What’s New in Nevada County?
November 2013 – January 2014
Holiday Fairs and Festivals:
46th Annual Cornish Christmas
Historic Downtown Grass Valley
Every Friday night from 6-9 p.m., November 29-December 20, 2013
Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, historic Downtown Grass Valley is closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, Tommyknocker Cloggers and Santa Claus.
Handmade arts and craft from artists are displayed, and delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors. FREE.
Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Historic Downtown Nevada City
November 29-December 1, 2013
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Miners Foundry’s annual, juried craft fair showcases top artists and craftspeople from across the state, featuring their unique, handmade and vintage items. $3 daily admission; $5 weekend pass.
Country Christmas Faire
Nevada County Fairgrounds
Friday, November 29 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, December 1 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire, held at the Fairgrounds, features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state.
Exhibit buildings will be filled during the Thanksgiving weekend, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping with quality hand-made holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other unique gifts.
Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, the magical Gingerbread House exhibit, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, elves and a community bon-fire. Wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered, and Victorian singers, the bell ringing RiverBells, and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform.
Admission $4 (under 12 free); Parking $5 (includes one free admission). Free childcare.
Holidays at Empire Mine
Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley
Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30, 2013
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
(530) 273-8522; http://www.empiremine.org/Events.html
Transport yourself back to the early 1900s when Empire Mine was ranked one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous, hard-rock gold mines in North America. Historic Bourn Cottage will be decked out in holiday splendor and old-fashioned decorations.
Docents in lavish, turn-of-the-century costumes will portray Mr. and Mrs. William Bourn, as well as Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. George Starr. Enjoy live Celtic music performed by the String Sisters. Children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the nearby clubhouse, where they can share their heartfelt holiday wishes. Cost: $7 for adults 17+, $3 for children 6-16, under 6 Free
Historic Nevada City
December 4, 11, 18 (Wednesday 5-9 p.m.) and 15, 22 (Sunday 1:30-6 p.m.)
Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City. Victorian Christmas has become an annual, family tradition that takes place three Wednesday evenings and two Sunday afternoons in December. It features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and Father Christmas. FREE.
Nevada City Winter Craft Fair
Miners Foundry in Historic Downtown Nevada City
Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
The Nevada City Winter Craft Fair will be held in concert with the first Victorian Christmas Sunday (1:30-6 p.m.) The Miners Foundry will also be hosting a Children’s Holiday shopping event from 1:30-4:30 p.m., so children can shop while their parents shop on their own. FREE
North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Encore Presentation of Films from the 2013 Wild & Scenic Festival
Saturday, December 14.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; Films from 7-10 p.m.
http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org or http://www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org
For the first time, Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour will be appear on the San Juan Ridge at the historic North Columbia Schoolhouse. SYRCL and the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center have partnered to present films from the 2013 Wild & Scenic festival on Saturday, December 14.
The feature film will be “Not Yet Begun to Fight” about a Vietnam veteran teaching five men who have been severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan to fish – and then to hope. It is a frank, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes heartbreaking look at the impacts of war and the journey to recovery. A video trailer is here: http://youtu.be/EaHCfr7kCOE
All attendees will be entered into a raffle for an all-weekend pass to the upcoming 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Tickets: $12 advance and SYRCL and NCSCC members. $15 door. $6 kids 12 and under.
Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concert
The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley
Sunday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.
Three master musicians who made their name on the Windham Hill label, pianist Liz Story, singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie and Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. This ensemble has toured nationally for the past 10 years for a series that sold more than eight million copies. A video is here: http://youtu.be/Vzxz4EMwFaA
The significance of Winter Solstice is recognized in indigenous traditions from around the world. These Grammy nominees present classic and original holiday music with uplifting, joyful and warm-hearted repartee. Tickets $22 members; $25 non-member.
Boreal Mountain Resort — Frickin’ Fridays
College Students & Active Duty Military Ski or Ride for only $15 on Fridays.
Donner Summit, Truckee
530-426-3666 ; http://rideboreal.com/winter/rates/frickin-fridays
On Fridays, visit Boreal to take advantage of $15 lift tickets. Ski or Ride from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Boreal offers a wide variety of terrain park features including a superpipe, boardercross course and urban features.
College Students – Bring a valid college student ID and ski-ride for just $15. Holiday restrictions include Nov. 22, 2013; Dec. 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 2014; Feb. 21, 2014.
Armed Forces – All active military can bring a valid ID and ski-ride for just $15. Holiday restrictions include Nov. 22, 2013; Dec. 27, 2013; Jan. 3, 2014; Feb. 21, 2014. Sorry offer only valid for active military, dependents not included.
SYRCL’s 12th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Screenings held in Nevada City and Grass Valley
Thursday, January 9 to Sunday, January 12, 2014
Tickets go on sale on December 1, 2013.
Change makers are rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you, at the 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Now the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of “empowerment.”
Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City. Now known as “the next Sundance,” the Wild & Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion.
Other activities through the four-day festival include:
•3-D Film Sessions at Del Oro Theater on Thursday, January 9 for the second year in a row.
•Gala Event – Join the festival’s special guests and meet other film enthusiasts while enjoying wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at Nevada City Winery, Saturday January 10, 2014; 321 Spring Street.
•Awards Ceremony — Be the first to learn which films won awards. Sunday, January 12, 2014, in the Stone Hall of the Miners Foundry. Sunday Ticket or Weekend Pass required. Limited seating. First come, first served. Cake and champagne.
•Block Party on Commercial Street: Commercial Street in downtown Nevada City will be closed to traffic, hosting performers and activities.
•Late Night Music and Dancing – Shimmy and groove after the films, Late Night Music at The Haven or the Gala on Saturday Night. Separate admission.
•Children’s Films on Saturday Morning – Children of all ages are invited to attend the Saturday Morning Kid Films session on Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-noon, at the historic Del Oro Theatre in Grass Valley http://www.nevadatheatre.com (doors open at 9 a.m.).
•Tickets are $8 for adults or children, and will be sold (if available) at the box office at the theater (cash only, please). NOTE: Saturday Morning Kid Films requires a separate ticket, even if you possess a weekend pass. Buy your ticket early; they will sell out.
(Photo contributors include Jeff Dow, Thomas Thompson and SierraCulture.com)