By Chris Smith
The Bohemian Grove’s 99th benefit Variety Show in Monte Rio couldn’t have been much better, unless the Pink Elephant were open again for the after-party.
An affectionate tribute to the late Art Linkletter, a 50-year stalwart of the show, came from actor Jamie Widdoes, who played the clean-cut Delta fraternity president in “Animal House.”
The huge crowd in the tree-ringed amphitheater cheered world-class music by the likes of slide guitarist Roy Rogers and headliner Zac Brown, who earlier this year won the Grammy for best new artist.
Two ovations honored violinist Michael Creighton Murray, 88, the show’s longest running act. As he has done for 50 summers, he brought a sacred hush by bowing “Ave Maria” on his Stradivarius.
“When I first came here, I knew your grandmothers,” he said. “They were about 8 years of age and were running all around!”
SENTINEL FOUNDER PAT MURPHY