Thursday, September 19, 2019

Monterey Symphony Announces Four Finalists for Conductor Search

With the departure of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman at the end of the 2019-2020 OVATION season, the Monterey Symphony’s search for a replacement has yielded four strong candidates with impressive credentials.

Monterey, CA, September 20, 2019 — With the departure of Music Director and Conductor Max Bragado-Darman at the end of the 2019-2020 OVATION season, the Monterey Symphony’s search for a replacement has yielded four strong candidates with impressive credentials.

The finalists include Donato Cabrera, the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic; Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony; Jayce Ogren, who has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies; and Peter Bay, the primary conductor for the Austin Symphony and Ballet Austin who has appeared with 75 different orchestras from Chicago and St. Louis to Germany and Austria. (For more detailed bios, see below.)


“A Music Director search gives an organization time to reflect on its roots, and where it would like to go artistically. We have a fabulous search committee with a shared philosophy. Now that we have named the finalists, we can devote all our attention to celebrating Max and his tremendous legacy,” said Nicola Reilly, the Symphony’s Executive Director.

Bragado-Darman announced in 2018 that he would leave his position as the music director and conductor in May 2020 to give time for the Symphony to find his successor. He was hired as the symphony's full-time music director in July 2004, after appearing with the orchestra as a frequent guest conductor in the 1990s.

"I am humbled and honored to have served the Monterey Symphony for so many years," he told the Monterey Herald in 2018 when announcing his departure. "Both Mary and I feel that Monterey is like a second home to us. I am deeply proud of this orchestra and consider it an absolute gem. The next two seasons, which are already planned, will be joyous for the organization."

Support for the Music Director search was provided by the Buffett Fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Finalist bios:

Donato Cabrera - OCTOBER 2020

Donato Cabrera is the Music Director of the California Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and served as the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2009-2016.

Since Cabrera's appointment as Music Director of the California Symphony in 2013, the organization has reached new artistic heights by implementing innovative programming that emphasizes welcoming newcomers and loyalists alike, building on its reputation for championing music by living composers, and committing to programming music by women and people of color. With a recently extended contract through the 2022-23 season, Cabrera continues to advise and oversee the Symphony’s music education programs and community engagement activities. Cabrera has also greatly changed the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s concert experience by expanding the scope and breadth of its orchestral concerts. Cabrera has also reenergized the Youth Concert Series by creating an engaging and interactive curriculum-based concert experience.

In recent seasons, Cabrera has made impressive debuts with the National Symphony’s KC Jukebox at the Kennedy Center, Louisville Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, New West Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Reno Philharmonic. In 2016, he led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performances with Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs. Cabrera made his Carnegie Hall debut leading the world premiere of Mark Grey’s Atash Sorushan with soprano, Jessica Rivera.

Awards and fellowships include a Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship at the Salzburg Festival and conducting the Nashville Symphony in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Donato Cabrera was recognized by the Consulate-General of Mexico in San Francisco as a Luminary of the Friends of Mexico Honorary Committee, for his contributions to promoting and developing the presence of the Mexican community in the Bay Area.

Jung-Ho Pak - NOVEMBER 2020

Described by the New York Times as a conductor who "radiates enthusiasm" and the Los Angeles Times as "a real grabber", Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony. From 2003-2013, he has been Director of Orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2012, Mr. Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognized for its innovative programs and business model. Mr. Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002), Mr. Pak led the orchestra from bankruptcy to an unprecedented financial success.

As a nationally recognized educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, Russia, South America and Asia. Mr. Pak is also a frequent speaker on television and radio including TED Talks and NPR appearances, as well as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.

Jayce Ogren - FEBRUARY 2021

Jayce Ogren has established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile conductors of his generation. From symphonic concerts to revolutionary community service programs to operatic world premieres.

Mr. Ogren is a leader in breaking down barriers between audiences and great music. Mr. Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, a concurrent appointment he held from 2006-2009. In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in programs ranging from Mozart to Beethoven through Sibelius and Bernstein, to presenting U.S. and world premieres of works by Steve Mackey and Nico Muhly.

Among the numerous progressive projects Mr. Ogren has conducted are the New York premieres of Leonard Bernstein’s only opera, A Quiet Place, and puppeteer Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring, both at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 student, amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

A longtime collaborator of singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainwright, Mr. Ogren conducted the 2012 U.S. premiere of his opera Prima Donna at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and led its recording with the BBC Symphony on Deutsche Grammaphon in 2016. Mr. Ogren and Mr. Wainwright have since appeared together throughout the world, with ensembles such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in Paris and the Toronto Symphony.

A devoted educator, Mr. Ogren was invited by renowned poet Paul Muldoon to create an interdisciplinary studio class at Princeton University for the 2017-2018 academic year. He has worked with students at the Brevard Music Center, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West and Verbier Festival. In 2016, he presented a unique workshop in orchestral rehearsal techniques for music teachers at Carnegie Hall in collaboration with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute and the Juilliard School Pre-College. For his own part, Mr. Ogren earned his Masters in conducting at the New England Conservatory and studied as a Fulbright Scholar with Jorma Panula.

A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Jayce Ogren lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Carly, an architect, and their son, Alistair. An avid athlete, he has run the Big Sur, Boston and New York City marathons, the JFK 50 Miler trail run, and the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. As an individual member of 1% for the Planet, Mr. Ogren is proud to connect his artistic work with his deep love of nature and concern for the environment.

Peter Bay - MARCH 2021

Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy-five different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tucson, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Sarasota, Fort Worth, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen and Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).

Peter is the primary conductor for Ballet Austin. For Austin Opera he has conducted A Streetcar Named Desire, La Traviata, Turandot, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Other positions held by Bay have included Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), Britt Festival Orchestra (OR), and posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Symphony. Bay and the ASO with pianist Anton Nel released a critically acclaimed Bridge CD of Edward Burlingame Hill’s music. With the Richmond Symphony he recorded the US premiere of Britten’s The Sword in the Stone for Opus One Records, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Voices, featuring the percussion ensemble NEXUS.

In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks.

Peter is married to soprano Mela Dailey and they have a son Colin.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.montereysymphony.org/

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wonderwall is a Perfect venue for Holiday Parties, Weddings and Events

Wonderwall is a unique 3,000-square-foot architectural furnishings and gallery space and is home to a wide array of objects of desire curated by co-owners Mark and Carina Cristofalo.

Sand City, CA, September 19, 2019 - Wonderwall is a unique 3,000-square-foot architectural furnishings and gallery space and is home to a wide array of objects of desire curated by co-owners Mark and Carina Cristofalo. Located in the Sand City Arts district, Wonderwall has elements of both glamour and industry and serves as a memorable backdrop for holiday parties, weddings, receptions or special gatherings and events. This elegant ambiance offers the perfect setting for photographs as it provides an intimate yet on-trend look and feel. A gathering space that is both spacious and comfortable, Wonderwall has both accessibility and convenient parking.

Facility rentals are available in 2-hour, 5-hour and full-day increments, with custom rental packages available upon request. Book your holiday party by October31st and receive 25% courtesy discount once space is scheduled and deposit is received.

Wonderwall only contracts with licensed caterers to ensure that your event runs smoothly. For questions and availability, please contact flourish@wonderwallhome.com or call (831) 241-4214.

Wonderwall
1714 Contra Costa St., Sand City, CA 93955
Phone: (831) 241-4214
Email: studio@www.wonderwall.life
Website: www.wonderwallhome.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
studio@www.wonderwall.life
http://www.wonderwallhome.com

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

El Pajaro CDC Celebrates 40th anniversary with Tacos & Tapas Fundraising party in Watsonville on Oct. 25

Sponsorships Now Available Event Expands to Three Food Trucks and 22 Food Partners

Watsonville, CA, September 10, 2019 - To celebrate 40 years of helping local entrepreneurs reach their small business dreams, El Pajaro Community Development Corporation is throwing its second Tacos & Tapas fundraising party on Oct. 25 in Watsonville.

The 40th anniversary celebration will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at El Pajaro CDC’s Kitchen Incubator located at 412 East Riverside Drive in Watsonville.

The food-and-drink party will feature 22 food purveyors, all Kitchen Incubator entrepreneurs, including for the first time three food trucks. Purveyors will serve a variety of different regional foods, including tacos, tamales, tapas, sushi, pizza, sausages, pies and tarts, and more. Margaritas and sangria will be offered, in addition to wine and beer.

“It’s a celebration of a very strong legacy of passion for helping the community by supporting entrepreneurship,” said Carmen Herrera-Mansir, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “We’re grateful for everyone who has played a role in helping us grow during the past four decades.”

