27 Feb

Foothills Celebration

Foothills Celebration, Grass Valley Wine Tasing, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Foothills Celebrations, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outiside InnThe 14th annual Foothills Celebration, a join production between Sierra Vintners & Grass Valley Downtown Association is coming to downtown Grass Valley on Saturday, March 7th from 1-4pm.  The event combines wine tasting and food pairings from local wineries and restaurants.  There are so many great wine tasting options in our community, check out the Outside Inn’s wine tasting page for more details on local tasting rooms and events.

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Tickets are on sale through Sierra Vintners, $35 for advance tickets (hurry, the deadline is 2/28).  Want to win a pair of tickets?  Post a comment here with your favorite food and wine pairing and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, March 4th.

Foothills Celebration Wine & Food Event, photos by Erin Thiem

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26 Feb

KVMR

KVMR, 120 Bridge Street, Nevada City Radio

KVMR, 120 Bridge Street, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

KVMR radio has moved into their new building at 120 Bridge Street in downtown Nevada City.  The Bridge Street Project built a brand new 8000 square foot building, including adding a backstage area to the historic Nevada Theatre.  Check out the KVMR’s website for more details on some of the new features or the recent article in The Union.  Thanks John Taber for some photos from the first broadcast in the new building, with broadcasters Connie Harrar and Jenny Michael.   Mark your calendars for the Open House on Saturday, March 14th from noon to 4pm.  The Outside Inn continues to be a proud underwriter of KVMR, congrats guys on your new home.  Do you have a favorite show?  Leave a comment and share.

KVMR, 120 Bridge Street, photos by John Taber/ Live Shots

Ground breaking of KVMR new building

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem, Dan Thiem and John Taber

23 Feb

Buttermilk Bend Wildflower Hike

South Yuba River, photo by Erin Thiem

South Yuba River, Buttermilk Bend, photos by Erin ThiemSouth Yuba River, Buttermilk Bend, photos by Erin Thiem

The wildflowers are starting to bloom along the Buttermilk Bend trail by Bridgeport, South Yuba River.  The docent led walks start today, Saturday, March 7th at 11am and continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 10th.  The 2 1/2 mile walk along the South Yuba River is a great way to experience the beauty and magic of the river.  Bring your camera and look for a variety of California wildflowers including Golden Poppies, Purple Lupine, White Daisy’s, Western Buttercup, Larkspur and Shooting Stars.  The Western Redbud are just starting to bloom, while the poppies are out, but not quite covering the hillside.  The docent led hikes are $3 and please remember there’s now a $5 parking fee at Bridgeport.

This is one of my favorite family friendly activities as the hike is appropriate for all ages.  For photos from previous years click hereherehere and here (obviously a popular thing to blog about!).  Have you seen the Outside Inn Buttermilk Bend postcard?  I’ve got a set of 5 to give away, post a comment and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, March 2nd (and happy to mail the postcards if you aren’t local).

South Yuba River, Buttermilk Bend, photos by Erin Thiem South Yuba River, Buttermilk Bend, photos by Erin Thiem© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

20 Feb

Music scene

Nevada City music scene, photo by Erin Thiem

Achilees Wheel at the Miners Foundry, photos by John Taber/Live Shots

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Are you interested in listening to live music?  Nevada City and Grass Valley have a lot of great options.  Just this weekend you’ve got the option of Achilles Wheel and the Dead Beats at the Miners Foundry and local Grammy nominated Secret Agent 23 Skidoo at The Center for the Arts.  While the Taj Mahal Trio concert on Sunday night in Grass Valley is sold out, if you’re looking for more local music options check out the live music calendars at a number of downtown restaurants. Matteo’s Public offers a variety of blues, jazz and original songwriters, Friar Tuck’s welcomes local favorites John Girton and George Souza.  The Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill has a regular line up of musician, click here, next weekend they welcome back local favorites Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin.  The Haven Downtown, Old 5 Mile House and the Stonehouse Brewery are other local venues to check out.  InConcert Sierra offers monthly classical concerts.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for upcoming music shows with the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Music in the Mountains, California Worldfest and Celtic Festival all coming up later year.  Other great free concerts include Nevada City Summer Nights and First Friday Art Walk.  Feel free to follow along with my weekly events board for a shout out local events week by week.  What’s your favorite music event locally?  Leave a comment and share.

