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Brew Bakers Family Cafe

Brew Bakers Family Cafe, Grass Valley

Brew Bakers Family Cafe recently opened their doors in downtown Grass Valley at 154 Mill Street (where Sergio’s use to be).  The family run coffee shop offers Temple Coffee and is currently open Tuesday through Saturdays 7am-4pm (and later for the Thursday Night Market).  Stop in for an iced coffee and try a cinnamon roll or a lemon square.  Or maybe you want a slice of quiche with a Mexican Hot Chocolate?  Homemade cookies, bread pudding, blueberry pies on display daily. Keep tabs on their Facebook page for news of their grand opening party.  The Outside Inn’s blog has a special giveaway, post a comment on your favorite afternoon treat and I’ve got 5 coupons to giveaway– buy an espresso drink or iced coffee and get a free baked goodie.  Winner will be announced on Monday, July 28th.

Grass Valley Coffee Shop, Brew Bakers Family Cafe Grass Valley Coffee Shop Brew Bakers Family Cafe

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

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The Children’s Festival

Nevada City Children's Festival

The Children's Festival, Pioneer Park, Nevada CityThe Children's Festival, Nevada City, Pioneer ParkThe Children’s Festival returned to Nevada City today, with two sessions (9am-noon and 5pm-8pm) and transformed part of Pioneer Park into a mini Renaissance Faire geared for children.  There were more than 20 interactive sessions were set up in the trees, providing kids an opportunity to paint, create arts, learn about fencing, watch a Pyrate Skool, pay the Troll, make a fairy wand, watch a fire-breathing dragon and so much more.  What I love about the event is that it’s completely volunteer run, so many, many thanks to the many people who work so hard to create this magical experience.  It is truly one of those unique to Nevada City experiences.  If you missed the event this year, feel free to follow their Facebook page for updates on the 2015 event.  Did you go, what was your favorite part?  Did someone make you a homemade crown too?  Did you catch any of the live entertainment?  If you’re looking for more kid-friendly activities, check out my recent blog post on things to do with kids in the summer.

The Children's Festival, Nevada CityThe Children's Festival, Nevada City© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

Edwards Crossing

South Yuba River, Edwards Crossing

Summer is in full force in Nevada City.  Between Summer Nights, Farmers Markets, annual events, plays, musical performances, there’s barely enough time to squeeze in a trip to the river.  But, for those of you who have spent an afternoon lounging at on a rock by the river, you know that one should always make the time to recharge down at the South Yuba River.  Our community is lucky to have this amazing river in our backyard.  I have written many blog posts about swimming holes on the Yuba rivers, click here for a list of all sorts of outdoor adventures.  These photos are from Edwards Crossing, out North Bloomfield Road.  What’s your favorite getaway spot in the summer months?  The winners from the play ticket giveaway for Lori Trowbridge for Secret Garden and Clair Chapple for Alices in Wonderland.

Edwards Crossing, South Yuba RiverEdwards Crossing, South Yuba River

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Farm to Table dinner and play tickets

Nevada City Farm to Table Dinner, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Have I mentioned how much I love our little town lately?  The photo above is from last year’s Nevada City Farm to Table event– and if you act really fast, you can grab a seat at this year’s event, tickets went on sale this morning, mark you calendar for Sunday, August 10th 7-11pm.  Anytime a town throws a dinner party in the middle of the street with farm fresh ingredients is a reason to celebrate in my book.

I’ve got some tickets to give away for some two upcoming plays this week.  If you’re interested in a family of 4 pack to see the Secret Garden by Quest Theatreworks at the Burton Homestead on Friday, July 18th or a pair of tickets to see Alices and Wonderland at The Center for the Arts by PAG, please post a comment here and tell me which show you would prefer.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 17th.  And the winner of the tickets to see Peter Pan is Naima.

