SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Come into town for SYRCL‘s 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival! The three-day environmental film festival takes place on January 13, 14, and 15 in and around Nevada City. Each year, the Festival draws in top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the largest film festival of it’s kind. The films show all over Nevada City, including the Miners Foundry, the Nevada Theatre, the Veterans Hall, and many more locations. This is one of Nevada City’s biggest events and is worth going to! If you plan on coming next year, make your reservations as soon as possible. Accommodations fill up as far as one year in advance. We hope you can join us for this fabulous, one-of-a-kind festival! If you’ve never been to the festival, check out this article “How to Festival” for tips and answers to the most popular questions. Tickets are available online now. Volunteers are always needed at the film festival. If you want a free pass for films and love to help, consider volunteering at the festival! You can register HERE.

SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League) has been working hard to protect and restore the Yuba River since 1983. Read more about the organization on their website.

LeGacy Presents… Two Christmas Plays this Season!

Nevada City always goes all out for the holidays. Usually, at least one Christmas play is shown through the month of December. This year, we are so lucky to have two plays (both by LeGacy Presents) which are both fabulous. The first play, A Christmas Story, is playing at the Nevada Theatre. The classic comedy set in the 1930s tells the story of a boy named Ralphie who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. If you loved the movie, you’ll love the play as well. It has a great and energetic cast and a beautiful set. This play is fun for the whole family and tickets run from $15-$30. It shows Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until December 24. For more information on show times, click HERE.

The second play that LeGacy is putting on this holiday season is David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. This one man show tells David’s story of working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This hilarious production is perfect for a night away from the kids. LeGacy suggests that this performance is for “mature elves only.” Playing at Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, this show is playing until December 24 as well. Tickets are around $20-$25.

You don’t want to miss either of these productions, so catch them before they leave!

Bishop's Pumpkin Farm

One of the greatest things about this area is the abundance of farms. This weekend we visited Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, which is only about 45 minutes from Nevada City. Bishop’s has a ton of fun activities for the whole family! Parking is $10, but there is no admission fee. The food was delicious, homemade, and very affordable (we got 3 cinnamon rolls, a caramel apple, a water, and a cookie for $11). They have turkey legs, grilled corn on the cob, corn dogs, and sweet treats like cinnamon rolls and cookies. Mrs. B and Farmer Bill are the owners, and Mrs. B sells her famous pies. There is a fun train ride that goes through the pumpkin patch and flower garden (where you can pick your own flowers for a bouquet). There’s a corn maze and a sunflower labyrinth that require tickets (as does the train) but are pretty reasonably priced. The corn maze was so big, we didn’t have time to do it. You can pick your own pumpkin or pick one off of the wagons on the way out. They had at least 20 different varieties of pumpkins. Bishop’s is a great day trip to take with the family and is less than hour from Broad Street Inn! Check out pictures from our adventures on our Flickr HERE. If you are looking for something closer to Nevada City, every weekend in October, Bierwagen’s Pumpkin Patch is only 15 minutes away and offers fresh pressed cider, homemade caramel apples, and pumpkins on their farm in Chicago Park. The family-owned and run apple farm sells their apples, cider, and other produce. Happy Fall!

 

 

 

Constitution Day Parade and Celebration

Celebrate the 45th annual Constitution Day Parade, the oldest and largest in western America! It’s a big weekend in Nevada City, and all the fun events are free, unless otherwise noted. Saturday, September 10, starts off with a pancake breakfast at Seaman’s Lodge at Pioneer Park. The breakfast is only $6 per person and goes from 7:00-10:30 a.m. The first Civil War reenactment starts at 1:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park. We recommend bringing chairs or a blanket to sit on, and if you have young children or are sensitive to noise, you might want to bring earplugs as well. At 2:30 p.m., a Military Uniform Fashion Show will be taking place at the Pioneer Park Bandshell. The second reenactment of the weekend starts at 4:00 p.m., also at Pioneer Park. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., you can catch the Nevada County Concert Band on North Pine Street.

On Sunday from 7:00-10:30 a.m., the pancake breakfast returns to Seaman’s Lodge, still only $6 per person. At 11:00 a.m., the last reenactment takes place at Pioneer Park. This is the only Sunday showing, but is before the parade so you don’t miss out on anything. Watch the historic reenactment of the signing of the United States Constitution at Broad and Pine Streets at 1:30 p.m. At 2:00 is the Constitution Day Parade which starts at the top of Broad (right in front of the inn!) and makes its way down to the bottom of Broad.

If you can’t find parking in town, there is free parking at the Nevada County Government Center at Hwy 49 and Maidu Ave. Take the shuttle into town and Pioneer Park for $3 (all day pass). If you dress up in historical costume, the shuttle service is free! You can also choose to walk, it’s about 0.5 miles to downtown, and about 1.0 mile to Pioneer Park.

