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The next year, a Spokane, Washington, woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.

Today, the day honoring fathers is celebrated in the United States on the third Sunday of June. In other countries–especially in Europe and Latin America–fathers are honored on St. Joseph’s Day, a traditional Catholic holiday that falls on March 19.

Courtesy of History.com


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mark-your-calendarBig Bear Lake has so many events happening all the time, it can be hard to keep up! On the first Tuesday of every month, we will dedicate Tuesday’s Topic to upcoming events so that you can plan ahead to join us for the fun!

The Summer Season is in full swing and it is time to start making plans for your Summer Mountain Escape! Whether you plan on joining us this coming weekend, for a  Labor Day Getaway or any of the spectacular weeks in between, Big Bear Lake has more activities, special events and things to do than anywhere else in Southern California! We have a Lake full of water activities, a National Forest with hundreds of miles of hiking/biking trails, Tours by Boat, 4×4, Helicopter, Segway, Kayak, or on foot, Live Concerts, Plays, Nightlife, The Village for shopping and dining, Fishing Tournaments, Old Miner’s Days, Film Festivals, Ropes Courses, Zipline, Art Shows, Wine Walks and SO MUCH MORE!!

If you have never joined us at 6,700′ for summertime fun, come and see what you have been missing! If you have spent time here in the summer before, come on back and see what’s new!! We have lots of sunshine, perfect temperatures and tons of fun all summer long!

Please let RS Vacations provide you with the perfect cabin for your Big Bear Escape. We offer clean, comfortable cabins with the very best amenities and we pride ourselves on EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE! You will not be disappointed! Check out our cabin selection at RSVacations.net. Please call or email us if you have any questions. Book a Big Bear Cabin today!

Here are the major summertime happenings:




  • 73rd Annual Big Bear Women’s Club Flower Show

    Jul 11, 2014 | 10:15AM – 05:00PM

    The 73rd Big Bear Women’s Club Flower Show at The Performing Arts Center.

    This year’s them is “A Garden Party.”

    Judging is on Friday from 10:15 AM to Noon.

    Open to the public Noon to 5:00 PM on Friday and 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday.

    Admission is FREE. For More info please call (909) 866-6777.

    Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-6777


  • The 7th Annual Big Bear PaddleFest

    Jul 12, 2014 | 07:00AM – 04:30PM

    The 7th Annual Big Bear PaddleFest  at Swim Beach at Meadow Park on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake.

    Big Bear PaddleFest is a Festival of Races for Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddleboards on Big Bear Lake, hosted by North Shore Trading Company.  Spectators can demo kayaks and SUPs as well as visit the festival site which will have music, food, sports vendors and much more.

    For complete schedule please go to www.bigbearpaddlefest.com.

    Location: Swim Beach at Meadow Park 41220 Park Avenue

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-3414 Website: www.openairbigbear.com


  • Big Bear Old Miners Association Chili Cook Off in the Village

    Jul 12, 2014 | 10:00AM – 08:00PM

    The 2014 Big Bear Old Miners Association International Chili Society Sanctioned Chili Cook Off at the Bartlett Events Area in the Village. Both local and visiting contestants vie for cash prizes and awards, including the coveted opportunity to advance to the World Championships.  No Admission Charge.Tasting Kits are $5. With Live Music, Food and Drink, Vendors, Contests, Kids Activities and Lots of Chili! Please call or visit website for more details

    Location: Bartlett Lot in The Village of Big Bear Lake at 630 Bartlett Rd.

    Contact: Tel: (909) 363-6592 Website: www.oldminers.org


  • Old Time Bear Country Fair at Big Bear Alpine Zoo

    Jul 12, 2014 | 10:00AM – 03:00PM

    It is a family affair at this year’s annual Bear Country Fair held at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo, where there is something for everyone including an animal feeding tour following the fair activities. Enjoy country fair activities for the whole family. Includes face painting, jewelry making, bear toss, and bear roaring contest. Also pie eating contest between our 3 black bears–who eats their pie the fastest? Call (909)878-4200 for more information or visit our website.

    Location: Big Bear Alpine Zoo at 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4200 Website: www.bigbearzoo.org


  • Old Miners 4th Annual Outhouse Races in the Village

    Jul 12, 2014 | 01:00PM – 04:00PM

    Big Bear Valley’s newest sport returns in the 4th  Annual Old Miners’ Outhouse Race on Cottage Lane at Bartlett Lot. Times TBA.  Come to the Calcutta Luncheon & Outhouse Auction during the Big Bear Chili Cookoff and bid on the fastest People-Powered-Potty in the West! The person who buys the winning race team splits the pot of dough with the winning team and the Old Miners’ Association.  Cast your vote for the best decorated Outhouse and Team costume.  Watch teams push an outhouse along a designated race track.  The winning teams will receive a cash prize, a coveted trophy and a complimentary entrance fee for next year’s race. FREE for all to watch. $50 Team Entry Fee.

    Location: Bartlett Events Area in The Village of Big Bear Lake at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Website: www.oldminers.org


  • “Berlin featuring Terri Nunn” at the Cave

    Jul 18, 2014 | 06:00PM – 11:00PM

    “Berlin” Featuring Terri Nunn at the Cave. For fans of  electronic music – and the far-reaching wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the 80s – Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is an icon.   Still performing and recording more than 20 years after the release of the groundbreaking debut, Pleasure Victim, Terri and Berlin are currently touring in support of 4Play, the group’s impressive 10th release. An eclectic and ambitious album, 4Play is comprised of new material along with both electronic and alternative rock covers from a first rate selection of artists – David Bowie, Depeche Mode and industrial-Goth icon Marilyn Manson, to name a few.

