Miners Picnic celebrates 121 years

Miners Picnic Celebrates 121 Years of Gold, History and Family Fun

“A picnic, a tradition – and tons of fun since 1895, that’s how many describe the popular Miners Picnic,” said Event Chair Steve Sanchez.  “Hosted by Empire Mine Park Association, everyone is invited to come and celebrate our colorful history of gold, grit and glory.”

For well over a century, the Miners Picnic has been a popular tradition.  In the early days, it was held to raise money for miners’ widows and orphans – as well as injured and out-of-work miners.  “Today,” Sanchez explained, “it’s a chance to relive the glory days when Empire Mine ranked as one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines.   In recent years, we’ve welcomed over 1,500 visitors.  Some come for the chance to picnic on the magnificent grounds; while others come for the live music.  Many come to experience what life in a gold mine was like all those years ago. “

Visitors are encouraged to arrive before noon and make their way to the mine yard so they can witness the exciting mine-rescue reenactment.  It’s fun to cheer the rescue vehicles on while they rush to save the injured miners.   The louder the cheers, the better their chances are.   Nearby, the Stamp Mill Stompers will perform 1920s’ Dixieland jazz, the music of the day.   The mine yard area will also feature an array of adorable donkeys; some ready to go prospecting (while they steal hearts).  Live music from Fire in the Kitchen will be another mine yard highlight.  A visit to the busy Blacksmith Shop is also highly recommended.  With forges blazing and hammers clanging, the friendly “smiths” always have fascinating, old-time tales to tell.

Visitors often bring their own blankets, chairs and lunches, and picnic on the magnificent grounds near the Miners Picnic stage.  Plenty of food, drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase near the Clubhouse, including traditional Cornish pasties – a favorite with the miners.   The lively Buffalo Gals, an in-demand local band, will perform old-time tunes, some dating back to the late 1800s.  (Perhaps these same tunes were played at the very first Miners Picnic.)

Other activities include panning for gold, an old-fashioned cake walk, games and non-stop fun for all ages.  There will be a silent auction, plus a prize draw with valuable gold jewelry to be won.  Magicians and balloon sculptors will keep visitors thoroughly entertained, especially the children, while an impressive variety of classic cars will enhance the event’s vintage appeal.

Empire Cottage, designed by famous architect Willis Polk in the late 1800s, will be open to the public, with docents in lavish early 1900s’ costumes portraying members of the Bourn dynasty, as well as other colorful characters who shaped Northern California’s heady history.   To close the day’s entertainment, singer/guitarist Kelly Fleming will play just outside the Cottage – the perfect way to relax in the shady gardens, and reflect on a memorable day.   For most, a visit to the Gift Shop is a must.  Besides an unusual assortment of books and geological mementoes, an impressive selection of heritage roses will be available for purchase.

“There truly is something for everyone to enjoy, including a new attraction,” Sanchez added.  “We recently refurbished the two-stamp stamp mill, and now that it’s operational, it’s become a powerful draw.  With so much to enjoy, I highly recommend that people plan on spending the day.”

Miners Picnic will be held at Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley on Saturday, August 27th.  For further information, either phone the Visitors Center (530) 273-8522 or visit www.empiremine.org






LeeAnn Fine Art Gallery & Studio – August Events

“A Celebration of Art” features two shows of paintings by LeeAnn Brook. Nevada City Winery will feature Brook’s work with a reception Aug. 5, 5-7 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gallery and studio will celebrate a one year anniversary celebration also on Aug. 5, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, 300 Spring St., Nevada City. Both shows run through Aug. 30.  Read more….


Audiences Adore the Sierra Stages Production of “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”

Now Through August 6 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City

Sierra Stages presents “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”

Through August 6, 2016 – Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

For information go to www.SierraStages.org 0r call 530-346-3210

Audiences are offering high praise for the Sierra Stages production of the hit musical “Little Shop of Horrors” now playing through August 6 at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City. “A truly great show! The cast was wonderful and we had a terrific Sunday afternoon.” – Anne S. “We considered the whole experience ‘Over the Top WOW’!!! I’m so lucky to get to see it TWO more times!” – Aileen T. “What a fabulous show! This is a fun one, and so well presented, I might have to try to see it twice! – Gypsy K. “The cast was first rate, with Seymour and Audrey just packing in the fast songs, the street girls perfect, loved the dentist! What a treat.” – Susan G. “A garden of talent with great voices, a marvelous band and some wonderful surprises. Really thoroughly enjoyed this production!” – Sallee K. “Best musical I’ve ever seen in my almost 30 years in Nevada County! (and I’ve seen a lot!) Loved everything about it – Linda K.

