“Tiny Tim’s Christmas” Opens Nov 28

LeGacy Productions presents the return of their most popular Christmas show yet, “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” at the Nevada Theatre November 28th through December 28th. Judy Blake once again directs.

The delightful story reminiscent of Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol” brings audiences to New York City, where “Tiny” Tim Cratchit, all grown up, fulfills his childhood dream of owning a toy shop. However, Tim has become jaded and miserable in his life, much like his “Uncle” Ebeneezer Scrooge was before his visit from the three spirits on Christmas Eve. When Tim finds out about the passing of his “Uncle” Ebeneezer, he is visited by Scrooge’s spirit, and confronts his mistakes and wrong doings.

LeGacy cofounder and producer Alvis LeGate takes on the title role of Tim Cratchit, joined by Sacramento’s own Steven Minow as Scrooge. LeGacy veteran Nadia White joins in as Grace, Tim’s shop manager. The rest of the twenty person cast is a mix of LeGacy veterans and newcomers, who sing and dance their way through the shops and streets of London and New York City. Shawnna Frazer choreographs. LeGacy favorite designers Darryl Stines on the set, Sharon Sciabaca on costumes.

Tickets to “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” are $20 in advance, $20 at the door, available at Harmony Books, The Bookseller, online at legacypresents.com or by calling (530) 268 5419


Artisans Festival Nov 28 & 29


WHAT: Miners Foundry Cultural Center Artisans Festival

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, November 28 & 29, 2014, 10am-5pm

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA

TICKETS:$3/per day, $5/Weekend Pass
Children under 15 free

INFO: www.minersfoundry.org

Start your holiday season with a visit to the 2014 Artisans Festival – Friday and Saturday, November 28 & 29 at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center. This holiday tradition is one of the longest running festivals in Nevada County and is known for showcasing the exceptional work of regional artisans. This year’s festival takes the term “Art Party” to another level with dozens of new artists, installation art displays, performance art, live music, children’s holiday art activities, and a rustic, bohemian Acoustic Café and Wine Bar.

“It is a new year for the Artisans and it’s going to be a fun, exciting time,” explains the show’s producer Laura Gerhart.

Local musicians scheduled to perform at the Acoustic Café and Wine Bar include Lisa Stine on harp, Heather McAdam on guitar with Phyllis Grant on flute; and Lorraine Gervais accompanied by Jacob Aginsky doing 20s and 30s Jazz tunes.

“Our vision for the Artisans Cafe is that it will be an artistic ephemeral space that will exist only for the duration of the event. It will be an interactive mirage,” says artist, designer and teacher Faye Schoolcraft. “Inside the installation, there will be tables for dining, live acoustic music, artwork, a bar, and areas for people to participate by adding their own creative expression.” Schoolcraft is the magic behind the festival’s Acoustic Café and Wine Bar set, as well as an installation artist showing her frisky fiber figurine sculptures. Schoolcraft who currently resides in Nevada City and teaches at Sierra College has exhibited nationally including New York City, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, NV.

The Festival artists have been juried by a distinguished group of local artisans who looked for the highest quality of wares and craftsmanship.   Gerhart and this year’s jury members have selected several new artisans to participate in the show. In fact, nearly half of the artists are new to the festival this year with a third of them coming from out of the area.

New artists this year include:

Tahiti Pehrson, is based in Nevada County with long ties to the Bay Area. Pehrson has been working in paper for nearly fifteen years. Recent works explores the fragility and interconnectedness expressed by physical structures. Large scale installations of geometrical hand cut paper are layered into three-dimensional structures. His work has shown internationally including London, Cape Town, and San Francisco.

David Wong, the only nature photographer in the show, began showing his work only 8 short years ago after a prior lifetime career in film production. He was inspired by his teacher, Ted Orland, one of Ansel Adams assistants, who felt he had a unique eye for light, subject and composition. David’s soft spoken manner is evident in his photos, each of which offers a calm, peaceful reflection of nature’s beauty.

Kelly Bechtold, owner of Girl on a Motorcycle luxe leather accessories out of Berkeley, CA, founded her company in 2007 and has been busy designing and selling to a loyal and growing audience ever since. Her bags and accessories are timelessly designed, made by hand and built to endure. No machines, no factories-just Kelly, a workbench, some hand tools and a good record playing on the turntable. Her materials are sourced of the finest produces American deer, buffalo and cattle hides and feature high quality fixtures and adornments.

Myah Sarles, BFA, a traveler, snowboarder and fine artist joins the festival from Marin County where she creates highly textured, energetic, adventurous, colorful, joyous, imaginative and intuitive works of 2D art. Fortunate to have traveled the globe extensively, Myah draws inspiration from the textures, patterns and colors naturally present on Earth and uses this to fuel the fire for her art.

Returning artists include Liz Collins, LeeAnn Brook, Jude Bischoff, Kathryn Wronski, Karen and Jack West, Sweetland Pottery, Eileen Blodgett, Ride ‘em George, Don Augstein, Lynn Wood, Richard Davis, Martha Jones, Elany Prusa, Kathryn Finn, Seth Simpson, Phyllis Williams and Donald Dalke.

“I have always seen the Artisans Festival as a local fall gem of an event.   It’s a great time to hang out with friends or bring visiting family,” says Gerhart. “Plus, with its small town appeal and classy setting, it is the perfect addition or antidote, depending on your point of view, to ‘Black Friday’.”

Artisans Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Foundry, one of Nevada County’s most beautiful historic landmarks. Artisans Festival is the kickoff of to the holiday season for the Foundry with its beautiful halls decorated with twinkling lights, festive garland and wreaths.


“Home for the Holidays” Opens Nov 28th

Synthetic Unlimited presents Home for the Holidays, a heartwarming, original holiday musical for the whole family, from November 28th to December 21st.

This kid-friendly play, full of traditional Christmas songs and sing-alongs, dancing, and antics by the Marko Puppets, plays at the Synthetic Unlimited Opera House, at 120 Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley for four weekends, on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Come as early as 7 pm for drinks and desserts.

Tickets are available at 1-888-95-SHOWS, the Briar Patch, and www.syntheticunlimited.org.

Friday, November 28th, 8 pm, GALA OPENING
Saturday, November 29th, 8 pm
Sunday, November 30th, 2 pm
Friday, December 5th, 8 pm
Saturday, December 6th, 8 pm
Sunday, December 7th, 2 pm
Friday, December 12th, 8 pm
Saturday, December 13th, 8 pm
Sunday, December 14th, 2 pm
Friday, December 19th, 8 pm
Saturday, December 20th, 8 pm
Sunday, December 21st, 2 pm


Victorian Christmas 2014

Mark your calendars to visit Nevada City for Victorian Christmas! We’ve changed the schedule slightly from previous years, and are now able to offer visitors THREE Sunday afternoon events & TWO Wednesday night events!

Sundays – Dec 7, 14 & 21 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 10 & 17 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets lined with authentic gas lamps and buildings outlined in twinkling white lights, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing good tidings and holiday cheer.

This annual event features holiday activities for all ages including live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree, and a living nativity scene, along with hot roasted chestnuts, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course, Father Christmas!

For more information about Victorian Christmas, including parking & shuttle information, go to www.nevadacitychamber.com.


New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing Members:

New - USA Bath California Remodeling • Gold Country Fudge

Renewing - Atria Grass ValleyCirino’s at Main StreetExtasia Inc. • Gypsy Wind • KVMR Radio • Larry & Glady Birdsong • Marie Mirante • McSweeney & Associates CPAPlacer Title CompanyProspector’s Nursery, LLCSierra Gold Insurance Services, Inc.Sierra StagesSmiley Guys Smokehouse • Stephen C. Haas • The Union

Thank you for your membership!

Sonja Weissman Miracle Play Dec 4-20

Pyrenees Caterpillar presents…

Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play
December 4 – 20, 2014

Off Center Stage at the Center for the Arts
315 Richardson Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Written by Robin Wallace
Directed by Dinah Smith

The year is 1946. A young Polish refugee, Sonja Weissman, arrives at a Canadian boarding school. As rehearsals for the annual nativity play progress, Sonja’s personal story affects each of the other girls. The Miracle Play ultimately brings them together in a more compassionate understanding of each other.

“Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play” is a holiday event for the whole family!

Previews on December 4 & 5 at 7 pm – preview tickets are only $10
Thursdays: December 11 & 18 at 7 pm
Fridays: December 12 & 19 at 7 pm
Saturdays: December 6 ( GALA), 13 & 20 at 7 pm
Matinees: December at 7, 14 & 20 at 2 pm

Tickets are $20; $25 for the December 6th Gala Opening; Discounts for CFA members and students

Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts and Briarpatch Cooperative, Online at www.thecenterforthearts.org, or by phone at (530) 274-8384, ext. 14



The Nutcracker Ballet Dec 10 & 11

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What: Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry Cultural Center present Clara and The Nutcracker Ballet

When: December 10 and December 11, 2014 at 7 PM, box office opens at 6 PM; doors open at 6:30 PM.

Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959

Tickets: Reserved seating tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-op. (Ticketing fees may apply.)

More Information: holtballet.com, yelenaholt@gmail.com, 530-278-5131

Holt Ballet Conservatory and Miners Foundry present Holiday Favorite Clara and The Nutcracker Ballet in Historic Nevada City

November 13, 2014-Nevada City, CA–Holt Ballet Conservatory’s production of Clara and The Nutcracker will performed twice only, December 10 and 11, 7:00 PM, at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. Admission is $14 for students and $17 for adults.

