Wednesday, October 12, 2016

​Holiday Adornments Show and Sale Opens November 5 in AmadorArts Gallery

Art Trek ​Reception 3-6 pm.
Show runs through December 31, 2016,
Extended hours for November and Dec.: every Sat. and Sun. from 11:00-5:00.
Also open “Plaid Friday, Shop Local,” 11:00-5:00 (day after Thanksgiving).

11-A Randolph St., Sutter Creek

AmadorArts’ Holiday Adornments Show and Sale offers a wide variety of clever and affordably-priced gift ideas including ornaments, holiday decorations and cards, jewelry, wearable accessories and much more. Over 20 local artists have been selected. Get a head start on the season, because this event opens Wednesday, November 5 and continues through December. The AmadorArts Gallery is located in Sutter Creek, just a block off Main at 11-A Randolph. That’s the street where Sina’s Backroads CafĂ© is on the corner.

Saturday, November 5, is not only the 1st Saturday Art Trek Artist Reception from 3-6 pm, but the time to place special orders for Millie Butler’s wreaths for pick-up later. On Saturday, November 12, the gallery will be open until 7:00 pm because it’s one of the stops on the Winefest.

The extended hours in November and December will be from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday. The day after Thanksgiving, called Plaid Friday, the gallery will be open 11 to 5. Usually on weekdays, excluding Wednesdays, the gallery is also open when the admin. office is open, generally 10-3. Best to call ahead. Remember, AmadorArts members receive 10% discounts, and you can join the day you shop.

Here are the artists with gift ideas: Karen Crane, wired Jewelry; Carole & Ron Kamerlink, wood & copper boxes and silver jewelry; Lynn Keever, earrings $9-18; Carla Fry, enamel jewelry; Ingrid Fraser, candy; Mary Nahhas, fabric tote bags with original art, cosmetic bags; Sandra Wagner, Fiber Art, like silk vests, scarves, other; Sarah Dixon, small paintings, cards; Shelia Wertman, Papercuts-matted, framed, holiday and others; Andrea Broglio, beaded birds $80; Shari Schreiber, felted journals and shawls; Jim Bass, pottery coffee mugs; Sarah Switek, pottery bird houses; and Laurie Williams, clay whimiscal animals.

The following artists have made quality decorations: Millie Butler, fresh wreaths; Lorra Lee Rose, feather ornaments; John Haedrich, metal art including stars, candy canes and tabletop trees with candles; Patti Blaylock, stained glass, including stars and more; Kathryn Devlin, holiday ceramics; Wendy Rogers, holiday wine glasses, ornaments, cards; Amanda Sedgwick-Maule, pottery ornaments; Cynthia Dunn-Selph, encaustic hangings, mirrored ornaments; and Pamela Quyle, stamped pottery.

Check Facebook or our website for the latest details. Put AmadorArts Gallery on your list of where to holiday shop for unique, affordable items. Visit or call209-267-9038.

PHOTOS: Feather artist Lorra Lee Rose will offer some rare ornaments. Other ideas are bags by Mary Nahhas; glass ornaments by Wendy Rogers; precious beaded birds by Andrea Broglio; and fresh wreaths by Millie Butler.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Amador County School Band Program to receive $22K from Big Red Band fundraiser

Ione, CA October 10, 2016--Results are in for the 2016 BIG RED BAND fundraiser to benefit the Amador County school music program. Over 200 people attended the event that was held at Rancho Arroyo Seco in Ione. The goal was met, and over $22K will be donated to enhance the 5th through high school music programs. Funds will be used to purchase and repair, instruments, band uniforms, and transportation to competitive events. Rancho Arroyo Seco once again donate $7,500 in matching funds.

The evening was filled with music from the combined Amador and Argonaut High School bands as well as the jazz band. Funding for music and the arts, has over the years been drastically reduced, and most programs are self-funded. Music instructors John Burns and Heather Walkover emphasized the importance of music education as it offers benefits even beyond itself. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning, a mastery of memorization, helps students stay engaged in school, and gain self-confidence. The support of the community countywide for this event will help to begin to build this valuable program.

This is the 10th year that Rancho Arroyo Seco has sponsored this fundraiser. Over the years the BIG RED BARN event has raised and donated over $200,000 for organizations throughout Amador County. The emphasis has been on education and public safety. All donations are tax deductible through the Community Foundation of Amador County.

Photos courtesy of Eddy Walsh

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Mermaid News - Art Classes & Events in October

Happy Autumn!
I love Autumn in the Sierras and can't wait for my annual photo shoot to look up and see the golden Aspen leaves shimmering against the blue Autumn sky and just inhale the season... ahhh!

We've got quite a line-up of creative classes for you this Fall and I hope you'll join us for some seasonal fun and inspiration.
'til then, I'm gonna get my pumpkin! Wendy
october classes
And finally, I hope you'll join us at a Monday Open Studio! It's a place to explore & enjoy the company of other creative people - and we are ALL creative! 
10am - 1pm
~ Enjoy Community & a Space for Creative Play ~
Bring a project you're working on or come for inspiration & ideas. See what others are working on & try new materials & techniques.  
$15 basic tools & materials
Wendy Ward Studio & Creative Center
at the Red Corral  22594 Hwy 88 Ste 18, Pioneer
UpCountry Holiday Fair!
Enjoy Live Music as you shop for one-of-a-kind Holiday Gifts created by Local Artisans! 
Sending you good wishes & Mermaid Magic  ~ Wendy
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Festival of Carols 2016 - Auditions and Rehearsals

Dear friends and family,

You are cordially invited to the 17th Annual Festival of Carols - an annual fund raising concert for the Amador County Food Bank

This year’s festival will be

Friday, November 18 (7PM) African Style
Saturday, November 19 (3PM)  MH Orchestra

Saturday, November 19 (7PM) ICC Women's Chorus
Sunday, November 20 (3PM) Sacramento Baroque Soloists
Sunday, November 20 (7pm) ?
The Ione United Methodist Church --1-50 W. Marlette St. Ione, Ca. 95640

We welcome back African Style who also opened up the festival last year. For those who did not come down the hill last year you missed a sweet and inspiring concert with history and personal testimony. What a great group!

