Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Learn to Play Petanque! Mondays in October

David Camardo wants to bring the French ball tossing game, petanque (pey-tahnk) to Amador County!
Minnie Provis Park (71 Church St, Sutter Creek)
Starting October, Mondays from 5:30pm-7:00pm or Wednesday 10:00am-11:30am
$20 for a 5 week session
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email David at, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Haunted Hall - Oct 27, 28 & 31

 Come visit ACRA’s upcountry haunted house and enjoy fun activities!
4pm-8pm, Saturday October 27th, Sunday October 28th, and Wednesday October 31st
At the Veteran’s Hall in Pioneer Park
$5 per person
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email ACRA at, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Trunk-or-Treat at Pioneer Park - Wed Oct 31

An opportunity to provide safe trick-or-treating for upcountry children with a Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween!
Businesses, community organizations, and individuals are welcome to participate.
4pm-8pm, Wednesday, October 31st
Pioneer Park, Pioneer
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email ACRA at, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Craft Fair & Car Show - Sat Sept 22

An event you won’t want to miss! Saturday, September 22 from 10-5 at Mace Meadow Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive, Pioneer. A Great Craft Fair with over 30 vendors. There will be great food and music along with an amazing Car show hosted by The Rotary Club! We will have an awesome raffle with great gift baskets to support Victory Village of Amador. Don’t miss out!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Roaring Camp Mining Company - The place to be this summer!

Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine and can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, metal detecting, and dry washing.

Looking for a place to take your family this summer? - Roaring Camp Mining Company
In the Mokelumne Canyon, the three forks of the Mokelumne River come together. It is a river unsurpassed in natural beauty. The water is so clear that one can watch the tadpoles and fish swim. There are waterfalls and natural rock formations forty feet high. 

All Day Guided Gold Panning Tour
We take you into the beautiful remote Mokelumne Canyon, once mined by the 49ers and still being mined today.

See our Placer Gold Mine Operation, our Wildlife and Mining Artifacts Museums, the ruins of the past, pan for gold, collect rocks, fish, hike and enjoy river swimming in nature's most beautiful swimming hole.

Enjoy lunch in our Trading Post or bring a picnic lunch. Great for school field trips, birthday parties, company outings, or just a day on the river with your family.
Saturday Night Cookout
Our Saturday Night Cookout Dinner is a five hour trip into the canyon.

After the guide shows you the Museum, Camp and our Placer Gold mine operation, he will show you how to pan for gold. (You keep the nuggets!)

The dinner is a hearty New York Steak BBQ. Just wait until you taste the awesome fried bread!
Camp Cabins & Tent Camping

These sites include a picnic table and fire ring right by the river.

They also include a wissbangr & mining instruction class, Saturday night cook-out, miles of river to explore, fishing, swimming, hiking, gold mining, etc.

All of this plus the best mining in the Mother Lode! Reservations are required.
Camp Mining Company Trading Post

All your mining needs in one place!

Can't make it up to Roaring Camp this year?

No problem we can ship that rich pay dirt right to your house!Need a new Gold Pan, Vial, or other mining supplies we have it all and will ship it right to your door!

We even have a Dirt of the Month club with special member benefits. You can be panning year round finding gold!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Yosemite Roundhouse Restoration Project

JACKSON, CA- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians believes strongly in helping our neighbors and strives to assist the community and the families of Amador County. As many of you know, we have been working hard over the last several years to restore the parks in your neighborhoods.  One such project, Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock, involved the privileged opportunity to rebuild the sacred Roundhouse.

Our Native Construction Crew is now honored with assisting the Southern Sierra Miwuk nation and the Wahhoga Committee in rebuilding their Roundhouse in Yosemite Valley. Years ago, their original village was destroyed, and now, nearly a half-century later, our Native crew is working long hours, away from home, alongside our friends in Yosemite to accomplish this task.

The Southern Sierra Miwuk Tribe is not yet federally recognized but they aim to establish this acknowledgment soon. To become federally recognized would further assist them in their efforts to rebuild their village and preserve the Miwuk history and culture for generations to come. These tasks will take time and is quite costly; which is why we are looking to you, our local community, to join in the efforts of accomplishing these goals. This project is very important to our Tribe, as we are excited for the opportunity to bring this gift of good medicine back into their lives. 

Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be equally divided between both endeavors. Monetary donations can be made to the Amador Community Foundation at, fund name: Jackson Rancheria Yosemite Roundhouse or at one of the many collection locations onsite here at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sutter Creek Adventure Crew, Session 2: July 30 thru Aug 9

Daily adventures through Sutter Creek to explore local history, engage in the community, and experience the town’s culture!
Monday – Thursday9:00am – 12:00pm, Session 2: July 30th-August 9th
 Base Camp at Minnie Provis Park
$50 per session
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Paulette at, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Monday, May 14, 2018

Raft trips on the Mokelumne River to benefit river conservation - June 3 & 10

There’s nothing more fun than a splashy raft trip on a hot summer day! Don’t miss your chance to raft the Mokelumne River with professional guides this June.

On Sunday, June 3, and Sunday, June 10, you’ll have the rare opportunity to raft the Mokelumne River with O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp. O.A.R.S. will run guided trips at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on the Mokelumne’s 5.5-mile Electra-Middle Bar Run south of Jackson. The trips will benefit the Foothill Conservancy and support its efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne River.

“This is a rare opportunity to float the Mokelumne and experience its beauty from river level with knowledgeable guides and professional equipment,” said Conservancy President Katherine Evatt. “Regular commercial rafting is not yet allowed on the Mokelumne, so these trips are being allowed under a special permit.”

The trip is a fun introduction to whitewater rafting, suitable for families and seniors. No prior rafting experience is required. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the scenery as well as fun, bouncy Class II-III rapids: the Chute, S-Turn, and Devil's Toilet Bowl. Below the Highway 49 bridge, rafters may see ducks, geese and other wildlife along the river. The entire trip, including transportation to and from the site, should take less than three hours.

Cost is $75 per person and space is limited. Advance reservations are required. Participants must be at least age 6. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The trips will be guided and equipped by O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, one of the world’s finest whitewater rafting companies. They have skilled, knowledgeable professional guides and well-equipped and maintained rafts.

To reserve your spot, see the Events section of the Foothill Conservancy website,, or go directly to

For more information about the raft trips, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or e-mail her at For more about O.A.R.S., see For more on Foothill Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the Mokelumne and photos of the river, see

Friday, May 11, 2018

5th Annual Chaw'Se Day Spring Gathering - May 26 & 27

JACKSON, CA- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians invites the community to join them for the 5th Annual Chaw’se Day event on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park.

Over the past four years, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians have led and completed the restoration efforts at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, including the traditional Roundhouse. They now invite the public to join them in welcoming Spring with Native American games, cuisine, dancing, crafts, guided park tours, and much more! 
The event is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and admission is free. 
For additional event information or for Native American craft and vendor registration, please contact Anya Wolin at or 209-223-8731. 
The Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located at 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Road, Pine Grove, CA 95665
5th Annual Chaw'Se Day
May 26 & 27

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Free carriage rides in Sutter Creek on Mother's Day - Sun May 13

Take a step back in time and enjoy a leisurely ride through beautiful Sutter Creek with your Mom in a classic horse drawn carriage.

On Sunday May 13th, from 12pm to 3:30pm, this quaint carriage will pick up passengers in front of the Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71A Main Street.

