Our family has attended the annual Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival for years. The folk festival takes place at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills where “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” was filmed this Sunday, May 20th. Fiddling groups play their toe-tapping music all around the fake town. And, seriously, you don’t even have to be a kid to get a kick out of a fake western town. Bring a picnic and set up in the field to watch the actual contest on the main stage.
Out on the big field, kids toss balls and frisbees, adults visit with each other, and musicians pick out tunes. Be sure to take a leisurely stroll through the town to watch square dancing — or join in, why dontcha. Buy an ice cone, browse through western themed wares, and watch the silk screen artists produce graphic t-shirts.
It’s a big day, so bring lots of sunscreen, and pillows for the kids on the car ride home. While this event is not “in the neighborhood” it’s one of those unique LA experiences that while not technically that from home (about 35 miles or 45-55 min. via the 101N ) makes you feel like you’re in an entirely different time and place.Sunday, May 20, 2012 9:30 am – 6:30 pm Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Road
Agoura Hills, California 91301 Get Directions here
Brett Paesel is the author of the LA Times bestseller, ”Mommies Who Drink”. and the blog,”Last of the Bohemians” as well as the fictional blog, ”Meagan Mcphee A.D. (after divorce)”. She has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com and numerous national magazines. Brett has also developed shows for HBO, ABC, Fox, Comedy Central, WB, Lifetime, and Nick at Nite.
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