New Year’s Eve at Miner’s Foundry

New Year’s Eve with Jelly Bread and Achilles Wheel

Monday, December 31, 2012, Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

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

TICKETS: $25.00 Advance General Admission, $30.00 General Admission at the Door, and $35.00 for Limited Reserve seating. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of champagne. Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch.

This New Year’s Eve, welcome in 2013 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center with a much anticipated dance party featuring Jelly Bread, one of the hottest funk, r&b, and roots bands in Northern California and Nevada, and local all-star rock group Achilles Wheel.

Jelly Bread, emerging out of Reno, NV, is a tour de force of full frontal funk, thoroughly steeped in a Rock-Americana style, with a dash of rollicking indie alt-rock radio appeal.  The band is fronted by award winning songwriter and lap steel player, Dave Berry, and vocalist and beast of drummer, Cliff Porter. The band’s ability to meld the elements of a high desert twang and Oakland funk & rock through musical alchemy produces a chameleonic playlist highlighted by dual vocals that bounce between native chanting at a bluegrass barbeque and a gospel singer fronting a rock band at a Sunday morning service.

Achilles Wheel offers local flavor with their high-energy fusion of World and American music played on numerous stringed instruments and a whole truckload of drums. Featuring the singing/songwriting and guitar playing of Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo, this up and coming group came together in the wake of other projects including The DeadBeats, Buck Love and The HumperHeads, The Jonny Mojo Trio, D’arcana, Collage of I, Euthanasia, and Dead Ahead. The rhythm section of the band is Gary Campus and Mark McCartney on drums and Shelby Snow on bass.

Food will be available for purchase along with a no host full bar.

Stonehouse New Year’s Event

What’s for dinner? The last supper of 2012 on New Year’s Eve?

Amuse Bouche; Butternut Squash Soup; Arugula, Beet, and Chevre Salad with a Lemon Vinaigrette; Pork belly, oyster mushroom, and slow egg; Steamed Manila Clams in white wine garlic and salt pork; Wild Mushroom Ravioli; Braised Short Rib, glazed baby carrots, creamy polenta in a red wine beef jus; Half Herb Roasted Chicken with lemon butter, potato parsnip puree, and winter greens; Vegetable Cassoulet with white beans and root vegetables; Lemon Curd Tart; Creme Brulee; Flourless Chocolate Cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberry

Join us for New Years’ Eve Feast & Masquerade Ball @ Stonehouse! With Flirty Dirty Blues by Grease Grit and Grime, and Original Folk Songs by John Wibberley’ Wibba Nation! The Old Brewery celebrates 160th Birthday!

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Call to book your event! Set your memory in Stone!  Tel: 1-530-265-5050

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Best Western Gold Country Inn
Four Paws Animal Clinic
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Closing Weekend of Christmas Shows

LeGacy Presents will present two Christmas shows this year, at the Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City, and at the Off Center Stage downtown Grass Valley.

“Miracle on 34th Street” continues at the Nevada Theatre through December 30th. “The 2009 hit for LeGacy was so loved by audiences, it is a pleasure to bring it back” says producer Sue LeGate. “We are blessed to have Judy Blake direct our big Christmas show once again. She did a beautiful job the last two years with “Tiny Tim’s Christmas”and “A Christmas Story”…..she has great vision and is absolutely wonderful with adults and kids alike. We are very excited!!

Heading up the local all-star cast is Jed Dixon as Kris Kringle; Amber Busse and Lucy Gardner split the role of Susan Walker; Susan’s mother, Doris, is played by Kate Haight; and Danny McCammon is Fred Gailey. The 32 member cast also features Patrick Moore, Dinah Smith, JR Lewis, Cap Wallington, Brian Arnold, John King, Ty Baldwin, and Shawnna Frazer. Wonderful music and dancing, along with this talented cast make this a must see for the whole family this holiday season!!


