Monthly Archives: April 2015

Columbia College Art Professor Headed For Europe

Laurie Sylwester – Art Professor at Columbia College has been selected as one of twenty-five Summer Scholars for the “Legacy of Ancient Italy: The Etruscans and Early Romans” a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute. The process was competitive and the scholars come from across the United States.

The studies will start in Lugano Switzerland at Franklin University and continue to Bologna, Italy for visits to Archaeological Museums at Marzabotto, Verucchio, and Florence. The studies include Etruscan town planning in Orvieto with a visit to Cannicella Necropolis and other archaeological sites. Studies will continue in Tarquinia with exposure to findings from local excavations. Additional seminars and site visits will include Cortona and Murlo.

Studies and research will continue in Rome with such topics as: Etruscan and Roman Urbanization, ?Roman? Identity through Architecture and City Planning, and Gender and Ethnicity in Early Roman Italy. Rome offers opportunity for Etruscan and Capitoline museum visits and archaeological excavations.

The institute ends with each invited scholar presenting research. Professor Sylwester intends to do extensive photography and research for lectures in her Ancient Art History course, also to research Etruscan pottery and sculpture to present to her ceramics students. In the fall of 2015 Sylwester will provide a public lecture and photography exhibit derived from her summer NEH studies. For more information, contact Laurie Sylwester (209) 588-5341

Columbia College Community Chorus 2015 Spring Concert

On April 25th at 7:30 pm and April 26th at 3:00 pm, 2015, the Columbia College Community Chorus with orchestra will captivate audiences with their annual Spring Concert at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sonora.  This year’s program begins with the haunting but uplifting Requiem by John Rutter followed by a set of English madrigals and African-American spirituals. Of course, there is the traditional audience sing-along with My Grandfather’s Clock in a special arrangement by Dr. Hollinger in its first-ever performance.

A special treat for this concert is guest harpist, Dr. Beverly Wesner-Hoehn. A native Californian, she earned her Doctor of Music degree in Harp Performance with High Distinction, from Indiana University in 1989.  She has performed as a soloist in France, Austria and Israel as well as Disney’s Epcot Center, and the United States Senate Ambassadors Ball, to name a fraction of her accomplishments.

Solos will feature Linda Carter, Chuck Maxon, and Diane Epler.  In addition, a fun duet with the Chorus will be performed by Diane Wright and Janet Russell.

Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door, and $5 for ages 12 and under.  Tickets are available at: Manzanita Bookstore, The Mountain Bookshop, and Murphys Music Company.


For information call: 209-586-5965

April 19th – 39th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting Benefits Columbia College Culinary Arts Program

Spend a spring afternoon strolling through Columbia State Historic Park, visiting quaint buildings filled with exquisite food and fine California wines and supporting a great cause.

The Columbia College Foundation will host the 39th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19, a benefit to support the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program.   More than 70 wineries and food vendors will set up shop in the State Park’s historic buildings, making it one of the most unique tastings in the West.

Guests enjoy a tempting array of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students of the Columbia College culinary program and guest food vendors, and can sample premium wines from a wide selection of California vintners. (See list of this year’s participating wineries below).

The event also features a silent auction with a selection of collectible wines, private dinners, gift baskets, getaway packages and more.

Columbia’s culinary arts program prepares students for various hospitality management careers. “Our graduates can be found in successful careers throughout the Mother Lode region, as well as all over the world,” said Gene Womble, the college’s hospitality management program coordinator.  “Proceeds from the wine tasting provide scholarships and equipment for our program. We appreciate the community’s support and are confident that those who attend will have a great time.”

Reservations can be purchased online for $55 per person in advance or $60 per person at the event as available. Attendees receive a complimentary souvenir wine glass and samples from participating wineries and food vendors. For more information or to make a reservation, check out Columbia Wine Tasting or call (209) 588-5089.




2015 Participating Wineries


Acacia Winery

Andis Winery

Baletto Vineyards

Beaulieu Vineyard

Bell Winery

Bell Glos Wines

Black Sheep Winery

Broll Mountain

Cameron Hughes Wines

Chatom Winery

Columbia Winery

Common Cider Company

Dark Horse Wines

David Girard Wines

Edna Valley Winery

Emmolo Wines

Ferrari Carano Winery

Four Winds Winery

Frank Family Vineyards

Gamble Family Vineyard

Gianelli Vineyards

Groth Winery

Harney Lane

Hovey Wines

Husch Winery

Indigeny Reserve

Ironstone Vineyards

J Lohr Winery

Jamieson Ranch Winery

Jeremy Wine Company

Justin Winery

Kendall Jackson Winery

Klinker Brick winery

La Crema Winery

La Folia Wines

Landmark Vineyards

Locke Vineyards

Louis Martini Winery

Maddelena Vineyard

Mason Cellars


Mer Soleil Wines

Mettler Vineyards

Michael David Winery

Milliare Winery

Mineral Wines

Murphy Goode

Newsome Harlow Winery

Niner Winery

Oak Ridge Winery

Onus Winery


Prospect 772 Winery

Quady Winery

Raymond Vineyards

Renner Vineyards

Robert Hall Winery

Rock Hall Winery


Rosenblum Winery

Rusack Vineyards

San Simeon

Seghesio Winery

Shenandoah Winery

Silkwood Wines

Silver Oak Winery

Sobon Estates

St. Amant Winery

St. Sophia Wines

Sterling Vineyards

Stevenot Winery

Terra d’Oro Winery

Twisted Oak Winery

Twomey Wines

Upstream Wines

Vino Noceto

Watts Winery

William Hill Winery

ZD Wines






2015 Food Participants

Columbia Culinary Arts

Cowboy Toffee Company

Diestel Turkey Farms


Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese

Jamestown Hotel

Noah’s Waters