Nevada City Grass Valley music scene, photos by Erin Thiem

Photos by John Taber, Erin Thiem and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

17 Feb

Jim Rogers Memorial Ride

Jim Rogers Memorial RideThe 6th annual Jim Rogers Memorial Ride took place on Sunday afternoon.  The group bicycle ride is to honor Jim Rogers, who was killed in 2010 by a motorist who was texting and driving.  The celebration is also a chance to educate the community on safe cycling and driving practices.  Between 100-125 cyclists, ranging from age 10 to 82 and all ability levels, came out and ride of the Greg Lemond loop in Nevada City.   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.”  This year’s event also paid special tribute to Stan Miller, one of the founders of the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, who passed away in January.   Thanks to Nevada City Eats for providing the lunch afterwards and fundraising for the Youth Cyclists of Nevada County and the Nevada Union Mountain Bike Team.

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15 Feb

Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade

Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade

Samba Drop at Nevada City Mardi Gras ParadeNevada City Mardi Gras parade is always a colorful event.  Thanks to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for organizing the parade.  Great to see Samba Drop, NEO, Nevada City Soapbox Derby, Curious Forge, Claude the fire-breathing dragon, the Mardi Gras King & Queen (Paul Emery and Gretchen Bond), Merry Widow Society, to name a few, out on the streets celebrating our small town joy.   I loved the festive masks, bright beads and watching people enjoying the beautiful afternoon. For blog posts from previous years check out the blog: Mardi Gras 2014, Mardi Gras 2013, Mardi Gras 2012, Mardi Gras 2011.  What’s your favorite part of the Mardi Gras weekend?

Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade Nevada City Mardi Gras Parade Nevada City Soapbox Derby at the Mardi Gras ParadeNevada City Mardi Gras Parade© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

13 Feb

Spring Flowers, Mardi Gras and updates

Nevada City Mardi Gras

Nevada City Spring Flowers

Spring fever in February in Nevada City.  I’m still hoping that winter returns, but in the mean time I’m pleasantly surprised by these warm temperatures and the beautiful flowers blooming around town.  Before we know it the wildflowers will be out at Buttermilk Bend Trail and we’ll all be hanging out at the South Yuba River.  I updated this week’s weekly events board if you’re looking for something to do this weekend.   If you’re still looking for Valentine’s Day ideas, check out last week’s love blog post or my Pinterest board for local ideas and suggestions.  And for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Nevada City Mardi Gras celebration check out my blog posts from previous years (Mardi Gras 2014, Mardi Gras 2013, Mardi Gras 2012, Mardi Gras 2011). We are looking forward to Sunday’s parade at 2pm, the weather will be a lot drier then last year, look for the Outside Inn’s Soapbox Derby car rowing down Broad Street.

And for those of you who don’t follow the Inn Town Campground’s blog (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter), click here to read our latest update on the project.

And one last update, I recently attended a fun workshop about Instagram and I’d love to see folks use the hashtag #VisitNevadaCity to showcase why they love this community.

Nevada City Mardi Gras

11 Feb

Nevada County Reads

Nevada County Library, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Trash, Andy Mulligan, Nevada County ReadsNevada County Reads & Writes has selected Andy Mulligan’s novel Trash as the annual community reading book.  The young adult fiction explores issues of corruption, poverty, waste, excess, and social justice by following three young boys who discover a bag in a dumpster.  You can check out a copy of the book at one of the local libraries or purchase it at The Book Seller or Harmony Books, both shops are offering a special 10% off discount if you pick up a copy this month.  Local author Kim Culbertson helped explain why a young adult book is a good choice for this event, “A YA novel broadens the potential to have multiple generations share in the experience, to have more of the county represented in the process.”  February 26th the winners of the writing contest will be announced at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.  But mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 11th for the Trash Community Event will be held at the Foothills Events Center from 5:30-7:00 PM.  Haute Trash, a troupe of artists who create haute couture out of society’s trash, will present a fashion show designed from all recycled materials as well as local non profits who want to chat about local volunteering opportunities.  Thank you Nevada County Libraries and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools for organizing this great event, time to get reading.  And the winner of the Valentine’s Day giveaway is Meshawn.

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07 Feb

ASiF Open House

ASiF Studios Open Studio, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

2015-02-07_0004ASif Studios (Artist’s Studio in the Foothills) hosted an open house today and welcomed folks to stop by and check out demos, activities, presentations and exhibits.  I got to see Al Martinez create jewelry using classic tools and ancient repousee & chasing techniques,  Claudia Jeffers demonstrated how to use clay for sculpting the human head in the ceramics room and Eileen Blodgett and the Pressto Printmakers’ Group for a hands on printmaking activity.  Kathy Wronski was busy painting a dog portrait for an upcoming Shelter Me project.  If you’ve never been to ASiF check out their website for a list of classes or their upcoming exhibits.  I’ve spotlighted a few previous shows on the blog: Small Works, Winery showcase and the Open Studios tour.  The open studios will continue every month, so mark your calendars for “2nd Saturday Open House” for March 14th if you want to stop in and get inspired by art.  What’s your favorite way to celebrate the arts locally?  Leave a comment and share.

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04 Feb

Valentine’s Day

Flowers from the Magickal Florist, photo by Erin Thiem

Chocolate, sweets, ice cream, cupcakes, Valentine's Day My Favorite Things, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

Who’s ready for Valentine’s Day?  There are so many great things to do, see, eat and buy for your loved one locally, I went a little overboard coming up with ideas, plus a great giveaway prize for one lucky winner.

For the sweet tooth, you can buy DeGroot truffles from Nevada City Truffle Shop, candies and chocolate from Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, Jasmine and Violet ice cream from Treats, gift bags of chocolate dipped marshmallows or gourmet cupcakes from Emily’s Catering and Cakes, a bar of Cello Chocolate or something sweet from Lazy Dog Chocolateria.

There are some great local shopping options in Nevada City from My Favorite Things, The Parlour at Neva CoKitkitdizzi, J.J. Jackson’s, Gray Goose, Abstrakt, Maiden Lane, Judi’s or Nevada City Crystal & Glass.   Downtown Grass Valley offers gift options in Mint and Yuba Blue.  Or perhaps you want to get creative and make your sweetheart something special, stop by The Artist Workshop for some loved themed projects, reserve a table for Valentine’s Day. If you stop by on the 13th and 14th wearing red or pink you will receive 10% off your project and the opportunity to decorate a cookie, click here for their schedule.

So whether you’re going out to eat, heading to the Masquerade Ball at the Miners Foundry or drinking wine with the downtown Grass Valley Valentine’s Day wine stroll there are a lot of great events happening Valentine’s Day weekend.  Click here to see the Pinterest board I put together with more information on additional events and ideas.

And now the giveaway….  scroll to the bottom of this post to see the prizes, but one lucky winner is going to win a $100 floral arrangement with a decorative vase from the Magickal Florist, 2 complimentary wine tastings and a cheese platter from Smith Vineyards, a $10 gift certificate to Yuba Blue, a handmade Love sign by Lindsay Ostrom, a $10 gift certificate to The Artist Workshop, an Element Love hat from Mint, a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 from the Nevada City Truffle Shop and a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans from Carolines Coffee.  Who doesn’t want a love goodie bag worth $200?  Post a comment here about your favorite Valentine’s Day memory and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, February 11th, click here to see who won.  And the winner of the two tickets to The Second City comedy show is Beth (for a chuckle go back and read the comments).

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