Nevada City Summer Craft Fair Aug 7


WHAT: Nevada City Summer Craft Fair

WHEN: Friday, August 7, 2015, 3pm-9pm

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

TICKETS: $3, Children under 12 are Free


The Nevada City Summer Craft Fair returns to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center, Friday, August 7, during Nevada City’s First Friday Art Walk.

The independent, juried craft fair began in the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists and social do-gooders who were inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the US and Europe. Over the last five years, the mission has remained the same – to showcase handmade crafts by independent artists in a lively marketplace.

The bi-annual event continues to grow and is now the region’s top indie craft fair showcasing local Etsy vendors, artisans, and do-it-yourself crafters. This year shoppers can purchase locally made goods from fifty vendors selling their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares, letterpress paper and stationary items, children’s items, ceramics, bath products, and more.

There are some familiar and new faces this year including Sleeping Phoenix Design, Elemenopy, The Cosmic Soaper, Honey Hills Farm, Eko Kreations, Handmade by Heather and Her Kind, Full Circle Press, Cult of Gemini, Pickle Pottery, Kiya’s Naturals, Lone Wolf Jewelry, Nickels Flowers, Old Tree Essentials and many more.

The Nevada City Craft Fair will also partner with the DANK Galley located at the Miners Foundry to offer a full afternoon of fun and art during First Friday Art Walk.

For more information and a full list of vendors at

Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” Plays Thru Aug 8




What: Sierra Stages presents

When: July 16 – August 8
Thursdays at 7 PM; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays (July 26 & August 2) at 2 PM

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Information: • 530-346-3210

This summer, Sierra Stages presents the over-the-top Mel Brooks musical comedy “THE PRODUCERS” from July 16 through August 8 at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. Winner of an unprecedented 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “THE PRODUCERS” has music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. The Sierra Stages production is directed by Susan Mason, with dance direction by George Jayne and musical direction by Ken Getz, who conducts the live theatre orchestra.

Based on the hit 1968 film of the same name, “THE PRODUCERS” chronicles the hilarious adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of show business. Unfortunately, after all their hard work, their scheme does not go quite as planned.

This Mel Brooks masterpiece is a comic tour-de-force that spoofs the old-fashioned Broadway musical while paying tribute to it at the same time. The classic score contains such gems as “I Wanna Be A Producer,” “When You Got It, Flaunt It,” “Springtime for Hitler,” and “Prisoners of Love.”

The two would-be producers Max Bialystock and Leopold Bloom are played by Nevada County actors Robert Rossman and Danny McCammon, respectively. Both have appeared in numerous Sierra Stages productions, although this is the first time they have appeared together on stage. Rossman played Vanya in Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” this past spring, and has played, among other roles, Willie Loman in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Pseudolus in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. McCammon has charmed audiences in roles as diverse as Rod (the closeted gay Republican) in “Avenue Q” and John Wilkes Booth in Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”.

Rounding out the all Nevada County cast are Jay Barker (as Franz), Paul Micsan (as Roger DeBris), Conor Nolan (as Carmen Ghia), and Kate Haight (as Ulla). The multi-talented ensemble of first-nighters, accountants, showgirls, little old ladies, Hitler wannabes, storm troopers, and prisoners of love includes Casey Burke, Audrey Delgado, Kenneth Greer, Tinley Ireland, Heather Lucas-Ross, Kevin Lucas-Ross, Kai Lin, Joyce Miller, Sunny Ostrom, Hailey Patrick, Jori Phillips, Kelly Taylor, Krista Thomas, and Jonathan Willis.