This Free event is brought to you by the Sutter Creek Business & Professional Association. For more information, call 209-267-1344.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Motherlode Cruise on Main Street in Jackson - Sat May 19

JACKSON, CA Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for the Motherlode Cruise,  Saturday, May 19, 10 am to 3 pm – for a day of art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!  
The annual Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 175 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street and visit 20 local art vendors, enjoy live music and a beer garden provided by Jackson Lion’s Club and Jackson Main Street’s unique shops and eateries.
·         Motherlode Cruise Car Show: 10 am – 3 pm, Judging announced at 3 pm.
·         Fine Arts and Handmade Crafts: Artists show and sell on Main St, 10 am – 3 pm.
·         Main St eateries offering car show specials

Bring the whole family to Main Street, Jackson -- it’s free to attend the Motherlode Cruise, sponsored by the Motherlode Cruisers Car Club. Car show proceeds benefit Hospice of Amador & Calaveras and Tri County Wildlife.
For more information contact Connie Gonsalves, 209-304-5188 or visit

Thursday, April 19, 2018

3rd Annual Mother Lode Highland Games & Celtic Gathering - June 9 & 10

The 3rd Annual Mother Lode Highland Games and Celtic Gathering returns to the Shenandoah Valley Wine Region in Plymouth, CA June 9 & 10, 2018.

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletics and tons of tartans converge in Plymouth, the Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley Wine Region of Amador County. Along the “Royal Mile” tartans will be flown honoring our many clans who participate.

The Mother Lode Highland Games and Celtic Gathering hearkens back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland here in the Sierra Foothills.

The event begins Saturday morning, June 9th, with entertainment from a great lineup of bands.  From the BlackEyed Dempseys an Irish Pub Band, to Stand Easy and their Celtic Rock music, to Golden Bought and their traditional Celtic tunes, to Michael Mullen a Trio of One.  The bands will perform throughout the weekend on the various stages throughout the Amador County Fairgrounds.

There will be Scottish foods as well as other ethnic foods available in the food court.  The Marketplace will host Celtic craft vendors along with Celtic goods imported from Scotland as well as other vendors.

Both Saturday and Sunday will be filled with competitions in traditional heavy weight Scottish athletic events; highland dancing competitions; bagpipe band parades, piping & drumming competitions, harp demonstrations and concerts featuring a wide array of Celtic music.

Some of the top Scottish athletes clash Saturday in traditional heavyweight events, such as tossing the caber and tossing the sheaf.  In the caber toss, athletes flip a telephone pole-sized log end over end.  The sheaf toss challenges athletes to loft a 16-pound sack of hay over a bar more than 20 feet high.  Other ancient tests of strength await the contestants, including the hammer throw and various weight throws.  Events are repeated Sunday for amateurs and athletes 40+.

If you plan to stay with us in the Amador County Fairgrounds camping area, there will be a ceilidh Saturday evening featuring some of the pipe bands and high energy Celtic rock bands.

Throughout the weekend visitors can learn about their own Scottish history and genealogy in the Modern Clan Village.  Each of the clans has a wealth of information, books, and knowledge they would love to pass along to help you in your search. Or, you can browse the Marketplace for Gaelic and tartan gift items, handcrafted works of art or jewelry, imported foods and other goods.  While browsing the Marketplace one can eat traditional Scottish meat pies purchased in the food court.

For those who are interested in history you can visit the Living History Village. Each guild has researched the history they represent, whether it be Mary Queen of Scots and the St. Andrew's Noble Order of Royal Scots, or the Halberdiers. Throughout the weekend in the Living History Village one can see numerous aspects of Scottish culture through the many demonstrations such as blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, ancient athletic events and much more. At the 2017 Games Mary Queen of Scots and her court performed a wedding at the edge of “Loch Ness”. For the bride and groom it was a fairy-tail wedding come true.

The wee ones can participate in a number of activities in the Children's Glen, or they can have tea with the Queen.

To purchase tickets online please visit Tickets cover all activities within the Amador County Fairgrounds. Parking is available at the Games on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about the Games, visit or call (209) 304-4926.  For lodging and travel information you can find that on our website, we offer links to B&B's, hotels and more.