Foothills Event Center: An elegant, new venue

OUR REGION HAS SOME EXQUISITE places for wedding receptions, anniversaries, reunions and other gatherings. The choices range from historic Miners Foundry and Empire Mine to hotels, inns, private estates and restaurants all around Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn. More are being planned, such as renovating historic North Star House.
The Foothills Event Center is Nevada [...]

Tess’ Kitchen store now sells artisan cheese

Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley is now offering gourmet cheeses from Dedrick’s Cheese Store, a popular artisan purveyor in the foothills.
Dedrick’s is stocking a display cooler at Tess’ with some of the world’s finest artisan cheeses. It will provide cheese, salami, crackers, nuts and olives, among other items, for Tess’ customers.
Dedrick’s is based [...]

Sierra Starr Winery hosts a harvest party on September 20

Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is hosting a Harvest Party open house and wine-club pick up on September 20 as its wine-grape harvest gets fully underway.
Visit the Grass Valley winery and see how Sierra Starr’s highly acclaimed wines are made. “See the sights, smell the amazing smells and maybe participate in the winemaking process [...]

Sierra Stages presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in Grass Valley

Sierra Stages is proud to present the classic Off-Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, for four weekends only from September 18 through October 12 at the intimate Off Center Stage in Grass Valley.
You’re a Good [...]

Music in the Mountains Resident Conductor shares Salzburg Festival experiences

Editor’s note: Music in the Mountains‘ Resident Conductor and Choral Director Ryan Murray was selected as a winner of the prestigious 2014 Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors with the Vienna Philharmonic through the American Austrian Foundation. Here’s a report:
“I wanted to take a moment to share some of my experiences from the Salzburg festival with you. I [...]

A bronze sculpture by foothills’ artist John Mowen proposed for Grass Valley roundabout

A 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture, “Moving Within,” created by the late John Mowen, the popular artist and Nevada City gallery owner, is being proposed for the roundabout at Sierra College Drive.
The Grass Valley City Council is expected to consider the plan at its meeting on Tuesday night. “Roundabouts provide a unique opportunity to display artwork and [...]

Wine grape harvest is underway: earliest in years

This year’s grape harvest, one of the earliest in years, is now underway — in the foothills and throughout Northern California.
It will continue into October, when the last cabernet sauvignon grape is picked.
The warm weather resulted in an earlier bud break, with a warm summer, leading to an earlier harvest. Smaller berries with intense flavors [...]

North Star House master plan for restoration in the works

By Joe Heckel, President, North Star Historic Conservancy
In 2003, a building sat vacant. It was in poor condition and deteriorating to the point of collapse. Rain poured into the building from a failing roof and through open windows. The interior had been vandalized, with all fixtures stripped and graffiti covered the walls.
Piles of garbage [...]

Strawberry Music Festival comes to Nevada County Fairgrounds

NEVADA COUNTY HOSTS THE STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. Located under tall pine trees, the fairgrounds are often referred to as “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds.”
But it also is gaining stature as a gathering place for music festivals and world-famous musicians. Two summers [...]

Foothills’ theater groups stand out in Elly nominations

Sierra Stages, Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, Synthetic Unlimited, Quest Theaterworks and LeGacy Presents all received multiple nominations for Elly Awards on Sunday night in Sacramento.
Nevada City-based Sierra Stages’ “Avenue Q” won more nominations (12) than any other production in the Sacramento region — a major coup for the foothill community theater scene. All [...]

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