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Rock Scully at home in Monterey in 2009. (Vern Fisher -- Monterey Herald)

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray. California dreaming, on such a winter's day. Ahh, yes. The Mamas and The Papas had a song back there in 1965. It's one of those songs that sticks to the bones like all the turkey stuffing and pumpkin pie of a couple of weeks ago.

But we all know the holidays aren't about stuffing ourselves, but sharing the bounty and giving to those who are enduring hardship and difficulty during the dark days of winter. That's the Spirit of Christmas.

In that light, I ask you to save the date for the night of Jan. 10 if you are a friend of Rock Scully, one of the Monterey Peninsula's cherished legends. Scully was the original manager of the Grateful Dead between 1965 and 1985. He wrote the book "Living with the Dead: Twenty Years on the Bus with Garcia and the Grateful Dead," a hilarious read on what it was like to be there. He is battling lung cancer, and there will be a tribute event and fundraiser to help defray treatment costs and pay his bills. There will be more later as the event comes together.

Emerald Cup worth a trip


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I hit my teen years during a time of blossoming counterculture in the Bay Area and Monterey. Both a blessing and a curse — they were high times for sure, but confusing and confounding at the same time. We're all grown up now, but those like me who came of age in the 1960s most likely still hold on to some core values established back then.

If so, this event up north is for you. The Emerald Cup, to be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Saturday and Sunday, features music and an annual competition to determine the best outdoor-grown, sustainably produced and organic product of the year. There will be speakers on a variety of subjects pertaining to marijuana and its medicinal benefits, as well as the future of its commercial enterprise in California. We all know it's coming.

For more details, see www.theemeraldcup.com. The music lineup includes Slightly Stoopid, Ozomatli, John Trudell and more. I'll be up there covering it and I promise to contribute my observations on my website at www.2bpeerless.com.

Get tickets now for Cali Roots

Announced last Friday in The Herald was the last tier of musical offerings for the 2015 California Roots Music and Arts Festival, to be held at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center May 22-24. Slightly Stoopid headlines, as do The Roots and Michael Franti.

Tickets are on sale now. Be sure and get yours ASAP — they will sell out fast. See www.californiarootsfestival.com.

Beth Peerless can be reached at beth@2bpeerless.com.