December 10, 2013
Classic Holiday Movies at The Cave Big Bear
Celebrate the season in Big Bear’s new state-of-the-art concert venue as The Cave hosts classic holiday movie nights.
Break out the popcorn, enjoy a cold one from Big Bear's own Stone Summit Brewery and Winery, and see memorable films starting with "White Christmas" on December 11. Next up is "Miracle on 34th Street" on Dec. 18 and "It’s a Wonderful Life" on Dec. 23.
Admission is just $5, five and under free with paying adult. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with show at 6:30. The Cave is at 40789 Village Dr. (909) 878-0204 or www.thecavebigbear.com.
December 10, 2013
Barnstorm Hosts Cancer Survivors Dinner
Two of Big Bear’s nicest places are teaming up for a special Cancer Survivor dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Barnstorm restaurant at the airport.
Barnstorm owner Renee Wagner and Sweet Basil Bistro’s Sally Hill, survivors themselves, host a special five course repast. Start with crab cakes, seafood bisque and spring mix and lettuce salad with roasted pine nuts before moving on to one of five dinner options.
There’s poached salmon filet served with Bearnaise or onion crusted topping, chicken Oscar topped with crabmeat and asparagus, or stuffed filet mignon, wrapped in bacon and topped with crab and hollandaise. Then there’s rack of lamb marinated with pinot noir wine or ratatouille over angel hair pasta. Cancer Survivor cake and a glass of port wine follow for dessert and Big Bear troubadour Art Harriman entertains throughout.
Price is $60 per person and $15 will be donated to the City of Hope for cancer research. Seating is limited. Call Barnstorm restaurant at (909) 585-9359.
December 6, 2013
Santa, chocolate key Big Bear holiday season
Youngsters can tell Santa what they want for Christmas when jolly St. Nick makes the rounds during several appearances in Big Bear before his big night out.
Every weekend through December 22, Santa and Mrs. Claus are in their little house in the Village, complete with mood-setting fireplace, to greet shoppers and take requests from the little ones on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The bright lights of the season make for festive outings and the 60-plus unique stores in the newly-remodeled Village, decked out for the holidays with decorations and music all around, create a unique shopping experience so different from malls, outlets and the internet. Be sure to see the towering decorated tree on the corner of Pine Knot and Village Drives next to Santa’s House and don’t miss the chance to warm by gas fire pits in front of Amangela’s, The Cave and Copper Q. Enjoy family activities and carolers too.
Old-fashioned lamp posts with snow piled against them and the sound system playing Christmas carols create a family atmosphere. Plus check out the best light displays on self-guided tours around the Valley with free maps at Santa’s House and the Chamber of Commerce during the annual Bear Valley Tour of Lights, published in Big Bear Grizzly in support of the Kiwanis holiday "Gifts for Kids." (909) 866-4607.
The American Legion’s annual Santa visit is on Dec. 7 at the Convention Center. Children ages 2-12 are invited for free photos and stockings filled with goodies, a gift from Santa and raffle ticket for prizes like bicycles, stuffed animals and the latest toys. Santa is there from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Convention Center is on the corner of Division and Big Bear Blvd. across from Big Bear Snow Play. (909) 585-3000.
Also don’t miss "Big Bear Loves Chocolate" holiday tour visiting four bed and breakfasts and two local businesses on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1-4 p.m. Indulge in sweet treats while seeing festively-decorated inns including the Inn at Fawnskin, Windy Point Inn, historic Knickerbocker Mansion and Eagle’s Nest.
Participating businesses include Copper Q in the Village and Sugar Pine Bakery. There’s all kinds of chocolate to enjoy, from appetizers and morsels to baked goods and dessert dishes. Follow the self-guided tour to each location—think of it as Trick or Treating for adults!
Admission is free with the flyer—print yours out at bigbearbnb.com or pick one up at the Visitor Center in the Village (630 Bartlett). Call (909) 866-6465.
