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!
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!!!
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!
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/