    The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6pm Concert starts at 8pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (877) 825-4388 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com


  • Aaron’s Big Bear Bass Tournament Championship Series

    Jul 19, 2014

    Aaron’s Big Bear Big Bass Tournaments, Big Bear Charter Fishing and Big Bear Cool Cabins are hosting 8 bass tournaments on Big Bear Lake this year. Championship Series events are on April 12, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 27-28. This Year two new events will be the Spring Bass on April 1st and the Fall Bass Blast on October 18th ( not part of Championship series)For tournament details please visit the website or call.

    Location: The Boathouse Lakeside Tavern at 350 Alden Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: 1 (800)475-3166 Website: www.bigbearbassfishing.com


  • Old Miners Doo Dah Parade/Ride n’ Tide Race/Moose Festival/Loggers/Miners Jubilee in Fawnskin

    Jul 19, 2014 | 08:00AM – 05:00PM

    Old Miners 2014 ends with a bang with their annual Doo Dah Parade in Fawnskin. New events this year include a Mountain Bike Ride n’ Tide Race, The Fawnskin Moose Festival and the Loggers & Miners Jubilee. Fun for all.

    Doodah Parade from 10am – 11am
    The Doo Dah Parade in Fawnskin, in conjunction with the 65th annual Old Miners Days celebration of Big Bear is outrageous and hilarious. After enjoying a hearty breakfast in Fawnskin, come watch one of Big Bear’s wackiest traditions. Although famous as the World’s Shortest Parade, it sure isn’t short on fun. The three blocks of “downtown” Fawnskin are lined with folks who make special trips up the mountain just to see this great spoof of a parade. FREE to spectators $10 Parade Entry

    1st Annual Ride n’ Tide Mountain Bike Race
    Registration 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Race Time 9 a.m. – 11 a.m at the Big Bear Moose Lodge in Fawnskin

    In earlier days gone by, two-person teams would race a burro from Pioneertown to the trails of Holcomb Valley during Old Miners Days. Now, Teams of two will race a single bike in a 10-mile loop beginning and ending in Fawnskin. The bike must be swapped at least twice and both riders must reach the finish-line together.FREE to Spectators, $50 Entry Fee

    Loggers & Miners Jubilee 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Big Bear Moose Lodge

    After the Doo Dah Parade, numerous logging and mining contests will be held including the Tomahawk Throw, Biscuit Cut, Jack & Jill Cross Cut, competition Gold Panning and Ore Mucking. Events include both single and team contest categories. FREE to Spectators, $5-$10 Entry per participant, per Contest

    Please call or visit website for more details.

    Location: Downtown Fawnskin

    Contact: Tel:(909) 229-6725 Doo Dah Parade (909) 584-5949 Ride n Tide (909) 641-3643 Loggers Jubilee Website: www.oldminers.org


  • Masonic Lodge Big Breakfast

    Jul 19, 2014 | 08:30AM – 11:00AM

    Join the Friends of The Masons for and all-you-can-eat breakfast plus Saturday morning cartoons and a Big Bear History show. Masonic Child ID Program will be available free during breakfast. The menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, coffee, orange juice and all the trimmings.

    Admission: Adults – $6; Children under 12 – $3

    Special thanks to Grizzly Manor Café for donating all the food. So treat yourself and your family, and assist the Masonic Lodge in its fund raising efforts. Other dates for the Big Breakfasts are July 19 August 16 and September 20.

    Location: Masonic Lodge at 385 Summit Blvd

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-2531 Website: www.bigbearmasons.com


  • The 12th Annual Xeriscape Garden Tour

    Jul 19, 2014 | 09:00AM – 04:00PM

    The 12th annual Xeriscape Garden Tour sponsored by the Sierra Club Big Bear group is set to take place on Saturday, July 19th. Participants can begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9 am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, located at 41223 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across the street from the Denny’s Restaurant.  Once registered, participants will have until 4:00 pm to complete the driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.

    A tour booklet, which includes the locations of the 8 stops, a map and helpful information on gardening in the mountains, will be handed out at the starting location. Experts will be on hand at each of the homes on the tour to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time. Several of the tour sponsors will be on hand at the Eminger’s starting location to answer questions about topics such as composting, tree care and artificial turf. Drought-tolerant plants will be on sale at Eminger’s throughout the day.

    Once again the tour will feature a special FireWise home where the homeowner married defensible space with drought tolerant and native plants. Attendees will be able to pick up information on which native plants should be planted within 15 feet of the home and which should be planted outside a 15 foot circle. You CAN have a beautiful, natural yard and be FireWise, too.

    Native plants will also be on sale mid-way through the tour at Hunters Nursery with native plant expert, Orchid Black on hand to answer your questions.   For additional information on the Sierra Club’s Xeriscape Garden Tour contact Christie Walker at 909-547-2237.

    To see pictures of last year’s gardens, go online to: www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.org and scroll down to the bottom where you will find links to several digital photo albums of past tours.

    Location: Check-in Emingers Mountain Nursery at 41223 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 547-2237 Website: www.sierraclubbigbeargroup.com


  • Music in the Mountains 2014 “DSB” A Tribute to Journey and “The Petty Breakers” (Tom Petty)

    Jul 19, 2014 | 06:00PM – 10:00PM


    2014 Music in the Mountains presents  “DSB:The World’s Favorite to Journey” and “Big Bear Jr Strings

    Gates: 5:00 pm  Concert: 6:00 pm

    $30 General admission. $40-45 bench seat with parking. Teens (13-18); $10 general admission; all events 12 & under are admitted FREE for general admission seating only. Music loving pets on leash always welcome and admitted FREE. General admission tickets valid in open and casual seating areas only.