Enjoy your weekend!

Update: Here are some photos from the weekend, but you can see more on our Flickr site!

Uncorked–A Success!

Nevada City Uncorked was a great success this past weekend. Locals and tourists filled the streets, wine glass in hand. For $40 at the door, patrons received a commemorative wine glass (also used for tasting), 5 food tickets that could be redeemed at any of the locations, and wine tasting from 21 different wineries (and a couple breweries). Over 300 tickets were sold. Wine tasters had a great time at Broad Street Inn. We set up chairs, tables, and umbrellas for the patrons. Solune Winegrowers were serving the wine, and Broad Street Bistro was serving the food. To read more about the event, click HERE.

Here are a few pictures from the event. See more on our Flickr, or click HERE.

Nevada City Uncorked

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners present Nevada City Uncorked, a Food and Wine Experience. This Saturday, August 6, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., over 20 wineries, restaurants, and venues will participate in this event. After some last minute changes, we have been added as a venue! Similar to the Wine Stroll in June, patrons will walk from venue to venue, taste wine, and eat. All of the locations are walking distance and include Broad, Commercial, Spring, and Pine Streets.
Some of the wineries that will be attending include Nevada City Winery, Szabo, Lucchesi, Pilot Peak, and many others. Friar Tuck’s, Deer Creek Inn, J.J.Jackson’s, as well as plenty of other locations, will be serving food and wine. Food will be provided by several different restaurants and caterers, including Sopa Thai, Way Yum Sushi, and Fudenjuice.
Tickets for Sierra Vintners Wine Club Members are $25. Tickets for non-members are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Your ticket includes a commemorative wine glass for wine tasting, and 5 food tickets. Additional food tickets are available for 2/$5 or 5/$10.

Sierra Storytelling Festival

Tomorrow is the start of the 26th annual Sierra Storytelling Festival. The family-fun event is in North San Juan (about 30 minutes from Broad Street Inn–Google Map) and is from July 22-24. The stories are from African, Jewish, and Native American traditions as well as heart-warming folk tales. Nationally and internationally known storytellers present at the festival, including Antonio Sacre, Farrell Cunningham, and Awele Makeba. New to the festival is a Story Slam, which is similar to an open mic, and each teller has 5 minutes to tell a story (plus a one minute grace period to wrap up). The full schedule for the weekend is available HERE. The festival takes place at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on Tyler Foote Road with an outdoor amphitheater and old schoolhouse as a beautiful setting.

Now Playing: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sierra Stages is putting on a production of the comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” starting this Thursday, July 14, at Nevada Theatre. We saw the production and were laughing the whole time. It’s great for the whole family, although older kids might enjoy it more. The music was catchy and upbeat and the costumes were fun and colorful. The Stephen Sondheim musical, which has a live orchestra, will be playing every weekend through August 7. Visit SierraStages.org, call the box office at 530-346-3210, or stop by BriarPatch Co-op or The Book Seller for tickets. Don’t forget to look for Sierra Stages’ “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” coming in October, playing at the Miners Foundry.

Advance Ticket Prices for “Forum”:
July 14 & 15 Preview Performances: $15
Thursday Performances at 7 PM: $20
Friday and Saturday Performances at 8; Sundays at 2: $25

Read more about the production HERE.

Summer Nights in Nevada City

Summer Nights 2011 FlyerSummer Nights has been a tradition in Nevada City for many years now. The fun street fair is entertaining for both children and adults. Broad and Commercial Streets are shut off to vehicles so the streets are open for vendors and patrons. The stores and restaurants are open and vendors line the streets with art, fresh veggies, and hot dinners. At the top of Broad Street, a live band is always playing where visitors usually start dancing. There are pony rides for kids as well as a craft table set up outside of My Favorite Things where Tina, the owner, sits with kids (and adults) and provides all of the glitter, glue, and all of the girlie supplies you need. At the bottom of the hill, the food court sits in the Bank of America parking lot. Calla Lily Crepes serves fresh, hot crepes (sweet or savory options) using organic ingredients from local farms. Many other food vendors fill up the lot, including a beer booth and homemade kettlecorn. There is no admission to the street fair, but definitely bring your wallet for dinner, ice cream, and goodies from the vendors. Parking is limited in Nevada City, especially since Broad and Commercial are shut off to vehicles. We recommend arriving early, or carpooling, if you are coming from out of the area.

Summer Nights takes place in downtown Nevada City for three Wednesdays, July 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00-9:30. For questions or more information, call the Nevada City Chamber at 1-800-655-NJOY or 530-265-2692.