Green Valley Lake Hosting Harvest Festival With Native American Dancing, Singing and Food!

GVL Garden Sept. 2015The wildly successful Green Valley Lake Community Garden just gets better and better. That being said, with fall right around the corner (or even here) the tall stalks of corn and other colorful flowers and produce will be slipping into fall.

With that in mind the people who are part of this delightful garden are hosting a Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m.

This event will not only be great fun but it will also be spiritual as the festivities will include Native American storytelling and music. This will definitely be a time to praise Mother Nature for her bounty and to honor our Native Americans who, throughout the centuries have had, and continue to have, such a meaningful, spiritual relationship with the earth.

The day will include a banquet of harvest dishes that will be prepared by the GVL community gardeners. Come and enjoy the Native American storytelling and music. Bring your heart with you (but I am warning you) that you may leave it in this delightful community that is located at the top of Green Valley Lake Road off Hwy. 18.

Come! Celebrate Mother Earth’s bounty. Open your heart to new ideas! Come and learn from our Native American friends whose spiritual nature has always honored Mother Earth.

The Green Valley Lake Community garden project operates under the umbrella of the Mountain Community Alliance which is a 501 (C)(3) organization.

 

 

Wake the Bard Celtic Music Group July 18 in Outdoor GVL Garden! No Charge!

Enjoying life in a rowboat on Green Valley Lake.
Enjoying life in a rowboat on Green Valley Lake.

Those of us who are old enough to remember the late, great Rickie Nelson one of his big hits was “Garden Party.” Well, they’ll be a Garden Party at the Green Valley Lake Community Garden on July 18. The free fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. so take a folding chair, a sweater or blanket and get set to enjoy every second. While you’re there enjoy the ambiance of this delightful community that is located at the top of Green Valley Lake Road (off Hwy. 18) between Snow Valley and the community of Arrowbear Lake. Check out the menu at the Lake Inn or browse through the charming market for a bite to eat.

While there’s no charge any donations are appreciated and they will go directly to the Green Valley Lake Community Garden that started a few years ago and just gets better and better.

Plan to attend this fun outdoor event. It may not be the Hollywood Bowl…..but it’s even better. You don’t have to climb up sections upon sections of hard wooden seats, the parking is much  easier, the weather is cool, the atmosphere is delightful, you don’t have to climb over people to get to your seat, there’s no charge to park (ever) and you’ll just enjoy every second.

Summer in the mountains just doesn’t get any better than this!!!!

Enjoy!

 

Fun, Fishing and Community Meetings in Green Valley Lake

boy-go-fishing-free-clipartGrab your fishing pole and head to beautiful Green Valley Lake for another year of great fishing. The official opening of the lake will be May 15. In preparation for the opening weekend 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be released so they’ll be plenty of fish available for catching.

Community stockholders who will be returning for another great summer of boat fishing should check with the ???? The decision was made to have “boat free” areas in more prime locations along the lake to provide an enjoyable experience for visiting fishermen (and fisherwomen).

For further information on fishing in this special San Bernardino Mountains community log onto: http://www.green-valley-lake.com/fishing-swimming. Information is also available on their Facebook page.

This delightful community nestled away at the top of Green Valley Lake Road springs to life every year and the 2013 season for the Green Valley Lake Recreation programs is set to go.

Green Valley Lake SignStockholders who want to get a reduced rate for a beach pass and pay before May 1 get a reduced rate of $40. After May 1 the charge jumps to $50. Adult daily beach passes will be $5 and $3 for children under 13 who are accompanied by an adult. The three-day weekend adult beach pass is $12 and a children’s three-day weekend pass is $7 for kids under 13. A California fishing license is required for fishing so be sure to take your license if you want to try your luck at fishing. The daily fishing charge for adults is $15 and senior citizens 62 years and older can get a discount on Tuesdays for the $10 rate. Active military can receive a special discount on Wednesdays when they pay $10. A summer beach pass for stockholders (before May 1) is $40 but it rises to $50 after that date. Adult daily beach passes are $5 and children under 13 will be charged $3 for a daily beach pass as long as they are accompanied by an adult. For those who spend the weekend a three-day adult weekend pass is $13 and a three-day weekend children’s beach pass for kids under 13 is $7. Come on up to Green Valley, enjoy the drive up, up, up Green Valley Lake Road and stay awhile. This community is very special and there are guest accommodations, restaurants, magnificent tranquility, great walking areas and of course, the lake.

