Ten (of the many!) Reasons to enjoy Victorian Christmas this year!

Season’s Greetings
Come wander the lanes of Victorian Nevada City, as the glow of twilight settles, with the scent of pine boughs & freshly roasted chestnuts floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll. Meet your friends and neighbors. Join with old and new friends for a drink of hot mulled cider and a few verses of your favorite holiday songs. You’ll be surprised by who you’ll see and celebrate with on the streets of our town during this festive time!

Family Entertainment
From jugglers to fine musicians, carolers to storytellers, we have something for everyone. We’re bringing back old favorites from past events and adding new performers and some indoor venues this year. Warm up to a string quartet or watch Victorian characters strut their stuff against a backdrop of genuine Victorian shops and houses. Checkout the entertainment schedule for Victorian Christmas. Each night and afternoon of Victorian Christmas will be different—with jugglers, story tellers, traditional music, choirs, and so much more. You’ll want to come to this free event more than once!

Find the Perfect Gift
Visit the shops of and stalls of Nevada City to find one-of-a-kind treasures, fine art, romantic clothing, handmade soaps and candles, alluring glass treasures and dazzling jewelry. Complete your holiday shopping or discover the perfect dress for that New Year’s Eve party. Shopkeepers will welcome you, share a story or two, and send you on your way laden with packages and a hearty “Happy Holidays.” We have gifts for everyone at Victorian Christmas—and you don’t need to break the bank while shopping locally. There’s something for every pocketbook and every taste including hand-picked and hand-made items you won’t find at any mall.

Festive Feasting
Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air as you walk the winding gas lit streets of Nevada City. Make sure you sample the wide variety of food of outdoor vendors or dine inside at one of Nevada City’s gourmet restaurants or specialty shops. From award-winning chefs to warming street food, there’s fare that is certain to satisfy every appetite, from children to gourmands.

Join the Party
For over three decades it has been the holiday tradition of families all over Northern California to escape the commercialism of crowded, indoor shopping malls and come instead to festive Nevada City to celebrate the best the holiday season has to offer. Come with family and friends, while rekindling fond memories and making new ones. And this year, why not add to the party by dressing as a Victorian! We’re encouraging people to dress up and add to the Victorian flavor of the event. It’s easy and fun! You don’t have to spend lots of money or time to do it.

There are drinks to please everyone’s palate at Victorian Christmas. There’s something to warm the cockles of your heart and satisfy the heartiest of thirsts. You can sip hot chocolate or mulled wine while watching a choir or passing juggler or stop by Nevada City’s tasting rooms to sip the wines of Nevada County vintners.

Cold Comfort
Why not warm your hands next to chestnuts roasting on an open fire? We are welcoming back Cecil Snow, our favorite Victorian chimney sweep who will keep the fire going every evening of Victorian Christmas. Feast on yummy chestnuts as you listen to groups of carolers on the stage at the Bank of America parking lot. Chestnuts are provided by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce– make sure you don’t miss this grand tradition.

Sing for Joy
Join in with one of the many choirs and singing groups who will be strolling through town and performing at Victorian Christmas. On each day of Victorian Christmas you’ll find a wide variety of singing groups throughout the town. Come ready to give voice to traditional carols and more recent holiday songs!

Deck the Halls
Add Christmas cheer to your house with handmade wreaths, baskets and ornaments from our many craft vendors and unique stores. Buy some for friends or keep them all for yourself to make your home festive and fun throughout the holiday season. And don’t forget to buy handmade cards to send to far away friends and relatives. They’ll appreciate that “something special” on their mantelpiece this year.

Make it easy on yourself
Why drive through holiday traffic to a distant mall when you can take a special $5 round-trip Holiday Shuttle to Victorian Christmas from the parking lots at the Nevada County Government Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Ave? Drop your group off in town and then catch the Shuttle. Return journeys are free for all. Shuttle hours are 4:30-9:00 pm Wednesdays and noon-6:30pm Sundays.

For more information, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at (530) 265-2692 or toll-free (800) 655-NJOY.

