Since we’ve opened our presents, played with our Christmas toys and are now waiting patiently for New Year’s Eve, we at The Beehive figured this would be a great week to look back at our favorite things from 2011.
We’re starting our week of 2011 Rewind posts by talking about local events. What was your favorite Fresno happening of the year. It could be something you just attended or helped put together or something you just heard was really awesome if you never leave the house.
Check out our picks and leave your own in the comments.
MIKE OZ: No surprise here for anybody who knows me, but my favorite event was the Taco Truck Throwdown that happened at Chukchansi Park. I love tacos, obviously, and that’s part of it. But I’m also happy to see an event that finally celebrates the taco culture in Fresno.
DONALD: Can you imagine Fresno without the Rogue Festival? For 10 days a year, I’m confronted with the same feeling as when I arrive in New York: too many fascinating performances I want to see and not enough time. I love the strategy of planning out one of my Rogue days, program in hand, as I try to balance an itinerary between shows with buzz and ones I know nothing about. In 2011, my favorite performance in the former category was the Fresno Dance Collective (NOCO for short) under the direction of Amy Querin. In the latter category, I was glad to stumble into Canadian performance artist Jeff Culbert’s weird and esoteric “Archy and Mehitabel.” Who knows what the next installment of the Rogue will bring?
HEATHER: Music and mimosas: It doesn’t take much to make me happy. The Soulflower Group has found the perfect recipe for a delightful Sunday morning in its Soulful Sundays, a quarterly-or-so event that takes place on the lovely patio of Veni Vidi Vici in the Tower District. Guests are treated to brunch, unlimited mimosas and the song stylings of a featured artist. September’s event focused on the music of Michael Jackson, and it was a near-perfect event. Good food, good company, good music — it didn’t get much better than Soulful Sunday in 2011.
KATHY: Two local biking events were my highlights. The California Classic Weekend offered the rate opportunity to ride on Highway 168. What a blast! The other event, the Tour de Fresno, is a great event that’s well organized and provides a great way to ride through the Valley with hundreds of other cyclists. This year’s event started and ended in Courthouse Park, which created a nice setting to relax. Plus, what’s not to like about a beer garden in the park after a long ride?