06 Jul

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Farm to Table Dinner, photo by Erin Thiem

The Farm to Table Dinner is returning to downtown Nevada City on Sunday, August 16th, 6:30-11pm.  For those of you who missed the picturesque family style local food event, click here and here to see more photos. The third annual event will be a fundraiser for the First Friday Art Walk featuring a multi-course meal with local farms and businesses.  “The Nevada City Farm to Table Banquet has become an annual showcase of the best of Nevada City community and its local food movement,” said event organizer Reinette Senum.  The menu has been created by Shanan Manuel of Feast & Gather and includes a variety of local farms: First Rain Farm, Sweet Roots Farm, Fowler Family Farm, Early Bird Farm, Riverhill Farm, Grass Valley Grains and the Soil Sisters.  The community event will also feature a selection of neighborhood restaurants: Matteo’s Public, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Pete’s Pizza and Treats.

The 6 course meal will include*:  Nettle pesto, roasted plum & walnut pizza (shaved Asiago), melon smoked pepper gazpacho, BBQ smoked heritage chickens with roasted strawberry salsa, abundant summer bounty salad, heirloom tomatoes with purslane, Manzanita dressing & edible flowers, BBQ garlic ‘rattlesnake’ green beans, and for dessert, grilled stone fruits & honey with Treats ice cream and Three Forks Cake/ Cookie.  Vegan /Vegetarian Option will include: Roasted heirloom tomato coulis & braised chard, Grass Valley Grains polenta cakes, shallot pinot noir sauce.

Music will be played by Halfpence and Haypenny (6:30-8:30pm) and The Crux (8:30pm onward).

Tickets will go on sale on at noon on Thursday, July 16th and then again at noon on Saturday, July 25th, click here to go to the event page.

Farm to Table Dinner

*Menu subject to change based on availability.

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem

04 Jul

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk

Nevada City First Friday Art

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photos by Erin ThiemAlexander Gallery, Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk July Declaration edition kicked off the 4th of July weekend with art, music, poetry readings, live art demonstrations, craft booths and more! While I didn’t make it to all 35 stops on the map, included are photos from:

Kathryn Wronski at Gray Goose, Forest Aliya and Lisa Stein playing the harp at Nevo Co, KitkitdizziJuliette Morris Williams at Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, Sue McElligott  outside Asylum Down, Pascal Lacroix and Mike Snegg at The Alexander Gallery, craft vendors on Commercial Street (with a photo of A Bound Book),  Aaron Stewart at Clavey Vineyards, J.J. Jackson, Leslie Alcott at Judi’s of Nevada City, DANK at the Miners Foundry, Cody Painter at FoxHouse Espresso, Henry Goodman at Nevada City Winery, Deb Foxen at Matteo’s Public and LeeAnn Brook Fine Art pop up art gallery with works by Peggy Wright and Mike Snegg.

Many thanks to local musicians Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin and Angelica Rochkne for rocking out on the Boardwalk.

Many thanks to the businesses and sponsors (KVMR, Treats, Three Forks, AJA Video Systems, Miners Foundry, Inn Town Campground and the California Art Council) and the hard work of the Art Walk Board for celebrating the arts.

Happy 4th of July, the parade will be in downtown Grass Valley this year, click here for photos from a pervious year, the festivities start at 11am.  And if you’re heading to the Fairgrounds for the fireworks, gates open at 3pm, entertainment starts at 4 and the fireworks are at 9:30pm.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Pop Up Gallery, Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photos by Erin Thiem

2015-07-04_0007 Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photos by Erin Thiem

Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin, Nevada City First Friday, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

02 Jul


Treats Ice Cream Container

Treats, insulated ice cream container, Nevada City ice cream

What do you when the temperature soars and all you want to do is eat ice cream and go to the South Yuba River?  Guess what… we’ve got the giveaway for you!  Treats recently added insulated ice cream containers to their fabulous ice cream shop in downtown Nevada City, so now you can go in and purchase one, fill it with ice cream and take the ice cream on the road (for approximately an hour to an hour and a half).  So, for those of you who are dreaming of Mint Chip, Cookie dough or the salted carmel gelato, post a comment on your favorite ice cream flavor and we’ve got one reusable container and a $10 gift certificate to Treats to give away on the blog.  Winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 8th.  And because we all scream for ice cream, here are a few more photos to help remind you why you need to keep calm and eat ice cream.

