AMADOR ANTHOLOGY OF NON-FICTION WRITERS - Friday evening, December 19, from 5-7 pm. Hein & Company hosts an extraordinary anthology "features 14 nonfiction stories that grew out of four Creative Nonfiction Workshops from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. The result is a compelling collection of true stories written from the heart of Amador." These are stories any Amadorian can relate to. Please come an meet the authors and the editor, and hold this remarkable book in your hand. A copy of AMADOR ANTHOLOGY will make a splendid Christmas gift for both young and old!
If you haven’t seen Scott Oneto’s annual Christmas Light display on Spunn Road, in Jackson. It’s a must from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm during the Christmas Holidays. Scott’s light display is tuned to 91.1 FM radio and the lights dance to the Christmas songs being played. Be sure to stay long enough to see Santa visiting in the top left hand window. Scott has also provided a donation box for the Amador Food Bank where people that enjoy his light display can donate to the needy, so bring your check book if so inclined! Thank you, Scott!!!!
This Thanksgiving…break tradition! Spend the day with your family and sleep in on “Black Friday.” Forget getting out of bed to be in line at the mall at 3 am, only to be pushed and shoved by a frenzied mob fighting over the small quantities of the advertised “Bargains” that the Big Box Stores use to lure you in. Is that really the spirit of Christmas anyway? Instead, do something different this year and experience “Plaid Friday” in beautiful Amador County. Enjoy a day leisurely shopping in one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries, dine in amazing restaurants, and taste fine wine. De-stress your holidays this year, make a lifetime memory with your family and find incredible and unique gifts at the same time! “Plaid Friday” was started in 2008 by Oakland gallery owner Kerri Johnson. She decided that, rather than avoiding Black Friday altogether, shoppers could use this opportunity to support their local stores. She created Plaid Friday as a small, independent business approach to holiday sales.
Amador County’s “Plaid Friday” is fun and, yes...full of bargains! Visit Amador City, Ione, Jackson and Sutter Creek. Wear plaid to show your support of small businesses and independents and receive great in-store discounts or specials.You can visit www.touramador.com for a list of participating businesses and special discounts OR just come to our friendly towns and explore. We guarantee that you will like what you find.
Plan to stay for the evenings, too. Amador County’s historic Gold Rush towns are decked out for the holidays with twinkling lights and small town festivities. Thanksgiving weekend, Jackson’s Main Street will host the annual old-fashioned “Christmas Delights” from 6 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday, with Santa lighting the tree, costumed characters, music, fire dancers, carriage rides, and more.
The following weekend, Amador City comes alive with “Calico Christmas” on Saturday December 6, and Sutter Creek will host an “Old Fashioned Christmas Open House” Friday Dec. 5 and Saturday Dec 6thwith the annual “Las Posadas Candlelight Walk”. Also, don’t miss Sutter Creek’s “Parade of Lights” the evening of December 13!
Free Carriage Rides in Sutter Creek on Dec 6th - 13th - and 20th weather permitting.
Make this your most memorable holiday season ever -- experience Amador County and enjoy your holiday shopping like never before. Bring your family, your friends, or just yourself and enjoy what the “Gold Country” has to offer. See you soon!
Celebrate a Vintage Country Christmas in Historic Amador City California's Smallest Incorporated town rings in Christmas
On Saturday, December 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. downtown Amador City celebrates Christmas. The town decorates for the season with fresh hand-made pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century old buildings.
Christmas music performed by the local high school band from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. will brighten spirits on old Highway 49 and bring a festive air.
A bonfire on the patio in front of the Imperial Hotel wards off the winter chill and guests can imbibe in artisan libations. Roasted chestnuts will be available for purchase.
At 5:30 pm there will be a tree lighting on the bridge over Amador Creek and winemaker Tony Feist will lead Christmas carols with his guitar.
“This has been an annual celebration for years.” says Ashley Putz of Buffalo Chips restaurant “It is a festive afternoon and evening where the community gets out and honors the holiday season.”
Amador City’s unique shops, a famous bakery, restaurants and two local winery tasting rooms welcome visitors.
Throughout the day there will be an array of Christmas comestibles available. Andrae’s Bakery offers an espresso bar, decadent baked goods, artisan breads and Sacramento craft beers. Locals and travelers alike fill this porch overlooking the charming small town decked with Christmas cheer.
