Erin O’Neill (left), hostess for the Lemon Lily Launch Party, and guest Karen Metz. Photo by Marshall Smith


Fifty diners enjoyed specialty dishes and desserts from local restaurants during the “Taste of Idyllwild” on Friday evening, July 21, at the Nature Center. Photo by Sally Hedberg


Early Saturday morning, by the creek at Idyllwild Nature Center, Esther Kennedy (center), Director of Spirit Mountain Retreat, led a beautiful ceremony full of gratitude for the Lemon Lily that blesses both the streams and mountains of Idyllwild and our local community through bringing us together in unity. Photo by Careena Chase


Jonathon Dryand Bill Caldon put the metal to the fire as they demonstrate blacksmithing at the Lemon Lily Festival on Saturday at the Nature Center. Photo by Barbara Reese


Faith Riley teaches Mia Stella how logs were stripped for making cabins at Pioneer Town part of the Lemon Lily Festival at the Nature Center on Saturday. Photo by Barbara Reese


Supervisor Jeff Stone presented a first place ribbon to Colin Garth Smith for his Lemon Lily Banner. Second place went to Norm Deesing and third place to Caroline Carlson. Laurie Brinkman and Evellia Nash received honorable mentions. Pat Hughes, banner coordinator, was on hand to congratulate the winners. Photo by Sally Hedberg


The Pennyroyal Players gave excellent performances of the old days through songs and stories. Photo by Sally Hedberg


The 2012 Lemon Lily Festival featured some bluegrass music by Reedy Creek Rogues with (from left) Hojo Reynolds on bass, Gord Acri on banjo, John King on fiddle, Dennis Reed on guitar, and his brother Don, on mandolin. The music stage was set up on Park Lane between The Fort and Jo’An’s Restaurant on both afternoons. Photo by Jenny Kirchner


Despite the sun, many came out to enjoy the bluegrass music on Saturday afternoon during the 2012 Lemon Lily Festival. Photo by Jenny Kirchner


Jamie Olsen on guitar and vocals and Kathleen Johnson on autoharp and vocals join the stage with Silverado’s Noel Taggart (mandolin and vocals), Mike Nadolson (guitar and vocals), Fred Wade (bass) and Kevin Gore (banjo and vocals)to close out Saturday’s bluegrass concert. Photo by Halie Johnson