27 Jul

Nevada County Concert Band

Nevada County Concert Band, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada County Concert Band, Pioneer Park

The Nevada County Concert Band Picnic & Pops Concert in Pioneer Park series celebrated the Centennial Jubilee last night with music from the last 100 years.  The free outdoor family friendly concert hosted 65 guest musicians to the 80 members of the Nevada County Concert Band.  If you’ve missed the other 2 outdoor concerts, mark your calendars for Sunday, August 23rd, the show is from 5-7pm.  Thanks to Lazy Dog Ice Cream and Top Dog food trucks for serving up some tasty treats.  If you’ve never been to one of the shows, bring a picnic, your lawn chairs and enjoy the show.  And the winner of the Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground water bottle winner is Ingrid.

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© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem

22 Jul

South Yuba River Swimming Holes

South Yuba River Swimming hole, photo by Erin Thiem

South Yuba River Swimming Holes, Lemke's Lagoon, photos by Erin Thiem

South Yuba River
Swimming holes on the South Yuba River are a major attraction in Nevada City at this time of the year.  A few weeks ago some guests from England stayed at the motel and had a copy Timothy Joyce’s book “Swimming Holes of Ca” and wanted better directions to Lemke’s Lagoon.  I decided shortly after their visit to venture upstream from 49 Crossing to have a look for myself.  My first bit of advice would be that while the book calls the hike “easy to moderate” that my description would be moderate to difficult and not appropriate for small children.  The other important detail is that there are very few places to easily get in and out of the river, so be aware of your surroundings before you get into the river.  Lots of people stop by the Outside Inn for directions to the South Yuba River State Park, we happily give them directions to the various bridge crossing, but often explain to folks that it’s a choose your own adventure in terms of where to go swimming.  With every conversation we encourage both locals and visitors to pack it in and pack it out and if you’re interested in volunteering for the SYRCL River Ambassador program, click here for more information.  And for all those folks out-of-town who keep asking if there’s any water left in the river, the answer is yes.  For a list of other blog posts on places to swim, click here for our outdoor activities page.  And while out hiking along the South Yuba River I took along a new Outside Inn/Inn Town Campground water bottle, post a comment on this blog post and I’ve got one to give away (and I’ll happily mail it if you’re not local).

And the winner of the tickets to Sierra Stages production of The Producers is Kamryn.  South Yuba River Swimming hole South Yuba River Swimming Holes

Outside Inn water bottle

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem

20 Jul

Nevada City Summer Nights

Nevada City Summer Nights, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Summer Nights, photos by Erin ThiemNevada City Summer Nights is a street fair where everyone is invited.  Similar to the winter Victorian Christmas celebrations, the last 3 Wednesday evenings in July (July 15th, 22nd and 29th this year), downtown Nevada City is the place to be.  The street fair includes art, music, entertainment, antique cars, belly dancers and more.   So whether you’re shopping, enjoying a cool beverage, listening to music or watching the fire dancers (click here for more Be on Fire Tribe photos from last year), there’s something for everyone.  For a full list of the entertainment, click here.  Thanks to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for organizing this great, family friendly free event.  What’s your favorite summer event?  Post a comment and share.  And there’s still time to enter the giveaway to the Sierra Stages show of The Producers, winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 22nd.
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© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem

16 Jul

The Children’s Festival

The Children's Festival, Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem

The Children's Festival, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

The Children’s Festival returns to Nevada City’s Pioneer Park this Friday, July 17th.  The one day Renaissance Fair has 2 sessions (9am-noon and 5-8pm).  The admission price of $3 includes arts & crafts, faeries, craftsmen, face painting, spinning, music, fencing demonstrations, magic show, Priate Skool and a fire-breathing dragon.  New craft this year: Bird Masks that the kids will color/decorate.  The first 500 families at each session will have an opportunity to get a Children’s Festival tote bag (suggested donation of $1).  Children of all ages are invited, costumes are encouraged.

And the winner of the Sierra Vintners Wine Tour giveaway is Yulia.

The Children's Festival, photos by Lenkaland Photography

 

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem and Lenkaland Photography

14 Jul

Sierra Stages, The Producers

The Producers, Sierra Stages, photo by Erin Thiem

Sierra Stages, The Producers, musical, photos by Erin ThiemSierra Stages, The Producers, Nevada City play, photos by Erin Thiem

Sierra Stages new production of The Producers opens this week at the historic Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City.  The humorous musical comedy based on the movie by Mel Brooks shows a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his accountant trying to make money producing a musical flop.  The ensemble cast includes Robert Rossman and Danny McCammon as Max Bialystock and Leopold Bloom.

“I think the community will love it,” said Director Susan Mason.  “It’s very funny, from the first note to the last. It’s a comedy, but also a homage to Broadway. So if you’re a Broadway nerd, you can pick out numbers that are tributes to “Show Boat,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story’,” she said. “You can catch-all of this stuff, it’s like a Where’s Waldo? kind of thing where you can see and hear all of these little things; like the tap dancing tribute to Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Mel Brooks went berserk in that way.”

The play shows July 16th- August 8th, click here for ticket information.  Then Outside Inn blog has a pair of tickets to giveaway*, please post a comment on this blog post on why you’d like to see the play.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 22nd.

And the winners for the Wheyward Girl Creamery giveaway is: Michelle Noe and Trista Harvey.  The winner of the California WorldFest tickets is  Allison, congrats!  There’s still time to enter the giveaway for this weekend’s Sierra Vintners Wine Trail, click here.