A recently updated list of food partners (along with their menus) include:

• Artisan Hand Foods. Handmade sausage (Cumberland sausage, classic and spicy) wrapped in puff pastry. Three pastry snacks — chicken leek, lamb curry and spinach, artichoke and mushroom.
• Borinken Goodies. Traditional Puerto Rican food: Tostones con cerdo (fried plantains topped with roasted pork, avocado aioli and fresh tomatoes); majado de viandas con bacalao (mashed root vegetables with codfish; coquito (traditional drink with coconut milk).
• Cuevas Express Foods. Tamales, chicken in green sauce, pork in red sauce and veggies with jalapeños and cheese, all topped with cheese, sour cream and salsa, and a side of veggie stew.
• Dos Hermanos Pupuseria (food truck). Pupusas: bean and cheese; bean, cheese and pork; and vegetarian (spinach, zucchini and cheese).
• Easypreps. Chicken Thai noodles with peanut sauce, carrots and black sesame seeds; ceviche cocktail, lemon juice, tomatoes, onions and cilantro, garnished with fresh cucumber.
• El Nopalito Produce. Caprese skewers with grilled nopales, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese, drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper.
• Fired up (food truck). Pizzas, baked in a wood-fired oven — margherita, parzola, and chicken with chipotle pesto.
• Hakouya. Sushi roll with cucumber, avocado and imitation crab; tofu pockets stuffed with sushi rice, egg, snow peas and pickled ginger; each served with soy sauce and miso dressing.
• Hiccuping Dragon. Bite-sized, kid-friendly hot dogs: Cheesy Bavarian, Polish dog, all-beef hot dogs with toppings.
• Il Biscotto. Handmade Italian cannoli filled with sweet orange-ricotta cheese.
• Mary's Fruit Tarts. Fresh, homemade crust filled with cream cheese and fresh, seasonal fruit.
• My Mom's Mole. Tacos, handmade blue-corn tortillas with roasted veggies or chicken and mole sauce, verde or traditional.
• Percy's Pies. Gourmet Louisiana-style sweet potato pies — original, ginger snap, coffee liqueur and praline.
• Ronda Paella y Tapas. Offering the real flavor of Spain: Paella mixta (seafood, chicken, pork and Spanish chorizo), tortilla Española (Spanish omelette), fried tapas (ham croquettes, stuffed mussel shell) and Pisto (Spanish ratatouille).
• Rooster Ridge Farm. Locally grown, cured olives served with cheese.
• Splendid Blended. Wholesome ingredients mixed to create the perfect blend; dark chocolate spice and cinnamon banana flavors.
• Sunvalley Farm. Cactus and kale salad with tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro with a lemon juice vinaigrette.
• That Garlic Stuff. Beef meatballs with red sauce, Parmesan cheese, drizzled with “that garlic stuff.”
• The Ballesteros Catering Co. Tacos al pastor with chorizo and deep-fried, beer-battered mushrooms with the fixings.
• The Green Waffle. New grain-free, coconut-chia waffle, toasted and topped with fresh, local, seasonal berries. All other varieties available for sale during the event.
• Unique Sweets. Strawberry shortcake drizzled with chocolate-raspberry flavored balsamic vinegar.
• Yoli's Adobo. Beef and chicken tacos marinated on Yoli’s adobo sauce and vegetarian green pozole.

Sponsors of the event include: Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Salud Para La Gente,Union Bank, Bernardus, Scheid Vineyards, Apple City Cider, Kong's Burger & Café, Elkhorn Slough Brewery, Mechanics Bank (formerly Rabobank).

El Pajaro CDC is proud to welcome Edible Monterey Bay as its Media Sponsor.

Tickets are $65 per person through Sept. 30. Tickets will be the full price of $75 during October leading up to the event and, if available, at the door for $75. Sponsorship opportunities to help cover the cost of the event are also available.

Ticket price includes:

Admission plus 5 Tickets for food and or drinks.
Additional food/drink tickets can be acquired at the event.
Tickets are available at https://tacosandtapas2019.eventbrite.com

Stay tuned for details on our special auction! Details announced in October!

About Pajaro CDC
In 1979, El Pájaro CDC was formed following widespread community support of under-represented Latino and Spanish-speaking business owners in Watsonville. For 40 years El Pajaro has helped budding entrepreneurs throughout the Central Coast by offering technical, legal, financial and managerial assistance.

“If you give someone an opportunity it can change lives, and lead to generations of success,” said Carmen Hererra-Mansir, executive director of El Pajaro CDC. “To see a journey from farmworker to entrepreneur — many started that way when they came to us — is so rewarding.”

El Pájaro CDC offers a wide range of assistance, including low-cost and often free bilingual business education and training workshops to low-income entrepreneurs. Workshops cover business plan preparation, marketing and sales, customer service, bookkeeping, computer basics, business management, and financial literacy.

In 1997, El Pajaro Plaza Vigil a retail business incubator at 23 Beach St. in downtown Watsonville was created to assist low- to moderate-income, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs with starting and operating a successful business.

Plaza Vigil houses dozens of businesses, with another 44 food purveyors using the separate Commercial Kitchen Incubator Program, a fully equipped, shared-use facility at 412 Riverside Drive.

Following a charter expansion in 2007, El Pájaro CDC serves Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. Bilingual and bicultural services, business development services and training are available to anyone with plans to open or expand a small business in the region.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.elpajarocdc.org/

Monday, September 9, 2019

Goodwill Central Coast inspires Halloween costume seekers with ‘Addams Family’ theme

Goodwill Central Coast, for decades a local treasure trove for Halloween costume inspiration, has announced a special finger-snapping theme for the year’s spookiest day.

Salinas, CA, September 09, 2019 - Goodwill Central Coast, for decades a local treasure trove for Halloween costume inspiration, has announced a special finger-snapping theme for the year’s spookiest day.

Goodwill brings back the silly vibe of “The Addams Family,” the beloved American horror and black comedy sitcom from the 1960s. Featuring a theme song punctuated by finger snaps, “The Addams Family” brought to life a hilarious cast of misfits, including husband-and-wife Gomez and Morticia, their butler Lurch and even a disembodied hand called Thing.

Each year finding the right costume at a price that is not downright scary can prove to be a daunting task. Not at Goodwill Central Coast, with 16 outlets to help provide DIY inspiration — from Uncle Fester to Cousin Itt.

And don’t forget your pets. Find inspiration in the curious lineup of “Addams Family” household animals, including Kitty Kat the lion, Aristotle the octopus, Zelda the vulture, Isolde the piranha, and Lucifer the lizard.

Goodwill invites everyone to support their community by shopping at a Goodwill store, or by simply donating gently-used clothing and household items. Each donation helps Goodwill’s cause to help empower people to work and setting them on a path to financial independence. Donations also help preserve the Central Coast landscape by diverting millions of pounds from landfills.

From home pick-ups to potential tax write offs, Goodwill makes donating as easy as possible. Find out more at www.ccgoodwill.org.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs nearly 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 10,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive working and learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.ccgoodwill.org

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Twisted Roots Wine branches off into creating crisp, refreshing hard cider Naturally Low in sugar, carbs

Winemaker Josh Ruiz insists he began bottling hard cider out of necessity. So naturally, he believes it's necessary that we drink it.

Carmel Valley, CA, September 09, 2019 - Winemaker Josh Ruiz insists he began bottling hard cider out of necessity. So naturally, he believes it's necessary that we drink it.

The longtime owner and vintner at Twisted Roots Wine has branched out (literally) into fermented apples, culminating in the birth of Twisted Roots Hard Cider.


Ruiz and his wife Julie sensed a growing market for a light, crisp, easy-drinking cider — once a favored beverage in colonial America until Prohibition destroyed the industry. Hard cider has exploded in growth in the U.S. over the past few years, buoyed by an adventurous, health-conscious younger set, and the fact that cider (unlike beer) is gluten-free.

The couple spent time researching the cider culture in England, and found that it varied greatly depending on the region, the weather and the fruit, just like wine.

They wanted to create the antithesis of a typical American cider that is often over-carbonated and sweet — something Ruiz called “candy apple ciders.”

“People were ready for something else, especially those who love our wines.”

So they created Twisted Roots Hard Cider, a light, crisp beverage that is low in sugar and carbs — “something clean, simple and refreshing.”

Twisted Roots uses a combination of five fresh apple varieties, each of which add unique elements to the finished product:

Golden Russets enhance the bouquet and aromatics, and contribute complexity and fruit flavor
Granny Smiths add tannic structure and tartness, adding to the mouthfeel
Galas help deliver a clean, refreshing finish
Fuji's lend just the right amount of sweetness
Red Delicious bring rich mouth-feel and a distinctly apple aromatic quality
Twisted Roots Hard Cider has 6 percent alcohol, and a 22-ounce serving contains only 140 calories. For Ruiz, the beauty of making a hard cider without high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates?

You can drink more of it!

Tastings of Twisted Roots Hard Cider are available at the wine tasting room in Carmel Valley, 12 Del Fino Place, 93924. For information or to purchase bottles online, visit www.twistedrootshardcider.com or call 831- 594-8282.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.twistedrootshardcider.com

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Knuckles Sports Bar unveils new menu Highlighted by the All-American Favorite Chicken wings

Americans chowed down on 1.23 billion chicken wings while celebrating Super Bowl Sunday last season.

