Nevada City Victorian Christmas 2017

Under the Gas Lamps and String Lights of Historic Nevada City …

A Uniquely Authentic, Picturesque, Small-Town Christmas Celebration!

The 40th Victorian Christmas celebration, featuring the jubilant return of The Walking Christmas Tree, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, choirs, wandering minstrels, jugglers, Scottish Highland dancers, cloggers, brass bands, magicians, raconteurs, horn and accordion players, costumed characters – including Father Christmas, and Cecil Snow roasting chestnuts on an open fire – and over 100 vendors of jewelry, candles, pottery, dolls, perfume, exotic glass skulls, and more … all crowding the narrow streets of Historic Downtown Nevada City, aglow with over 1,000 string lights and smelling faintly of sizzling meats, sweet and savory pies, and fresh-cut pine boughs!


Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 from 1:30-6pm

Sunday, December 10th, 2017 from 1:30-6pm

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 from 5-9pm

Sunday, December 17th 2017 from 1:30-6pm

Wednesday, December 20th, from 5-9pm

WHERE:  Historic Downtown Nevada City, CA

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Location of the Hallmark Channel movie, The Christmas Card

61 miles from Sacramento, CA

84 miles from Reno, NV

147 miles from San Francisco, CA

WHO:  Sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 89.5 KVMR, and Waste Management.

WHY:  The holidays may be the best time to visit Nevada City – a quaint, scenic, historic, and sometimes quirky town of just over 3,000 people in the Sierra foothills. Many of the town’s residents are descendants of Gold Rush immigrants who arrived in Nevada City from Cornwall, bringing with them the tradition of lively street celebrations from Victorian England.

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LeGacy Presents Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE

November 24th through December 24th!

LeGacy Presents is proud to once again present Rodger Hoopman’s SCROOGE as their annual holiday production at the Nevada Theatre, from November 24th through December 24th.

The original production of SCROOGE opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, SCROOGE has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California.

Directed by Sue LeGate-Halford, choreographed by Dinah Smith, with musical direction by Beverly Marks, SCROOGE is a must see this Christmas season!

With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 39th year, SCROOGE made its debut last year at the Nevada Theatre, and due to an overwhelming reception, is back this year. Bringing SCROOGE back was a no brainer, according to producer/director LeGate-Halford, “When an actor of Rodger’s quality says yes again, you don’t think twice. And as with any good production, you make changes to keep it fresh. New dances and a mostly new cast has added up to make this an even stronger show than last year. A few new surprises, too!”
Joining Hoopman in this delightful musical are LeGacy veterans Ward Thompson as the Ghost of Jacob Marley and the Chief Coroner, Dinah Smith as the Ghost of Christmas Past (and others) and Kris Meadows as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge’s nephew Fred and one of the very funny undertakers. More familiar faces from LeGacy productions are Chis Whitlock & Aurora Casey. Newcomers Elliot Childs & Bethany Gardner as young lovers Ebenezer and Belle. Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit and the Fezziwigs are warmly played by Berta Paradise and Steve Crandall. Rounding out the ensemble cast is Kassady Kelly, Bailey Trent, Luca LaMarca, Alexis Phillips with Mario LaMarca as Tiny Tim.

Sacramento Bee Arts Critic Robert Masullo wrote, “His Scrooge is singular. He’s irascible, inarticulate and mean. Nevertheless and remarkably, he creates something close to sympathy for Scrooge.” Bee Arts critic Alfred Kay scribed, “Like Carol Channing as Dolly Levi or Yul Brynner as the King of Siam, the local director and actor has made the role his own. He handles it with a depth of fury and bitterness that makes you wonder how Bob Cratchit ever showed up for work.”

Sacramento Union critic Richard Simon wrote, “Hoopman has polished his conception of Scrooge so the character glows with a patina akin to that of rubbed mahogany. He makes his points both as the misanthrope and miser of Christmas eve and the philanthropist of Christmas day with utmost simplicity and directness of speech and gesture.” Patricia Beach Smith, Bee Arts Critic, said, “Rodger Hoopman, as the unlikable yet redeemable title character, was a convincing Scrooge in a tour de force part, honed over many years of practice. His transformation from a persnickety old money-grabber to a generous, almost giddy everybody’s uncle, proved his mettle.”