“Clara and The Nutcracker” is Yelena Holt’s retelling of the classic holiday story “The Nutcracker Suite” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring choreography by the Royal Ballet’s Sir Peter Wright and the enchanting musical score of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Talented youngsters will make their stage debut, while pre-professionals and guest artists perform traditional roles that have been tests of merit for decades of dancers. This year, in a twist of casting, the Drosselmeyer character will be performed as the godmother matriarch, rather than the traditional uncle magician. Frau Drosselmeyer will be performed by guest artist Nora Heiber, founding company member of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet and National Dance Executive for the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Holt Ballet Conservatory’s Clara and The Nutcracker brings to life the complete classical repertoire from original productions of The Nutcracker, with re-imagined spectacle that has endeared Director Holt to dance audiences for over two decades.

Holt’s tale of The Nutcracker follows the title character of Clara, whose Christmas present of a toy nutcracker solider inspires a magical journey to a strange world she’s never known. Join us as Clara winds deep into the mysteries she uncovers, finding home a memory she must hold fast if she’s ever to return.

With the historic atmosphere of the Foundry donning extravagant holiday decor, and Holt Ballet bringing together the highest calibre of classically trained ballet dancers in California’s Sierra Nevada, children will be enchanted and adults will be inspired by this evening to remember.

The evening will feature a no host bar, sweet refreshments available for purchase, and a blazing fire in the Stone Hall. Reserved seating tickets are available online www.minersfoundry.org, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, (530) 265-5040, or in person at Briar Patch Co-op. Ticketing fees may apply.

“The Christmas Card” November/December Showtimes

“The Christmas Card,” filmed in Nevada City, tells the story of a soldier, Cody Cullen, with no family who, while serving in Afghanistan, receives an anonymous holiday card that touches him deeply. While on leave back home, he travels to Nevada City, California, the picturesque town from which the card was sent. Once there, Cody meets and falls in love with beautiful Faith Spelman, who sent the card, and quickly becomes a cherished member of the Spelman family. Yet romance for Cody and Faith seems out of the question, because she has a boyfriend and is about to become engaged.

November/December 2014 Showtimes

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You can view the calendar of showtimes on
The Hallmark Channel’s website.

Feature Your Business in the Nevada City App

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As many of you know, the Nevada City App is now fully supporting both Apple and Android smartphones and we are making a push to leverage our App to drive more tourist and local revenues to our businesses. One attractive component of our App is that it can generate revenue for the Chamber via advertising. Our hope is that some of you will want to advertise your business on our App and signal your support for this exciting new endeavor.

Given the early stage of our App we are offering the balance of 2014 at no charge to advertisers who make a 3 month commitment for Jan-March 2015.  

Here is how it works:

Sponsor Campaign – $297 for 3 months

Campaign can start now and will run through March 31, 2015.   There are only 4 Sponsor positions available and these appear as a “Splash Page” when our App is opened for approximately 5 seconds.  Sponsor Pages will “rotate” so that a given Sponsor shows every 4th time a given user opens up the App.   Additional 3 month segments can be purchased for $297 either now or later.

Featured Business – $57 for 3 months

Again, campaign can start now and will run through March 31, 2015.   There are 25 Featured Business positions available and these appear in the “Featured Business” category in our App as well as the business will still appear under their regular category designation.  Additional 3 month segments can be purchased for $57 either now or later.

To secure your advertising spot, simply send an email to support@cityappmaker.com indicating which ad campaign you wish to pursue.   City App will then contact you directly to obtain your credit card information for billing and to ensure your ad campaign gets placed.   Fifty percent of the revenues generated will come back to the Chamber.    Please consider placing an ad on our App and aligning yourself with this new exciting venture!

United Way’s Project Warmth

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United Way of Nevada County’s Project Warmth

Winter is right around the corner. In Nevada County temperatures can drop quickly to below freezing. Some community members are going to need help to keep warm and dry this winter. United Way of Nevada County is collecting much-needed items for those people in need our community.  Businesses in Nevada County will be helping United Way collect items for Project Warmth. United Way of Nevada County is striving to assure that everyone in Nevada County stays warm this winter.

Live United this winter by helping United Way keep those in need warm with sleeping bags, warm socks and thermal underwear. The collection of items ends December 10th, 2014.

Please consider having a collection box in your place of business for the public to drop off or for your employees to give. Project Warmth Kits include a collection box, and fliers. Everything collected will stay in our community.

If you would like to donate items, you may drop them off at the following locations: B&C True Value Home & Garden Center, local Chamber of Commerce locations, Bank of America, Bank of the West, the lobby of the Rood Center, Walkers Office Supplies and JC Penney.

