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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 13Br ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT Local author publishes second novel Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor From pioneer days to the social upheaval of the 1960s, local author Eldridge Trott fills his second novel, "Joel's Hymn," with colorful charac- ters one can almost see in the mind's eye as they go about their daily lives. There's Joel, the son who inherited a newspaper busi- ness he knew nothing about, which was almost all his wealthy family had left after the Great Depression. Enter his workers at the newspaper, a family of sorts who are joined one day by a stray dog, a homeless man with a guitar and a mysteri- ously magical woman who has run away from a secret past. What ensues is an epic ad- venture into the human spirit that tugs on the heartstrings like a favorite song. Trott uses his 20 years of experience as a newspaper editor and publisher to en- rich this story that sur- rounds the fictional Gate- way Weekly Newspaper of Paradise, a small town founded by Joel's pioneer grandparents back when they got lost from the rest of their wagon train. Sprinkled between the chapters are lively and thought-provoking snippets from the recent past--from JFK's assassination to protests at Berkeley, and from Charles Manson to Bill Cosby, Star Trek and Sesame Street. Trott also touches on the future, when almost 100,000 people are expected to suffer from Alzheimer's or other de- mentia-type diseases. He began writing to keep himself alive after his wife died in 2006. He remembers how she raised the children while he was mostly busy working in the newspaper industry. He covered everything in the small town of Lincoln, the good and the bad, from the tragic deaths of children to city council meetings and the fight against takeover by group- ownership, all between break- downs of the sometimes-man- strous Linotype machine. His first novel in 2007 was a historical, and his next will be a Western featuring a fron- tier woman, longhorn cattle and the quest for the AmeN- can rancher's dream. The Western will be fol- lowed by an autobiography that will include essays, poet- ry and opinion pieces. The autobiography will in- clude such topics as life in the Navy, his little community church, the frustration of be- ing on a losing football team and other reflections. "Joel's Hymn" is locally available at Evergreen Mar- ket and Village Drug in Greenville and at Epilog Books in Quincy. The book is also available online at, where there is also a free pre- view available. Those who wish to meet the author and receive a signed copy may visit Eldridge Trott at Sierra Sunrise Coffee House and Deli, on Highway 89 and Pine Street in Greenville. He will be there to sign books this Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Joel's Hymn Eldridge Trott "Joel's Hymn" is an epic adventure into the human spirit that's easy to dive into. From pioneer days to the chaos of the 1960s, readers will follow the legacy of a pioneer family and a small- town newspaper in a large- type novel by Eldridge Trott, Eldridge Trott stands by the old Linotype he remembers feeding and fixing during his 20 years in the Lincoln newspaper business. Photos submitted Lilly Baker baskets on display at Maidu museum The baskets of Lilly Baker and her relatives will be on display in Roseville at the Feb, 13 grand opening of the Maidu In(tian Museum and Historic Site. "The Legacy of Maidu Bas- ketweavers" features the bas- kets, beadwork and family heir- looms that belonged to Baker, a Mountain Maidu basketweaver and native of Plumas County who died in 2006. Many of the baskets and ar- tifacts were made and used by Daisy Baker, Lilly's mother, and Kate Meadows McKinney, her maternal grandmother. The exhibit will also feature the basketry of Selena Young- Jackson, mother-in-law to Lil- ly's sister and a renowned Maidu basket maker of the early 20th century. Featuring the work of eight different Maidu weavers, the exhibit uses baskets to illus- trate how tradition was passed through four genera- tions of Mountain Maidu said April Farnham, cultural his- torian and consultant for the exhibit. This tradition lives on through Lilly Baker's basket- making students, many of whom are members of the California Indian Bas- ketweavers Association. The exhibit alSo includes eight black-and-white photo- graphic prints by the late Philip Hyde, who pho- tographed Lilly and Daisy Baker making baskets near Lake Almanor in late 1963. The irriages document how the art of Maidu basket making was passed down from mother to daughter Farnham said. The materials on display were donated or loaned to the museum by Pat Lindgren Kurtz, who knew and worked with Baker for 50 years. The Maidu basket exhibit is part of the Feb. 13 grand open- ing of the Maidu Indian Muse- um and Historic Site, at 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr. in Ro- seville. Doors open at 9 a.m., followed by an introductory program at 9:30 a.m. The grand opening also in- cludes guided museum tours, Native storytelling, demon- strations and an evening lec- ture by Maidu photographer Dugan Aguilar. The exhibit will run through April 2012. Regular museum hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and second Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular tours are scheduled at 10 a.m. Mon- day-Friday and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. second Saturdays. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $3.75 for children; $2 weekdays 2-4 p.m. For more information, con- tact the Maidu Indian Muse- um at (916) 774,5934. -- PPoker * Run Presidents' Weekend N Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 (Alternate Date: March 6) Hwy 36 & A-13 ~Lake Almanor Snowmobile Park Registration 8:30am - ll:00am ~ '25.00: Poker Run & Lunch s5.00: Extra Poker Hand (*300 best hand) $9.00: Lunch only - prepared by Rotarians ~ Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Sides ~lJ Lunch: 11:30 - 1:30 Drawing 2:00~ .~, For more info contact ,~-,, 530-284-7469 or 596-4354 "~ '~ / / Baskets by noted Maidu weaver Lilly Baker, a Plumas County native, will be part of an exhibit, "The Legacy of Maidu Basketweavers," at the grand opening Feb. 13 of the Maidu Indian Museum and Historic Site in Roseville. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum Fiddler Hanneke Cassel will display a uniquely American approach to Scottish traditional music when she performs Feb. 24 at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy. Tickets are on sale now. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Hanneke Cassel Trio to perform Wed., Feb. 24 Plumas Arts will present the Hanneke Cassel Trio (violin, guitar and cello) at the Town Hall Theatre, Wednesday, Feb. 24. Scottish fiddle master Alasdair Fraser calls Han- neke Cassel "One of the most talented and fun-lov- ing young fiddlers you could ever hope to meet," and described her work as '~'~fRtdte-"tntt~te'played ~Yctt-h great stylistic integrity and personal flair -- definitely a joy to listen to." Influences from Scotland to China, along with grooves and musical inno- vations from the hip Boston bluegrass-Americana scene, fuse together to create a uniquely American ap- proach to Scottish music. Cassel creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the Scottish tradition. The performance is sup- ported with funding from the James Irvine Foundation. :General admission is $15, Or $t~0":~dxrance sales only' for Plumas Arts members. To purchase tickets call Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or go online to plumasarts.drg for tickets and more infor- mation. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 11 & Fri., Feb. 12 103 min, Rated PG-13 Romantic Comedy This movie follows a highly successful Manhattan couple, Meryl and Paul Morgan (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant), whose ahnost-perfect lives have only one notable failure - their dissolving marriage. But the turmoil of their romantic lives is nothing compared to what they are about to experience: they witness a murder and become targets of a contract killer. The Feds, protecting their witnesses, whisk away the Morgans from their beloved New York to a tiny town in Wyoming. UP IN THE-AIR Sat., Feb. 13 - Mon., Feb. 15 109 min. Rated R Drama/Comedy Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and lo',}ing every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the exis- tence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross-coun- try firing expeditions, but as she starts to! realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls I to his way of life. i HALL ISenirs ...... : .......... ~6"00 I I Children ................ '5.00 I THEATRE 283-,,40469 Main St., Quincy, CA Visit us at