Sierra Master Chorale’s new maestro: A sign of the foothills’ growing arts & culture scene

“There’s a new Who in Whoville”!  I joked to my wife Shannon at the end of Sierra Master Chorale’s engaging Spring concert in Grass Valley this afternoon. Her name is Alison Skinner, and we were we delighted to hear Alison conduct the Chorale and its Orchestra for the first time this afternoon. We have been […]

Meet Alison Skinner: Sierra Master Chorale’s new chorale director

SPRING IS THE SEASON OF RENEWAL. On Sunday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 21, InConcert Sierra presents the Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra conducted by their new choral director Alison Skinner. “The spring concert program is a celebration of life,” said Skinner. “In the first half, we will perform Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Requiem,’ a work of […]

Grammy-winning artist Lila Downs coming to California WorldFest 2019

The Center for the Arts recently announced that Mexican American songstress Lila Downs (pronounced Lee-lah) will close out the 23rd Annual California WorldFest in Grass Valley taking place July 11-14, 2019. There is no question that this opera-trained, international star has a vision. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to a Mixtec mother and an American father, […]

Acclaimed New Moon Cafe in Nevada City is up for sale

The New Moon Cafe in downtown Nevada City — one of the Sierra Foothills’ best fine-dining restaurants since the mid-’90s— is up for sale for $1.2 million. In an interview, longtime resident, chef and co-owner Peter Selaya confirmed the sale of the iconic local business: “I’ve been doing this for around 60 years and that could […]

Below the snow belt: Satellite ski towns

“SATELLITE SKI COMMUNITIES ARE THE new dream,” according to Powder magazine Though a little farther from the ski slopes, so-called satellite ski towns still have easy access, a vibrant cultural scene, and are more affordable. The foothills is blessed with an abundance of them: AUBURN ExploreAuburnCa.com Auburn helped bring skiing to the Sierra. The Auburn […]

Coming Together

“If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.” — UTAH PHILLIPS FOLK MUSIC LEGEND, PEACE activist and humanitarian Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips — a longtime resident of Nevada City — felt a lifelong calling to help those in need. The late musician’s motto: “Never put a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” […]

Rombauer Vineyards acquires Renwood Winery facility in Sierra Foothills

Rombauer Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family-owned wineries, announced the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The sale includes 20 acres of vineyards, the wine production facility, and the tasting room located at 12225 Steiner Road in Plymouth, California. The Renwood Winery brand and Renwood Ranch Vineyard will continue to be […]

Nevada County Fairgrounds names new CEO

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective immediately. Eidman has served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds since March 2017 and as the acting CEO since July 2018. He brings more than 20 years […]

Phoenix Humidor in Grass Valley to offer a top-of-the line Cohiba cigar

Cohiba Spectre is a limited-edition Cohiba with a suggested retail price of $90 per cigar, the most expensive Cohiba General has ever made. The smoke is made with eight types of tobacco from five countries, and many of the leaves are aged in barrels—some for an extremely long time. Starting next week, Phoenix Humidor, located […]

Local choristers to sing for peace in global celebration

Four Nevada County residents are in Berlin, Germany, preparing to join more than 2,000 fellow choristers from across the world to sing for peace. The singers, Christine Newsom, M.D., Jerry and Linda Maloney, and Sarito Whatley, are all part of InConcert Sierra’s Sierra Master Chorale. The performance Friday, Nov. 2 will be televised and mark […]

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