It's Christmastime at the historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Pine cones and berries gathered from outdoors hang off strings of soft glittery lights draping the high windows. Visitors nestle around a crackling fireplace, sip hot chocolate and hot toddies -- and listen to Tom Bopp.
Bopp runs through the classics, from "Silver Bells" to "Linus and Lucy" from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." He encourages the gathered visitors to sing along off lyric sheets that have been passed around.
"He does everything: from the '20s and '30s, to Irish tunes to show tunes, to Gershwin, a little classical. He does ragtime," says Bob Bradford, a local visitor. "You can ask him for about anything, and it's really hard to find something he doesn't know."
Before he started at the Wawona, Bopp played in venues in Los Angeles, including a novelty restaurant called JoAnn's Chili Bordello. He was 26 when he auditioned for the Yosemite gig. That was 1983. Two weeks later he was hired.
"This feels like home," Bopp says. "There wasn't a day that first summer that I missed being in Southern California, and I thought, 'Well, there's a sign.' "