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Arts take center stage at Lake Wildwood

Shirl Mendonca
Special to The Union

Nevada County is well known for the quality and quantity of creative events … everything from live theater to music to art.

Lake Wildwood is no exception, and weekends require a bit of triage to decide what to do for entertainment … stay in our own community or venture out to the greater community.

In addition to a Beginning Actors Workshop and a Readers Theatre, the Lake Wildwood Theatre Group is currently presenting Noel Coward's comedy "Blithe Spirit" at the LWW Clubhouse. There is still time to catch an evening performance Nov. 8-10.

The LWW cast is directed by Merilee Imamoto, who also plays the part of "ghost wife" and is one funny, talented lady. If you saw "Lend Me a Tenor" back in 2010 at the Off Center Stage, Merilee played the woman who looked like the NYC Chrysler Building. That play won an Ellie for best comedy in the greater Sacramento area.

If you live outside LWW, contact Merilee at (530) 432-3678 for more details. For a truly memorable evening, consider making reservations for a pre-show dinner at the adjacent Pine Room dining room overlooking the LWW golf course.

If you are interested in the visual arts, the Wildwood Art and Photography Club membership includes more than 100 artists and art lovers. Some of the LWW artists are well known nationally, some are beginning artists, and some prefer to observe … all are welcome. A general meeting takes place the first Friday morning of each month to listen and learn from notable artists and speakers. In addition, artist members are invited to display their original works in the clubhouse on a rotating basis.

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To see a broad range of ingenuity and creativity in LWW while doing some pre-holiday shopping, plan to attend the gigantic 24th annual Craft Faire to take place Nov. 17-18 at the LWW Community Center. More than 40 vendors will offer knit scarves, handmade candies, doll clothes, pet accessories, jewelry, bird houses and much, much more. Lunch will be available. Contact Charlotte Orren at (530) 432-2198 for information.

For music lovers, the Jazz at the Cedars concert series began in October and has concerts scheduled for January, March and May.

Holidays have a way of overwhelming us, so mark your calendars now for the John Cocuzzi Quintet Jan. 24 in the LWW Cedar Room. John was born and raised in Washington DC and has been playing the vibraphone since his early teens. He has performed on both coasts as well as in Europe; you won't want to miss his versatility, virtuosity and passion.

Clint Baker's Hot Five will perform in March followed by the Devil Mountain Jazz Band in May.

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