Victorian Christmas Celebrations

VicXmasNevada City’s famous Victorian Christmas Celebrations start this week in historic downtown Nevada City. The downtown area is closed to cars, and holiday celebrants fill the streets. Sample wonderful food and peruse the many items  offered by downtown shops, restaurants and friendly street vendors. Victorian Christmas 2010 is scheduled Wednesday nights, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, from 5-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.

At all the celebrations there will be chestnuts roasting on an open fire in the Lower Commercial Street Food Court area. Much entertainment is planned all through the downtown area, and carriage rides will be available at the National Hotel. There will be a living nativity scene and Kids Fun at the Alpha Building will feature visits with Santa Claus and children’s crafts. More information here.

Nevada City Holiday Craft & Toy Festival

Join us at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center this Sunday, Nov. 21,  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for The Nevada City Holiday Craft and Toy Festival. The pre-Thanksgiving Nevada City Holiday Craft and Toy Festival is a family affair featuring regional ETSY artisans and fair-trade vendors, hand-made children’s clothing, quality natural-fiber toys (wood, silk & wool) and children’s books. The festival also includes make-and-take crafting for all ages, a silent auction, face painting, great food and live music. Part of the proceeds from the event will go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nevada County and the Hospitality House of Western Nevada County. General admission is $3, but children under 12 are FREE.

The music line-up includes local singer/songwriter Jerry Gazzoneo; the cello/violin/harp Celtic music trio, The String Sisters; Chimerafeaturing Elana Powell, Sibling Revelrywith Janice and Bob Polucha, bluegrass/folk Americana with Freedom Goory,pianist Pat Havard, Kalyaniwith Circle Upand Arthur Gouldon electrified cello.

Make-and-Take crafts are free and low-cost crafting projects for all ages. Projects include glass ornament painting, Native American crafts, lavender or holiday-scented sachets, wood art, and more. Make your own holiday gifts or purchase hand-made gifts from your neighbors!

The silent auction features items donated by festival vendors and local businesses. 100% of the auction proceeds will go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Hospitality House. The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is located at 325 Spring Street in Nevada City.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the make-and-take craft area, set-up and clean-up. The festival, produced by Robin Nichols, is sponsored by: SugarpineMountain.com; Nichols House Works; Phillips School of Kung Fu San Soo, Phillips School of Massage and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Constitution Day Parade & Celebration Sept. 11-12

The 44th Annual Constitution Day Parade tops a full weekend of festivities Sept.11-12 in this colorful Gold Rush town.

Nevada City’s Constitution Day Parade has been a local tradition since 1967 and is reported to be the oldest and largest Constitution observance in western America.

The 2 p.m. Sunday parade features about 100 entries and caps a number of other activities including Civil War reenactments in Pioneer Park , the Gold Country Duck Race on the rapids of Deer Creek and a free outdoor big band concert featuring the Nevada County Concert Band in the downtown historic district.

The parade through the heart of downtown Nevada City includes floats, antique autos, equestrians, politicians and perennial crowd favorites such as the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band and the Famous Marching Presidents of Nevada City. At least seven marching bands will participate in this year’s event.

Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and unique events. With an official population of just 3,001, Nevada City swells to thousands more on Constitution Day.

Celebrants should plan to arrive about an hour before parade time to get a good vantage point along the parade route. Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.

Sunday parade-goers may park for free at the Nevada County Government Center on Highway 49 and ride an event shuttle to the downtown parade. All-day fares (10am-6pm) are $3 per individual or family, and free to those in historical costume and youth 12 and under.

Weekend Events

SATURDAY, Sept. 11

Pancake Breakfast: Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park, 7-10:30am, $6

Gold Country Duck Race “The KenDucky Derby”: Deer Creek, Downtown Nevada City, 11am-3pm

Civil War Reenactments: Pioneer Park, 1pm and 4pm

Nevada County Concert Band, Free Concert: Pine Street, 5:30-7pm

Classic Cars & Hot Rod Cruise-In: Broad Street, 5:30-8pm

SUNDAY, Sept. 12

Pancake Breakfast: Seaman’s Lodge, Pioneer Park 7-10:30am, $6

Civil War Reenactment: Pioneer Park, 11am

44th Annual Constitution Day Parade: Broad Street, 2pm

Nevada City is located on the forested western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City. From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.

For more information and a complete weekend schedule of events, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.  Or, call the chamber at (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Parade and Community Celebration for Nevada City Fire Department 150th

parade_downhillYou are invited to a community celebration on Saturday, June 19th.

