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Disco Inferno Halloween Ball

The Miners Foundry is pleased to present the Disco Inferno Halloween Ball on Saturday, October 29, 2022, featuring performances by The Velvet Foxes and the Super Fly Orchestra.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the Show begins at 8:00 p.m.  The Miners Foundry offers a no host full bar and snacks available for purchase.

Dress monstrously or just all out Disco style or somewhere in between for this deep dive into Disco Inferno!  The lights will be flashing and the bass will be thumpin and everybody will be dancing to Stayin Alive, Boogie Oogie Oogie, Get Down Tonight, Best of My Love and way more. It’s time for a night out with some old school funky beats and some glitter —don’t miss it!

Get Tickets! | $25-30

  • Standing / Dancing Show with Limited Seating
  • $25 Advance General Admission / $30 Door General Admission
  • Advance price closes at 4:00 p.m. on October 29, 2022

Miners Foundry Box Office

Tickets available online, by phone or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office:
325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tuesday – Friday | 9:00am – 4:00pm
(530) 265-5040

The Velvet Foxes



The Velvet Foxes, Lorraine Gervais and Cassidy Joy, are back again with 70’s Disco moves and all night grooves for this very special Disco Inferno Halloween Ball!

Along with guest singers Kate Haight, Chris and Jon Kelly, the stage will be a fabulous ‘Got To Be Real’ kind of night backed by the Super Fly Orchestra.







Safety Procedures

The health and safety of our guests, staff and community is the highest priority at the Miners Foundry.  Beginning April 1, 2022 there are no safety protocols in effect for Miners Foundry presented indoor public events.  Please click here for more info and FAQs.

Contact Info

Please contact the Miners Foundry Box Office at [email protected] with questions.

Love is Love is Love


BUY ONLINE or CALL (530) 265-5040 Tue. – Fri. 9:00 – 4:00  |  Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the Disco begins at 8:00 pm

Get Tickets!

Dinner & Disco (must be purchased by 10:00 a.m. on February 10th, please select entree option when purchasing) | $75
Disco | $25

Dinner & Disco and Disco only tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry.  Disco only tickets are also available in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees do not apply for purchases made through the Miners Foundry Box Office.  A Night at the Disco is a standing/dancing event with limited seating available.

Romance and fun are in the air this Valentine’s Day as gourmet food and retro disco take over the Miners Foundry Cultural Center!  The night starts off in the Stone Hall at 6:00 p.m. with a California Cuisine inspired dinner by Chef Antonio Ayestaran.  Bring your sweethearts, spouse, or best friends for a romantic sit down plated dinner beginning with hors d’oeuvres, soup, three exquisite dinner choices, and dessert.  Afterward, stroll on over to A Night at the Disco in the Osborn/Woods Hall which kicks off at 8:00 p.m.  The Velvet Foxes featuring Lorraine Gervais, Alvetta Newby-Jones, and Cassidy Joy will perform live disco standards from the 70s.  The evening will be MC’d by consummate gender-blending comic and actor Trevor Wade.  Plus surprise entertainers throughout the night!  Specialty cocktails will be featured at the full bar.  Ages 21+.  Proceeds will benefit the Nevada County LGBTQ+ community.  Presented by Blue Sage and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Dinner Menu

Hors d’oeuvres
  • Escargot stuffed mushrooms with bordelaise sauce
  • Crispy corn fritters topped with braised short rib and horseradish aioli with crispy leeks
  • Baked brie and roasted garlic phyllo cup with fresh raspberry sauce
  • Candied butternut squash and ginger bisque served with warm dinner roll
Entrees (choice of the following)
  • Seared duck breast with potatoes Anna, sauteed seasonal vegetables finished with a fig and port demi-glace
  • Crab stuffed sole with potatoes Anna, sauteed seasonal vegetables finished with an avocado beurre blanc sauce
  • Spinach ravioli with a sundried tomato olive oil sauce (olive oil, sundried tomatoes in oil, butter, garlic, basil, parsley, and seasoning salt)
  • Caramelized almond tart with vanilla ice cream

