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 — […]

The Rebirth of Main Street

ONCE THE EPICENTER OF RETAIL, America’s malls are struggling: “An Ode to Shopping Malls — farewell, pleasure palaces of days past,” The New York Times reported. “A historical anachronism,” the New Yorker declared. “The culture that spawned satire like Mallrats seems increasingly dated, ever cartoonish,” The Guardian concluded. Our historic downtowns across America — including […]

Nevada City: An Artsy Sensibility

THE CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL’S decision to recently host a public meeting in Nevada City is a testament to the town’s cultural heritage. “I learn so much from seeing council members on their own turf and experiencing the deep connections you have with the arts,” said Council Director Anne Bown-Crawford at the historic Miners Foundry. Grass […]

Golden Era hosts a delicious pop-up dinner, paired with craft cocktails and local wines

The Golden Era Lounge in Nevada City is thinking about hosting monthly “pop up” dinners — pairing imaginative dishes with craft cocktails and fine wines —  and we joined a gathering of “friends and family” this week for a sneak preview. Since emerging over a decade ago, pop-up dinners have become one of the fastest-growing […]

Nevada City Winery features Taylor Wordell’s artwork in August

A show featuring local artist Taylor Wordell — “A Place, A Home” —runs the month of August at the Nevada City Winery art gallery. An opening reception is Friday, August 3, from 5-9 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Taylor Wordell grew up in Nevada City. Growing up in the mountains, she spent much of her […]

Summer 2018 Events: Nevada County Fair, Summer Nights, and Shakespeare Festival

Nevada County Fair Held under the shade of tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fair is held August 8-12. This year’s theme is “Bushels of Fun,” featuring a poster by Kathryn Wronski, whose artwork is featured regularly in our magazine. The fair is the perfect opportunity to listen to live music, eat […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Montoliva

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY The winery presents Wine Down Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Visit during happy hour between 5-6 p.m. to get $1 off glasses of wine. Enjoy a glass of wine, Wheyward Girl Creamery cheese plate and live music. The winery will host “Conservations with a Winemaker” on Friday, August 24 during […]

Local Pride

WE RECENTLY ENJOYED A “STAYCATION” in Sacramento, spending a few days at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel next to the gleaming Golden 1 Center. Our room had a picture-perfect view of the iconic Tower Bridge, home of the annual Tower Bridge Dinner on September 30. And as if on cue, The New York Times published […]

The Olive Groove launches Instagram photo contest and teams up with Polly’s Paladar

The Olive Groove is a proud sponsor of Polly’s Paladar and is thrilled to announce their products will be incorporated in Tropicali, a July 13 and 14 event. The store also is hosting an Instagram photo contest starting July 1. The winner will receive a $60 gift card eligible for in-store and online purchases. In […]

California Arts Council holds public meeting in Nevada City on June 7

Nevada County Arts Council invites the community to a significant meeting on Thursday, June 7, at 10 a.m. The California Arts Council will hold one of its five annual public meetings here in Nevada County. Council Members – among them those appointed by Governor Jerry Brown – along with senior staff members including California Arts Council’s […]

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