Harmony Books has opened its doors in a new location, 130 Main Street, next door to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. The locally owned bookstore is open 7 days a week, 10am- 5:30pm (Monday-Saturday) and 11- 4pm on Sundays. Local author Molly Fisk shared the thoughts, ”Despite in-roads by Amazon and other huge enterprises, your local independent bookstore is still the place to find advice on good books: what to read, what to give your father-in-law or your niece, what’s coming out next month, and which new writers to watch. Special orders arrive in no time. Harmony Books is still one of our cornerstones in Nevada City, even though the store has moved two blocks from its decades-long location.” So regardless of whether you need a young adult novel, local history information, a Nevada City postcard or a current best seller fiction novel, there is something for everyone. Owner Stacey Colin has offered up 5 special saving coupons for the Outside Inn blog readers, post a comment on this blog post about your favorite book and I’ll draw the winners for a 10% off discount on Monday, March 17th. And don’t forget there’s still time to enter for the giveaway to Enid and Edgar and the One Fine Day wedding event. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
It’s that time of year when the flowers start to bloom and everywhere you turn around town there is a new pop of color. These flowers were all found within a block of the Outside Inn, so come for a visit (still a few more weeks left of our winter special) and stop and smell the flowers. Another great spring time activity is the wildflower walk along the Buttermilk Bend Trail at Bridgeport (click here for photos from last year). The guided walks start mid-March on Saturdays and Sundays at the north Bridgeport parking lot. And if you’re a fan of the historical bridge at the South Yuba State Park at Bridgeport consider taking part in the campaign to save the bridge, click here for additional information from SYRCL about the important issue. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Enid and Edgar Vintage
Enid and Edgar Vintage has moved to 234 Commercial Street, the former home of The Parlour (which moved in with Neva Co). So if you’re looking for some vintage clothes, shoes or accessories, stop by and check out their new location. The shop has unique one of kind clothes, shoes and accessories ranging from the 1940′s to the early 90′s. If you’re style has a bit of a bohemian feel then this is a great place for you, Sandy promises that they have more, “more kid’s vintage pieces, handmade items, records and books.” I was intrigued by Nicole’s Hexerei jewelery. Open Thursday-Monday from 1-6 (and open late on Fridays and Saturdays), or if you’re out of town check out their Etsy shop. Sandy and Jason has offered one lucky InnSide Nevada City blog reader a gift certificate for $35, post a comment on your favorite vintage item and I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday, March 12th. The winner of the tickets to see the Sierra Stages production of Company is Sheila Cameron. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Mardi Gras Parade
Nevada City’s annual Mardi Gras parade this afternoon was still a festive occasion, despite the wet weather. Organized by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, local organizations and businesses took the street to street, with the parade scheduled to have 35 different participants. I love the color from this parade, including those watching from the crowded sidewalks. It’s always fun to have a dance party, a fire-breathing dragon, a band and numerous floats cruise down Broad Street in the middle of the afternoon. What was your favorite part of the event? I’ve posted more photos on the Outside Inn’s Facebook page. Laissez les bons temps rouler.
Nevada City Weddings
Are you getting married? Nevada City is one of the amazing spots that offers a little of something for everyone, whether you want a rustic barn wedding, a large outdoor setting or the unique feel of the Miners Foundry. If you’re planning a wedding, or just day dreaming about the special day, check out the upcoming event One Fine Day at the Miners Foundry on Sunday, April 6th (noon-4pm). “Together, the Miners Foundry and Gold Dust Collective present One Fine Day a carefully crafted event, designed to bring fun and inspiration to your wedding planning. In addition to meeting some incredibly talented wedding professionals, there will be craft cocktails, live music, useful workshops, loads of fun and a few surprises” explains Gold Dust Collective co-owner Erin Lewis. With so many great venues in Nevada County, you can really create an event that fits your feel. Many thanks to the amazingly talented photographers who offered up the use of some of their photos for this blog post (see below for a full list and links). For more ideas on specific wedding locations, check out the page on the Outside Inn’s website full of wedding resources. And since we all know I love amazing photos, my Pinterest board of Nevada City weddings keeps growing, so if you’re looking for more ideas, click here. The Outside Inn’s blog InnSide Nevada City has a fabulous giveaway to for the bride to be, post a comment here to win one night at the Outside Inn on Sunday, April 6th, 2 free tickets admission to One Fine Day plus a welcome basket with over $75 dollars worth of Nevada City love, please one comment per person. Winner will be announced on Friday, March 14th. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Myrtle & Marjoram, Kris Holland Photography, Anna Christine Photography, Kurtis Ostrom Photography, Simon Weller Photography, Turning Leaf Studios, Katie White Photography, Athena Kalindi Photography, G Aronow Photography, Melaine Soliel Photography, Courtney Aaron Photography
Sierra Stages presents Company
Sierra Stages kicks of their 2014 season with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning production of “Company.” The musical comedy debuts on Thursday, February 27th at the Nevada Theatre and continues through March 23rd. Go check out Robert’s relationship turmoil, his 3 girlfriends and his close group of married friends. The play is a series of short vignettes in no particular order, a “concept musical” that debuted on Broadway in the 1970′s, but many of the adult themed problems are still very relevent to today. You can buy tickets online, at Briar Patch Co-op or by calling the ticket office, or better yet, you can buy a season pass for all three Sierra Stages shows. The Outside Inn’s blog has a pair of tickets to give away, please post a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite relationship advice and I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday, March 5th*. The winner of the Mud & Pearls class is Katrina. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem , *Tickets available for any show March 6th-March 15th
Phoenix Obsidian Designs Trading Post
Have you been to Phoenix Obsidian Designs Trading Post in Grass Valley? Located at 101 Bank Street near Booktown and Carolines Coffee Roasters, the shop is like a living museum for Native American Arts and replicas. Dr. Susan Gleason’s vast archaeology background provides a great opportunity for locals and visitors to stop in and gets some hands-on education about Native American crafts and tools, some local (like the clapping sticks) to arrowheads, stone knives, tool replicas and bone tools. Open 7 days a week, check out the upcoming classes schedule for a chance to learn about skull painting, fur tanning or pine need basketry. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Mud and Pearls Car Class
Mud and Pearls, Samantha Hinrichs’ DIY, hands on learning community, has an upcoming class called “Start Your Engines.” The 2 part class will be taught by Karl Salmonson and offers both women and men an opportunity to get the basics about your car. No previous mechanical knowledge needed, learn how to check and change: brake fluid, engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid, plus lots more. ”It is a great opportunity to save money and have a reassurance about your car,” said Sam. The class is being taught Friday night, March 7th, 6:30-8:30pm (dinner included) and Saturday, March 8th, from 11am-3pm at Sierra Commons in Nevada City. Sam has generously offered up one free spot to a reader of the InnSide Nevada City blog (value $150), please post a comment on this blog post about your favorite road trip location and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, February 24th. While I don’t have any knowledge about cars, I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed a previous class by Mud and Pearls on resorting furniture at Habitat for Humanity, click here to see that previous blog post. Have you taken any classes lately? Learned a new skill? I am always curious to know more about other great learning opportunities in our community. © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Jim Rogers Memorial Ride
The fifth annual Jim Rogers Memorial Ride took place today, to honor one of Nevada City’s memories and to educate the community of safe cycling and driving practices. Jim Rogers was killed in 2010 by a motorist who was texting and driving. Today’s ride of the Greg Lemond loop welcomed approximately 150 riders, of all skill levels. Kurt Stephens, Outside Inn night manager and Tour of Nevada City employee, said, “It was great to see people of all types out on their bikes to support Jim. Don’t text and drive.” Duane Strawser, owner of the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, said, “First and foremost it was great to drum up good memories of Jim, but it’s also a great tool for cyclists and a way to get good results by educating drivers. Word of mouth and awareness for the motorists is essential for them to know the cyclists exist and how to drive around them safely. The safety in numbers allowed riders of all abilities to get out, plus with a support crew we were able to help riders who needed a hand, so it’s a great community event.” Thanks to Nevada City Eats for providing the lunch afterwards and fundraising for the Youth Cyclicts of Nevada County. For photos from previous years, click here and here.
Hiking Scotts Flat Lake
Looking for another local hike idea, head out to Scotts Flat Lake and walk the “ramp to ramp” trail. The 6 mile hike starting at cascade shores (go down Pasquale Road to the PG&E dirt road) and walk the path around the perimeter of Scotts Flat Lake to the marina past the campground and back again. Even with the lake level so low, it is still beautiful on a winter’s day. Last week I posted about mountain biking the Scotts Flat Drop trail, and then it rained 10 inches, so this is another attempt to at the virtual rain dance. If I show low lakes, then it’ll rain another 6 inches? For those of you looking for more last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas click here and here, or if your idea of the perfect date is a walk in the woods with some girlfriends and the dog, click here for more outdoor adventures.
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Evans Phelps