Rockin for Rayo




The Miners Foundry presents Rockin for Rayo on Friday, May 24, 2019!  Saul Rayo has been a shining light in our musical community for over 30 years, and has always been a strong arm to count on.  His beautiful voice has blessed Northern California with an abundance of performances.  Let’s help raise him up and support his healing process!  All donations will go directly to Saul and Elena for the cost of medical treatments.  Featuring:

7:00 Bob Woods  Trio 

7:45  Lorraine Gervais

8:30 Objects in the Mirror

9:30 Saul & Co

10:30 Petty Luv

11:30  Achilles Wheel

Plus Special Guests!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the music begins at 7:00 p.m.

Get Tickets!

Tickets are $20 General Admission / Suggested Donation.  No one will be turned away!

Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Miners Foundry Box Office, and in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.  Ticketing fees waived for purchases made by phone or in person via the Miners Foundry Box Office.  The Miners Foundry Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., (530) 265-5040.

Other Ways to Help

Interested in helping Saul but unable to attend the show?  Click HERE to donate.

Chocolate Infusion ~ Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chocolate Infusion PosterChocolate Infusion returns to the Miners Foundry!

Taste delectable chocolate creations from chocolatiers and chefs, savor delicious local wines and enjoy performances by Lorraine Gervais and Jacob Aginsky with jazz from the speakeasy era!

The Union will present Chocolate Infusion on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the Miners Foundry.

Tickets are $20 in Advance and $25 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the offices of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, (530) 273-9561.






Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

2014 Artisans Festival ~ November 28 & 29, 2014

NCAF_2014_11x17-2Start your holiday season with a visit to the 2014 ARTISANS FESTIVAL – FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 & 29 at the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  This holiday tradition is one of the longest running festivals in Nevada County and is known for showcasing the exceptional work of regional artisans.  This year’s festival takes the term “Art Party” to another level with dozens of new artists, installation art displays, performance art, live music, children’s holiday art activities, and a rustic, bohemian Acoustic Café and Wine Bar.  Tickets $3, $5 Weekend Pass, Children 15 and under free.  Daily hours are 10am-5pm.


“It is a new year for the Artisans Festival and it’s going to be a fun, exciting time,” explains the show’s producer Laura Gerhart.

Local musicians scheduled to perform include Lisa Stine on harp, Heather MacAdam on guitar with Phyllis Grant on flute; and Lorraine Gervais accompanied by Jacob Aginsky doing 20s and 30s Jazz tunes at the Acoustic Café and Wine Bar.

“Our vision for the Artisans Cafe is that it will be an artistic ephemeral space that will exist only for the duration of the event.   It will be an interactive mirage,” says artist, designer and teacher Faye Schoolcraft.  “Inside the installation, there will be tables for dining, live acoustic music, artwork, a bar, and areas for people to participate by adding their own creative expression.”  Schoolcraft is the magic behind the festival’s Acoustic Café and Wine Bar set, as well as an installation artist showing her frisky fiber figurine sculptures.  Schoolcraft who currently resides in Nevada City and teaches at Sierra College has exhibited nationally including New York City, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert, NV.


Tahiti Pehrson

The Festival artists have been juried by a distinguished group of local artisans who looked for the highest quality of wares and craftsmanship.   Gerhart and this year’s jury members have selected several new artisans to participate in the show.  In fact, nearly half of the artists are new to the festival this year with a third of them coming from out of the area.

Some of the new artists include:

Tahiti Pehrson, is based in Nevada County with long ties to the Bay Area.  Pehrson has been working in paper for nearly fifteen years.  Recent works explores the fragility and interconnectedness expressed by physical structures. Large scale installations of geometrical hand cut paper are layered into three-dimensional structures.  His work has shown internationally including London, Cape Town, and San Francisco.

David Wong 1

David Wong

David Wong, the only nature photographer in the show, began showing his work only 8 short years ago after a prior lifetime career in film production.  He was inspired by his teacher, Ted Orland, one of Ansel Adams’ assistants, who felt he had a unique eye for light, subject and composition.  David’s soft spoken manner is evident in his photos, each of which offers a calm, peaceful reflection of nature’s beauty.

