Thursday, November 20, 2014

“Plaid Friday” in Sutter Creek - Fri Nov 28

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 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 6th with 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!

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Calico Christmas in Amador City - Sat Dec 6

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.

Visit:  For more information call 209-267-8020

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Firefighters participate in Auto Extrication class

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.
Cody Martinsen
President – ACFTOA
Captain – Jackson Fire Department

Annual Turkey Trot at Lake Tabeaud - Thurs Nov 27

Sutter Creek Plaid Friday - Fri Nov 28

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sutter Creek's 8th Annual Parade of Lights - Sat Dec 13

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 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.

For more information visit or call Toni at (209) 256-1750.

Sutter Creek's Christmas Open House & Los Posadas - December 5 & 6

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