December 5, 2013
Snow Summit Opens for Ski, Snowboard Season Dec. 6
Thanks to recent storms and lots of snowmaking, Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake opens for the 2013-14 winter season on Friday, December 6, 2013.
The resort expects top operate three chairs on opening day including both high-speed quads. Chairs 1 and 2 will service Miracle Mile and Summit Run top to bottom including variations plus Chair 8 will run servicing Bear Bottom Beginner's Area. There will be terrain available for all ability levels.
With the current cold snap more terrain will open soon. Snow Summit expects Chair 3 to open Saturday servicing longtime favorite run Ego Trip and if the terrific around-the-clock snowmaking temperatures continue Sunday will see upper Westridge and Zzyzx open, both with terrain features. After that Chair 7 will be next slated to open accessing 7 Down and Lower Timber Ridge.
Lift ticket prices are at early season rates of $40, senior/young adult $35, youth $16. Because of the limited terrain availability may be limited so be sure to purchase online at www.snowsummit.com.
Bear Mountain is already open operating chairs 1 and 9 servicing 1,300 vertical feet of terrain with 33 park features on the snow already. For tickets or information visit www.bearmtn.com.
December 3, 2013
Maidens, Styx tribute, Curry rock Cave Big Bear
Classic holiday movie nights just five bucks each and a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party. Rock and roll tribute shows mixed in with a John Denver country Christmas.
Big Bear’s new state-of-the-art concert venue The Cave Big Bear is hopping in December with 8 p.m. concerts every weekend and special events select weeknights. Sit back in comfortable plush chairs—every seat is front and center—and take in premier sound system, lighting and special effects while enjoying fine food and beverages including Big Bear beer and wine.
Concerts featuring top shelf tribute bands, starting at $10, are a Cave mainstay and December gets off to a rocking start as Blue Collar Men present the music of STYX on Dec. 6. With a musical repetoire ranging from driving rock classics like "Grand Illusion" and "Come Sail Away" to ballads and love songs like "Babe," Styx remains a heavyweight rock icon to this day and Sacramento-based Blue Collar Men are true to its sounds.
Originally formed in 1998 under a different name, Blue Collar Men are favorites in Northern California appearing at pubs, wineries and casinos including Harrah’s Reno. The band doesn’t stop at Styx either, paying tribute to other rock tributes including a nice cover of Boston’s "Smokin’ " and other hits, keyboardist Tom Coyan and lead vocalist Kent Peterson leading the way. Tickets are just ten bucks, $20 puts you up close.
Next night on Dec. 7 the music of ERIC CLAPTON is on tap. Creamed features Tom Rubino as Clapton and he captures the singer’s distinctive growl with accuracy on songs like "After Midnight," "Lay Down Sally" and "Cocaine." He performs the artist’s solos note for note while improvising on others, playing Clapton signature model guitars including the Martin 000-28ec for unplugged segments and the famous Fender Stratocaster electric.
Vocalist Terri Owens adds soul to the sound and keyboardist John Grund kicks out classic organ sounds and funky blues piano. Bass Paul Tantet and drummer Bill Christiani round out the band.
A week later on Dec. 13 an all-female group plays tribute to IRON MAIDEN. Iron Maidens, formed in 2001, has become one of the Southland’s top tribute acts and its members have been recipients of many honors at the LA Music Awards, Rock City News Awards, and All-Access Magazine Show to name a few.
The girls boast beauty as well as excellent musicianship, each highly trained with diversified backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock. Kirsten Rosenberg on vocals, Linda McDonald on drums, Courtney Coc and Nita Strauss on guitar and Wanda Ortiz on bass rock while playing Iron Maiden favorites like "Rainmaker," "No More Lies" and "Dance of Death."
The sound changes 180-degrees the next night as The Cave presents Jim Curry and "A Rocky Mountain Christmas" with the music of JOHN DENVER on Dec. 14. Curry brings to the stage Denver’s original Christmas tunes, "A Baby Just Like You" and "Aspenglow," along with "Christmas for Cowboys" and "The Peace Carol" plus traditional holiday favorites.
