2011 Year in Review
Welcome to the 2011 Year in Review: a series of trips down memory lane where we visit the Vallejo Community Issues Examiner archives and share your favorite people, places and subjects (based on traffic to our blog site).
Is this just a popularity contest, based on ratings? Absolutely not! There’s power in critical mass. But its’ importance goes beyond just numbers. In a future posting, we will followup with some analysis – the storyline that we see emerging from your preferences – from your favorite articles, photos, and videos.
Let the saga begin……
In this posting we share your five favorite Vallejo Community Issues Examiner videos.
Without further ado….(Click the titles to watch the videos)
1) Apalachicola Bay fishing tour
As we reported in our first 2011 Year in Review posting, 90 Minutes of Separation: Franklin County_Where fish rule topped our most watched article list. And our exclusive video, a tour of Apalachicola Bay with veteran fishing guide, Captain Clint, grabbed the top video spot. It’s not difficult to understand the attraction. This part of Florida retains a local flavor, a sense of place, that is reflected in its easy access to wilderness, great cuisine, as well as many sports and accommodation options.
2) Little Shop of Horrors (presented by GVRD)
Greater Vallejo Recreation District theater director Whitney Savannah Mitchell drew rave reviews for her 2010 production of The Lion King. In 2011 she chose another winner, Little Shop of Horrors. Judging from the enthusiasm her young actors exuded during the performances, it’s clear that Mitchell has a great feeling for what kinds of musicals resonate with her talented youth. We videotaped their spirited rendering of this musical classic during a pre-performance rehearsal and our readers told us that they loved it too.
3) Free jazz sessions at Gracie’s
Vallejo was rockin’ with great free music venues this past summer. One of the most popular destinations was Gracie’s Barbecue, a local restaurant that partnered with Step Up Music and offered free Friday night jazz sessions. We captured the vibes on video one Friday night when Ariane Cap (on guitar) jammed with keyboardist Wayne De La Cruz and vocalist Gloria Calomee.
4) In search of the mighty steelhead and salmon
We heard that the legendary fishing guide Mike Coopman was available and the weather was cooperative. So we headed for the Klamath River and some great fishing. Our 90 Minutes of Separation story gave you the background and our video a few peeks at live action on this iconic river.
5) Grand opening of the People’s Garden
Mare Island-based People’s Garden’s grand opening was one of the most eagerly anticipated events of 2011. We’ve been watching and reporting its growth since 2010. While we were not able to attend the opening, we shared our belief that smart businesses, in seeking strategic partnerships, will recognize the win-win opportunities that this community garden offers.
Which 2011Vallejo Community Issues Examiner video was your favorite? Why not tell us in the Comments section (below)?
Up next: Your 2011 favorite photos