Author: Melissa Chavez

Whale Rock returns

Whale Rock Music Festival keeps getting better. The two-day party at Whale Rock Vineyard at Castoro Cellars in has become an annual must-attend event.

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Doug Filipponi savors the good life in Santa Margarita

It’s Monday in the tasting room at Ancient Peaks Winery in downtown Santa Margarita. What was pin-drop quiet minutes after unlocking the front door is bustling moments later. In an adjacent room, co-owner Doug Filipponi remains attentive while juggling a smartphone and mental calendars. He’s tying loose ends and stealing time for a meeting before leaving town the next day. It’s a busy life for this grape grower, well driller and cattle rancher. Doug’s many ventures all serve to underscore his affinity for the North SLO County terrain, in which he is well-rooted.

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Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival Returns Old-Fashioned Fun to Atascadero Lake Park

On Independence Day, live music, barbecue for purchase, a vendor fair and activities for the kids are in store – from the community to the community – at the Atascadero 4th of July Bluegrass Freedom Festival. Tree-shaded lawns throughout Atascadero Lake Park at 9100 Morro Road will provide plenty of room for folks with low-back chairs to gather in view of the stage for the big event from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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