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Sierra Vintners’ wine trails are May 14, July 16 and Sept. 24, 2016

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Sierra Vintners’ Regional Wine Trails are May 14, July 16 and September 24 in 2016.

The May 14 wine trail is Amour Privé, Bear River, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, Naggiar, Sierra Knolls and Viña Castellano.

The July 16 trail features Avanguardia, Bent Metal, Coufos Cellars, Grant Marie, Gray one, Pilot Peak and Szabo.

The September 24 wine trail is Double Oak, Datoa, Lucchesi, Nevada City, Smith and Solune.
“Enjoy 21 wineries at your own pace in the beautiful foothills,” according to the group.

The cost is $35 per trail or $80 for all three trails. For wine club members, the cost is $30 per trail or $70 for all three trails. It costs $15 for a designated driver per trail, which includes food and beverages.

The Sierra Vintners wine region is relaxed and rich in history, nestled within the beauty of the mountains. It surrounds the gold rush towns of Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Marysville. There you can find fine dining, shopping, art and entertainment, all with plenty of charm.

For more information, visit

Fright Night on Halloween with Achilles Wheel

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Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents FRIGHT NIGHT, Nevada County’s largest Halloween bash, Saturday, October 31st. The legendary Halloween party now in its thirty-seventh year, promises another infamous evening of sensational costumes and ambiance, an epic dance party, and rollicking rock n’ roll.

This year’s FRIGHT NIGHT features live music from one of Northern California’s most popular groups Achilles Wheel, plus local psych rockers The Soft Bombs and Scary Little Friends from San Francisco.

Over the last year Achilles Wheel has dominated the Northern California roots and world music scene performing at Jerry Bash, California Worldfest, The Strawberry Music festival, The Redwood Mountain Faire, The Redwood Ramble, Dead On The Creek, Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween, and a sold out show at Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico, California.

Offering drivingly danceable rhythms, hard pumping bass, and hypnotically addictive blends of psych, kaleidoscopic electrophonic melodies, The Soft Bombs are at once retro and distinctly forward-looking. The band’s live shows are enhanced by colorful projections and extended dance-improvs that whip the audience into frenzy.

Based in San Francisco with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of Scary Little Friends. Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.

A few of the many highlights at this year’s FRIGHT NIGHT includes the infamous costume contest that always leaves the town talking, a spectacular light show by Mark Jacoby, a special treat at intermission created by LIT Projection featuring the art work of Romero Alves and Zach Haller, food by Horn of the Bull Taqueria, and more. This year’s costume contest features cash prizes, an esteemed group of judges, and emceed by Heather Donahue, star of The Blair Witch Project and author of Grow Girl.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Click here to watch a VIDEO of last year’s Fright Night special intermission show.

(Source: Miners Foundry Cultural Center; Photo: John Taber; Video: Romeo Alves & Zach Haller)

Bridgeport Fall Festival is October 25, 2015

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What’s New in Nevada County Fall 2015

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October: Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival
Pumpkin patch and an abundant supply of apples and fresh-pressed cider.

Oct. 30: Safe Trick or Treat
For preschool age children in downtown Grass Valley.

Nov. 14: Holiday Open House Downtown Grass Valley

Nov. 27-29: Country Christmas Faire
Nevada County Fairgrounds
One of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Faire features unique gifts and crafts.

Nov. 27-28: Holidays at the Empire Mine

Oct. 11: Autumn Shindig Harvest Festival
The festival is on the outdoor lawn of the North Columbia Schoolhouse on the
San Juan Ridge.

Dec. 5: Railroad Museum Christmas Party Dec. 5-6 Holiday Craft Faire
North Columbia Schoolhouse

Dec. 13: Winter Craft Fair
The fair at Miners Foundry Cultural Center features unique and local handmade artisan and vintage goods.

Oct. 25: Bridgeport Fall Festival
South Yuba River State Park

Oct. 15-16: Haunted Historic Tour
Captivating stories offering spooky twists.

Fridays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.
Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas is one of the region’s most popular events.

Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas: carolers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, a street vendor selling roasted chestnuts, and Santa Claus.

Handmade arts and crafts from artists throughout California are displayed in his- toric downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 5-9 p.m.
Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a Christmas card come to life.

The annual, family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and Father Christmas.

It’s a magical setting of hilly streets out- lined with twinkling white lights and au- thentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels, carolers dressed in Victorian attire and visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

The aromas of roasted chestnuts and holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and streets filled to overflowing with Christmas treasures.

—Sierra FoodWineArt magazine
(Photo: Thomas Thompson and Sierra FoodWineArt magazine

29th annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

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Awards for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 24 – 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Albert Cleve of Farmington, Missouri, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show. Dwight Gilbert from Nevada was the judge of the pulling contest; and Robbie Mederos from Danville, CA was the horseshoe competition judge.

More than 50 Draft Horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was Wayne Wareing of Wareing Shires, from Blackfoot, Idaho.

Audrey Popoff of Unhitched Ranch, from Colton, CA was recognized as the outstanding lady driver, accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Deb Luis, an honor bestowed upon her by the voting of her fellow teamsters. Luis is from Debzdrafts in Marysville, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Steve Smith of Quail Creek Percherons, Carmichael, CA; and Dakota Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Placerville, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

The Overall Supreme Champion horse, GT Bold Adventure, is owned by Thiel Family Percherons of Pleasant Grove, CA, and shown by Jason Bexon. The Grand Champion Stallion, Rolling Acres Tyrane, is also owned by Thiel Family Percherons.

The Grand Champion Mare, Noodle, is owned by Top Hand Ranch and shown by Crystal Newborn of Elverta, CA.

The winner in the 2015 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Lance Yohe of Elk Grove, CA.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 800 items entered, the Best of Division in the Scarecrows went to Sierra View Manor in Grass Valley; and the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows went to Nicholas Husak of Grass Valley.

A complete list of 2015 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is on the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ website at

The 2016 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 22 – 25. Tickets will go on sale on May 2, 2016. Visit for more information.

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds)

Music in the Mountains annual Home Tour

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Music in the Mountain’s Home Tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, allows visitors to take a peek at Lifestyles of the Gold Country.

From Queen Anne and King George to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, this year visit six of the most elegant and interesting homes in the county. Enjoy refreshments provided by the MIM Alliance Volunteers and Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets phone (530) 265-6124 or visit

2015 Fall Colors Open Studios Tour of Nevada County

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This October 70+ local artists will welcome the public to 46 studios and art galleries during a free tour spanning two weekends. The Center for the Arts with support from Nevada County Arts presents the Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours 2015 held on October 10 & 11 and 17 & 18. It’s an event that showcases a thriving arts community, two walkable historic downtowns and nearby nature trails in a blaze of fall color.

The tour kicks off with a free-for-all-ages Preview Exhibit and Artist Reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 8 at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. Stop by The Center to meet local artists and view their work, plan a weekend tour, buy art, preview upcoming shows and check out youth workshops.

Throughout the tour, the public will get the chance to meet artists and view new work and buy original art in a wide range of media and styles. The tour allows art lovers the chance to see the artists’ workspace – the place where art is made – watch live demonstrations, and learn about the art process from concept to completion.

This year’s tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. Up to 27 locations on the tour will offer demonstrations and special projects.

Participants are encouraged to experience all that the community has to offer by checking out local shops and restaurants and community events like the First Friday Art Walk and the Saturday Farmers Market.

To plan a tour, look for the Fall Colors Tour Guide Companion that will include: artist information, maps, nature trails, weekend events, live music and a list of tasting rooms and restaurants.

New this year The Center for the Arts will offer an opportunity to win gift certificates for a show. Everyone that visits 5 or more studios will be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate for a show, and everyone that visits 10 or more studios will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for a show.
The person that visits the most studios will win a grand prize.

To be eligible for all prizes, bring your marked Open Studios guide back to The Center of the Arts
by October 31 during business hours Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Copies of Fall Colors tour guides are available at: The Center for the Arts, Art Works Gallery, ASIF Studios, BriarPatch Co-op, Grass Valley and Nevada City Chambers, Alexander Gallery, Summer Thyme’s, and The Artist Workshop.

For latest updates, online maps and a downloadable guide visit:

For more information call: 530-274-8384

(Source: The Center for the Arts)

2015 Celtic Festival and Marketplace is October 2, 3 & 4

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The 19th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic October 2, 3 & 4 in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines. There are eight stages and performance areas. Our main stage hosts many of the best Celtic musicians on the world stage.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is transformed into a Celtic Village and headline concert venue. World-famous Celtic musicians perform on our main stage to. Mainstage musical headliners for this year include Galician piper Carlos Nuñez, Irish squeeze box master Sharon Shannon, Irish sister quartet Screaming Orphans, Boston fiddler Hanneke Cassel, Irish singer/songwriters Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Celtic rockers Dàimh, California duo Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Sacramento’s own One Eyed Reilly and many more.

Shopping and dining opportunities abound with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub. Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

We will again be offering our Free Friday Youth Arts Program, giving local students ages 10-18 the opportunity to participate in workshops with headline performers. Also returning will be the Friday night Ceilidh – a Celtic party with music, dancing and revelry under the stars.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend. History buffs can explore several encampments of “Guilds” who re-create points and places in time. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake. Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping on the straw bales.

We hope you and your family will join us for this year’s KVMR Celtic Festival.


Friday, October 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. the Celtic Festival’s Friday Youth Arts Program has grown to be a wonderful afternoon of music, magic, dance and arts instruction for aspiring artists. Participants, ages 10-18, learn from world-class artists and festival headliners. Youth participants in the program can take 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.

The FREE program includes workshops and a discounted youth day pass for attendees.

Friday, October 2 from 7:30 p.m. this year the KVMR Celtic Festival will get a running start on Friday night with our first-ever Friday Night Ceilidh – an evening of Celtic music and dance featuring Reel of Seven and internationally acclaimed dance caller Linda Henderson.

Reel of Seven is considered one of the country’s premier Celtic dance bands featuring Andy Imbrie on piano, fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, cellist Renata Bratt, with percussionist Gary Campus keeping the beat. They’ve released two CDs and have collectively performed throughout USA and abroad.

