“Mine, Wine & Dine” at Empire Mine State Historic Park – June 9th

Announcing the first-ever “Mine, Wine & Dine” –

an evening to celebrate Empire Mine’s past and future

“It’s impossible to mention Empire Mine without recalling a colorful, personal memory,” said Event Chair Steve Sanchez.   “We all seem to have one or more to share.  Now, after years of requests, we’re going to host a special event to celebrate Empire’s legacy of gold, grit and glory.”

Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA) will present an evening of selected wine, a delicious dinner, live music, and moonlight surprises on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Guests will enjoy a tempting variety of wines from award-winning Lucchesi Vineyards with hors d’oeuvres, followed by  a farm-to-table dinner, specially prepared by Antonio’s Catering, featuring fresh bread, salad,  grilled steak, chicken Marbella, and assorted grilled vegetables (with options for vegetarians and other preferences).  “It promises to be a magical evening,” Sanchez explained.  In addition to the fine wine and memorable dining experience, guests will enjoy a variety of outstanding music performed by The George Souza Band, as well as singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam.  “It’s also going to be a night of surprises,” he added.  “Famous characters in Downton Abbey-style costumes may be making guest appearances, while they share entertaining secrets about Empire’s heydays, when it ranked as one of Northern California’s oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines.  Our Living History docents always do a superb job of bringing our history to life, and they will be happy to answer questions about what life was like during that golden era. ” Dinner will be served, family-style, outside the old 1905 Clubhouse – the very same spot where the Bourn Family graciously entertained their influential guests, and history was made.   While the event will combine sophistication and fun, casual, comfortable summer-evening attire is recommended.   After dinner, guests are invited to walk through Empire Cottage and the Clubhouse – or dance under the full moon.  There will also be two luxury get-away breaks worth over $2000, and raffle tickets may only be purchased at the event.  

 “EMPA supports Empire Mine State Historic Park in ways the State does not,” Sanchez added.  “Each year Empire Mine welcomes around 100,000 visitors to the Park and to our community.  If we want to keep attracting visitors, major repairs and improvements are needed.  Proceeds from this first-ever event will help ensure our treasured Park’s future.  Tickets will be limited to 200, so everyone is encouraged to purchase theirs early.  Each ticket represents a deep pride in our past and confidence in the future of both Empire Mine and our community.”  Park Ranger, Michele Green added her own personal enthusiasm, when she said, “I love seeing the Park, EMPA, and the community, including local businesses, working together.  May this be the first of many such events.  Our deepest gratitude goes to those local people and businesses who contributed their generosity and support.” 

 “Mine, Wine & Dine” tickets are $95 each, and may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the Empire Mine Visitor Center Gift Shop, open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Phone (530) 273-8522 for further details.

Photo courtesy of Empire Mine State Historic Park

Proceeds from the first-ever “Mine, Wine & Dine” will go towards much-needed repairs and improvements in Empire Cottage and the old Clubhouse.

Know & Go:

Event:  “Mine, Wine & Dine”

Date:  Friday, June 9th

Time:  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Venue:  Empire Mine State Historic Park

Address:  10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley, CA 95945

Cost:  $95 per ticket

Information:  Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522, www.empiremine.org

Purchase:  www.brownpapertickets.com or at the Empire Mine Visitor Center Gift Shop, open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.