Nevada City photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk

Dawn Blanchfield at The Parlour at Neva Co, First Friday Art Walk

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, DANK, Cynthia LevesqueFirst Friday Art Walk returned to downtown Nevada City.  This month the theme of the event was water with exhibits of beautiful artwork that represented water, fun water filled interactive kid friendly art activities and an art installation of “making waves” on Commercial Street and more.  Did you make it to the DANK opening reception?  The pop up gallery featuring work by Sheila Cameron, Moira McLaughlin, Roseanne Burke, Reinette Senum,  Nancy Nelson, Joe Meade, Cynthia Levesque, Kathy Frey, Dylan McConnell, Celiene Adrianna on Spring Street is open Saturday mornings 9am-1pm and will return for the August First Friday Art Walk (mark your calendars now, Friday, August 1st 5-9pm).  Thanks to all the fabulous folks who make the Art Walk happen, if you don’t know Cynthia, stop in to the Neva Co Artisan Boutique and say hello.  I loved listening to Paige Anderson and The Fearless Kin rock it out on the Commercial Street Boardwalk, we can all say “we knew them when” when they hit the big time.  Photos in this blog post spotlight a few of the exhibits including Dawn Blanchfield, Della Helywood at Nevada City Winery, Neo, Cheek Thrills Face Painting, Outside Inn’s Chalk it Up, Treats’ Kidz Alley, Maren Metke at Phoenix Rose, Elixart, The Earth StoreKathryn Wronski at Gray Goose, Alison Kirishian at Kitktidizzi with Sierra Moonshine beer on tap, plus Betsy Lombard at J.J. Jackson’s.  What was your favorite part about the evening?  Please post a comment and share and support local arts and music and our fabulous little town.

DANK, Nevada City pop up art gallery, First Friday Art Walk

Nevada City Winery, First Friday Art Walk, Della Heywood Nevada City First Friday Art Walk photos

DANKKitkitdizzi, Sierra Moonshine, Alison Kirishian art, First Friday Art WalkNevada City First Friday Art Walk Betsy Lombard, J.J. Jackson's, Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photos by Erin ThiemPaige Anderson and The Fearless Kin, First Friday Art Walk Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem and Lenka Vodicka

Sierra Stages Peter Pan

Peter Pan, Sierra Stages, Nevada Theatre, Nevada CityPeter Pan, Nevada City play, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnSierra Stages Community Theatre production of Peter Pan opens at the Nevada Theatre tonight, Thursday, July 10th and runs through Sunday, August 2nd.  The land of Neverland full of pirates, fairies, mermaids and magic, and while we may remember the Disney version of J. M. Barnie’s book Peter Pan, the play certainly appeals to both children and adults.  Keep an eye out for Nana the dog, the Lost Boys, Tigerlily, flying children, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook.  The shows are Thursdays, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm  and Sundays at 2pm, tickets available online (reserve or general admission) or Briar Patch Co-op.

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

To win a pair of tickets to either Thursday July 17th or Thursday July 24th please post a comment on this blog post and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, July 14th.  The winner of the Summer Things to Do with Kids package is Ingrid Knox.

Sierra Stages production of Peter Pan

Peter Pan, Sierra Stages, Nevada Theatre, Nevada City Sierra Stages Peter Pan photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

Nevada City 4th of July Parade

Fourth of July Parade, Nevada City photosNevada City’s 4th of July Parade, with approximately 75 entries, was a festive occasion in red, white and blue.  Small town pride on display with Grand Marshall Evan Strong, the Ophir Prison marching band, the Soapbox Derby cars, Nevada County Concert Band, Jazzercise ladies, ECV, Nevada Union band, Nevada County library and many, many more…  I was impressed with the crowds, especially with the heat, great job to everyone who participated and/or cheered from the sidewalks.  The winners of Treats gift certificates are Nora and Sheila Cameron.Fourth of July Parade, photos by G Aronow Photography

Fourth of July Parade, Nevada City photos Fourth of July Parade, Nevada City photos Nevada City 4th of July Parade, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem and G Aronow Photography

Happy Birthday America, Music in the Mountains Concert

Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Happy Birthday America

Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Happy Birthday AmericaHappy Birthday America!  Last night’s Music in the Mountains SummerFest finale had a little bit of everything, from patriotic tunes to Hollywood and Broadway favorites.  The family friendly concert was a great way to spend a warm summer evening with friends, we brought our lawn chairs and enjoyed a Lazy Dog ice cream and cold beverage.  The  plane fly over got the crowd going, but the tribute to the servicemen who have served our country was probably the most touching moment of the event.  For more photos of some of the Music in the Mountains summer concerts click here for John Taber’s Live Shots albums.  Happy 4th of July, we’ll see you at the Nevada City parade (starts at 11am) and perhaps at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the fireworks show, have a great day and be safe.

