Just a heads up! The meteorologists are predicting winter storm warnings, freezing temperatures and snow down to 1000 feet. So, fill your bathtubs with water, pull out the candles, flash lights and board games, build a fire and get ready to weather the storm!
You might be wondering, what is MOvember? Well, it’s a national organization to raise awareness for Men’s Health! Men, called Mo Bro’s in this organization, pledge to raise money & awareness for Men’s Health during the month of MOvember (formerly known as November), and they grow mustaches. Yes, mustaches! Learn more here: http://us.movember.com/
Two of our local Mo Bros have been sculpting their ‘staches all month and have put together the 2nd Annual Men’s Health Awareness Movember Mustache Party & Auction, which will be Sunday Dec. 1st at 7:00pm, hosted by the Sierra Nevada House, located at 835 Lotus Rd. Please join the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce President and Vice-President (our local Mo Bros), Howard Penn and Dominic Pugliese for this fun annual event. Last year at the inaugural event they raised over $1200 for the Boys & Girls Club of Placerville, and this years auction is even bigger!
We have donations ranging from teeth whitening to housecleaning to massage and local art! Also, the owners of the Sierra Nevada House, Keith Merson & Kristi Warren, will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the bar sales to the event. This means that your glass of wine is for charity, and everyone can feel good about that!
We hope to see you at the Sierra Nevada House tomorrow night, and don’t worry, if you don’t have a mustache, I will be handing them out at the door! Cheers!
Howard Penn, President of the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce and Jerry Ashburn, owner of Earthrek Expeditions would like to invite you to the 1st Annual Coloma-Lotus Christmas Tree Lighting, happening today Nov. 30th from 4-5:30! Word on the street is this is going to be one BIG tree lighting, so you don’t want to miss it! There is free parking at the River Park Village, located at 7310 State Hwy. 49. Walk down to the river behind the Lotus Post Office and Gringo’s. Sierra Rizing Bakery & Catering is providing hot cocoa, cider and season treats to enhance the holiday spirit!
There is nothing better than finding your Christmas spirit with the friends and neighbors that you will find in the Coloma-Lotus Valley! Happy Holidays & Cheers!
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the Gold Discovery Park Association (GDPA) have resurrected a wonderful holiday event, called Coloma’s Historic Holiday Houses! All the houses in the State park that aren’t usually open will be open today, Nov. 30th from 1-5. Each will be decorated with holiday cheer and will have docents to educate you on the history of the building.
It is only $5 to walk through the historic holiday homes and costs $8 to park in the State park. Be sure to stop by the River Park Village between 4-5:30 for the 1st Annual Coloma-Lotus Christmas Tree Lighting! You can park at the River Park Village and walk down to the river behind the Lotus Post Office and Gringo’s. Sierra Rizing Bakery & Catering will be serving hot cocoa, cider and seasonal treats too!
Don’t miss these great excuses to get in the holiday spirit! Cheers!
Cheer the Hero…Boo the Villian…and get ready for another great show at the Olde Coloma Theatre! Their Christmas presentation this year is titled, “A Coloma Christmas Carol” or “Will Someone Get This Lady Off The Stage”! If you haven’t ever experienced a show at the Olde Coloma Theatre, you’re in for a treat! It is old time melodrama at it’s best, in a charming & historic theatre, hosted by about the kindest people in town! Not only do you feel like you stepped back in time for a few hours, but you leave feeling like family!
This Christmas production is open Fridays & Saturdays from Nov. 22nd thru Dec. 22nd with matinees on Sundays. Tickets are just $5 for kiddos, $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, making it a perfect, inexpensive afternoon or evening out for the whole family! The doors open at 7:30 for a 8:00 Curtain rise on Friday & Saturday nights, and at 1:30 for a 2:00 Curtain rise on Sunday Matinees.
Do yourself a favor and make this a priority this Holiday Season! You will be glad to be a part of this cast of characters! Click here to learn more about the Olde Coloma Theatre: http://www.oldecolomatheatre.org or call (530)626- 5282.
Stay tuned for Christmas in Coloma & more fantastic, upcoming Holiday events! Happy Thanksgiving & Cheers!
Tis the Season to be…wait, it’s only the mid-November! Well, the holidays are upon us nonetheless! This year you don’t even need to leave the Coloma-Lotus Valley to start your shopping and get in the holiday spirit, not to mention the opportunity to SHOP LOCALLY!
Check out these great upcoming events:
Saturday Nov. 16th will mark two great events at some of our local wineries. Hart 2 Hart Vineyards (formerly Venezio) will be hosting their 1st Annual Christmas Faire from 11:30-5:30 with a variety of local artisans, crafts, goods, food & wine! Just down the road, David Girard Vineyards is having their Holiday Fair from 9-5 with assorted goods, crafts, arts, local flair and great wine specials! Please visit their websites for more information and details:
Thank you for thinking globally, but shopping locally! Don’t forget the Historic Holiday Houses and Christmas in COloma are coming up soon too! Until next time…Cheers!
The government shutdown is effecting everyone is different ways. For instance, our local recreation trails ( Magnolia and Cronin Ranch) are closed, but the South Fork American River is still flowing and the Historic Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is not only open, but preparing for their Annual event, Coloma Gold Rush Live! With furloughs as far as the eye can see, this is good news for locals, as well as visitors to the the Coloma Lotus Valley! You are invited to attend their wonderful Annual event, Coloma Gold Rush Live, on October 11-13, 2013.
Experience life as it was during the 1850 California Gold Rush era. Enjoy live music, live history tent encampments, historic trade demonstrations, and a merchants market. There is gold panning for kids and adults, as well as sawmill demonstrations and historic reenactments —you will feel like you are rubbing shoulders with the adventurers and historical figures who helped create the worldwide rush to California. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. (530) 295-2170 for details, or check out our event information here: http://www.coloma.com/calendar/coloma-gold-rush-live/
The 7th annual American River Music Festival, September 13~14~15, will present over 30 live music performances and by nationally renowned musicians in 10 locations throughout the friendly river community of Coloma. Join us for the finest in roots music in Northern California. You’ll listen to vintage rock, blues, new and old grass, sweet jam and the finest of folk.
Here’s what folks had to say:
“..what a great vibe at the festival.” – Auburn Journal
“Uncrowded, Friendly, Unforgettable” Mountain Democrat
“Music and Moving Water together in perfect harmony” Submerge Magazine
“Best Choice for Fun things to do” Sacramento Bee
This year’s performers include the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Paul Thorn, Sean Hayes, Hot Buttered Rum, Ray Wylie Hubbard, New Monsoon, Poor Man’s Poison, Trevor Green, Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally, Dead Winter Carpenters, Evie Ladin Band, Melody Walker, Andra Suchy, Poor Old Shine, Achilles Wheel Duo, Willie Ames and many more.
The festival offers something for all ages with riverfront camping, a whitewater river trip, a guided riverfront hike, great kid’s activities, “live” art, a fun market, jams, dance, join-in-shops, excellent food and beverages and our famous showcase night.
For tickets, camping info, performer’s bios, the complete schedule and information about this “celebration of music and moving water” go to www.americanrivermusic.org or call 530 622-6044.
The festival is the project of American River Music, Inc., a charitable organization, based in Lotus, with a mission, “to teach, inspire and enjoy music”. Thanks for supporting live music!!!
Big thanks to the Festival Director Matt Semonsen for putting on this amazing show and providing the information for this blog entry! Listen in on KFOK LPFM 95.1 this Sunday Sept. 8th from 6-7 for an interview with Matt Semonsen & Buzz Chernoff regarding the American River Music Festival and some last minute sweet deals on tickets! Learn more at www.kfok.com.
You and your neighbors are invited by El Dorado County to an Open House to provide input about future improvements to Henningsen Lotus Park (HLP). Feel free to drop in anytime during the Open House to offer your ideas, vision and/or concerns about all aspects of the HLP Concept Plan and Proposal, including: facilities, activities, events, river access, maintenance, operations, trails, and anything else you think is important and that should be considered.
The meeting is Tuesday August 27th from 4:30-7:30 with a 5:30 presentation at the pavilion at HLP, located at 950 Lotus Rd. Lotus, CA 95651. Hope to see you there!
Come on down to the 2nd Annual Peddlers & Pickers Antique Faire-A Vintage Mercantile Event! This wonderful event is Saturday June 22nd from 10-4 and Sunday June 23rd from 10-3 at the historic Coloma Country Inn on High Street near the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Find antiques, sundries, salvaged art and more! Live music, wine tasting, treasure hunts and food for purchase. Grab your peddlin’ and pickin’ friends and find yourself a unique treasure! Oh, and the Summer Solstice is today, so I can officially wish you a HAPPY SUMMER! See you around town!