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6 ways to enjoy Nevada County from your couch

We miss you! But, even though we are apart, we wanted to share 6 ways to enjoy Nevada County from your couch.

Here in Nevada County, we are anxiously awaiting the time when we can once again welcome visitors to come and enjoy all that we have to offer.  We are strictly adhering to the guidelines set by Governor Newsom in slowly reopening businesses and public places, and plan to begin Phase 2 of the plan to reopen soon.

Even though you can’t be here in person (YET) to marvel in the many wonders of Nevada County, here are six great opportunities to enjoy some of the entertainment and natural beauty of our area without leaving the safety of your own home

1. Virtually Visit the Tulips at Ananda Village

Ananda Tulips
Take the virtual tour of the Ananda Tulip Festival

Every year, visitors flock to the Crystal Hermitage in Ananda Village to enjoy their meticulously planted private garden, but this year, of course, travel in April was not allowed, even for locals.  BUT, you can still enjoy the splendor of the Tulip Watch. Ananda Village is comprised of over 700 acres of beautiful rolling meadows and forestland in the Sierra Nevada foothills and includes several temples, a Retreat Center, a small organic market and gift store, but the jewel in the crown is perhaps the Crystal Hermitage garden, which is planted with 17,000 tulips and other spring flowers.   With COVID-19, the Ananda Retreat Center is closed to visitors, but you can join the Tulip Watch and see several videos highlighting the beauty of the gardens HERE.

2. Go Wild (and Scenic)

Trailer credit: Quinn Costello care of South Yuba River Citizen’s League

All across the globe humans are feeling the impacts of COVID-19 and the social distancing and time at home that has come with it.  With this in mind, SYRCL couldn’t think of a better time to share some past Wild & Scenic Official Selections on their website. They are adding a new film every few days, so be sure to check back regularly.  The Wild and Scenic Team hopes that you all enjoy these momentary respites from the news of the day and wish you the very best as you navigate these challenging times.  View the films HERE.

3. Turn up the heat with Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare Productions
Enjoy burlesque, magic, and music from Truth or Dare Productions at home. Photo by Kim Sayre

Truth or Dare Productions will offer the second of their FREE monthly online variety shows to help us all get through the Stay in Place order.  This variety show will feature all types of artists including comedians, burlesque entertainers, poetry, music, flow arts, and more!  All performers will record an act from the quarantine location of their choice and Truth or Dare will air / release this Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. With emcee entertainment by Cybil Unrest & Nick Fedoroff between each act and a slew of amazing performers on video, streaming right into your home (plus a few surprises) this will be an event for your viewing pleasure! Don’t forget this is an 18+ event due to the adult content.  This event is free to view, but you will be asked to voluntarily tip the performers.  Check out the first episode HERE.

4. Make a virtual visit to Truckee 

COVID-19 may have put a hamper on your travel plans but good news, there are still many ways you can experience Truckee online. While we would love to have you visit, postponing your trip to Truckee helps flatten the curve in our isolated town which has limited resources and is especially vulnerable to a widespread outbreak of coronavirus. So in lieu of your mountain getaway, here are some virtual adventures – ways that you can “visit” Truckee and experience the magic of our town from the safety and comfort of yours.

5. Enjoy some independent film from The Onyx Theatre

The Onyx Theatre is offering a way to enjoy their creative selection of indie films and documentaries online from your own home during their temporary suspension of in-theatre viewing. In a unique partnership with some of the very best in art house film distribution, the Onyx At Home is able to provide film lovers with a way to watch new release titles at home while directly supporting the Onyx Theatre.  When you watch films via Onyx At Home, the cost of the digital “ticket” is split between the film distributor and the Onyx—just like with a ticket purchased at a box office. The Onyx Theatre is dedicating proceeds from online streaming to help defray the cost of maintaining operations while temporarily closed.  Three films are currently available for online streaming with ongoing film screening options to continue through the shelter-in-place order. Ticket prices vary per distribution agreements. Films will typically run from Friday to the following Thursday, just like their regular schedule for film screening, and may be extended according to availability.  Sign up for ongoing news and screening announcements. Find more details HERE.

6. Tour the newly remodeled Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts is beautiful and ready to welcome patrons as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted.

The Center for the Arts was in the middle of a Grand Re-Opening when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of events across the country. After an extensive 18-month renovation and raising over $3 million, The Center for the Arts was relying on ticket sales and event income to pay off newly purchased equipment, and to cover staffing and operating costs to keep the doors open. As all programs have been postponed through June 15, there is an immediate need to raise $150,000 to keep The Center running and to preserve this important community investment in the arts. 

While you can’t visit the Center for the Arts just yet, you CAN take a virtual tour of the beautiful new space HERE.

So there you have it, 6 ways to enjoy Nevada County from your couch! We hope this will hold you over until we can welcome you back for a visit.