Gold Trail Grange Holiday Market

The Gold Trail Grange presents a Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, November 29th & 30th  from 10-4.
   The Gold Trail Grange Hall (in the middle of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park) will offer the wares of 16 quality vendors in a Holiday Market.
Here you’ll find a variety of unique locally made arts and crafts, one-of-a-kind gifts,
baked goods, a hot lunch bistro, caramel apples, popcorn, cider, cocoa, and blended drinks.  Food will
also be available in the park at the Argonaut Café.
       With something fun for everyone, you can bring your whole family.  Your Thanksgiving guests are
sure to enjoy visiting the crown jewel of California State Parks on the banks of the beautiful South Fork
of the American River in Coloma.
       Parking is $8 per car and a wristband to tour the Historic Holiday Houses will be $7 per person (5 and under children are free.) This event is in conjunction with the Historic Holiday Houses.
Visit for more info.

Hart 2 Hart Vineyards 2nd Annual Christmas Faire

Join Hart 2 Hart Vineyards~Everhart Cellars as they host their 2nd Annual Christmas Faire. This Saturday Nov. 15th from 10-5, located at 5821 Hwy. 49 Pilot Hill, CA 95613.

Free to attend and fun for the whole family with food, wine, music and locally crafted gifts. Shop quality, local vendors as you listen to the groovy tunes of local favorites, Lumadae. What a great way to kick off the holiday season! Cheers!

Call (530)885-WINE or visit their website for more info:


1st Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join the American River Conservancy as we celebrate the 1st annual

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

On Tour in Coloma

Saturday, November 15th @ The Gold Trail Grange #452 in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

319 State Highway 49, Coloma CA 95613

 Join us for an afternoon of inspiring films, organic and local food and drinks

$10 per showing; $25 for all 3 showings (members and Pre-sale tickets recieve a 20% discount); $50 Membership Incentive Package that includes an ARC membership (valued at $35) and one festival ticket for all 3 showings.  Purchase tickets at: or contact

Additional Event Information:

Doors open at 10:30 am

Parking:  First Come, First Serve in The Grange Parking Lot; overflow parking available in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at $8 per car.  Parking Fee entitles you to enjoy the State Park before, in between and after film showings

Gourmet Concession Stand

Local Beer and Wine $5 drink tickets

***Bring your ARC Klean Kanteen Cup or purchase a $10 ARC Klean Kanteen Cup and recieve a free drink ticket***

Organic and Local Vegetarian Taco Plates $5

***Served from 12:00pm-12:30pm and 2:00pm-2:30pm***

Big thanks to Whole Foods Market, Hart 2 Hart Vineyards-Everhart Cellars, The Gold Trail Grange and all our generous sponsors!

Gold Trail Grange 49er Flapjack Breakfast

49er Flapjack Breakfast on Sunday Oct. 12 from 8-11 a.m. This event will coincide and compliment Coloma Gold Rush Live!
Gold Trail Grange #452 located at 319 Hwy. 49, Coloma (in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park)
Pancakes topped with cinnamon apples plus a serving of 49er scramble, salsa, sausages, orange juice and coffee, tea, or cocoa. Adults $6 and $3 for kids under 10
Free parking at the Grange for the breakfast only.  You’ll need to move your car if you plan to attend “Gold Rush Live” at the State Park (which starts at 10 a.m.)
Everyone is welcome. Visit for more info and details.

Coloma Gold Rush Live 2014

Coloma Gold Rush Live 2014 will be on October 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. Thursday and Friday will be for local school groups to experience our event and Saturday and Sunday we invite the public to come out and visit the park and see Coloma transformed into a 1850’s tent town. We will have demonstrations, music, food, carriage rides and re-enactments to make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Bring a picnic and your whole family and spend the day enjoying our beautiful park!

Contact the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at (530)622-3470 or check out their website for more info:

Visions of the West Exhibit~AODC Gallery

Visions of the West~ART ON THE DIVIDE COOPERATIVE GALLERY~October 3-26

Art on the Divide Gallery is excited about the results of our “Call to Artists” for the Visions of the West Collection.  This was an invitation to display works in a show as part of the Cowboy Gathering which will be held in Georgetown on October 18th and 19th.

