Foothill Flowers’ spectacular Christmas tree

To our family, a decorated Christmas tree is the highlight of the holiday season. As a child, I remember sitting under ours, staring up at the colored lights and glass-blown ornaments. (A favorite, and my son agrees, is “Icicile Man.”) Some ornaments date back to the turn of the century, when my grandmother was a [...]

“A few of our favorite things” for the holidays

Editor’s note: These are a few of our favorite things in the foothills:
Breakfast at Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Nevada City
We like the Applewood smoked ham topped with caramelized onions, eggs with a side of fresh-made bbq sauce, served with Yukon hash, potatoes and cornbread. Ike’s uses naturally raised meats, organic eggs and makes its own breads. [...]

Visit Santa at Nevada County Railroad Museum on Saturday

For old-fashioned holiday fun, go to the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Nevada City. On Dec. 4, you can ride on a steam-driven train, see toy rail cars in snowy settings, even visit Santa Claus.
The gift shop is a welcome reprieve from toy-store chains: It offers railroad-related toys, games, puzzles and books.
5 Kidder [...]

Mandarin Cranberry cookies

Editor’s note: Now that the Mandarin season is underway, here’s a recipe for Mandarin-Cranberry cookies. It is from the website PoorGirlEatsWell.com.
Mandarin-Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies (makes 45 cookies; total cost of recipe — $5)
1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 ¼ c all purpose flour
1 c granulated sugar
½ t baking powder
¼ t salt
1 large egg
2 [...]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets on sale first week of December

Here’s a press release from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival:
Save the Date for SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival Kicks Off
January 14-16, 2011, Tickets Go On Sale First Week of December
This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 9th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change [...]

Fresh, local feasts

Historians aren’t sure what topped the table for the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving. But they suspect lobster, venison and partridge were on the menu — and not ham, pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes.
The Pilgrims were the original “locavores” and now, after decades of factory farming and processed foods, many people have come full circle. They desire [...]

Fresh Mandarin season is underway

NOW IS THE TIME TO SAVOR HEARTY SOUPS AND STEWS along with the bright taste of citrus, which will carry us through the winter.
The Mandarin groves of Penryn, Newcastle and Loomis are greening up, soon to be covered with Owari Satsuma Mandarins, our sweet winter treat.
The success of the Mandarin is a 21st-century manifestation [...]

SmallWorks show and sale on Nov. 12 – Jan. 8

AsIf Studios in Grass Valley is presenting “Small Works in the Foothills” from Nov. 12 – Jan. 8. The poster is here:

Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Where activism gets inspired

“THE WILD REQUIRES that we learn the terrain, nod to all the plants and animals and birds, ford the streams and cross the ridges, and tell a good story when we get back home.”
So writes legendary Beat poet Gary Snyder in his influential collection The Practice of the Wild. The essays are the basis [...]

InConcert Sierra’s new season

INCONCERT SIERRA, LONG KNOWN AS Twin Cities Concert Association, has been bringing world-class music to the foothills since 1946. This year and next marks the first full season under its new name.
The name change is meant to remind people of its mission: provide world-class music in a friendly, accessible setting—and at an affordable price. [...]

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