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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Plant Sale - Sat May 5

The ACRA/ARCD Community Garden Spring Plant Sale with fresh summer veggies
 Saturday, May 5th, 9:00am-12:00pm
The Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch (1334 Jackson Gate Road)
For more information, please contact Hillary at 209-304-6901 or, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Mini Garlic Festival - Sat June 23

An evening of fun, music, and garlic! Garlic inspired snacks will be provided. Summer plants, fresh garlic, and onions for sale. Music, open house, garden tours, and family games!
Saturday, June 23rd, 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch (1334 Jackson Gate Road)
$7.50 per person in advance, $10 at the gate
For ticket sales, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, or visit the ACRA office. For more information, please call Hillary at 209-304-6901, or email

Earth Day at the ACRA/ARCD Community Garden - Sun Apr 22

Earth Day
The ACRA/ARCD Community Garden is celebrating Earth Day by giving away free trees! The Amador Resource Conservation District is giving out Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine, and Incense Cedar trees on this extra-special Earth Day!
Sunday, April 22, 9:00am-12:00pm
The Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch (1334 Jackson Gate Road)
For more information, please contact Hillary at 209-304-6901 or, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at

Saturday, April 7, 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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Roaring Camp Mining Company, Inc | PO Box 278Pine Grove, CA 95665

Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County Plant Sale - Sun Apr 29

The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County will be holding a plant sale on Sunday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m at the American Legion Hall located at 12134 Airport Rd in Martell.
Start your spring gardening off right by picking up your favorite tomato or other vegetable varieties which have been propagated and cared for by Master Gardeners. Not sure what to plant? Master Gardeners can make suggestions and recommendations based on what has grown well for them in the area.

But it is not just vegetables that you will find at the plant sale. We will have flowering plants as perennial trees and shrubs. Plant list will be posted a week before the sale so go check our website and start planning!

We accept only cash or check, please. Parking is free and plentiful. Come early for the best selection. All sale proceeds support free classes, programs and activities provided to the community by UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County.

We plan to have experts on hand to answer your irrigation questions as well as home landscape and garden questions. There will be a kid’s area where youngsters can plant seeds to take home and learn what seeds need in order to survive! The UCCE Master Food Preservers will be on hand too, passing out samples and recipes.

If you have any questions about the plant sale or other gardening issues, call the Master Gardeners at the UC Cooperative Extension office from 10am to noon, Tuesday through Thursday, 209-223-6838 or e-mail,  Web site:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Prescribed Fire on Private Lands" workshops scheduled in May

Workshops to be offered in Georgetown May 14 and 15 and Browns Valley May 16 and 17

Placerville, CA, April 3rd, 2018: University of California Cooperative Extension will be hosting two two-day workshops in May 2018 designed for landowners and land managers wanting to gain skills in prescribed fire planning and implementation. Dates and times are:

May 14th and 15th, 2018 at UC Berkeley’s Blodgett Research Forest, 4501 Blodgett Forest Road, Georgetown, CA
May 16th and 17th, 2018 at the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, 8279 Scott Forbes Road, Browns Valley, CA.

Each workshop will feature similar content, however the first workshop will be held in a forested setting featuring prescribed fire in forested areas and the second in a rangeland setting featuring prescribed fire in rangelands.

The first day of each workshop will include presentations on prescribed fire, including local fire history and current fire research, prescribed fire permitting and legal considerations, fire weather forecasting and online tools, air quality and smoke management, fire terms and fire behavior, burn plan development, burn unit preparation and fire tools and equipment, as well as models for accomplishing prescribed fire on private lands, including prescribed burn associations and Cal Fire’s Vegetation Management Program. The second day of each workshop will involve a field trip to look at lands actively managed with prescribed fire and a live training burn (weather permitting).

Registration by May 7th is required to participate.
Please go to for registration information and costs. After registering, you will be provided with further instructions on the workshop and the agenda of presentations.

For more information on the May 14/15 workshop, contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or For more information on the May 16/17 workshop, contact Kate Wilkin at (530) 822-7515 or

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Youth Flag Football begins in June

A youth flag football league for 4th-8th graders. Registration ends June 11th. Sign up at the ACRA office or
Sundays, 5:00pm-8:30pm, June 24th-August 12th
Jackson Jr. High Field (747 Sutter St., Jackson)
For more information, please call the ACRA office at 209-223-6349, email Nettie at, or message our Facebook page at Visit our website at