The production includes an original musical score by Hoopman and Rob Knable (with additional music and lyrics by Warren Harrison) which, “Weaves about a dozen clever songs through the threads of the original story…making the holiday musical a delight.” (Joanne Burkett, Roseville Press Tribune).

“The set captures Dickens’ time, place and ambiance. The narrow houses line a narrow street, and though they are rendered on flat canvas, the scene evokes the comforting feeling of an advent calendar and makes one want to open the small windows for the prizes within,” said Alfred Kay of the Sacramento Bee.
Last years production by LeGacy at the Nevada Theatre earned 4 SARTA nominations (Sacramento Area Theatre Alliance) including sound, set design, light design by Les Solomon and a win for Sharon Sciabica for beautiful period costumes.
Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 7:30, Thursday December 14th & 21st at 7p.m., Sundays December 3rd, 17th and 24th at 2 p.m.

Tickets for SCROOGE are only $20 in advance, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at or by calling (530) 268 5419, and reserved seating is $35 available only online or through box office.

Country Christmas Faire November 24, 25 & 26

The 33rd annual Country Christmas Faire is returning to the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 24, 25 and 26.

Four large exhibit buildings will be filled with handcrafted items and gifts, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping and purchase quality handmade holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, stained glass, candles, beadwork, fiber arts, and hundreds of other unique gifts created by talented artisans.

Visitors to the Faire can also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, a gingerbread house exhibit, and a community bonfire. Coloring contest entries will be on display alongside the gingerbread houses in Ponderosa Hall, wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered, and the RiverBells and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform during the event. There will also be delicious food and beverages, including cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate, pulled pork nachos, fine chocolates, Philly cheesesteak, quesadillas, hand dipped doughnuts, and kettle corn. New this year, the Fairgrounds Foundation will be serving holiday spirits.

Santa will be available from 11 am – 4 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Bring your camera to capture that special photo. Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be at Main Street Center and available to assist shoppers throughout the event.

On Sunday of the Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Grass Valley Elks for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food on Sunday, November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person). All food collected by the Elks will be distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.


Holiday Mini Pop-Up Mall!

Helping Hands Caregiver Resource Center
Presents Holiday Mini Pop-Up Mall!
December 10th, 2017 – 1:00-6:00pm

Join Us for a Holiday Shopping Experience!
Come and enjoy a mini mall complete with lots of Vendors a
Gift Wrapping Station, Family Photo Booth with a fun Winter
Theme, Frozen Holiday Cookies, Bake Sale and more!

17645 Penn Valley Drive , Penn Valley CA
*****Across from the post office*****

All proceeds from this fundraiser will provide respite care for dependent adults in
our community who live at home with a primary caregiver

Heartland Holiday at Off Broadstreet

A Musical Comedy Revue By John Driscoll & Jan Kopp

Friday & Saturday 8:15 PM November 17th through December 23rd (Also Sunday, Nov 19th & 26th at 2:00 PM)

Operators of Radio Station KEEN in Keene, CA (pop. 431) hope that their annual Christmas Eve broadcast will carry a message of unity that will grow from their tiny foothill community near Bakersfield, “The Heartland of California,” and spread good will across the nation. Through their unique broadcast, they celebrate not just Christmas, but also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, The Hindu Festival of Lights, St. Lucia’s Day and other Winter Solstice observances that can trace their roots back to our primitive ancestors. Their message is simple: People are the same the world over.

Jed Dixon, Micah Cone, Heather Dixon, Tina Marie Kelley and Kim Wellman bring their vocal and comedic talents to this hilarious and heartwarming event. Scenes re- enacted during the broadcast recall such holiday traditions as “Christmas Dinner,” “Last Minute Gift Shopping” and the creation of that special low-budget holiday treat, “The Christmas Surprise Loaf.” Exciting songs made famous by ABBA, Alabama, Billy Joel, Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry, The Dixie Chicks, Eartha Kitt, Elvis, The Blues Brothers and many more, along with Tina Marie Kelley’s imaginative choreography, make this a memorable way to celebrate the holiday season. You may just want to see it more than once!

Pre-show entertainment is provided by Chris Crockett beginning one hour before show time for all performances. For further information or for show reservations, please call OFF BROADSTREET at (530) 265-8686 or (530) 478-1213 or visit the OFF BROADSTREET website at

Holidays at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

Join in the festivities that will be all about art this holiday season, by visiting Nevada City’s unique gallery-combined studio of LeeAnn Brook Fine Art. Celebrating its third holiday season in Nevada City at the corner of Spring and South Pine streets, the gallery will come alive with unique art for gift giving, artist demos and live music starting Thanksgiving weekend.

As the annual Wish Tree in the gallery courtyard lights up, activities begin Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas. The popular Wish Tree is donated each year by gallery artist Mike Snegg, and is adorned with pieces of fabric where visitors can write their yearly wish. Brook and Snegg conceived the idea three years ago when the gallery first opened, and is filled with over 100 wishes each year.  The holiday schedule is as follows:

Artisans Bounty at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art

Annual gallery show of handcrafted art gift items

Thanksgiving weekend – Nov. 24, 25, 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Live jazz by Induction

Artist demos: felted scarves, basket making with native plant materials, saggar-fired ceramics

Annual holiday table of small handcrafted gift items include:

Colorful porcelain cups, plates and vases by Santa Rosa ceramicist Lynn Wood

Handcrafted wood coasters, chopsticks and spoons by Judith Lancaster

Miniature porcelain saggar-fired vases by Dana Bilello-Barrow

Wood-turned evergreen trees by John Williamson

LeeAnn Brook art greeting card gift boxes and limited edition prints

LeeAnn Brook’s award-winning book, “Points of Inspiration”

Hand blown glass paperweights by Rob Tribble

Porcelain and hand blown glass ornaments

Hand-felted scarves by Victoria Johnston

Holiday Open House at LeeAnn Brook Fine Art, Friday, Dec. 3, 5-7 pm

A community celebration of holiday cheer in the gallery featuring:

“Wings of Peace” bird sculptures by LeeAnn Brook

Signed, limited edition handcrafted collage birds in flight suspended in the gallery

Featuring new hand blown glass by artist Rob Tribble, featuring his large contemporary vessels. With studies at Pilchuck School of Glass, Corning Glass and in Murano, Italy, Tribble has exhibited his glass work from San Francisco to Carmel.

“One Gift” Wish List–make gift giving easier by registering for the one art piece that you’d love to receive (and want others to know).

New Small Works Wall with paintings by LeeAnn Brook featuring affordable, original art.

Art throughout the gallery includes:

Original paintings by LeeAnn Brook

Sculpted wood vessels by Mike Snegg including new Cook Pine platters and bowls

Handmade furniture by Judith Lancaster

Ceramics by Lynn Wood and Sam Tubiolo

Handmade baskets from native plants by Starlit

Hand blown glass by Rob Tribble and Nicholson Blown Glass

Saggar-fired porcelain bowls and vases by Dana Bilello-Barrow

Handcrafted wood lamps with handmade paper shades by Mark Dyal

Japanese antiques





The gallery, located at 300 Spring St. In downtown Nevada City, is also open during Victorian Christmas, on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17 from 10 – 6 p.m. and Wednesdays, Dec. 13 & 20 from 5 – 8:00 p.m. For more information visit or call 530-265-6817.

Welcome Toh-Atin to Mana Beads in Historic Nevada City!

Upcoming Black Friday weekend, Friday & Saturday November 24th & 25th, we will have a Trunk Show with Toh-Atin Gallery, Durango Colorado. They will be here with American and Mexican Turquoise, Native American Jewelry, beads, stones, wool rugs and baskets. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to buy authentic, quality, Native American goods at reasonable prices. Take a few minutes to check out their website Please note, they have a wide range of price points, so don’t let the vintage pricing scare you away. Many items are very affordabl


Nevada City Chamber Board of Elections Results

The votes have been counted and the following people were elected to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for a two year term.

Election Results – Congratulations!

Matthew H. Haas – Friend of the Chamber

Barbara Tanner – Friend of the Chamber

Carissa Stroh – Friar Tuck’s Restaurant

Hilary Hodge – Sierra Commons

Homer Nottingham – Vital Energy Arts

Tom Coleman – National Hotel

Barbara Johnson – The Madison House

Teresa Berliner-Mann – JJ Jackson’s

Linda Hansen – Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe

Gretchen Bond – The Miners Foundry

Directors who will continue for one more year are:

Peggy Peterson – Asylum Down & Yabobo

Paul Emery – KVMR

Steve Moberg – Friend of the Chamber

Kim Coughlan – Novak’s Menswear & Lady Pendleton

Robin Danos – Tri Counties Bank

Mike Byrne – The Willo

Matthew Margulies – Matteo’s Public

Popcorn Bar at Culture Shock Yogurt

Culture Shock Yogurt is moving into the cooler months with a bang . . . Actually with a POP!! . . . corn that is. We offer the first and only Popcorn Bar in Nevada County. We pop organic white popcorn (containing healthy fiber and protein), and we are currently offering 18 flavors of popcorn. Many of them are Vegan and non-GMO. If you haven’t been in to taste these 18 flavors come on in. For the holidays we will sell ribbon decorated gift buckets of whatever flavor you choose. We ask for a couple hours advance notice so we can custom prepare these buckets for you. See the attachments with all our flavors and pictures of some of our buckets.

26th Annual Nevada County Food & Toy Run

We are a small charity that raises food and toys for local Head Start, Big Brothers Big Sisters and low income families at Christmas.  You may check us out:, or: and on Instagram. We are supported by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, the city councils of Nevada City and Grass Valley, as well as all four branches of law enforcement.  This year’s Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.  We are a rain or shine event. All motorcycles are welcome, there is no charge.

Wine Down Wednesday At Nevada City Winery

Every Wednesday from 4 to 6pm Nevada City Winery is holding Wine Down Wednesday, a wine happy hour. There are weekly wine specials ($3 a glass on selected wines and 25% off on a bottle) and live music. Music runs the gambit from jazz to folk to holiday.

Music line up:

November 22nd – Heather MacAdam

November 29th – Induction

December 6th – Heather MacAdam, Holiday Music

December 13th – No Hands Bridge

December 20th – Nevada Union Choir Holiday Concert

December 27th – Steven Holland

Nevada City Winery 321 Spring Street Nevada City (530) 265-9463

Bear Yuba Land Trust Launches Save Land Campaign to Protect 20,000 acres by 2020

In 2017, important landscapes in the Bear River and Yuba River watersheds weathered an onslaught of natural disasters such as flooding, heat waves, bark beetle infestations and wildfire.

In an effort to support the natural resources that have always sustained the people, plants and animals who live within and downstream of these watersheds, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is launching a community campaign with a timely message and call to action: “Keep It Wild. Protect Open Space. Donate to BYLT’s Save Land campaign.

“The lands on the Western slope of the Sierra Nevada, where the Bear and Yuba Rivers and their many tributaries flow, is a hotspot for plant and animal biodiversity. From the mountain meadows and lakes in the East to the vernal pools and perennial wetlands in the West, we live in an area greatly enhanced by our water and land resources,” said Director of Land Stewardship Erin Tarr.

Founded 27 years ago, BYLT is a community-supported not-for-profit organization that to date has preserved over 12,000 acres with an ambitious new goal of conserving 20,000 acres by 2020. This season, an anonymous local donor has stepped forward with a generous gift, to support the land conservation work of BYLT and match dollar for dollar every donation gifted to BYLT’s year-end Land Appeal, up to $40,000.

“Thanks to the generosity of a caring individual, everyone who donates to the lands appeal before the end of the year can double their money and their impact.” said BYLT’s Executive Director Marty Coleman-Hunt.

Annually, BYLT’s end-of-the-year fundraising and outreach campaign generates critical funding for protection of important landscapes and enables restoration work necessary to better protect wildlife habitat and water quality.

“Now more than ever, the land needs our help,” said Coleman-Hunt.  “Nature is capable of coming back, if we help it along, and we don’t get in the way with poor land use and management. Our survival depends on this.”

Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is committed to preserve and protect the long-term health of forests, oak woodlands, ranches, urban nature preserves and upper watershed lands. Conserving these lands provides a place for plants and animals to thrive as they adapt to a changing climate; enhances world-class outdoor recreation; and ensures the cultural and biological heritage of forests, farms and ranches is sustained into the future.

“A rural quality of life is something we all cherish at BYLT. Keeping ranchers and small farmers on land that is healthy and economically viable for their operations is very important to us. We believe that there can and should be a balance between continuing to manage our working landscapes through sustainable forestry and grazing practices as well as protecting critical habitats for wildlife to adapt and evolve to our changing environment,” said Erin Tarr.