Victorian Christmas Entertainment Schedule 2011

There’s something for everyone at Victorian Christmas. The schedule is being updated on a daily basis so check back, or come along on any Victorian Christmas event and pick up the day’s program for a full list of what’s happening on our streets and in our stores.

Each Victorian Christmas Day try to spot our favorites:

  • Cecil Snow – Our Chimney Sweep Chestnut Roaster
  • Santa Claus
  • The Christmas Tree Lady
  • Marching Presidents of the Victorian Era (see how many you can meet!) NEW!
  • Talented local student musicians playing holiday tunes
  • Strolling carolers and MUCH MORE!

December 21st
Singalong with one of our many vocal groups or watch experts juggling and storytelling:

Alpha Building Throughout Cookie Forest and Crafts
5:30 – 6:30 Foothill Chamber Winds
6:30 – 8:00 Contra Dance with Bob O’Brien and the Buffalo Girls
Classic Cafe 6:00 – 9:00 Three Times Through – Harp and other strings
City Hall 6:30 – 8:00 Blended Metal Saxophones
Boardwalk 6:00 – 6:30 Deer Creek Carolers with Bob Walsh
BroadPine Stage 5:30 – 6:00 Magic of Peter Franchino
6:00 – 6:30 Magic of Peter Franchino
6:30 – 8:00 Juggling with Izzy Tooinsky and Jeffrey Hine
Foodie Stage 6:00 – 6:30 J and J Performing Arts
6:30 – 8:00 Trinity Community Chorus
8:00 – 8:30 The Auburnaires
Food Court at B of A Throughout Hot Fire and Roasted Chestnuts with Cecil Snow the Chimney Sweep
Emily’s Catering 5:30 – 6:00 Hear Poe’s “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” read by Regine
7:00 – 7:30 Classic Tales from The World Beyond with The Ghost Man – Mark Lyon
8:30 – 9:00 Classic Tales from The World Beyond with The Ghost Man – Mark Lyon
Top of Broad Salvation Army
Elevensies by New York Hotel Bouncy House
New York Hotel Steps 5:00 – 8:30 String Sisters
Santa Photos Throughout 217 Broad Street
At Large – Strolling Throughout The Christmas Tree Lady
Throughout The Victorian Christmas Singers

David Painter Receives NC’s Prestigious Elza Kilroy Award

NEVADA CITY – Co-Owner of SPD Markets, David Painter has been named recipient of the 2011 Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service.  The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Kilroy award, established in 1969, annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community.

The Chamber’s Board of Directors selected Painter for the award to honor his dedication to Nevada City and support of the local organizations in the area. Painter is a past president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and is currently the chair of the programs and events committee.

“The Board felt that he really has Nevada City in his heart and the Chamber appreciates everything he does to keep Nevada City a vibrant community” said Chamber Executive Director Cathy Whittlesey. The Kilroy Award is one of the several annual awards presented by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Other 2011 recipients are:  The Searls Library Photograph collection is being Honored with the Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Visual Arts Award.  Dave Iorns is the recipient of the 2011 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award.

The Powell House at 203 South Pine Street was recognized with the Annual Stan Halls Architectural Award. Mark Vance Is the recipient of the Chamber’s 2011 Live Music Award. The Deer Creek Tribute Trail was chosen as the recipient of the W. Lon Cooper New Construction Award.

The award winners were nominated and selected by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The awards will be presented at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce 110th annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28th at the Miners foundry.


Darbeads Anniversary Celebration Dec 1

Darbeads Glass Boutique of Nevada City, CA is celebrating our ONE year Anniversary and we couldn’t be happier here!!!

To celebrate we would like to invite YOU and your friends on Dec 1st starting at 11am, to celebrate with us! We will be offering 10% off all loose darbeads, 20% off most jewelry, raffle giveaways for beads, classes and gift certificates. Starting at 4pm we will have live glass demos by Darby and one of our past students, Austin.

We will also have many wonderful yummy treats and beverages for kids and adults! We look forward to seeing you here on Dec 1, 2011!!!

Darbeads, 317 Spring Street, Nevada City, (773) 220-2800

New and Renewing Members


Double Oak Vineyards & Winery

Bill’s Chuckwagon
Bruce Ivy Construction
Bubba’s BBQ/Aida’s Icies
James Anderson
Nevada County Sportsmen
Plaza Tire & Auto Service
Tanglewood Forest Gallery
Valley Yellow Pages


Christmas at the Railroad Museum Dec 3

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum presents…

“Christmas at the Railroad Museum”
Saturday, December 3     10-3pm
5 Kidder Court, Nevada City

The public is invited to attend the annual Christmas celebration, “Christmas at the Railroad Museum”, on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at #5 Kidder Court, Nevada City – located off of Gold Flat Road at Bost Avenue or New Mohawk Drive.

This is a free event for the whole family as it includes a Photo-op opportunity with Santa and his elves in front of Narrow Gauge Engine #5, Holiday Music, Refreshments, door prizes, Raffle, Silent Auction and Rail-bus Ride – weather permitting.

For Information call (530) 470-0902, or contact www.ncngrrmuseum.org


Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Sneak Preview of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Sunday, December 4th, 7:00 pm. Nevada Theater, Nevada City, CA.

Nevada City, CA-One of the first, and the foremost conservationists of our time, Aldo Leopold worked with Midwestern farmers and Southwestern ranchers, traveled the States and wrote about his rapidly changing world. Long an inspiration to those who love the outdoors, Leopold was one of the first writers who created poetry about the natural world. Green Fire, a film named after the “fierce green fire” he saw in a female wolf’s eyes as it was dying, will be screened in a special preview of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The film includes portraits of land shaped by his land ethic – from the Gila Wilderness, America’s first wilderness area, to green space in Chicago. Through his work Leopold urges us to no longer think of land as a commodity, but rather as a community.

Green Fire was produced in partnership between the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. The film provocatively examines Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Leopold’s biographer, conservation biologist Dr. Curt Meine, serves as the film’s on-screen guide.

The historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City hosts Green Fire on December 4 at 7 pm. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder, will lead a panel discussion with Louis Warren, UC Davis Professor of History and editor of Boom: A Journal of California; Eli Ilano, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Tahoe National Forest and will be moderated by Steve Frisch, Executive Director of the Sierra Business Council.


Barn Owl Auction at Miners Foundry Dec 2 & 3

Hundreds of Once in a Lifetime Collectibles and Antiques to Be Auctioned in December

Event Details
• Date: Auction: December 3, 2011; Preview Party: December 2nd, 2011
• Location: Miners Foundry, Nevada City
• Registration: Not required but recommended
• A sampling of auction items include: Oil Paintings, Mid Century Modern Furniture & Collectibles, Antique Science Equipment and Tools, Jewelry, Antique Toys such as Dolls and Teddy Bears, Collectible Rock & Roll Posters, Uniquely Aesthetic Decorator Items and much more.
• A full catalog is available at www.barnowlauctions.com

This holiday season, local estate liquidator Heidi Levell will kick off her downtown Nevada City auction house full of unique and hard to find vintage and antique collectibles, promising to attract a broad spectrum of buyers from around the globe and give a much needed boost to the local economy.

Barn Owl Auctions announces its first live auction and preview party December 2 and 3 at the beautiful historic Miner’s Foundry. A not-to-be missed event, the live auction will include a different item every 30 seconds, fun mystery surprises every hour, gourmet food and entertainment. Adding to the excitement, bidders from around the world can tune in using the latest technology as they participate via an online auction.

“From Original 19th Century Oil Paintings to Antique Toys to Mid Century Danish Modern Teak Furniture, this is going to be an all day celebration of truly unique items, much more fun than a traditional dusty auction,” said Licensed Auctioneer Heidi LeVell.

LeVell has 17 years of antiques, auction, liquidation and online expertise, is a successful entrepreneur and is now bringing this knowledge to the world of offline auctions. Joining her is British born and licensed auctioneer John Kay, also a local resident.

A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Hospice, a local charitable nonprofit organization that helps the terminally ill and their families.