Monterey, CA, September 06, 2019 - Americans chowed down on 1.23 billion chicken wings while celebrating Super Bowl Sunday last season. When it comes to big games and the most popular protein on the planet, Knuckles Sports Bar inside Hyatt Regency Monterey pairs them perfectly.

The spicy, sticky snack highlights the eclectic new menu at Knuckles, voted Monterey’s favorite sports bar for 16 straight years.

Invented in the 1960s at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y., hot wings have become a national phenomenon, and Knuckles has raised the bar while lowering the price.

Prepared four ways — with All-American Hot Sauce, Smoked Habanero Peach Sauce, Summer BBQ Sauce or Pedro’s “AY Chihuahua” Sauce — Knuckles offers Happy Hour wings for just $1 each.

With those bargain prices, guests can easily enjoy a few dozen, or try to break the world record (444 wings in 26 minutes), set at the 2015 Wing Bowl (the world championship of wing eating).

The new Knuckles menu goes far deeper than wings, of course. From Ultimate Nachos to House-made Pretzel Sticks to Steak Frites, there is something for everyone at this family-friendly sports bar.

Burger fans will enjoy a wide range of options, from Knuckles’ famous Surf & Turf Burger (Strauss grass-fed beef, tarragon aioli, and butter-poached crab and lobster) to the conventional Brass Knuckles Burger with smoked cheddar. Or be bold with a Muay Thai Spiced Turkey Burger with cucumber, pickled onions and mint.

When it comes to hand-held favorites, don’t forget tacos. Knuckles prepares them with either crispy shrimp, shredded chicken or beef — served with toppings of shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. Or how about a Fried Chicken “Sammie” with coleslaw, pickles, jalapeños and red onions?

Vegetarians will love a wide array of options, including Tomato, Avocado & Quinoa Salad (with roasted corn and cilantro vinaigrette), Marinated Portobello Sandwich (with provolone, arugula, roasted tomato and pesto aioli), or Tofu Poke Rice Bowl (with quinoa, avocado, tomato, cucumber and sesame soy sauce).

Knuckles doesn’t slouch when it comes to a proper sit-down meal, either, offering entrees featuring Seared Salmon with Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Marble Potatoes, or Grilled Petaluma Farms Chicken Breast with Honey-Stung Brussels Sprouts.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-regency-monterey-hotel-and-spa-on-del-monte-golf-course/mrydm/dining

Holiday Shopping just got easier as Sweets of Eden offers Unique Online Gift packs of Old-fashioned, Slow-cooked, Small-batch, Hand-wrapped Caramels

Sweet family memories gave Susanne McBride the inspiration to launch a career as a micro-confectioner.

Spreckels, CA, September 05, 2019 — Sweet family memories gave Susanne McBride the inspiration to launch a career as a micro-confectioner. Now her business Sweets of Eden makes it easy to sweeten anyone’s holiday by offering convenient online gift purchases of her famous hand-wrapped, small-batch caramels.

Previously sold only at pop-up events and through third-party outlets, McBride’s caramels — patterned after her mother’s coveted family recipe — can now be purchased online at www.sweetsofeden.net.

Just in time for the holidays, Sweets of Eden has created unique edible tri-gift packs (in three separate flavors) that are sold either in Mason jars ($27) or cellophane bags ($25).

Along with her daughter Kate Brown and their combined families, McBride started Sweets of Eden in 2016. McBride began making the creamy treats 30 years ago after remembering her mother’s caramels, a family recipe that was lost a decade before. She modified the recipe, and while not exactly the same as her mother’s, it was a hit and brought back fond memories.

The caramels are all made by hand, slow-cooked in small batches and individually wrapped. Making up to 20 pounds of caramels per week, Sweets of Eden has launched different flavors. Starting with vanilla, they soon expanded and now produce up to more than 15 flavors seasonally, including sea salt, apple pie, coffee, pumpkin, peppermint, raspberry, root beer, green apple, orange creamsicle, passionfruit, lemon, cinnamon and licorice. All are gluten free and dye free. The family is testing out several new flavors, including chai, hot spicy caramel and vegan and sugar-free versions. They never lack for volunteers for the taste testing. The maker’s favorite? McBride says: “The last batch made is always the favorite until the next batch is made.”

McBride is a third-generation Monterey County resident — her family has been in the area since the 1870s. Both McBride and Brown have full-time jobs, but love to step into the kitchen and stir the pot. As for how the name of the company was created, well, it just made sense. “We are surrounded by Steinbeck and it clicked. There is a sweet history here and we are going to include it.”

Sweets of Eden
(831) 783-5566
sweetsofeden831@gmail.com
https://sweetsofeden.net
https://www.facebook.com/pg/sweetsofeden/

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.sweetsofeden.net

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Indian Spiritual Guide Shreekalp to Hold One-on-One Spiritual Meetings in September 2019 at Hyatt Regency Monterey

“Three qualities that identify a true human life, Love which is Truth, Happiness is in Purity and Knowledge with Consciousness.” — Shreekalp

Monterey, CA, September 04, 2019 — Companion guide and spiritual mentor Shreekalp from India will be holding 90-minute one-on-one spiritual meetings Sept. 13-15, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Shreekalp has been helping people across the globe to lead a fulfilled life filled with love, knowledge and happiness. Through his gifted clairvoyance Sheekalp has been a guiding mentor to help enlighten souls and awaken individual consciousness.

“In Conversation With Shreekalp” is a one-on-one spiritual meeting with Shreekalp where he listens to you individually and guides you to lead a blissful life filled with love, happiness and knowledge.

The one-on-one sessions will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13, 14 and 15, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey. Cost is $200. Light refreshments and snacks are offered before and after the meeting.

Email gaikwadsamit@gmail.com or call (917) 399-7899 to reserve a spot.

The related Divine Harmony Retreat being held at the same time at the Hyatt Regency Monterey is sold out.

About Shreekalp
Shreekalp is an established companion guide and spiritual mentor. He is a writer, philosopher and a visionary who understands the holistic and spiritual aspects of different ideologies.

Shreekalp has an ability to understand human emotions and has art to visualize energy patterns of people. Based on that he can suggest how to maintain energy with in a person, and how to develop it for giving a meaning to the individual life. He has creativity to tailor expectations, dreams, goals and views; he can even customize them as per the interest of the individual.

Shreekalp had interest in spirituality from an early childhood and gives spiritual guidance and discourses. In his companionship one can experience love, knowledge and happiness of mankind to do spiritual celebration of life. Along with his spiritual interest Shreekalp has love for social activities for uplifting the under-privileged people of the society.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel& Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Restaurant, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com/.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com/

Monday, September 2, 2019

A Fisherman’s Wharf Original, Abalonetti Bar & Grill Honors Locals with Specially Priced Daily Menu

One of Monterey’s original restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf, Abalonetti Bar & Grill rolls out the red carpet for locals, offering a specially priced menu.

Monterey, CA, September 02, 2019 - One of Monterey’s original restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf, Abalonetti Bar & Grill rolls out the red carpet for locals, offering a specially priced menu.

Combine that with two hours free parking courtesy of the City of Monterey, and it’s one sweet deal of a meal.

Offered daily at lunch or dinner, the menu includes a wide variety of entrees:

  • Mile-High Meatloaf (roasted garlic mashed potatoes, crispy onion tangles, mushroom gravy and fresh vegetables), $10.95.
  • Grilled Calamari Steak (Italian breadcrumb crust served with roasted-garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables), $10.95.
  • Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breast (sundried tomatoes, capers and white wine sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables), $10.95.
  • Italian Sausage Penne Pasta (tossed with roasted peppers, sweet onions and Sicilian marinara), $10.95.
  • Flame-broiled Pork Loin Chop (marinated in herbs and spices, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables), $10.95.
  • Fresh Catch of the Day (grilled salmon fillet or sand dabs served with rice and fresh vegetables), $12.95.

The special allows diners to add a glass of house Chardonnay, Cabernet, White Zinfandel or 12-oz. draft beer for an additional $3.99.

For more information visit www.abalonetti.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.abalonetti.com

Big Fish Grill on Fisherman’s Wharf Celebrates Fishing Heritage and Locals with Value-priced Menu

Big Fish Grill celebrates the bounty of Monterey Bay — along with the proud folks who call this region home — with a specially priced, seafood-laden locals menu.

Monterey, CA, September 02, 2019 — Big Fish Grill celebrates the bounty of Monterey Bay — along with the proud folks who call this region home — with a specially priced, seafood-laden locals menu.

Available weekdays for lunch or dinner, each entree is priced at $13.95 and includes either the restaurant’s famous clam chowder or mixed green salad. Diners can enjoy a glass of house Chardonnay, Cabernet or draft beer for $3.99 more.

