Escapes: Courtland Pear Fair

07/14/2013 12:00 AM

07/12/2013 1:50 PM


Come to the Pear Fair

There isn't a festival or other gathering that can beat Courtland's annual Pear Fair when it comes to old-fashioned country charm. This year it will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28.

As Pear fairgoers have known throughout its 41-year history, if you can imagine a confection or dessert made with the fruit, you can likely find it at one of the booths. Other booths offer other food and wine. Music wafts across the grounds from the nearby entertainment tent as extended families enjoy a day off from working the nearby orchards that grow, what else? Pears.

Entry to the fair is free, and parking ($10) benefits the local volunteer fire department. The grounds are in central Courtland. For more information, go to

In a bittersweet touch, this year's fair is dedicated to the late artist Michael Pieretti, whose photographs depicted wildlife and the very Delta where the pears are grown.


Tour de Nez

What: Billed as "America's coolest race," the mighty Tour de Nez attracts elite cyclists from all around the country for races throughout the day. It's the 21st year for the event. Enthusiasts on hand to cheer the athletes can visit vendors, food trucks and wine booths. The Reno Bike Project will hold a bike swap.

When: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., July 28

Where: Wingfield Park, Reno

Cost: Free to view



Blades of Majesty

What: The USS Hornet's Living Ship Day will commemorate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 splashdown. Special guests will be on hand for dedication of the museum's Sikorsky Sea King helicopter, which was the recovery aircraft for the crew of Gemini 4 in 1965. Other attractions include a performance by the Hornet Band and an interactive robot exhibit courtesy of NASA Ames.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday

Where: 707 W. Hornet Ave., Alameda

Cost: $7-$16 Information: (510) 521-8448;


Trail bridge closed

What: The need for emergency repairs has closed the Gray Eagle Creek trail bridge in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area of the Plumas National Forest. The bridge is on the connector trail between the trailhead on the Gold Lake Highway and the Gray Eagle Creek Trail.

When: For an indeterminate period. The project is being assessed.

Where: Access to the Gray Eagle Creek Trail is available from the Smith Lake Trailhead, two miles up the Gold Lake Highway; use the road to Gray Eagle Lodge.

Information: (530) 836-2575.


Bay Area festival

What: The 27th Connoisseur's Marketplace is a celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, along with crafts, food, children's entertainment and a classic car showcase. An eclectic range of music includes a Saturday twilight concert (5:30-8 p.m. in Fremont Park).

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20-21

Where: Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino Real to Johnson Street, Menlo Park

Cost: Free

Information: (650) 325-2818;


Tim Swanson, Features Editor

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