Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery owners, arts leaders and dealmakers. JORDAN FIFE The ebullient hotelier is helping to revitalize the National Hotel in Nevada City and The Holbrooke in Grass Valley — two of our region’s most historic hotels. “We are excited to be entrusted with the restoration […]

The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping Malls — farewell, pleasure palaces of days past,” The New York Times reported. “A historical anachronism,” the New Yorker declared. “The culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, ever cartoonish,” The Guardian concluded. Our historic downtowns across America — including […]

Truckee and Tahoe City: Arts, Culture & History

TRUCKEE-TAHOE BOASTS WORLD-CLASS scenery and a High Sierra setting that inspires arts and culture. The area’s historic past includes the transcontinental railroad, the infamous Donner Party, and the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. The Truckee Cultural District is one of 14 state Cultural Districts. Downtown Truckee also is a designated Historic District, giving it […]

“Typewriter Revolution” comes to Auburn’s State Theater on October 27

“What’s old is new again.” “What goes around, comes around.” Both well-worn adages will be proven true once again when “The Typewriter Revolution,” a celebration of vintage machines, rolls into Auburn’s State Theater on October 27. This five-hour event will kick off with an exhibition of more than 50 manual and electric typewriters at 4 […]

‘Tis the Season

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Sundays, Dec. 9, 16 & 23, 1:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 12 & 19, 5-9 p.m. Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to […]

Art & Indies

The Auburn Symphony The Auburn Symphony celebrates its 31st season with an impressive lineup. Under maestro Peter Jaffe, the “orchestra next door” is performing at its highest level and attracting talented guest musicians. Oct. 27-18 Masterworks I: The Wild, Wild West Ralph Cato, baritone Saddle up for musical favorites such as Bonanza, Rawhide, High Noon, […]

Our Favorite Things

SWEETLAND POTTERY We enjoy our Three Forks ceramic coffee mugs, the handiwork of Paul Steege of Sweetland Pottery on the San Juan Ridge. Paul’s fine porcelain pottery also includes cups, bowls, and tea pots (including one with a handsome manzanita twig handle). “I enjoy the challenge of making pots that are pleasing to the eye […]

Fall Road Trips

“Head out on the highway, looking for adventure.” FALL IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE THE Sierra and surrounding foothills — exploring fall foliage in all its glory. The open road, in your car, convertible, RV or motorcycle, is the best way to experience it. The journeys feature beautiful and historic places, including the shores of […]

Sierra Master Chorale: “Caroling, Caroling Now We Go”

THE JOYOUS VOICES OF INCONCERT’S Sierra Master Chorale are a highlight of the holiday concert season in our region. From Beethoven’s ““Hallelujah Chorus” to Burt’s “Caroling, Caroling” and Biegel’s “Hanukah Fantasy,” this year’s concert is an eclectic and inspiring program. InConcert Sierra’s fall and winter lineup also is impressive: October 21 Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott Pianist […]

Nevada City: An Artsy Sensibility

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’S decision to recently host a public meeting in Nevada City is a testament to the town’s cultural heritage. “I learn so much from seeing council members on their own turf and experiencing the deep connections you have with the arts,” said Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford at the historic Miners Foundry. Grass […]

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