04 Oct

KVMR Celtic Festival

KVMR Celtic Festival, photo by Erin Thiem

KVMR Celtic Festival, photso by Erin ThiemKVMR Celtic Festival, photos by Erin Thiem

The KVMR Celtic Festival is currently happening at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  The slogan for the event is “Come for the music, stay for the magic” and if you’ve never been, it’s time to go experience the event first hand.  This year’s headling musicians include: Carlos Núñez, Sharon Shannon, Screaming OrphansDàimh,  Hanneke Cassel,  Cassie & Maggie MacDonald,  One Eyed Reilly and Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald.  In addition to those acts the festival also includes local and regional acts, a session stage where everyone is welcome to join and countless informal jam sessions throughout the festival.  While the multiple stages provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy Celtic music, the event also has a living history Scottish athletic games, marketplace, animals of the Celtic Lands, Kid’s area, Youth Arts, workshops and parades, traditional dance and lots of great food and beverages.  For a full list of the schedule click here, festival gates are open Saturday 10am-10pm and 10am-8pm on Sunday.  Did you go?  What was your favorite part about the event?

KVMR Celtic Festival, Living History, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem

02 Oct

TGIF Nevada City

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk

Nevada City First Friday Art Walk, photo by Erin Thiem

TGIF Nevada City.  Lots of great events this weekend, if you missed my Outside Inn Facebook post about my weekly happenings, click here to see my weekly Pinterest round-up.  Nevada City First Friday Art Walk finishes their 2015 season tonight, stop by downtown between 5-9pm to check out live music by Be Brave Bold Robot, art showcases and more.

While tonight marks the end of Cynthia Levesque’s end as the organizer of the First Friday Art Walk ( click here for past Art Walk photos), it’s not the end of Nevada City First Friday Art Walk.  Board member Cathy Theobald said, “We’d like to thank Cynthia Levesque for all she’s done. Her vision and energy infused our community with a celebratory spirit that has become quite contagious. We’re very enthusiastic about crafting our next incarnation of First Friday Art Walk under new leadership, beginning with the new Art Walk season in Spring of 2016. It will give us a chance to reflect on the success experienced over the past 3 seasons and develop opportunities for growth as we continue to build upon what the board began under Cynthia Levesque’s leadership. That being said, there is still a lot to accomplish with our 2015 season before we can wrap it up and set the stage for next season’s success, so let’s get back to walkin’!”

Lots of great things to see and do this weekend.  Look forward to meeting some of you tomorrow at the Nevada City Instameet, co-hosted by myself and Kial James, meet up at the Outside Inn at 9am, Saturday, October 3rd (all welcome).  And keep watching my #VisitNevadaCity Instagram feed for fun photos of Nevada City.

And last call on the National Coffee Day giveaways, all 10 winners will be announced tomorrow, Saturday, October 3rd.  And if any of you are interested in joining the workshop for Social Media for Small Businesses, I’ll be a part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 6th, 6-7:30pm, click here for ticket information.

Nevada City Instameet, photo by Kial James

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem and Kial James

29 Sep

National Coffee Day

Fable Coffee pour over coffee

Summer Thyme's Pumpkin Spice Latte, photo by Erin Thiem

Happy National Coffee day!  There are so many great places to enjoy a cup of coffee in Nevada City & Grass Valley, so I’ve put together a few caffeine infused reminders and some fun giveaways.

So, who needs a cup of coffee?  Lucky for you I’ve got several giveaways today to help us all get into the coffee spirit.

Giveaway #1: $5 gift certificate to Java John’s

Giveaway #2: $10 gift certificate to Brew Bakers

Giveaway #3, $10 gift certificate to The Curly Wolf Espresso House

Giveaway #4, Pumpkin Spice Latte and a bakery item from Summer Thyme’s

Giveaway #5, $10 gift certificate to Fable Coffee

Giveaway #6,  a pound of Fable Coffee espresso blend from Three Forks Bakery & Brewery

Giveaway #7, a travel coffee mug from Carolines and a free coffee drink

Giveaway #8, $5 gift certificate to Treats for a cup of coffee ice cream

Giveaway #9, a pound of Fox Hound Espresso

Giveaway #10, an Outside Inn travel mug

Post a comment on this blog post on your favorite coffee drink and I’ll draw the winners on Saturday, October 3rd (maybe in time for folks to fuel up after our WWIM12 photo walk!).

