Nevada City Uncorked Announces New Venues for 2016

A Wine, Food, and Historical Experience

Nevada City Uncorked Announces New Venues

Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Nevada City Uncorked, a celebration of wine and food, takes place on August 27 in downtown Nevada City. Nevada City’s small-town Victorian charm is the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked. Uncorked, a celebration of wine and food, is a walk-about-town style format featuring 20 venues throughout the downtown area.

Nevada City Uncorked opens the doors to unique, historic, and hidden spots around town. Each venue, whether it is B&B or Inn, art gallery, retail shop, restaurant, winery, or brewery will include wine or beer tasting and food sampling.

This year Uncorked is happy to announce three new venues, two art galleries and the iconic Stonehouse to the list of this year’s venues.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery (www.leeannbrookfineart.com) is located at the corner of Spring and Pine Streets. It is an artist-owned gallery and working studio featuring contemporary paintings by LeeAnn Brook, sculpted wood vessels by Mike Snegg, ceramics, hand blown glass, sculpture and jewelry, in a curated setting with Japanese antiques. During Uncorked the gallery will host Nevada City’s newest winery, Woodcut Winery.

The Alexander Gallery (www.thealexandergallery.net), located at 225 Broad Street, exhibits a selection of contemporary art from well-established artists, sourced locally, regionally, and from across the country. Their historic 1870’s building is a perfect backdrop for a modern interior featuring contemporary art in a welcoming artistic environment. During Uncorked The Alexander Gallery will host Bent Metal Winery pouring their award winning wines. Caramelized Catering will be offering their delicious foods.

The addition of The Stonehouse, located at the base of Broad Street, continues to vitalize the old plaza. The Stonehouse, with it’s amazing historical charm, joins Lefty’s Restaurant and the cool and shady back deck of Century 21 Reality as venues making the Plaza the go-to place during Uncorked this year.

Now under new ownership, The Stone House provides an exceptional venue and dining experience that delivers a beautiful setting for weddings, conferences, gatherings, and music. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, small bites, brunch, dinner or just stop in for an espresso!

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the local Sierra Vintners Winery Association. Tickets are $35 in advance, $30 for Wine Club Members of participating wineries, and $45 on the day of the event. Wine Club members get the code for discount tickets from your wine club winery.

Click on www.nevadacitychamber.com for event information, a list of all participants, and to purchase in-person tickets. To purchase tickets online click www.sierravintners.com.

Nevada City is one of America’s Most Celebrated Small Towns

icon-budget-travelBudget Travel – America’s Coolest Small Towns 2014

http://budgettravel.com/feature/americas-coolest-small-towns-2014,26686/

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The Lonely Planet  – Top US Destinations for 2012

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/76941

icon-outside-riverOutside Magazine’s Best River Towns

http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/best-towns/Best-Towns-Waterfront-Property.html

icon-beautiful-townsThe Most Beautiful Towns and Villages of California (book)

http://www.amazon.com/Most-Beautiful-Villages-Towns-California/dp/B0057DD1W4

icon-frommersFrommer’s Best Small Towns in California

http://www.frommers.com/destinations /california/0215020855.html

icon-sfgateSF Gate Reader Picks: 20 Must See Small Towns

http://blog.sfgate.com/getlost/2013/04/04/reader-picks-20-must-see-small-towns/

icon-cities-journalCitiesJournal.com Ranks Nevada City as one of Top 15 Towns in California

https://www.nevadacitychamber.com/nevada-city-ranked-as-one-of-californias-top-15-cities/

Sacramento Area Cycling Through the Years

The Sacramento Bee published an article chronicling Sacramento area cycling throughout the years.  Many of the historic cycling events happened in Nevada City.

Read the full article at SacBee.com

Here are some of the highlights that happened in Nevada City:

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Photo courtesy of Bob Wyckoff and The Union

1961

The Nevada City Classic debuts, with about 50 riders and 1,500 spectators. Prizes include an outboard motor, transistor radios and gold nuggets. It’s now the country’s second-oldest annual race.

1970

John Howard, a triathlon pioneer and three-time Olympian, laps the Nevada City Classic field by mid-race and nearly laps the field again en route to victory.

1979

Greg LeMond, riding in the senior race as a junior, escapes from the field in mid-race and wins the Nevada City Classic.

2009

Lance Armstrong wins the Nevada City Classic.

2010

The Tour of California switches from February to May, and Mark Cavendish of Great Britain wins the opening stage from Nevada City to Sacramento.