The Moriah Heights Orchest is a group of young people, mostly in High School, but a few in college and one old guy. After playing in last years festival and again at the Methodist Church in the Spring, this group has blossomed and has earned their own concert this year. They will feature:
Haydn's cello concerto in C
Telemann's three trumpet concerto in D
and Marcello's oboe concerto in d minor
The ICC Women's Chorus will be  performing the
 Benjamin Britton's 
"Ceremony of Carols" with harp
And joining us for the first time will be Michael and Lisa Lawson's group the Sacramento Baroque Soloists.
Now in their 13th season, this
 professional baroque music ensemble is dedicated to creating vibrant, engaging performances of music from the 17th to 19th Centuries. We are very excited to have this accomplished group share their years of dedication to some of the world's most beautiful works.

For more information on the Interfaith Community of Choirs, to hear recordings of these pieces and past programs, please visit

 If you would like to audition for this year's Women's Chorus, please download the music on use the study aids and contact Mr. Leggett at 209-560-6403

Thank you  for your support!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Baroque music concert features flutist Sandra Betti of Sonora - Sun Oct 16

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the classical music performance society of the central Mother Lode, opens its new season with a program of music for Baroque chamber orchestra, featuring the music of Georg Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach.  The concert takes place on Sunday, October 16 at the Pine Grove Community Church, 14045 Ponderosa Way, in Pine Grove, starting at 3 pm.

The concert opens with the Water Music Suite No. 1 of Handel, for two horns, two oboes, bassoon, and strings.  One of the most popular pieces of music of all time, the Water Music was composed by Handel to entertain King George I and his entourage on royal barges floating up and down the Thames River.  At its debut in 1717, the king was so pleased with the music that he had it repeated at least three times.

The program continues with the Concerto in E major for violin of J. S. Bach, one of only two concertos Bach for solo violin, with string and harpsichord accompaniment.  After intermission, the orchestra performs the Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 2 in B flat of Handel, for two oboes, bassoon, and strings.  The work, in six short movements, features two violins (concertino) playing solo parts in some of the movements.  The program concludes with the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 of J.S. Bach, for solo violin, solo flute and solo harpsichord, with string accompaniment.  One of six concertos written by Bach for the Brandenburg court, they remain one of classical music’s all-time favorites.

Flutist Sandra Betti
The concert is performed by the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, some 21 players drawn from the top instrumentalists of the Mother Lode and surrounding metropolitan areas.  Corina Stoian, the Romanian-born concert violinist who has appeared frequently in local performances since establishing residency in the United States in 2006, is the violin soloist in the two Bach concertos. Sandra Betti, the Sonora-based flutist who is a featured player in local concerts of classical music, is joined by Friends of Music President and harpsichordist Ron Brickman in the concluding Brandenburg concerto. 

The conductor is Hank King, replacing the previously announced Henrik Jul Hansen, who withdrew due to illness.  King has been a prominent member of the Mother Lode’s musical community for decades.  In addition to his services as head of the music department of Amador High School in Sutter Creek, he was the first conductor of the Friends of Music Orchestra before the appointment of Hansen.  He was for many years the conductor of the Sierra Symphony in El Dorado County and continues as conductor of the Brass and Reed Wind Ensemble.  As a virtuoso recorder player, he is thoroughly familiar with Baroque music and was a featured player in the Friends of Music’s concert of Baroque small ensemble music two years ago.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for adults. In an effort to introduce young people to the glories of Baroque music, the Friends of Music is offering free admission to young people under the age of 18.

Tickets may be purchased at Mother Lode Music in Martell and at the door. Call (209) 293-4227 for more information. Another performance of this same concert will be presented as part of the Sonora Bach Festival, on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 pm at the Cowboy County Church, 14888 Peaceful Valley Road, in Sonora.  Call (209) 536-6330 for more information. Web site:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sutter Creek Provisions October Events: Live Music, Vinyl Pint Nights and more!

Sutter Creek Provisions 
October Events

Sunday  10/09
no cover
Darin Sexton & HWY 49

Sunday 10/16

no cover
Million Dollar Giveaway

Thursday 10/20

$5.00 cover
The Turkey Buzzards

Sunday 10/30

no cover
The Slade Rivers Band

We will be 
October 8th
to attend
the wedding of two of our favorite customers!

We will re-open with regular business hours
on Sunday the 9th for the
Sutter Creek
Chili Cookoff
& Car Show


Join us


October 14th 

for some
California Country with

"I See Hawks In L.A."

$25 advance / $30 (cash) door

Click Here for Tickets



We're pairing two different breweries with vinyl this month...

October 5th
Oskar Blues Brewery  Longmont, CO 
October 26th
Fieldwork Brewing  Berkeley, CA

We'll feature multiple selections from each brewery as well as raffle prizes...
Add some vinyl records and you've got a party!

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