Performances of “THE PRODUCERS” are Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays (July 26 and August 8) at 2 PM. General Admission tickets for the preview performances on July 16 & 17 are only $15. General Admission tickets for all other performances are $28. For those audience members who prefer a specific seat location and wish to provide additional financial support for Sierra Stages, Reserved Tickets for all performances are available for $35. Tickets may be purchased online at with no additional charges of any kind or by calling the Sierra Stages ticket line at 530.346.3210.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt not-for-profit community theatre with a goal to enrich the culture of western Nevada County by offering a wide range of quality theatrical experiences. Now in its seventh season, Sierra Stages presented Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” this past spring at the Nevada Theatre, and will present William Finn’s Tony Award-winning musical “Falsettos” from November 6 -22 at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. In addition, Sierra Stages is collaborating with the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City to present a series of six informal play readings – “Theater by the Book” – throughout the year.

For more information about “THE PRODUCERS” and Sierra Stages, visit

Railroad Turntable Fundraising Campaign

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum Launches Its Turntable-Spectacular Kickstarter Campaign

Yes, we know you are thinking, “Another Kickstarter campaign?” But some Kickstarter campaigns simply have all the earmarks for success and economic and cultural development. This is one of those campaigns.

The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad is excited to announce the return of its Narrow Gauge Railroad excursion and the launching of the Railroad Turntable Project: an accumulation of two years worth of work laying and repairing track from the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad and Transportation Museum down to the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California.

Here’s the link:

Walking distance from historic downtown Nevada City, the Nevada County Railroad Museum addition is destined to be an economic stimulator, as well as a pivotal historic and tourist attraction for the community.

“This is an incredible collaboration between the Narrow Gauge Museum, The Northern Queen Inn, and the soon-to-open Inn Town “Glamp” Ground owned by Dan and Erin Thiem (owners of The Outside Inn),” stated NCNGRR curator, Brian Blair. “This 70 campsite includes a Chinese cemetery and defunct mine shafts and the Thiems are giving access to our Railroad Museum railroad tracks.”

The Transportation Museum opened its doors in 2003 while the Northern Queen Inn had previously adopted the operating tourist railroad concept and utilized much of the museum’s track materials. Post the 2007-8 financial crisis the Northern Queen Inn fell upon hard times and in 2009 ceased rail operations. With enthusiasm from the new owner of the Northern Queen Inn and easement allowance from its new neighbors next door, the “Inn Town “Glamp” Ground,” the museum is able to re-establish the narrow gauge railroad from the railroad museum. The final key to the project is the turntable itself!

Turntable Kickstarter campaign creator, Reinette Senum, who also helped spearhead the campaigns for Three Forks Bakery & Brewing and the newly opened Wheyward Girl Creamery jumped on the opportunity to assist.

“I don’t throw myself into just any campaign. I look at all the benefits to community and if it meets my criteria, I’m game. This is one of those cases.”

Through generous donations as rail fans and historical minded public, the turntable project will allow the museum to turn around their rail buses at the museum site and head down to the Northern Queen Inn to pick up passengers to visit the museum. Patrons can then return on a complete one and one third mile historic ride depicting Nevada County’s early railroad history. The rail bus operation will also compliment the City of Nevada City’s vision of historical preservation, providing visitors a unique experience of living history of our gold rush era town, and a unique opportunity for economic development!

To learn more and to pledge towards a historic and economic boost, go to: 
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Sierra Commons Business Mixer Jul 30


What:  Business Mixer

Where:  Sierra Commons
792 A Searls Ave
Nevada City CA 95959

When: Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Cost: Free

For more information: 530-265-8443

Sierra Commons invites the public to a business mixer on Thursday, July 30th on the campus of their coworking facility at 792 A Searls Ave in Nevada City.  The mixer will be held from 5:30pm-8pm.  The event is free and food and drinks will be provided.

Last Summer Nights of the Season is July 29

Summer Nights in Nevada City
Wednesday, July 29
6 – 9:30 pm

The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, an outdoor festival of art and music, will be held three Wednesday evenings, July 15, 22, and 29, 2015.

During Summer Nights, Nevada City’s landmark historic district is closed to motorized traffic and filled with arts, crafts, classic cars, food, drink and music. Leading Sierra foothills musicians perform on outdoor stages throughout the downtown area. Hours are 6-9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Three Wednesday nights in July — the best FREE entertainment for the whole family!

