Last year, the little town of Murphys started having a celebration to commemorate Dia de los Muertos. I was fortunate enough to be asked by Nanette Tanner of Tanner Vineyards to show and sell some of my Day of the Dead creations. Tanner Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that grows its own grapes - and makes delicious wines. The whole Tanner family was most gracious and I had a delightful two days visiting and enjoying the celebration. The fun continues this year with participating merchants featuring ofrendas (altars), food, wine and fun for the whole family. Murphys is a charming community in the Sierra foothills, just above Angels Camp that has become a home to a large group of wine makers. The weather is usually beautiful this time of year, so mark October 29th and 30th on your calendars.
Below is a pic of the childrens' altar at Tanner Vineyards Tasting Room:
Here is a photo of one of my creations for the event...a nicho tribute to Frida Kahlo: