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Happy Labor Day

Nevada City Swimming Holes, South Yuba RiverCan you believe it’s the end of the summer season?  The Outside Inn is one busy place during June, July and August (with weekends already filling up for the summer of 2015). While I look forward to the fall colors and winter activities, I am so grateful to our community for the spectacular summer season, whether it be the events, the long summer nights, the opportunity to soak in the river or any one of the #79573489 reasons I love Nevada City.

What’s your favorite summer time thing to do in Nevada City?  Leave a comment and share.  And I have a few winners to announce, the gift certificate to Food Love Project UPick is Donna, the spot in Roots Reclaimed The Studio calligraphy class with Pigment & Parchment goes to Anne and the gift certificate to Pine Street Burgers goes to Therese.  Happy Labor Day!

Nevada County events, Things to do in the summer season

Nevada City Farmers Market, Farm to Table Dinner, CSA and more

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem, Kial James and Matt Bonser



Food Love Project

Food Love Project, Sierra Harvest Farm education, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Food Love Project, Sierra Harvest Farm education, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Food Love Project, the Sierra Harvest farm on the Burton Homestead has been providing Nevada County school age children hands on farm education for the last 4 years.  Today marked the start of their school field trip season and Farmer Amanda and her crew showed the kids how to harvest carrots, beets, dino kale, cheery tomatoes, onions and more.  If your school is interesting in having a field trip at the farm, contact Amanda. If you’re not a school aged child and want to go play in the dirt, don’t hesitate to join the fun, volunteers welcome.  You can follow the farming adventures on Facebook, look for their veggies at the Nevada City Farmers Market or stop by for the U-Pick on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 (16200 Purdon Road, Nevada City).  Food Love Project has offered up one lucky Outside Inn blog reader a $10 gift certificate to come out to the farm during U-Pick during the month of September to come harvest your own veggies.  Post a comment on this blog post and I’ll draw the winner on Monday, September 1st.  And last call on Nevada City Film Festival giveaway, winner will be announced tomorrow.

Food Love Project, Sierra Harvest Farm education, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Food Love Project, Sierra Harvest Farm education, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem



Pine Street Burgers

Pine Street Burgers, Grass Valley, photo by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Happy 1st Birthday to Pine Street Burgers.  If you haven’t been to the restaurant (owned by South Pine Cafe owners George and Suzie Dyer), stop in and try their burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads or shakes.  Located at 1249 E. Main Street in Grass Valley, next to KNCO, Gold Run Laundry at the Dorsey Drive/Sierra College Blvd intersection.  Pine Street Burgers is open 7 days a week, 11am-8pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sundays.  Their weekly specials are always posted online, if you act fast you can try the Roasted Hatch Chile burger.  And as a special birthday present Pine Street Burgers has offered up a $15 gift certificate to one lucky Outside Inn blog reader, post a comment on what you’d order and I’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 1st.  (Still time to win the calligraphy class by Pigment & Parchment at Roots Reclaimed the Studio and a Nevada City Film Festival pass).

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, photo by Erin Thiem



Nevada City Film Festival

Nevada City Film Festival Nevada City Film Festival, photos by Kat Alves Photography

Every summer, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing award-winning shorts and feature films to the historic venues of Nevada City, CA. A four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, this year’s fest includes a live performance by writer and comedian Marc Maron (host of the critically acclaimed podcast “WTF with Marc Maron”), feature-length films such as “Listen Up Philip” starring Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman and Patrick Brice’s “Creep,” and an excellent sampling of award-winning shorts from around the world.  Mark your calendars for September 4th-7th.

The festival will also feature world-renowned performance artist Miwa Matreyek during First Friday Art Walk, a free screening of the documentary “The Bird Who Flew Alone” about Gene Clark of the Byrds, workshops on how to create a successful comedy series and shooting and editing with GoPro, a special presentation of the 1968 Steve McQueen film “Bullitt”, children’s shorts, filmmaker Q&As, after parties, and more.  Check out the Nevada City Film Festival facebook page to keep up to date, Golden Shoulders was just added to the opening night after party.

The Outside Inn’s blog is excited to offer up one free festival pass, post a comment on this blog post and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, August 29th.  And if you’re interested in the live comedy show, the special event tickets are available here, act fast as it’s going to sell out.  Many thanks to Kat Alves and Simon Weller for some additional photos from last year’s event, what’s your favorite part about the annual event?

Nevada City Film Festival, Miners Foundry, photos by Kat Alves Photography

Nevada City Film Festival, photos by Simon Weller

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem, Kat Alves Photography and Simon WellerSave the Date – NCFF 2014 from Nevada City Film Festival on Vimeo.



Roots Reclaimed Studio

Roots Reclaimed The Studio, shared workspace, Grass Valley, photography studio

Roots Reclaimed Studio is about to open its unique shared working space in Grass Valley for photographers, wedding and event planners and make up artists.  Nicole Wright’s vintage rental business outgrew its Nevada City warehouse and in the process of looking for a new space she decided to create a business that provides a shared work space, photography studio and warehouse.  So if you’re a wedding photographer who needs a place to meet your clients, do a photo shoot or a quiet place with wi-fi and a coffee bar, perhaps a membership is perfect for you?  For more information about the Studio Membership click here, there’s a special promotion if you join before September 30th (5 free credits each month and no processing fee).  Curious to have a look around?  Either stop by on Friday, August 22nd between 10-4 or mark your calendar for their Open House/Vintage Furniture Sale Labor Day weekend (Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4).  Roots Reclaimed Studio is located at 603 Mill Street, next door to the Swiss House.  In addition the Studio will also be hosting DIY workshops and the first one is a string art class, but I’ve got a giveaway to the upcoming calligraphy class by Pigment and Parchment on October 11th (click here to see more photos from a previous workshop).  Additional classes will included the talented Thistle and Honey floral crowns and cocktails by the Gold Dust Collective, information on workshops coming to the website soon.  Please post a comment on this blog post and I’ll draw a winner for a free spot in the Calligraphy class on Monday, September 1st.   Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals, Grass Valley Weddings, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals, Grass Valley Weddings, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Roots Reclaimed Vintage Rentals, Grass Valley Weddings, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Pigment and Parchment calligraphy, photos by New Vintage Photography

Thistle and Honey Floral Flower Crown Workshop, photos by Nicole Dianne Photography

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem and Jen Howell/ New Vintage Photography (Pigment and Parchment photos) and Nicole Dianne Photography (Thistle and Honey Floral photos)



Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart

Nevada City Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart

 The Outside Inn’s free veggie cart is a great example on why I love Nevada City.  The neighbors vegetable stand has been in front of the Outside Inn’s office for the last 7 summers and have as a loyal following, both by people who drop off extra fruits and veggies, to excited people who collect the bounty to its virtual fan club online.  I have written about the cart on the blog numerous times (click here, here, herehere or here), but honestly the story never gets old.  It’s an amazing example of something positive happening in our community.  I love watching the positive interactions, from the motorcycle dropping off a basket of tomatoes, the 5 gallon bucket of fruit delivery, to the excited County employees who take a cucumber on their walk around the block.  I often post photos on the Outside Inn’s Instagram account and you see my Flickr album with the colorful variety from the last 4 summers.  Have you been shopping at free stand?  Leave a comment on your favorite experience.  And, without further adieu, the winner of the Three Forks Bakery & Brewery giveaway is Sarah.

Nevada City Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart Outside Inn Free Veggie Cart

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem



South Yuba River, Washington

Nevada City outdoor activities, South Yuba River, Washington

Nevada City South Yuba River

School’s starting and while it may mean the end of summer vacation for some, many of us think now is really the perfect time to go to the South Yuba River!  Here are a few photos from a trip last month with my friend Moira, she decided to make an art movie about our adventure, see below.   For more blog posts on local swimming holes, click here learn about outdoor activities.  At this time of the year we spend a lot of time giving directions to the river at the Outside Inn, feel free to stop by and say hi.   Mark your calendars for the SYRCL annual River Clean up event, Saturday, September 20th, 9am-noon and join the community event to help keep our rivers clean.

Nevada City, South Yuba River Nevada City South Yuba River

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem, video by Moira McLaughlin



Farm to Table Dinner

Nevada City Farm to Table Event, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Nevada City Farm to Table Event, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Nevada City Farm to Table Event, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNevada City Farm to Table dinner, transforming Commercial Street in downtown into a farm to fork foodie experience. The second annual event was designed to “show people what a town square feeling looks like,” says organizer Reinette Senum.  ”This event is an epitome of what a community can do, celebrating the best of the area, businesses, farms and volunteers.”  Shanan Manuel’s Feast & Gather Organic Catering organized the menu with neighboring restaurants: Matteo’s Public, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co., Café Mekka, Pete’s Pizza, The Crazy Horse Bar and Grill, The Fix, and Treats Ice Cream.  The Nevada City Chamber hosted the bar with local wine and beer.  Farms included Dinner Bell, First Rain, Mountain Bounty, River Hill, The Food Love Project, Jim Gates’ Nevada County Beef, Soil Sisters, and Angie’s Little Boy Blue.  The menu included: shishito peppers in cast iron pan; handcrafted peach, gorgonzola, bacon pizza; watermelon, feta, mint salad; green salad with grilled seasonal fruit; grass fed, flat iron steak with whiskey pepper corn rub and homemade lemon custard ice cream with ginger shortbread.  Ragged but Right and Earles of Newtown preformed last night while the Nevada City Film Festival screened The Cameraman on the side of Cafe Mekka.  While the event is more of a celebration for our community, the dinner did raise money for the Nevada City Boardwalk Acoustic Thursday and First Friday Art Walk music.  For those of you who missed this year’s event, mark your calendar for the second Sunday in August 2015.  I posted a shout out to the ticket sales on the Inn’s blog (which you can subscribe to in the side box on the blog) or you can email Reinette (mail@nevadacityboardwalk.com) and be added to her email list.  Click here for photos from last year’s event.  Did you make it to the event?  What was your favorite part, post a comment and share.

Ragged by Right, Nevada City Farm to Table, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Nevada City Farm to Table Event, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

Nevada City Farm to Table Event, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNevada City Farm to Table Event, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn © 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem



Nevada County Fair

Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside InnNevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

The Nevada County Fair runs through Sunday, August 10th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  Gates open at 10am with activities and fun for the whole family.  Check out the line up of entertainment or the daily schedule for information on special events, judging, auctions, performances, demonstrations and much, much more.  Take a stroll through Treat Street, check out the exhibits, visit the animals or take a ride on the ferris wheel.  Perhaps you’re a Monster Truck or Demolition Derby fan, click here for more details on the arena events.  Did you see that the Fair is currently having an Instagram contest?  What’s your favorite part of the annual event?  Leave a comment and share.

Disgusting Cakes, Nevada County Fair Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Carnival Rides, Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Treats Street, Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn Nevada County Fair, Grass Valley, photos by Erin Thiem/ Outside Inn

© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem



Mermaid spotting

Nevada City Swimming Pool, Outside Inn motel, mermaid photos

There is something magical about the Outside Inn, but who knew we had a mermaid?!  Many thanks to Anika, the mermaid, for gracing the Outside Inn’s pool with a visit.  For photos from her recent trip to the Yuba River click here.  If you too need a magical visitor to your pool, check out the Fin Fun Mermaid tails, where they say everyone deserves to dream.  Summer is just speeding on by, can’t believe it’s Fair week here in Nevada County, and for those of you who need to squeeze in a few more trips to the river or play outside before school starts, click here for my list of outdoor activities.

Nevada City Motel Outside Inn, mermaid swimming in the pool

Nevada City Outside Inn motel, mermaid photos

Nevada City Mermaid, Outside Inn, swimming pool

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




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