Treats, ice cream, Treatsicles, sundaes, sorbets, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem and Katie White Photography

28 Jun

Music in the Mountains SummerFest

Music in the Mountains SummerFest

Music in the Mountains SummerFest, Grass Valley, photos by Erin ThiemMusic in the Mountains SummerFest, Nevada County FairgroundsThe Cirque de la Symphonie performance for the Music in the Mountains SummerFest was a performance that appealed to all ages.  Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strong men performed near or above the full orchestra.  Many thanks to Be on Fire Tribe for showing the kids some hula hoop tricks before the show and Beaucoup Chapeaux for warming up the crowd.  Music in the Mountains SummerFest continues through July 5th, if you missed the first week of concerts and events.  There’s still time to either check out this weekend’s Arts Festival, upcoming pop up concert, Classical Series, Conrad Tao,  Happy Birthday America outdoor concert (click here for photos from last year’s event) or Storm Large from Pink Martini.  It was great to see the first annual arts festival, a collaboration with Nevada County Arts, thanks to those artists on display, those giving demos and the musical entertainment.  For a full list of artists on display, click here.  Food trucks at the last night’s Concert under the Stars included Lazy Dog ice cream, An Honest Pie and Smiley Guys.  Have you been to a concert or event?  Post a comment and share your favorite one from this year or years past.Nevada County Arts SummerFest Arts Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds SummerFest Music in the Mountains concerts, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

24 Jun

Outside Magazine Best Towns Wild Card

Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart


What a thrill to discover that my Instagram photo of the Outside Inn’s free veggie cart helped Nevada City win a spot in the Outside magazine Best Towns Wild Card contest.

“Over 6,000 votes for 108 towns were entered into our first Best Towns Wild-Card contest—so many that it took us days to sort through them all. As we did, we had a realization: there were far more deserving towns than we had space for in our bracket. These 12 got us the most excited.”

Nevada City joins the list with:  Richmond, VA,  Santa Rosa, CA, South Tahoe, CA, Sun Valley, ID Ventura, CA, Athens, OH, Billings, MT, Brevard, NC, Dayton, OH, Hilton Head, SC and Knoxville, TN.

Now, who’s coming shopping at the free veggie cart today?  So many reasons to love our little town, we’re honored to be doing our part to help share the joy.

21 Jun

Nevada City Classic

Nevada City Classic, Nevada City Cycling race, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Classic, photos by Erin Thiem

The 55th annual Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race tore through the streets of historic downtown Nevada City today.   The annual Father’s Day race challenges even the most elite of cyclists as the criterium race winds around 7 turns over 1.1 miles and approximately 300 feet of elevation gain, per lap with speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Congrats to all the cyclists, top awards for the men went to Nate English, Max Jenkins, Colin Daw and the top female riders were Shelley Olds, Chloe Dygert and Liza Rachetto.   It is very impressive to sit at the Outside Inn and watch the riders speed past our cheering squads, even if we’re all just sitting eating free lemonade and cookies.  The Outside Inn and the Inn Town Campground were proud to support of the racers with various cash prizes on speed laps.  What was your favorite part about the event, leave a comment and share.  And the winner of the Music in the Mountains giveaway is Cynthia Stewart.

Nevada City Classic, photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Classic, photos by Erin Thiem© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

19 Jun

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market

Grass Valley Thursday Market

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market, photos by Erin Thiem

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market kicked off their summer season last night.  The event, organized by the Grass Valley Downtown Association, runs from 6-9pm every Thursday evening through August 6th.  In addition to a farmers market, there are free concerts, merchants, food and entertainment.  The market is a great opportunity to sample infused olive oil from Olive Vitality, browse books from The Book Seller, learn how to shop the Farmers Market with Alan Tangren through a cooking class at Tess’ Kitchen Store, have a cold brew from Fable Coffee and listen to music with NEO Youth Center.

Kathy Frey, co-owner of Cult of Gemini, which opened this week and enjoyed the opportunity to meet people at the Thursday Night Market.  “We are excited to be a part of the downtown Grass Valley merchants.  We were so happy to meet people — fellow store owners & locals who have been curious about us. We feel part of a movement. The market was bustling!”

What’s your favorite part about the market?  If you’re looking for more Farmers Market, don’t forget the Nevada County Growers Market, Nevada City Farmers Market or the Nevada City Summer Nights (July 15th, 22nd and 29th).  There’s still time to enter the Music in the Mountains SummerFest giveaway, click here for more information.

Cult of Gemini, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem Grass Valley Thursday Night Market, Farmers Market, photos by Erin Thiem© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

15 Jun

Circque de la Symphonie, Music in the Mountains SummerFest

Cirque de la Symphonie

Music in the Mountains SummerFest, Cirque de la Symphonie

Building on its 33-year reputation as the region’s top classical music festival, Music in the Mountains SummerFest, stretches its wings in 2015, bringing contemporary and classical music together in one incredible concert experience.

From June 16 through July 5, at Peace Lutheran Church, the Amaral Center and the Great Lawn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, festival-goers from all over Northern California will enjoy magical concerts under the stars with headliners such as music legend Randy Newman (“I Love LA” to “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from Pixar’s Toy Story) on June 26, the extraordinary aerialists, acrobats and jugglers of Cirque de la Symphonie on June 27, and the always popular local favorite “Happy Birthday USA” on July 3 celebrating Broadway, Disney, and the Good Ol’ US of A.