LeGacy also is presenting “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” at the Off Center Stage, 314 Richardson St, Grass Valley (located directly behind The Center for the Arts) starting Dec 1st. “On the wings of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare….Abridged….Revised!’…we are proud to have Scott Ewing direct for LeGacy again says LeGate. Scott knows how to throw three crazy actors together for a hit…..he did it with Shakespeare…and now he’s giving us another really funny show! Jay Barker, Brandon Johnson, and T.E. Wolfe have such great chemistry and comic timing.

Here’s the premise……three actors who are stuck doing “A break out to give the audience an incredibly crazy, funny, condensed beyond belief version of EVERY Christmas Story you can think of…..Grinch, Wonderful Life, Frosty…you name it. The script is hysterical, and with Scott and this trio of actors….you are guaranteed a laugh a minute!”

Tickets for both shows are only $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Available at The Bookseller in Grass Valley, Harmony Books in Nevada City, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419.


Happy Holidays!! See you at the theatre!!

The Outside Inn’s Ultimate Nevada City Giveaway

The Outside Inn’s blog is ending the year by thanking a number of local merchants and organizations. Check out the “Ultimate Nevada City Giveaway” and post your comment on why you love Nevada City for your chance to win gift certificates from: Outside Inn, Matteo’s, South Pine Café, Ike’s Quarter Café, The Parlour, Gray Goose, Maiden Lane, In the Kitchen, plus giveaways from Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Neva Co, Cello Chocolate, Nevada City CSK, JJ Jackson’s and more…


Markus James at Foundry Dec 28


WHO: Markus James & The Wassonrai
WHEN: Friday, December 28, 2012, Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
TICKETS: $18 Members, $20 Non-Members
Tickets are available online, in person, or by phone (530) 265-5462 at the Nevada City Box Office, or at Briar Patch.

Friday, December 28th, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Paul Emery Music present acclaimed blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Markus James. Along with his band the Wassonrai, he blends roots and blues music with the traditional sounds of the Wassoulou and Sonrai peoples of Mali, Africa. James is part of a new generation of American musicians creating West African-inspired rock music, that started with Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Ry Cooder, and even Bonnie Rait in the 1980s and 90’s and now includes contemporary pop artists like Vampire Weekend and Damon Albarn of Blur.

Markus James and The Wassonrai promise a rollicking night of music full of West African drumming, with n’goni funk, some North Mississippi-style trance riffs, singing and rapping in English and Bambara, some incredible harmonica, and jammin’ 20-minute songs.

About the Miners Foundry: The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is a living historic treasure serving Nevada County as a cultural arts and community events center. More than a venue, the nonprofit’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County. It is a symbol of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from our past to the present and future. To find out more about the Foundry and how you can get involved in preserving this historic treasure go to

Nevada County Furlough Days Dec 24-Jan 1

Nevada County Furlough Days to Coincide with Holiday Closings

Nevada County wants to remind residents that County offices will close Monday, December 24 – Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the December holidays and previously announced furlough days.

Closures will not impact access to public-safety and other 24-hour operations. The following Departments will be open during designated furlough days: Departments of District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Clerk-Recorder, and Public Defender.

The County encourages residents to plan ahead for needed services and to visit for on-line services and for additional information on county departments.

We apologize for any inconvenience these closures might cause to citizens who rely on County services. We look forward to serving you on January 2, 2013.

New & Renewing Members

Funnel Frenzy
Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society

Circle of the Sun
Judi’s of Nevada City
Mimi Simmons-ERA Cornerstone Realty

Celebrate the Holidays at the 35th Annual Victorian Christmas!

Northern California’s most fun Victorian Christmas event continues Sunday Dec 16, Wednesday Dec 19, and Sunday Dec 23 on the streets of historic Nevada City.

Victorian Christmas has been a beloved tradition since 1978 and this December, for three remaining dates, Nevada City’s picturesque downtown will transform once again into a Christmas card come to life.

Join family and friends sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Victorian Christmas features holiday activities for all ages: childrens’ pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!

There is oh so much to see, hear, feast upon and experience at Victorian Christmas. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…we look forward to welcoming the best of the holiday Season with you and yours!

Some (of the many!) reasons to enjoy Victorian Christmas this year!

