24-karat entertainment for all ages at the 123rd annual Miners Picnic

A day that celebrates our gold-rush history, the annual Miners Picnic is more than a picnic, it’s a tradition – and tons of fun for everyone.  Taking place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, at the Empire Mine State Historic Park, it’s one of the few times a year that visitors are invited to pack a lunch and picnic on the scenic, shady grounds.  Food, drinks and treats will be for sale – including Cornish pasties and Lazy Dog Ice Cream.  There will also be a special beer garden.

Besides the Living History, the period clothing, and the fascinating facts about our colorful past, visitors will enjoy entertainment throughout the park, as well as special activities, including ones for children.

Izzi Tooinsky has entertained generations of school children in Nevada County. He’ll perform his show, “A Toymaker’s Journey through the Gold Rush” at 1:15 on the Clubhouse stage. Photo by Richard Bannister

World-renowned Izzi Tooinsky is scheduled to perform his juggling-and-history show on the Clubhouse stage at 1:15, followed by local band Midnight Acoustic (featuring vocalist Jill Collard) who will make their debut appearance at the park.  Magician Peter Franchino will amaze visitors near the Clubhouse.  Nancy Cunningham will lead a sing-along for children near the Visitor Center, and musical docents Celtic Joy will perform in the garden.  Dixieland jazz band, the Stamp Mill Stompers, award-winning barber shop quartet the Forte Minors, Fire in the Kitchen and one-man-band Gary Hinze are scheduled to perform near or in the mine yard.  Outside Empire Cottage, visitors can enjoy the mellow sounds of Blended Metal Saxophones, followed by the Yubaleles, a “gals-with-ukuleles” band, who will make their debut at a park event.  Always a favorite are the heart-stealing mini-donkeys (and their mini-horse friend), all kitted out to go prospecting.  A lively, old-fashioned cakewalk and a tempting silent auction are also part of the fun.

Capturing the gold-rush spirit, the mini-donkeys and mini-horse
are all set to go prospecting while they make new friends. Photo by Richard Bannister

Hosted by Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA), tickets are $7 for ages 17 and over, $3 fpr lods aged 6-16, with free admission for children under 6 and free parking.  Everyone’s invited, including well-behaved dogs on leashes.  Phone 273-8522 for further details or visit http://www.empiremine.org.

Content provided by Courtney Ferguson, Outreach Coordinator, Empire Mine Park Association