    SEASON PASS SPECIAL PACKAGE RATE; $115 ADULT (18+) For more details please visit website.

    Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333

    Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website: www.mountainsfoundation.com



  • 1st Annual Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo and the Grizzly 100

    Jul 26, 2014 | 07:00AM – 05:00PM

    Bear Valley Bikes and Open Air Big Bear present the inaugural Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran Fondo and Grizzly 100 in Big Bear Lake California.

    The Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo joins the ranks of premier Southern California endurance mountain bike events with rides for all levels. Riders challenge their personal abilities with distances of 20/30/70/100k. T

    he 20k allows intermediate riders to take the Snow Summit Sky Chair to the ridgeline to begin their ride, while other rides begin in the Village and may include 3,500 to as much as 10,000 feet of climbing.

    The Big Bear Grizzly 100 is a National Ultra Endurance Race series event. Professional mountain bike racers from all over the United States and other countries will compete for points and prizes in this national series.

    Please call or visit website for more details

    Location: Starts and Finishes in the Village at Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-8000 Website: www.bigbeargranfondo.com or www.openairbigbear.com


  • “Spirits of the West” Brewfest at the Big Bear Convention Center

    Jul 26, 2014 | 11:00AM – 05:00PM

    Big Bear Valley celebrates the 10th Annual “National Day of the Cowboy” with “Spirits of the West” Brewsfest.

    The Brewsfest is a family event.  Enjoy live music all day and an evening concert with the Doo Wah Riders performing. Family activities will go on all day with games, contests and over 40 different brews & spirits to taste. There are tastings for kids too with root beer, sarsaparilla and birch beer.

    Please call or visit website for more details

    Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

    Contact: Tel: (909) 585-3000 Website: www.bigbearevents.com




  • 5th Annual Tour de Big Bear

    Aug 02, 2014 | 08:00AM – 04:00PM

    Held in the high country of Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains, riders of all levels escape the summer heat and cruise alpine roadways, over high mountain passes like Onyx Summit (elevation of 8,443 feet), and around Big Bear and Baldwin Lakes. Each Tour distance includes portions of the 2010, 2012  AMGEN Tour of California. Stages Phil Liggett named “one of the best cycling stages we’ve seen in America, ever!”

    For more information, including registration details, course maps and discounted lodging, or to register for the event, please visit website.

    Location: Starts at Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-8467 Website: www.openairbigbear.com.


  • 13th Annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire

    Aug 02, 2014 | 10:00AM – 06:00PM

    The 13th annual Big Bear Valley Renaissance Faire takes place August 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 in beautiful downtown Fawnskin. Our Faire is a continual day of mirth and merriment, excitement and education. The village streets lead you past crafts, costumes, food, stages, and games. The Enchanted Shire has six stages of ongoing shows performing every half-hour. There is also an arena for the jousts and the Great Square for pirate battles, maypole dances, and other fun! For more details please visit website.

    Location: Pederson’s Mill at 39115 Rim of the World Drive in Fawnskin

    Contact: Tel: (909) 237-0448 Website: www.bbvrsinc.org


  • Antique Car Club Fun Run

    Aug 9-11, 2014 | 09:00AM – 04:00PM

    The Antique Car Club’s Fun Run takes place Friday August 8th through Sunday August 10th. The Fun Run features a car show with 500+ cars – roadsters, classics, antiques and hot rods, lining the streets of Big Bear Village. Friday is registration day from 9-5 pm for participants at the Bartlett Parking Lot, Saturday is the day to view the cars on display from 9-4 pm and the Fun Run drive around the Lake takes place at 4pm at the end of day on Saturday, and the awards ceremonies are on Sunday starting at 9:00 am.

    Location: The Village of Big Bear Lake

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-3938 Website: www.antiquecarclub.org


  • The 15th Annual “Art on The Lake”

    Aug 15, 2014 | 10:00AM – 05:00PM

      The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley presents its 15th Annual Fine Arts Festival: “Art on the Lake” which  kicks off Friday evening with an opening night reception set to take place from 7 pm to 9 pm. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and admission is FREE.

    40+ artists from around the region will be exhibiting their work for sale as well as Live Music, Beer and Wine Garden and Food Vendors.   The Arts Council strives to bring nothing but exceptional photographers, painters, jewelers, and sculptors to this annual event.

    Please call or visit website for more details.

    Location: Bartlett Events Area in The Village of Big Bear Lake at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 585-5916 Website: www.bigbearartscouncil.org


  • “Toad the Wet Sprocket” at the Cave

    Aug 16, 2014 | 06:00PM – 11:00PM

    When Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975, he never dreamed that anyone would actually use such a silly name.   Against all odds, the joke became permanent. “Toad the Wet Sprocket” has been touring ever since with all four original members: lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. From 1989-1998, they made 5 studio albums which combined sold over four million copies, had five major radio hits, and won over audiences across North America and Europe.

    After breaking up in 1998, Toad would get together sporadically to play shows on a casual basis, but their hard core fans never gave up hope for a new album. After successful tours in 2006-2010, the band finally decided to put the last piece of the puzzle in place and a new album “ New Constellation” was released in the Fall of 2013.

    The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6pm Concert starts at 8pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (877) 825-4388 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com


  • Big Bear Adventure Weekend 2014

    Aug 21, 2014

    The Big Bear Adventure Weekend 2014 is a unique event unlike any other, bringing together thousands of men from all over the world to take advantage of the activities and natural beauty of Big Bear Lake, California.  2014 marks the 6th Anniversary of BBAW.  More details to be announced. In the meantime please visit website.

