Few people understand that better than writers. The need to tell a story—to craft characters and plots and climactic scenes—is not shared by all, but for those who have always dreamed of putting the ideas in their head down on paper for the world to read, that need can trump almost anything.
Global Family and The Daughter Project put on another spectacular night of awareness to help end human trafficking both in Kern County and abroad. Locals passionate about the cause gathered at the Paramount Citrus Hangar at Bakersfield Meadows Field Airport to bid in special auctions, indulge in a delicious dinner and cocktails, and band together to help underserved children.
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” -Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture.
Astounding! That’s the only word for it. As I swirled the deep red wine in my glass and inhaled the heady aromas, I thought, wow, this is really good. I tipped the glass to my lips and took a sip. Silky texture, deep, rich flavors, and a long finish. Wow again!
Who said they couldn’t make wine in Tehachapi?
That’s right. Tehachapi, the Cummings Valley to be precise, less than an hour’s drive from Bakersfield. It’s home to Souza Family Vineyards, a not-so-fledgling boutique winery that produces Primitivo, the Italian first cousin of Zinfandel, under the Tehachapi Wine & Cattle Co. label.
If you look at some of the most famous landmarks around the world, you’ll realize that those who work in stone played a huge role in the beauty we see; everything from statues to huge, ornate marble pillars. And that beauty extends to the local stone carvers working today. At least, that is the case when it comes to Eric Dobbs, owner and CEO of House of Stone, Inc.
Nothing says springtime like fresh, local honey, and thanks to Tinney Family Bees and our plentiful Farmers’ Markets, we have an abundance of that golden goodness to go around.