Spend your summer nights on the streets of Nevada City celebrating the 25th annual Summer Nights. Wednesday evenings in July are a vacation for the entire family, with bands playing on special stages while children whoop it up on a Bounce House. With free nightly events throughout our downtown historic district, attendees are certain to find something to entertain and delight them.

For information, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY or visit


Deer Creek ART OnSite Documentary

In September 2013, ART OnSite unveiled their first public art project.  The project featured art works by eight professional artists installed along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City, CA.  The project brought people and the natural environment together in an innovative and artistic way, but also created awareness and challenged people’s ideas of what art could be. It told the story about a place and its history.

ART OnSite recently finished a short documentary film chronicling the ambitious project from conception to installation and finally the public’s reception.  The film features beautiful cinematography of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail and neighboring historic Nevada City.

Completed in 2011, the Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a nine-mile cultural and ecological multi-use trail.  Deer Creek is the reason for Nevada City’s being. It was the location of the first gold discovery in the region, and subsequently the town, originally named Deer Creek Dry Diggins, sprang up on its banks. Over time Nevada City, as it came to be known, grew along and around Deer Creek. The creek provided a water source, a transportation corridor, and a sense of place for the community and is still, to this day, a very important regional resource.

“The goal of the film was to tell the story of this unique project and to be a sort of “how to” for other arts and environmental organizations,” explains Nancy Nelson, the project’s vice chair.

In 2013 ART OnSite was one of eighty projects nationwide to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Initiative. Projects were selected for their ability to improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

The juried artists were Richard Baker, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Lisa K. Blatt, Mark Brest Van Kempen, Daniel Brickman and Unmanned Minerals, an artist collective that includes Matthew Hebert, Jared Stanley and Gabie Strong.  The artists were selected based on proposals that best interpreted the culture, history and ecology of the Deer Creek watershed.  The works ranged from hidden cameras capturing the flora and fauna on the trail to sculptures made with natural found materials to an interactive naturalist’s treasure hunt.

The film also touches on the importance of arts education.  It follows the artists who participated in the artist in residence program and worked with local middle school students.  Together artists andstudents visited the art installations on the trail and returned to the classroom to create their own works of art inspired by their discoveries and to discuss their experiences.

“The project certainly met our goal which was to provide awareness about the Deer Creek watershed and bring people to the trail,” says Nelson.  “It increased exposure to the trail by at least three times the number of people who had visited the trail in its first year.”

“It enhanced the awareness of the Deer Creek because there were not only residents who live here who were visiting it, but also tourists,” adds Nancy Fleming, Project Chair. “It expanded their understanding of who we are as a community and what we can accomplish together.”

You can watch the video here

Wild & Scenic “Call For Artists” Deadline Aug 2


Artists invited to submit original art for use as official artwork for the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival invites all artists to submit their artwork in a contest to become the official 2016 artwork used on all festival collateral at the 14th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City and Grass Valley, CA happening Jan. 14-18, 2016.

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), which produces the festival, seeks an artist to design original artwork to be used on all collateral including, but not limited to: promotional and commemorative posters, program, postcards, flyers, coasters, merchandise, website etc. The artist whose work is selected will be awarded a $500 cash prize and two festival passes valued at $250 for a prize package totaling $750. In addition, winning artwork and honorable mentions will be prominently displayed at the Festival and available for sale.

“We are looking for environmental work that features the beautiful natural world, adventure in that world, and/or activism involved in protecting it in the context of the year’s theme—A Change of Course,” said Melinda Booth, Festival Director. “This theme was chosen because issues surrounding water and our watercourses are timely and warrant special attention. We see a need for change in the fundamental ways we interact with our environment, and we need bold leadership to show us the course we might take to begin to live in a more sustainable way.”