For more than 100 years, fishing has been a vital part of the local economy. The Big Fish Grill celebrates that tradition and boasts the Wharf’s most expansive, panoramic views of the working harbor.

The following entrees are currently available on the Locals Menu:

  • Grilled Salmon Fillet (roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables, lemon-caper sauce).
  • Panko-Crusted Chicken Breast Piccata (roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed vegetables).
  • Pan-Seared Pacific Rockfish (sauteed vegetables, garlic-mashed potatoes, lemon-caper sauce).
  • Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs (beef, pork and veal in a hearty marinara).
  • Seafood Pasta Fettuccine (fresh-caught fish, shrimp and mushrooms sauteed in garlic and white wine).
  • Charbroiled Center-Cut Pork Chop (sautéed spinach, kale and bacon, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, wild mushroom sauce).
  • Grilled West Coast Sand Dabs (sautéed vegetables, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, lemon-caper sauce).

For more information visit www.bigfishgrillmonterey.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.bigfishgrillmonterey.com

The Whaling Station offers the most Comprehensive Bar Menu on the Monterey Peninsula

Gathering around the horseshoe-shaped bar at the iconic Whaling Station has become a repeat habit for locals and tourists alike.

Monterey, CA, September 02, 2019 — Gathering around the horseshoe-shaped bar at the iconic Whaling Station has become a repeat habit for locals and tourists alike.

This year the internationally acclaimed steakhouse celebrates five decades of tradition, starting with USDA Prime cuts of America’s finest beef. But the action is not limited to the comfortable dining room. The Whaling Station offers a lively cocktail scene that begins shaking daily at 5 p.m. — while offering the most comprehensive bar menu anywhere.

From prime rib egg rolls to its famous open-faced steak sandwich, the Station’s bar has its own menu and its own loyal following, with drink specials and lively conversation served nightly.

Try the Slow-Braised Prime Beef Short Rib with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, Pan-Fried Sand Dabs with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Citrus Beurre Blanc, and Sauteed Spinach, or perhaps the Station’s iconic Caesar Salad with Garlicky-Anchovy Dressing.

The Whaling Station brings classic cocktails up a notch, from its signature Manhattan (12-year, small-batch George Dickel, Amarena Cherry Liqueur) to its Rob Roy (15-year Dimple Pinch Scotch, sweet vermouth, burnt lemon rind).

Come experience Monterey’s prime destination restaurant, right in the heart of Cannery Row.

For more information, visit www.thewhalingstation.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.thewhalingstation.com

The Beach House Sunset Menu could very well be the Greatest Dining Value in the History of Mankind

When a restaurant promotes “the greatest dining value in the history of mankind,” it had better deliver on that promise.

Pacific Grove, CA, September 02, 2019 - When a restaurant promotes “the greatest dining value in the history of mankind,” it had better deliver on that promise. But much like the enchanting panoramic views from the dining room perched along Monterey Bay, the daily Sunset Specials Menu at The Beach House at Lovers Point comes exactly as advertised.

Offered daily from 4-5:30 p.m., the special menu includes a myriad of entrees — from a Charbroiled Pork Chop to Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf — for just $9.90. Upgrade to Panko-Sand Dabs Almondine (with wild rice pilaf, blue lake green beans, dried cranberries, toasted almonds, lemon beurre blanc) for $11.90. Or choose Grilled Salmon Fillet (wild rice pilaf, sautéed spinach, lemon beurre blanc) for $12.90.

The Sunset Specials Menu also offers the restaurant’s famous Firecracker Shrimp appetizer for $5, and allows diners to add a cup of soup, house or Caesar salad, glass of wine or Lovers Point Amber Ale (on draft) for just $3.90 more.

It’s all part of the landmark restaurant’s commitment to providing casual California cuisine that is fresh, flavorful and innovative, yet affordable.

The relaxed setting features a full bar, heated outdoor patio and plenty of window seats.

For more information, visit www.beachhousepg.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.beachhousepg.com

Friday, August 30, 2019

Salinas Self Storage Celebrates Facility Expansion and the Art of decluttering at Ribbon-cutting party Public Event Tuesday, October 29th features Music, Food truck, Charity partnership

Never in modern history has there been more focus on decluttering our lives, with tidying up falling into three distinct categories — charity, trash and storage.

Salinas, CA, August 30, 2019 - Never in modern history has there been more focus on decluttering our lives, with tidying up falling into three distinct categories — charity, trash and storage.

It’s no wonder that Salinas Self Storage just invested in a six-month renovation to create the most secure and comprehensive self-storage facility in Monterey County.

Conveniently located just off the new Sala Road exit along Highway 101with easy access from both the north and the south, Salinas Self Storage offers modern, safe and clean storage, with all units individually alarmed, monitored and equipped with fire-safe sprinklers. The expansion also made room for new RV and boat storage as well.

Salinas Self Storage will celebrate its new beginning with a community gathering on Tuesday, October 29th (5-7 p.m.), with both the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Salinas Valley Chamber on hand. The unveiling and ribbon-cutting will include live music, a food truck and other activities.

During the celebration Salinas Self Storage will officially announce its new charity partner, Gil’s Basketball Academy, a community-minded program that surrounds local youth with positive role models, peer influences and constructive activities.

From October 29th through November 30, 10 percent of all new rental proceeds up to $1,000 will benefit Gil’s Basketball Academy. Such support is a major tenet of Salinas Self Storage, family owned and operated by locals invested in their community.

Gene and Nancy Spencer started Salinas Self Storage in 1999. Widowed in 2015, Salinas native Nancy Spencer — a retired teacher who spent 28 years at Spreckels Elementary — now owns SSS with Salinas raised businessman and real estate developer Mike House.

“My son Michael and Mike House were classmates (1981) at Palma High,” said Nancy, who still lives in a house on the facility property. “When I needed a new partner, Michael got in touch with Mike and we have been working together ever since.”

The mission of Salinas Self Storage centers around supreme service not usually seen in the industry. Nothing tops the care of the facility’s onsite manager for extra peace of mind. And for extra convenience, SSS is the only storage place in town to offer free carry-in service to new customers.

Serving the Salinas area, including Prunedale, Castroville, Gonzales, Royal Oaks, Marina and Monterey, Salinas Self Storage is proud of its friendly, professional staff. SSS offers a variety of sizes to fit the needs of residential or business users.

“We aim to tailor your storage experience to fit your storage schedule and make your life easier,” House said.

Less clutter, less stress, with more room to enjoy life.

Lauren Chocholak
Asset Manager
House Properties
35 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(847) 224-3346
lauren@houseproperties.us

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.houseproperties.us

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Shopping at Goodwill Central Coast stores is a win-win for your Pocketbook and the Planet

The sale of secondhand goods — often called recommerce — is the fastest growing retail sector in the country.

Salinas, CA, August 28, 2019 - The sale of secondhand goods — often called recommerce — is the fastest growing retail sector in the country. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, GlobalData PLC estimates that secondhand sales will double to $51 billion by 2023, up from $24 billion last year.

The well-stocked stores of Goodwill Central Coast are a big part of this trend, featuring the same name brands offered at department stores — at a fraction of the price.

Shoppers ages 18 to 37 (a large majority of them women) are driving this shift, inspired by everyday low prices, the high quality of items and the eco-friendly benefits of shopping secondhand.

Studies show that consumers, on average, buy 60 percent more clothing than they did 15 years ago, but keep the items only half as long. This has resulted in more waste, and an increase in greenhouse gases due to the energy and resources it takes to produce all that clothing.

Goodwill Central Coast shoppers can enjoy guilt-free retail therapy, knowing every purchase supports job training programs and promotes reuse, keeping useful items out of our landfills and reducing the need for scarce natural resources.

Stores throughout Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties offer unique finds at unbeatable prices — from that perfect vintage jacket to a pair of name-brand shoes. You never know what treasure you might find.

Looking for the very best deals? Check out our daily 50 percent off color tag sales to find huge savings on quality items. Shop in your neighborhood, or online, as the Goodwill virtual store can lead you to that perfect item without leaving your home.

About Goodwill
Goodwill Central Coast builds lives, families and communities by helping people with employment needs become successful, supported by innovative enterprises that preserve the Earth’s resources.

Each year Goodwill assists more than 10,150 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. It provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work. For more information visit www.ccgoodwill.org.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.ccgoodwill.org

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Maggie Rawleigh Named Director of Events at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa has announced the hiring of Maggie Rawleigh as its Director of Events.

Monterey, CA, Aug. 19, 2019 — The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa has announced the hiring of Maggie Rawleigh as its Director of Events.

Prior to coming on board at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, Rawleigh served for almost six years at Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, most recently as Director of Catering Sales and Conference Services, as well as Wedding and Social Events Sales Manager, and Catering and Conferences Manager.


Her tenure also includes Director of Catering Sales at Hilton Santa Cruz and Tasting Room Manager and Social Events Sales Manager at Byington Vineyard & Winery in Los Gatos.