Don’t miss the Community Garden Rummage Sale on May 23 and 24 at 10 a.m. on Green Valley Lake Road (not surprisingly the rummage sale is at the community garden which is across from the lake.

The place to be for entertainment and great food is the Lake Inn. Gwen Daniels will perform at 6 p.m. on May 16 and on May 9 the Jimmy Reid Band will play at 6:30 p.m. May 23. Grits and Grady will take their fabulous music to the restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Eeeee-haaa!

For further information on other Green Valley Lake Recreation information log onto: http://www.green-valley-lake.com/fishing and swimming/ . See you this summer in this fabulous place.

Last but certainly not least A CSA (County Service Area) 79 meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. All interested stockholders are encouraged to attend.

Beautiful Green Valley Lake has become, through the years, one of my most favorite places on this planet. There is something very special about this community. As one of the oldest communities in the local mountains (and perhaps THE oldest) Green Valley Lake was used, decades and decades ago, to get from “this side of the mountain” to Big Bear. It has a fascinating history and it also has a fascinating museum that is open in the summer.

Enjoy this delightful community but I warn you…..it becomes addictive!

P.S. Thank you to the Green Valley Lake site for this information. For more information and to keep up with the events that are held during the summer and early fall keep up with their website.

 

 

 

 

Local Group “Quarter to 3” Playing April 4 in Green Valley Lake

The lake headquarters where you can rent a boat. With a valid fishing license you can also fish on the lake although there is a charge. You would go to the "headquarters" for information. Each Labor Day weekend this part of the lake is central to the annual always-exciting, fun Water Carnival.
The lake headquarters where you can rent a boat. With a valid fishing license you can also fish on the lake although there is a charge. You would go to the “headquarters” for information. Each Labor Day weekend this part of the lake is central to the annual always-exciting, fun Water Carnival.

If you’d like to hear some singing where you can understand the lyrics you’re going to appreciate the local mountain trio called “Quarter to 3.” The trio will perform at the “Eagles Nest,” a  Green Valley Lake spot from 4 to 7 p.m. This musical event is being held to celebrate the anniversary of the Eagle’s Nest and also to celebrate the Green Valley Lake Market which is owned by Michael Sullens. If you’re extra hungry there will be a delicious mouth-watering BBQ as well as their traditional tavern menu. Having been up there when the BBQ is filled with delicious meat I can only imagine that the BBQ is fabulous. Treat yourself….it’s a big holiday weekend and even though the Easter Bunny is the “big” celebrity this weekend, don’t worry, BBQ rabbit is not on the menu!

The Eagle’s Nest is located directly on Green Valley Lake Road, right in town. Trust me, you’d have to really try to miss it!

Enjoy. Relax. Listen to some great music where you can really understand the lyrics. You might even want to join the singers if there’s an opportunity.

 

Coming Soon to a Green Valley Lake Near You: An Aquathon!

Green Valley Lake SignNever heard of an aquathon? Well, if you’re a triathlete or runner you probably are familiar with the term. If not, it’s a 600 yard swim and a 5K run. It’s like a triathlon (which means three) but instead it has two events instead of the three that are found in a triathlon.

The site? Beautiful Green Valley Lake…..When:  Saturday August 15, 2015 at 9 a.m. If you’re interested mark the date, time and site on your calendar right now!

The age group divisions are: Men and Women separate; 600 yard swim and 5K run, Top 3 winners in each age group; Overall top 3 men’s and top 3 woman’s. Age groups are 12-15; 16-17; 18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-70 and 70 and above. In other words, almost anyone 12 and above can participate.

The relay divisions are: Top three winners from each group; Two groups, men’s and women, and parents and children (ages 12-17). A 600 yard swim and 5K run. Start working on your relay team members now so when the date arrives you’ve got your team together.

A Kids Fun Run will also be part of the day’s activities. For this event kids from six to 11 years old will participate and parents are welcome to run with their children. The 500 yard run will start at the conclusion of the aquathon.

For information contact: greenvalleylakeaquathon@triplecrownseries.com or visit: http://www.triplecrownseries.com/events/details/18-green-valley-lake-aquathon.html.

For this event men and women will be separated into their own divisions. Interested participants can register at: trireg.com/green-valley-lake-aquathon.html.