Curry is a Big Bear favorite who sang the music for the CBS television movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story. He’s joined by wife Ann and several band members who played with the late musician in presenting a show that’s real and authentic, the first and only full-length Denver tribute.
His repetoire includes a wide selection of Denver’s vast legacy of multiplatinum hits, tunes like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine on My Shoulders," "Calypso," "Grandma’s Feather Bed" and "Annie’s Song." Tickets are $20, $25 premium seating.
A week later The Cave serves up two nights of doubleheaders. Start on Friday, Dec. 20 with tributes to the PRETENDERS by Pretentious, followed by the music of BLONDIE by Blonde Day. The former kicks out all the Pretender’s hits from the 80’s—"Brass in Pocket," "Talk of the Town," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Precious"—during a trip down memory lane. Blonde Day presents one of the only tributes to Blondie, featuring early hits like "Eat to the Beat," "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass" and more. Two shows, just twenty bucks!
Next night on Dec. 21 two more shows are on tap with No Duh’s tribute to NO DOUBT and GWEN STEFANI. Even Stefani is impressed, calling the band, which has appeared on television and radio including "Good Morning America" and CNN Headline News "amazing." It’s not just great music but a complete, high-energy, audiovisual explosion on stage. Then it’s Safety Orange’s tribute to SUBLIME. Tickets start at $20. On Dec. 27 SALTY SUITES presents original country before L.A. Comedy Invasion hits The Cave on Dec. 28.
The Cave is at 40789 Village Dr. (909) 878-0204 or www.thecavebigbear.com.
November 26, 2013
Bear Mountain Opens for Season, Summit to Follow
Bear Mountain opened for the 2013-14 winter season on Wednesday, November 26--just in time for Thanksgiving!--with four runs and Southern California's best ski and snowboard conditions.
Chair 9 is open top to bottom with 1,300 feet of vertical, serving Upper Park Run, Expressway, Gulch, and Lower Park Run trails. Some 27 hits, 23 jibs and four snow features, are available ontrails vary in difficulty from intermediate to advanced. There is no beginner terrain currently available at Bear.
Opening day at Bear Mountain includes DJ SlipMatt spinning all day in the Red Bull MXT rolling DJ booth, tons of giveaways, message in a bottle contest, and drink specials at the Beach Bar on the resort's 13,000 sq. ft. sun deck.
Snow Summit does not yet have an opening date, but is expected to open soon as snowmaking conditions improve. The resort is just a couple nights of snowmaking away from being able to provide the conditions guests expect from the Southland's premier mountain resort.
“We couldn’t be more excited to announce the opening day at Bear Mountain for the 2013-14 winter season,” said Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing for Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “In addition to the natural snowfall we’ve received, our extensive snowmaking system has allowed us to kick off another incredible season.”
Lift tickets are at early season rates of $40 for adults (ages 22+), $35 for young adults (ages 13-21) and $16 for children (ages 7-12).
Season Passes, individual tickets and group tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase passes, call (909) 866-5766 or visit www.BigBearMountianResorts.com. For the 24-hour snow report, call 800-Bear-Mtn.
November 27, 2013
Earn Holiday Dinner at Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
Earn your Thanksgiving Day dinner with a run beforehand during the first annual Big Bear Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 28 at Meadow Park.
Burn the calories to come later in the day with three, six and nine mile road runs. Turkey Trot is family friend with the course a relatively flat three-mile loop through Eagle Point. Runners do two or three laps for the longer races.
The nine mile race begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the six mile at 9 and the three mile at 9:30. Registration fees are $55, $45 and $35 respectively and a portion of entry fees will be donated to the senior center holiday food drive. First prize is an actual turkey that the winner’s can take home for their family feast.
Races start and finish at Meadow Park (41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake) where there’s festivities including post race pie eating contest. Run in bear or turkey costumes to compete for prizes.
Show Turkey Trot registration at North Shore Trading Company in Fawnskin, an event sponsor, and be entered into a drawing to win a free pair of Keen shoes. Call (909) 866-5414.
