Laws was a bustling community full of people, activities, and excitement. Listing to live music in the depot during the rain surely instilled a good ole time. On Friday, the sold-out Dave Stamey dinner-concert started the festivities on the right notes. Saturday morning came around with overcast skies making for a pleasant day on the Laws grounds. Everyone had a good time whether riding the rails, investigating the paranormal presence of past local generations, crushing rocks, observing the blacksmith, printer, woodworkers, weaver, or saddle maker. Kids were testing their skills on a treadle sewing machine, in jewelry making, and learned the first steps in quilting. CALFire and USFS brought Smokey Bear and Captain Cat along with a log, misery whip, and branding iron to raise awareness of fire safety.
Live performances are so much better – The Bishop Community Band played good ole tunes until Sage Romero and the AkaMaya Dance Group took the stage and introduced local Native American traditions. Fiddlin' Pete continued with a Vaudeville-style line up including
performance by Coale Johnson, Jim Cardwell, Michael Tcherkassky, and Giacomo Timbrello. The Old-Time Pickers ensemble: Brian Adkins, Charlie Broten, Annie Barrett Cashner, Howie Schwartz, and Ray Finch serenaded us from the Depot dock while simultaneously entertaining the patrons of Rosa’s Mexican Food.
While the morning rain skirted Laws, at 2 pm in the afternoon we had the pleasant ole time summer thunderstorm. Everyone embraced the rain and the Old-Time Pickers kept folks entertained right up to the pie auction at 4 pm. The pie auction was held inside the depot by first time and very talented auctioneer, Inyo County Supervisor Jeff Griffiths. We raised $950 for Laws’ maintenance and exhibits thanks to Kathryn Daniels our Pie Baker Wrangler. We send a heartfelt thank you to all our bakers: Beverly, Lynna, Raven, Browns Town, Karen, Kathryn, Jack's Restaurant, Denise, Laurie, Hanna, and Pete. Come out to Laws and experience where your donations go.
Laws wishes to thank all community members who came, all the volunteers, demonstration volunteers from near and far, the vendors, and the sponsors of this event. Special thanks go Sarah Sheenan, the American Museum, and Inyo County for their sponsorship contributions. Laws Good Ole Days would not be back and alive if it wasn’t for all of you.