The day will begin at 11:00 AM with a procession of vintage and modern firefighting equipment from the top of Broad Street through historic downtown Nevada City.

The community celebration will be held at the Eric Rood Government Center at 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959.  Opening ceremonies will commence at noon, featuring past and present members of the fire department, local and state dignitaries, and the Nevada County Fire honor guard performing a flag raising ceremony.

The afternoon will include equipment demonstrations, fun activities for kids, and educational presentations. There will be lunch and other refreshments available from several local vendors.

For more information visit www.nevadacityfire.com

Mardi Gras Celebration in Historic Nevada City

Mardi Gras Celebration
in Historic Nevada City
NEVADA CITY –  Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.
Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.
The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.   Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.
This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band.   Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.
Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended.  Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.
Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.
Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events.   With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Visitors should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the parade route.  Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.
Nevada City is located on the scenic western slope of the Sierra, midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.  From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City.  From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20.  From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.
Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO  News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.

Mardi Gras Drummers 2005NEVADA CITY –  Gaily masked characters, pirates, Cajun cookin’ and midwinter fun come to the Sierra foothills Feb. 13-14 as Mardi Gras 2010 is celebrated with Old West style in historic Nevada City.

Nevada City’s main drag, Broad Street, becomes a West Coast Bourbon Street as merry spectators fill the downtown historic district for the annual Mardi Gras parade.

The Sunday afternoon Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) family parade moves down Broad Street beginning at 2 p.m.   Colorfully masked and costumed characters and societies ride, march, dance and strut through an appreciative crowd, handing out beads, trinkets, bangles and more.  Everyone is encouraged to wear their own festive Mardi Gras attire.

This year’s 18th annual celebration kicks off on Saturday night (Feb. 13) with the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in historic Miners Foundry at 325 Spring Street. The masquerade ball runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and features dancing to the live southern rock of the Holcomb Brothers Band.   Traditional Cajun food will be available, including Cajun sausage sandwiches, chicken and sausage gumbo, Manuale prawns, southern style cole slaw, red beans and rice and bread pudding.

Masquerade ball tickets are only $10 in advance and (if available) $15 at the door.  The event usually sells out so advance tickets are recommended.  Contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 132 Main Street, call (530) 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY.

Activities surrounding Sunday’s free family parade include a Mardi Gras Street Faire from 11- 4 p.m. Food, drink, craft and clothing vendors will set up booths on North Pine and Commercial streets, with plenty of room for families with children and baby strollers.

Nevada City is known for its classic small town spirit and lively community events.   With a population of just 3,000, Nevada City swells to thousands more for the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Visitors should plan to arrive early to get a good vantage point along the parade route.  Out-of-town visitors should book local accommodations early.

Nevada City is located on the scenic western slope of the Sierra, midway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. From Sacramento, take eastbound Interstate 80 to Auburn and Highway 49 north to Nevada City.  From Marysville and the north valley, take eastbound State Route 20.  From Reno, take westbound I-80 and westbound State Route 20.

Sponsors of the 2010 event include KNCO  News Talk Radio & Star 94 FM, The Grass Valley Union, Waste Management, SPD Supermarkets, Nevada City Winery, Nor Cal Beverage, Distributor of Budweiser & Bud Light; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, brewer of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; The National Hotel, McGee’s Annex, The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club, Charter 6 of Grass Valley, Larry and Glady Birdsong, Northern Queen Inn, Best Western Gold Country Inn, Bonanza Oriental Gifts and Auburn Printers.

Opening Night of Victorian Christmas 2009

Join us Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in downtown Nevada City for the opening night of Victorian Christmas.

Victorian Christmas, the old-fashioned celebration held each year in this colorful California Gold Rush town, evokes holiday memories of an earlier era.

Entertainment highlights for the evening include:

Santa Claus: all evening at the Masonic Lodge Entry
Joe Souza and Friends: 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. at 227 Broad Street
IZZI TOOINSKY juggler & raconteur: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Robinson Plaza
Lou & Salvation Army Brass: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Broad Street Bistro
  • Santa Claus: all evening at the Masonic Lodge Entry
  • Joe Souza and Friends: 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. at 227 Broad Street
  • IZZI TOOINSKY juggler & raconteur: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Robinson Plaza
  • Lou & Salvation Army Brass: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Broad Street Bistro

Victorian Christmas 2009 is featured Wednesday nights, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, from 6-9 p.m., and on two Sunday afternoons, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 1:30-6 p.m. There is no admission charge.