Holidays at Empire Mine on Nov. 23-24

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What: Holidays at Empire Mine 2012
Where: Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley CA95945
When: Friday, November 23rd & Saturday, November 24th
Park open from 10:00 to 5:00 – with festive activities
from 11:00 to 3:00
Price: $7 adults/$3 ages 6-16/Under 6 FREE
Contact: (530) 273-8522,

Holidays at Empire Mine 2012 – with brand-new costumes, history in action, and complimentary ‘golden star’ cookies.

“What do we do now that Thanksgiving’s over?” Holidays at Empire Mine is the perfect answer, and an ideal event for family and visiting guests. It’s where history comes alive, and Santa Claus makes his gift list. A popular, annual tradition, this year the event features several new additions to make it more festive than ever.

Visitors will see many brand-new period costumes, created specifically for docents portraying historic characters. “They are magnificent,” said Event Chair, Patricia Speer, and here’s where they will make their debut.”

Another new element will be the free, handmade, ‘golden star’ cookies offered in the Bourn Cottage kitchen. “They’re star-shaped with golden sprinkles, and made with good, old-fashioned ingredients,” Speer added. “Personally, I think historic housekeeper Katie Moriarty would be delighted.” Also making their musical debut in Bourn Cottage are the String Sisters, a local teen trio who will play traditional Celtic tunes.

In the nearby Clubhouse, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes for their 13th consecutive year. Just outside, hot dogs, kettle corn and beverages will be on sale. The Mineyard will be bustling with activity, with demonstrations in the blacksmith shop. Even the old offices will be open for business, as they were when Empire Mine was one of the largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America.

Docents portraying Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, Jr., George and Libbie Starr, and colorful housekeeper Katie Moriarty will be greeting visitors, and recreating what life was like in those glory days of the early 1900s. “Don’t forget the decorations,” Speer reminded. “They are lavish, and traditional. Our docents go all out to make Holidays at Empire Mine a memorable event for families, history and gold mining enthusiasts.”

Besides all the festivities, the Gift Shop will be open – with many unusual items for sale, just in time for Christmas. Holidays at Empire Mine will be held Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th.

Photo caption: The String Sisters’ traditional Celtic music will add to the seasonal charm of Holidays at Empire Mine

–By Courtney Fergusen

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