Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Middletown Art Center to hold ‘Taurus Party’ May 13

The William Scott Forbes Band will perform at the Taurus Party. Courtesy photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The Middletown Art Center will host the return of the Taurus Party on Saturday, May 13.

The event will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. at the center, 21456 State Highway 175.

Tickets are only $15 and will be sold at the door. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Movies and art fun will be available for children.

Back in 1992, Mark Nichols, an artist and blacksmith from Middletown, began throwing a group birthday party for himself and friends whose birthdays fell under the zodiac sign of Taurus, and thus began 31 years of a long-standing Middletown community tradition — the Taurus Party.

Nichols aka “Bubblemeister” or “Metalsmith Mark” hosted the first few Taurus Parties at Harbin Hot Springs and it later moved to his private property in Middletown.

The parties got bigger and always featured live music and other forms of entertainment including fire dancers, performance artists, drum circles and a bouncy house for the kids.

The parties were so loved and well attended that, about 10 years ago, additional astrological themed parties were added as well as a Halloween party.

After the Valley fire, Nichols relocated and then COVID prevented the ability to gather, until now.

This year The Middletown Art Center is honored to host the return of The Taurus Party.

The public is invited to join in celebrating all of its favorite Taurus Bulls in an all-out birthday bash including a performance by the William Scott Forbes band, non-fire fire dancing, food by Goddess of the Mountain, Delights drum circle, and an opportunity to make art for International World Collage Day.

About the band: Singer/songwriter William Scott Forbes was born and raised in rural Northern California where he picked up the electric guitar at an early age. His alt-country sound and songwriting is distinctive but influenced by Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Mark Knopfler.

He grew up in Middletown in Lake County before relocating to Mendocino County where he attended Laytonville High School and studied music at Santa Rosa Junior College.

He was partly raised by his late aunt who encouraged him and shared his belief in the positive power of music. Today he's grateful to have the privilege of playing with a top notch band that performs as the William Scott Forbes Band in venues large and small around California's beautiful North Coast.

Questions can be directed to 707-355-0595 (Mark), 707-809-8118 (MAC) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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