2011

A freak May snowstorm in South Lake Tahoe prompts the cancellation of Stage 1 of the Tour of California. The original second stage is shortened, and its departure point changes from Squaw Valley to Nevada City. Ben Swift of Great Britain claims the stage ending in Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Best Cyclists – Versus the Gold Country Race That Seems to Begrudge Them a Gold Medal

NEVADA CITY, California (April 21, 2014) — Every June, on Father’s Day, Sacramento’s best cyclists challenge a Gold Country course that experts consider the toughest criterium in the U.S. – the Nevada City Bicycle Classic. In the past 3 years, Sacramento riders have finished 4th, 3rd, and 2nd in Nevada City, but have not won a gold medal there. Two of Sacramento’s riders have missed 1st place by less than 1 second.

The 54th Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic will be held on Sunday, June 15th, holding to its Father’s Day tradition. More than 30 Sacramento area racers are expected to take part.

Since 1960, Nevada City has drawn top road cyclists to its narrow Victorian streets, staging a European-style race that has been won by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, two-time U.S. national champion Levi Leipheimer, and Alexi Grewald, the first man to win Olympic cycling gold for the USA. As a 19 year-old, Lance Armstrong raced in Nevada City in 1991, taking 2nd place.

Emily Kachorek – 2nd place finisher in 2011 (Women – Pro/Category 1/2/3)

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The sole, recent silver medal brought home by a Sacramento rider was won by Emily Kachorek. A UC Davis undergrad with a master’s degree in conservation biology from CSU Sacramento , Kachorek is a pro racer with #ghetomoto and Vanderkitten, the Berkeley apparel brand (“Clothing for women who kick ass!”).

Kachorek has finished more than 200 races since 2003, but didn’t race at all from 2004 to 2008 after two of her friends crashed, one seriously and one fatally, in separate bicycling accidents. Eventually, after finding renewed inspiration from casual rides on the 32 car-free miles of the American River bike trail, Kachorek resumed racing and has since become, in the words of ESPN, “a cyclist you should know.”

In a poem entitled “Why I Ride” posted at a cause-related Facebook page for women cyclists, Kachorek shares her motivations. Among them: “I ride because it stabilizes my life and creates balance. I ride because going downhill at 40mph makes me feel wild and free. I ride because I can’t cry and pedal and the same time.”

The year following her silver medal in Nevada City, Kachorek joined the U.S. National Team. Recently, she has devoted more attention to cyclocross, which she describes as “absolutely brutal” and “super different” from the refined tactics and nuances of road racing.

Kachorek entered the Classic again in 2013, finishing 6th.

Chuck Hutcheson – 3rd place finisher in 2012 (Men – Pro/Category 1/2)

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Sacramento’s Chuck Hutcheson (Marc Pro – Strava) has finished 1st in over 50 events, including a dramatic victory last year at Snelling, a road race with a large field that is the first on the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) calendar. In that race, Hutcheson edged past Freddie Rodriguez – known as “Fast Freddy” and a rider that Hutcheson describes as “winner of pretty much everything,” including the 2013 U.S. National Road Racing Championship.

In addition to his victory at Snelling, Hutcheson amassed almost a dozen other 1st place finishes in 2013, including the Davis Bike Club 4th of July Criterium, the Menlo Park Grand Prix, and the NCNCA Masters State Criterium Championships.

Although Hutcheson is familiar to cycling blog readers as “Chuck Hutch”, he has also been known as Pfc Charles Hutcheson. As an Army infantryman, Hutcheson was on the Armed Forces Cycling Team, and also rode horses as part of a specialized unit that rides and cares for the horses that carry veterans and Soldiers to their final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery. Hutcheson’s cycling career started as a bike messenger, at age 15, and as a youth in small races near his Sacramento home.

At the 2012 Nevada City Classic, Hutcheson finished 3rd in 1:26:41, one second behind 1stplace finisher Stephen Leece from San Luis Obispo, and a fraction of a second behind Berkeley’s Nathaniel English. Hutcheson – who describes the Classic as “way harder than any race needs to be” – sprinted the last 300 meters, to his thorough exhaustion. “I ended up third, went partway around the course and projectile vomited for a few minutes. My body was not happy with what I put it through that last lap.”

Hutcheson nonetheless returned to the Classic in 2013, and again finished in the top 10.

Jason Grefrath – 4th place finisher in 2013 (Men – Master Category 1/2/3 – 35-99)

Another Sacramento rider with a string of top 10 finishes in Nevada City is Jason Grefrath, a Master 35+ racer with Thirsty Bear Cycling. Grefrath placed 20th in 2010, but then moved up to 8th in 2011 and 5th in 2012.

Last year, at the 53rd Annual Nevada City Classic, Grefrath was among four Masters sprinting 47 mph past the finish line, including Jason Walker, the reigning national champion. Walker won the race just a second ahead of Grefrath, who took 4th place. Since then, Grefrath has continued to come on strong. Fighting rain and headwinds, he lapped the field to finish 2ndamong 35+ 1/2/3s at the 2014 Bicycles Plus Winter Criterium, and took 1st place in Napa’s Cherry Pie Criterium.

