■ Staff Reports / Contributed
The City of Hemet and the Ramona Bowl have joined together to present a Ramona Spring Festival on April 1 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival celebrates the late 1800s when “Ramona” takes place. There will be activities for all ages. Owners and merchants of the downtown area, the United Way and Fingerprints Museum are all slated to participate.
To kick things off Friday night, the Diamond Valley Arts Council will host an encore performance of “The Trial of Sam Temple,” featuring the Ramona Cowboys and Linda Greilich as Helen Hunt Jackson. This play is based on the original trial transcripts of Sam Temple and is what inspired Jackson to use the tragedy where Farrar kills Alessandro in the novel “Ramona.”
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, the Hemet Sunset Rotary will serve a pancake breakfast at the north end of Harvard Street, where stage events will be scheduled throughout the day. The Ramona Red Tail Spirit Dancers will perform as well as world champion international hoop dancer Terry Goedel, ballet folklorico dancers, Ramona fiesta dancers and other local talent, including the live music of local band One-2-Many.
The Hemet Valley Art Association Needlework will demonstrate the arts of crocheting, knitting, quilting and plein aire painting. Mark’s Hydroponics will demonstrate how to plant, clone and harvest seeds, and the Ramona Humane Society will sponsor a pet parade, a petting zoo and pet adoptions.
The Hemet Farmer’s Market will relocate to south side of Latham and have some extra special vendors. Destination Bistro & Coffee Bar will serve a Victorian Tea at 2 p.m., the Hemet Museum will display and discuss a treasure trove of information about early Hemet and “Ramona,” and the Diamond Valley Arts Council will host square dancing. Movies featuring the Ramona Cowboys will be shown at the Historic Hemet Theatre. Nonprofits from throughout the valley are encouraged to come out, sponsor a booth, and introduce their organization.
The United Way will begin its Food Truck Festival at Fingerprints Museum on the south side of Carmelita Street at 2 p.m, including food, live entertainment and a beer garden.
Everyone is encouraged to come in period costumes from the 1860s. The Ramona Bowl Trolley will be circling all the excitement so you can ride from area to area and take in all of the fun. The whole town is invited to join us in kicking off Ramona Season. Call (951) 492-8344 for more information.