Thursday, June 12, 2014

1964 Rock 'n' Roll Concert - June 19 6-8pm at Town Center

plays the music of 1964

featuring music by the Beatles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, We Five, Dean Martin,
 Johnny Cash, The Kinks, and Sam Cooke

Peter Sawyer, Nathaniel Rothrock, Cynthia Sleight, Ray Rothrock, Brazos Donaho

1964 was a great year for rock and roll.  Coming off the great years of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and many more, the Beatles made their American debut on Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9 and this changed everything.  They captured the top five on the Billboard Top 40, an unprecedented achievement.  Motown was cranking out the music of Diana Ross.  Elvis was well into his movie career, with his music still in the charts.  Johnny Rivers, Roy Orbison, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and many more were making history.   Sam Cooke was killed in L.A.  Ian Fleming's James Bond in Goldfinger and Bye Bye Birdie with Ann-Margret were on the silver screen.  Fiddler on the Roof premiered on Broadway.   The space race was well on with the Soviet Union and President Johnson escalated the war with strategic bombing of North Viet Nam.  And first lady, Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964.

Up and to the Right has put together a 1964 playlist that will get you out of your seat and rockin' to the most memorable music of that era, and they'll perform many some great songs long forgotten.  The set also includes favorites you didn't know were in Billboard's Top Ten of that year such as Everybody Loves Somebody.  

The band members with three PV residents, Nathaniel Rothrock, lead vocal and guitar, Cynthia Sleight, lead vocal, Ray Rothrock on bass, Peter Sawyer on lead guitar and Brazos Donaho on drums.  Ray and Brazos actually went to college back in the day at Texas A&M.  The bands beginnings were when Nathaniel and Ray started taking lessons from Peter before Nathaniel went to college.  In 2012, they got added Brazos and Cynthia and had their Bay Area debut at the Great America Music Hall in May 2013.  The band plays school functions, parties, galas, and as often as they can at the Pioneer Saloon in Woodside -- but mostly for fun.

Don't miss other upcoming acts in the Summer Concert Series at Town Center, July 24 and August 21!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Celebration of the Horse - June 22

Come join us on Sunday June 22 for a morning trail ride through Portola Valley, and an afternoon educational horse fair.

Trail Ride, 9-12:00 PM

  • The staging area for the trail rides will be in the meadow in front of Spring Down, acrossfrom the Town Center, beg.inning at 9:00 am 
  • Three (3) organized rides will depart at 9:30 am. (The map on the back shows the 3 trail ride options.) 
  • Ride-in only (no trailer parking available) *Warning: Steep and irregular trails 
  • RSVP for the trail ride to 

Horse Fair, 2-5 PM

Come learn all about the horse at the horse fair located at the hitching rack in front of the Town Center tennis courts
  • Meet miniature horses and Icelandic ponies 
  • Learn how to conduct a vet exam and listen to a pony’s 
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  • Decorate horse shoes and bob for apples 
  • Learn about a horse’s tack and embossing leather 
  • Climb on a wagon and play in an old governess carriage 
  • Learn about what horses eat and how useful manure is 

In 1964, the town of Portola Valley incorporated to preserve its tranquil, rural lifestyle. Today, we enjoy 36 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails throughout the Town’s majestic hillsides and pastoral meadows. Let’s join together to celebrate the horse and ensure continued access to this treasured resource.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

50th Anniversary Hike Was a Success!

by Phil Reilly

The hike was organized by the town's Trails and Paths Committee and we had an amazing turn out of over a 100 people, including lots of children, and about 20 dogs.  We hiked just under 4 miles of beautiful Portola Valley trails and ended the hike with a picnic at Portola Vineyards, with wine from Portola Vineyards, bread from Portola Valley Breads, cheese and meats donated by Roberts and various salads and desserts provided by committee members and friends.  The universal feedback was that it was a perfect day, showcasing the bounties of Portola Valley, and we had a special combination of young people and long-time residents hiking together.  We even had one 30-year resident who said that this was the first time they had been on the Portola Valley trails!!

It was amazing to see a line of 100 people hiking along the Portola Valley trails. Virginia Bacon took some lovely pictures, which you can see at, and I've included a few of the pictures below (after the cut). 

Among the many special attributes of Portola Valley, the trails have been a key part of the residents' experience for the last 50 years.  This hike was a wonderful confirmation that the trails remain a vibrant and important component of the town's character.  Portola Vineyards have indicated they are very happy to make this an annual event and to also do a similar hike and picnic at the end of the summer. This will be a marvelous way for people to celebrate everything great about Portola Valley.

A number of people at the hike asked about the availability of Portola Vineyards wine and Portola Valley Breads bread:  the wine is available at Bianchini's, Robert's PV, Alpine Hills Tennis Club, and at the winery; and the breads are available exclusively at the Portola Valley Farmers' Market.

Click the link for more pictures! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Flight Night - May 16

The 4th annual Flight Night is presented by the Portola Valley Nature & Science Committee. There will be radio-controlled model demonstrations, exhibits with scale models, NASA rotorcraft, and career information. Visitors can fly a dual control model, use computer flight simulators, and build a glider among other activities. Food will be available. May 16, 6-9 p.m. Free.

PV On Stage - Saturday, May 17

The 50th anniversary of Portola Valley's incorporation as a town is reason to celebrate. Come join us for an evening of performing arts showcasing the talents of the people of Portola Valley. This is a joint venture with Woodside Priory, who have offered their wonderful performing arts center for the evening. There will be an exhibit of artwork by kids in the advanced placement studio program in the Kriewall-Haehl Gallery and an impressive line-up of talent in the Rothrock Performance Hall. 

We have some amazing artists living, learning and working in our midst, and as part of Portola Valley's season of 50th anniversary celebrations, a selection of our many talented residents will be coming together, young and old, professional and up-and-coming to entertain us and remind us of how truly remarkable this town is. Here are some of the wonderful performers who will entertain us that night. 

**Admission is free, but please reserve your seat at
Questions? Please contact Pamela Dorrell

Click through to see details!

Anniversary Hike - May 24

The PV Trails & Paths Committee invites you all to celebrate our town's 50th Anniversary with a hike, followed by wine tasting and a light lunch, Saturday, May 24 10:30am.

Two hiking routes will be offered, one 3 miles in length, the other shorter. Dogs are welcome! Bring your family and walk at your own pace, enjoying the beauty of nature and the tranquility that is Portola Valley.

 Afterwards, hikers will relish the beautiful setting of Portola Vineyards, as they enjoy a picnic lunch, featuring artisan loaves from Portola Valley Breads.

 Hikers should meet at Portola Vineyards at 10:30 at 850 Los Trancos Road.

 A special thanks to Portola Vineyards for sponsoring this event at their lovely winery!