8th Annual American River Music Festival

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner marking the end of Summer, but fear not, the Summertime fun continues in the Coloma-Lotus Valley. The 8th Annual American River Music Festival is just a few weekends away on September 13th-14th! It is truly my favorite weekend of the year. Festival organizer Matt Semonsen has created a weekend filled with culture, art, music, moving water and magical moments. Located at Henningsen-Lotus Park along the South Fork American River, you deserve to experience this festival!

Kim Rogers, KVMR Radio’s host of “Good Stuff” says about this year’s festival….. “It’s a killer line-up”.  Come out an discover this fantastic location (Henningsen-Lotus Park) to see live music (this Killer line-up).  There’s a great river swimming hole, freshly prepared food, craft beer, green grass, free parking, awesome kid’s activities, “live” artworks, an artisan walk and so much more!

To check out the line-up and details or purchase tickets visit: http://www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php


New Fees at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

The following fees apply at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (SHP). Please note the walk-in fee was changed back to per person instead of per group this week.

Park day use fee (often called “parking fee”) per vehicle up to 8 people                $8.00

Senior day use per vehicle and applies if anyone in the car is 62+                               $7.00

Disabled day use fee (must show State Parks discount card)                                        $4.00

Walk-in fee for the gold discovery museum or use of the park for the day per person           $2.00

Bus or van 9-24 people                                                                                                                  $50.00

Bus or van 25-63 people                                                                                                                $100.00

Bus over 64 people                                                                                                                         $150.00

Gold panning lesson per person                                                                                                $7.00

Guided walking tour per adult                                                                                                    $3.00

Guided walking tour per child                                                                                                     $2.00

There are a variety of annual pass options.  Please see the State Park website for a listing of pass costs and which parks they include/exclude. County and federal park passes are not accepted in state parks. Thank you for visiting the Marshall Gold Discovery SHP.

Reel Paddling Film Festival Aug. 23-24

Rapid Media’s 9th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspires more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is a film contest awarding winning films in 10 categories. The winners and other shortlisted films are then toured to more than 100 cities around the world, screening for an audience of more than 30,000 outdoor adventure enthusiasts and their friends and families. It just so happens this year it is making a stop on the Coloma-Lotus Valley!

Co-sponsored by Sierra Nevada House and The River Store, the event will have two show times and will be hosted by the Sierra Nevada House. Showtimes are:

Saturday Aug 23: 6pm-10pm 

Sunday Aug 24: 2pm-6pm 

Tickets in advance $12 or $15 at the Door

Please check out this website to learn more about the event: http://www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com/ or email the organizer at: keith@sierranevadahouse.com

HUGE THANKS to Dan Crandall and the The River Store staff and Keith Merson and the Sierra Nevada House staff for getting this great event to our neck of the woods!

Live Music Every Weekend in the Coloma-Lotus Valley!

Whether you are camping, attending a wedding or special event, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, wine tasting or paragliding, you can rest assured that the nightlife in our little valley will provide the entertainment that you would expect from a much larger city. That’s right the foothills are alive with the sound of music!

Check out any of the local restaurants in the Coloma-Lotus Valley and see for yourself. Nearly all the restaurants are withing walking distance from each other, so you can get a taste of many different varieties of live music in one evening. Participating restaurants include: Sierra Nevada House, Gringo’s Mexican Cafe, Marco’s Cafe and the Coloma Club. Often the River Shack Deli, Hindquarter House, Sierra Rizing Bakery and the Argonaut Cafe will have music and special events as well! Every other weekend most of the local wineries also have Friday night live music events. Please check the business directory on www.coloma.com for specific business details and inquiries! Have a fa la la la lovely weekend and be sure to get your tickets for the American River Music Festival soon! It is scheduled for Sept. 12-14. For ticket and schedule information please visit: http://www.americanrivermusic.org/festival.php

FREE Rescue Clinic & BBQ/Potluck for locals-The River Store!

 For those who are kinda new to the river or need a refresher, Gigi from The River Store will be doing a FREE on-water basic safety and rescue skills clinic Saturday afternoon before the BBQ. Send your junior paddlers or refresh your own skills and then come and chow down afterwards at the River Store. Details below:
Meet @ the River Store @ 11:30 on Saturday July 26th.

The class will head to the South Fork American River to work the following skills from 12-4:30

Kayak based rescues for novices including: boat/person/gear tow’s, bull dogging your boat, hand of god,
Throwbagging skills and Swimming skills.

Location: Henningsen Lotus Park (parking is not included) Meet at the shop to see about car pool options.

Boats are not included for this clinic, if you need a boat please contact The River Store and get set up in our demo program to use a boat (we will give you a extra day on your program if you use it for this clinic)

If you have your own throwbag please bring it to use.  The River Store has many to use for the clinic but it is always good to use your own gear. Also please bring a rescue jacket if you have one for tows. The River Store will provide some to share if folks would like to try it.

SKILLS needed: basic paddling skills needed you will be crossing currents, catching eddies, & and attaining up river. Rolls are recommended but not required, you must be able to bow rescue.

