Monday, July 27, 2015

"Big Red Barn" fundraiser to support Argonaut High School Athletic Department - Sat Sept 12

Rancho Arroyo Seco will sponsor its 9th annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM. This year, proceeds from the event will go to the Argonaut High School Athletic Department. The funds will be used to replace men’s and women’s varsity uniforms for football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and track & field. Most uniforms are 5 to 7 years old. Rancho Arroyo Seco will match funds up to $7,500.

With a student population of 540, more than half compete on at least one athlete team, and over 180 on two or more teams. The District funds only coach’s salaries and transportation. This leaves uniforms and equipment being self-funded. It is widely recognized the sports help young people to develop leadership and life skills.

The goal of this fundraiser is to raise $35,000 or more for uniforms. To reach this goal, a dinner catered by FFA Ag Boosters will feature BBQ pork loin, chicken, two salads, potatoes, and rolls. The evening will also feature Seth Seever calling a live auction, a silent auction and raffle and an entertaining program featuring the Argonaut HS Cheer Squad and Band. The event will be held at the BIG RED BARN on Hwy 104 in Ione across from the entrance to Mule Creek State Prison.

 Tickets for the event are $25 each and are available at the Argonaut High School office, Homestead Mortgage in Jackson, and Clark’s Corner in Ione. Tickets can be purchased for will call by calling 209-274-2777. Donations are also accepted with checks payable to BIG RED BARN 2015 Fundraiser and mailed to, Rancho Arroyo Seco, P.O. Box 1730, Ione, CA 95640. All donations are tax deductible through the Amador Community Foundation; tax ID#68-0447992.

Friday, July 24, 2015

"A Taste of Germany": Oktoberfest Returns to the Gold Country - Sat Sept 19

Amador County, CA –Willkommen in the Gold Country! Dust off your dirndl and lederhosen and come join the fun at the 4th Annual Jackson Oktoberfest Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Oktoberfest promises fun for the entire family, including live entertainment, contests, music and dancing, and an authentic taste of Bavaria with Wolfgang's soft pretzels, and of course, the mainstay of any Oktoberfest...German beer!
Jackson Oktoberfest was founded by Wolfgang's Pretzels of Pioneer, California in 2012. Wolfgang wanted to share his German heritage with the community, while raising some money for local charities. This year, the event will be held at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek, which has been aptly dubbed "Oktoberfest Picnic Grounds" for the day, so there's plenty of room for everyone!
Beer aficionados will experience the taste of authentic German Oktoberfest beer without going across the pond. Delight in the flavors of Original Hofbrau Oktoberfest brew, along with several other Hofbrau beer selections. Wine, soft drinks and water will also be available.
Adding to the fun, will be a showcase of authentic oompah, polka, and waltzing music, and Bavarian Country & Folklore dances performed by Alpentänzer-Schuhplattler. So put on your dancing shoes and brush up on your “Chicken Dance”!
Of course the best of any Oktoberfest celebration is the hearty menu of delicious German foods. Menu items include Bratwurst & Sauerkraut, smoked pork chops & Sauerkraut, Wolfgang's authentic Bavarian Soft Pretzels, apple strudel, and vanilla battered apple rings!
Adding to the excitement are traditional contests with plenty of prizes. Try your hand at Keg Rolling, Yodeling, Bratwurst Throwing, or see how many mugs you can hold in one hand!
To add to the fun, everyone is encouraged to dress in traditional German attire, however costume is not required. All are welcome…costume or not!
Oktoberfest hours are 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturday, September 19, 2015. Pre-sale tickets are just $25 for a custom collector's beer glass or wine glass with one drink, and entertainment. Youth ages 6 – 20 are $12 including a soda and entertainment. Children under 6 are free. VIP Dinner packages are available for $38 and include reserved seating, a custom collector's beer glass or wine glass with one drink, your choice of pork chop or two bratwurst, sauerkraut and/or red cabbage & pretzel dinner, and entertainment. A VIP table of 8 is just $280. Jackson Oktoberfest is hosted by Wolfgang’s Bavarian Pretzels. It is a for profit event with a portion of the proceeds to benefit local charities. More information is available by at or by contacting
Oktoberfest in Munich, or "October Festival", was initially a celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen's wedding which was held on 12 October 1810. It is a 16 day festival which usually takes place in the middle of September and ends the first Sunday in October. Over the years, this festival has become one of the most important in the world with more than 6 million people attending the celebrations in Munich each year, and other festivals held in other cities worldwide. Learn more about Munich’s Oktoberfest at

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sierra Gold Quilters’ Guild hosts annual "Harvest Quilt Show" - Oct 3 & 4

Sierra Gold Quilters’ Guild is hosting their Harvest Quilt Show October 3rd and 4th, 2015. Since the first Sierra Gold Harvest Quilt Show in 1983, the show has grown in both size and popularity, taking up two buildings at the Amador County Fairgrounds. The quilt show is a major fundraiser for the guild and the proceeds are used to contribute quilts and other items to those in need in the community.
As part of the quilt show, members have created a stunning opportunity quilt, “Farmhouse Kitchen” (photo below) that will be won by a lucky raffle ticket holder. In addition, there will be a display of the many beautiful quilts created by our members, vendors, a Country Store with many bargains, a small quilt auction, terrific food, and more.

Our own Sue Green will be the featured quilter. As with most quilters we talk to, many were taught by their mother on an old Singer machine.  She started her first quilt in 1983, a log cabin pattern.  Pretty tough to keep all those little strips straight! She used an embroidery hoop and hand quilted the whole thing in about 8 months. By 2001, she had cranked out 7 quilts and had graduated to a quilt frame.

On a trip prior to retiring in Amador County, she followed signs for a quilt show at the Plymouth Fairgrounds and ended up at the S.G.Q.G. show in October 2005. She has been a member since 2006, serving on the board in 2008/2009, as quilt show chairperson in 2011, and co-chair in 2013.

“I thoroughly enjoy quilting.  Selecting new fabric, learning new techniques, my favorite is needle-turn applique with batiks.  It’s therapeutic!  Quilting is my time to be creative, to sit and look through quilt books, check my stash to see what I have, to remind myself of the UFO’s on the shelf, or.. just maybe.. I’ll start something new, wait I think I hear the cute new pattern calling my name!

Sierra Gold Quilters’ Guild regularly contributes quilts and other items to the community along with sharing and enjoying a love of quilting. Organizations that have been recipients of these contributions include Kit Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Hospital, Amador Pregnancy Help Center, Operation Care, Bundles of Love, and STARS of Amador. Members make “Chemo Caps” for several Northern California cancer treatment centers, Christmas stockings for children in the community, and regularly make donations to the Interfaith Food Bank in Jackson.

As our quilt show falls on the same weekend as the Amador County Big Crush, visitors to the Gold Country can enjoy a fabulous weekend of wine tasting and quilt appreciation! We hope to see you at the Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St.  Hwy 49, Plymouth, CA. 
October 3rd and 4th , Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00.
Further information:  831-247-1907, by email at , or on the guild’s website, .