Seventeen artists from Northern California and Nevada submitted artwork which is Western or Native American in theme.  The quality of all the work submitted was excellent, and forty two pieces were selected for the show.   These will be exhibited during the month of October, along with Western works by the Gallery artists.

The Visions of the West Show runs from Friday October 3rd until the end of the month, and includes oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, photographs, baskets, gourds, pottery, mosaics, jewelry, and leather sculpture.    We are pleased with the great variety and beauty of the works in this show, and believe you will be too.

The Gallery invites everyone to The Artist’s Reception which will be held on October 12th from 2 to 4 p.m.  This is one week before the Cowboy Gathering to avoid conflicting events and to allow the artists, their friends, and the community, a special time to preview the show.   Marion “Doc” Cole, dressed in authentic costume, will provide entertainment playing his Native American flute in the gallery garden during the reception.  While enjoying the art work, please take time to vote for your favorite, as the gallery will later present a People’s Choice award.

Art on the Divide Gallery is located in one of Georgetown’s Historical buildings at 6295 Main Street, between the fire station and the American River Inn.   October gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.     For more information call us at 530 333 2787 or visit the website at

Participating Guest Artists:  Pat Stoddard Aragon, Gloria Bilotta, Katie Bryant, Susan Buckridge, Joyce Campbell, Nettie Fox, Ron Hall, Lorie Helderle, Dora Johnson, Stephanie Rose Long, Teri Meyer, Susan Murray, Carol Nelson, Kathleen Ryan, Michael Ryan, Carlotta Tormey, Jan Winterstein

Additional artwork featuring AODC member artists:  David Blonski, Kay De Lange, Doris Gorin, Kristi Kolln, Chris McClellan, Tony Mindling, Barbara Gerard Mitchell, Richard Moore, Victoria Perez Mott, Stacy Pedri, Susan Polstra, Criss Raintree, Jodi Reed, Kaylynn Sanderson and Penny Scribner

Artists Reception:  Sunday, Oct. 12th 2-4 Art on the Divide Gallery, 6295 Main Street, Georgetown, Ca. 95634.

Cowboy Gathering on the Divide:  Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18th & 19th. More info at

King Fire & Emergency Preparedness Meetings

On Monday September 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. there will be two community meetings regarding the King Fire, one will be located at Golden Sierra High School, 5105 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley. The second location will be at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino. 

On Tuesday September 23, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. there is a FREE Emergency Preparedness Community Meeting at Northside Elementary School at 860 Cave Valley Road in Cool. Brought to you by the El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency, Animal Services & Public Health Preparedness & Response Staff and the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. Co-Sponsored by CLCC, DOCC, GDPUD, the local granges and the Black Oak Mine Unified School District.

Also, KFOK LPFM is airing the meetings that took place in Georgetown on Sept. 18th and Garden Valley on Sept. 19th. Please go to to access this information.

Be safe, breathe easy and stay informed!

King Fire Update & Resources

By now the whole country has heard about the King Fire roaring through El Dorado County and into Placer County. An arson fire that was started in Pollock Pines has wreaked havoc through many towns and communities, causing evacuations and devastation to more than 80,000 acres of primarily Forest Service land. There have been very few injuries and actual damaged structures, but it has been scary & devastating nonetheless. The communities affected have come together to support one another by helping with evacuations, and creating safe places for the evacuees and their animals to find comfort.

There are over 5,200 Personnel working on the fire which is currently 10% contained. Last night’s storm and humidity has helped to moderate the erratic burning behavior, but there is still lots of work to be done. These firefighters and emergency responders have offered so much hope during this significant drought and high fire season. The communities and local businesses have made signs, t-shirts and more showing their appreciation for these heroes, which brings another glimmer of hope to this tragedy.

Although the air quality has improved today and the fire is miles away from the Coloma-Lotus Valley, please check the links below to learn about the fire, road closures, etc., before planning your next trip.  Here are some resources to learn more about the fire specifics, maps, air quality, etc. Some of these links may include information about how you can help support displaced families, animals or other volunteer opportunities. Also, there are many more detailed articles available online if you should want to learn more about the fire over the last week. Breathe easy, be safe and hug a firefighter! 


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:


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.