Save the date! You’ll be sorry if you miss coming up to this delightful community in August. Come up and enjoy the cool temperatures and get out of the hot weather “down the hill.” Did you know that Green Valley Lake is the highest community (elevation wise) in the local mountains…..wayyyyy back from the lumbering days? If you didn’t and it’s ever a question on Jeopardy you’ll know it’s Green Valley Lake.

 

 

 

GVL Women Spend Labor Day Weekend Working Breast Cancer Awareness Booth

Aren't they wonderful? Ladies, you had so much fun and I've never seen so much "pink" in my life in one place. You are all special women and the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be so grateful.
Aren’t they wonderful? Ladies, you had so much fun and I’ve never seen so much “pink” in my life in one place. You are all special women and the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be so grateful. You did a great job and had a lot of fun along the way!

Pink was the color of the day (or days) over Labor Day weekend when these terrific women held a fundraiser outside the Green Valley Lake Post Office to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation fight against breast cancer.

The past holiday weekend was the opportunity for some “end of the year” fun in Green Valley Lake and let me tell you they were having FUN! .  Everything at their table was pink including food and the clothes on their back (literally!)  Ladies, what special women you are!

Many people look on the color pink as a “happy” color (and I have to admit, I’m one of them!”  Their booth was pink, pink, pink and all the items (except the bottled water) were pink but the thing that struck me the most was their happy personalities and outlook. Yep, pink was definitely their color.

Thanks for all you did! I hope you know that your event, small thought it may be, was a huge endeavor to support women everywhere to help bring awareness of getting mammograms and supporting one another. I don’t know how much they made but whatever it was would be money that the foundation didn’t have before so these women, as far as I’m concerned, have a special place in heaven.

Yep, you get the “Joan Moseley Fabulous Service Award.” You are special ladies!

 

 

Green Valley Lake Artisan’s Tour Labor Day Weekend

Enjoying life in a rowboat on Green Valley Lake.
Enjoying life in a rowboat on Green Valley Lake.

Grab your wallet, hop in your car and drive to beautiful, wonderful Green Valley Lake for the upcoming Artisans Tour that will be held over  Labor Day Weekend. Forget “laboring on Labor Day weekend” and just drive up Green Valley Lake Road to this small community that is truly  a “gem” in the San Bernardino National Forest. If you love small communities with a lake, a beach area, good dining, friendly people, walking the nearby trails, enjoying the forests’ beauty, you’ll love Green Valley Lake. It’s a gorgeous, winding drive off Hwy. 18 between Snow Valley Ski Area and the communities of Arrowbear Lake.

The Artisan’s Tour  hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday hours are 10 a.m. to 2  p.m. This year’s Labor Day weekend event continues the tradition of this long-standing event. Because the studio tour is composed of individual artists at their studios or homes some of the artisan’s hours may not be the same but for heaven’s sake, don’t let that stop you from driving around and visiting as many as you can. It is possible that not all the participants will be open all three days.

Be sure to pick up a flyer “in town” at any of the Green Valley Lake businesses. This flyer will give you the  addresses and a brief description of the artists involved in this year’s event. The flyers will be available at the local businesses so don’t forget to pick one up because you probably won’t remember “who’s who” and “where their studio is” without the map.

To give you a brief idea of some of the artisans and their wares there will be fashion accessories, jewelry, photographs of local wildlife,wood signs, photographs, embroidery items, delicious homemade cookies and pies, vintage collectibles,  delicious honey, jams and jellies, home items, unique wood products, framed and matted photographs of Green Valley Lake, paintings and lamps and more and more and more.

If you love to do your holiday shopping before the “holiday” craziness starts, this event is perfect because you can visit the artisans you’re interested in, purchase items and tuck them away before the holiday season is REALLY upon us. You’ll be a huge step ahead in your holiday shopping if you purchase items now.

Maps and a thorough description of each of the artisan’s specialties are available throughout “the village” so be sure and pick one up before taking off to the artisans. After all, you need to know where you’re going. Come up and visit Green Valley Lake. Enjoy the Artisan’s Tour, enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants, sit on the sandy beach, watch the sun go down and enjoy this charming hamlet in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Green Valley Lake Road is located off of Hwy. 18 (between  Arrowbear Lake and Snow Valley Ski Resort). You’ll have a great day and all the local artists and artisans who take part in this event thank you. While you’re up at Green Valley don’t forget to stop and enjoy the scenery!