“I’m very excited about joining the Hyatt Regency Monterey team and continuing to provide the exemplary service and expertise it has become known for,” said Rawleigh. “I look forward to working with our guests to provide the best possible experience for them.”

Rawleigh studied Tourism and Travel Services Management at San Jose State University and Cabrillo College in Aptos, where she received an Associate of Arts and Sciences in that field.

She served on the Board of Directors for the Aptos Chamber of Commerce for three years and the last year as their Vice President.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s house, TusCA Restaurant, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge, Spa, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, tennis courts, pools and whirlpools. The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit www.hyattregencymonterey.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.hyattregencymonterey.com

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Blessing of the Animals Ceremony Set for Pastures of Heaven Pet Memorial Park in Monterey on Oct. 5

Pet Cemetery Now Open and Taking Reservations For Burial Plots

Monterey, CA, August 21, 2019 — Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to be blessed when the new Pastures of Heaven pet memorial park hosts its inaugural Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 5 at its hilltop park in Monterey.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Pastures of Heaven, 3021 Monterey Salinas Highway, in Monterey. Rev. Roy J. Shelly from St. Joseph’s Parish in Spreckels will be doing a special Blessing of the Animals at 1:00 p.m. at Pastures of Heaven.


The event will include food and beverage and a brief blessing of the assembled pets. Participants can also take tours of the property and discuss various options for plots and burials.

“I love pets more than I love most people; their love is unconditional, but unfortunately, the day will come when we all have to face the inevitable, the loss of our pet. Seldom are the pets that meant so much in our lives remembered for all the loyalty, love and comfort they give us, and after we move on it’s like they never existed. We wanted to create a place where the memories of our pets and the important role they played in our lives will live on forever. That’s what Pastures of Heaven is all about. This place is nicer than most human cemeteries which is a fitting return for all the joy and love we get from our furry friends.”

“The idea is to celebrate the lives of our pets in a beautiful location. We have a mile worth of walkways, views of the valley and Monterey Bay, a grove of 300-year-old oak trees, materials from a local quarry and redwood fencing made from old-growth redwoods from Mendocino. It looks more like a winery than a cemetery. It’s a beautiful place and I wouldn’t mind being buried here myself one day.” said co-owner Dean Rodatos.

Rodatos and his wife Amanda Serradell, who have a background in land development, have been working on the memorial park for the past three years. When they first saw the property they were told it was going to be developed into an office complex, but they had other plans.

“We had to save this place from development," said Serradell. "It's a very unique property with a special energy people can feel the moment they walk in. Our goal was to preserve the land and offer a beautiful environment for pet owners to honor and celebrate their pet's lives.”

Helping the couple at the Blessing of the Animals will be their own pet, a 3-year-old half-Chihuahua, half-Yorkie (or “Chorkie”) rescue dog named Tallulah, named after the early-1900s actress Tallulah Bankhead, who was known for husky voice, big eyes and outrageous personality.

“Tallulah has found her calling at Pastures of Heaven, where she makes sure all the walking paths are enjoyable for a walk, and ensuring each visitor is met with a wagging tail and friendly bark,” said Serradell. “It is so rewarding to see her joyful spirit and confidence grow.

Tallulah aka “Monkey” because of her comedic antics, went from living off discarded food in the dumpsters of Oakland to living the good life in Pebble Beach thanks to Hopalong Animal Rescue, who saved Tallulah from an uncertain future, got her healthy and into a loving home. Tallulah, will serve as pet ambassador for Pastures of Heaven.

About Pastures of Heaven
Pastures of Heaven pet memorial park is located in the pristine beauty of the Monterey Peninsula, and is dedicated to celebrating and honoring your pets unique life and memory.

Nestled on 3 acres of private oak jeweled land with expansive vistas and countless areas of reflection and peace, the memorial park is truly the first of its kind. We offer in-ground burial plots with amazing views, beautiful columbarium niches for cremated remains, engraved pavers, dedication benches and trees, as well as statuary and other customizable options to uniquely pay tribute to your beloved companion.

Whether you have cremated remains from previous pets or want the peace of mind of knowing your current pet will have an eternal home when they depart, our memorial park will provide you with the security of knowing your pet's memory will live on forever.

The park is now open by appointment only and will be open to the public soon.

Thank you for visiting PasturesofHeaven.com, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Go to PasturesofHeaven.com for more information.

Pastures of Heaven Pet Memorial Park
3021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey CA 93940
Phone: 831-204-8080
Email: info@PasturesofHeaven.com
Open to public Saturdays only 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.PasturesofHeaven.com

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Car Enthusiasts Celebrate Kick Off to Car Week at Inaugural Concours at Pasadera on Aug. 9

Car enthusiasts from age 8 to 80 joined in the fun at The Club at Pasadera’s (TCAP) inaugural Concours at Pasadera on Aug. 9, at the luxurious country club in Monterey.

Monterey, California, August 19, 2019 - Car enthusiasts from age 8 to 80 joined in the fun at The Club at Pasadera’s (TCAP) inaugural Concours at Pasadera on Aug. 9, at the luxurious country club in Monterey.

Celebrity Chef Colin Moody created gourmet culinary stations complemented by free-flowing Champagne and sparkling blush wines at the spectacular showcase of 55 collectible cars.


Winners in two categories and four award classes were also announced.

“In 1979 I attended my first Concours at Pebble Beach. Ever since, Car Week has been a part of our family’s life,” said Rick Barnett, collector and Pasadera member. “This year was exciting as the ‘Launch’ to Car Week kicked off at Pasadera. Friends gathered to see the cars and enjoy the food. It was amazing — can’t wait for next year!”

Among the diverse array of collectible cars that were shown included vehicles from Aston-Martin, Austin-Healy, Bentley, Buick, Chevrolet, Cobra, Denzel, Ferrari, Ford, Jeep, Jensen, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Nissan, Panoz, Pontiac, Porsche, VW and more.

“I am new to The Club at Pasadera and to the Peninsula,” said Kurt Burmeister, Pasadera General Manager. “Two months ago, I would not consider myself a ‘car guy.’ Playing a role in the execution of this fun event officially made me a ‘car guy.’ What a way to kick off car week! I am super excited for next year and seeing what rolls into town in the next few days.”

Next year’s Concours at Pasadera will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2020.

Participating as the panel of vetting authorities were Jeffrey Ernest, Bill Finkbeiner and Eric Keener. Judges include Coppa Bella Motors owner Steve Fremgen, a top Ferrari expert; and Laguna Seca CEO Tim McGrane. Collectively, they have worked a wide range of major events from Concours d’Elegance to Concorso Italiano and more.

Monterey Motorsports owner Rick Barnett, who led the organization for the event, served as Master of Ceremonies. Awards for exhibitor participation, the four classes and Best of Show were from Tiffany & Co.

Among the many sponsors are Elite Auto Films of Monterey, Gene’s Import Auto Body, Hagerty Insurance, Martinelli’s and Porsche of Monterey. Part of the proceeds benefit the Bridge Restoration Ministry in Pacific Grove, which helps those struggling with addictions and helps restore them back to God, family, work and community.

2019 Concours at Pasadera Winners:

>Lynn Carmichael, 1969 Chevy Camaro Pace Car, Domestic 1
>Mark Merrill, 1957 Rometsch Beeskow, International 23
>Ted Voigt, 1957 Mercedes 300 SL, Best In Class
>Shawn Ebert, 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, Modern Classic
>Russ Trull, 1950 Buick Woody, Modified 1
>Woodie Clum, 1936 Ford Cabriolet, Vintage/Pre War 1

Photos Available here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bq8i7byycvsdwx0/AACje9Rw1Gapn_rZNkvdXJ5ea?dl=0

Please credit the photos to Amber Whitaker Photography

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.theclubatpasadera.com/

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

JDRF Hosts its Second Annual Western-Themed Kickoff Party for One Walk Fundraiser on Aug. 29 in Salinas

The Monterey County chapter of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, hosts a Western-themed kickoff party for its annual One Walk fundraiser on Aug. 29, in Salinas.

Salinas, CA, August 15, 2019 — The Monterey County chapter of JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, hosts a Western-themed kickoff party for its annual One Walk fundraiser on Aug. 29, in Salinas.

The second annual event, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at Taylor Farms Rooftop, 150 Main St., Salinas, features a strolling dinner, saloon spirits, and live music from the Money Band Duo.

Special guests include Dennis Caprara, Katherine Lipe, Maddie Meeks, Carter Moore-Tope, along with co-chair “Wranglers” Sandi Eason, Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin and Jim Lipe.

Reward levels include Maverick, Ranchero, Bushwacker, and Rustler.

Please RSVP to (415) 597-6306 or email esliwkowski@jdrf.org.

JDRF One Walk, a two-mile walk whose goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D), is set for 9 a.m. (check-in at 7:30 a.m.) Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Lovers Point Park, 630 Ocean View Blvd., in Pacific Grove.

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s strength lies in its exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.

