Living History Days
2nd Saturday of each month
Join us at the Living History Days at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.
Our Living History Program is held once a month, occurring on the 2nd Saturday of each month. This hands -on history day features many historical interpreters who come out to demonstrate different aspects of pioneer life during the Gold Rush. Visitors can experience candle dipping, meet the Mountain Men, chat with ladies doing their sewing or spinning, make some rope, help the carpenters saw a log, and ask the cooks “What’s fer lunch”.
For more information about this event please contact Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at 530-622-3470.
All Things Wild
“All Things Wild” at Art On the Divide
Twenty-seven guest artists and fifty-five “wild” pieces now grace the AODC Gallery for the month of September. Visitors will be remarking “Wow” at the diversity and quality of the art. All fifty-five pieces were juried into the show by a committee of artists from the gallery. Artwork will be on display Sept. 1-30, Friday-Sunday from 10am -5 pm. Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery is pleased to host a reception on Sept. 10th from 1-4, with refreshments.
AODC gallery is open from 10-6 Friday through Sunday and on Thursday from 11-4 p.m. The gallery is located at 6295 Main Street between the fire station and the American River Inn in Georgetown. 530 333-2787 (ARTS).
Community Gear Swap
September 30, 2017
The years Community Raft Swap will take place at Camp Lotus on Saturday, Sept 30th from 9-4. This is a great community gear garage sale, with rafts, kayaks, canoes, inflatable kayaks, SUP’s, life jackets, paddles, oar frames, throw bags, wet suits, dry suits, repair gear, coolers and camping gear.
At the Raft Swap, you can drop your gear off at 8:00 a.m., and we will tag it/sell it for you. You can go out and paddle the South Fork, then return in the afternoon to pick up your cash.
For seasoned paddlers, it’s time to clean out your stash and get some cash. For new paddlers, this is a great opportunity to get a used kayak or raft and join us on the river.
Drop off your no longer needed gear on Friday the 29th between 6pm & 9pm or early on Saturday morning from 7am to 9am. If you are selling your gear the fee is 10% of the sale price and will be donated to a non-profit of your choice. There are several to choose from. Just ask the folks at the gear swap and they will make it happen for you.
Camp Lotus is located at 5461 Bassi Road, Lotus, CA. About 45 minutes from Sacramento, east on Highway 50.
Thank you to all the dedicated folks who put on the gear swap each year – you know who you are and we appreciate all of your hard work on this event. And thanks to Camp Lotus for the great venue.
Coloma Gold Rush Live
October 12-15, 2017
Come visit a living history encampment of the Gold Rush era. Pan for gold, listen to music of the miners, and hear the re-enactors tell stories of the days of old. Call the museum at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for more. (530) 622-3470
Historic Holiday Houses
December 9-10, 2017
Visit the historic buildings in Coloma and hear its history told by costumed docents. Talk with Santa, play in the snow, and make a wreath for your door. For ticket information for the house tours, call the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park museum at (530) 622-3470.
Gold Discovery Day
January 20, 2018
January 24th marks the anniversary of James Marshall’s momentous discovery of gold in the tail race of Sutter’s Mill. This event is commemorated every year with living history, interactive period trade demonstrations, music and a Gold Rush Symposium featuring noted authors and scholars on gold rush history. Join us in celebration on Saturday, January 20th 2018 -Time: 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Parking is $8.00 per car. For more information please contact our museum at (530) 622-3470.
Springtime Poppy Walk
Robin and Bill Center lead this annual one-of-a-kind Poppy Walk. With glowing orange fields overlooking the crystal water of the South Fork of the American River, the stunning contrasts and vibrant colors are a sight few have the fortune of witnessing. The river trail is steep in places but has a good flat bed. Hiking to the flowers takes about 15-20 minutes. The river trail also has views of some of the earliest land that ARC protected around Triple Threat Rapid. Desserts, healthy snacks, and punch will await your return to the house.
Actual date depends on bloom time. Requested donations support ARC’s American River Trail Campaign. Please call ARC at 530-621-1224 for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt
March 31, 2018
This year marks the 18th annual Coloma-Lotus Community Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic. The egg hunt starts at 11 AM in the meadow behind Back Street in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. It’s open to local children ages 10 and under. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon in the Park. Sponsored by the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce, Gold Trail Grange #452, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, local business and families.
The South Fork Film Festival
June 2, 2018
The South Fork Film Festival celebrates all river recreation paddle sports with headliner films from the National Paddling Film Festival 2017 collection. Opening the FilmFest will be submitted short films and classic films from local community members.
FilmFestTickets are $5, which includes a drink ticket, and from 5 to 6 PM children under 12 are free. There will be food for sale and a variety of beverages. Proceeds will go to maintaining the Grange as a Coloma-Lotus community hall and restoring the Grange riverfront.
Join us June 2nd, from 5 PM to 10 PM at the Gold Trail Grange in Coloma, CA.
National Night Out
August 1st, 2018
Marshall Gold Discovery SHP will be hosting National Night Out this year on August 1, 2017 at the North Beach parking area from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The goal of National Night Out is for the local communities to come out and meet their local agencies, businesses, and public officers so that we all know what resources are available to us in emergencies. The focus is also on health and safety and being connected as a community.
This is a COMPLETELY FREE EVENT and is family oriented with activities and handouts geared towards kids. There will be food, music, gold panning and demonstrations from agencies such as the Sheriff’s Office, BLM, Fire Department, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, State Parks, Fire Safe Council, American River Conservancy, Coloma Lotus Chamber and more!
Mark your calendars for this date to not only come out and learn about our local resources but to also have a fun time with al our neighbors as we hope to make this an annual event! See you then!