    Location: Northwoods Resort at 40650 Village Drive and Various Locations throughout the Valley

    Contact: Tel: (760) 399-0580 Website: www.bbaweekend.com


  • Big Bear Yoga Festival at Camp Oakes

    Aug 22, 2014 – Aug 24, 2014

    The Big Bear Yoga Festival will take place at Camp Oakes on August 22, 23 and 24.  Festival was created to bring you incredible yoga teachers, dance, vibrant music, inspirational topics, yummy food and fun activities like a climbing wall and pool – all with the beautiful backdrop of the San Bernardino Mountains. Come join us – it will be a weekend to remember!  We want to extend a special invitation to anyone new to yoga, and to encourage and welcome you to join us. We have a special “Beginners Track” just for you. It offers an introduction to yoga, meditation, music and more. Know that you will be welcome, and we understand how it is to try new things – all of your teachers and fellow students are here to support and encourage you! For more details please visit website.

    Location: Camp Oaks at 47400 Monte Vista Dr Big Bear City, CA 92314

    Contact: Website: www.bigbearyogafestival.com


  • Big Bear Pilates Festival

    Aug 22, 2014

    Big Bear Pilates is hosting a three day intensive Pilates Festival on August 22-24, 2014 .at the Big Bear Chateau. For complete schedule of activities and classes click here.

    For more details please call or visit website.

    Location: Big Bear Chateau at 42200 Moonridge Road

    Contact: Tel: (909) 329-9140 Website: www.bigbearpilates.com


  • 7th Annual 1st Lt. Jared M. Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom

    Aug 23, 2014 | 07:30AM – 02:30PM

    5K and 10K and 15K Race and a 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk on the Northshore of Big Bear Lake honoring 1st Lt. Jared M. Landaker. Please join us to celebrate the lives of our heroes and enjoy a beautiful weekend in the mountains. Activities for the children, food, music and vendors. Starts and finishes at Meadow Edge Picnic Area on Northshore. Registration opens at 7:30 am.  The 15K starts at 9:15am; the 10K starts at 9:20 am; the 5k starts at 9:25 am.  The 1 mile Family event will start at 9:30 am.

    Location: Meadows Edge Picnic Area on Northshore Blvd

    Contact: Tel: (909) 633-6729 Website: www.sevenstarsfoundation.com


  • Antique Wooden Boat Show at Pine Knot Landing

    Aug 23, 2014 10:00AM – Aug 24, 2014 04:00PM

    The Antique Wooden Boat Show at Pine Knot Landing takes place on Saturday/Sunday August 23-24 with a jaw dropping display of antique and classic wooden boats. FREE to All.

    For more info please call (909) 844-5337

    Location: Pine Knot Marina at 400 Pine Knot Blvd

    Contact: Tel: (909) 844-5337


  • Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show at the Big Bear Convention Center

    Aug 30, 2014 10:00AM – Aug 31, 2014 05:00PM

    Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with family fun, arts & crafts, great food and live entertainment. Crafters and artists sell goods and demonstrate their fine-tuned crafts. Browse shops for handcrafted gems like hand-carved bears, handmade dolls, hand-thrown pottery, homemade jams and unique wire-wrapped jewelry. For more information please visit website or call.

    Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

    Contact: Tel: (909) 585-3000 Website www.bigbearevents.com


  • Ice Cream Safari at Big Bear Alpine Zoo

    Aug 30, 2014 | 11:00AM – 02:00PM

    Ice Cream! Ice Cream! Ice Cream!

    Tour the Zoo and enjoy delicious scoops of ice cream at the same time. There are five ice cream stations throughout the zoo, all with a different flavor of ice cream. To participate in the Ice Cream Safari is only $5.00 for five scoops of ice cream. The cost is regular zoo admission (Zoo admission is free with a Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo membership) + the $5.00  to participate in the Ice Cream Safari.

    Location: Big Bear Alpine Zoo at 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4200 Website: www.bigbearzoo.org



  • Music in the Mountains 2014: “Led ZepAgain” (Zeppelin Tribute)

    Aug 31, 2014 | 06:00PM – 10:00PM

    2014 Music in the Mountains presents “Led ZepAgain” (Led Zeppelin Tribute)
    with special guests Big Bear Jr. Strings

    Gates: 5:00 pm  Concert: 6:00 pm

    $30 General admission. $40-45 bench seat with parking. Teens (13-18); $10 general admission; all events 12 & under are admitted FREE for general admission seating only. Music loving pets on leash always welcome and admitted FREE. General admission tickets valid in open and casual seating areas only. SEASON PASS SPECIAL PACKAGE RATE; $115 ADULT (18+) For more details please visit website.

    Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333

    Contact: Tel:(909) 382-2790 Website: www.MountainsFoundation.org




  • Endure The Bear Trail Run

    Sep 06, 2014 | 07:00AM – 04:00PM

    The Endure the Bear Mountain Trail Run  starts in the Village and heads into the Pristine National Forest Trails on the South Shore of Big Bear Lake. Features routes of 50K, 30K and 15K as well as a 5k Family Fun Run & Walk.  Schedule as follows. Please visit website or call for more details.

    Location: Starts and Finished in the Village at Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive

    Contact: Tel: (909) 224-9315 Website: www.openairbigbear.com


  • 19th Annual Run For The Grizzlies!

    Sep 06, 2014 | 09:30AM – 05:00PM

    19th Annual Run for the Grizzlies fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo. All proceeds to benefit the Grizzly Bears at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge.

    Open to the public and all bikes are welcome! Poker Ride – Prizes – Vendors – BBQ and Live Music.

    Register online at http://www.GrizzlyBikeRun.com or register the day of the event at Chad’s Place at 40824 Big Bear Blvd.

    For more information call or visit website.

