Celtic music & magic: KVMR’s festival turns 20

THE 20TH ANNUAL KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic September 30-October 2 in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines. The fairgrounds are transformed into a Celtic Village and concert venue, with eight stages and performance areas. The main stage hosts […]

Arts & Culture: An economic engine in Nevada County, CA

A HALF CENTURY AGO, NEVADA County— long known for its rich gold mines and Wild West feel—experienced an arts and culture revolution that has reshaped the local economy well into the 21st century. The county also continues to influence the statewide arts scene. Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation member and “deep ecology” poet Gary […]

Wild for the Yuba

From movies to public murals, the Yuba River is intertwined in our region’s culture. Here are some examples: PRELUDE FOR YUBA SALMON Music in the Mountains’ Young Composers Project teamed with the Sierra Streams Institute and focused on the plight of the salmon and their importance to the Yuba watershed. The curriculum included both lab […]

Our Wild & Scenic River

“I am foremost a person of the Yuba River Country in the Sierra Nevada.” —Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Gary Snyder Our region is known worldwide as home to Lake Tahoe, “the fairest picture the whole earth affords,” as Mark Twain wrote in Roughing It. Tahoe is one of the oldest, deepest and purist lakes in the […]

Local, world-class fiddler Alasdair Fraser joins “James Bond” in supporting an independent Scotland

Forget about the State of Jefferson. I’m reading an article in the “International New York Times” while on vacation in Italy this week titled “The stars collide over Scotland”: Eight weeks before a referendum on whether Scotland should break away from Britain and become an independent country, the Yes and No camps have stepped up […]

Nevada County’s music scene this summer: Benoit to Baez

LANDING THE ICONIC STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL at its Fairgrounds in September is a major coup for Nevada County. While extraordinary, the local arts and culture community already deserves credit for establishing the County as a year-round arts and music destination, thanks to its performing-arts nonprofits and many others. The music scene includes: The Center for […]

Exclusive: Rainbow Lodge sold to Rocklin couple

The iconic Rainbow Lodge at Royal Gorge has been sold to a couple from Rocklin who intend to run it as before, our magazine has learned. The new owners plan to open the lodge in February and the restaurant and bar in the spring. The lodge had been closed and up for sale after a […]

“New Gold Rush”: How chefs, farmers, winemakers & artists are resettling the Sierra Foothills

A new generation of chefs, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling the region. They are adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. The foothills’ relaxed lifestyle, Mediterranean-like climate and stunning beauty is prompting them to open wineries; restaurants with fresh, local cuisine; and local art galleries. This […]