For more information contact Heidi LeVell at (530) 320-4782 or email heidilv@yahoo.com


Grass Valley Nutcracker Dec 2-4

December 2, 3 & 4
Grass Valley Nutcracker
Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm, Sunday 2pm at the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School.  General Seating Tickets — $17 Adult & $15 Child/Senior.  PRE-SALE tickets (Adults $15 & Child/Senior $13) can be purchased in advance at Yabobo, Briar Patch, The Bookseller, and on-line at GrassValleyNutcracker.org Questions? Call Center Stage Dance Studio (530) 271-1200

TEDxWomen Webcast Dec 1

TEDxGrassValley, an independently produced event, operated under license from TED, will webcast the programming and talks from TEDxWomen on Thursday, December 1, 2011 to the Unity in the Gold Country, 5-9:30pm.

This event is free, but attendees must pre-register at www.tedxgrassvalley.com or by email to tedxgrassvalley@gmail.com

For further information, download Full Press Release


Artisans Festival Thanksgiving Weekend 2011

Over a hundred fifty years ago, Miners Foundry Cultural Center was a noisy, dirty and gritty manufacturing site producing equipment for the local gold mining industry.

Now, the venerable old building serves many functions, including host of the Artisans Festival at Miners Foundry. This small, tasty art festival is held annually on Thanksgiving Weekend and features exceptional fine art and fine craft. For three decades, artists have presented their work in this historic setting, delighting the thousands of shoppers and collectors who make this event a priority on their holiday schedule.

Come and enjoy the art, have something to eat, enjoy the music of Ludi Hinrichs and Friends in the Osborn-Woods Hall and Paul Emery in the Stone Hall. Artisans Festival is one of the Foundry’s top fundraisers. Admission is $3, with those under 16 admitted free. Miners Foundry is located in downtown Nevada City at 325 Spring Street, next to Nevada City Winery.

You may reach the Foundry at (530) 265-5040 or www.minersfoundry.org.


Bocce Ball Tournament Nov 26

The Nevada County Italian Cultural Foundation Presents…..

First Annual Thanksgiving Weekend “Turkey Shoot” Bocce Ball Tournament
Saturday, November 26th
Western Gateway Park ’s New Bocce Ball Center, Penn Valley

8:00 A.M. Registration 8:30 Captains meeting 9:00 A.M. Start 1st round

A 1 day, Double Elimination – 4 Person Teams – $25.00 per Player

Lunch (Italian Sausage Sandwich, Chips and a Beverage) for players.  Sandwiches, Beer, soda, water etc. will be available for all @ minimal charge.

Registration Cut-off: November 10th. Teams will have to be paid in full to be added to the roster.

Rules will be emailed to all the Captains after cut-off

We will need to cut registration off at 24 teams. So be sure to sign up and get your fee’s in early. This is a weather permitting event. In the event of a rain out, we will refund all monies to the team Captain

Please mail or drop off your registration and fee’s at:
Farmers Insurance, Bill Knuedeler Agency
747 Maltman Dr.
Grass Valley, Ca. 95945

Be Italian for a day…Even if you don’t want to play come watch……

Maybe you’ll catch the fever!!!!

Download Turkey Shoot flyer and registration form



Grow Your Business Seminar Nov 29

Two Part Seminar: Grow Your Business with Email Marketing and Social Media Marketing

Hosted by Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce and Constant Contact

When: Tuesday, November 29th
Time: Part I 2:00 – 3:15 (15 minute complimentary snack break) Part II 3:30 – 5:30
Where: Sierra Commons (Stonehouse building, upstairs in the Stonehouse banquet room), 107 Sacramento Street Suite 300, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: Complimentary to Nevada City and Grass Valley Chamber members, all others $15 (check or cash at the door)
Parking: Complimentary parking at the Stonehouse lot or in the public lot across the bridge

Registration Required:  http://eventactions.com/ea.aspx?ea=Rsvp

Part I: Grow Your Business with Email Marketing

Build the relationships that are the key to your business success with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing! In this seminar, we will provide tips to increase your email deliverability and open rates, write good headlines and content, and perhaps most importantly, strategies for getting — and keeping — high quality prospects, customers and members. You will learn how to:
•Become a trusted email sender in the eyes of your prospects, customers, and members.
•Build your list! How to find and keep email list subscribers.
•Get your sent emails opened and read.
•Turn your readers into more frequent buyers/supporters/donators
•Target your communications –- how to get the right message to the right people at the right time.
•Use email communications to improve customer/member loyalty.