    Location: Chad’s Place at 40824 Big Bear Blvd

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4200 Website: http://www.GrizzlyBikeRun.com or www.friendsofthebigbearalpinezoo.org


  • 44th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

    Sep 13, 2014 | 12:00PM – 11:30PM

    The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for seven consecutive weekends, September 13 through October 25 at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Boulevard in Big Bear Lake. The times are Saturdays 12 noon to 12 midnight and Sundays 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. Special Locals Night on Friday October 3rd and new this year Oktoberfest Unplugged on Friday October 10th and 17th.

    Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd.

    Contact: Tel: 909-585-3000 Website: www.bigbearevents.com


  • The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival

    Sep 19, 2014 | 10:00AM – 11:30PM

    The 2014 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival takes place September 19-21. Film screenings and workshops will be held at the PAC, Northwoods Resort, and the Village Theaters Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Schedule will be released later in the year.

    Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd and Village Theaters at 602 Pine Knot Ave

    Contact: Tel: (909) 866-3433 Website: www.bigbearlakefilmfestival.com


  • Autumn Wine Walk in the Village

    Sep 20, 2014 | 03:30PM – 07:00PM

    The Village Business Association presents their annual Autumn Wine Walk on Saturday, September 20th.

    Stroll the Village boutiques and shops while sampling fine wines and light hors d’oeuvres. $30 per person (Pre-sale) • $35 per person (Day of the Event if Available) Purchase tickets at Hunter Halls, UPS Store, Copper Q, Room-to-Room, Home Warehouse Design Center, and Shirt Shanty in the Village.   Check-in to get wristbands starts at 3 pm Saturday at the Xmas Tree Lot (corner of Pine Knot and Village Drive). For more information, please call or visit website.

    Location: The Village of Big Bear Lake at corner of Pine Knot Ave and Village Dr.

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-8044 Website: www.bigbearlakevillage.com


  • Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon / 10 K / 5K

    Sep 27, 2014 | 06:30AM – 02:00PM

    The First Annual Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon 5k and 10K

    Friday, September 26, 2014
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm  Registration and Packet Pick up, Robinhood Resort

    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    6:30 am to 8:30 am                  Registration and Packet Pick up, 140 Business Center Dr.
    9:15 am                                    Race Start – Half Marathon
    9:20 am                                    Race Start – 10K
    9:25 am                                    Race Start – 5K

    North Shore Half Marathon Course
    The 13.1 mile half marathon course will be an out and back course.  The course is relatively flat with only 444 feet of elevation gain.  Starting at the corner on Business Center Dr., runners will head east over Stanfield Cut-off before heading west toward Big Bear Dam on the scenic highway, through the National Forest, and the mountain hamlet of Fawnskin, past the bald eagle sanctuary, to the turn around point adjacent to Big Bear Lake.

    5K / 10 K Course
    Both courses are out and back courses and are relatively flat.  The 5K course has 125 feet of elevation gain and the 10K course has 255 feet of elevation gain.

    Location: Starts and Finishes on 140 Business Center Drive Big Bear Lake

    Contact: Tel: (909) 633-6729 www.bigbearnorthshorehalfmarathon.com


  • 5th Annual “Blues For The Zoo” at Swim Beach Amphitheatre

    Sep 27, 2014 | 12:00PM – 05:00PM

    Big Bear Lake’s Premier Music Event of the Summer. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo Celebrates with a Lakeside Festival featuring World Class Blues Music! Fine Food, Local Artisans on site, Festival Seating, Beach Chairs and Blankets are welcome. No coolers please.

    Doors open at 11:00 am
    Music starts at 1:00 pm
    Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of show. On sale June 1st.

    Ticketing Lodging packages through BigBear.com or 1 800 4-BIGBEAR.
    Host Hotel is Northwoods Resort. Call (909) 866-3121 for “Blues for the Zoo” special rate

    This year’s Line-up:

    Otis Taylor Band  (3:30 pm)
    (2012 downbeat magazine Blues CD of the Year)
    Website: www.otistaylor.com

    Janiva Magness (2:15 pm)
    (2013 Female Blues Artist of the Year & Song of the Year – National Blues Music Awards)
    Website: www.janivamagness.com

    Bonne Musique Zydeco (1:00 pm)
    (Southern California’s Finest Zydeco Band)
    Website: www.bonnemusiquezydeco.com

    Location: Swim Beach Amphitheatre at Meadow Park 41220 Park Avenue

    Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4200 Website: www.bigbearzoo.org

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Way back in the year 1810, in Southern Germany, Bavaria, in the middle of the autumn harvest, Prince Ludwig  was wed to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildurghausen. The ceremony was a grand event held in a magnificent “weise” (meadow) just outside the gates of Munich and took place on the 12th of October. 40,000 people attended the wedding and the reception was quite the party with huge amounts of food and beer being served. At the conclusion of this magnificent party, the prince held an impromptu horse race across the great meadow, to the delight of his guests. The townspeople were so delighted in fact, that they decided to rename the venue Theresiewiese (Therese Meadow) in honor of the Prince’s new bride.

On the one year anniversary of this memorable day, it was decided that another grand party would be thrown to celebrate. King Maximillian agreed, but this party was to be even bigger, better and longer than the first. This became an annual tradition that we now know as Oktoberfest.

One hundred and sixty-one years later, in the small town of Big Bear Lake, California,  two German immigrants, Hans and Erika Bandows decided to celebrate their first successful year as lodge owners in their new home by holding an Oktoberfest just like the one they used to attend in Munich. After several days of cooking, cleaning and decorating by the Bandows and their two daughters, Big Bear Lake’s Oktoberfest began. And so it has continued for forty two years.

