Idyllwild plans big music fundraiser this weekend

Some 60 bands to entertain inside 12 venues during free festival Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleIdyllwild visitors Janet and Steve Merrill of Minneapolis, Minn., pose in front of Idyllwild’s most iconic landmark, the carved statue of a bear and mountain lion family on display in the town center. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Idyllwild is planning a big music festival this weekend to raise money for fire victims and help struggling local businesses. It’s free and open to all ages. Dubbed the Cranston Fire Benefit Festival, the event will run from Friday – Sunday, Aug. 17-19, at 12 different venues from city hall to the American

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