and a talking monkey, according to his website.
Festival kitchens will turn out a variety of items, from brick-oven pizzas to hamburgers, barbecue fare and more. Gourmet food products will be sold in the marketplace, including olive oils, vinegars, spice dips, breads, toffee and salsas.
Downtown restaurants in the Mother Lode community will be open for business during the festival and the Cool Custom Hot Rod Car Show will take place at the Twain Harte Center.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-27 in Twain Harte, 12 miles east of Sonora. Booths will be set up on Twain Harte Drive, Cedar Drive and Joaquin Gully Road. Public parking will be available at Twain Harte School on Manzanita Drive.
Admission to the festival is free; admission to the wine tasting is $20 and includes a commemorative glass. For more information, go to www.fireonthemountain.com.