Saturday, March 23, 2013

FYI: 2nd Annual Trout Fest at Moccasin Creek Hatchery - Sat Apr 13

Moccasin Creek Hatchery
15300 Hwy 49, Moccasin, CA 95347
(Bottom of Priest Grade at the juntion of Hwy's 49 & 120)
Event Date: Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

FREE!
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Annual Trout Fest
Kids bring your parents to the hatchery for a FREE fun-filled day of fishing activities and fascinating facts about California native trout.
Learn fishing basics, make a fish print and try your hand at catching a trout.

ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
River maze, trout tastin', fish printing, bean bag toss, kids fishing pond, aquarium displays, hatchery displays, free raffle prizes, dissection demo, kids touch pool, face painting, feed the fish, casting & rigging, cleaning demonstration, fly casting & tying demo.


Friday, March 22, 2013

ACRA Update - Events, classes and more!

Hi, Here are the community briefs and fliers...For ACRA's upcoming events.  New calender updates! Lots going on...


Check out our website for additional details: http://www.goacra.org/programs.html
**Online sign ups available: links can be found on our website

SPECIAL EVENTS

**5k/10k Bypass Run - April 6th (Saturday) - Main Street Sutter Creek - see website for prices

**Fashion Show - April 13th (Saturday)- Located at The Hub - doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm - $10

Duck Race - April 27th (Saturday) - Minnie Provis Park Sutter Creek - 9am

Sports Fair - May 4th (Saturday) - Amador High School, more details to come

Kennedy Mine Barbeque - May 9th (Thursday) - Kennedy Mine, more details to come

** Tri Amador October 6th (Sunday) - Triathlon at Lake Camanche this year, more details to come

SPORTS

**Youth Flag Football League -games on Sundays beginning April 7th running thru May 12th, grades 4th-8th, $40

Womens' Basketball League -Sundays beginning April 21st, $400/team, managers meeting March 19th 6pm ACRA office

**British Soccer Camp - June 10-14th at Howard park in Ione, cost and times vary (see website) sign up by 4/26 for free jersey. Ages 3-16.

**Laughton Ranch Equestrian Camp - Day Camp May 25th, ages 7-18, price based on age $75 7-11 year olds, $90 12-18 year olds

Fly Fishing - May 18&19th, 9am-3pm, located at The Hub, $35 (fishing trip will be scheduled for this class)

CLASSES

Photography Class - Beginning May 4th, 9am-11am $55 for 6 weeks

Rustic Puff Pastry Turnovers -May 15th - 5:30-8pm - Amador High Culinary Room - $50

Pie 101…The Art of Pie Making…June 4th – 5:30-8pm -Amador High Culinary Room - $50.

Zumba at the Hub…Every Wednesday  5:30-6:30 pm…$7 general…$5 students…cash or check at the door.

BINGO - 1st, 3rd, & 5th Monday of the month.  Thomi's Hwy 49. 6pm. $10 for packet of 10 

Checkout our website for additional details or give us a call at (209)223-6349
forward this to your friends so that they know what's happening in the county too!

Spring Fashion Show 
Saturday,  April 13th at the Hub, 206 Main St., Jackson.
Show begins at 8pm, Doors open at 7pm,
$10 pre-purchased or at the door.
Fast-paced, catwalk based show.
View local artists work.
Enjoy a few dance routines .
While sipping  on  your choice of
alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink (no host bar).
Five participating boutiques,
The Clothes Mine, The Feed Barn, Sutter Creek Boutique,
Romancin’ the Range, and Sue’s Shoppe.
This event is a fundraiser for The Hub Community Center.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

Duck Race 
26th annual, Sutter Creek's Sutter Creek.
April 27th...Saturday 9:00 to 4:30.
$5 for one Duck
$20 for 5 Ducks
Over $8,500 in prizes.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

Zumba at the Hub…Every Wednesday  5:30-6:30 pm…$7 general…$5 students…cash or check at the door.  206 Main St. Jackson.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

ACRA's Women's Basketball League 
Sundays, Starting April 21st
Games start at 5pm
Argonaut High Gym
Cost $400 per team
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.
E-mail ktraverso@amadorgov.org for more information.

Photography Class
May 4th –June 8th
Saturdays  9-11am
$55 for 6weeks
Pre-registration required.
Photo Composition,
Basic Camera Functions,
 Intro to Camera-DSLR,
Equipment and Accessories-tripods-external flashes-lenses-memory
Landscape photography, Portraiture
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.
***Note***Driving may be required to get to photo shoot locations.

Rustic Puff Pastry Turnovers
May 15th, Wednesday, 5:30-8pm
Amador High Culinary Room
Cost: $50/student
Classic Puff Pastry Techniques
Blitz Puff Pastries with three fruit fillings,
assembled during this hands-on class.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

The Art of Pie Making…Pie 101
June 4th – Tuesday 5:30-8pm
Amador High Culinary Room - $50.Students will prepare their own Country Apple Pie during class, sample Pumpkin and Pecan fillings, , leaving with all of the recipes of the day and a special gift courtesy of The Pie Belle.
Pre-registration required.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

Youth Sports Fair
This is an opportunity for youth ages 7-12 to try out different sports to see what they like.  With the guidance of an experienced adult athlete and/or coach, participants will have a schedule that takes them through each sport they wish to try.
Choose from Baseball,Softball, Basket Ball, Tennis Soccer, Volleyball,cheerleading ,Football, Karate, Wrestling, Golf, Track and Gymnastics.
Saturday, May 4th, 10-2pm…4 sports for $20
Pre-registration is required for this event.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

Laughton Ranch Riding Day Camp
May 25th, Saturday
English or Western
Basic horse care, grooming and saddle.
Students learn to saddle a horse, then ride, assisted, depending on their age and experience. 
7-11 yrs. old.....(9-noon)...................$75
12-18 yrs. old...(12:30-4:30 pm...$90
Pre-registration required
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.or sign up online at Active.com

British  Soccer Camp
The Largest and Most Popular Camp Program in the USA and Canada!
June 10-14,  Mon.- Fri.
Howard Park, Ione
Free Jersey deadline 4/26.

3-5yrs…Mini Soccer 1.5hr,  9am-10:30am        $107
3-5yrs…Mini Soccer 1.5hr,  10:40am -12:10    $107
6-12yrs      Half Day………………9am-12pm        $123
13-16yrs   Half Day……………….1pm-4pm           $123

*Registration includes a free soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Call Jamie Kent at 916-265-2498 or
Kim Traverso at 223-6349 or
*Host a coach from England…get $80 rebate.

Co-ed Youth Flag Football is Back
6 on 6 Non-Contact League
Sunday's 1-5pm
Starts April 7th...for 6 weeks
Two League's at Jackson Jr. High
Grades 4,5&6 Division
Grades 7&8 Division
$40 per Player
Call John W. at ACRA 223-6349
***Scholarships Available if needed.

3 on 3 Youth Basketball League
Starts April 24th…After School 3-5pm
Thursdays at Jackson Jr. High
6th-8th grade.
$30 per player….Organized, Fun, Recreation League
Call John W. at ACRA 223-6349


Fly Fishing Classes and Fishing Trip
Location:  Classes will be held at the HUB, 206 Main St., Jackson
Date:  Classes – May 18 and 19, Fishing Trip – June 1st, time and location TBD.
Time:  9am- 3pm
Cost:  $35, please pre-register…limited to 20 people.
18 yrs of older…Ages 12-17 can participate if accompanied by an adult participant.
Course contentment will include:
·        What fly fishing is all about
·        Bugs, their importance in fly fishing
·        Overview of equipment and how to use it
·        Where and why the fish are holding in the water
·        Where to go fly fishing and special regulations
·        Casting techniques will be demonstrated and practiced
For more information please call 223-6349

Bingo
You heard it right! Yes, BINGO is back in Jackson. Averaging 10 games a night. Cash Prizes!!! Don't miss out!!! Support your local Recreation Agency, and other non-profit partners.
1s t, 3rd, and 5th  Mondays of the month. 
Doors open at  5:30 pm.
Early Bird BINGO…6:10 pm
$10 for 10 Games…6:30pm
Bingo Bob…professional Bingo Caller will be there!
 Back at Thomi’s Banquet Room….627  S. Hwy 49 in Jackson. 
For more information, call ACRA at (209)223-6349.

49er Bypass Run – Through Historic Sutter Creek and Amador City.
Register now for the 5K (3.1mi.) or 10K (6.2mi.). The April 6th race starts on Main Street Sutter Creek at 9am. Register before March 15th to reserve your FREE race shirt. Youth (17 and under) - $20, Adult (18 and over) - $25, Groups or Families of 4 - $60, additional participants - $15. E-mailktraverso@amadorgov.org for additional information.

Plymouth After School Program
A great place for kids to hang out after school. Experienced program leaders offer homework help and lead fun activities and games! Go on field trips occasionally too! Available for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the whole school year. Located at Lodgehill in Plymouth. Please contact Jessie Larsen at (209)223-6349 or jlarsen@amadorgov.org for more information



 

2013 Challenge of Champions at Amador County Fairgrounds

The Amador County Fair and Events Center is honored to host the 2013 Challenge of Champions and thrilled to see the best teen rodeo athletes ride into Plymouth and compete in Benny Brown Arena March 22 - 24. 
 
We tip our hat to the California High School Rodeo Association for their efforts to encourage the friendly spirit of competition, high standards for conduct and sportsmanship. A salute to the competitors, parents, friends, neighbors, vets, feed stores and everyone else involved. The investment of time, energy and dollars to support these young people brings untold rewards to our community and to our Nation.

On behalf of the Amador County Fair Board, the City of Plymouth and Amador County we wish you the best of luck, warm temperatures, blue skies, and a fast arena!
 For over 40 years California High School Rodeo had provided a place for youth rodeo to flourish and grow. Generations of cowboys and cowgirls come up the ranks and have seen the benefits of CHSRA. The vision and goal has always been teaching leadership, promoting education and encouraging family values. CHSRA is the state chapter of the National High School Rodeo Association. One of the original charter members, California has seen many of its members bring home National titles. The first priority is promoting our western heritage and investing in the future of young rodeo athletes. With 13 events for grades 9th through 12th, there is something for everyone. Team Roping, Tie Down roping, Steer Wrestling, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Polebending, Goat Tying, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Bullriding, Cutting and the Queen Contest.  


 

 For more information visit any of the helpful links below. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) Events and Activities


Hi, Here are the community briefs for ACRA's upcoming events.  New calender updates!
Once again...Thank You for helping us get the word out.

Ann

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**Dandelion Days May 17 & 18...***
We'll be having a Duck Race Ticket & Memoroblia  Booth! 
Cornnor of Main St. & California.
Stop on By.

Check out our website for additional details: http://www.goacra.org/programs.html
**Online sign ups available: links can be found on our website

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SPECIAL EVENTS

COMEDY NIGHT - March 16th (Saturday) -  Located at the Hub Community Center, Jackson Main Street. 7pm, $7

**5k/10k Bypass Run - April 6th (Saturday) - Main Street Sutter Creek - see website for prices

**Fashion Show - April 13th (Saturday)- Located at The Hub - doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm - $10

Duck Race - April 27th (Saturday) - Minnie Provis Park Sutter Creek - 9am

Sports Fair - May 4th (Saturday) - Amador High School, more details to come

Kennedy Mine Barbeque - May 9th (Thursday) - Kennedy Mine, more details to come

** Tri Amador - October 6th (Sunday) - Triathlon at Lake Camanche this year, more details to come

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SPORTS
**Youth Flag Football League -games on Sundays beginning April 7th running thru May 12th, grades 4th-8th, $40

Womens' Basketball League -Sundays beginning April 21st, $400/team, managers meeting March 19th 6pm ACRA office

**British Soccer Camp - June 10-14th at Howard park in Ione, cost and times vary (see website) sign up by 4/26 for free jersey. Ages 3-16.

**Laughton Ranch Equestrian Camp - Day Camp May 25th, ages 7-18, price based on age $75 7-11 year olds, $90 12-18 year olds

Fly Fishing - May 18&19th, 9am-3pm, located at The Hub, $35 (fishing trip will be scheduled for this class)

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CLASSES
Photography Class - Beginning May 4th, 9am-11am $55 for 6 weeks

Rustic Puff Pastry Turnovers -May 15th - 5:30-8pm - Amador High Culinary Room - $50

BINGO - 1st, 3rd, & 5th Monday of the month.  Thomi's Hwy 49. 6pm. $10 for packet of 10 

Checkout our website for for additional details or give us a call at (209)223-6349
forward this email to your friend so that they know what's happening in the county too!

Spring Fashion Show 
Saturday,  April 13th at the Hub, 206 Main St., Jackson.
Show begins at 8pm, Doors open at 7pm,
$10 pre-purchased or at the door.
Fast-paced, catwalk based show.
View local artists work.
Enjoy a few dance routines .
While sipping  on  your choice of
alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink (no host bar).
Five participating boutiques,
The Clothes Mine, The Feed Barn, Sutter Creek Boutique,
Romancin’ the Range, and Sue’s Shoppe.
This event is a fundraiser for The Hub Community Center.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.org, facebook.com/goacra.

Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.
Duck Race 
26th annual, Sutter Creek's Sutter Creek.
April 27th...Saturday 9:00 to 4:30.
$5 for one Duck
$20 for 5 Ducks
Over $8,500 in prizes.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

ACRA's Women's Basketball League 
Sundays, Starting April 21st
Games start at 5pm
Argonaut High Gym
Cost $400 per team
Interested in playing...there will be a meeting
Tuesday March 19th, 6:00pm
 at the ACRA office to go over league rules and schedules.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.
E-mail ktraverso@amadorgov.org for more information.

Photography Class
May 4th –June 8th
Saturdays  9-11am
$55 for 6weeks
Pre-registration required.
Photo Composition,
Basic Camera Functions,
 Intro to Camera-DSLR,
Equipment and Accessories-tripods-external flashes-lenses-memory
Landscape photography, Portraiture
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.org, facebook.com/goacra.
***Note***Driving may be required to get to photo shoot locations.

Rustic Puff Pastry Turnovers
May 15th, Wednesday, 5:30-8pm
Amador High Culinary Room
Cost: $50/student
Classic Puff Pastry Techniques
Blitz Puff Pastries with three fruit fillings,
assembled during this hands-on class.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.

Laughton Ranch Riding Day Camp
May 25th, Saturday
English or Western
Basic horse care, grooming and saddle.
Students learn to saddle a horse, then ride, assisted, depending on their age and experience. 
7-11 yrs. old.....(9-noon)...................$75
12-18 yrs. old...(12:30-4:30 pm...$90
Pre-registration required
Call ACRA at 223-6349,  www.goacra.orgfacebook.com/goacra.
 or sign up online at Active.com

British  Soccer Camp
The Largest and Most Popular Camp Program in the USA and Canada!
June 10-14,  Mon.- Fri.
Howard Park, Ione
Free Jersey deadline 4/26.

3-5yrs…Mini Soccer 1.5hr,  9am-10:30am        $107
3-5yrs…Mini Soccer 1.5hr,  10:40am -12:10    $107
6-12yrs      Half Day………………9am-12pm        $123
13-16yrs   Half Day……………….1pm-4pm           $123

*Registration includes a free soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Call Jamie Kent at 916-265-2498 or
Kim Traverso at 223-6349 or
*Host a coach from England…get $80 rebate.

Co-ed Youth Flag Football is Back
6 on 6 Non-Contact League
Sunday's 1-5pm
Starts April 7th...for 6 weeks
Two League's at Jackson Jr. High
Grades 4,5&6 Division
Grades 7&8 Division
$40 per Player
Call John W. at ACRA 223-6349
***Scholarships Available if needed.

Fly Fishing Classes and Fishing Trip
Location:  Classes will be held at the HUB, 206 Main St., Jackson
Date:  Classes – May 18 and 19, Fishing Trip – June 1st, time and location TBD.
Time:  9am- 3pm
Cost:  $35, please pre-register…limited to 20 people.
18 yrs of older…Ages 12-17 can participate if accompanied by an adult participant.
Course contentment will include:
·        What fly fishing is all about
·        Bugs, their importance in fly fishing
·        Overview of equipment and how to use it
·        Where and why the fish are holding in the water
·        Where to go fly fishing and special regulations
·        Casting techniques will be demonstrated and practiced
For more information please call 223-6349

Bingo
You heard it right! Yes, BINGO is back in Jackson. Averaging 10 games a night. Cash Prizes!!! Don't miss out!!! Support your local Recreation Agency, and other non-profit partners.
1s t, 3rd, and 5th  Mondays of the month. 
March 18th Beneficiary will be Amador Student Music Fund.
Doors open at  5:30 pm.
Early Bird BINGO…6:10 pm
$10 for 10 Games…6:30pm
Bingo Bob…professional Bingo Caller will be there!
 Back at Thomi’s Banquet Room….627  S. Hwy 49 in Jackson. 
For more information, call ACRA at (209)223-6349.

49er Bypass Run – Through Historic Sutter Creek and Amador City.
Register now for the 5K (3.1mi.) or 10K (6.2mi.). The April 6th race starts on Main Street Sutter Creek at 9am. Register before March 15th to reserve your FREE race shirt. Youth (17 and under) - $20, Adult (18 and over) - $25, Groups or Families of 4 - $60, additional participants - $15. E-mailktraverso@amadorgov.org for additional information.

Plymouth After School Program
A great place for kids to hang out after school. Experienced program leaders offer homework help and lead fun activities and games! Go on field trips occasionally too! Available for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the whole school year. Located at Lodgehill in Plymouth. Please contact Jessie Larsen at (209)223-6349 or jlarsen@amadorgov.org for more information.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Amador County Recreation Agency - Wed Mar 13

Amador County Recreation Agency

Board Meeting
810 Court Street Jackson, CA
Board of Supervisors Chambers
March 13th 2013
2:00 p.m.
Mission Statement:

“ACRA shall maximize recreational opportunities for all residents of Amador County through sustainable planning,
financing, facilities, operations and programs.”

Agenda Items:
1. Call to Order
Roll Call
2. Meeting Agenda Approval

Approval of agenda for this date and all off-agenda items must be approved by the Board as per government code 549854.2

3. Review of previous minutes
Review minutes from General Meetings January 2013, February 2013.
4. Public matters not on the agenda
Discussion items only, no action will be taken

Any person may address the Board at this time on any subject within the jurisdiction of ACRA. There is a five (5) minute time limit.

5. Presentations & Introductions
6. Closed Session

A.
Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release: Pursuant to Section 54957
(No additional information is required in connection with a closed session to consider discipline, dismissal or release of a
public employee. Discipline includes potential reduction of compensation).

7. Consent Agenda

8. Discussion Items

Budget Report - Discussion, Possible Action
JPA Updates continued - Discussion, Possible Action
Revise JPA - Discussion, Possible Action
BINGO - Discussion
Mollie Joyce Cost Estimates - Discussion, Possible Action
Mollie Joyce Caretaker - Discussion, Possible Action

9. Director’s Report & Discussion
Park Maintenance, Grants, Programs, Donations
10. Board Member Reports
11. Adjourn Regular Meeting

Staff Contact: Tracey Towner
Parks and Recreation Director
Amador County Recreation Agency
10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek CA
PHONE: (209) 223-6349 FAX: (209) 257-1409

Next Meeting: April 10th 2013

Posted: Amador County Unified School District, 217 Rex Ave., Jackson, Amador City Hall, Jackson City Hall 33 Broadway, Jackson, Sutter Creek
City Hall, Main Street Sutter Creek, Plymouth City Hall, Main Street Plymouth, Ione City Hall, Main Street Ione, Amador County Government
Center, 810 Court Street Jackson, 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek;

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting contact staff, at (209)
223-6349 or (209) 257-1409 (fax). Requests need to be made as early as possible, at least one-full business day before the start of the meeting.
Timely notification will assure accessibility to this meeting.

Growing Great Vegetables - Sat Mar 23

Join Amador County Master Gardeners on March 23rd from 9am to noon for the second in a four-
part series about Growing Great Vegetables. This free class, being held at the Amador County GSA
Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson, will introduce weed-free gardening, square foot gardening,
and container gardening for those difficult areas. Learn irrigation systems for use with vegetables.
Finally, find out about edible flowers as well as which culinary herbs to plant for special gardens.

For questions, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension Office from 10am to noon,
Tuesday through Thursday, 223-6838, or email mgamador@ucdavis.edu. This class is open to the
public.



Daffodil Hill Opening mid-March through mid-April

Treat yourself to a day of fresh air, in the majestic pines, surrounded by thousands of daffodils, at the famous Daffodil Hill. 


Each spring, from mid-March through mid-April, Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world. Approximately 6 acres of the 540 acre Daffodil Hill ranch is dedicated to the daffodils. As many as 300 varieties and 500,000 annual blooms (if the weather cooperates) are there for your pleasure. Visitors are welcome to walk through this beautiful display of nature or just sit on a bench and soak in the wonderful experience of the Daffodils. This is a perfect setting for photos of all kinds.



Daffodil Hill is in a beautiful alpine setting at an elevation of over 3,000 feet. With pine trees, an old barn, wagon wheels, and rusting mining equipment and farming tools, it appeals to anyone with a love of nature. Flowers are everywhere, with peafowl, chickens, pigeons and lambs making themselves at home. 



There is no admission charge or parking fee to visit the family ranch, but there are many yellow teakettles and pots around so that anyone, if they desire, may donate to keep this precious, family run, tradition alive.  This is a rare opportunity to experience History and Nature together in one of Amador County’s best treasures. The gates will open for its 73rd season in mid-March through mid-April 2013, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message at (209) 296-7048 to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day. Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, Ca, 95689 in beautiful Amador County. Daffodil Hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10am to 4pm and Admission and Parking are free. Sorry, no pets.

Directions to Daffodil Hill  

Daffodil Hill is approximately 12 miles from Sutter Creek.
Sutter Creek is located on Old Highway 49 in Amador County, accessible from Sacramento via Highway 16 (Jackson Rd.) or from Stockton via Highway 99 (Highway 88 turnoff).
From Sutter Creek, turn East on Gopher Flat Road. Drive for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the third stop sign which is Shake Ridge Road.  Drive about 9 miles on Shake Ridge Road to Rams Horn Grade.  You have arrived!

  Sorry, No pets allowed on grounds of Daffodil Hill





History:


At the time the 36-acre ranch was purchased in 1887, the early days of the Gold Rush, it served as a way-station for teamsters hauling timber from the Sierras down to the Kennedy and Argonaut Mines, and for east bound travelers heading for the Comstock Lode on the Amador-Nevada Wagon Road (Highway 88) and others traveling the road from Kit Carson Pass. The McLaughlin’s continued the way-station operation, renting rooms, and serving meals (breakfast for 25 cents) to the travelers and providing feed and shelter for their animals.  For many years the loft of the ranch barn that still stands today, was used for “Saturday Night” dances for guests and neighbors. The owners Arthur and his wife, Lizzie, began to plant the first daffodil bulbs in their spare time. The bulbs have since been lovingly nurtured.

Not a commercial enterprise, nor formally publicized or promoted, the ranch has been owned by the same family since it was acquired in 1887 by wagon pioneers Arthur McLaughlin and Elizabeth “Lizzie” van Vorst-McLaughlin. For the last twenty years, the McLaughlins have continued to plant up to 6,000 new bulbs a year.
    Nature sets the schedule for public viewing. Daffodil Hill opens when 25 percent of the flowers are in bloom and closes when only 25 percent remain. The best time to visit Daffodil Hill is the spring, usually from the end of March through the first three weeks of April. Daffodil Hill is open only at this time of year, after that it goes back to a working ranch. The hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, in some years, inclement weather closes the farm. Admission and parking are free, the only charges may be from local youth groups raising funds in concession stands across the road.  (209) 296-7048 for information.