Music in the Mountains’ 35th annual SummerFest: June 22-July 3

NOW CELEBRATING ITS 35TH anniversary, Music in the Mountains has been a pioneer in shaping the region’s performing arts scene. In the ’70s, artists David Osborn and Charles Woods encouraged San Franciscans Terry Brown and Paul Perry of City Opera to settle in Nevada City, and the two co-founded Music in the Mountains. SummerFest is […]

Don McClean and Judy Collins at Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest

We attended the preview of Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest at the Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley, and it’s an exciting lineup. Singer-songwriter Don McLean, best known for the 1971 album “American Pie,” will perform on June 28, and singer-songwriter Judy Collins, known for singing Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” will perform on June […]

United Way presents BBQ and car show on August 8 in Penn Valley

United Way of Nevada County is holding its 9th annual BBQ & Car Show on August 8. Along with the local BBQ contest, a new Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition is included. This exciting new attraction brings talented cooks from all over the western United States to Nevada County to compete for a California […]

Foreign Car Show & BBQ in Penn Valley on August 16

Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley hosts a Foreign Car & Motorcycle Show and BBQ Battle on August 16. The United Way of Nevada County is collaborating with Sierra Sports Car Group to display exquisite foreign cars and motorcycles. BBQ teams from all over compete for prizes. Bam Dazy BBQ in Auburn was a previous […]

Italian Festa in Penn Valley on September 14-15

IMAGINE A FESTIVAL WITH THE SIGHTS, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside, celebrating the Italian heritage in Gold Country. It’s coming to Nevada County, at the Fourth Annual Italian Festa at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on September 14-15. With good friends and family, you’ll taste the flavors of Italy, including artisan pizza, […]

Festival! Celebrating the Italian legacy

THE CORNISH MINERS’ INFLUENCE ON GOLD Country is well known. But Italian immigrants, with names such as Ghidotti, Pardini and Tassone, also were active in settling the region. Italian gold miners left their legacy at historic places, such as the Italian Mine. Italians skilled in stone masonry, from the rugged Liguria region, helped build mountain […]

Nevada County Italian Festival in second year

LAST SUMMER, THE NEVADA County Italian Festival drew almost 6,500 people in its inaugural year, a testament to the rich Italian heritage in the foothills. This year’s festival is at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on September 17 and 18. The organizers are planning for a bigger crowd and hope to make the park […]