Over the years, our Oktoberfest has grown bigger and better, but Hans is still Burgermeister and Erika still stops by the kitchen to add her special touch. The tradition continues, and each fall locals and visitors alike gather together to celebrate life, friends, family and beer.

(I originally wrote this post in October 2012)

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Well, since St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, I thought it might be an appropriate time to share a little more of Big Bear’s “Gold Rush” history. Let’s find out about Lucky Baldwin and Big Bear’s second Gold Rush. Thanks to bigbearhistorysite.com for the info and photos!


In 1860, Bill Holcomb started a Gold Rush that began bringing people into the Big Bear valley in significant numbers for the first time. Within just a few months of his discovery, the once secluded Big Bear/Holcomb valley area had the highest concentration people in all of San Bernardino county. But by 1862, the excitement had fizzled out, and most of the miners had given up and gone elsewhere. The problem wasn’t due to a lack of gold, but a lack of water. It was going to take specialized equipment and “big money” to recover gold from the Big Bear / Holcomb Valley area. One of those “big money” efforts actually started a second gold rush.



Baldwin Lake in Big Bear and Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles were both named after Elias J. Baldwin. – Rick Keppler collection

This second “gold rush” was sparked by a wealthy man by the name of Elias J. (Lucky) Baldwin. Lucky Baldwin, a multimillionaire who had originally made his fortune in the Ophir Mine in Nevada.

In 1873, Baldwin began quietly investigating the mining possibilities in the Big Bear Lake area. He eventually purchased an existing claim on the mountain slopes at the north/east end of what is now Baldwin Lake for $30,000. He then incorporated the Gold Mountain Mining Company, and began construction of a huge 40 stamp mill at the base of today’s Gold Mountain.

Word spread quickly of a new discovery by Lucky Baldwin at Big Bear. Soon exaggerated reports testifying to the quality of his gold claim fueled the excitement. The Guardian reported on September 12, 1874, that Baldwin’s Gold Mountain in Big Bear was a “…. mineralogical miracle” and went on to say “…. we have never heard or read of a similar discovery ….the crown of the mountain is a mass of gold bearing rock….”.

Baldwin’s new company carved out a road from Cactus Flats to Big Bear, and began hauling in machinery and parts for the huge 40-stamp mill. Overnight a town called Bairdstown popped into existence at the base of Gold Mountain.


The Gold Mountain House in Bairdstown at the base of Gold Mountain. – Rick Keppler collection

In September of 1874, the new community had a blacksmith shop, a butcher shop, two boarding houses, and two saloons. By spring, Bairdstown had grown to include three general stores, two livery stables, three restaurants, two hotels, several saloons, a black smith shop, a bakery, a meat market, a Chinese wash house, a tailor, a shoemaker, a barber, and even a cemetery. As with most mining towns, fist fights and shootings were regular events, and the cemetery always had an occasional customer. By 1875, the great 40-stamp mill was finished and ready for operation.

Lucky Baldwin arrived in Big Bear on March 6, 1875, and fired up the new $250,000 steam powered stamp mill for the first time. The deafening sound of the heavy stamps reverberated throughout every corner of Big Bear valley as he started processing 100 tons of ore a day.

After two months of intense operation the results were disappointing. It looked like that the top of that Gold Mountain might not be made of gold after all. In fact the ore being processed was of such low quality that it was barely paying the overhead. An unhappy Baldwin decided to shut down half of the mills 40 stamps, and continue operation on a reduced scale. Finally, on October of 1875, he shut the mill down completely. After only 8 months of operation, Big Bear’s second gold rush was over.

Overnight, Bairdstown became a ghost town. The stamp mill would sit dormant for almost two years until August 14, 1878, when a fire mysteriously broke out completely destroying the mill. “Lucky” Baldwin retained ownership of his Gold Mountain claims, but swore that he would never invest another dime of his own money into Gold Mountain.

After the fire in 1878, these ruins at Gold Mountain overlooked Baldwin Lake until the early 1900's. - Rick Keppler collection
After the fire in 1878, these ruins at Gold Mountain overlooked Baldwin Lake until the early 1900’s. – Rick Keppler collection


Many years later in 1899, a man by the name of Captain J.R. DeLaMar approached Lucky Baldwin with a plan to build a new stamp mill and reopen the Gold Mountain Mines in Big Bear. To everyone’s surprise, Baldwin agreed.

DeLaMar was under no illusion as to the quality of the ore on Gold Mountain. He was betting on two things for success: 1) He felt that the rich “mother lode” that everyone had been looking for was still there, and 2) he planned to incorporate a new technology for recovering gold, called a “cyanide process”. DeLaMar felt that this cyanide process would allow his operation to turn a profit by greatly increasing the amount of gold recovered from Gold Mountains low grade ore. In the mean time he would continually look for that “mother lode” he thought everyone had missed.

DeLaMar’s new 40 stamp mill in Big Bear was located higher up on the side of Gold Mountain just above the ruins of the original burned out mill. Once again, Bairdstown sprang back to life. The new mill began operating at a feverish pace. For over two years, it aggressively processed 130 tons of ore every 24 hours, night and day.

This is the DeLaMar’s stamp mill at Gold Mountain. It sat on the side of the mountain overlooking the ruins of Baldwin’s first stamp mill. – Rick Keppler collection

DeLaMar’s efforts actually managed to turn a small profit, but that elusive “mother lode” he so desperately wanted was never found. DeLaMar ceased his operations in 1903, and Bairdstown, which had since been renamed Doble, once again reverted back to a ghost town.

From the early 1900’s through the late 1940’s, different companies and individuals would occasionally step forward to invest time and money in reopening Baldwin’s Gold Mountain mines in Big Bear, but always with little success. Today, you can wander through the concrete ruins of DeLaMar’s stamp mill, and the old cemetery still exists to mark the spot where Bairdstown was once located.

