Bonnie Raitt peforming at Strawberry Festival in Grass Valley this spring

“We are very pleased to announce that artists for the Spring 2015 Festival are to include Bonnie Raitt, Peter Rowan’s Big Twang Theory, Ray Bonneville, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, Sam Baker, and Chicago Farmer! Tickets are now on sale, so don’t miss out on special winter prices,” the Strawberry Music Festival announced on Friday. [...]

Coffee house boom: Foxhound Espresso to open in Nevada City

We like to write about local entrepreneurs and job growth in our community, so we’re glad to report that Nevada County native Steffen Snell plans to open Foxhound Espresso (d.b.a. “FoxHound Expresso & Coffee Broaster”) on Spring Street in Nevada City, next to Nevada City Winery and Sushi in the Raw, in January.
With sushi, wine [...]

Holiday concert shows Music in the Mountains’ renaissance

We’ve been enjoying the renaissance of Music in the Mountains under artistic advisor Pete Nowlen, resident conductor and chorus director Ryan Murray, executive director Cristine Kelly, the board and its staff.
I must admit I enjoy Pete because he’s a fellow Northwestern University grad (in music, in his case), but the main reason is the musical [...]

Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will offer two shows for 2015

Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars on the scenic shore of Lake Tahoe this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival (LTSF) – a premiere summer event in the Reno/Tahoe region – launches an expanded season in 2015 that features two mainstage productions.
Showcasing live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – [...]

Surf’s up at Lake Tahoe, thanks to big storm

The snow ski season is supposed to be underway, but surfers paddled out on Lake Tahoe, taking advantage of the high winds and big waves brought by the big storm that began pummeling the northern part of the state on Thursday.
Some waves were as high as 7 feet, according to the National Weather Service. “You [...]

Strawberry Festival: No “circumstances presented” to return to Mather, at least for now

“With the announcement of the Spring 2015 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, many of you are wondering if and when we will return to Camp Mather,” the Strawberry Music Festival organizers said on Thursday.
“At this point, we cannot say if this exodus, from our festival home of over 30 years, is temporary or permanent. [...]

Daniel Tosh, Andy Samberg, Bobby Flay, Jerry Brown and other notables enjoy dining in our region

When he was governor the first time around, Jerry Brown and singer Linda Ronstadt would eat at the Willo Steakhouse, a Nevada County institution on State Highway 49. The Willo has served more than 1 million choice New York Steaks, carefully aged and cut daily.
Comedian Andy Samberg also is a regular visitor to our region. [...]

Music in the Mountains energizing holiday concerts on December 13-14

DECK THE HALLS, TURN ON THE TWINKLING LIGHTS and let the music take control. Music in the Mountains presents energized annual holiday concerts on Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

This year’s concert is titled “Music in the Mountains Holiday Pops— Celebrate the Magic.” It includes [...]

The Center for the Arts purchases California WorldFest

The Center for the Arts has purchased the iconic California WorldFest from its founders, Sierra FoodWineArt has learned. It has been held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since its founding in July some 18 years ago.
The magazine called the founders, Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers in Chico, after a report appeared — apparently prematurely — [...]

These are a few of our favorite things for the holidays

CAROLINES COFFEE ROASTERS GIFT BASKETS
We drink Carolines Coffee each morning: It is fresh roasted, in-house. But we also adore their gift baskets—filled with coffee, chocolate-covered espresso beans, waffle mix, real maple syrup, local jams, shortbread, English breakfast teas and more. The gourmet items are wrapped in baskets or wooden gift crates, with a festive bow.
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