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Wine, Beer and Food in Paradise

Swall Meadows/Paradise Wine, Beer and Food Fest

Submitted by Swall Meadows and Paradise Volunteer Fire Departments
June 2nd, 2016

The communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise are partnering together for their annual outdoor wine and beer tasting event on Saturday, June 25, to benefit their all-volunteer Fire Departments. This fun event will feature unique wines from some of California’s best wineries, including Grgich Hills, Rombauer Vineyards, Frog’s Leap and many more. Handcrafted beers will be served from the best breweries of the Eastern Sierra – June Lake Brewing, Mountain Rambler Brewery and Mammoth Brewing Company.

Great food will also be featured, along with desserts from Great Basin Bakery and Rock Creek Resort. Idle Hands stringband will provide entertainment. In addition, thanks to many generous donors, some fantastic Raffle and Silent Auction items will be offered, including a Season Pass to Mammoth Mountain, fine art from local artists and photographers, a flight-seeing tour of the Eastern Sierra, fine wines and many other prizes. Swall Meadows and Paradise Beer Wine and Food Fest Poster

Tickets cost $65 each and raffle tickets are $10 each (or 6/$50 or 20 for $100). Event tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Bishop Art Supply, Spellbinder Books, and the Booky Joint. We hope you will attend but if you can’t, please consider making a donation. For donation information, raffle tickets, table reservations  (8 minimum) or other information, please contact Donalda Day, 951-255-3299,

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Otteson’s World Famous Turquoise in Tonopah!

Turquoise Mining, High-Quality Turquoise Jewelry, Mine Tours, and The Otteson Family

The Royston Mine is one of the last American mines in operation today.

And, an “awesome” day trip…

Otteson's World Famous Turquoise
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The Otteson story began with Lynn Otteson and family. In 1944 Lynn Otteson and family came to Nevada to mine Turquoise. He leased a Royston claim from Lee Hand, at that time there were a couple other claims being leased by other miners.

The Royston District covers several miles of mt. range which includes numerous claims, at that time Lee controlled approx. 30 claims in this district. The Otteson family has owned or leased claims in this district off and on for the past 60 years, with friends and family as partners. The Ottesons have mined and owned numerous claims in Nevada and Colorado.

We believe the Royston District near Tonopah, NV has produced some of the highest quality turquoise in the world.

While mining Grant Huntly in the 70’s Royston Turquoise was being sold to Tiffany’s of New York. Lynn believes that the Royston District is one of the best Turquoise mining areas in the world.

Originally the Royston mining district was controlled by Lee F. Hand. The Royston is a mining district in Nevada outside of Tonapah that originally consisted of four old Turquoise claims: Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue.