Sacramento Bee: Melodrama to mark Oakhurst Centennial

Staff Report

OAKHURSTOakhurst has a busy calendar of events this year as the town marks its centennial.

It was 100 years ago this month that the town of Fresno Flats was renamed Oakhurst. Residents will celebrate the milestone with everything from music festivals to barbecues.

Feb. 28 is the date that the change was made official by the U.S. Congress in 1912, at the behest of a newer resident who thought that the switch to Oakhurst would help people forget about a crime in which her husband had allegedly taken part.

"He had been accused, but never convicted, of robbing a stagecoach to Yosemite many years before. While he had grown to earn the respect of the town, the name 'Fresno Flats' still reminded people of that incident. So she pushed to change the town's name to Oakhurst to disassociate her and her husband with that memory," said Darin Soukoup with the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst is staging a melodrama on the hundredth anniversary Feb. 28 as part of the celebration. Titled "Fastidious Finagling Fiasco Fixing Fresno Flats," the melodrama will put a humorous spin on Oakhurst's origin tale.

There will be an open house at the theatre from 5 to 7 p.m. with cake, merchandise commemorating the centennial, local historians and other festivities, followed by the play which starts at 7 p.m. The public is invited to the free open house. Tickets for the play are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students 13-18 and $6 for children 12 and under. Children under 3 are free.

Upcoming centennial events include the Ragtime Vintage Music Festival at Fresno Flats Historic Park Feb. 10-12, Oakhurst Community Park Elegant Auction on April 14 and the Oakhurst Fall Wine and Chocolate Festival Oct. 13-14.

For more information, visit www.oakhurst100. com or contact the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce at (559) 683-7766.


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