Kelly Bechtold, owner of Girl on a Motorcycle luxe leather accessories out of Berkeley, CA, founded her company in 2007 and has been busy designing and selling to a loyal and growing audience ever since.  Her bags and accessories are timelessly designed, made by hand and built to endure.  No machines, no factories-just Kelly, a workbench, some hand tools and a good record playing on the turntable.  Her materials are sourced of the finest produces American deer, buffalo and cattle hides and feature high quality fixtures and adornments.

Myah Sarles, BFA, a traveler, snowboarder and fine artist joins the festival from Marin County where she creates highly textured, energetic, adventurous, colorful, joyous, imaginative and intuitive works of 2D art.  Fortunate to have traveled the globe extensively, Myah draws inspiration from the textures, patterns and colors naturally present on Earth and uses this to fuel the fire for her art.

Jude Bischoff

Jude Bischoff

Returning artists include Liz Collins, LeeAnn Brook, Jude Bischoff, Kathryn Wronski, Karen and Jack West, Sweetland Pottery, Eileen Blodgett, Ride ’em George,Don Augstein, Lynn Wood, Richard Davis, Martha Jones, Elany Prusa, Kathryn Finn, Seth Simpson, Phyllis Williams and Donald Dalke.

“I have always seen the Artisans Festival as a local fall gem of an event.   It’s a great time to hang out with friends or bring visiting family,” says Gerhart.  “Plus, with its small town appeal and classy setting, it is the perfect addition or antidote, depending on your point of view, to ‘Black Friday’.”

Artisans Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Foundry, one of Nevada County’s most beautiful historic landmarks. Artisans Festival is the kickoff of to the holiday season for the Foundry with its beautiful halls decorated with twinkling lights, festive garland and wreaths.


KARE Crisis Nursery Kasino Night ~ April 4, 2014 ~ 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

KARE CrisisGet ready to set sail when the KARE Crisis Nursery holds its annual spring event on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  The Cruising The Karebbean Kasino Nite will feature Lorraine Gervais and her Blues and Motown band on the dance floor, as well as great food and gaming.  Guests are encouraged to break out of the winter doldrums, don their sunglasses and tropical gear, and come celebrate for a wonderful cause.  For more information, please call (530) 265-6520 or visit the website below.

KARE Crisis Nursery is a private non-profit agency established to provide safe and nurturing care for the small children of families experiencing a stressful situation.  KARE Crisis Nursery is not traditional child care, but 24 hour respite care in emergencies.  The KARE Crisis Nursery is a project of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley.

KARE Crisis Nursery


Akim Aginksy

Akim Aginksy


The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.  

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the KARE Crisis Nursery.

Miners Foundry

Hearts and Hands ~ A Dance Benefit Concert for Child Advocates of Nevada County ~ Friday, November 15, 2013 ~ 7:00 p.m. ~ $75.00


Join Child Advocates of Nevada County for Hearts and Hands, a 20th Anniversary Celebrations Benefit Dance Concert featuring Lorraine Gervais and her band.  The celebration will take place at the Miners Foundry on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  The evening will honor 20 years of serving Nevada County’s children and families and will include wine, desserts, and the fabulous music of Lorraine Gervais.  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  Reservations are available online, by phone at (530) 265-9550 ext 225, or at Briar Patch Co-Op.




Child Advocates of Nevada County is a private, non-profit agency founded in 1993 to provide Court Appointed Special Advocate services to abused and neglected children who were dependents of the Dependency Court.  After initially working with children who had been removed from abusive homes, the organization recognized the need to prevent families from ever reaching a point of crisis.

The agency expanded their programming to prevent the cycle of abuse and neglect and Foothills Truckee Healthy Babies Welcome Baby, and Child Safety Puppeteers were added.

Child Advocates of Nevada County


Akim Aginksy


The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support Child Advocates of Nevada County.

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