JDRF works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people — and to prevent anyone else from ever knowing it — by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and connecting and engaging the T1D community. Founded by parents determined to find a cure for their children with T1D, JDRF expanded through grassroots fundraising and advocacy efforts to become a powerhouse in the scientific community with dozens of U.S. locations and six international affiliates. JDRF has funded more than $2 billion in research to date and made significant progress in understanding and fighting the disease.

Founded in 1970 as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the name was later changed to emphasize how the organization planned to end the disease, adding a word to become the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Today, an equal number of children and adults are diagnosed every day — approximately 110 people per day, so a few years ago, the name was changed to JDRF:

* To remove the misconception that T1D is only a childhood disease
* To acknowledge that nearly 85 percent of people living with the disease are over age 18
* To reinforce our commitment to funding research that improves life for people at all ages and all stages of the disease

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.jdrf.org/

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Goodwill Central Coast Launches ‘Where Is Koko?’ Campaign; Spot Koko in a Goodwill Store, Win a Prize

Goodwill Goes to The Dogs This Halloween with Who Wore it Best Dog Costume Contest Launching Oct. 14, 2019

Salinas, CA, August 13, 2019 — Goodwill Central Coast goes to the dogs this fall with its “Where is Koko?” campaign and during Halloween, with its Who Wore it Best Dog Costume Contest.

Salinas rescue dog Koko is Goodwill Central Coast’s pet ambassador and she will pop up from time to time at any one of the 15 Goodwill stores on the Central Coast. Spot Koko (or at least a lifesize cutout of her!), notify the manager and the spotter wins a $5 PAWESOME buck to use at Goodwill. Koko will also pop up on Goodwill Central Coast social media. The first person to name the location of the Goodwill store she is at receives a $5 PAWESOME buck to shop. Be sure to follow Goodwill Central Coast on Facebook and Instagram.


The “Where is Koko?” campaign launches Tuesday, Aug. 20, and runs through Dec. 31, 2019.

Goodwill loves Halloween and with that in mind is hosting a Who Wore It Best Dog Costume Contest from Oct. 14 – Nov. 2. Enter your DIY costume by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 2, on our social media sites for a chance at awesome grand prizes, as well as two weeks of daily giveaways on Goodwill’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Vote on what dog you think wore their costume best on social media, and you could help them win Goodwill bucks just for voting and the winner of the contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to Goodwill and a one-night stay in a dog-friendly room at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea (holidays do not apply, subject to availability) and a $100 gift certificate to Tarpy’s Roadhouse to enjoy Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner on their dog-friendly patio. Use the hashtag #GoodwillHLWN.

Goodwill encourages people to upcycle from Goodwill and use the items found at Goodwill to create Halloween costumes both for themselves and their four-legged companions.

Upcycle For Your Four-Legged Friends!
Since pets are members of the family, too, it only makes sense that we want to pour as much effort into their needs as we do into our own. That means that we’re often tempted to customize their accessories to suit their furry little personalities. So, here are some drool-worthy doggy decor and dressings made from Goodwill finds!

Do you have some old sweaters that are sitting in your wardrobe for a long time, either because they are out of fashion or don’t fit anymore? If they are still in good conditions, why not upcycle them into something useful?

Big ugly dog beds can be such an eyesore, but owners often cringe to think that their darlings have to curl up on the hard floor. What’s a person to do? Well, make a place for Rover to sleep that looks as cute as it does cozy.

For inspiration, check out this round-up put together by blogger Landeelu: https://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/creative-diy-dog-beds/.

Also, look for colorful Goodwill sweaters for this project at www.goodwillvalleys.com/shop/.

There are plenty of options for dog collars out there, but they all mostly follow the same bland design — nylon webbing with a plastic buckle. If the color and pattern variation of that sort of collar have never been stylish enough for your best friend, why not dress up their dog tags with a fancy DIY collar?

Make your mutt his or her own quirky collar by shopping the kids’ section of Goodwill in search of a button-down shirt in a pattern you like. Snip out the collar of the shirt, attach tags, and button it around your pup’s neck!

Some ideas for your dog collar: https://cheerfultimesblog.com/2015/03/15/crafts-diy-dog-dress-shirt-collar/?platform=hootsuite

Doggy decor is a fun way to capture our love of our best friends within the context of our homes. As you browse Goodwill’s shelves on your next visit, keep a look out for figurines of your favorite breed. And don’t let a terrible paint job stop you! Thrifted finds can be quickly covered up with a fresh color for customized decor.

While you shop for project supplies, don’t forget that your support helps Goodwill organizations change lives by training unemployed or underemployed people for careers in fields such as automotive services, construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing, hospitality and retail as well as in other high-demand industries. So, have fun with your dog-themed DIYs as you and your pup benefit your local community.

About Goodwill Central Coast
Goodwill Central Coast, a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began in 1928 in the city of Santa Cruz and today has expanded into three counties: Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast now employs over 600 people, including employment training professionals, sales personnel, donation center attendants, warehouse and distribution workers, and administrators. Its programs strengthen communities by improving job growth, the lives of individuals and families, and the health of our environment. Each year Goodwill assists more than 13,000 job seekers get back to work and reclaim financial and personal independence. Goodwill provides a positive learning environment that creates brighter futures through connecting people to meaningful work.

Goodwill Central Coast
1566 Moffet Street
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 423-8611
https://www.ccgoodwill.org

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.ccgoodwill.org

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Junior Livestock Auction Champions to be Honored at 2019 Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation Announces this Year’s Scholarship Recipient and Exhibitor of 2019 Heritage Hog

Area youth and their animals will be honored as champions after the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction, set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Monterey, CA, August 11, 2019 — Area youth and their animals will be honored as champions after the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction, set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

In addition, the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation announced that this year’s Scholarship recipient of $2,500 and exhibitor of the 2019 Heritage Hog is
Ivan Trujillo from Greenfield High School FFA. Trujillo was raised in the Salinas Valley and will be a senior this coming school year at Greenfield High.


“The heart and soul of the fair is the junior livestock program,” said Kelly Violini, CEO MCF. “Many of the exhibitors relay on their earnings from their projects to pay for their college educations. Supporting the junior livestock auction, not only supports the youth of our county, but is a tax-deductible donation.”

Check-in for buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Livestock Event Center with breakfast provided by Margarita Maniacs. Morning announcements and the dedication of the 2019 Auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the sale kicking off promptly at 9:00 a.m. There is no break for lunch this year, but the event will continue straight through, concluding with the sale of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation Hog. At this point, all buyers are invited to enjoy a BBQ Reception in the Seaside Room with hosted bar. At the reception, the winner of the 2019 Top Buyer with highest gross and Top Buyer with number of lots purchased will be announced.

Trujillo dreams of becoming the “first generation” in his family to attend college after high school, and has a career goal of becoming an Agricultural Educator. He is hopeful that he will inspire others in his community to strive to fulfill their dreams, just as he has. If his name sounds familiar, he was the recipient of the 2019 Salinas Valley Fair’s Heritage Scholarship.

Trujillo has a variety of interests in FFA and has held several leadership roles in his local FFA Chapter, as well the Monterey Bay Section and local Region. He has attended both the State FFA and National FFA Leadership Conferences, where he was able to network with others and build his network of like-minded individuals. Trujillo recently earned his State Degree in FFA. One teacher described him as having a “wonderful sense of humor, strong work ethic, and has a positive influence on those around him.”

After high school, he plans to pursue a higher education at one of several colleges, focusing on Agriculture Education or Agri-Business, hoping to return to our area and become an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor one day, to give back to his “amazing community.” He walks the walk by volunteering for various community events, as his busy schedule permits.

All proceeds from the sale of the Heritage Hog will benefit youth in the community by promoting scholarship opportunities, agricultural awareness, and help improve the barns, grounds, and event center venues at the Monterey County Fair.

For information or to support the Heritage Hog, contact the Heritage Foundation Team of Butch & Gary. Gary Robinson is at 831-809-1317 and Butch Lindley is at 831-596-9902.

For information on the auction itself, go to http://montereycountyfair.com/exhibits-junior-livestock-auction

The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2019 fair is “High Tides and Carnival Rides.”

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereycountyfair.com

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Only Three Shows Remain for Original, Interactive Multi-Media Show ‘Celebration ’69,’ Which Features Live Music, Vintage Images, Trivia Quiz Exploring the Pivotal Year of 1969

The year 1969 was a momentous one for music, popular culture and world events.

Salinas, CA, August 07, 2019 — The year 1969 was a momentous one for music, popular culture and world events. Richard Nixon became president, Charles Manson went on his murderous spree, the Woodstock Music Festival raised its freak flag to half a million blissful hippies, man walks on the moon, The Beatles released its classic “Abbey Road” album and the dark side of the ’60s showed its face at the Rolling Stones’ disastrous concert at Altamont Speedway.


