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!

2nd Annual Opening Day on the River-Sat. Apr. 5th!

Paddlers, rafters and non-paddlers are all invited to California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak’s 2nd Annual Opening Day on the River, April 5, 2014, in Coloma and Lotus, California.

American WhitewaterOpening Day on the River is a celebration of the start of the Whitewater season on the South Fork of the American River. Starting with kayak clinics from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and concluding with a BBQ, Films, Raffle and Music from 4:00 – 10:00 pm, Opening Day is for all river enthusiasts. Water activities are at various locations on the South Fork; land festivities take place at the California Canoe & Kayak Outpost, 7221 Hwy 49, Lotus, CA 95651. The event is a benefit for American Whitewater.

California Canoe & Kayak has been teaching kayaking on the South Fork American since 1989. In 2012 California Canoe & Kayak open the CCK Outpost. CCK supports American Whitewater’s mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” Last year over $3700 was raised for American Whitewater and our goal this year is to raise $5000.

The men and women from World Kayak are back to share their paddling expertise and are teaching a variety of clinics. New clinics are Stand-up Paddling with Sean Morley and Fletcher Burton, and Slalom with Sage Donnelly and Loma Prieta Paddlers. A community slalom race will take place at the Nugget on April 6th at 8 am. Other clinics include Spice up your River Running with Colin Kemp and Noah Fraser, Intro to Creeking with Daniel Brasuell and Bryan Tupper, Class 2 River Running with Toby Edens and Diane Gaydos, and Intro to Playboating with Ruth Gordon and Jessica Yurtinus. Kokatat is providing demo drysuits and Werner Paddles is providing demo paddles for use in the clinics. Special thanks to Bill Center for use of the Nugget and Dan Crandall of Current Adventure Kayak School for use of the slalom gates.

Everyone is welcome at the evening celebration hosted by California Canoe & Kayak at the CCK’s South Fork Outpost, starting at 4 pm. Food is provided by California Canoe & Kayak and Gold Country Paddlers. Ninkasi Brewing is back again generously providing libations. Food and beverage donation is requested. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win your Jackson Kayak of choice, or an NRS Inflatable SUP among other great prizes including Gift Certificates from Sierra Rizing and Sierra Nevada House. Raffle tickets available to purchase $10 each only 250 will be sold. Need not be present to win. If you can’t make the event and still want to support the Raffle call our Oakland Shop at 510-893-7833 to purchase your Raffle tickets.

Film presentations are courtesy of creator, Daniel Brasuell, with a showing of “Walled In” fromClear H2O films. Live music provided by Jah Mercury and Brod Rob. Please come celebrate “Opening Day” with California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak on April 5, 2014. All proceeds benefit American Whitewater! It’s going to be an amazing day!

If you would like to volunteer for land duty helping out with food prep and clean-up, please contact Tammy Borichevsky at 510-893-7833 or email at Tammy (at)

Matt is all about the water activities and entertainment. Matt Parker at 530-957-4754 or email matt_parker (at)

Big thanks to Tammy Borichevsky, Matt Parker, California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayaks for providing this information and putting together this fun event!

Summer 2014 Whitewater Rafting!!!

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 or to see all the fantastic options for whitewater rafting, lodging, camping, restaurants and other recreational opportunities!  Cheers!