Miners Foundry Open House & Community Party for the New Floor – February 15th

Celebrate the new wood floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall with live music from the Deadbeats, yoga & dance demonstrations, food & drink, plus more!

On Friday, February 15, 2013, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host an Open House and Community Party at the historic venue to celebrate the new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall and recognize those that have contributed to make this major, yet necessary, facility upgrade a reality.

Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to stroll through the Foundry, taking in the historic artifacts, beautiful stone walls, hand hewn wood beams, and of course the new wood floor.  They can also watch and participate in yoga, swing, salsa, and dance demonstrations from local instructors and organizations.  And finish the evening dancing on the new floor with old and new friends to the music of the Deadbeats and other local acts who have donated their time and talents to the cause. Food and a full no-host bar also available.

For the last year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of their two great halls.  A new wooden floor was needed in the Osborn/Woods Hall because the existing floor was rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop.  It was also uncomfortable for standing and dancing.  A new wood floor will beautify the hall – lighten the room, improve acoustics, attract more musical events that involve dancing, provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theatre, expand rental business to include more daytime uses such as exercise or dance classes and the floor will fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan of  becoming a first-class venue!
With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Foundry has raised 95% of their goal and hope the Open House and Community Party will help with the final amount needed.  Last week the new wood floor was installed by Youngs Carpet One.  Youngs Carpet has been instrumental in helping the Foundry select the new wood floor.  With their guidance the Foundry selected a Kahrs Activity Floor.  In addition to installing the floor, Youngs sealed and leveled the existing concrete floor and installed a moisture barrier.

“The Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s programs and historic preservation are funded, in part, by revenue generated from building rentals, however, individuals also play an essential role in maintaining our existing programming, expanding our offerings and ensuring the Foundry continues to enrich us for many decades to come,” explains Gretchen Bond, Executive Director.

There is still time for individuals, families, and businesses interested in donating $1,000 or more to have their named imprinted on the floor for generations to see and enjoy.

To make a tax-deductible donation you can do so online at or simply call (530) 265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959. For questions or additional information please contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or


What: Miners Foundry Cultural Center Open House and Community Party
When: Friday, February 15, 2013, Doors 5:30pm, Demonstrations 6:30pm, Music 8pm
Where: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: Suggested Donation of $10 at the door, no one will be turned away, children 13 and under FREE


Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball



Celebrate Mardi Gras weekend, Nevada City style!  The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 16, 2019. This year, the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will feature local favorites Deadbeats, with special guests BuckStar.  Deadbeats formed during the Summer of 1994 on the notion they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers. Soon it was apparent the band was on to something, a certain indefinable sound and feel that really captures the essence of a Dead show.  BuckStar crafts catching original tunes with tones that carry from old school to new school.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

General Admission | $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door

Standing / Dancing section with limited seating.

Reserved Cabaret | $45

Reserved cabaret table for 1-4 patrons.

Get Tickets!

All tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and can be reached at (530) 265-5040.  Advance General Admission tickets are also available at BriarPatch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees do not apply for purchases made by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office.


Deadbeats formed during the Summer of 1994 on the notion they could pull off some reasonable Grateful Dead covers. Soon it was apparent the band was on to something, a certain indefinable sound and feel that really captures the essence of a Dead show. Though band members have come and gone over the years, Tom and Gary have remained the core of the band, providing a solid continuity to the Deadbeat sound. The current Deadbeats line up includes Tom Menig, Eric Menig, Gary Campus, Rob Kopp, Peter Wilson, Jenn Knapp, Glenn Tucker, and Lucas Weber.


The country/rock/R&B sound of BuckStar grew out of the regional mix-and-match music scene and features husband/wife duo Jenn Knapp and Rob Kopp, guitar ace Tom Menig, his brother Eric Menig and keyboard player Lucas Weber.  At the heart of their music are Alleghany native Jenn Knapp’s original songs.  Knapp began writing songs following the death of a close friend.  She promised to learn guitar and was soon picking out chords on a guitar inherited from her grandfather.  She and drummer Rob Kopp’s band Big Picture featured their songs.  That band evolved in the Cheatin’ Buzzies – a mainstay on the regional music scene for over a decade with three albums and what Jenn describes as “a pretty substantial body of work”.  Much of their recording was accomplished at guitarist Tom Menig’s Silver Maple Studio with Menig contributing guitar and pedal steel to their recordings.  Kopp and the Menig brothers are also members of the Grateful Dead tribute band, The Deadbeats, with a steady schedule and strong draw on the west coast.  BuckStar came to being in 2014 with their self-titled CD release in 2015.  They were featured at the California WorldFest, played honky tonks from Joshua Tree to Alleghany, and are currently putting the finishing touches on their second CD.