American River Conservancy Nature Camp

The American River Conservancy is offering Nature Camp this summer.  You can register online at or you may call us at (530) 621-1224 for more information.  Feel free to forward this email to your friends and family.

ARC Summer Nature Camp – Water Warriors

Join us as we explore the Coloma Valley and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Each day we will explore the natural world and learn about water conservation, watersheds and the importance of water for life through singing, crafts, and games! In addition to our creativity, we will also exercise our bodies with hikes and water-play every day.

Dates and prices for camp sessions are listed below.

Mark your calendars for the 2015 Summer Camp Dates:


Age Group Session Dates/Times Fee  Online Registration Form
Ages 4 & 5 June 22 – 26, 2015; 9am – 12pm $125 / $145*  REGISTER NOW
Ages 6 – 8 July 13 – 17, 2015; 9am – 3pm $195 / $220*  REGISTER NOW
Ages 9 – 11 July 27 – 31, 2015; 9am – 3pm
(Includes Thurs-Fri Campout)
$225 / $250*  REGISTER NOW
*ARC member/non-member fee

A limited number of reduced-fee scholarships are available.  Please contact for more details.

Mamajowali Concert at the Grange March 7th

MAMAJOWALI featuring Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss will perform at the Gold Trail Grange,  319 Hwy 49, Coloma on March 7th.  The doors will open at 6:30 with the music starting at 7:30.

This concert is a benefit for the RiverTunes Music Camp scholarship fund and the Gold Trail Grange.

About the band: Seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities, Mamajowali is three veteran musicians (Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss) that have found common ground in a new, unique sound. Their blend of kamale ngoni (the hunter’s harp of Mali) with six string guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing is traditional, innovative and uncommon – all at the same time. Mamajowali overlays West African music, old time Americana, and spirited originals. Hoppin’ high energy grooves and tons of improvisational trialogue. Come listen/dance to the sound you’ve never heard ~ “Afromericana!”

Admission price is $20
Tickets will be available starting January 31 at
Sierra Rizing Bakery in Lotus
Main Street Music in Placerville
on-line by clicking the link below

Beer, Wine and Snacks will be available for purchase.

Please buy your tickets early.  If we don’t sell out, tickets also will be available at the door the night of the concert.

More information about MAMAJAWALI! and the concert can be found at
Gold Trail Grange

Gold Trail Grange Potluck

This Sunday, January 25 is the first community potluck for 2015 at the Grange. The Grange is located at 319 Hwy 49 in Coloma, the time is 5:00PM.

We will have a table in the front of the hall, in front of the stage, for childrens
We will have crayons, colored pencils, paper, etc for use. This isn’t a structured activity, just open for creativity.
If you have considered Grange membership, January is a great time to join, as membership will be for the full year.We have applications at the Grange, or online at
Please bring a dish to share, your own place setting, and beverage of choice.
Remember, everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be a member to come. Come on out and visit
with your friends and neighbors.
Kay Osborn, Secretary
Gold Trail Grange, serving as Coloma’s community center


Come celebrate the day James Marshall discovered gold! We will be celebrating this very important-GOLD DISCOVERY DAY on Saturday January 24th, 2015. At the event we will have live music, guest speakers, our living history program, gold panning, tin punching, food and more! For more information please call our museum at (530) 622-3470. Parking is $8.00 per car.  Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Hwy 49 in Coloma.

El Dorado County Epicuren Culinary Adventure

January is Restaurant month in California, so El Dorado County is celebrating with 7 different Epicuren Culinary Adventures to choose from on Saturday January 25th. Choose from Camino, Coloma Valley, Cool, Fab 50, Dining Downtown, EDH Land & Sea and Wine & Dine. These tours are progressive dinners hosted by many local businesses.

The Coloma Valley Culinary Adventure starts at Gold Hill Winery & Brewery. Next stop The Argonaut Farm to Fork Cafe. Then head over to the Historic Sierra Nevada House for your main entree, and end with gourmet desserts at Sierra Rizing Bakery & Catering.

The Cool Culinary tour begins at Cool Beerwerks Brewery & Taphouse, with your second stop just down the road at Cork & Fork Restaurant. Your main entree is hosted by Hart 2 Hart Vineyards/Everhart Cellars and is catered by The Hidden Table. Dessert will be at the Historic Sierra Nevada House.

To see the menu and learn more about this delicious event, pricing, info., etc., please visit this website:

Live music this weekend

Gold Hill Winery and Brewery will have live music this Friday January 9th starting at 5:30. This event is called “Fireplace Fridays” or “Wine Down Fridays”. They will have wine, beer and food for purchase, or you can bring your own food too. They also have chair massages available! Live music this week by Tiffani Shiro, Lisa Bond and Hugh Hoeger. No cover to attend. Please visit the website for more information:

The Historic Sierra Nevada House also has live music, featuring favorite local musicians, every Friday and Saturday night in the bar throughout the winter from 7-9.                         To see their schedule or check out their menu, please visit their website:

Gold Trail Grange Weekend Events

The Gold Trail Grange #452 will host two community events this weekend. On Saturday January 1oth there is a spaghetti dinner from 5:00-6:30, just $8 adults and $4/kids 10 and under.

On Sunday January 11th they are hosting a community jam session from 3:00-5:00pm. Bring an instrument and play the afternoon away.

The Grange is located in the heart of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at 319 State hwy. 49 Coloma CA 95613. For details and info. please visit: or call (530)344-9232

2nd Annual Coloma-Lotus Christmas Tree Lighting


2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday Dec. 5th  – 6 pm to 7:30 pm
(tree lighting at 6:15pm)
Next to Earth Trek Campground and Hwy 49 Bridge
(park in Sierra Rizing/Gringo’s parking lot or drive down to EarthTrek)
Come celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of the tree
& sing some Christmas carols around the fire.
(bring camp chairs and blankets)
Treats and hot drinks supplied by Sierra Rizing Bakery
Sponsored by:
The Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce
Special Thank You to Jerry Ashburn at 

Concert at the Gold Trail Grange-Sat. Dec. 6th

Gold Trail Grange is proud to present a special “Double Bill” concert with The Rita Hosking Trio and Evie Laden’s band, Evil Diane (Evie Ladin with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson)

Saturday, December 6th Doors: 6:30, Show 7:30
Tickets:  General Admission $25.  
Cash or check only.  Make checks payable to Gold Trail Grange.  On sale now at the following locations.
Sierra Rizing Bakery, Coloma, CA
Main Street Music, 263 Main St., Placerville, CA
Cherry Records, 916 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA
Credit Card online tickets:  Search Events for Rita Hosking and Evil Diane. 
Gold Trail Grange #452
319 Hwy 49, Coloma, CA 95613

Historic Holiday Houses-Christmas in Coloma

Celebrate an old fashioned Christmas in Coloma with the Historic Holiday Houses, on Saturday and Sunday, November 29th & 30th  from 10-4 at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.
Thirteen of the park’s buildings will be open for a Historic Holiday House Tour.
Docents at each house will tell the history of the building and the houses
will be beautifully decorated for an “old fashioned Christmas” to get you in the holiday mood.   You’ll also enjoy wreath making, refreshments, cookie decorating, wagon rides, music, a snow pile (weather permitting), a cozy bonfire to warm you and of course SANTA!  The Gold Rush Mercantile Shop next to the museum will be open to take you back to 1849, as it offers many unusual souvenirs and gifts.
The Gold Trail Grange Hall (in the middle of the 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 holiday 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 houses will be $7 per person (5 and under children are free.) Groups of 4 are $25 and $3.50 for each additional person (beyond 4). A great way to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving with your holiday guests!