Photos from a July wedding at the Foundry!

Photos by Val Camp.  Wedding Coordination by Donna Hoekstra, Joy of Life Events


Robert Burns Celebration & Ceilidh ~ Saturday, January 21, 2012 ~ 4:00pm Doors Open / 5:30pm Dinner Seating ~ $55.00

Robert Burns

The Gold Country Celtic Society will be hosting its 21st annual Robert Burns Celebration Dinner and Ceilidh on Saturday, January 21, 2012.   Doors open at 4:00pm with dinner seating at 5:30pm.  The wearing of formal or semi-formal Scottish attire will be appreciated.

An elegant dinner will be served featuring a choice of meat, fish, or vegetarian entrees. Included will be servings of haggis and wee drams of Scotch to accompany the traditional hosts.  The Brigadoon Pub will be serving single-malt scotch, local wine and other libations throughout the evening.

The dinner program will include the playing of the pipes, the Address to the Haggis, the Toast to the Lassies and Lads and the Immortal Memory Address to Burns.

Following dinner will be a traditional Scottish Ceilidh featuring music and singing of The Trinity Ensemble and The Ingersoll Family Pipes and Drums.

Tickets are $55.00 per person and are available at the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, 132 Main Street, Nevada City, or call Nancy Crapo at (530) 272-1316.  For more information, visit

Winter Bizarre ~ Sunday, December 18, 2011 ~ 11:00am – 8:00pm ~ $5.00

The Miners Foundry is proud to bring the Nevada City Winter Bizarre back to the Miners Foundry on December 18th, 2011.   Occurring each summer and winter, this bi-annual event, is the fourth Nevada City Bizarre to take place in Nevada City and features over 50 unique artists, crafters, collectors and makers of things!  A variety of vendors will have jewelry, handmade and up-cycled clothing and goods, bath and body supplies, toys, art, and ceramics for sale.  Set to coincide with the last day of Victorian Christmas, the Nevada City Winter Bizarre is a welcome addition to Holiday Season shopping.


At each Nevada City Bizarre you can purchase food and drink and enjoy an assortment of musicians while browsing the vendor booths.  This year, the line up of local and emerging musicians will showcase their talents in the Upper Gallery from 1:00 p.m. until midnight.  Organized by Tin House productions, the music roster features a wide spectrum of musical talent including Coal Beautiere, Red Cloud, The Trap, Rat Stomp, Lasher Keen, Paula Frazer (SF),  Black Woofer (OR), Beesharq, Leona Sapphire, Sophie and Her Skeleton Key (OR), Chris Cotton, Where is BKP?, Leaves, Heather Normandale and others.


A supervised children’s crafting room will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Workshops for children, Miniature New Years Wreath Workshop 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tile Painting Portraits from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. are free to children 12 and under.   Children 6 and under should be accompanied by an adult.


Drop by the Miners Foundry on Sunday, December 18, 2011, during Victorian Christmas, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and join us for a fun-filled day of live music, children’s activities and holiday cheer in the spirit of shopping local and supporting your community of emerging artists.  For more information, visit or call the Miners Foundry at 530 265 5040.


2:00 Chris Cotton
1:00 Where is BKP?
1:40 Heather Normandale
2:20 Leona Sapphire
3:15 Beesharq
4:10 Paula Frazer (SF)
5:00 Sophie and her Skeleton Keys OR)
5:40 Coal Beautiere
6:40 Black Woofer (OR)
7:20 Lasher Keen
8:20 Rat Stomp
9:00 Leaves
9:45 The Trap
10:45 Red Cloud


Hospitality House “A Night of Giving” ~ Saturday, December 17, 2011 ~ 4:00pm to 10:00pm ~ $20.00 suggested donation (no one will be turned away)

Anderson Family Bluegrass

Featuring more than forty local Nevada County musicians and poets, all donating their time for this most worthy cause!

The music will start at 4:00 p.m. in the Stone Hall, and at 5:00 p.m. in the Osborn & Woods Hall, and go until around 10:00 p.m. Be sure to come early if you want to get a seat up close.

There will be food, drink and dessert in the Stone Hall starting at 6:00 p.m. with fine food being donated by local restaurants such as Diego’s, Ike’s Quarter Cafe’, Matteo’s Public and Tofanellis.

Tickets are available in advance at Briar Patch or at Hospitality House, 230 South Church Street, Grass Valley.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Call (530) 271-7144 for more information.


The Christmas Jug Band ~ Presented by KVMR Live at the Miners Foundry ~ Thursday, December 8, 2011 ~ 7:00pm Doors Open / 8:00pm Show ~ $18.00 KVMR Members / $20.00 in Advance / $22.00 at the Door

The Christmas Jug Band

A small group of pals with a penchant for Kentucky bourbon formed what would become The Christmas Jug Band in Mill Valley, CA in the mid 1970’s.  A momentary lapse of sanity has became an annual holiday tradition spanning over 30 years.  The original jug-jam sessions were about creating new tunes, new lyrics, or just new grooves with an acoustic, backwoods, jug sound. A harmonica, old arch top f-hole type guitars, a jaw harp, a washboard, a washtub bass and even coat-hangers banged on the edge of the old wooden kitchen table help create the group’s unique sound.  Cover songs are generally forbidden, and to maintain the funky, down-in-the-holler home-made instrument kind of sound, pianos, professional-sounding dread-naught sized guitars and any other instruments deemed “too-good-sounding” are discouraged.

Tickets are $18.00 for KVMR members, $20.00 in advance, and $22.00 at the door and are available online, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch and Cherry Records.

Reader’s Theatre ~ Sunday, December 4, 2011 ~ 3:30pm Doors Open / 4:00pm Show ~ $10.00

Tim O'Connor

The Miners Foundry is proud to present Reader’s Theatre, Directed by Tim O’Connor, on December 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.   Four stories by William Faulkner, Garrison Keillor, Graham Green and Steve Martin will be read by four local performers.  This production of Reader’s Theatre will feature David Iorns, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Bruce Kelly, & Rene Sprattling.   All proceeds of this event directly benefit the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  The doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show begins at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and available at Briarpatch, the Nevada City Box Office or at the door.  The afternoon will feature intimate cabaret table seating and a no-host bar.

Barn Owl Estate Auction ~ Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3, 2011

Hundreds of Once in a Lifetime Collectibles and Antiques to Be Auctioned! Barn Owl Auctions will hold its first live auction on December 3, 2011 with a preview party on December 2, 2011. A not-to-be missed event, the live auction will include a different item every 30 seconds, fun mystery surprises every hour, gourmet food and entertainment. Adding to the excitement, bidders from around the world can tune in using the latest technology as they participate via an online auction.

A full catalog of items will be available at

A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Hospice, a local charitable nonprofit organization that helps the terminally ill and their families.

For more information contact Heidi LeVell at (530) 320-4782 or email

Artisans Festival ~ November 25 through November 27, 2011 ~ 10:00am to 5:00pm ~ $3.00

A Nevada City Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition!

For over 35 years, Thanksgiving Weekend in Nevada City has featured a major art event, attracting thousands of visitors from near and far. Since 1993, this event has been Artisans Festival at Miners Foundry, hosting a small but select group of artists and craftspeople whose quality artwork has attracted a loyal and growing audience of admirers and patrons.

The festival also features live music, cafe seating, and good food and drink, making the festival a welcoming destination for all.

Artisans Festival is one of the Miners Foundry’s biggest fundraiser of the year.


“For the Birds” Bird Art Reception & Auction ~ Friday, November 4, 2011 ~ 6:00pm – 9:00pm ~ $25.00

Each year Neighborhood Center for the Arts provides unfinished bird houses to our artist friends for transformation into a fine piece of art. They auction these off at their annual event. This is a major fund raiser for their programs and a delight to our community.  Ticket price includes food, entertainment and a glass of wine.

Fright Night ~ Saturday, October 29, 2011 ~ 8:00pm Doors Open / 8:30pm Music ~ $20.00 in advance / $25.00 at the door


Albino!, San Francisco’s outrageously funky ten piece Afrobeat ensemble, will bring its trademark high-energy dance grooves and explosive stage show to the Miners Foundry Fright Night 2011 event.  Sharing the night with Albino! will be Buck Love and the Humperheads and Achilles Wheel.  Fright Night is an annual fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, and with over 800 attendees the past few years, has helped the Cultural Center fulfill its mission of fostering art, culture and preserving its rich history in our community.  Fright Night is a fun event with party-goers enjoying a full-bar, food for sale & costumes which range from outrageous to traditional Halloween!  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  Tickets are available at Briarpatch, online at or at the new Nevada City Box Office, located in the Miners Foundry Annex at 325 Spring Street, in Nevada City.

Buck Love and the Humperheads





Achilles Wheel



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