Cirque de la Symphonie is an exciting production designed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. It is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts performed on a stage shared with the full symphony orchestra, showcasing many of the best artists in the world. The audience is thrilled and bedazzled by aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. These accomplished veterans include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen. Each performance is perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces, raising cirque artistry to a fine arts level. Adding a stunning visual element to the concert experience, these aerialists and acrobats provide a three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza. Orchestras play with enhanced enthusiasm, while patrons marvel at the jaw-dropping spectacle of aerialists flying overhead and astonishing acrobatic feats. Fusing the power and majesty of the live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. Over one hundred orchestras worldwide have featured Cirque de la Symphonie in sold-out venues, adding energy and excitement to the concert experience.  To buy tickets online, click here.

The Outside Inn is excited to say we have a special Family Pass for the Cirque de la Symphonie performance on Saturday, June 27th, which includes two adults and two children total value $80.  Please post a comment here and I’ll announce the winner on Sunday, June 21st after the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race.

Cirque de la Symphonie, Music in the Mountains SummerFest

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos provided by Music in the Mountains

13 Jun

Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Nevada City Soapbox Derby

Nevada City Soapbox Derby, photos by Erin ThiemNevada City Soapbox Derby, photos by Erin Thiem

The Nevada City Soapbox Derby tore down Nimrod Street in Nevada City today.  The 5th annual event raises money for Pioneer Park.  Organizer Rich Bodine explains that while the event is a free “fun event for the entire community,” their primary goal is to have fun!  The gravity powered cars can either race for speed or art category.  This year the Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground built a Lego car and won the “Biggest Project award,” thanks for plug for our future campground.  The fastest car award this year went to the Rusty Rocket from San Jose.  Best in Show award went to the Fly High Jake team.  Congrats to all 30 cars, the slinky dog car, built by Gary Apple, certainly won the hearts of many of the spectators.  Free swimming in Pioneer Pool and ice cream from Lazy Dog were some of the other favorites.  For photos from previous years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) check out the Outside Inn blog posts.  Time to start brainstorming your entry for next year.

And the winner of the Nevada City Farmers Market giveaway is Marjorie.

Nevada City Soapbox Derby, photos by Erin Thiem Nevada City Soapbox Derby, Pioneer Park, photos by Erin ThiemNevada City Soapbox Derby, photos by Erin Thiem© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

08 Jun

Nevada City Farmers Market

Nevada City Famers Market


The Nevada City Farmers Market kicks off their 2015 season this Saturday.  Located on Union Alley in downtown Nevada City, every Saturday morning till November 21st from 8:30am-1:00pm, the market is a great place to buy local organic fruit and vegetables, baked goods, fresh flowers, coffee and more.

Some highlights for this year, Food Love Project will have bags of locally grown peanuts, plus multi-colored popping corn, tea blends, herb starts, veggie starts, everlasting bouquets, herb bunches and microgreens.  New Dawn Bakery is introducing a new gluten and dairy free soft sandwich bread, hamburger buns in addition to their popular cinnamon rolls, sourdough and cinnamon raisin bread.   Soil Sisters Farmer will continue to grow their gorgeous flowers, plus gourmet salad mix with edible flowers and heirloom garlic.  First Rain Farm will have a Triple Crown Blackberries later in the summer and fresh nettle.  Mountain Bounty Farm is excited to have an early selection of strawberries, gorgeous greens, cherry tomatoes and loganberries.

Nevada City Farmers Market, photos by Erin Thiem
Nevada City Farmers Market, photos by Erin Thiem


Live music in Robinson Plaza, this summer’s line up includes: Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin (June 13), Gary and Eva (June 20), Ragged But Right (July 4), Billy Bensing (July 11), Earles of Newtown (July 18), Buffalo Gals (July 25) and Heather McAdam (Aug 22).

Plus vendors, artists, musician and informational booths from local organizations like 211, The Center for the Arts and BriarPatch Co-Op.


For more fun photos of the Nevada City Farmers Market click here, here, here, here, here and here.  And if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a prize!  To kick off the season we’ve got a fun little giveaway to help celebrate the Farmers Market, included is a Nevada City Farmers Market Chico bag, $15 gift certificate to Huck’s Hollow Farm, gift certificate for one free pour over coffee from Fable Coffee, $5 gift certificate to New Dawn Bakery, a bottle of Nash’s Natural Brewing Company Kombucha and a free Mountain Bounty Farm CSA box*.  Please post a comment on why you love the Nevada City Farmers Market and I’ll draw the winner on Saturday, June 13th.


© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

*Valid for Mountain Bounty Farm’s Summer season Vegetable CSA Shares only- use by October 1, 2015.