Starry, Starry Night at Empire Mine State Park

NEVADA COUNTY HOSTS ELEGANT affairs at historic sites: the Julia Morgan-designed North Star House, the stone-walled Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the lush grounds of Empire Mine State Park.

Few, if any, are more splendid than Starry, Starry Nights, now in its 22nd year and the highlight of the summer event season.

The summer soirée, held on Saturday, July 19, is redolent of the Great Gatsby era: a starry night, twinkling lights in the trees, guests dressed in white, and dining and dancing on the grounds of Empire Mine Park in Grass Valley.

The food is exceptional—an elegant, Take a dance floor break to peek at the multi-course dinner prepared by Antonio’s Custom Catering. Fine local wines are ing by local Nevada County Astronomers. featured, including Nevada City Winery, The event is a fundraiser for Sierra Lucchesi Vineyards and Sierra Starr.

The Starry affair also includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host cocktail bar; along with the complimentary wines and beer.

The pièce de résistance is the famous “dessert tent,” which includes a specialty coffee bar by a local favorite, Sierra Mountain Roasters.

After dinner, a “gotta-dance” band, Power of 12, with 12 musicians and a hot five-piece horn section, will entertain the guests.

Take a dance break to peek at the stars thanks to telescopes set up for star-gazing by local Nevada County Astronomers.

The event is a fundraiser for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Starry, Starry Nights has done wonders to help create a healthier community, raising hundreds of thousands of dollar in its history,” says Executive Director Kimberly Parker.

Tickets are $135 per person ($85 is tax deductible). Reservations are needed by July 1. For more information, call Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation at 530-477-9700 or visit

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