March Volunteer Opportunities at the Foundry

Volunteer at the Foundry and receive a complimentary ticket to the Foundry sponsored event of your choice!
(Must volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours to receive complimentary ticket)

Volunteers are needed for the following events:

"Temple of Tears" photo by Douglas Hope Hooper

2nd Annual Burnal Equinox Featuring Albino! ~ Saturday, March 3, 2012 ~ The Miners Foundry is excited to present the Second Annual Burnal Equinox (a celebration half way between Burning Man events) on March 3, 2012.   Burnal Equinox Nevada City will give burners and non-burners alike, a glimpse into the Burning Man event, complete with fire spinning, costumes, live music and mini theme camps.  This all day event will feature live music and DJ performances, featuring Albino!, a 10 piece Afro-Funk band from San Francisco.  Volunteers are needed in the Box Office.

Joe Craven Trio

Joe Craven Trio CD Release Party ~ Sunday, March 11, 2012 ~ Nevada County favorite, Joe Craven, will perform at the Miners Foundry with a power trio of Northern California musical veterans to celebrate the release of the group’s new CD, All Four One. Joe Craven is a nationally renowned creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, festival emcee, and recipient of the 2009 Far-West Folk Alliance Performer of the Year. “When he’s in front of his own trio, playing the mandolin, fiddle and hand drums among more exotic axes, the audience gets 200-proof Craven” ~ so don’t miss this show! Volunteers are needed to help at the merchandise table.

2012 Emergence ~ 23rd Annual Psychic Fair ~ March 24 & 25, 2012 ~ With the ending of ancient calendars, the year 2012 finds us at a new beginning, a time to emerge into a new cycle of forward evolutions for all of mankind, the time of the great shift.  Come join Nevada County’s strongest metaphysicians for lectures, workshops, and readings. A meeting of great leaders to offer their services to track this new year. Wander through our many vendors offering wonderful artisan jewelry, colorful clothes. Potions and lotions, gem essences and crystals. Taste great food by Ricos Tacos, hear music by Lasher Keen, The Blackbird Quartet, the Billizillionairs. Belly Dancing, and many other wonderful surprises.  Volunteers are needed to help set up and in the Box Office.

Please contact Kat Kress at (530) 265-5040 or to Volunteer.


“Ro Sham Bo” Gallery Showing ~ Nevada City Box Office ~ Wednesday through Saturday ~ 12:00pm – 5:00pm ~ Ongoing through April 7, 2012

About the Collection

The Nevada City Box Office is pleased to host “Ro Sham Bo”, a Gallery Showing by Cassandra Reeves.  The Box Office is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  “Ro Sham Bo” (Rock, Paper, Scissors) is a series of collage and assemblage works using paper, fiber, found objects, and elements from nature. The texture and the reflective and translucent nature of the work are best experienced in person.

About the Artist

Cassandra Reeves is a singer, energy healer, shamanic practitioner, and artist. She received her BA degree in Fine Art and Anthropology at California State University Stanislaus. She has shown in a number of Northern California galleries including The Center for Contemporary Art, the Kaneko Gallery at American River College, the Gregory Kondos Gallery at Sacramento City College and Solomon Dubnick Gallery in Sacramento. She has also exhibited her work at CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, the Blueline Gallery in Roseville and PlacerArts in Auburn.

Cassandra’s background in shamanism and healing work is evident in all of her work whether it is a collage/assemblage piece, a simple landscape or a Dia de los Muertos image.

“This particular series began as ‘The River Series’ celebrating the American River Confluence and grew into a much larger body of work implementing collage and assemblage. The entire collection has been made with prayer and infused with healing energy. It is my wish that for the viewer this art will inspire a joyful spirit.”

Photos from the 2012 Wedding Affair for All Seasons

All photos by Lydia Photography

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities at the Foundry!

Volunteer at the Foundry and receive a complimentary ticket to the Foundry sponsored event of your choice!
(Must volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours to receive complimentary ticket)

Volunteers are needed for the following events:


A Wedding Affair for All Seasons ~ Sunday, January 29, 2012 ~ A Wedding Affair for All Seasons, produced by Joy of Life Events returns to the Miners Foundry.  On this special day, the Miners Foundry will be transformed into seasonal rooms showcasing some of the top wedding and event vendors in Nevada County.  This is truly not a day to be missed!  Volunteers are needed at the Registration Table from 10:30am – 1:15pm and from 1:15pm – 4:00pm.


Sensual Saint

Sensual Saint EP Release Party ~ Friday, February 3, 2012 ~ The Miners Foundry is excited to present a special youth concert featuring Sensual Saint.  Sensual Saint, a local pop punk band from Rough and Ready, recently signed with Hungry Mind Entertainment, brings their exciting rock show back to the Miners Foundry.  Sensual Saint members, Jonny Viola, Jesse Hunter, Zach Peach and Leif Bo Bonfils, comprise a pop punk band from Rough and Ready, California. This show marks the release of their new E.P. titled “A Lifetime of Laughter”.  Other local bands sharing the night with Sensual Saint are Opposition, Sweet Talk and Build Us Airplanes.  Volunteers are needed in the Box Office from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.


Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing the Beatles ~ Friday, February 10, 2012 ~ The Miners Foundry will host a presentation of The Beatles’ 1968 self-titled album (commonly referred to as the White Album).  The White Album is the bestselling album of the Beatles’ career.  Its thirty songs span almost every style of music – from hard rock to country to chamber music to avant garde.  Its recording took place during a remarkable year in Beatles history that included a lengthy trip to India and the arrival of Yoko Ono.  In “Looking Through A Glass Onion: Deconstructing The Beatles’ White Album”, Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio as the band creates this masterpiece. Mr. Freiman will discuss the creation of “Revolution”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Blackbird” and many other classic songs from the White Album.  Volunteers are needed in the Box Office and to serve as Ushers from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.

Please contact Kat Kress at (530) 265-5040 or to Volunteer.

December Volunteer Opportunities at the Foundry

December 18, 2011 ~ Winter Bizarre ~ 10:30am – 8:30pm
Not Your Grandma’s Craft Fair! Ticket volunteers are needed.  Several shifts are available.

Please contact Kat Kress, if you would like to volunteer or for more information.

Auditions for The 13 Band ~ Tuesday, January 10, 2012 ~ 6:30pm ~ Bitney College Prep Campus

The 13

The 13 Band is in its 7th year!  Junior High Auditions are on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:30pm, at Bitney College Prep Campus, 133B Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley.  Join “The Coolest Band in the Galaxy”.  Junior High vocalists and musicians (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards) are needed.  Please visit or contact Rick Kirkpatrick at (530) 205-5821 or for more information.

The 13 is a non-profit music program sponsored by the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Share a Kiss under the mistletoe at the Foundry!

Mistletoe in the Upper Gallery

Share a kiss under the mistletoe at the Miners Foundry this holiday season!  The building has been decorated for the holidays and it looks fabulous!  A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped deck our halls.  A special thank you to Decorating Committee Co-chairs Sheila Cameron and Moira McLaughlin, as well as volunteer extraordinaire Sovahn LeBlanc.

We’d also like to thank the following area businesses for donating their time and talents to help ready our historic building for the holidays:

Foothill Flowers

Foothill Flowers (especially Mrs. Johnson for sharing her expertise and giving bow-making lessons), 102 West Main Street, Grass Valley, (530) 273-2296

A-Z Supply

A-Z Supply, 13396 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, (530) 273-6608

"The Ribbon Guy"

Rene Antonson / Raw Designs “The Ribbon Guy”, 14100 Caroline Way, Grass Valley, (530) 277-5059

Deck the Halls, the Walls, and everything in between!

Help to transform the historic building for the holiday season on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.  Decorating will begin at 9:00am.  Please contact Kat Kress at or (530) 265-5040 to confirm your availability.  Children are welcome for a special craft project from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.

If possible, please bring gloves, scissors, old newspapers, masking tape, and pruning clippers.

Christmas Tree Needed!

Would your business like to be the exclusive sponsor of the The Miners Foundry Christmas tree? We need an undecorated, 12-14 foot tree delivered and set up on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Signage, email blast, major Facebook shout out and all the Holiday Joy you can stand in exchange for the generous donation! Please contact Kat Kress at if interested.

Holiday Decorating at the Foundry ~ Wish List

The Miners Foundry is looking for donations, volunteers, and creative ideas to deck the halls this year. Contact event coordinator Kat Kress to add your name to the volunteer list or call her at 265-5040.

Donations: Drop off at the Miners Foundry Box Office (entrance at the top of the parking lot, 325 Spring St, Nevada City). Dates: Wednesday, November 16 through Saturday, November 19 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Contact: Jenni Bond at the box office with donation questions, (530) 265-5462.

Pine cones – dried and pitch-free, especially the large Sugar Pines.
Birds nests
Holly – especially the variegated (striped leaf) variety
Pine branches, garlands, and wreaths
Antlers – small or medium size

Floral wire – narrow, easy to bend kind
Floral tape
Ornament hooks
Wreath forms – one 4’, one 3’, and three 18”
White card stock
Red or black ink pads
Red or black magic markers
Quart size mason jars
2” – 4” white unscented candles
Epsom salt
White lights with brown cords

Volunteer: On Tuesday November 22 come help transform the historic building for the holiday season. Adults: 9am – 12pm. Children welcome for a craft project 12 – 3pm. Contact Kat Kress at 265-5040 to add your name to the list.

Pianist Wanted: Sunday, December 11, 1 – 5pm to accompany Tamara Fouyer singing Christmas/Jazz standards during the Children’s Shopping event. This commitment also includes rehearsal time. Contact Tamara Fouyer at

Sponsors: Businesses who would like to donate items for recognition at the Foundry (over 1000 people will visit this season) and mentions on their Facebook page and email blasts (over 3000 subscribers) please contact Moira McLaughlin

Successful Fright Night!!!!

Fantastic Fright Night on Saturday, October 29, 2011 – we rocked the town, didn’t we? It was THE place to be. Thanks to the Foundry staff, our dedicated, hard working volunteers, the great talents of Albino! – Heavy Heavy Afrobeat, Buck Love & The Humperheads and Achilles Wheel Fan Page, and let’s not forget the incredible sound and amazing light show! What a night!!! Thanks to everyone who came!

Photos from the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Foundry!

Photos by Simon Weiler