Marty Cunningham – 4th place finisher in 2012 (Men – Master Category 1/2/3 – 45-99)

In the Master 45+ category 1/2/3, Sacramento’s Marty Cunningham (Sustainable Cycling) finished 4th at the 2012 Classic, after placing 11th in 2009 and 12th in 2011. In other regional races, Cunningham placed 1st at the 2013 Folsom Cyclebration, an event he also won in 2012, and 2nd at the 2012 Lodi Cycle Fest and Golden State Race Series.

The Nevada City Classic is one of the nation’s premiere cycling events

The Nevada City Classic is the largest and oldest 1-day bike race on the West Coast, and the second oldest in the nation. The course is a 1.1 mile loop with 7 turns, 110 feet of climbing per lap, and a straight-away downhill section across the start/finish where racers reach sprint speeds of over 50 mph. According to cyclingillustrated.com, the event has drawn as many as 30,000 road cycling fans to historic Nevada City, located an hour east of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills Gold Country.

For updates on Sacramento area riders registered in the 54th Annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic, and for other race information, visit www.nevadacitychamber.com or www.nevadacityclassic.com.

Contact:

Lex Matteini, PHS Communications
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(530) 205-5751

Nevada City, Healdsburg & Sausalito ranked among top 15 small cities in California

Frommer’s calls the “entire town” of Nevada City a historical landmark. They ranked the town 9th among the 15 “Best small towns and villages” in California. In 1856, however, it was actually the third largest city in the state of California.

Forests and rivers surround Nevada City’s historic downtown streets. Some of these rivers were popular spots for gold panning when, according to The Great Towns of Northern California, Nevada City was a California “mother lode” of gold.

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Classic saloons, welcoming and romantic bed-and-breakfasts, and old-school movie theaters share space with specialty antique shops that display artifacts from the town’s glory days as a gold hub. You can even spend the night in the record-setting National Hotel, which the Chamber of Commerce says has been in operation since the 1850s, longer than any hotel west of the Rocky Mountains.

Read full article at CitiesJournal.com

The Union – Nevada County celebrates paralympic gold medalist Evan Strong

The rain and slush may have put a halt to the parade that was set to traverse the streets of Nevada City, but it couldn’t stop the approximately 500 fans from filling the Miners Foundry to “share the stoke,” with Paralympic gold medalist Evan Strong.

“I’m so stoked to be able to come home and share this story and experience and have you people live this experience through me,” Strong said when addressing the standing room only crowd at the Miners Foundry.

Strong entered the stage to a standing ovation. He was dressed in his Team USA sweater that he wore at the 2014 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, and that went well with a rather large piece of jewelry that had a giant gold medal at the end.

“What’s up, my Nevada City people,” Strong said as the crowd clapped and cheered. “It’s so nice to be home.”

Read full article and watch video at TheUnion.com

Sacramento Bee – Nevada City celebrates Paralympic gold medalist

Evan Strong was given a hero’s welcome in Nevada City on Tuesday evening as hundreds gathered to celebrate his gold medal win at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Strong, 27, earned the gold medal last month in the para-snowboard cross competition at his first-ever Paralympic Games. He was raised in Maui, Hawaii, but moved to Nevada City in 2009, a short distance from his training ground at Lake Tahoe area ski resorts.

Clad in his U.S. Olympic Team-issue uniform – a red, white and blue sweater made by Ralph Lauren – Strong joked and took questions from the crowd of 250 gathered at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in the old mining town…

Read more at SacBee.com

The Union – Nevada City Parade for Paralympian Evan Strong April 1, 2014

Nevada County became known as the heart of Gold Country due to the large quantities exported during the Gold Rush. But on April 1, Nevada City will honor one of its own for bringing the gold back home, as Paralympian gold medalist snowboarder Evan Strong will be celebrated with a hero’s homecoming parade.

Strong, along with his family and supporters, will be welcomed home with a parade down Broad Street at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Pre-event festivities will start at 5:30 p.m.

Following the parade, the party will head to the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., where the celebration will continue with live music, food and drink, along with autograph and photo opportunities with Strong and his gold medal.

Donated items, including snowboards and other athletic gear, will be raffled to benefit Nevada County’s FREED Center for Independent Living (www.freed.org) and Adaptive Action Sports (http://adacs.org) based in Summit County, Colo.

Strong, who resides in Nevada City, grew up in Maui, where he excelled at skateboarding. At 17, he lost his left leg as a result of a car accident. Through the Challenged Athletes Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. and Adaptive Action Sports in Summit County, Colo., Strong was introduced to and inspired by hundreds of challenged athletes. With the support of his family, he began training again and added snowboarding to his list of athletic endeavors — highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Visit www.strongevan.com for more information about Evan Strong.

