Lower South Yuba River
The Lower South Yuba River, a calm stretch of the river below the Highway 20 bridge, offered a fun family friendly activity earlier this summer. With the SYRCL Annual River Clean Up coming up this Saturday, I figured now was a good time to remind folks that river that runs through our backyard is a great asset to our community. From the lower Yuba, where the salmon still spawn, to the upper reaches of the watershed, SYRCL leads a volunteer effort to clean up the river on September 20. “This community is phenomenal. Where else can you count on more than 550 people to gather on one day in an effort to maintain a safe, clean, and healthy watershed,” said Melinda Booth, Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director. So whether you like to soak in a swimming hole, fly fish, float down on kayaks or taking a hike along the South Yuba River, now is a great time to give back and help with the clean up process. What’s your favorite part about the river?
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © photos by Erin Thiem
Revolutionary War Living History Days
Nevada City Constitution Day festivities, stop by Pioneer Park to check out the Haslet’s Delaware Regiment Revolutionary War living history. Check out the Continental, French and Redcoat Soldiers & Camps. The activities include drilling and firing, mock musket training, colonial life living history. Be sure to visit the tent about surgery and medicine and learn about the tools and techniques for amputation and other life saving techniques, the success rates were not very high. In addition listen to the military fife and drum music by the California Consolidated Drum Band. Don’t forget to join the 48th annual Constitution Day Parade down Broad street on Sunday, September 14th at 2pm, for more information about the events (including the 49er Rotary Duck Race and Nevada County Concert Band concert) check out the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, © Photos by Erin Thiem
Humble Fabrics and Crafts
Have you been to Humble Fabrics and Crafts in Grass Valley? The new and pre-owned craft supplies with fabric, yarn and crafting supplies. You can try DecorArt Americana Decor Chalky finish paints, or buy some fabric pieces for a Harvest Festival project or shop in one of vendor booths by either Rust, Dust & Roses or Starry Deborah. Roxy, Humble Fabrics owner, says she’s got something for everyone at very affordable prices. They are located at 1451 E. Main Street in Grass Valley, not far past the Sierra College/Dorsey Drive intersection and they’re open Tuesday-Saturdays. The Outside Inn’s blog has two $10 gift certificates to give away, please post a comment here on your next crafting project and I’ll draw the winners on Wednesday, September 17th. And the winner for the tickets to the Fire Safe Council Spaghetti feed is Donna Loper.
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem
Fire Safe Council Spaghetti Feed
Are you fire safe? Many thanks to the fast response time yesterday by countless local and state agencies to fight the fire in Nevada City. The 5 acre fire started Sunday late afternoon and was 100% contained by Sunday evening. Nevada City Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed said they had “air tanks, helicopters, fire engines, hand crews and volunteers.” Kudos to YubaNet.com for keeping locals informed on the updates. Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is having a Spaghetti Feed fundraiser on Thursday, September 11th starting at 4 pm at Humpty Dumpty restaurant on Main St in Grass Valley. Tickets are $10 with seatings at 4, 5, and 6pm. The event will commemorate the 26th 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 Wednesday.
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by John Daly and submitted by Fire Safe Council
Uncorked, the Nevada City wine and food experience, took place today throughout downtown. Forty different businesses participated in the fourth annual event, with local Foothill wines and samples from a variety of restaurants. The event is organized by the Nevada City Chamber and the Sierra Vintners. Many thanks to the businesses who welcomed wine lovers to come in and sample, it was a great way to visit downtown establishments. Wineries included: Avanguardia Wines, Bear River Winery, Bent Metal Winery, Chacewater Winery, Clavey Vineyards, Coufos Cellars, Double Oak Vineyards, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Lucchesi Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard, Nevada City Winery, Pilot Peak Winery, Sierra Knolls Winery, Smith Vineyard, Solune Winery, Szabo Vineyards, Vina Castellano Winery and beers from Ol’ Republic Brewery and Three Forks Brewery. The farm to table theme for the food pairings were represented by Way Yum Sushi, Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe, Diego’s, Sopa Thai, Jardin del Rio, SPD, Conscious Catering, Harmony Ridge Market, Summer Thyme’s, Nevada City Classic, The National, Lefty’s Grill, Bistro 221, Three Forks, Crazy Horse, Beach Hut Deli, Farm to Table Catering, Pleasant Valley Grill and Matteo’s Public. With so much excitement in town this weekend with the Nevada City Film Festival and the First Friday Art Walk it was great to stroll the streets and try new releases from the local vintners while catching up with friends. Did you discover a new favorite wine or beer? Post a comment and share. Cheers!
Nomad, Vintage Pop Up Shop
Nomad, a pop up store in 1957 Mercury travel travel, rolled through Nevada City and set up shop outside of Kitkitdizzi. As a proud owner of a vintage caravan, I love the current trend of the pop up shops, some traveling the country in redone airstreams and trailers (I’ve got a Pinterest board of other shops I admire). Let’s start a Nevada City vintage trailer pop up festival, seriously! Did you get the chance to stop in and visit Nomad and see their selection of handmade goods from artisans around the country? Loved the Nomad Guide to the Tarot and the scented campfire candles. Thanks Kitkitdizzi for being fabulous hosts today, I love that Nevada City is on the map for traveling pop up shops, I’m sorry this little gem was only in town for a day. Who’s coming to town next?
Happy Labor Day
Can 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.
- **Swimming in the South Yuba River
- **Thank you fans for voting the Outside Inn’s minion row-boat crowd favorite in the Nevada City Soapbox Derby
- **The amazing bounty of fresh fruits and veggies (from the Farmers Market, to the Farm to Table Dinner, to my weekly CSA box from Mountain Bounty to the amazing Outside Inn free veggie cart).
- **Trying new foods (Tess’ Kitchen Chef Dinner, Three Forks Bakery & Brewery, Polly’s Paladar, Briar Patch Co-Op cooking classes).
- **Events… every week I plug things that are happening on the Outside Inn’s Pinterest board, because there’s no way I could attend everything, but a few of my favorites this summer included: Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race, The Children’s Festival, Nevada County Fair, First Friday Art Walk, Summer Nights, Nevada City Soapbox Derby, Music in the Mountains SummerFest, 4th of July Parade).
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!
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem, Kial James and Matt Bonser
Food Love Project
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.
© 2014 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem
Pine Street Burgers
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
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?