The 15th Annual Coloma-Lotus Easter Egg Hunt-Sat. Apr.19th at Noon

Coming this Saturday, April 19th…
The 15th Annual Coloma-Lotus Easter Egg Hunt, Sponsored by the Coloma Lotus Chamber of Commerce!!!
All community kids ages 10 and under… and their friends and relatives… are invited to join the bunnies for the annual hunt! The hunt will take place in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in “Back Field” (the one near the ranger station) beginning at noon sharp.  Please be sure that your little hunters are standing on the line for the hunt at noon; the hunt goes fast!!  There is no charge to participate and free parking is available courtesy of the Park in the Sawmill Parking lot across the street.
Bring your own basket and a camera! Hope to see you in the field!!! Don’t forget to arrive early and have a pancake breakfast at the Gold Trail Grange! You’ve got to carb load before the big Easter Egg Hunt! The forecast is FUN for the whole family! 
Thank you Jane Phillips Widroe for organizing this event and for providing the content for this post!

Spring Hootenanny to benefit Coloma Junior Guides-Fri. Apr. 4th

Spring Hootenanny 2014First a definition: hoot·en·an·ny (ˈho͞otnˌanē)/noun, informal  1.an informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.

Now some FAQ’s:

  • When is the Hootenanny? The Party Begins at 4:30 and goes until 10 PM on this Friday April 4th.  There will be two sets of Music the first of which will start at 4:30.  The second set will be around 6:30 until 10PM.  The event is held at the Gold Trail Grange #452 located in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
  • How do I get tickets and how much are they?  Advanced Ticket sales are $15.00 for adults and 12.00 for kids (under 18)  with a $1.85 service fee.  They can be purchased at  http://www.colomajuniorguides.com/Spring_Hootenanny.php
  • What is the best way to get a deal on the Tickets? Advanced ticket sales end Monday March 31 at midnight.
  • Can I buy tickets at the door?  Tickets will be available at the door unless we sell out ahead of time so order soon.
  • Coloma Junior Guides

  • Can I bring my kids?  Will it be fun for them?  The Hootenanny is a kid friendly event.  Arann Harris and the Farm Band have a special magic in getting kids to dance and participate.  The first set of Live Music will be geared towards the younger folks.
  • Is the Hootenanny for grown ups? Heck Yeah!  Arann Harris may be fun for the kids but he rocks it for the big kids also.  He has a strong following in San Francisco and all around the northern part of the Bay Area.  He has opened for some big name bands like Greensky Blue Grass and played venues like the Fillmore.  The second set of the evening will be aimed at the adults who want to dance in the new season.
  • What are the refreshments?  We will have craft beers on tap and Maria’s Taco truck will have Mexican food to keep you fueled up for the dancing and hanging out with your community.
  • Who are the Junior Guides and why do they keep emailing me? Junior Guides Raft Camps are a Non Profit 510(c)(3) status pending.  We provide whitewater fun and safety learning for kids age 7-13 on the South Fork American River.  We are throwing this Hootenanny to raise money for our scholarship fund that will help kids that would not otherwise be able to, attend our camps.  You can learn more about this organization and the Coloma Junior Guides at http://www.colomajuniorguides.com/

BIG thanks to Spencer Rubin for providing this information and organizing such a great event!

2nd Annual Opening Day on the River-Sat. Apr. 5th!

Paddlers, rafters and non-paddlers are all invited to California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak’s 2nd Annual Opening Day on the River, April 5, 2014, in Coloma and Lotus, California.

American WhitewaterOpening Day on the River is a celebration of the start of the Whitewater season on the South Fork of the American River. Starting with kayak clinics from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and concluding with a BBQ, Films, Raffle and Music from 4:00 – 10:00 pm, Opening Day is for all river enthusiasts. Water activities are at various locations on the South Fork; land festivities take place at the California Canoe & Kayak Outpost, 7221 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651. The event is a benefit for American Whitewater.

California Canoe & Kayak has been teaching kayaking on the South Fork American since 1989. In 2012 California Canoe & Kayak open the CCK Outpost. CCK supports American Whitewater’s mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” Last year over $3700 was raised for American Whitewater and our goal this year is to raise $5000.

The men and women from World Kayak are back to share their paddling expertise and are teaching a variety of clinics. New clinics are Stand-up Paddling with Sean Morley and Fletcher Burton, and Slalom with Sage Donnelly and Loma Prieta Paddlers. A community slalom race will take place at the Nugget on April 6th at 8 am. Other clinics include Spice up your River Running with Colin Kemp and Noah Fraser, Intro to Creeking with Daniel Brasuell and Bryan Tupper, Class 2 River Running with Toby Edens and Diane Gaydos, and Intro to Playboating with Ruth Gordon and Jessica Yurtinus. Kokatat is providing demo drysuits and Werner Paddles is providing demo paddles for use in the clinics. Special thanks to Bill Center for use of the Nugget and Dan Crandall of Current Adventure Kayak School for use of the slalom gates.