Sierra Stages, The Producers, Nevada City play, photos by Erin Thiem Sierra Stages, The Producers, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem, *tickets valid for Thursday, Friday or Saturday, July 23rd, 24th or 25th.

11 Jul

Sierra Vintners Wine Trail

Sierra Vintners Wine Trail, Lucchesi Vineyards, photo by Erin Thiem

Sierra Vintners Wine Trail, photos by Erin ThiemThe Sierra Vintners wine trail returns Saturday, July 18th. The regional wine tour will include: Double Oak Vineyards & Winery, Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery, Nevada City Winery, Smith Vineyard, Solune Winegrowers and Katoa Cellars.  Each winery will have music, food pairings and plenty of wines to taste.  Stop by any one of the six participating wineries on Saturday, July 18th between 11am-5pm.*

In addition to wine tastings, Brian Doughtery will be playing live music at Smith Vineyards. Lucchesi Vineyards will be serving tri-tip, pork roast, and corn on the cob, plus live music from Pre Existing Condition and fun games to win wine discounts.  Bob Mora Blues Band performs at Nevada City Winery with Conscious Catering nibbles. Double Oak Vineyards is offering a special wine sale on their award winning 2013 Chardonnay & 2008 Zinfandel, food from Three Forks Bakery and acoustic finger style guitar played by Jonathan Meredith.  Katoa Cellars is celebrating their grand opening.  “We will be pouring a Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandell. We will also preview three upcoming wines, two versions of Chardonnay and another red and food from Back Porch Market.  Our music will be performed by Phil Greene and his singer from Whiskey and Honey,” said owner winemaker Riki Pollock.  Stop by Solune Winegrowers picnic area and listen to the Heifer Belles, check out art by local artists Karel Hendee and find the best pairing between their Fleur de Lune and fresh local fruit cobblers from Happy Apple Kitchen.

To purchase your tickets online purchase click here, discounted tickets available for wine club members.

If you can’t make the July wine tour mark your calendars for the September 26 event including:  Bear River Winery, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards & Winery, Mt. Vernon Winery, Naggiar Vineyards, Sierra Knolls Vineyards & Winery, Viña Castellano Winery.

So cheers to lots of great local wines.  If you’re looking for more information about Nevada City and Grass Valley wine tasting rooms or events, click here for the Outside Inn info page.  And if you’ve made it this far, cheers, I’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway for the July wine tour, post a comment here on your favorite wine and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, July 16th.

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem, *Nevada City Winery is closing is at 4pm.

09 Jul

California WorldFest

California WorldFest, photo by Alan Sheckter

California WorldFest, Nevada County Fairgrounds, photos by Alan Sheckter

California WorldFest is coming to town July 16th-19th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  The music festival includes 8 stages with musical acts from around the globe. This year The Center for the Arts produced event headliners include: Lucinda Williams,  Richard Thompson, Rocky Dawuni, EmiSunshine, Beats Antique, Las Cafeteras, Dengue Fever,  Makana and Birds of Chicago, to name a few.  Local performers at WorldFest 2015 include: Brett Shady, Secret Agent 23 SkidooAchilles Wheel, London Jax, Lolo Jervais Music and Samba Drop.  You can see the full line up of performers online here or check out the line-up.  In addition to over 40 different musicians the event includes workshops, activities for kids, teen scene, crafts, dancing, camping and more.  Click here for ticket information, make sure to check out the Thursday Nevada County locals 2 for 1 deal.  Want to win a pair of tickets to the opening day of WorldFest?  The Thursday night line up includes: Portland Cello Project, Saritah, John Trudell & Bad Dog, Mariee Sioux and Buffy Sainte-Marie.  Post a comment on the blog on why you want to go and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 14th.*  Thanks to Alan Sheckter for the photos, click here, here and here to see more photos.

California WorldFest, Nevada County Fairgrounds, photos by Alan Sheckter

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © Alan Sheckter

08 Jul

Wheyward Girl Creamery

Wheyward Girl Creamery, photo by Erin Thiem

Wheyward Girl Creamery, Nevada City Cheese Shop, photos by Erin Thiem

Wheyward Girl Creamery opens their doors today in downtown Nevada City.  Barbara Jenness, master cheesemaker, and Roberta DesBouillons, culinary instructor and foodie welcome you to Nevada City’s first creamery.   Located next door to Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, the cheese shop will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 11am-6pm, Saturdays from 9am-6pm and Sundays from 12-5.  While their cheese production is still under development, they have a great selection of artisan cheese available.  So stop in grab some Pt Reyes Bay Blue, Jasper Hills Bayley Hazen Blue, Cana de Oveja, Taleggio, Bonne Bouche, Casatica di Bufala, Harbison or Cowgirl Creamery and fill up an insulated cheese bag.  If you mention the Outside Inn’s blog during the month of July you buy the bag for a special price of $5.  If you’re in a hurry make sure you check out the special $10 grab and go daily lunch special, a pairing of cheese, nuts and sweets.  In addition to cheese, there will be fresh bread from Three Forks, Huck’s Hollow Farm crackers, local honey and jams for sale.  Who needs some cheese?  Post a comment on this blog post about your favorite cheese and I have two $10 gift certifiates to give away, please make sure to welcome Roberta & Barbara to the Nevada City foodie scene.  The winners of the Wheyward Girl Creamery gift certificates will be announced on Tuesday, July 14th.   And the winner of the Treats giveaway is Kyler.

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© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photo by Erin Thiem

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.  *Edited to say that tickets are only available in person at BriarPatch Co-Op.

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

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

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem