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Grace Reed is publisher of the Idyllwild Town Crier. Contact her at

With Grace: Not goodbye …

This is my last paper as publisher of the Town Crier. Since November 2009 I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I have also learned invaluable lessons and have made wonderful friendships. In life and especially small towns, reality sometimes becomes blurred and myths become reality. We’ve all heard the Mark Twain […]

Tranquility and good times abound

Tranquility and good times abound

When you think of Idyllwild visions of tranquility and a slow paced village comes to mind, so you may be surprised at how many camps are on “the Hill,” a subject that inspired this edition of the Idyllwild Guide. It always surprises me when I meet someone new when I’m off the hill and I […]

Easter: An Idyllwild weekend

With the last winter storm remnants still melting away, we welcome the warm afternoon sunshine and the friendly reminders of spring all around. Easter reminds us of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation. We need to remind ourselves that not only is Easter spiritually present in our lives, but physically as well. We need to get out […]

2013 Lemon Lily Fest planning begins

2013 Lemon Lily Fest planning begins

About a dozen volunteers showed up to the Lemon Lily Festival meeting at the Nature Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The group talked about what worked at the third festival and what needs improvement. The education, Pioneer Town, art vendors and period music will remain at the Nature Center and the nonprofit booths and Bluegrass […]

With Grace: Change is in the air …

For the last several years, Don and I have gone on vacation for the first week of September. It’s after the annual Jazz in the Pines Festival, which was wonderful again this year. The thought process is it’s Labor Day weekend so we get Monday off and I’m only taking four work days off and […]

Labor Day weekend fun

As summer draws to an end, Idyllwild is gearing up for a busy weekend, full of fun things for everyone to do. Come and enjoy community-wide yard sales, Idyllwild-style, with art and music. It’s time to grab the Town Crier yard sale map and plan your routes for three days of bargain shopping. You never […]

Fourth Lemon Lily Festival already being planned

With energy and momentum still high from a successful Lemon Lily Festival weekend in July, organizers had much to discuss at their initial planning session for the 2013 Lemon Lily Festival. “What worked, what didn’t and what needs improvement,” were the topics last week. The first item was when to schedule the 4th Annual Lemon […]

Welcome to Idyllwild!

Welcome to Idyllwild!

Sometimes being off the radar has its advantages, as is evident in the quaint mountain town of Idyllwild. Here the scene evokes tranquility, the arts and natural beauty. The noise and stress of life have yet to intrude, even the pace of dining slows because there’s not a fast food restaurant to be found. There’s […]

With Grace: Postive thinking leads to results ...

With Grace: Postive thinking leads to results …

Every week takes teamwork to produce the paper. Last Tuesday, Town Crier employees were put through the paces. The power went out when Halie and James, in production, were completing pages to send electronically to the printer. We knew that we had a generator downstairs in the storage room but no one knew the last […]


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