Everyone is welcome at the evening celebration hosted by California Canoe & Kayak at the CCK’s South Fork Outpost, starting at 4 pm. Food is provided by California Canoe & Kayak and Gold Country Paddlers. Ninkasi Brewing is back again generously providing libations. Food and beverage donation is requested. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win your Jackson Kayak of choice, or an NRS Inflatable SUP among other great prizes including Gift Certificates from Sierra Rizing and Sierra Nevada House. Raffle tickets available to purchase $10 each only 250 will be sold. Need not be present to win. If you can’t make the event and still want to support the Raffle call our Oakland Shop at 510-893-7833 to purchase your Raffle tickets.

Film presentations are courtesy of Awetstate.com creator, Daniel Brasuell, with a showing of “Walled In” fromClear H2O films. Live music provided by Jah Mercury and Brod Rob. Please come celebrate “Opening Day” with California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak on April 5, 2014. All proceeds benefit American Whitewater! It’s going to be an amazing day!

If you would like to volunteer for land duty helping out with food prep and clean-up, please contact Tammy Borichevsky at 510-893-7833 or email at Tammy (at) calkayak.com.

Matt is all about the water activities and entertainment. Matt Parker at 530-957-4754 or email matt_parker (at)calkayak.com.

Big thanks to Tammy Borichevsky, Matt Parker, California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayaks for providing this information and putting together this fun event!

Summer 2014 Whitewater Rafting!!!

We are finally getting the rain we so desperately need, but drought still seems to be the word on everyone’s tongues. Even though the drought is very serious, there is some good news concerning the South Fork American River and Whitewater Rafting for the Summer 2014 Season. Splish, splash! We’ve got water!!!

Due to a long term water lease that was negotiated with Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the South Fork American River will have 6 hours of guaranteed flow for whitewater rafting, kayaking and recreation from Memorial Day to Labor Day from Thursday to Monday, all Summer long! The low flow days with no rafting options will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

Banish those fears of a waterless Summer and start planning your next Whitewater Rafting vacation in the Coloma-Lotus Valley! Please visit the business directories on either www.coloma.com or www.theamericanriver.com to see all the fantastic options for whitewater rafting, lodging, camping, restaurants and other recreational opportunities!  Cheers!

Christmas in Coloma is here!

That’s right! A favorite to locals and tourists alike, Christmas in Coloma is here again! Come celebrate the Christmas spirit as it was in the 1800′s! Hosted by the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, docents in period style clothing offer a taste of Christmas from times before us! Vendors offer handmade gifts and edibles for everyone to enjoy, and there is music and art displayed all the while! Truly a wonderful event to “window shop” or to just fully get into the Christmas spirit!

This annual event runs both Dec. 14-15 from 10-4 and many local businesses will be open to compliment and enhance the event, including: The Gold Trail Grange, American River Conservancy Nature Center, Sierra Nevada House and more!

Come on down to support this great local event! It’s one that makes you proud to live here and call this amazing place home!

Merry Christmas…in Coloma!!!

Gold Trail Grange & American River Conservancy Holiday Events!

Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means?  Christmas in Coloma is right around the corner! Yippee! Some local non-profits have coincided their Holiday events to compliment Christmas in Coloma! That just means more fun for you & the family!

The Gold Trail Grange in historic Coloma will be hosting their Gold Trail Grange Holiday Market on Dec. 14-15 from 10-4, coinciding with Christmas in Coloma.  The Grange will offer booths featuring Evergreen decorations, white elephant gifts, hot cider & cocoa, artisan handmade gifts and locally produced edibles!

The American River Conservancy Nature Center, also located in historic Coloma, will also be hosting a Candle Making event to compliment Christmas in Coloma and the Gold Trail Grange Holiday Market. This will provide you with a handmade, head start to your holiday shopping. You can make a candle for $2 or 3/$5 and refreshments are provided.

These events and Christmas in Coloma are free to attend, but parking will cost you about $8 for the day.  The dates and times of these wonderful events are Dec. 14-15 from 10-4 and all located conveniently inside the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic park.  Hope to see you there!

MOvember Mustache Party Sun. Dec. 1st, 7:00pm

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!

1st Annual Coloma-Lotus Christmas Tree Lighting!

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!

Coloma’s Historic Holiday Houses!

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!