These six iconic events form the framework for musician/actor Mark Shilstone-Laurent’s original, multi-media, interactive show “Celebration ’69,” which opened earlier this year and concludes with three shows Sept. 13, 14 and 15, at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel.

“I think it’s a pretty fun show, especially for the Boomers. It really is unique,” said Shilstone-Laurent, a longtime local actor and musician, who has taught speech at Hartnell since 1996. “I try to make it feel like a party, not a play.”

Each section is illustrated with photographs and other images projected on a background screen, with Shilstone-Laurent providing narration and leading a five-piece band playing popular music from that year. “It encapsulates the whole year in one two-hour show,” he says.

The opening number, Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” perfectly summarizes and sets up the show, with music from, among others, The Who, Moody Blues, Neil Young, Santana, Fleetwod Mac, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Chicago, Michael Jackson, the Jackson Five, as well as, of course, the Rolling Stones, providing the soundtrack of that year.

Shilstone-Laurent uses many black and white photographs from his “oldest, dearest friend” from high school, rock lensman and journalist Stephen Robert Caraway, who passed away in 2015, but left a treasure chest of iconic images from rock ’n’ roll’s biggest stars from as far back as 1967. He said the show is a memorial to Caraway’s photos as well as his spirit that never really lost track of what the ’60’s tried to be all about — peace and love.

Joining Shilstone-Laurent, who is the lead singer and plays guitar, in the band will be drummer Rod “The Mod” Wilson, bassist Jeff Covell, guitarist Justin Noseworthy, and lead guitarist Dustin Carroll.

In addition to the six iconic events that provide the framework, audiences will learn about countless other major happenings that made 1969 such a unique year: Edward Kennedy severely damages his political future by driving off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island; a giant oil spill fouls the beaches of Santa Barbara and a polluted river in Cleveland literally catches fire, giving birth to the environmental activism movement; the largest anti-war protests in American history take place in November and December; police raid a gay bar in New York City — The Stonewall Inn — and for the first time meet fierce resistance, giving birth to the gay rights movement; “Star Trek” airs its final episode and “Sesame Street” its first, and on and on. All told, quite a year.

Shilstone-Laurent has been a longtime performer in the local theater and music scenes. He has taught speech since 1977 and at Hartnell College since 1996. He has also owned a job listing service for jobs in television news, which he sold in 2013. A Salinas resident, he and his wife Adrienne, who works for the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and is a former local news anchor, have three grown sons.

“It’s an interactive show, so I encourage the audience to sing along all night and hopefully people will jump in and make it a party,” said Shilstone-Laurent.

For more information or to buy tickets for the final three shows, go to brownpapertickets.com or carlcherrycenter.org. For more information and pictures from recent performances, go to celebration69.com.

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.celebration69.com

Monday, August 5, 2019

Month-Long Vacation Rentals Offer Many Advantages to the Discerning Traveler

Anyone who has stayed in a short-term vacation rental is well aware of the advantages of staying in a private home rather than traditional traveler lodging — better price, more flexibility, more space, more choices, and so forth.

Monterey, CA, August 05, 2019 — Anyone who has stayed in a short-term vacation rental is well aware of the advantages of staying in a private home rather than traditional traveler lodging — better price, more flexibility, more space, more choices, and so forth.

Those advantages are still applicable when one opts for a longer-term vacation rental, such as a one-month rental. Thirty days may seem a like a long time, but when you vacation in an area such as the Monterey Peninsula, a few days is certainly not enough to see and experience all the area has to offer.

The vacation rental professionals at Monterey-based Sanctuary Vacation Rentals, which was founded more than 11 years ago and represents almost 100 homes across the Monterey Peninsula, specializes in both short-term and long-term rentals and have surveyed both renters and owners about the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Here are seven reasons to rent a one-month vacation rental:

1. You have a home base. It’s your home away from home. You can sleep in, go on an outing, shopping, sightseeing or whatever you want to do. There’s no check-out times. There’s no getting awakened by housekeeping knocking on the door. If you’re not feeling well, you can stay in for a day and rest and recuperate and not feel you’re missing out.

2. You only need to unpack and pack once. You can unpack everything you brought with you without having to worry about packing up in a day or two, giving you more leisure time. And you’re not living out of your suitcase.

3. You have more room and more time to use it. Vacation rentals have much more space than the average hotel room. There’s more room to stretch out, relax and use areas of the home you may not use if you’re only there a day or two. Plus, there’s usually more bathrooms and areas where you can get away from everyone else and have some quiet alone time.

4. You can choose the type of property with the amenities and comforts you want. Unlike many hotels, you can pick a home that has a hot tub, Jacuzzi or even a pool or one that comes furnished with outdoor swings, fire pits, and gas barbecue grills. Some homes even come equipped with beach toys, bicycles, surfboards and other recreational equipment.

5. You can save money. By grocery shopping and cooking your own meals “at home,” you can save money and use it on excursions and sightseeing instead of eating out every night. And if you want to eat out, you still have that option too. You can also split the costs with your friends and family and use it on weekends and still be ahead.

6. You have more flexibility. You can plan longer excursions or short trips or do them in stages, knowing you have more than a day or two to experience them all. You can invite family and friends to visit on weekends or for a couple of days.

7. Finally, you can do all of the above in the location of your dreams. Vacation rentals give you more options than a hotel room, whether it’s a quaint Carmel cottage or a multi-room Pebble Beach mansion with an expansive view, you’ll be able to find something that fits your dream perfectly.

For more information on one-month vacation rentals and all the options available to you, go to https://www.sanctuaryvacationrentals.com

or call Sanctuary toll-free at 1-(800) 614-6706.

About Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
Founded in 2008 by Annee Martin, Sanctuary Vacation Rentals boasts a team of 20 professionals and represents almost 100 homes across the Monterey Peninsula, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel proper, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Marina, Seaside, Carmel Valley and the Highway 68 corridor near the airport and Laguna Seca.

Sanctuary’s roster of homes includes everything from cozy two-bedroom cottages in Carmel and Pacific Grove to larger four- to six-bedroom homes that can accommodate up to 12 people and luxurious Pebble Beach homes with ocean views. Many of the homes are within walking distance to the area’s beaches, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions.

Sanctuary homes all invoke a sense of peace and harmony, allowing guests to relax, revitalize their lives, reconnect with one another, and above all, have fun. Sanctuary’s goal is to provide guests with a sanctuary from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its vision is to inspire and nurture the hearts and souls of guests with the beauty and magic of the Monterey Peninsula while staying in one of its vacation homes.

Sanctuary Vacation Rentals
888 Munras Ave., Suite 100
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 233-6340
Toll-Free: (800) 614-6706
https://www.sanctuaryvacationrentals.com

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
https://www.sanctuaryvacationrentals.com

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Single-Concert Tickets for Monterey Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season, ‘Ovation,’ Go On Sale Aug. 15

Single tickets for concerts and special events for the Monterey Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season, “Ovation,” go on sale at 12 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Tickets range from $44 – $85.

Monterey, CA, August 05, 2019 — Single tickets for concerts and special events for the Monterey Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season, “Ovation,” go on sale at 12 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Tickets range from $44 – $85.

The Symphony’s six-concert 74th season “Ovation” opens on Oct. 19-20, 2019, with Antonín Dvořák’s Romance for violin and orchestra, featuring concertmaster Christina Mok. The season continues Nov. 15-16, with pianist Kun Woo Paik returning to the Symphony to perform two piano concerti.

Concert No. 3 is Feb. 15-16, 2020, featuring two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. The fourth concert of the season is set for March 14-15, 2020, and features guest conductor Oleg Caetani making his debut with the Symphony.

Concert No. 5, April 18-19, 2020, features Symphony favorite, violinist Judith Ingolfsson, performing Brahms’ violin concerto. The sixth and final concert will highlight works by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler and be conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman.

The roster of special events, luncheons and dinners kicks off Oct. 6, 2019 with the Symphony’s Paella Cook-Off pitting Maestro Bragado-Darman’s legendary paella in a friendly competition with a local celebrity chef, Angela Tamura, Chef de Cuisine at Peppoli and the Inn at Spanish Bay. This fiesta will feature Spanish guitarist Cerro Negro Trio and flamenco dancing by Melissa Cruz. Six preview luncheons will be hosted on the Thursdays prior to each concert and five supper clubs will be held on Sundays after the matinee concerts (October-April). Special Events culminate on May 17, 2020, with the Finale Celebration to give the Maestro a send-off worthy of his 15 years at the helm of the Symphony.

Concert 1: October 19-20, 2019
The Monterey Symphony opens its 74th season Ovation with Antonín Dvořák’s Romance for violin and orchestra, featuring concertmaster Christina Mok. This delightful, single-movement work was commissioned to serve as an annual musical tradition for the Provisional Theatre Orchestra in Prague. Based on a theme from the second movement of his fifth string quartet, Romance is a lovely interplay between the violinist and the orchestra. Other iterations of the melody were presented in his later works — it was an obvious favorite of Dvořák’s!