Gold Mountain wasn’t the only “big money” mining operation in these mountains. Part 3 of this Big Bear Gold Rush series will take a look at an unusual mining operation in Holcomb Valley, and the famous Rose Mine.

© Rick Keppler

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Courtesy of BigBearHistorySite.com

At the same time that the film industry was getting started in Big Bear Lake, tourism was beginning to take off.  Lodges were being built all over the valley. Real Estate values were soaring. Business was good, but only during the summer.  During the winter months, the lodges and most resort businesses would close down and their owners would leave the hill.  Except for a hand full of hard core locals, Big Bear sat empty.  The ski resorts didn’t exist yet.  During the winter months, there was absolutely nothing going on in Big Bear.

Filming at the old Pine Knot Lodge at Big Bear Lake in the 1920's - Rick Keppler collection.

Until Pine Knot Lodge opened it’s doors to the movie studios, Big Bear was a ghost town during the winter. – Rick Keppler collection.

However, there was a local guy back then, by the name of Fred C. Skinner, who wanted to do something to try and change that.   Fred was manager of the new Pine Knot Lodge, which was Big Bear’s largest resort.  He had organized Pine Knot’s first Chamber of Commerce, and in 1914, Fred informed Hollywood production companies that the Pine Knot Lodge would remain open during the winter if they wanted to film. He even brought in a generator, and Pine Knot Lodge had electrical power five years before electricity reached the valley.  The movie industry enthusiastically supported Skinner’s efforts and began filming right through the winters.  Few people in Big Bear today realize just how important Fred’s work was back then.  Until the  ski resorts came along, it was the film industry, not the tourists, that kept the Big Bear community alive through the long winter months each year.

The Big Bear community and the movie industry pretty much grew up during the same time period.  The film companies mixed easily with the local community, and Big Bear residents enjoyed working as extras on films whenever they were needed.  Many early Big Bear pioneers including Dad Skinner, Bill Knickerbocker, Henry Shay (of Shay Ranch), and some of the Talmadges of the IS Ranch, all worked as extras in these early films.

If you’d like to come to Big Bear and discover what Hollywood’s love of our valley is all about, consider staying with us at RS Vacations. Book your Big Bear Vacation Rental today!

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Pirate shipThere are some very unique ways of experiencing Big Bear. You can view it from a helicopter, a big, 4-wheel drive jeep or even a Pirate Ship. That’s right, we have our own Pirate Ship. The ‘Time Bandit’ is an actual 1/3 scale replica of a Spanish Galleon that was built by a father and son in their backyard in the late 60’s and early 70’s and then used in the 1981 Hollywood movie “Time Bandits”. It was used in several different capacities over the years, but finally made its way to our own Big Bear Lake.

A tour on the Time Bandit is led by your Captain (a pirate, of course) and features live entertainment while you take a tour of Big Bear Lake and learn about its history and learn the inside scoop on some of our famous residents. You might get to see the homes of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead creator), Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner.

The tour also includes a visit past the “War Games” house and if you’re lucky, you might swing by the former home of cartoon legend Mel Blanc (What’s up, Doc?) where his son, Noel (a current Big Bear resident) could entertain you with some famous voices.bugs-bunny-and-carrot

At the end of your tour, little buccaneers will get a pirate ‘tattoo’ and a peek inside the treasure chest. The perfect way to learn about Big Bear’s ‘Hollywood Connection’.

The Time Bandit shove’s off from Holloway’s Marina. You can get more information by calling  (909) 878-4040.

Book your Big Bear Cabin today, matey, and experience the Time Bandit and all her secrets!

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Lincoln2Tomorrow would be Abraham Lincoln’s 204th Birthday. When I was in elementary school here in Big Bear, the father of one of my peers used to come to the school on that day and give a presentation. He dressed up like President Lincoln (he actually looked very much like him) and gave us a history of his life and Presidency. We then got to ask questions and he would answer them. It was a fun tradition that I am glad I got to experience.

Why did he do this? I believe it was because he had great respect for the man and wanted to share that with young minds. He felt that by learning of Lincoln’s history, we might remember what he stood for and embrace it. Abraham Lincoln has always been one of my favorite Presidents since that time.

President Lincoln is known for many great things, one of them being his quotes. Following are a few of my favorites:

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Abraham Lincoln quotes courtesy of BrainyQuote.com

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln. You still inspire me to be a better person every day.




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Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. It is the second most celebrated holiday around the world second to New Year’s Day.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church.The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni).

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

The rise of Internet popularity at the turn of the millennium is creating new traditions. Millions of people use, every year, digital means of creating and sending Valentine’s Day greeting messages such as e-cards, love coupons or printable greeting cards. An estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010.
Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Book a Big Bear Cabin with RS Vacations today, and show your ‘Valentine’ some love!


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Snow Summit, 1952-Present

(Info courtesy of Snow Summit)

In 1950 avid sportsman, Tommi Tyndall, recognized skiing as a growing sport in Southern California. With the help of his wife, Jo, and her father, the Reverend Doctor Alfred Hughes, he persuaded friends, relatives, local businessmen, and ski enthusiasts to invest in his new company, Snow Summit, Inc. After two years of intense effort with the Forest Service, construction began in 1952 of a half mile access road and a mile-long chairlift. Also, the clearing of Log Chute ski run and some base area slopes for rope tows and the basement of the Summit Inn.

By January 1953, the first chairlift was completed and had become the nation’s first detachable chairlift. The original chairlift was replaced with a modern, high capacity fixed grip double chairlift. Following the completion of this and the Summit Inn, Tommi encountered yet another challenge. The lack of adequate natural snow limited the amount of days business was open per season putting the survival of the company at risk.