There’ll be line, circle, and couple dancing for all ages and abilities. No need to come with a partner – it’s a great way to socialize and meet friends.

The Friday Night Ceilidh will be held at the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with indoor space for dancing, an outdoor deck with food and a full service pub, and beautiful garden space for relaxing and enjoying the evening.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

(Source: KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace)

A preview of performances at Miners Foundry Cultural Center

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TONIGHT – MarchFourth!
Thur, Sept 17
Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:30pm
Tickets $22/Adv, $26/Door

MarchFourth! A SteamFunk Rock-n-Roll
Circus Party!

With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma!

This is not a band that simply “puts on a show”. MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance.

Theater by the Book presents
Wed, Sept 23
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $10 Suggested Donation

Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present “Phyro-Giants!” on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. “Phyro-Giants!”, written by Michael Blieden and directed by T.E. Wolfe, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

“Phyro-Giants!” explores the phenomenon of restaurant intimacy – that strange sense of comfort and honesty experienced at a dinner with acquaintances who, for one night, become a person’s closest confidants. Wine flows, desserts are shared, and four loosely connected individuals share their hopes, dreams, fears, fantasies, and secrets in this in this modern day fable told in real time. Funny, poignant, and graphically honest – no relationship is left unexamined. Love, hate, marriage, infidelity, romance, pornography, the supernatural, education, and ignorance are all given equal time in this late night hilarious comedy.

(((folkYEAH!))) and Miners Foundry present
Bonnie Prince Billy
Tue, Sept 29
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets $25/adv, $30/door

The man who acts under the name Will Oldham and sings and composes under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy has, over the past quarter-century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema.

With his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity; his brilliance has captivated fans and made Bonny one of our most influential and beloved songsmiths.

Readers Theatre
Sun, Oct 4
Doors 3:30pm, Show 4:30pm
Tickets $10

Readers Theatre is Story Time for Grown Ups, or Theatre of the Mind, and gained popularity during World War II when large stage plays were too expensive to produce. Using minimal props, the actor and your imagination illustrate the story.

This installment of Readers Theatre will feature stories by Zadie Smith, O.A. Lindsey, Will Mackin, Lorrie Moore, and Bret Anthony Johnston. Local professionals generously volunteering their time for this production include Director Tim O’Connor, and Actors David Iorns, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Lindsay Dunckel, Kimberly Ewing, and Bruce Kelly.

Get the Led Out
“The American Led Zeppelin”
Wed, Oct 7
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $27/Adv, $32/Door,
$37 Limited Reserve

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical,
Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Israel Vibration &
Roots Radics
Thur, Oct 15
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Tickets $25/Adv, $30/Door

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, in association with Jah Mikey One, Good Vibes Security, and Git Split Records, is proud to present Israel Vibration and Roots Radics in a local stop on the Play It Real Tour on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

This all ages show features a celebration of music, food, drink, and vendors. Jah Mikey One and DJ Redlocks will provide pre-show music.

Israel Vibration is an iconic reggae group formed in the 1970′s, hailing from Kingston, Jamaica. Israel Vibration’s career shows no signs of slowing, and the group has firmly carved a secure niche out of what once seemed an impenetrable surface. Their popularity assured, they remain a vibrant live act and an always intriguing studio group.

Roots Radics are the premier session band in Jamaica. In addition to touring and recording as Gregory Isaac’s backup band, the group has collaborated with a lengthy list of artists including Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibration, Sugar Minott, the Wailing Souls, On-U-Sounds, Creation Rebel, and Prince Far-I.

Theater by the Book presents
Wed, Oct 21
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets $10 Suggested Donation

Sierra Stages and Miners Foundry will present
“Art”, written by Yasmina Reza, directed by Jeffrey Mason, and featuring Paul Micsan, T.E. Wolfe, and Scott Young, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Three longtime friends find their friendship challenged when one of them indulges a penchant for modern art by spending a fortune on a very expensive – and very white – painting. The purchase prompts the friends to explore – and disagree – about what constitutes “art”.

Fright Night with Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs & Scary Little Friends
Sat, Oct 31
Doors 8:30pm
Tickets $25/Adv, $30/Door

Fright Night, Nevada City’s Halloween tradition returns to the Miners Foundry on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Fright Night 2015 features music by Achilles Wheel, The Soft Bombs, and Scary Little Friends plus food and drinks available for purchase and a live costume contest with cash prizes.

Don’t miss the creative new presentations by the Motion Graphic Artists of the Nevada City Film Festival, back by popular demand.

All concerts are at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, CA. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of these shows, visit

(Source: Miners Foundry Cultural Center)

2015 Bridgeport Fall Festival is October 25

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The 2015 annual Bridgeport Fall Festival takes place October 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Yuba River State Park. The day is fun for the whole family with hayrides, gold panning, food & drink, frozen yogurt, barn tours, children’s games & crafts, pumping painting, music and live bands, and more!

Admission is free, parking is $5. The park is located at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley, CA.

For more information phone (530) 432-2546 or visit