For more information on the parade and the homecoming celebration, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (www.nevadacitychamber.com).

What: Parade to celebrate Paralympian gold-medalist Evan Strong

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 (Pre-event festivities start at 5:30 p.m.), followed by celebration at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Where: Broad Street, Downtown Nevada City

Read full article at TheUnion.com

Press Release – Nevada City to Host Parade for Paralympian Gold Medalist Evan Strong

Nevada County became known as the heart of Gold Country due to the large quantities exported during the Gold Rush. But on April 1, Nevada City will honor one of its own for bringing the gold back home, as Paralympian gold medalist snowboarder Evan Strong will be celebrated with a hero’s WELCOME HOME event.

Strong, along with his family and supporters, will be welcomed home with a celebration at the Miners Foundry with live music, food and drink. Way Yum Sushi will offer organic sushi, hummus and fruit bowls, with $1 of every sale going to support the event. The will be autograph and photo opportunities with Strong and his gold medal.

Donated items, including snowboards and other athletic gear, will be raffled to benefit Nevada County’s FREED Center for Independent Living (www.freed.org) and Adaptive Action Sports (http://adacs.org) based in Summit County, Colo.

Evan is a member of Team Wheaties, and Wheaties will be at the event giving out autographed copies of the Wheaties box with Evan Strong on the front. Be sure to get your box at the event!

Brought to you by Wheaties!

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Donated items, including snowboards and other athletic gear, will be raffled to benefit Nevada County’s FREED Center for Independent Living (www.freed.org) and Adaptive Action Sports (http://adacs.org) based in Summit County, Colo.

Strong, who resides in Nevada City, grew up in Maui, where he excelled at skateboarding. At 17, he lost his left leg as a result of a car accident. Through the Challenged Athletes Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. and Adaptive Action Sports in Summit County, Colo., Strong was introduced to and inspired by hundreds of challenged athletes. With the support of his family, he began training again and added snowboarding to his list of athletic endeavors — highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

TV Broadcast

If you cannot attend, you can view the event at 7:30 p.m. on April 1st, 2014 (day of the event) here:

Disabled Access to Parade

Accessible Restrooms

  • Disabled access restrooms at the Miners Foundry and the public restrooms on Commercial Street

Accessible Parking

  • Spring Street parking lot (upper section, located behind The National Hotel)
  • Miners Foundry (rear parking lot)
  • Commercial Street (top of Commercial St. behind New Moon Cafe — some steep, uneven sections)

Hotels with Disability Accommodations

  • Northern Queen Inn – Nevada City.  Phone (530) 265-5824
  • Outside Inn – Nevada City. Phone (530) 265-2233
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel Gold Miners Inn – Grass Valley.  Phone (530) 477-1700
  • Grass Valley Courtyard Suites – Grass Valley.  Phone (530) 272-7696
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About Evan Strong

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Strong, who resides in Nevada City, grew up in Maui, where he excelled at skateboarding. At 17, he lost his left leg as a result of a car accident. Through the Challenged Athletes Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. and Adaptive Action Sports in Summit County, Colo., Strong was introduced to and inspired by hundreds of challenged athletes. With the support of his family, he began training again and added snowboarding to his list of athletic endeavors — highlighted by his gold-medal performance at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Visit www.strongevan.com for more information about Evan Strong.

More Information

For more information on the parade and the homecoming celebration, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce (www.nevadacitychamber.com).

What: Parade to celebrate Paralympian gold-medalist Evan Strong

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 (Pre-event festivities start at 5:30 p.m.), followed by celebration at Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Where: Broad Street, Downtown Nevada City

KCRA – Getting Strong: A Nevada City snowboarder’s journey to the Paralympics

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (KCRA) —The Fix restaurant sits more than 6,700 miles from Sochi.

The Nevada City raw food eatery is operated by Paralympian Evan Strong and his family.

On Wednesday, while the restaurant buzzed with the lunchtime crowd, Strong’s family was getting ready to join Evan in Russia for the 2014 Paralympic Games — the equivalent to the Olympics, but for people who live with physical disabilities.

Watch report — Getting Strong: A NorCal snowboarder’s path to the Paralympic Games

“This is something we have been planning for every day for the last four years,” said Mariah, Evan Strong’s wife. “It’s so exciting. I have never been that far away from home.”

The Winter Paralympic Games begin Friday in Sochi. The cauldron will be re-lit in the Olympic Village as 80 Americans represent Team USA.

Evan Strong, who hails from Nevada City, is a medal favorite in snowboard cross — a sport that’s making its Olympic debut this year.

Read full article & watch video at KCRA