Our Towns

THORTON WILDER’S CLASSIC “OUR TOWN”chronicles life in a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. Like the fictional Grover’s Corners in Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, our region’s small towns — Loomis and Lincoln in the valley, Auburn, Grass Valley and Nevada City in the foothills, and Truckee in the High Sierra — […]

Our New Gold Rush

PROSPERITY HAS COME TO OUR region in different forms, starting with the Gold Rush. “Gold was discovered just to the south of here in January 1848. You could literally pick it up in the creeks,” recalls author Jordan Fisher Smith in a recent documentary called “Redefining Prosperity: The Gold Rushes of Nevada City.” But that […]

Boomtowns: Redefining the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe region

IN THE PAST DECADE, SACRAMENTO HAS been emerging from San Francisco’s shadow. Once dubbed a “cow town,” it has become known as “America’s farm to fork capital,” showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty and some stellar restaurants and craft breweries. The new Golden 1 Center, whose food concessions are locally sourced, and adjacent Kimpton Sawyer Hotel […]

InConcert Sierra: A performing arts pioneer in the foothills

“STEEPED IN HISTORY, GRASS VALLEY and Nevada City experienced a ‘cultural revolution’ that has reshaped the local economy and continues to influence the statewide arts scene,” the California Arts Council observed in naming the region one of 14 state Cultural Districts. InConcert Sierra has been one of the area’s arts and culture pioneers. The nonprofit […]

“Shaping the future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District” set for January 25

Nevada County Arts Council, together with the Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City and both Chambers of Commerce, will facilitate a convening on Thursday, January 25 at 5-7pm at the Rood Center. The topic is: “Shaping the future of Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District.” City Staff and Councilmembers, our Chambers of Commerce and Nevada […]

Exclusive: Big plans for iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley

The iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley has sold, and the new owners have imaginative plans for the historic building, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. The new owners are longtime locals Craig Hamilton and Lore Reynolds-Hamilton. The husband-and-wife team have a knack for renovating historic residences and commercial buildings in our area […]

The Stages at Northstar: A regional arts center for Truckee-Tahoe

LIKE GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY, Truckee also has been designated as a state Cultural District by the California Arts Council. Though known for its outdoor recreation, the region is growing as an arts destination. Locals are forging ahead with plans to build a theater, amphitheater and black box theater in a project known as […]

“Chicago”: One of Sierra Stages’ best productions in its nine-year history

Our region’s arts and culture scene recently has been basking in the sunlight. In July, the California Arts Council named 14 statewide Cultural Districts, and Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee were included in the elite group. The same week the iconic California WorldFest drew big crowds to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for headliners such as […]

Our region’s leaders embrace state Cultural District honor: “A coming of age for us”

Our region’s civic, business and elected leaders embraced the statewide Cultural District honors for Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee in a joint statement on Thursday, calling it a “coming of age for us.” It pointed to the Nevada County Arts Council and cities “working as one,” adding that the designation officially makes the County “a […]

Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee selected for state Cultural Districts, as expected

Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee on Monday were two of 14 districts selected statewide for a five-year California Cultural Districts program, a major boost for our region’s cultural tourism. Their likely selection was first reported in Sierra FoodWineArt magazine last week. The board of the California Arts Council accepted the staff’s recommendation at a board meeting […]

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