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Wilsonia Times: The Official Newsletter of Wilsonia Village Inc.
Volume 21, Issue 8, Mid-July 2021
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Up Next in Wilsonia


On Saturday, July 17, from 4:00-5:30 pm, the Wilsonia Historic District Trust (WHDT), Wilsonia Village, Inc. (WVI), and Sierra Masonic Family Club (SMFC) Boards of Directors are holding a community Meet and Greet. This is an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the board members of the three organizations.

The event is free and open to the entire Wilsonia community. The event will take place at the Collin cabin at 83762 Fern Lane.

Directions: Take Cedar lane north of Lilac (where the dumpsters are located). At the end of Cedar Lane, turn left, and the Collin cabin is on your right.

On Saturday, July 24, A Taste of Wilsonia begins at 5:00pm. Reservations are required for this dinner. Read below for more information on this delicious, fun new fundraising event.

If you’ve missed any past issues, you can catch up at wilsoniatimes.com

 

WILSONIA VILLAGE
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, July 17, 4:00-5:30pm

Community Meet and Greet

Hosted by the
WHDT/WVI/SMFC Boards


Saturday, July 24, 3:30pm
WAT Meeting


Saturday, July 24, 5-9pm
A Taste of Wilsonia

A WVI Fundraiser
Reservations required


Saturday, August 7
1pm: WVI Board Meeting
6pm: Dinner
7pm: WVI General Meeting and Election


The updated Wilsonia Village 2021 Calendar of Events can be viewed here.
Fire Restrictions for Wilsonia
 
As a reminder: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks has announced that fires are currently prohibited within the parks, including in Wilsonia. This means that until further notice, campfires, wood-burning stoves, charcoal barbecues, and outdoor smoking are all prohibited in Wilsonia. Gas grills are still permitted at this time.
For more details on the restrictions, visit the park’s fire restrictions page. Thank you all for honoring these restrictions over the 4th of July weekend. Let’s continue working together to keep Wilsonia safe in this year of extreme fire danger.
Wine and cheese, clam chowder, gourmet salads, beans and cornbread, pork sliders and beer, BBQ shrimp on rice, and two dessert courses: $25
A night off from cooking while dining al fresco under the trees: priceless
A Taste of Wilsonia - Saturday July 24
Two dining times 5:00-7:30 and 6:30-9:00
 
Over the course of the evening, you’ll get a full eight-course meal, with hearty servings at each location. You can pick and choose between any or all of the cafe locations, in any order you choose. The $25 ticket donation is a fundraiser for Wilsonia Village, and is quite a bargain for this multi-course meal.
 
We need to know how many people will be attending, so our volunteer cafe chefs know how much to cook. Please buy your tickets this week so we can give the chefs a head count. A very limited number of tickets will also be available the morning of the event, but please purchase tickets in advance if at all possible.
You can buy tickets online, or reserve your ticket in person at the July 17 Meet and Greet at the Collin Cabin. Tickets for this fundraising event can be secured for a $25 donation ($10 for children 12 and under). We will have maps, menus and some suggested routes available for ticket holders. A big thank you to all the cafe hosts and to all of you generous supporters of Wilsonia Village.
Buy Tickets Now
A cartoon bear wearing a chef's hat, advertising A Taste of Wilsonia, Saturday July 24
The Wilsonia Treasure Hunt: Moonlight Edition
 

"Treasurer" Neal Mixter thought… How could we change up the Amazing Race/Treasure Hunt that we have done on and off for many years?... What if we did it at night?! So, this year, expect to have more of the fun activities, puzzles and challenges we’ve had in previous years, but with flashlights and glow sticks. This fun evening will take place on August 21, under a full moon.
Help Needed: We are looking for a few cabins (in the central part of Wilsonia) to participate in this event. We are also looking for some contributions of glow sticks, necklaces and the like to help keep all racers visible. Please contact wilsoniavillage@gmail.com to get information, offer suggestions, or volunteer to help out. More information will follow in the next Wilsonia Times.

