Camp Tuolumne Trails, the campground established in Groveland for individuals with special medical needs, has a new asset that both the campers and the community will be able to enjoy.
The camp has a new 200-seat amphitheater that will debut with The Sirens of Summer music series.
“Where we were going to put the parking lot, it had too much of a grade and we had to fill it in with dirt,” said camp founder Jerry Baker. “By the time we had finished taking dirt from one area, I looked at it and thought that would make a great amphitheater. It was serendipity.”Located on 80 acres surrounded by the mountains and woodlands, Camp Tuolumne Trails gives people a chance to delve into the camp experience by adapting it all to fit their needs. It was during one of those adaptations that the idea for an amphitheater was born.
The project would take time to complete and it would not have been done without the donations and work of volunteers.
“Every time I was out there working on it, I would look up and there would be a volunteer working next to me,” Baker said.
The amphitheater will be used by the campers for programs and talent shows and will be used for concerts when camp is not in session.
The Sirens of Summer music series will feature three concerts from three women jazz performers.
The first show will be from Aubrey Logan on June 5. Logan is a contemporary jazz performer, who excels as a trombonist, a singer and a songwriter. In 2009, Logan won the Audience’s Choice Award and the Jury’s First Place Award at the Shure-Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and she was an American Idol contestant who won a golden ticket.
The second show will see Sara Niemietz take the stage on July 17. Niemietz is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who has performed on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry.
The final performance of the series will be Rebecca Jade on Aug. 7. Jade is a singer and songwriter who recently appeared in the Emmy-nominated show, “Let’s Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince.” She also sang background vocals for Sir Elton John at the 2020 Academy Awards.
“All three are just spectacular performers,” Baker said. “This summer is going to be all about jazz.”
Tickets for any of the shows can be purchased by visiting http://www.tuolumnetrails.org/sirens-of-summer/.