Visit www.bigbearturkeytrot.com or call (909) 866-8555.
November 11, 2013
Songs, `Screwge' Key CATS Christmas Show
There’s singing and dancing, carols and classics, Santa Claus and adaptations of holiday favorites.
Celebrate the holidays with Community Arts Theater Society (CATS) as Big Bear’s award-winning theater company serves up a little bit of everything in Christmas in the Mountains. During 7:30 p.m. shows at the Performing Arts Center on November 15-16, 20, 22-23, 26 and 29-30 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday matinees on Nov. 17, 24 and December 1, guests are treated to a holiday variety show with lots of goodies mixed into one nice present.
One highlight is an original one act play Screwge of Starvation Flats, A Big Bear Christmas Carol written by CATS’ Karen "Sarge" Rachels who also directs. Set in historic Starvation Flats in the Big Bear Valley in 1870, the show mixes local lore with the holiday classic, mixing mountain history into the familiar storyline.
Only this time stingy old Screwge, the remaining partner of Screwge and Farley Assay Office, played by venerable CATS veteran Jim Weyant, is visited by ghosts he cheated out of their claims during Southern California’s largest gold rush. Ultimately Screwge finds his redemption while watching Big Bear gain a new lake, roads and a tourist identity in the process.
Rachels transforms the Dickens feel of the olde English classic and turns it into a Wild West story. "I thought it was intriguing to imagine what it would have been like to have a Scrooge-like character, and assorted ghosts, live in Big Bear during the gold rush," she said. "It takes place at Starvation Flats where Stater Bros. is today."
The story features Screwge’s partner Farley, hung seven years earlier on the famous Hangman’s Tree in Holcomb Valley, returning on Christmas Eve in spirit form. During the saga there’s plenty of local references, from the lost Van Dusen mine which some still look for to this day to the Bear Valley Hotel which opened to tourists in June 1888.
Christmas in the Mountains is full of other holiday highlights too. Like Jessica Brasher, 2013 Miss Big Bear, singing "When Christmas Comes to Town" with brother Timmy, who last year at this time starred in the company’s production of Oliver! The latter also gets to sing "Ralphie" in a Red Ryder BB gun moment.
The Holcomb Valley Philharmonic returns for this show with glass-ical music. Rachels, Joe Sellarole, Nancy Walker, David Castagner and Carlin Harris directed by Steve Mangels play music on 50-plus glasses, each with its own distinctive tone, lined up to create a unique keyboard, like a xylophone. Mostly it’s wine glasses but there’s also jigger shots and a tequila bottle. Music ranging from Handel and Beethoven to "Jingle Bells" are on "tap" (pun intended).
Sellarole meanwhile along with wife Joy form the Heart Lights and appear in Christmas in the Mountains along with "Divas" Walker and Kim Boda. Jennifer Gail, who grew up entertaining on the CATS stage, sings a wonderful rendition of "O Holy Night" and also appears during "God Bless Us Everyone" with Hannah Bennet on violin.
The program features several segments that have become signature CATS pieces, such as a very special choral arrangement of "The Night Before Christmas" in song. "The Twelve Days of Big Bear Christmas" is another original presentation which includes audience participation. There’s even a rap version of Rudolph called "Rudi the Dude" that CATS debuted in its production three years ago to rave reviews.
The variety show features a large cast of CATS favorites including Serena Saunders, Steve Combs, Gloria Greene, Diana Hintergardt, Bobby King, Steve Mangels, Michael Reno and more. "We wanted to create an evening of holiday spirit that’s fun and funny with lots of great music," Rachels said.
Sets are always a big part of CATS productions and for this show the stage is brightly decorated for the holidays. Santa makes his debut by emerging from a real fireplace that looks like red rock, handcrafted out of styrofoam. He sticks around to pose for photos in the lobby during intermission.
Ticket prices vary by performance and range from $16-$28 for adults, $15-$26 seniors, $9-$19 ages 18 and under. See the calendar on page 13.
Call the PAC at (909) 866-4970.