“Little Shop of Horrors” is one of the most popular musicals of all time. It debuted off-Broadway in 1982 and ran for five years, was made into a popular and memorable film (starring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin) in 1986, premiered on Broadway in 2003, and has received thousands of professional and amateur productions throughout the world over the past 35 years. The Sierra Stages production is directed by Robert Rossman, with musical direction by Ken Getz. The set and lighting design is by Erin Beatie and the costume design is by Jill Kelly. The cast includes Nevada County actors Jay Barker, Audrey Delgado, Nancy Haffey, Jackie Kolenko, JR Lewis, Ken Miele, Tracy Nickle, Conor Nolan, and Kim Wellman.  The cast is accompanied by a theatre orchestra consisting of 13 Nevada County musicians.

Performances of “Little Shop of Horrors” continue through August 6 on Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM.  General Admission is $28. For audience members who prefer to select specific seat locations in advance and provide additional financial support, $35 Reserved Seating is available in advance. General Admission and Reserved Seating tickets may be purchased online at www.SierraStages.org with no fees of any kind. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Sierra Stages at 530.346.3210 and at the door beginning one hour before each performance (subject to availability). $15 Student Rush tickets are also available at the door beginning ½ hour before each performance (subject to availability) for students age 25 and under with a valid student ID.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began in 2008, Sierra Stages has presented 28 plays and musicals and has been recognized by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance with six Elly Awards and 53 Elly Award nominations. The annual Elly Awards honor outstanding achievements of community theatres and artists in the greater Sacramento area. For more information about Sierra Stages, visit www.SierraStages.org.

Railroad Museum to Hold Annual Yard Sale

Railroad Museum Annual Yard Sale

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – August 5, 6 & 7

Don’t miss this event! Come shop at the annual yard sale featuring power tools, hand tools, model trains, housewares, furniture, artwork, toys and books!  Friday’s sale will be from 8am – 3pm, with Saturday & Sunday sales from 9am to 2pm. 100% of the proceeds support the Museum.

The Museum’s gift shop will be open and all the Museum’s operations will be available.

The Museum is located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City which can be reached off of Gold Flat Road via Bost Avenue or New Mohawk Drive.  Telephone 530/470-0902 or visit www.NCNGRRMuseum.org

Contact:  Madelyn Helling 530/265-5943

End-of-Summer Parking Lot Yard Sale


Come join us on August 19, 20 & 21 for our

End-of-Summer Parking Lot Yard Sale

…where you’ll find great bargains on clothing, household goods, furniture, collectibles, and more.

New inventory will be available and added daily. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.

Call Anew Place at 477-9111 for more information

Sierra FoodWineArt – Summer Issue

Sierra FoodWineArt magazine is circulating its summer issue, promoting Nevada City, Grass Valley and Nevada County. A full-page article also promotes spring in Nevada City.

The full-color glossy magazine is distributed all the way to the Bay Area, Sacramento, Reno, Truckee-Tahoe, Chico and Placerville and points in between, and its companion website SierraCulture.com is promoted at SacBee.com. A new digital version of each issue for iPhones and tablets is at digital.sierraculture.com.

Owners Jeff and Shannon Pelline are Chamber members and Nevada City residents. For more information email info@SierraFoodWineArt.com.

SFWA Summer 16 Cover

Summer Nights in Nevada City – Wednesday July 27th

 Come Out & Enjoy Beyond Fire Tribe this week at Summer Nights in Nevada City

Performing at 9:00pm in the Three Forks parking lot!!

The Annual Summer Nights in Nevada City celebration, an outdoor festival of art and music, ends this Wednesday evening, July 27, 2016.

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.

July 27th
*Lorraine Gervais *World Beatnix

*George Souza *Troupe Al Ama

*Crackerjack Jazz *David Ayala

*Beyond Fire Tribe

Fun for all ages on the streets of Nevada City, we’ll see you there!

For more information

Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land

Land Trust announces new twist on annual fundraiser

WHEN: Saturday, September 10

WHERE: Linden Lea Ranch

GATES OPEN: 4 p.m.

Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for a much anticipated twist on an old favorite – an end-of-Summer Gala celebrating land conservation to be held under the oaks at one of BYLT’s most important agricultural easements.

Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10 at the beautiful Linden Lea Ranch in Nevada City. Following a slightly different model this year, the event is the 14th annual fundraiser for the Land Trust and is critical to local land conservation. This farm dinner held at a working cattle ranch is designed to connect people with the landscapes BYLT works hard to protect.

“This year we are focusing on the Land, bringing people’s attention to BYLT’s mission of conserving open spaces and wilderness areas.  We’ll be holding our gala dinner at the Linden Lea Ranch, one of several ranches that we protect with an agricultural easement which prevents development of the ranch lands.

Each year, we plan to hold the event at a different farm, ranch, or protected open space – from the oak woodlands of the foothills to the mixed conifer forests of the higher Sierra, to introduce the public to the diversity of landscapes BYLT protects,” said Development and Programs Manager Melony Vance.

Back to the Mission

Founded in 1990, BYLT is a private, non-profit, membership-supported group promoting voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural resources in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and foothills. BYLT saves land, builds trails and offers programs to get people outdoors and appreciate nature.

In 2003, when BYLT’s fundraising series began, outdoor concerts were the centerpiece. The nonprofit group, formerly known as Nevada County Land Trust, regularly brought big name musical talent to the region.

“Our goal was to provide a high quality music experience on beautiful land.  It grew to be a major event on many people’s social calendar,” said BYLT’s Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.

In the past 14 years, the Land Trust has hosted headliners such as: Leon Russell, America, Dr. John, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings, Cousin Cricket, Asleep at the Wheel, Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, Willie Nelson, Allen Toussaint, Poncho Sanchez and Pete Escovedo.

“More recently The Center for the Arts and other music presenting organizations have brought in a lot of wonderful talent,” said Coleman-Hunt.

This year, in an effort to stay true to the Land Trust’s core mission, staff have re-envisioned the annual fundraiser with Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land. The revised concept follows a theme of other unique Land Trust events designed to get people outside and care about protecting the place they call home – EcoKids for families at Burton Homestead and Celebration of Trails for outdoor recreationists.

Land, local food, art, auction and dancing

Gates open at 4 p.m. for Open Spaces and Wild Places: A Celebration of Land. Guests can sample appetizers and sip signature cocktails, local wine from Coufos Cellars or favorite micro-brews while strolling an elegant art show, meet local artists or perusing a Silent Auction with dozens of items.

Gourmet Chef Emily Scott-Arbaugh from Emily’s Catering will delight Land Trust supporters with an elegant locally-procured farm dinner prepared using seasonal foods. Nevada County Free Range Beef will be the centerpiece of the meal, in honor of Cowboy Jim Gates, long-time Land Trust partner who grazes his cattle at Linden Lea Ranch and Garden Bar Preserve. Salmon and vegetarian options are also available served family style along with the freshest summer side dishes and a decadent dessert to round out the meal.

At 7 pm, get ready to dance, with hot Latin Jazz music by Sacramento-based Carlos McCoy’s High Octane Latin Jazz Band. A Live Auction will take place at intermission followed by more music and dancing outdoors until twilight.

Tickets are limited: $100 member; $125 general, with table reservations available upon request.

Learn more at: www.bylt.org or call 272-5994 x 204





Nevada City Chamber Statement Regarding City Councilwoman Reinette Senum

To Whom it may Concern:

The Nevada City Chamber is not a political organization.

We neither endorse or call for the resignation of a City Council Member.

Please understand and respect our mandatory political neutrality, without which we would not be able to treat all of Nevada City’s businesses, employees and visitors fairly and equally.

Speaking for the Chamber Board and I would hope all of our members, we have always supported our local police department and unequivocally support good law enforcement officers nationwide.


Dave Iorns


Gold Miners Inn, 121 Bank Street in downtown Grass Valley, today announced that it has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include hotels around the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“It’s always rewarding when our commitment to customer service is reflected in the reviews received by our hotel and its staff,” said Gold Miners Inn General Manager Sean Gilleran.

Some of the most recent TripAdvisor guest reviews include comments such as:

“We have stayed here twice and both times have had excellent service and very nice rooms. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfy. I highly recommend this hotel if you happen to be in Grass Valley plus there is a wonderful Northern Italian Restaurant (Milano’s) right behind it.”

“In the past many Holiday Inn properties were in need of a facelift. If my stay at the Gold Miner’s Inn is any indication, things have turned around. The front desk service was excellent, my room was clean, the free wireless worked without a hitch, and the included breakfast was nice – fruit, yogurt, juice, oatmeal for me – eggs, bacon/sausage etc. for others. My hunch is the Gold Miner’s Inn may be the best property in Grass Valley/Nevada City. Lastly, the welcome letter with a bag of peanuts in the room was inventive and a fun read.”

“This Certificate of Excellence is further proof that we always strive to exceed customers’ expectations,” added Gilleran.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

For more information please contact:

Sean Gilleran,

General Manager