New Year’s Eve Gala at Stonehouse

The Stonehouse will host an eclectic and glamorous New Year’s Eve Gala from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m Saturday night. There will be a no-host full bar, a light show from Mountain Events with dancing to Big Band and swing-era hits, and acoustic rock featuring Little Miss Scorpio in the the Stonehouse’s historical and mysterious cave. The Delirious Moon Swings, featuring cast members from “Delirious Moonlight: Blues, Broadway and Beyond,” will also perform in the bar.

The Stonehouse is encouraging guests to don their classiest and snazziest attire, and greet 2012 in serious style. There will be a variety of desserts available for purchase, along with champagne and party favors at midnight. Admission is $15 at the door. “Delirious Moonlight” ticket-holders receive free admission to the New Year’s Eve Gala.

WHAT: New Year’s Eve Gala at the Stonehouse
WHERE: The Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento Street, Nevada City
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 31, 10:30 p.m to 2 p.m.
COST: $15 at the door; free to “Delirious Moonlight” ticket-holders.
INFO: Call the Stonehouse at 575-5524, visit, or

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Mardi Gras 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities

It’s that time of the year again! The 2012 Mardi Gras will be taking over the streets of Nevada City this February 18 & 19 and is sure to be a great time! Mardi Gras typically draws more than 2,000 visitors and residents to downtown Nevada City during a slower time of the year to help pick up your business and add a little life to the town in the dead of winter. As a member of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, it is your chance to support this great event and maximize your exposure throughout the entire weekend!

This year, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is offering a suite of donation and sponsorship opportunities that can maximize your exposure on any budget! Please offer your support in any way you can so we can be sure to make this year’s Mardi Gras the best yet!

There are a variety of different ways for you to help support Mardi Gras this year. Every donation will be recognized, so take advantage of this unique way to market your business to thousands of potential customers this year!  We look forward to having you as part of this great event!

Download Mardi Gras Sponsorship Form


Renewing Members


Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe
Rogers Picture Framing


NC Elks Lodge New Years Eve Dinner/Dance

December 31 – New Years Eve Dinner/Dance
$15.00/person – Prime RIB DINNER

Don Hamilton Trio – Live music for the dance!  Don Hamilton on the piano – Steve Woolsey on the drums – Barry Rakoon on the bass…..THEY ARE GOOD!

Bar opens at 4 and Dinner at 6 PM. Dancing starts around 7:30 PM

Make checks payable to the NC Elks Lodge #518 – with “New Years Eve dinner/dance” noted in memo line



Mondays at Nevada City Elks

The Nevada City Elks Lodge would like to remind you of their monthly offerings:

1st Monday of the month is Deli Night
2nd Monday of the month is Hamburger Night
3rd Monday of the month is Mama’s Spaghetti Night
4th Monday of the month is Taco/Burrito night

All start at 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Bar opens at 4:30 PM

518 Highway 49, Nevada City


Nevada County Arts Sponsors Film Festival

Nevada County Arts is delighted to be a sponsor of SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival. An extraordinary arts asset in our community, the festival is considered to be the largest film festival of its kind with films that combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling. This will be the first year of this collaboration as well as the largest coordinated art show of its kind in Nevada County.

Nevada County Arts has selected more than 56 artists whose work will be displayed in several venues throughout downtown Nevada City, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and at BriarPatch during the 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival®, January 13-15, 2012. Twenty artists’ work will be on display in the ‘Jury Selection Exhibit’ at the Alpha Building (the festival headquarters).

The featured art to be displayed during the festival includes many mediums (sculpture, woodcuts, charcoal etchings, silkscreen prints, cartoons, painting, basket weaving, cartoons and photography) and acts as another means to draw attention to environmental issues and inspire activism.

The selected art includes:  An installation focused on watershed restoration by ecological artists Helen and Newton Harrison; Beach Plastic, a demonstration of the ubiquity of plastic waste in our oceans created by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang who configured their collection of plastic detritus from various beaches into artworks; The Last Apothecary, a large-scale installation by Jillian Van Ness, that consists of an antique canvas wardrobe, antique glass bottles, wire, sand, and paper, which embody the Van Ness’s deep love and appreciation for the various forms and uses of water; Solomon Bassoff’s painted cement and mosaic embellished sea turtles and flowers; Jason Houston’s series of 14 portraits of individuals living in the areas around a critical wildlife reserve in Indonesian Borneo, titled People of the Forest; Geolyn Carvin’s delightful cartoon series, with the main character, Boots McFarland, who is an adventurous hiker finding humor in nature; Peggy Wrights’ sculptures constructed with natural and found objects; Joseph Daniel Fiedler’s whimsical images of birds, fish and animals; Richard Downs’ monoprints, “BP Pelican,” named for the BP deepwater horizon oil spill; as well as the Nevada County Plein Air Painters, several photographers and artists whose work focuses on the Yuba River and environs, baskets created by the Nisenan Indian people from the Nevada City Rancheria, and much more.

