Art, TV, theater and jazz at Lake Wildwood |

Art, TV, theater and jazz at Lake Wildwood

Would you like to enjoy the arts without leaving home? Well, Lake Wildwood has it all: A gorgeous lake and golf course, clean beaches, more than 50 activity groups to tickle your fancy, and lots of talented residents.

This is the real deal. Lake Wildwood has its own Art Club, TV Club and theater group, in addition to a dedicated group that produces an annual series of jazz concerts.

The Art Club has 74 members, including a few who live outside of LWW. Membership includes artists working in watercolor, oil and acrylic paint, sculpture, and photography, plus folks who just come for fun.

Monthly meetings generally feature a guest artist or a discussion on a particular technique – or both. On a rotating basis, different members display their original art works at the clubhouse, the Penn Valley Library and at Westamerica Bank in Penn Valley.

If you attended the recent Oscar Party in LWW, you had an opportunity to see the original black-and-white posters created by art club members. Most folks assumed these were purchased posters and did not know that they were original works done by our own talented residents.

Check out the Art Club on the LWWA Web site to see their winning Oscar commercial, the Oscar posters and samples of the members’ work.

The TV Club has 38 members and its own TV studio at Meadow Park. Club capabilities include on-location shoots, studio interviews, lights, sound, switch operations and editing, letting club members create the programming for Channel 95 in LWW.

These programs include cooking shows, gardening, what’s going on around town and various activities and events in LWW. With experienced and committed coaches, residents can start at the very beginning and end up in charge of filming or editing an entire event in a short time.

The LWW Theatre has roughly 120 members and includes actors who have worked professionally in television and movies – plus those who just love being around live Theatre (and Theatre parties). They can be part of the chorus or volunteer to hand out programs, usher or help with publicity, lights and sets.

Tickets for their next production “The Odd Couple, Female Version,” go on sale March 22. Performance dates are April 21 through May 1 in LWW and May 20 to May 29 at the Off-Center Stage in Grass Valley.

Thanks to the many jazz lovers in LWW, the annual Jazz in the Cedars concert series is in full swing.

A performance by Brady McKay was a sell-out in January, while the NUHS Jazz Band performance in February ended with a standing ovation for the students.

Tickets are on sale in the administrative office for the Fulton Street Jazz Band on April 1; this group is billed as one of the West Coast’s long-standing and most popular classic jazz and swing bands.

On May 27, the Jim Martinez Jazz Trio will be here to do a Doris Day tribute. Be sure to watch for details on future concerts as talent is finalized.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood or Penn Valley? Contact Shirl Mendonca at

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