Posted on April 29, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun
Live performances by singer-songwriters and storytellers, the reopening of Vineyard Trail, guided hikes, family activities, Plow Day, an evening concert and more – including free admission – are all part of Wild Weekend Call at Jack London State Historic Park, May 14-15, 2022.
The two-day, family-friendly Community Open House will include activities that celebrate Jack London’s love of nature, storytelling and gatherings of good friends.
All visitors this weekend will receive free admission to the park, normally $10 per vehicle with up to nine passengers.
Call of the Wild Weekend comes as the park also celebrates the tenth anniversary of the formation of Jack London Park Partners, one of the first not-for-profit organizations to be entrusted with managing a state park on behalf of the California people. Funding to keep the park in good condition comes from visitors, annual pass holders and generous donors.
Weekend organizers have selected four of the Bay Area’s most entertaining and compelling singer-songwriters to engage visitors in the park on Saturday, May 14:
John Elliot – Also inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Eminem, Bob Dylan and Guns N’ Roses, Tom Petty and Queen. John has been releasing albums and performing in every type of venue imaginable for twenty years from his home base of Northern California. He is the head of the Call of the Wild Weekend musical experience and is the inspiration behind ‘Jack London’s Mysterious Call’.
Diana Gameros – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, social activist and former undocumented Bay Area immigrant, Gameros’ songs have been featured on Billboard, Mother Jones, NPR’s All Songs Considered, NPR’s Alt. Latino Podcast, Public Radio International – The World and PBS Newshour. www.dianagameros.com
Mayan Room – Originally from Fukuoka, Japan and resident of San Francisco, Hall is a singer, songwriter and sound explorer who travels the world spreading the healing powers of sound and vibration.
chris chandler – An “American storyteller”, Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the United States and Canada as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice. He’s worked with everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Ani DiFranco and Pete Seeger to Mojo Nixon. Utah Phillips says, “Chris Chandler is the best performance poet I’ve ever seen.”
Saturday May 14
The day begins at 8:45 a.m. with a guided hike to the old lake for a 9:30 a.m. inauguration ceremony to reopen the newly restored Vineyard Trail, which has been closed for renovations since December 2021.
The hike then continues towards the Ancient Redwood “Grandmother Tree” – one of the most unusual and beautiful redwoods in the state. This event is limited to 30 people. Free tickets are available at https://jacklondonpark.com/events/trail-restoration/.
At 10 a.m., a private awards ceremony will take place for the winners of the 2022 Jack London Park Young Authors Competition and their families in Eucalyptus Grove.
Guide-led tours to diverse and wonderful historical and natural locations in the park will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
At 11 a.m., visitors can meet at the Jack London table in the meadow and join the “Walking Introduction to Jack London’s Mysterious Call” – Easy, self-guided walks between four important Beauty Ranch sites. The 10-minute walk between stops is rewarded with 10 minutes of live musical performance at each point.
Pack a picnic or buy a meal from the Tri-Tip Trolley food truck, spread your blanket or folding chairs in the spacious Meadow, and enjoy a Sonoma Valley Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Save room for a treat from Sweet Scoops Chariot ice cream.
At 1:30 p.m., local music makers and fans will join famous singer-songwriters and storytellers in a “Songwriters Workshop” in the ruins of the cellar.
Saturday’s final will be a live concert at the Cellar Ruins, featuring John Elliott, Diana Gameros and Maya Hall from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and can be purchased at https://jacklondonpark.com/events/call-of-the-wild-concert/. Seating is festival style and visitors are encouraged to bring folding chairs and/or blankets.
Sunday May 15
Family adventure dayfrom 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. will celebrate Jack London’s playful side and his love of play, hobbies and all things fun. The day begins with a guided, whimsical walk through Beauty Ranch to explore some of the games said to have been played at the Ranch 100 years ago.
There will be a demonstration and activity by a Bubble Scientist and the ArtEscape Art Van Gogh will also be on hand to lead a fun art project to complement the event.
These free activities are aimed at children eight and under, but all ages are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. Sign up for free tickets at https://jacklondonpark.com/events/family-adventure-day-spring-2022.
Plowing game day return to the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular family event features plowing and harness demonstrations and free horse-drawn wagon rides. Meet Percheron, Shire and Belgian Clydesdales horses and mules and watch blacksmiths, spinning demonstrations and early gas engines.
For more information on other upcoming events at the park, visit https://jacklondonpark.com/events.