Music in the Mountains, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Happy Birthday AmericaMusic in the Mountains, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Happy Birthday America

Music in the Mountains, photos by John Taber Live Shots

 © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem and John Taber

Summer Activities: Things to do with Kids

Nevada City Swimming Holes, South Yuba River photos

49er Fun Park photos

Summer Activities for Children

Summer vacation is in full swing and Nevada City offers so many great activities for things to do for kids.  So regardless of what your family likes to do, here’s a list of all sorts of ideas of things to do.  And scroll down to the bottom for my great kid-centric giveaway!

Things to with Kids:

Water Activities:

Outdoor Adventures:

Jason Auld, owner of Mountain Recreation, loves taking his 3 kids outdoors during the summer season, “We love hiking, backpacking and camping in our vintage trailer. ”  Mountain Rec has clothing, camping gear, swimwear, camping gear and can help ”gear up the family.”    If you’re interested in getting in the water at Scotts Flat Lake they offer kayak and SUP rentals, either from the shop in Grass Valley or out at the Day Use area by the campground on weekends.  Click here for information about their rental programs.  And if you want to try out the SUP, join the Wednesday evening races, free stand up paddle board available, races are open to all ages and abilities, so grab the family and have a picnic dinner by the lake, here’s a blog post from last year.

Grass Valley The Artist Workshop

Perhaps you’re looking for a summer camp, there are still lots of great programs happening, click here for a post from earlier this spring on the Summer Camp Fair, still time to check out the Food Love Project day camps, Mud Hut Art classes, Fox Walkers, Backstitch Sewing classes or The Center for Arts  programs.  Perhaps you want to be creative, try stopping by The Artist Workshop, either for a class or their drop in open session and leave with a new art project.  Maybe you want to learn a specific new skill, like a kid’s cooking class at Briar Patch Co-op?

There are a lot of great kid friendly events during the summer season, whether its The Children’s Festival (Friday, July 18th), The Sierra Storytelling Festival  (July 18-20) or the Nevada County Fair (August 6-10).  Otherwise take your kids to one of the many local farmers markets, First Friday Art Walks or Nevada City Summer Nights.  Perhaps you want to get tickets for the PAG performance of Alice in Wonderland or Quest Theaterworks’s  for The Secret Garden?  Don’t forget the free Nevada County Concert Band concerts at Pioneer Park, great family friendly outing.

And if you’ve made it this far, I’ve got a special treat for one lucky kid.  Post a comment on your favorite summer activity and one family will be 2 free movie passes to the Del Oro Children’s movie screenings, a free go-cart and mini golf at 49er fun park, a $15 gift certificate to The Artist Workshop and a free 2 hour kayak or SUP rental from Mountain Rec.  Winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 9th.

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market

Grass Valley Thursday Night Market

Metaphysical Juice, photos by Erin Thiem Outside InnGrass Valley Thursday Night Market has returned from the summer season, 6-9pm in downtown every Thursday till August 14th.  Stop by and shop fresh fruits and vegetables in the Farmers Market, listen to live music, shop artisans booths or pick up a tasty treat to enjoy while strolling the event.  We enjoyed a cupcake from Brew Bakers Family Cafe, a cold press juice from Metaphysical Juice, a honey stick form Jardin del Rio, homemade seasonings from Hucks Hollow Farm, olive oil tasting from Olive Vitality, chatted with the lovely folks from Make Local Habit and The Book Seller and enjoyed some of the goodies from The Hand Made’ns Collective, including a fine carrot necklace by wire jewelry artist Kathy Frey.  We almost bought a pie from An Honest Pie and I wanted a glass of wine from the Smith Vineyard tasting room, but you can’t do it all….  The family friendly event is a great way to spend an evening, you’re bound to run into someone you know.  For other Farmers Markets, check out the Nevada County Growers Market at the North Star House (8- 12:30, Saturdays) or the Nevada County Rood Center (2-5:30, Tuesdays) and the Nevada City Farmers Market in downtown Nevada City (8:30-1:00pm, Saturdays).  What’s your favorite part of local farmers markets, leave a comment and share.  And the winner from last week’s Jade Summit Tea Shop giveaway is Kristy.

The Hand Made'ns Collective, Kathy Frey Jewelry An Honest Pie, Brew Baker, Olive Vitality, Junk in the Trunk Make Local Habit at Grass Valley Thursday Night Market Grass Valley Thursday Night MarketGrass Valley Farmers Market © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

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