Family Entertainment
From jugglers to fine musicians, carolers to storytellers, we have something for everyone.
Download the 2012 Entertainment Schedule

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. We have gifts for everyone at Victorian Christmas—and you don’t need to break the bank while shopping locally.

Festive Feasting
Enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty foods fill the air as you walk the winding gas lit streets of Nevada City.  From award-winning chefs to warming street food, there’s fare that is certain to satisfy every appetite, from children to gourmands.

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.  Come ready to give voice to traditional carols and more recent holiday songs!
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, online at

Photos by Erin Thiem, Outside Inn

NU Choir at the Nevada City Winery Dec 19

Wednesday, December 19, during Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas, marks the annual holiday performance by the Nevada Union High School Choir at the Nevada City Winery. Stop by from 4 to 5pm for beautifully sung traditional holiday songs, hot cider and cookies. Perfect fun for the entire family! Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring Street, Nevada City.

Event Barricade Fundraiser

Safety is always a first priority when planning chamber events. This is particularly true for the parades, and, of course, the Soap Box Derby. That is why we place barricades along the streets during these events. The problem is, we don’t have enough barricades to completely line the event route.

The Soap Box Derby committee has generously donated money to purchase ten barricades, but we need more to satisfy our safety needs. Our goal is to raise funds to purchase at least 20 additional barricades before Mardi Gras in February.

Are you willing to help? For $140, a barricade will be purchased in your name with a permanent plaque attached. You may have noticed that the barricades donated about 15 years ago proudly display the original donors recognition.

Please consider donating funds to buy one or more barricades. You may use the attached form to submit you purchase. Thank you!

Download Barricade Donation Form

Sierra Commons Grad Party Dec 19

Sierra Commons is celebrating the launch of over a dozen new businesses! Our Ignitor Course graduating students are putting on the ritz at a Showcase Party on Dec. 19th, from 2-6pm. This is a FREE community event, everyone is welcome, bring a friend or associate.

There will be food, drinks, demonstrations and products.

A flyer is attached with more information. Please feel free to share/post/attach in a newsletter. The more, the merrier!

After you’ve met our graduates, discovered what new businesses are being launched, and sampled some treats, stroll downtown to Nevada City’s Victorian Christmas.

Download Ignitor Grad Party Flyer

Nevada City Craft Fair Dec 16

Nevada City Craft Fair
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time 10am – 7pm

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

Tickets $3, Children 12 and under Free

This holiday season Shop Local! The Nevada City Craft Fair returns Sunday, December 16th 2012 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City, CA. The independent, juried craft fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares.

Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationery items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco, plus local businesses such as Kiya’s Naturals – Making Up-cycled luxury clothing with cashmere and wool, Simon Weller Photography and skateboards, Lay Swing handbags, plus gemstones, crystals, and jewelry from Gather Jewelry and Mountain Treasures, will also be offering their works. We promise you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list.

This year, the family tradition of Children’s Christmas Shopping will take place during the Craft Fair from 1-4:30pm. Parents can sit back, relax and warm themselves while guardian angels care of The Friendship Club escort little ones to shop for their family and help them wrap presents, Gifts are for children to purchase and range from $2-$10. Father Christmas will also make a special visit for both young and old to share their holiday wishes with.

A full-bar, plus coffee and other warm drinks from Fable Traveling Coffee and delicious treats from Wendy Van Wagner and Jessica Flannigan of In The Kitchen and Nevada City Community Supported Kitchen (CSK) will also be onsite with delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and other treats made from organic, local and natural ingredients.

Make it a weekend! This year The Nevada City Craft Fair falls on the same weekend as one of Nevada County’s most beloved holiday events, Victorian Christmas. Victorian singers, bagpipers, living nativity scene, visits with Santa Claus, vendors in costume, hot roasted chestnuts, and hot cider all happening downtown historic Nevada City, Sunday 16th from 1:30 – 6 pm.

New & Renewing Members

Brooke Hernandez Jewelry

Bill’s Chuckwagon
California Organics
Holdrege & Kull
LeGacy Productions
Shady Creek Event Center
The Parsonage
The Top Dog