By 1960 Tommi was convinced that snowmaking was possible and essential in Southern California. By the fall of 1964 snowmaking covered slopes served by three rope tows on the Bear Bottom beginner area and the lower part of Miracle Mile served by the chairlift. The chairlift became the first to be served by snowmaking in the West!

Tommi would never see the success of Snow Summit that he both started and saved. On December 27, 1964 Tommi was killed in a tractor accident while dragging a chain to remove dirt berms on the slopes. At only 52, Tommi did not live to see that his snowmaking system proved to be the critical turning point and ultimate success in Snow Summit’s history.

Jo Tyndall, Tommi’s wife, was appointed by the Board of Directors as the General Manager of Snow Summit. After becoming General Manager she chose her son, Dick Kun, as her assistant.

Meanwhile, thanks to the newly installed snowmaking system, Snow Summit entered a period of stability making just enough income to maintain the resort and gradually reduce its debt.

The 1960s brought the take-off of the modern U.S. ski resort industry both nationally and in Southern California. This time also saw huge improvements in grooming, ski equipment and snowmaking systems. With little capital for physical improvements, Snow Summit needed a way to satisfy customers so they would return. This was done with exceptional snowmaking, grooming operations and the famous limited ticket sales policy.

By the 1968/1969 season, the Board of Directors and long-time attorney had gained enough confidence in Snow Summit’s future to install a second chairlift. In the fall of 1969, Westridge Run was cleared becoming the first major new run since the late 1950s.

Finally, during the 1972/1973 season Snow Summit hit the jackpot, receiving the most natural snow in its history. The snow brought more than double the customer visits from previous seasons and its gross annual income more than doubled. After operating for more than 20 years, Snow Summit was finally on its way.

Following the 1972/1973 season, Snow Summit embarked upon an enormous facility improvement program. Chair 3 and its runs were constructed, and Chair 1’s snowmaking system was almost completely rebuilt. The lower water storage pond was assembled with new buried steel air and water pipelines for snowmaking. The Summit Inn was also renovated.

By the 1975/1976 season Chair 4, the beginner lift, was installed and the snowmaking system had been expanded. The following summer snowmaking had been installed to the top of Summit Run, a 10-million gallon reservoir was built at the top of the mountain, and more air compressors were installed.

Demand was so great by the winter of 1976, people with sleeping bags would line up in front of the ticket windows at 2:00 a.m. By January, Snow Summit introduced the ski industry’s first reserved ticket system, helping people avoid the early morning lines.

During the summer of 1979 Chairs 6 and 7 were installed, and the first two floors of Bear Bottom Lodge were constructed. The concrete basement housed the largest diesel power generating plant of any ski resort in the nation, along with more air compressors for snowmaking. A 1-mile waterline and pumping system from Big Bear Lake was also installed, assuring adequate snowmaking water for the future.

In 1980 Jo Tyndall retired. Sadly, that same year she passed away from cancer. Her son, Dick Kun, then assumed the presidency.

To continue the growth of the company, management looked to acquire another resort. By late 1981 Snow Summit gained China Peak, renamed Sierra Summit, a ski area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Fresno. Between the two resorts 680,000 skier visits were generated and the future looked bright.

During the summer of 1988 Snow Summit began taking mountain bikes and their riders up the chair so they could ride down the trails off-site beyond permit boundaries. Big Bear has some of the best mountain biking in Southern California accessible by the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair with more than 40 miles of cross-country forest service roads and trails.

The greatest impact on business in the 1990s was the advent of snowboarding. By catering to snowboarders and putting in terrain parks and halfpipes, the sport grew like wildfire. Snow Summit has led the industry in the design and operation of freestyle parks and has one of the largest amounts of terrain dedicated to freestyle snowboarding and skiing in the country. Snow Summit has been named in various polls as having the best parks in the nation, if not the world. With the parks at Snow Summit and their reputation, several high caliber events have been held at the resort including ESPN’s Winter X Games, Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, MTV Snowed In and several others.

On October 10, 2002, Snow Summit purchased Big Bear Mountain Resort, including the Golf Course, from Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. Today Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, combine to form Southern California’s number one ski resort.

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The history of the cookie goes back 10,000 years when Neolithic farmers used to bake food comprising of grain and water paste on hot stones. Cookies are believed to be the descendants of this food.

The origin of Christmas cookies lies in Medieval European recipes. Lebkuchen (gingerbread) was probably the first cake/cookie to be traditionally related with Christmas. The baking of cookies spread all over Europe by 1500. Most every house made or baked cookies in great amounts, which were generally either Lebkuchen or buttery Spritz Cookies. The people of Sweden preferred Papparkakor (spicy ginger and black-pepper delights), while the Norwegians took to the liking of Krumkake (thin lemon and cardamom-scented wafers). So it is seen that the cookies of one place were different in form and shape from another.

The earliest examples of Christmas cookies in the United States were brought by the Dutch in the early 17th century. Due to a wide range of cheap imported products from Germany between 1871 and 1906 following a change to importation laws, cookie cutters became available in American markets. These imported cookies cutters often depicted highly stylized images with subjects designed to hang on Christmas trees. Due to the availability of these utensils, recipes began to appear in cookbooks designed to use them.

Since the 1930’s, children have been leaving a plate of cookies out for Santa Claus and over the years, giving gifts of cookies to friends and neighbors and cookie exchange parties have become more popular over the years.

This year, why not get together with friends or family and have a cookie baking party? You will have fun and leave with delicious cookies to share. YUM!

RS Vacations wishes you Happy Baking!

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

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