Founded in 1850 as a logging community, Mendocino Village is now known as one of California's premier artist communities. It also gained fame as the setting for the TV show, "Murder She Wrote", which was filmed there from 1984 to 1996. Mendocino was recently listed as a top 10 destination.
The Visitor and Interpretive Center for Mendocino Headlands State Park is housed in the historic Ford House on Main Street in Mendocino.
Jerome B. Ford, superintendent of the town's first sawmill and one of the founders of Mendocino, had the house built for his bride, Martha, in 1854. The Ford House offers both historic and current information about the area, with a broad selection of brochures, books, and cards. A number of videos are available upon request, with topics ranging from the steam whistle logging era of the early Twentieth Century to the amazing story of gray whale migration.
This historic home (built in 1861) offers exhibits on the cultural heritage of the Mendocino Coast. It interprets Mendocino's logging and shipping industries and the unique Victorian architecture for which the town is recognized as a National Historic Preservation District. Kelley House Museum, Inc. maintains an extensive collection of historic photographs, local genealogical data, publications and research materials. The setting is enhanced by a pond and gardens. The House and Gardens are available for rent for small meetings and weddings.
A haven for artists since 1959, today the Art Center is a highly regarded artistic and educational institution offering nearly 300 unique retreat-style workshops each year in ceramics, computer arts, fine arts, jewelry, sculpture and textiles. Four art galleries feature monthly exhibitions spotlighting the creative works of local and national artists.
The Mendocino Music Festival was established in 1986. It was the founding dream of local musicians Walter Green, Allan Pollack, Susan Waterfall and music lovers to present fine music with a mix of professional and local musicians, and the opportunity for classical music education on the Mendocino Coast. With the cooperation of the community and the Department of Parks, the first festival was presented in a tent on the Mendocino Headlands State Park in July, 1987.The tent seated 400 people and the orchestra consisted of 56 musicians.Four orchestra and four chamber concerts were presented. In 1989, a fully staged opera was added.In 1992, a Young Musicians Scholarship Program began, a program that continues today with a name change to the Emerging Artists Program. The Piano Series began in 1996 and presents master pianists in an intimate daytime lecture/recital format.The Village Chamber Concerts began in 2005 and feature local musicians in daytime concerts at different venues in Mendocino and Fort Bragg.
The theatrical wing of the Mendocino Art Center, MTC produces a wide variety of dramas, comedy and more.
Opera Fresca is Mendocino County's premier, professional opera company in its eighth season of performing operas, concerts and cabarets. Accompanied by its own orchestras, the company uses professional, local talent as well as singers from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Spokane, Washington.
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