Anderson’s Ray Tufts at the Olympics

You may be following the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, which began over the weekend. As I write this, the U.S. Men’s Hockey Team just finished its opening round game against Switzerland.

tufts_ray_150x225 Ray Tufts, an Anderson High and Shasta College graduate, is the U.S. Hockey Team’s athletic trainer for the Olympics. Tufts is on break from his job as the head trainer for the San Jose Sharks.

When I spoke to the north state native a couple of months ago, he was excited about the opportunity to work with athletes during the Winter Games.

“It’s quite an honor,” said Tufts. “Hockey’s obviously something I really enjoy and, being that it’s in Canada, it’s going to be the top-billed sport by far. I love Vancouver and the building where we’re playing is where we (the Sharks) play the Canucks.”

Tufts was an assistant trainer for the San Francisco 49ers during the late 1980s and early ’90s. He was with the Niners as they won three Super Bowls.

I look forward to trying to spot him during tonight’s prime time coverage on NBC.

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I’ve seen Riverfront Playhouse’s comedy “Murder Me, Murder Me Not” twice now. I wouldn’t have gone a second time if I hadn’t enjoyed it the first performance.

The comedy concludes its run this Friday and Saturday at the theater at 1625 E. Cypress Ave.

I thought the Maria Drake’s cast handled the comic timing well, which is the doom of many a community theater production. Kudos to actors Sarah Brackett, Nicole Parker, Colin Peacock, Piper Wells, Cannon Knapp and Mat McDonald.

The group seems to be enjoying the Bill Springer play quite a bit, and it translates to the audience. Sometimes you need a night (or two, in my case) of silliness and light humor.

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I viewed a lot of excellent works of art during last Saturday’s Art Hop. Here who I saw and where I went on my hop: Phil Dynan at GMAC, Rodney Thompson at Parmer’s Furniture and Design, Sandy Ross at Ethan Allen and Blue Reid at Maritime Seafood and Grill.

Remember, you can go check out those works beyond the hours of Art Hop. Click here for a list of artists and businesses.

The great thing about the night of Art Hop, of course, is the opportunity to meet and talk with the individual artists.

At the event’s after party at the Vintage Wine Bar and Restaurant, the music duo of Megan Slankard and Jeff Campbell was completely impressive — outstanding harmonies, true gusto for each song and quality musicianship. At one point, Slankard dropped her guitar and I was just sure she had broken the neck. She hadn’t, thankfully, and continued to play.

It was a packed house at Vintage, and it’s looking like an “after party” is working out as a stronger event than a “kick off” party for the Art Hop.

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is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com
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  1. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    Thanks for the nice piece on Tufts. Not only is he a great kid (o.k., the same age as my kids, so that qualifies him as a "kid") but an excellent percussionist and an extremely hard worker. LOVE seeing local "kids" make good. Thanks for covering this.