Our favorite things for the holidays

These are a few of our favorite things: FREE JEWELRY IF IT SNOWS! Now in its 8th year, Stucki Jewelers in Grass Valley offers a chance to win free jewelry. Here’s the basics: buy jewelry Friday and Saturday, November 24-25 and if at least one inch of snows falls at the Nevada County Airport on […]

What’s in season: Farm, Food & Drink

NEPTUNE’S DELIGHT The Bloody Mary’s simple, two-ingredient base—tomato juice and vodka—lends itself to countless interpretations. We’ve sampled this cocktail in our region, and the “Neptune’s Delight” served at Morgan’s Lobster Shack in midtown Reno is a standout. The 22-ounce cocktail-meal consists of Chopin vodka and house-made Bloody Mary, topped with a crab leg, shrimp, Berkshire […]

Award-winning Quest Theaterworks presents Nugget Fringe Festival from Jan. 18-28

QUEST THEATERWORKS PRESENTS THE fourth annual Nugget Fringe Theater Festival on January 18-28 in Grass Valley. The festival has grown to include 40 shows for 150 cutting-edge performances on seven stages in downtown Grass Valley, featuring comedy, drama, performance art, stand up and more. It is a “must-see” festival for regional indie theater. Founded by […]

All the World’s a Stage: The Center for the Arts, Nevada Theatre and Stages at Northstar

IN THE EARLY ELIZABETHAN ERA, English acting troupes performed in inns, college halls and private homes. Then along came London’s Globe Theater in 1599, showcasing Shakespeare’s best-known plays. Theater became a popular pastime. Good performing arts have always been good for the economy. In September, we visited Ashland, Oregon, jokingly called the “town that Shakespeare […]

PlacerARTS Studios Tour is Nov. 10-12

LOCAL ARTIST HELEN PHILLIPS founded the PlacerARTS Studios Tour in 1994, because she felt artists in the area didn’t know each other well enough. “Since then, I’ve seen an incredible infusion of artists come together to present their work,” says Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass, who has participated for all 24 years. “Each studio […]

The Four Seasons: Music in the Mountain’s Year-round Concerts

TO BORROW FROM A VIVALDI MASTERPIECE, Music in the Mountains is now celebrating “The Four Seasons.” MIM has traditionally presented festivals, or multiple concerts in a one- to three- week time frame, known as SummerFest and WinterFest. Now it has begun presenting orchestral concerts throughout the year, thanks to an innovative new partnership with the […]

Nevada Chamber Music Festival in Reno is Dec. 27-Jan.1

WHEN IT COMES TO EXCEPTIONAL ORCHESTRAL MUSIC, Reno is truly “the biggest little city in the world.” It is home to the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, and the Reno Jazz Orchestra, offering remarkable depth for a city of Reno’s size. The Reno Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1974 by talented musicians who earned […]

AmadorArts Winefest

  AmadorArts WineFest The 20th annual AmadorArts Winefest is November 11 in historic Sutter Creek. Taste local wines in 25 shops while strolling Main Street from 4:30-7 p.m. From 7-9 p.m., go to the Sutter Creek Auditorium for live music, desserts, dessert wines, and a silent auction, including wine, art and gifts. For tickets, visit […]

Explore Amador County: Food, wine and art

A FALL ROAD TRIP IN THE SIERRA and the surrounding foothills is an ideal getaway: Brilliant fall foliage, historic Gold Rush towns, fruit orchards, pumpkin patches, and wine and beer tasting. Bring along your mountain bike, hiking boots, and bird-watching binoculars to complete the experience. Some of our favorite road trips include Old Hwy. 40 […]

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 […]

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