Part II: Social Media Marketing

This seminar will review the essential strategies and best practices a business or organization should understand in order to successfully get started with social media marketing. We will talk about:
•What social media marketing really is and why it’s important.
•Various social media networks and tools: how they interact, ways to leverage their strengths, and how to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization.
•How other businesses are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships, and drive sales and engagement.
•How to incorporate it into your business life without losing. productivity, while growing your reach.

Karen Rice, presenter
Constant Contact Regional Development Director, Northern California

New Members


SPD Saw Shop, Inc.
Sue Fox Pottery
Mark Reed Rusty Sword Productions
CTS Distributors



“Miss Representation” Screening Nov 28

Monday, November 28th

The Nevada Theatre
401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Doors 530pm, Film 6-730pm, Guest Panel Discussion 730-830pm
General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5
Available at BriarPatch, Yabobo, BookSeller and online
at http://missrepfriendshipclub.eventbrite.com/

For more information call The Friendship Club at (530) 265-4311

The Friendship Club and The Sierra Mentoring Partnership presents the award-winning documentary film ‘Miss Representation” – Monday, November 28th, at the Nevada Theatre, followed by a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media. This one night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.  View the trailer for “Miss Representation” here http://vimeo.com/28066212.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Miss Representation includes stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politi-cians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics like Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Jackson Katz, Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem. The film offers startling facts and statistics that will leave audiences shaken and armed with a new perspective.  www.missrepresentation.org

This event is sponsored by The Magic Lantern Film Society, producer of the Nevada City Film Festival and committed to bringing top independent cinema to the Sierra Nevada Foothills.


Shop Locally for the Holidays

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all Nevada County residents to “Shop Locally” during the upcoming holiday season.  Nevada City offers a diverse selection of quality merchandise at very competitive prices. Many local shops offer free gift wrapping, lay-away and personal customer service.  The entire downtown area is decorated with natural green swags on the gas lights and the buildings are highlighted with white Christmas lights, which creates the magic image of Nevada City.

Most stores are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Shopping locally benefits the local community through taxes, employment and economic development.   “Visitors and residents appreciate the old fashioned customer service and friendly atmosphere of doing business in Nevada City” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Cathy Whittlesey.


RR Museum Open Friday after Thanksgiving

The Railroad Museum will be open for visitors on the Friday 
after Thanksgiving, Nov 25, from 10am-4pm.  We invite everyone 
to stop by and see the museum fully decorated for the Holidays. The 
Gift Shop is fully stocked with railroad-related Christmas gifts, books, 
and toys for children and adults.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, 5 Kidder Court, 
Nevada City, (530) 470-0902


Emily’s New Event Center in Nevada City

Introducing Downtown Nevada City’s newest event venue, brought to you by Emily’s Catering and Cakes at 313 Commercial Street. The charming indoor/outdoor historic venue is perfect for social and business events with seating for up to 50. Convenient location is sure to please your local and out of town guests with hourly, half day, full day, multi day use rates available. Book your holiday party now!

For more information go to www.emilyscateringandcakes.com OR call Emily at (530) 409-3716

Be sure to stop by our cozy café at 313 Commercial Street during Victorian Christmas! Featuring handmade hot soup, pasties, hot chocolate and apple cider, delicious goodies and live entertainment! Have a seat and enjoy our holiday entertainment or take a pasty and hot chocolate in hand as you stroll the streets of Nevada City.


Holiday Cards by Leann Brook

New cards for the holidays featuring all locally shot images of Nevada City/Grass Valley and Sierra Foothills.

Available at:
Nevada City: J. J. Jackson’s, SPD Market
Grass Valley: Flour Garden Bakery, Briar Patch, SPD Market, Yuba Blue, Peaceful Valley Farm Supply
Auburn: Flour Garden Bakery

or view the entire line at www.brookdesign.com/greeting-cards

For more information: (530) 265-6817