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 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:

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: or

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:

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 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.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Coloma!

There are plenty of beautiful places to celebrate Mom this year, but one of your top spots should be the Coloma-Lotus Valley and the South Fork American River! We’ve got it all…

History and recreation at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Picnicking and riverfront fun at Henningsen-Lotus County Park, hiking or biking at one of our many maintained trails, whitewater rafting or kayaking, camping and fine lodging, wine tasting, local art, live theatre and of course many choices for great food, live music and libations.

Many of our local businesses are hosting special events and treats for Moms this Sunday. The Gold Trail Grange #452 in the heart of Gold Country is offering a special Mother’s Day breakfast from 8:30-11:00, just $6 for adults and $3 for kids under 10. The Hindquarter House, located on Hwy. 49 between Coloma and Cool is also hosting a Mother’s Day brunch. Visit this great, local newsletter for more details on what’s happening around the area:

Most importantly, have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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 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
  • 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

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