BBQ starts at 5:30. Feel free to bring a side dish to share and we will be grilling up hamburgers. Come on by! Please contact Dan Crandall or Gigi McBee for more information at (530)333-1195 or visit their website at: www.theriverstore.com or www.currentadventures.com.

Thanks to Dan Crandall of the The River Store and Current Adventures for providing this information.

The 2nd Annual Rattlesnake Bar Classic Car & Motorcycle Show

The 2nd Annual Rattlesnake Bar Classic Car & Motorcycle Show is this Sunday June 15th from 9-3 at the Hindquarter House located at 4400 Hwy 49 in Pilot Hill, CA. What better way to spend Father’s Day?!?

It is free for spectators and there will be plenty of fun for the whole family with raffles, trophies, food and live music! Call (530)885-8058 to learn more or to see if their is still space to register your classic car or motorcycle. Last year’s inaugural event was quite a spectacle of beautiful classic cars and great music, so be sure to put this year’s event on your radar!

Father’s Day BBQ at the Gold Trail Grange

Coloma is a great place to hang out for Father’s Day weekend! You can spend the day rafting and wine tasting, and then head on down to the Gold Trail Grange #452, in the heart of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, and enjoy a Father’s Day BBQ with friends and neighbors!

The Father’s Day BBQ is on Sunday June 15th from 5:30-7:30 at the Gold Trail Grange. Adults cost just $8 and kids are $6. Dinner includes: Pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, coleslaw, chocolate eclair dessert, iced tea, lemonade or coffee.

Come enjoy and support a great event, that benefits a wonderful, historic facility and community. Oh, and Happy Father’s Day!

LoCol Farmer’s Market Open June 8th!!!

The (LoCol) Coloma-Lotus Valley Farmer’ s Market is opening tomorrow June 8th, 2014 from 10-2 at the Gold Trail Grange #452 and will run through Sept. 28th, 2014. This is conveniently located in the heart of gold country at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.  Find your local produce, crafts, food, gifts and artisan goods. There is free parking behind the grange for market shoppers! We hope to see you there. Please reply to this post if you are interested in becoming a vendor or have any questions. Cheers & thanks!!!

TrailFest 2014

Join us on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 4pm to 10pm for the 11th Annual TrailFest to celebrate your favorite trails!  TrailFest is an annual fundraiser to help ARC grow and maintain local trails on the American River.  This year we are the “champions” of 2 projects:  development of a new trailhead and connecting trail at Salmon Falls Road (SFAR Trail), AND a connector trail between Henningsen Lotus Park and the Monroe Ridge Trail.

Purchase your tickets in advance to avoid the line at the door:  www.arconservancy.org/trailfest

This year we are featuring two great bands:  Patchy Sanders, a self-described “7-piece folk orchestra” coming all the way from Oregon; and Spark & Whisper, a talented folk trio.  $40 adult (21+) / $20 youth (8-20) ticket price gets you 2 drink tickets, dinner, live music/dancing and access to the silent and live auctions.  Kid’s Activities will include:  Face painting, mural painting, cork boat design and races, lavender crowns, marble roller coaster building and there will be bubbles and sand play for kids of all ages. This all takes place at the beautiful riverfront Earth Trek Expeditions Campground on the South Fork of the American River at 7308 Highway 49 in Lotus.

Enjoy great beer (Cool Beerwerks, Hoppy Brewing, Rubicon Brewing, Lagunitas) and local wine (Crystal Basin Cellars, Bumgarner Winery, Chateau Davell, Windwalker Wines, Hart 2 Hart Vineyards).  Bid on silent and live auction items, including gift certificates for massage therapy, gift cards for local stores and restaurants, round trip airfare for 2 on Southwest Airlines, Disneyland Family Passes, mountain bicycle from Placerville Bike Shop, a whitewater kayak from CCK, stays in local lodging and much more!

This is a family and community favorite event in the Coloma-Lotus Valley for over 10 years! Come check it out and make some new friends and river community! Cheers!

This post information provided by Elena DeLacy and the American River Conservancy.

Amgen Tour of CA is rolling through town!

The Amgen Tour of CA bike race will be rolling through, or rather near town, this Sunday May 11th. While we are thrilled to have them race through our neck of the woods, there will be some road closures and delays between Auburn, Cool and Salmon Falls Road that may effect your Mother’s Day routes.
The impact will be from approximately 1:30pm until 2:00pm. People heading south on Salmon Falls Road should not have that much of an impact. As long as they are in front of the race, they will not be stopped. Worst case is that will need to follow the race to reach their destination (if they find the race in front of them). The 30-minute impact will be on people heading north on Salmon Falls Rd.
The closures are part of a rolling parade which will have CHP motorcycles surrounding the racers providing safety and temporary traffic stoppages at their discretion. Road closures at intersections will be about 15 minutes, and then if you are behind the racers traffic flow will be only about 25 mph. The race should be past Salmon Falls by 2 pm. with the section between Auburn and Salmon Falls taking place between 1 pm – 2 pm.
More information can be found at http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/ along with an “app” which allows you to follow the race on your mobile device including individual riders times and positions. Thanks to Noah R. Triplett and Dan Crandall for providing this helpful information.