In November and December, BYLT will release a series of stories from the land. These include:

  • The announcement of a new 857-acre conservation easement in the Sierra Nevada protecting important wolverine and Northern goshawk habitat from development in the Grouse Ridge  roadless area of Lindsey Lakes
  • Restoration work along the middle Bear River on BYLT’s 650-acre Garden Bar Preserve where native perennial grasses are being planted and water sources are being installed as part of a long-term Holistic Rangeland Management Plan
  • A ribbon cutting and unveiling of the new Higgins Pond Preserve near Lake of the Pines
  • Updates on Urban Community Conservation Projects at Adam Ryan Preserve, Burton Homestead and Woodpecker Wildlife Preserve
  • Creation of a pollinator meadow on a private ranch on Indian Springs Road
  • Annual Monitoring Visits to conserved lands and Stewardship Volunteer Workdays to enhance habitat and resiliency on conserved lands

Encounter Nature instead of the mall

On November 24, BYLT is teaming up with REI and the 52 Hike Challenge to get people outdoors the day after Thanksgiving. The first 50 people who register for a guided hike on the Independence Trail will get the opportunity to ditch the traditional mall-frenzy of Black Friday and be part of a nationwide event known as #OptOutside.

Learn more at:

Railroad Museum Hosts Annual Christmas Party

The all-volunteer staff at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum has been busy preparing for Santa’s visit to their annual Christmas celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With twinkling lights, festive decorations, and multiple Christmas trees in place, the museum is ready to welcome visitors to the event which includes a silent auction, door prizes for the children, a raffle and refreshments. Weather permitting, free rides on the popular Railbus will also be available. Of course, the highlight of the day is the opportunity for children to chat with Santa while their parents take pictures. Admission is free.

The NCNGRR Museum also features a gift shop that is well stocked with items for holiday shopping that are sure to appeal to train enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. Located at 5 Kidder Court in Nevada City near the intersection of Bost and New Mohawk, the museum and gift shop are open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please call 530-470-0902 or visit the museum’s website:

Stone House Entertainment Line-Up This Week

Built in 1857, the newly restored historic landmark underwent extensive renovations including hand-cut stone walls & beautiful reclaimed timber, and includes two glamorous bar areas, a premier stage with state-of-the-art audio, world class entertainment, and fine dining offered in multiple dining rooms including a stone wine cavern.

November Events

Wednesday 23rd 6-9pm – Live Music Dinner Series featuring John Girton

Friday 24th 6-9pm – Live Flamenco Dancers and Jazz Fusion Nights with Beaucoup Chapeaux and Flamenkaz

Saturday Nov 25th 6-9pm – A special night of Flamenco Dancing and Music with Dinner with special guests the Flamenkaz featuring Nuria Rubio

Sunday 26th 11am-2pm – Live Music Sunday Brunch featuring Allen Feeney

Wednesday 29th 6-9pm – Live Music Dinner Series featuring Jonathon Meredith

Thursday 30th 6-9pm – Live Music Dinner Series featuring Stephan Holland

There Are Only 3 Ways to Grow a Business

Jacob Griscom, Copywriter and Marketing Consultant – That’s right, there are only 3 ways to grow a business:

  1. Increase the number of customers
  2. Increase the average transaction value per customer
  3. Increase the number of transactions per customer

I’ve learned to call this “Customer Value Optimization,” and I use it to build a checklist of areas to grow a business, often for free, but always at a profit.

 These are the 7 leverage points that make an enormous impact on your bottom line:

Step 1 – Determine Product/Market Fit

How well do you really know what your customers want?

If you haven’t specifically asked them about their needs and challenges, or haven’t asked recently, I can guarantee there are golden opportunities to grow here.

Step 2 – Offer a Lead Magnet

With a fresh perspective on your customer’s needs, you can offer potential customers something irresistible to generate a steady stream of new leads.

Step 3 – Offer a Tripwire

What’s a low-dollar high-value offer that new leads will be hungry to say “Yes!” to? THAT is a “tripwire” offer designed to turn more leads into customers as quickly as possible.

Step 4 – Offer a Core Product

These are your “bread and butter” products or services at the core of your business…they are always ripe areas for continual improvement and conversion. (Hint: See Step 1)

Step 5 – Offer a Profit Maximizer

These won’t be for every customer, but they make your core offer better, faster, stronger, safer, easier, etc. These are the “Would you like fries with that?” offers for your business.

Step 6 – Choose a Traffic Source

NOW is the time to focus on advertising, search engine optimization, networking, radio, newspaper, or any other way people will find your business.

