The Sierra Foothills is the birthplace of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted each year in January in Nevada City and Grass Valley. This film festival draws thousands of visitors and brings inspiring films to our region. In addition to this wonderful film festival, put on by South Yuba River Citizens League SYRCL (pronounced Circle) they offer a National On-Tour program. Coloma’s beloved non-profit for over 25 years, The American River Conservancy (ARC) secured a Patagonia Grant and with sponsorships from the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce, Gold Trail Grange #452 in Coloma, Everhart Cellars/Hart 2 Hart Vineyards and the Board President at ARC to bring 150 minutes of selected 2015 films to Coloma on Saturday January 30th and Sunday January 31st 2016 from noon-8pm each day. Please join our community in this 2nd annual event featuring an Ag in the Classroom kids films from local film-maker Jonah Matthewson, updates and forums on community projects, live local musicians, learn more about ARC partnerships with Trout Unlimited, Cosumnes Culture and Waterways, Ag in the Classroom, Sierra Nevada Alliance and more. Enjoy local wine from Everhart Cellars, Sierra Nevada Beer and food on-site from Home on the Grange Café or visit Lotus and Coloma eateries listed in our business directory. Visit www.arconservancy.org/wildandscenic for the schedule, films and to purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability.
This past week was a devastating blow to the Coloma-Lotus community with the loss by fire of the Sierra Nevada House. Fire may be able to destroy a structure but not the community in which it resides. There has been amazing outpouring of love and support for the SNH owners and employees. Join the efforts to help employees by attending a fantastic and fun New Years Eve benefit at the Coloma Grange. Click on the painting of the Sierrra Nevada House for details. If you are unable to attend the event you can purchase raffle tickets (need not be present to win) online or you can purchase raffle tickets locally at:
- Gold Rush Mercantile in Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
- Sierra Rizing Bakery in Lotus
- California Canoe & Kayak (CCK) in Rancho Cordova
- Take a Bite Deli inside the Chevron Gas Station in Lotus
- Argonaut Cafe in Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
You can purchase raffle tickets and make donations online at coloma.com/snh-benefit.
Note: All credit card fees are being donated, and all work for the benefit is being donated, so 100% of your contributions will go directly to SNH employees.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve probably seen REI’s new campaign #optoutside The Coloma Valley embraces this wholeheartedly. Here’s an idea, pack up your gear on Friday morning and #optoutside in Coloma. From Cronan Ranch and Magnolia Ranch for hiking, biking and horse-riding to a more leisurely stroll in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park for the annual Holiday Houses Tour there is something for everyone. An even better idea is to stay at one of the many locations in Coloma from tent camping, bed and breakfasts and VRBO’s for the whole family! Spend your Saturday and #shoplocal at one the many fine retailers from winery boutiques, local hidden gems and the annual Coloma Grange Holiday Market with local handmade treasures. If shopping doesn’t suit your fancy spend another day outside. If you can brave the cold waters there are still guaranteed releases on the South Fork American River on saturdays!
Coloma has begun to downshift into the “slower” whitewater weekend mode but there are plenty of reasons to jump in your car after work Friday and enjoy the weekend at the river with guaranteed water flows Saturdays and Sundays after Labor Day. Coloma has a variety of places to stay from elegant bed and breakfasts to camping on the river and places for a 5 star dining experience to grabbing a burrito on the go. Join river lovers September 12th and 13th for the beloved Friends of the River Annual Gear Swap The next weekend Saturday the 19th partner with the American River Conservancy for the Great Sierra River Clean-up. After the River Clean-up head over the American River Music Festival September 19th-20th.
The downshift in the whitewater season means that the grape harvest in the valley is in full swing. Now is the time to check out the vineyards and wineries as they are bringing in grapes daily. The equipment is in full use and the smell of fermenting grapes is intoxicating. If you’re lucky, you can stop by one of the wineries and catch them in “crush” mode and you might get a chance to be part of the process. Cheers!
Summer is in full swing in Coloma. The bumper to bumper traffic on the river is the kind of traffic we enjoy around here. SacTown Magazine featured a great article “Five Ways to Whitewater in Coloma” The whitewater business is a mainstay in the Coloma Valley and is still providing excellent fun for all ages. The photo on the left was from a decade ago, proof that rafting rides the waves of time.
Harvest is also just around the corner. Wineries are not new to the region, however repeat visitors to the region are seeing more and more vineyards and wineries pop up as they travel the famous Highway 49 and its hidden roads leading to award winning wine. The wineries provide fun for visitors during the whitewater season and after. Mark your calendar and book a great B&B or riverfront campground and enjoy some river fun. Also squeeze in some visits to the local restaurants, ranging from casual to elegant and many featuring local musical talent. Be on the lookout for new blog updates every couple of weeks to keep up with Coloma News!
Special Thanks to our co-sponsor and friends at Ninkasi Brewing!!! CCK OPENING DAY!!!
Proceeds to benefit American Whitewater and Bob Center Recovery Fund.
How to participate!
- Paddle in one of the Clinics – Sponsored by World Kayak ~ http://www.calkayak.com/class_
- Come by the CCK Outpost for Food, Drink, Raffle, Movie and Music. 4:30 pm start ends 10 pm
- Food limited so please RSVP Tammy@calkayak.com or ~ https://www.facebook.com/
- If you plan to eat. ~ promise it will be good – Food donation $10 all proceeds go to AW.
- If you want to volunteer for Food Prep, Food service and Clean-up let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of great raffle prizes.~ http://www.calkayak.com/
Would also like to thank all the CCK Staff for all the hard work they do to make this happen.
Special Thanks to Our Friends and Neighbors ~ Marco’s Cafe, Sierra Nevada House, Sierra Rising, and The Argonaut Cafe
Hope to see you there, Tammy, Keith and Matt
Celebrate Spring and Easter this Saturday, April 4th with a scrumptious pancake breakfast from 8:30 -11 a.m. at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Hwy 49, Coloma.
You’ll enjoy all you can eat pancakes with syrup plus a serving of cheesy scrambled eggs, salsa, sausages, a fresh fruit cup, o.j, coffee, tea or cocoa. Adults just $6 and kids 10 and under $3.
At 11 am. there will be an Easter Egg Hunt in the meadow at Marshall Gold Discovery Park which is just across the street from the Grange. Parking will be free for the breakfast at the Grange and at the State Park for the Easter egg hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Coloma-Lotus Chamber of Commerce and other local business, famiies a
The American River Conservancy is offering Nature Camp this summer. You can register online at www.arconservancy.org/camp 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 email@example.com for more details.
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!”
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
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.