Buffalo Chips Restaurant renders handmade pies, an old-fashioned soda fountain and great burgers. After the tree lighting they feature a traditional polenta dinner served with Italian chicken sausage and mixed greens, finished with bread pudding and hot buttered rum sauce.
A variety of small bite desserts prepared by classic pastry chef Ingrid Fraser will be available at Feist Wines. Select stores offer discounts and shoppers can stop by The Kitchen Store for home-made cookies.
A visit from Santa makes day complete. Much like the textile “calico” from where this celebration gets its name the joy of Amador City is its authenticity and raw, unprocessed nature.
This past weekend, firefighters from across Amador County, as well as from Calaveras and Contra Costa County, participated in a California State Fire Marshal Auto Extrication class held in Jackson. The class, hosted by the Amador County Fire Training Officers Association, was an intense, 16 hour course providing students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills on removing patients who have become entrapped in vehicles during a motor vehicle accident. Students also learned about the anatomy of today’s vehicles, including hybrid and all-electric powered vehicles, accessing and treating patients, and how to stabilize a vehicle during an accident. The lot used at the south end of Jackson as well as all of the cars used were generously donated by local citizens, businesses and scrappers. Training like this would not be possible without the support from our communities and its great citizens.
SUTTER CREEK - Join us for the 8th Annual Parade of Lights on Saturday December 13th. Sutter Creek will alive in twinkling lights, as everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, horses, dogs, people, marching bands, baton twirlers, and more, parade down Historic Sutter Creeks' Main Street beneath the moonlight on a crisp December evening. Everyone is invited to come down and watch this magical“Parade of Lights”. Children and adults enjoy this evening of old fashioned hometown fun.
Main Street itself is a beautiful sight to behold. All of the wonderful Gold Rush buildings are decked out in Holiday splendor. Bubbles float down from balconies and give the feeling of snowflakes. The storefront windows are wonderfully displayed with all their Holiday wares. How can’t you feel like the Christmas season with all of this?
The parade starts at 6:30. Anyone can be in the parade, just fill out the application on the website at www.suttercreek.org and then start brainstorming on your entry. The cost to enter is still only $10 and is due by Saturday, November 22, 2014. This is a great opportunity for a family to do something fun together and also for businesses to advertise to the local community. You can also pick up an entry form at the Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71A Main Street.
There is plenty of parking downtown, just don't park on Main Street, so everyone will have a good view of this wonderful parade! Remember to dress warm. Come early and enjoy the FREE Horse Drawn Carriage Rides on Main Street from 12 - 4pm! Come join us with this holiday tradition. And remember, it is a rain or shine Parade so be prepared for any weather!
The Parade starts at 6:30, but remember, NO parking on Main Street after 5:00 and the streets close at 6:00. Please be respectful of these closures on Main Street and the staging areas because we have excited children, of all ages, walking around in the dark getting the Parade ready for your enjoyment.
Do you need to find the spirit of Christmas? Come to historic Sutter Creek, a beautiful Gold Rush Town, and experience the magic of Christmas past, with the 38th Annual “Old Fashioned Christmas Open House” celebration on December 5th & 6th.This is the place to be to spark the holiday spirit in your heart, with the simple beauty of Christmas and small town charm.
The streets of historic Sutter Creek come alive with Christmas joy as they are transformed to an era gone by with Father Christmas, Charles Dickens characters and carolers in period costume, strolling along the beautifully lit streets of this magical Gold Rush Town.
To begin the festivities, Friday Night, at around 6 pm, Santa and Mrs.Claus will come down Main Street in their sleigh to light the community Christmas tree next to City Hall, pre-empted by the Amador Community Band playing Christmas Carols. On Main Street, music fills the air and the shopkeepers will be open late to offer a warm and friendly Open House, with snacks, refreshments, and wonderful displays of unique items ready for your Christmas List. And for the children, free photos with Santa will be available inside the historic Methodist Church, on Main Street, where Santa will hear their Christmas wishes. Free Arts and Crafts for the children will also be available there, along with homemade cookies and hot cider. The whole community and beyond is invited to share in the holiday fun on Friday evening from 5pm until 9pm.
The merriment continues on Saturday with free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, holiday music, and wonderful shopping in our unique stores. Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters will be strolling down the street to greet you. On Saturday evening, at 6 pm is the “Las Posadas Candlelight Walk”. One of the most touching events to participate in or just watch. The public is invited to be a part of this beautiful reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. The parade will begin at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Spanish Street where Mary will mount a donkey and she and Joseph will process down beautiful, historic Spanish Street, lined with flickering luminaries, then on to Main Street, Sutter Creek. Narrators will retell the familiar story and Musicians will lead in singing familiar Christmas carols that everyone is urged to join in and sing along. This is truly a heart warming experience for all ages, the "Las Posadas Candlelight Walk" will be an evening you will cherish forever. Dress warm so you can enjoy the entire evening! Following Las Posadas, there will be hot beverages and cookies available at the social hall of the Methodist Church.
There will be free carriage rides on Saturday Dec 6th, Dec 13th and Dec 20th, weather permitting. The old fashioned horse drawn carriage, will give you a peaceful ride through town and feel like you just stepped back in time about a 150 years.
Sutter Creek,with all of its classic Holiday charm, will rekindle the Spirit of Christmas in your heart! For more information call (209) 267-1344 or visit www.suttercreek.org.
The upcoming Golden Threads Quilt Show in Sutter Creek will have approximately 200 quilts on display, including a Crazy Quilt made in 1892 here in Amador! This historic quilt, discovered by chance by one-time Sutter Creek resident Debbie O’Neill at a yard sale in Mokelumne Hill, was found crumpled up on a table, dusty and dirty, but comprised of colors that immediately appealed to Ms. O’Neill. She purchased the quilt for about $10 and took it home to use as a Christmas Tree skirt. At a historic quilt show in Sacramento’s Crocker museum many years later, Ms. O’Neill enjoyed the museum-quality quilts on display, including the Crazy Quilts that were popular at that time. That’s when it occurred to her that the tree skirt may be a treasure. For the first time, she laid the quilt out and took a good look at it. The quilt was an authentic “Crazy Quilt” which were immensely popular in the late 1800’s as a result of the English embroidery and Japanese silks that were introduced at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Ms. O’Neill’s quilt was dated 1892 and there were 3 sets of initials all ending in “K.”
With the help of Elaine Lackey at the Amador County Records, Ms. O’Neill determined that Z.K. was Zadie Kephart and B.K. was Birdie Kephart, two teenage sisters from Plymouth, California. Ms. O’Neill was hooked and continued her investigation on the creators of her quilt. An 1896 a news article from the Amador Dispatch described the New Year’s Eve Masquerade ball that Zadie attended, wearing a chrysanthemum constume. Ms. O’Neill continues to search out stories of Zadie and Birdie, giving more background to her marvelous historic quilt.
In addition to the many traditional, contemporary, and art quilts on display, the Golden Threads Quilt Show will also have a quilt appraiser, Nancy Bavor, an American Quilt Society certified Appraiser. Ms. Bavor can provide written appraisal for both modern and antique quilts, something that is often required by insurance companies if a quilt is lost, damaged, or stolen. She is also the Curator of Collections at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Quilt appraisals are $50. Information on how to get your quilt appraised is described below.
The featured quilter is Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts. Originally from Alaska, Marcia uses bright and colorful fabrics to brighten the snowy and monochromatic days of the long Alaskan winters. Her original designs are modern and take full advantage of the bright colors she uses. Marcia has devised a new quilting technique called Flip and Fuse which makes possible the intricate designs in her patterns so easy. In addition to a book entitled Flip and Fuse, the Tahoe Collection, Marcia has also written I Love Color and Sew Red. She travels throughout the United States teaching her techniques and showing her beautiful quilts. She now lives in Reno, Nevada, enjoying the abundance of sunshine.
The Mother Lode Quilt Guild (MLQG) was formed in 2003 by a group of quilters who were looking for a guild that met in the evenings. After only 10 years, the MLQG has 55 members. The guild meets at 6:30 at the Sutter Creek United Methodist Church on the 4th Monday of every month.
As a non-profit organization, MLQG is very active in Amador County. Comfort quilts are made by guild members and include baby quilts, cradle quilts, pillow cases, and special quilts for seniors. These quilts are made from scrap fabric donated to the guild. The funds raised by the Golden Threads Quilt Show are used to support local charities, such as Foster Family Services, Half Way Ranch, Amador Humane Society, Amador Pregnancy Help Center, Amador STARS, Interfaith Food Bank, Sutter Amador Hospital, and Operation Care.
For more information about the Golden Threads Quilt Show, contact Anelie Belden at 209-296-7059. For more information about the Mother Lode Quilter’s Guild, visit motherlodequiltersguild.com. To schedule an appraisal, contact Terrie van Syoc to make your appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209)296-5104
The Golden Threads Quilt Show will take place in Historic downtown Sutter Creek October 4-5, 2014. The show hours are Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:00-5:00 and Sunday, October 5, 2014 10:00-5:00.
It’s time for the 18th annual Fall Festival at Amador Flower Farm. The weekend of October 4th & 5th, from 9-4, there will be fun for the entire family. Visit the farm animals, take a free tram ride tour of the farm and venture through the hay bale maze, pumpkin patch and cornfield maze.
In the nursery, plant experts will be on hand to give a variety of hourly demonstrations such as daylily dividing, container planting and bulb planting. There will be gourmet food and local olive oil tastings. Also scheduled to attend are several creators of garden art.
Food and ice cream will be available for sale or folks are welcome to pack a picnic. There is no entrance fee for this weekend of fun! The pumpkin patch, corn maze and hay bale maze are open daily, September 27th – October 31st from 9-4. Visit the farm animals and take a free tram ride every weekend in October (weather permitting).
Located in California’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley grape growing region, Amador Flower Farm specializes in daylilies, a landscaper favorite. The farm grows approximately 1000 varieties that are planted in fields and demonstration gardens covering 14 acres. The plants are available for purchase at the farm in pots and are also dug and shipped bare root all over the country through the farm’s catalog and website. The farm is open to the public with no admission fee all year, 9am-4pm. No pets are allowed on the grounds.
Jackson Lions Club Presents PRCA Rodeo September 13-14 at the Plymouth Fairgrounds. Rodeo times are from 4-7 PM Saturday and 1-4 PM Sunday. Rodeo tickets available online at Jackson LionsClub.org/rodeo or at the Feed Barn, 11261 Prospect Drive in Jackson or the Kitchen Store in Downtown Jackson.
GATES OPEN AT 10 AM DAILY.
Classic Car Show on Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM. Home Expo each day from 10 AM to Close. Chris Gardner Band on Saturday at 7 PM. Refreshments & Great Eats. For other details, call (209) 418-9071.
Taste buds are gearing up as historic Main Street in Sutter Creek will be transformed into one of the HOTTEST events of the year and the location for lots of fun on Sunday, October 12thfrom 11am to 3pm! The 8th Annual Great Sutter Creek Chili Cook-Off and Car Show is a favorite annual event for adults and children. For only $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children, you can sample homemade Chili and Salsa from the many participating Teams and then cast your vote for your favorite. After munching on fabulous chili, you can stroll down Main Street listening to music, browsing venders booths and viewing the display of over 100 of the most beautiful Classic Cars, Hot Rods, and motorcycles, gathered together in the picturesque backdrop of historic Sutter Creek.
Chili teams really get into the spirit as they compete for the Best Costume and Best Booth trophies and cash prizes. You will have a ball seeing all the wild themes that the contestants dream up; Pirates, Alley Cats, Cowboys, you name it. Don’t forget the Salsa competition! From mild to hot and everything in between, you will sample favorite family recipes from all over as they too compete for trophies and cash.
There is a parking lot full of vendors, with all types of merchandise, from art to antiques, that will be on sale. Browse through the booths and you may just find a treasure that you have to have.
Think your chili or salsa is worth a prize? Join the fun and get a booth in the event. It’s a great way to advertise your business or just compete for fun. Go crazy and decorate your booth and come up with wild costumes, it’s what makes this event so much fun! People’s Choice Chili can be prepared before and brought down the day of the event. Booth space is free (a refundable $25 clean up deposit and registration application required) Just download the application under the Chili Cook Off event. at the www.suttercreek.org web site. Last day to register is Monday October 6th.. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for People’s Choice Chili, Best Restaurant Chili, Best Salsa, Best Costumes, Best Decorated Booth, and Best Cars.
Mark you calendars for Sunday, October 12th , to come to Sutter Creek. This is one fun event you won’t want to miss!
Car show is free, chili and salsa tasting $6.00 entry $4.00 for children.