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique takes the mercurial, and often tragic, life of an artist and sets it to music. The title underlines not only the fantastic musical fireworks that take place on stage, but also a fantasy Berlioz was demonstrating. Written as an homage to unrequited love—the result of too many unanswered love letters — Berlioz uses the voices of the instruments to explain his emotions. The work travels through the artist’s life, culminating in his own funeral in the wildly intense final movement.

Violinist Christina Mok has captivated audiences with her solo performances, chamber recitals, and orchestral leadership. She has appeared as a soloist with the Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra, the Janacek Philharmonic, and the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, among others. The San Jose Mercury declared of one of her concerto performances, “She was a spellbinder as she dug in and let it fly — there was no need to long for Itzhak Perlman or Gil Shaham.”

As a chamber musician she has performed in Korea, Japan, England, Norway, Hong Kong, and the United States. Her recitals have been broadcast on the BBC and RTHK. She is the Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and the Monterey Symphony and the Associate Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Antonín Dvořák / Romance, Op. 11
Christina Mok, violin
Hector Berlioz / Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14

Concert 2: November 16-17, 2019
Pianist Kun Woo Paik returns to the Monterey Symphony to perform two piano concerti. Paik, winner of the Naumburg award and gold medallist at the Busoni International Piano Competitions, is considered one of the finest pianists of his generation.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595 is his last piano concerto ever written. Myths surrounding both its composition and premiere give the work an air of mystery.

Elegant in nature, the Mozart is complemented by Johannes Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto, the first work Brahms ever premiered from the piano! Although Brahms was only 25 when he composed the work, the melodies are mature and sophisticated. The piece was composed two years after Schumann’s death and explores a complex set of emotions. Schumann played an important role in Brahms’ life and it is hard to not see the connection between them in some of his works.

Kun Woo Paik came to prominence at the age of ten performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Korean National Orchestra. His international career took off soon after with his first New York recital at the Lincoln Center and his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall.

Paik has collaborated all over the world with the most renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Neville Marriner, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Jurowski, Dmitri Kitaenko, Paavo Järvi, and Ivan Fischer, with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, and the Deutsche Bremen Kammerphilharmonie. He has recently performed with the New York Philharmonic, Lucerne and Berlin Symphony orchestras and given recitals at Carnegie Hall, La Scala, the Mariinsky Theatre and all over Asia and Europe. His numerous recordings appear on BMG, Decca and Deutsche Grammophon. Kun Woo Paik studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Rosina Lhevinne and worked with Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti and Wilhelm Kempff.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
W.A. Mozart / Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595
Kun Woo Paik, piano
Johannes Brahms / Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15
Kun Woo Paik, piano

Concert 3: February 15-16, 2020
February’s program features two massive symphonic works, both weaving elegant stories for the listener. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations are comprised of 14 separate movements sketching a different friend or close acquaintance. Rather than depicting the person as a whole, a single element of their personality or relationship with Elgar is illustrated musically. The movement titles contain cryptograms or keys to the identity of the subject! Elgar started the work casually at the piano as an exercise to capture someone musically, and evolved it into a large and beloved symphonic work.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is based on the Arabian Nights. Replete with Russian folk melodies, many excerpts of this piece are used for Olympic figure skating – making it a well-known and recognized work. Rimsky-Korsakov worked tirelessly on this composition, along with his ornate Russian Easter Overture and the completion of Alexander Borodin’s opera Prince Igor. The work features stunning and virtuosic violin solos — not to be missed!

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Edward Elgar / Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Scheherazade, Op. 35

Concert 4: March 14-15, 2020
Guest conductor Oleg Caetani hails from Italy and is making his debut with the Monterey Symphony. The son of famed conductor and composer, Igor Markevitch, Caetani completed his formal training at the Moscow Conservatory and graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He won the RAI Competition and third prize at the Karajan Competition in Berlin.

Tchaikovsky’s 3rd Symphony, “Polish,” opens the program. This symphony is unique in that it is his only Symphony both in a major key, and containing five movements. The piece, sans first movement, was used by choreographer George Balanchine for Diamonds, the third and final part of his ballet Jewels. Various instruments are showcased in this iconic work, including a lovely flute solo in the third movement.

The second half of the program contains Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, written in 1971 and premiered in Moscow, which is full of references to other composer’s works. Shostakovich tips his hat to Rossini and Glinka, as well as featuring the “Fate” motif from Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Oleg Caetani, one of the greatest conductors of his generation, moves freely between symphonic and opera repertoire. Caetani has conducted all over the world including: La Scala in Milan, the Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opera House in San Francisco, the Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York and Suntory Hall in Japan, working with the greatest soloists of our days.

Oleg was chief designate at the ENO in 2005, chief designate 2002-2005 for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Music Conductor and Artistic Director for the same orchestra from 2005 to 2009. Before that, Caetani was the Principal Conductor for the Staatskapelle Weimar, First Kapellmeister of the Frankfurt Opera and GMD in Wiesbaden and in Chemnitz.

Oleg Caetani, guest conductor
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 3, Op. 29
Dmitri Shostakovich / Symphony No. 15, Op. 141

Concert 5: April 18-19, 2020
A Monterey Symphony favorite, violinist Judith Ingolfsson returns in April to perform Brahms’ violin concerto. Judith is currently Professor at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and co-artistic director and founder of the Festival “Aigues-Vives en Musiques” in France.

Brahms’ violin concerto was written for Joseph Joachim and is the only violin concerto he wrote. Marked by soaring melodies for the violin, it contains some of the most challenging passages for the instrument.

Jean Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony was started in Italy and completed in Helsinki. Sibelius himself declared the work “a confession of my soul.” The piece was premiered with the composer conducting and received three back-to-back sold out performances! A beloved work, after his wildly popular tone poem Finlandia, the 2nd Symphony is Sibelius at his finest with whimsical touches throughout!

Violinist Judith Ingolfsson is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, uncompromising musical maturity, and charismatic performance style. Based in Berlin and enjoying a global career, she performs as soloist, chamber musician and in recital as the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel. The New York Times has characterized her playing as producing “both fireworks and a singing tone” and Strings Magazine described her tone as “gorgeous, intense, and variable, flawlessly pure and beautiful in every register.”

Ingolfsson studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also been appointed to the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Johannes Brahms / Violin Concerto, Op. 77
Judith Ingolfsson, violin
Jean Sibelius / Symphony No. 2, Op. 43

Concert 6: May 16-17, 2020
The season concludes with Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. Both of these works require intense playing from the orchestra and give our fabulous Monterey Symphony the chance to boldly shine! Strauss’ Don Juan is a powerful tone poem for large orchestra featuring many passages used for Symphony auditions. The piece is based on the unfinished poem Don Juans Ende which tells the story of a man searching for love, which he never finds.

Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler, or “The Titan,” was composed in 1887–1888 in Leipzig and premiered in 1889. There are as many as six versions of the work, as Mahler was impassioned about perfecting it. He borrowed from some of his own works, and highlighted certain lied, or songs, in the movements. At one point there was an additional movement, which Mahler rejected after the first few performances. This Symphony is massive, lush, and gorgeous — a fitting end to a season deserving of many ovations!

Max Bragado-Darman has served as Music Director of the Monterey Symphony since 2004. He was Music Director/Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and León in Valladolid, Spain, for nine years. With this ensemble he recorded works of Turina and Rodrigo and the cello concerti of Alberto Ginastera on the Naxos Label. He also recorded the flute and clarinet concerti by Joan Tower on the Opus One label.

In 1995, Max Bragado-Darman was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. He has worked with artists Alicia de Larrocha, Teresa Berganza, Horacio Gutiérrez, Elmar Oliveira, Dubravka Tomsic, André Watts, Angel Romero, Gary Graffman, and Aaron Rosand.

In 2003, he made his debut at the Wexford Opera Festival with the Granados opera “María del Carmen.” His conducting has been guided by teachers Robert Fountain, Robert Baustian, George Szell, Igor Markevich and Franco Ferrara. He has been the conductor for the “Iturbi Piano Competition” in Valencia, Spain in several editions.

Max Bragado-Darman, conductor
Richard Strauss / Don Juan, Op. 20
Gustav Mahler / Symphony No. 1

Performances on Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. One hour prior to every performance there will be a pre-concert lecture in the Hall of Sunset Center.

Subscriptions are available. Please contact the box office for availability at (831) 646-8511. For more information and pricing visit:https://www.montereysymphony.org/subscriptions.html

Single tickets go on sale Aug. 15, 2019, at www.montereysymphony.org.

New subscriptions are also available now. Please contact the box office for availability at (831) 646-8511. For more information and pricing visit: http://www.montereysymphony.org/concerts-events/subscriptions

About the Monterey Symphony
The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, The Berkshire Foundation, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William H. and Kristine M. Schuyler Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Teichert Foundation The Upjohn California Fund and many others.

For additional information, please call (831) 646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.montereysymphony.org