Serving on the WVI Board
 
Two seats on the WVI board will be up for election this year. Have you considered serving on the board? You might be a great board member if you:
  • Visit Wilsonia frequently during the summer months
  • Have ideas about how to improve life in Wilsonia
  • Are energetic
  • Have good technology skills
  • Enjoy working with others
  • Are not afraid to organize and head up projects or events
  • Have a vision for the future of Wilsonia and reaching next generation Wilsonians
Board members will be elected at the annual General Meeting on August 7. If some (or all) of these things sound like you, and you’d be interested in joining the board, please contact a board member and/or reply to wilsoniavillage@gmail.com for more information.
Winners of the Main Dish contest pose with their ribbons and prizes.
Winners of the Dessert contest pose with their ribbons.
Black Pot Cook-Off
Nearly 50 Wilsonians gathered on the evening of June 12 to sample the delicious creations by the local Black Pot chefs. The cooking began at 2pm, and the feast followed at 6pm, and included all the dishes entered into the competition plus a great assortment of sides, salads and desserts contributed by the rest of the attendees. 
The winners of the Cook-Off, as determined by the attendees, were:
Main Dish: 
  • 1st Place, Judy Schafer for Montana Chili
  • 2nd place, Nicole Burgin for Mac and Cheese with sausage
  • 3rd place, Steffen Henke for Swedish Meatballs
Dessert:
  • 1st place, Nicole Burgin for Mochi cake with Pineapple Curd
  • 2nd place, Katie and Jason Padrick for Black Pot Churros
In attendance at the Cook-Off was Sequoia-Kings Canyon Superintendent Clay Jordan and Chief Ranger Ned Kelleher. Mr. Jordan addressed the group and told us of his background. They were both pleased to attend our event, saying they felt very welcome and were happy to be attending a live event once again. Clay and Ned visited with many of us before and during the dinner. Both will be in Wilsonia once again when the Wilsonia Advisory Team holds an informational meeting on Saturday, August 14 at 10am.
Alongside the Black Pot Cook-Off, Wilsonia Village held a small, but successful, yard sale to clear out some W100 merchandise, and to sell some lovely items that had been contributed since the last auction, held in July 2019. Thanks to organizers Uschi Hamm and Barbara Collin, we raised $491. Thank you also to Dick and Charlene Moss for donating the proceeds of the sale of some furniture from their cabin.
Valley Liberty Band - July 3 Concert
 

On Saturday, July 3, the deck of the Mixter cabin was transformed into a bandstand for the Banda Liberdade do Vale (Valley Liberty Band) concert. The 15 piece band, made up of musicians from around Tulare County, performed a 90 minute concert, featuring patriotic favorites and original pieces reflecting the band’s Portuguese roots. Most of the band members individually showcased their talents in musical compositions that featured their specific instrument. The band’s leader, Fernando Cunha, even composed a special number for the day to honor his former music teacher, Wilsonia cabin owner Janice Giddings. Mrs. Giddings was “instrumental” in connecting the band with the WVI board to arrange this wonderful Independence Day concert.
Eight of the band members stayed overnight with the Giddings family and played in the July 4th parade the following morning. Despite the cramped arrangement in the trailer and the frequently bumpy parade route, the band had an amazing time. One member said, “I haven’t had that much fun in a long time”. The band was very appreciative of the response to their concert, and the donations collected for the group, who are all volunteers. Valley Liberty Band has been invited back for another performance next summer!
Thanks to Neal and Bunny Mixter for hosting the concert, and to John Wilson for providing the trailer for the band to ride in for the parade. Thank you to all who attended the concert, and provided extra potluck food to feed the band members and guests.

 

A photo of the Valley Liberty Band set up on the deck of the Mixter cabin
Valley Liberty Band in concert - Kozy Korner, Wilsonia - July 3, 2021
(click on the image to see a short video)
July 4th Weekend

 

WHDT Wildflower walk

On Saturday morning, July 3, Susan Stocking-Harper led a group of 22 Wilsonia nature lovers on the annual WHDT Wildflower/Nature Walk. The group spent a few hours exploring the Wilsonia area, looking for as many native species of flora they could find. Despite a very dry year, the group was able to find many of the favorites that color our Wilsonia community.
This was the first of two educational events that WHDT is sponsoring this year. The second will be a talk and book signing by Jim Spitze. Here is the info about that event from the WHDT Wilsonia News:
“...on Saturday, August 21st from 1-3pm: WHDT Educational Event – Brief talk and book signing with author Jim Spitze on Treasures en route to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Free and open to all, at the Clubhouse.”



Parade

More than 30 entries from Wilsonia converged on the NPS Fire Station on Sunday morning, July 4, for our annual Independence Day parade. The route took the patriotic line-up onto Highway 180 and into the Visitor’s Center where a sizable crowd of campers, tourists and Wilsonians lined the parking lot to cheer on the participants. As the end of the parade passed the VC, Valley Liberty Band performed a moving rendition of our National Anthem. The parade continued east of the Grant Grove area and proceeded through Wilsonia, where many had come out to watch and listen to the band play.
Thanks to the NPS for providing parade roadblocks and fire trucks as part of this collaborative event. Thanks to all of Wilsonia for participating or spectating in this fun show of American spirit!

