Celebrating Springtime, Gals & Gold One Day Early – Empire Mine Hosts a “First”

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Special Activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“We’re calling this new celebration Springtime at Empire Mine,” announced State Park Interpreter Jenna Randar, “and for the first time, we’re hosting it the day before Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 11th when folks may be more available to come and enjoy the Park.”

The gardens should be glorious, and visitors are welcome to pack a lunch and picnic on the grassy knolls near the stately trees. Food, drinks and treats will be for sale by local vendors. “It’s a day that focuses on women,” Randar explained. “Complimentary cups of tea will be served in the special Tea Garden, and that’s become a popular addition over the last few years. Of course, our Living History docents will be dressed in beautiful, turn-of-the-century attire – a bit reminiscent of Downton Abbey.”

The event will also feature lots of live music from local artists such as Heather MacAdam, Celtic Joy, Back Porch Swing, Tad and Diane Kitada, and saxophonist Tim Profitt, plus magician Bruce Gauthier. All-girl band the Heifer Belles will be playing outside Empire Cottage from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy a variety of activities. The Potting Bench, for example, is a favorite with youngsters, where they can make little, living gifts moms will treasure. Just behind the 1905 Clubhouse, there will be Lincoln Logs, coloring tables, and instead of hobby horses, hobby mules will be on hand. “Since mules played such a key part in Empire’s history, it’s only fitting,” Randar added.

The Mine Yard, with its busy Blacksmith Shop and Mine Shaft, will be buzzing with activity, giving visitors a chance to experience at least some of what life was like during Empire’s heady days of prosperity.   The Gift Shop, with its treasure trove of selections for all budgets, will be open as well.

“Everyone’s invited,” Randar confirmed. “Our volunteers and staff have put so much creativity and extra effort into making this event memorable it’s both exciting and heartwarming.” Special activities will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission fees apply: $7 for those 17 and over and $3 for ages 6-16. Admission is FREE for children under 6 – and parking is FREE. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too, making it a day for every single member of the family to enjoy. Phone the Visitor Center on (530) 273-8522 or visit http://www.empiremine.org for further details.

Complimentary cups of tea will be served in the special Tea Garden – with live music nearby

Know & Go

 What: Springtime at Empire Mine

When: Saturday, May 11th 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

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

Information: Phone the Visitor Center, (530) 273-8522 or visit http://www.empiremine.org