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Mountain music, wine, crafts on tap at villa Gigli

Staff reports

Sunday, July 4, from 3-5 p.m. guitarist Margaret Craig will be showcased singing mountain music inside the restaurant-gallery of Villa Gigli in Markleeville, while six members of the Alpine Women Artists will be outside, in the meadow, with their summer “Show and Sell.”

When Douglas County singer and songwriter Craig began singing at the age of 6, she was initially influenced by the music of her native country, Ireland. While living and traveling overseas, she then became fascinated by recordings of American country music, and upon arriving in the United States at the age of 17, that genre became her first love. Solo, and sometimes in collaboration with her husband Mark, she writes much of her own material about the sunlight and shadows of life.

The Alpine Women Artists are craftswomen from Alpine County who first came together to share creative thoughts and brown bag lunches in Markleeville, later having their first “Show and Sell” at the Mountain and Garden Bed and Breakfast in Woodfords. Being a loosely formed organization, open to all Alpine County women, the “Show and Sell” events vary in size and content.

Those who will be displaying their work at Villa Gigli are Wanda Coyan with pine needle baskets and hand-crafted soap, June Dailey with plants and herbal preparations, Gina Gigli with painted silk banners and masks, Sharon Lackey with designer garments and jewelry, Camilla Olsen with baskets of soaps and local honey and Carolyn Vaughn with high-fire functional ware and raku pottery.

Along with the music and art, host Ruggero Gigli will be serving guests his rosemary-studded focaccia and pouring three samples of wine – Moscato Bianco by La Famiglia de Robert Mondavi, Pinot Meunier by Domaine Chandon and Petite Sirah by Mitchell. The cost of the wine testing is $3 per person.

Villa Gigli is located at 145 Hot Springs Road in the town of Markleeville. For further information, call (530) 694-2253.