*edited to say the winners are #1: Kiana, #2: Vicki, #3: Pam, #4: Jamiel, #5:Karen, #6: Dena, #7: Paul, #8: Miss Ellie, #9: Ruth Chase and #10: Ella

National Coffee Day, Nevada City & Grass Valley Coffee Shops

 © 2015 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem

24 Sep

Nevada City Fall Colors

Nevada City Fall Color, photo by Erin Thiem

Nevada City Fall Colors

It’s that time of the year where you find unexpected pops of color in downtown Nevada City.  I wouldn’t say we’re at the peak of the fall color leaf hunting season, but the trees are definitely starting to change.  One of my favorite trees on Nevada Street has almost lost all of its bright red leaves.  I’m looking forward to seeing more #NevadaCityColor, perhaps we should officially start the 2015 photo contest?  More details on the contest coming soon, but feel free to use the hashtag on Instagram while I work on the details and prizes (and tag me @outsideinn or send me the photo via DM if your account isn’t public).

If you’ve never experienced the Gold Country fall colors here are a few posts from previous years (click herehere, herehere, here, here, here or here) to help inspire a visit or remind you to get outside and look around.  The Nevada City and Grass Valley Chambers have created a great walking tour map, click here to download it.  There are so many great fall events and things to do in our area, check out my Pinterest weekly events board for ideas or follow me on Instagram to watch my leaf peeping.

And if you missed the blog post about the InstaMeet fall colors walk, click here, see you on Saturday, October 3rd, 9am.


© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

21 Sep


Photo Walk

WWIM12 Nevada City Instagram Meet Up

Are you on Instagram?  I wrote a blog post recently about my new account Visit Nevada City feed, but you can also follow me along as the Outside Inn and the Inn Town Campground.  The next worldwide InstaMeet Up is October 3rd and I’d love to extend an open invitation to anyone who’s interested in meeting up for a photo walk.  Local photographer Kial James and I will be at the Outside Inn at 9am on Saturday, October 3rd.  Please park somewhere in downtown Nevada City and walk to meet us at the motel.  The theme for this meet up is #TodayIMet, portraits of people you meet, but we’re going to go for a walk around the neighborhood and take a few fall colors photos.  If you’re not on Instagram and you want to join us for a photo walk, you’re more than welcome, click here for the last time we had a photo walk.  Look forward to meeting some of you.

18 Sep

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery & Studio

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery & Studio

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art gGllery & Studio

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art opened a pop up art gallery in July to showcase her work, alongside several other artists, and after getting such a great response from locals and visitors, she decided to sign a one year lease on the downtown Nevada City space.  This weekend the gallery, located at 300 Spring Street, around the corner from South Pine Cafe, is having a grand opening celebration, stop by between noon and 5 on Saturday and Sunday.  LeeAnn welcomes people to come in, “ask questions, see the materials, the work in progress painting.  I’m making art approachable so that anyone can have a conversation.”

The gallery is featuring the work of LeeAnn Brook, Mike SneggDavid WardNicholson Blown Glass, Peggy Wright and Sam Tubiolo.

LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Gallery, Nevada City, Ca

The gallery is open Thursday- Sunday, 12-5, plus look for additional special events on LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Facebook page.  Mark your calendars for the following upcoming dates.

October 10, 11, 17 & 18


Thanksgiving Weekend
November 27, 28 & 29


Sundays – December 6, 13 & 20 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – December 16 & 23 from 5 – 9pm


January 14 -18, 2016


© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem, Cathy Theobald and submitted by LeeAnn Brook
15 Sep

Edwards Crossing, South Yuba River

South Yuba River, Nevada City Swimming Hole

Edwards Crossing, South Yuba River, photso by Erin Thiem

Last week during the heat wave I took the opportunity to channel the sense of adventure of the Outside Inn and had a date at the South Yuba River.  The water is low, but there are still plenty of places to jump in and cool down.  While the temperatures are a bit cooler this week, it’s a great opportunity to think about joining the SYRCL Yuba River Cleanup this Saturday, September 19th.  River People Manager Jenn Tamo said, “We are t-minus 4 days until the Yuba River Cleanup, and it is not too late to register!  Volunteer help is still needed at Langs Crossing, on the Lower Yuba at Parks Bar and at all of our restoration sites.  After a morning of cleanup, join us for a delicious feast at the volunteer appreciation BBQ down at Bridgeport from 1pm-4pm.”  The party will feature live-music by Nevada City’s own Holler Tree and honky tonk tunes by the Rockabilly Love Cats.  Click here to see a video from last year’s event.  Andrew Collins-Anderson, River People Coordinator said, “the massive volunteer event on Saturday, September 19 is expecting over 700 volunteers to come out and remove thousands of pounds of trash from the Yuba and Bear Rivers in just one day.” “The Yuba River Cleanup is no small endeavor. I commend the hundreds of committed volunteers who every year scour for trash at over 30 sites along 80 miles of river and streams on all three forks of the Yuba,” said Caleb Dardick, SYRCL’s Executive Director.

It was also great to see Visit Sacramento give a shout out to the South Yuba River on their Instagram feed last week.  So if you’re interested in going for a swim, a hike, a mountain bike ride or helping out with the annual clean up, the South Yuba River is right in Nevada City’s backyard.

Edwards Crossing, South Yuba River, photo by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

09 Sep

Fire Safe Council Spaghetti Feed

Fire Safe Council Spaghetti Feed

John Daly photography, Nevada City Fire

Are you fire safe?  Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is having a Spaghetti Feed fundraiser on Friday, September 11th starting at 4 pm at Humpty Dumpty restaurant on Main St in Grass Valley.  Tickets are $10 with service at 4, 5, and 6pm.  The event will commemorate the 27th anniversary of the local catastrophic 49’er Fire which destroyed 312 structures and scorched over 33,000 acres in western Nevada County.  The fundraiser provides funds to match grant dollars for the Fire Safe Council, a non-profit, local volunteer organization dedicated to making our community safer from catastrophic wildfire through fire prevention education, fire break clearing projects and creating Firewise Communities.  Sam Goodspeed recommends supporting the fire prevention “chipping program, outreach and education” or donating to any of the local volunteer fire departments in Pear Dale, North San Juan, Rough ‘n Ready, for example.  And since the Outside Inn loves to support local organizations, we’ve got 2 tickets to giveaway thanks to Ingrid and Warren Knox.  Please post a comment here if you’re interested in attending the spaghetti feed, winner will be announced on Friday morning.  *Edited to say the winner is Melissa Silva.

And for those who want to keep up to date with fire news, the Outside Inn always recommends checking out YubaNet.com for currently information.

Fire Safe Council, Firewise

Fire Safe Council Spaghetti Feed

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by John Daly and submitted by Fire Safe Council

07 Sep

Nevada City Film Festival

Nevada City Film Festival

Nevada City Film Festival, photos by Kat Alves Photography Nevada City Film Festival, photos by Kat Alves Photography & Simon Weller

The 15th Annual Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) kicks off September 10-13, 2015 in historic downtown Nevada City, CA.  Every summer, NCFF makes art into a party, bringing a regional audience of movie lovers together with emerging and top independent filmmakers to showcase award-winning short and feature-length films from around the world. The four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, includes film screenings, industry panels and workshops, filmmaker Q&A’s, live music and special events.  From feature-length documentaries to world premiere animated shorts, NCFF brings in the buzzed-about festival winners, as well as some of independent cinema’s
best-kept secrets.  To learn more about this years films, click here and you can purchase tickets online.  Lots of great events including the Music in Mali after party El Papachango & Mafu, “The Polish Ambassador“, “Golden Stories of Our Past” about Western Nevada County, “High Country,” Heather Donahue’s pilot about the Northern California marijuana culture, “The Overnight” by Patrick Brice and special pop up movie screenings through out town.  If you can’t make it to all the screenings, mark your calendar for the Best of the Fest at Ol Republic Brewery on Sunday evening.

NCFF and the Outside Inn are giving away two Festival Passes to this year’s festival.  Your pass gets you into all of the film screenings and filmmaker Q&A’s plus you will enjoy reserved seating and access to the VIP room.  We have also thrown in two limited edition 15th anniversary NCFF t-shirts so you can attend the festival in style.

Leave a comment below about why you love the Nevada City Film Festival and you’ll be entered to win the passes and shirts.  Winner will be announced on Thursday, September 10th.  *Edited to say the winner is Tammy*

Nevada City Film Festival giveaway

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Kat Alves Photography and NCFF

06 Sep

Sierra BrewFest

Sierra BrewFest, Nevada County Fairgrounds, photo by Erin Thiem

Sierra BrewFest, Music in the Mountains event, Nevada County FairgroundsSierra BrewFest, Music in the Mountains event, Nevada County FairgroundsSierra BrewFest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds yesterday, a benefit for Music in the Mountains, was a great way to sample a selection of nearly 100 hand-crafted beers and ciders.  In addition to the tastings there were food trucks, friendly rounds of cornhole and music by Power of 12.

On tap was: 101 North Brewing Company2 Towns CiderThree Forks Bakery & BreweryAlaskan Brewing Co.Auburn AlehouseBoneshaker Community Brewery, Dust Bowl Brewing, Eel River Brewing,  Erdinger BreweryFeather Falls BreweryFoxCraft Hard Cider, Grand Teton BrewingKnee Deep Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Co,  Loomis Basin Brewing CompanyLost Coast BreweryNectar Creek CiderNew Belgium BrewingOl’ Republic BreweryOskar Blues BreweryRoyal Jamaican Ginger BeerSchilling CiderShipyard Brewing CompanySierra MoonshineSierra Nevada Brewery, Sudwerks BreweryTap It BreweryTrack 7 Brewing CompanyVictory Brewing Company and Wild Card Brewing.

Did you make it to the event?  What was your favorite IPA or lager?  For all your beer news, check out the Celebrator Beer News, based in Nevada City.  Cheers!

Sierra BrewFest, Music in the Mountains event, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Sierra BrewFest, Nevada County Fairgrounds, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2015 InnSide Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem