Strawberry Music Festival features Bruce Cockburn, Lindsay Lou

NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR, NORTHERN California’s iconic Strawberry Music Festival takes place Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. “Everything from Americana to bluegrass to rock,” as festival co-founder Charlie Cran told MTV. The Spring Strawberry Music Festival returns to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on May 24-28, drawing thousands of musicians, entertainers […]

InConcert Sierra: Encouraging youth through music

BESIDES PRESENTING WORLD-RENOWNED artists including violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Emanuel Ax, the Vienna Boys Choir and others, InConcert Sierra presents educational programs to Nevada County’s youth featuring visiting concert artists. The springtime educational youth concerts are for third-grade students county-wide. “InConcert is dedicated to encouraging the imagination of young minds through music,” says Artistic Director […]

Nevada County Arts Council presents Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28

The Nevada County Arts Council presents the 2018 Sierra Poetry Festival on April 28, all day, at Sierra College in Grass Valley. Activities will include a keynote address by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, author of “Voyage of the Sable Venus,” winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. Three other California poets […]

The Sierra Poetry Festival highlights our booming arts and culture scene

Locals and visitors from “all walks of life, of different ages and varied interests” gathered at the Nevada County campus of Sierra College in Grass Valley on Saturday for the 2nd annual Sierra Poetry Festival, hosted by the Nevada County Arts Council. Poets flew in from “all parts of California, America, and even the world” […]

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 […]

Insider: Old meets new in Grass Valley and Nevada City

OLD MEETS NEW IN GRASS VALLEY & NEVADA CITY The iconic Nevada County Bank building in downtown Grass Valley has sold, and the new owners have imaginative plans for the historic building. We’re excited about the potential for 131 Mill St., widely considered the second-most architecturally unique building in all of downtown Grass Valley behind […]

Lefty’s Fry House: Fish & chips, beignets and more

LEFTY’S GRILL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH anniversary in the New Year, and its owners are expanding with a “Fry House,” featuring the restaurant’s signature fish and chips and imaginative new dishes. In 2008, two left-handed chefs, John Cammack and Chris Duncan, opened Lefty’s in historic Nevada City. The restaurant drew a loyal following for “casual, white […]

Après Ski: Wine, beer, cocktails and fireside chats

“There’s something about the culture of après, whether it’s cocktails or a simple beer. It’s all about working hard on the mountain, getting your workout in, and then enjoying it and talking about it with friends.” —Joe Lang, Principal, Apres Ski Cocktail Classic ASPEN’S APRÈS SKI COCKTAIL CLASSIC in March is an annual slope-side celebration […]

Smith Vineyard’s owners retiring: closing winery and tasting room but selling grapes to other winemakers

Editor’s note: We received this email from Smith Vineyard this afternoon. Wishing Gary and Chris Smith a happy retirement! Re: Smith Vineyard Retiring the Winery and Tasting Room. To: Our Wine Club Members, Downtown Neighbors and Valued Customers Someone once said that “drinking good wine, with good food, in good company is one of life’s most […]

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