For inspiration, visit where you can see past years’ graphics in the form of promotional posters. All media of work will be considered. The most widespread way the artwork will be used is as an 11”w x 17”h promotional poster. Contest details and submission information are available online at The deadline is Sunday August 2, 2015.

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be hosted in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California from January 14 – January 18, 2016. For more information, visit

Centennial Jubilee Concert Jul 26

NCCBCentennial Jubilee
Sunday July 26
5:00 – 7:00pm
Pioneer Park, Nevada City

With the theme “Centennial Jubilee,” this family-friendly outdoor concert celebrates music of the last 100 years, including the Nevada County Concert Band’s own history. Old instruments will get the spotlight, too, as we play through styles and music that evolved over the century.

At our July concert, we have invited musicians from off-season bands to join us for the day.  The stage will be filled with about 135 musicians, having a great time together and performing great music for you.

Celebrate how much has evolved from 1915 to 2015 with us!  From ragtime to jazz, with military and circus marches, there’s music here for everyone to enjoy.  Irving Berlin’s WWI tune tells how a lowly private hated the early morning bugle call, the US Coast Guard’s theme celebrates officially joining the Armed Forces, and the troops are reviewed with “Colonel Bogey on Parade.”

Each July, we feature one instrument group.  This year, the Baritone Horn/Euphonium section will perform “The Pals,” a 1915 polka that shows off its melodic tone and agility.

With “As Time Goes By,” we move to later compositions, like Percy Grainger’s mini-master piece “Walking Tune” and the original piece for band “From the Summit.”  Frank Sinatra was born in 1915, so we will obviously perform his signature song “Theme from New York, New York,” as well as the “Back to the Future,” because the movie Part 2 had a futuristic look at the year 2015.

Of course, there’s the band’s signature piece “1915 March” from our own history, and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” plus there will be ensembles, soloists, and so much more.

For more information go to

GV Thursday Night Market on YouTube

The Grass Valley Thursday Night Market Show enters it’s 4th week of production on 7-9-15. Tonight’s guest include Cathy Whittlesey from the Nevada City Chamber and Hilary Hodge from Sierra Commons plus the Jamal Walker Band. Teresa Dietrich and Gil Dominguez host this half hour of fun from Downtown. Produced by TouchDown Productions .com

For more information contact Gilbert Dominguez, TouchDown Productions, 530-274-2206 / cell 530-263-2482 or

Chamber Mixer July 16

Join us for the next Chamber Mixer!

Thursday, July 16

Hosted by
Cascades of Grass Valley
415 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley



Blue Knights Visit Nevada City Jul 14 & 15

During the week of July 12th the Blue Knights, an international law enforcement motorcycle club will hold their annual international conference in Reno, NV. The Blue Knight’s membership is comprised mostly of retired law enforcement professionals.  Their local chapter has visited our city numerous times during their weekly rides and we have always had positive encounters.

As part of their conference they have scheduled 2 rides to Nevada City; July 14th and again on July 15th . For these 2 rides they will have between 75-100 bikes in town each day between 11AM and 3PM. Once here they will have lunch, shop and site see.

They will park on one side of Broad St in the 200 and 300 blocks. This will be great for the city and business, with minimal disruption, and a great photo op.


The Children’s Festival is Jul 17

The Children’s Festival • July 17th, 2015

The Children’s Festival is a one-day Renaissance Faire for children of all ages. This year’s festival will include over twenty arts and crafts tables, strolling minstrels, face-painters, a bridge-guarding troll, sword dancing, medieval fencing, Queen Elizabeth, Pepper the Witch, Penny the Clown, Pirate School, and Claude – the life-sized mechanical dragon. Children of all ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged!

There are two sessions on Friday, July 17: 9am – noon and 5pm – 8pm. There is a $3 charge per session. Refreshments will be available for purchase. There will be re-usable tote bags available to the first 500 attendees at each session for a suggested donation of $1 – or you can bring your own bag to take home all of the wonderful things you will make at the festival. The Children’s Festival is sponsored by the Nevada City Rotary Club.