 

Ice Cream Social
By Jean Faszholz

Because of this year's July calendar, the first Saturday of July Potluck fell the evening before the 4th of July Ice Cream Social. The dilemma of two different decoration themes and no time to switch from one to another was solved when members of the WVI Board said the potluck folks would probably enjoy ice cream themed decorations a day early—and they did!
Brenda Warren and her sister Linda did the double duty of helping Debbie Faszholz clean the tables and chairs before decorating with Deb’s extensive collection of thrift shop finds from all over California. The whole Clubhouse was beautifully transformed. Decorations were even hung from the ceiling and placed outside, as the 175 guests arrived to enjoy Fresno State ice cream and 11 different delicious toppings. As usual, Steve R. and George M. were the main ice cream scoopers, aided by Brenda's son-in-law Daniel. Toppings were served by her daughter April and sister Linda, along with Carol S., Ty and Sheri P.,  Bob and Cordie F., Mel and Dick P., Bob H. and his granddaughter Elora. Deb's mom Jean greeted the guests and pointed out that there were 4 different stations for toppings. The station idea seemed to spread everyone out and there was never much of a line. The free will offering, collected in a giant ice cream cone (of course), more than paid for the ice cream and toppings.

 

Clubhouse Cleaning and Organizing
By Jean Faszholz

Mel Peters and Penny Burgin, the co-chairs, always work for hours dusting and cleaning for the Quilters’ and Crafters’ week. This year, they were coerced to go even further with the cleaning and purging when Debbie Faszholz decided to pull tables and chairs out of storage areas, and empty the top of the table storage cabinet. It was a mammoth and dirty and spidery job, but Deb was determined! Regina Wagner and Jean Faszholz went through and reorganized the cabinet under the bulletin board. Some of the profits from the ice cream social were paid to Paul Finck to haul off leftover construction and other debris. Dick Haile also took items to a thrift shop in Corcoran. The shiny redone floors and new bathrooms were an inspiration to do this deep cleaning. Thanks to all who worked so hard!

July Photo Gallery


WHDT Wildflower Walk led by Susan Stocking-Harper; leopard lilies against the forest canopy; Mel Peters cleaning the Clubhouse; Jean and Debbie Fazholz, Ice Cream Social Organizers; The Mountain Ice Cream Parlor; Entrance to the Ice Cream Social.
Parade photos: Valley Liberty Band, the Bartsch Family parade entry, Larry 'General Washington' Duba, Russ and Sandi Son.
Photo credits: Neal Mixter, Jean Faszholz and Leighanna Mixter

Photo of 22 Wilsonians gathered at Lilac and President's before beginning the nature walk.
Photo looking up at some leopard lillies, against a blue sky and tree canopy
Mel Peters cleaning the Clubhouse
Jean and Debbie Faszholz at the Clubhouse, decorated for the Ice Cream Social
Photo of the inside of the Clubhouse, decked out in Ice Cream Social decor.
A sign on the door to the Clubhouse advertising the Ice Cream Social.
The Valley Liberty Band in a patriotically-decorated trailer being hauled by a red pickup truck, in Wilsonia's parking lot.
The Bartsch family entry in the parade, in front of the Visitor Center. A small blue car is towing a small trailer full of kids.
Larry Duba, dressed as George Washington, marches past the Visitor Center in the parade.
Russ and Sandy Son drive through the parade.
Safety Notices
  • The NPS reminds us that you must be a licensed driver to operate any motorized vehicle (including golf carts) on the roads in Wilsonia. Minors under the age of 16 are not allowed to drive on the county roads within Wilsonia.
  • It may be tempting to park there, but there is absolutely no parking within 25 feet of the water tanks in Wilsonia.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife. We have a bear that is frequenting Wilsonia. Any food put out for squirrels or birds, may attract the bear, and lead to big problems.
Garbage Dumpsters
 
Please do not dispose of empty boxes or any household discards in the garbage dumpsters. On a busy weekend, there needs to be space for the garbage of 100+ cabins. Your lawn chairs, broken ice chest or old rugs take up too much space!
 
Recycling in Wilsonia
 
The new recycle bin is for bagged plastic, glass and metal recyclable materials only. Please do not dump loose recyclables or trash in this container. Loose recycling is still allowed in the old recycle bin.
 

Contacting PG&E


PG&E continually contracts with ACRT and vegetation removal companies to trim and/or fell trees that are in the vicinity of the power lines. If you have questions and concerns about debris left on your property by one of the PG&E contractors, contact Patrick Denney, Vegetation Program Manager – PG&E Fresno at 559-978-5815.

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Cabin Classified
Cabin for Sale

83793 Lily Lane
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath - Modern & Fully Furnished
Contact Realtor Billy Lovewell, 559-287-1896
Cover art of Jana Botkin's book The Cabins of Wilsonia, featuring a pencil drawing of a cabin.
Ad for Paul Finck, General Contractor. Contact Paul at (559) 358-5797.
Jana is a freelance artist and compiled this wonderful book of pencil drawings of Wilsonia Village scenes. Preview and order the book here.
Paul is a Wilsonia resident, and has many work references in the village. He can be contacted at (559) 358-5797.
Want to contact a Board member? Click here for their contact information.

Bear problems? Contact the NPS Bear Tech at (559) 565-4490 or Park Dispatch at (559) 565-3341.
The Wilsonia Times is the official newsletter of Wilsonia Village Inc.
Editor: Neal Mixter
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