For more information or tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival go to:

Don’t Miss Victorian Christmas-Dec 21st!

Join us for the last
Victorian Christmas of the Season!

Wednesday, Dec 21st  5-9pm

Entertainment Schedule

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra 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 outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gaslamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas evokes holiday memories of an earlier era.  Join us for Strolling Carolers, Children’s Activities, Carriage Rides, Roasted Chestnuts, Holiday Shopping, Handcrafted Christmas Gifts, and much more!

Read more about Victorian Christmas here:

Download Flyer Victorian Christmas 2011





Join the Fun and Dress for Victorian Christmas!

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Victorian attire for merchants, vendors and visitors. Dressing for the occasion adds a special touch to the atmosphere the Chamber is trying to create. Suggestions are as follows for low cost creative Victorian costuming.

• Vest over a high necked shirt
• Knee socks over jeans or pants to look like knickers
• Feathers attached to a broad-brimmed hat and long, elbow-length gloves
• Shirt sleeves pushed up with elastic at elbows
• Long scarf over blouse, sweater, jacket, etc.
• Shawl over blouse or shirt
• Broad colorful suspenders over plain, plaid or paisley shirt
• Bow tie, string tie
• Top hat, bowler, fake handlebar mustache!!!
• Ruffled apron over ankle length dress, skirt
• Ruffled cap
• Long coat with scarf and hat

Use your imagination!! You can probably dress in a Victorian look by just being creative with the clothes in your closet or visit some of Nevada City’s clothing & hat stores!

Try it – It’s lots of fun and adds to the ambience of the celebration!


A photo of merchandise at J.J. Jackson’s of Nevada City is featured on the front page of, the county’s official tourism website. The photo is by Erin Thiem of the Outside Inn. is being updated daily with a new blog called “All Aboard!” that promotes events such as Victorian Christmas and the show times for The Christmas Card, featuring Nevada City. Check out and “like” its Facebook page at The site is being managed by Nevada City residents and Chamber members Jeff and Shannon Pelline, who also publish Sierra FoodWineArt magazine.

Renewing Members


Fifthframe Photography
The Old 5 Mile House
The Roth Estate
Woman of Faith Photography


Closing Weekend for Christmas Shows

At the historic Nevada Theatre….LeGacy Productions is proud to present Phillip Grecian’s adaptation of Jean Shepard’s charming work, “A Christmas Story”, directed by Judy Blake. A holiday show for the whole family, audiences will fondly remember the story of Ralphie Parker’s (you’ll shoot your eye out!!) childhood memories brought to life in the classic Christmas movie of 1983. Ralphie’s wish for a 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle supplies an underlying theme to an American family’s annual holiday traditions in an even more special time in American history. Set in 1939, the Parker family and a host of other characters remind us of a simpler time, with a kid-filled cast, and lots of fun and laughs!

Also, for the Christmas season, LeGacy is proud to announce the return of Gary Wright to their company in “Santaland Diaries”. Wright delighted audiences with his portrayal of all 31 characters of Bedford Falls in last year’s “This Wonderful Life” at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Returning to the same venue, Wright gives us the tales of a Macy’s “Santaland” Elf, from the hilarious works of David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello. Directed by Carolyn Howarth, this show is sure to be a hoot……for adult elves only!!!

Both shows run through Christmas Eve.  General tickets are $20 in advance, ($23 at the door) for “A Christmas Story”, and $23 in advance ($25 at the door) for “Santaland Diaries”. Tickets are available at The Briar Patch and The Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Hallmark’s “The Christmas Card” Showtimes

the christmas card

This November and December “The Christmas Card,” the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original film of all time, will be aired on the following dates (Pacific Time):

*** be sure to check your local cable guide for the exact times***

Remaining 2011 Showtimes:
• December 24, 10:00am
• December 24, 8:00pm

For more information visit Hallmark Channel’s Website.

Experience the magic of Nevada City first hand at Victorian Christmas. This annual, family tradition takes place in December and features holiday activities for all ages: childrens’ pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas! The event is held in December, three Wednesday nights, and two Sunday afternoons. There is no admission charge.