If you’ve done the first 5 steps, every dollar, minute, and bit of energy you spend on promotion will give you a higher return on your investment.

Step 7 – Create the Return Paths

At each step in this customer journey, people may forget, get distracted, have other priorities, or “get around to it later.” Return paths plug the leaks and bring people back in wherever they left off.

One of the best things a business owner can do is take the time to get fresh outside eyes and new perspective on how to grow and better serve their customers.

That’s why I’m available to sit down with you for a FREE personalized walkthrough of the 7-step Customer Value Optimization checklist for your business.

 Let’s see what we come up, and if you’d like help implementing any of this, I’m available for that too.

 You can contact me right here:, or give me a call 530.210.6247.

Holidays at Empire Mine Offers a History of Good Cheer

Santa and Mrs. Claus, in their turn-of-the-century attire, will be asking, “What would you like for Christmas?” More important, they’ll be listening carefully to the answers that may range from the latest technical products to ponies and puppies. Surrounded by lavish, traditional decorations, the Clubhouse will be glowing with good cheer.

Outside, local vendors will have a selection of light food and drinks for sale, including Brew Bakers’ exclusive “24-Karrat Cakes.” There will also be entertainment to delight the parents and children in line. On Friday, world-renowned story-telling juggler, Izzi Tooinsky will perform his “Toymaker’s Journey through the Gold Rush” show, and on Saturday, crowds will enjoy Celtic Joy. Dressed in traditional costumes, they will fill the air with festive music and good cheer.

Empire Cottage will be all decked out as well – with Living History docents portraying the characters who shaped our gold-mine history. Singer/guitarist Heather MacAdam will play seasonal music on Friday, and harpist Kurtis Bershaw will perform on Saturday.

In the Mineyard, one-man band, Gary Hinze will add more festive flair – with chestnuts being roasted nearby. Visits to the Blacksmith Shop and the Gift Shop are also highly recommended.

Held on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th, this event is ideal for local residents and out-of-town Thanksgiving guests. Hosted by Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA), last year around 2,000 children and families of all ages attended. Special activities are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. With free admission for children under six and free parking, it’s a magical event – and everyone’s invited. Call the Visitor Center for further details, (530) 273-8522 or visit


Photo by Michael McCartea:  Yuletide music from times past will be performed by Celtic Joy on the old Clubhouse porch. (Celtic Joy members are also docents at Empire Mine State Historic Park)

Photo by Richard Bannister:  Holiday cookies are served with history and live music in Empire Cottage

Photo by Courtney Ferguson: Izzi Tooinsky will perform “A Toymaker’s Journey Through the Gold Rush” on Friday near the Clubhouse – an engaging show that combines juggling, toys and history.

Know and Go 

Event:  Holidays at Empire Mine

When:  Friday, November 24th & Saturday, November 25th

Where:  Empire Mine State Historic Park  10791 E. Empire St. Grass Valley, CA 95945

Times:  Special activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day

Cost:  $7 for adults 17 & over; $3 ages 6-16; FREE admission for children under 6 +  FREE parking

Details:  Phone the Visitor Center (530) 273-8522 or visit

“Fur Trader Nevada City Slippers”

The Fur Traders, found on Broad Street for the past 38 years in Historical Downtown Nevada City, are now fully stocked in Real, Natural Sheepskin Slippers and Boots, for the whole family from Babies to Big Foot! With fall upon us, and winter on the way, treat yourself, and your feet, to our cozy “Fur Trader Nevada City Slippers”. Barry and Marjie Costello established the design for the slippers using our valued Customer’s ideas, suggestions, and requests. They are made with Grade 1 Sheepskins and tanned to our highest standards. These slippers have a durable rubber sole with extra padding in the ball and heel of the foot, top quality threads, a removable foot bed, and can be worn outside making these Slippers the most sought-after “Fur Traders” brand style! The Sheepskin forms around any foot making every pair a custom fit, and Sheepskin is a Breathable Natural Insulator, so your tootsies will never get cold or too warm. Come and see for Yourself and browse the fifty plus slipper styles we have to offer! Plus, the largest UGG selection in Northern California! Get your Christmas shopping done early, and spoil the whole family with the Softest and most Luxurious Slippers that everyone will LOVE!

The Fur Traders, 303 Broad Street Nevada City (530) 265-2000

Open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.