This year United Way is focusing on the community impact area of basic needs; including food, emergency shelter and access to healthcare.

Please contact us at 274-8111 if you would like to put out a collection box at your place of business or drop off donated items.

“Meet the Beans” Playing Nov 22


LeGacy Presents is proud to announce “Dave and the Cool Beans” full band concert November 22 at 8pm at the historic Nevada Theatre, downtown Nevada City.

The Beans were hatched from in LeGacy’s 2014 spring production, “From the Cavern and On”, produced also at the Nevada Theatre, featuring over forty songs celebrating fifty years of the British Musical Invasion. The Beans powerful harmonies, mixed with incredible musicianship and natural ease with the audience made for an easy transition to start their performance career officially as a group. Thus, the birth of “Dave and the Cool Beans”.

The Beans are comprised of LeGacy Producer Dave Halford on rhythm guitar and vocals, Gary Epps on vocals, keyboard, and lead guitar, Steve Sheppard on bass and vocals, and longtime Nevada County drummer virtuoso John Basa providing the beat.

The Beans mix of American and British 60’s and 70’s rock seems to strike a chord with fans of all ages. Returning to the Nevada Theatre for Gala night of LeGacy’s “Barefoot in the Park”, director/producer and LeGacy cofounder Sue LeGate, absorbing the reaction from the packed house, knew there HAD to be room for a “Beans” concert in the busy LeGacy schedule before year’s end.

“We will be building the set for Tiny Tim’s Christmas, our big family holiday show. Tiny Tim grows up, and moves to New York from London. Fulfilling his childhood dream, he opens a toy shop, only to become quite a bit of a Scrooge himself. He is visited from the great beyond by his Uncle Ebeneezer, and learns the valuable lessons Scrooge had to learn from his partner, Marley, in the original Christmas Carol. So the “Beans”, mixing British and American music (hmmm….kind of like A Christmas Carol meets Tiny Tim’s Christmas!), opens our holiday season the week before Thanksgiving. November 22, coincidentally, is the date TWO major Beatle albums were released on the history books, “MEET THE BEATLES” and the “WHITE ALBUM”, in their respective years.





Hospice Hosts Chamber Mixer Nov 20

Hospice of the Foothills Mixer
Thursday, Nov 20 • 5:30-7:30pm

This mixer will be held at the new Hospice of the Foothills Gift & Thrift store located at 692 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley (near JCPenneys) and will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of this new store!

For questions, please contact Hospice of the Foothills reception at 272-5739.


“Bottle Your Own” Holiday Party Nov 22

Photo by Akim Aginsky

Photo by Akim Aginsky

Know & Go

What: Bottle Your Own Holiday Party

When: Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22

Where: Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street
Nevada City

Cost: $10 per person; $5 for Club members

Info: (530) 265-9463; NCWinery.com

Nevada City Winery’s ‘Bottle Your Own’ Holiday Party

Uncorking a good bottle of wine is pleasurable. Uncorking one that you bottled yourself may be a splash more delectable.

At Nevada City Winery’s “Bottle Your Own” event, you can fill, cork and label your own bottle using supplies and guidance from winery staff, including Winemaker Mark Foster.

Taste and select from the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon or the 2013 Syrah right from the barrel.

“I’m really happy to have a new Cabernet in the house,” said Foster. “It has all the classic characteristics of a California Cab, but soft and approachable.”

“The Syrah is delicious, too,” he continued, “full of berries and smoke with a nice round body.”

Both wines were masterfully created with grapes from the Sierra Foothills. Adding to this fun, hands-on event will be music by No Hands Bridge, and Heather McAdam & Phyllis Grant, and art by Mountain Art Quilters.

Special holiday pricing will be offered on items such as Nevada City Winery’s Gifts to Go, which include two and three bottle selections in a festive gift bag.

Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for Club members, and include a lunch of hearty soups and crusty bread, wine tasting and entry to the “Bottle Your Own” party in the barrel room.

For more information visit Nevada City Winery at 321 Spring Street, Nevada City; call (530) 265-9463; or go to NCWinery.com.

New & Renewing Members

This week’s New and Renewing members:

New - Esoterica • Gold SeamLei Lotus • Patricia Weiss • Red Apron Toffee

Renewing - Antonio Ayestaran Custom Catering • Barbara Tanner • Camp Augusta, Inc.ElixartFriar Tuck’sHoliday Lodge of Grass Valley • John & Barbara Juneau • Liquid Amber Trading Company • New Moon CaféScott Jackson’s Real Life FitnessSpirithouse Import GallerySpring Hill Manor Rehabilitation & Convalescent HospitalTintle, Inc.VFW #2655

Thank you for your membership!