Gift Suggestions from Nev Co Historical Society

Just a last minute reminder about unique gift options available through the Nevada County Historical Society.

Give a “Gift Certificate” for an Historic Photo 8 x 10 for only $10.00. Thousands to 
choose from!

At Searls Historical Library
, 214 Church St., 
Nevada City – 
Open Mon-Sat 1-4. (Closed 12-24 thru 1-1-12) 
(530) 265-5910.

Or, shop at the Railroad Museum Gift Shop where members receive 10% off! They 
have many unique gift items to choose from for both railroad buffs and those interested in 
local history.

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
, 5 Kidder Ct., (off Gold Flat Rd/Hollow Way/Bost Ave), 
Nevada City
 – Open Sat-Sun 10-4 (Closed 12-24 thru 1-1-12) 
(530) 470-0902.

Photos with Santa Dec 21st

Photos with Santa
National Hotel

217 Broad St, NC

• Wednesday, Dec 21st During Victorian Christmas
5pm to 9pm

$5 – All Money donated to the local Mason’s Eastern Star Charities during Victorian Christmas


Emily’s Cafe open during Victorian Christmas

Be sure to stop by Emily’s Catering’s 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.

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New & Renewing Members


Nirvana Thai Massage

Imperial Shen Nong Tea
Round Table Pizza
Springhill Physical Therapy
Terra Alta Real Estate


Double Oak Vineyards Holiday Sale

DOUBLE OAK FINE WINE MAKES A GREAT GIFT for family & friends, business associates & customers!

• Visit the Double Oak Winery and purchase your gift wine in person, taking advantage of Holiday Specials. Double Oak is open on Saturdays, December 3, 10 & 17.  We will be closed on December 24.
• Order a gift of Double Oak wine, which we will ship for you.
• Order a Wine Gift Certificate, which we will mail for you.
• Gift a half year or full year gift membership in the Double Oak Wine Club, which we will manage for you.
All the above includes a special message from you.

For a description of all currently available Double Oak wine, all wine discount information, and complete shipping rate information go to or call Double Oak at 530-292-3235.


Soup Night at the Stonehouse Dec 14th

At the STONEHOUSE we’ve partnered up with some great organizations for community and fun!

We hope you can join us for our Living Lands Victorian Christmas Soup Night, December 14, from 5 – 7pm in Nevada City. Start your evening at Victorian Christmas with a warming, soup dinner with Living Lands. Suggested donation: $7 – $10 per person.

We only have a few soup nights each year, and they provide a unique opportunity to enjoy a hearty, locally sourced meal with fellow community members who share a love of fresh food and local, fresh farmers. Suggested donation is $7 – $10 per person.

This year, we are happy to announce that our soups will be held at The Stone House, at 107 Sacramento Street – a beautiful location where there is plenty of room to sit and mingle with new and old friends. Tables are set up family style, so you are bound to meet some new folks or get to know some familiar faces a little better.

Tell your friends and family – this is a delicious opportunity to learn more about Living Lands and support our work in training new farmers and building more farms. Living Lands t-shirts will also be available (and they make great holiday gifts!). Mark your calenders.

For more information on LIVING LANDS visit the website:


Bed and Breakfast Christmas Tour Dec 15th

In the spirit of Christmas giving, three local Bed and Breakfasts have elected to “Show Off” for the holidays. Decorated in their Christmas grandeur, these inns will open their doors and welcome visitors to step back in time and enjoy the splendor of an old fashioned holiday season.

On December 15th the Elam Biggs Bed and Breakfast and the Swan Levine House in Grass Valley will welcome all visitors from 4:30 to 7:00 PM, and in Nevada City, the Deer Creek Inn will do the same… and best of all…, IT IS FREE. Not only will you get to see the heart of these magnificent Inns, but of course, we never let anyone leave hungry. So, be sure to indulge in the holiday treats offered up and well… just consider it another Christmas gift from the Innkeepers.

In these hard economic times we must share with one another the small gifts that each of us has to offer. We will share the beauty of our inns with you and you can share those wonderful smiles that make this season, as they say… “A Joy to Remember”. Happy Holidays and we will see you on December 15th.

In Grass Valley:
Elam Biggs Bed and Breakfast
220 Colfax Avenue
Grass Valley, CA 95945-6844
(530) 477-0906

The Swan Levine House
328 South Church Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945-6709
(530) 272-1873

In Nevada City:
Deer Creek Inn
116 Nevada Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 264-7038