Sunday, November 11, 2018

Amador Choraliers: "Holiday Traditions" - Dec 6, 8 & 9

Let Amador Choraliers help you get in the holiday spirit with their annual Christmas concert.  From the traditional “White Christmas” and “Deck the Hall” to the new take on “Jingle Bells” and Kelly Clarkson’s popular “Underneath the Tree”, the Choraliers are sure to be singing one of your favorites.
Thursday, December 6 finds the group at a new location – Ione Community Methodist Church, 150 W. Marlette, Ione (elevator available).  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30.
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, concerts will again be held at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  Doors open at 2:30 and the concert begins at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the group’s website or at the door.  Be sure to join us for this Amador County Christmas tradition.
For more information call (209) 743-9258. Advance tickets available on line at

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Amador Makers - November 2018

So what are you making for November? Mulling wine spice packs? Turkeys in you chosen medium, be it bronze, wood or watercolors? Maybe cobbling together some authentic Pilgrim-style shoes? 

Whatever you're making, Amador Makers is here to help and encourage. Our monthly meet-up is coming up this Sunday, November 11th. As part of the meeting we are going to be taking a shop tour of Carla Fry Creations jewelry workshop and learn about making jewelry. The meet-up location is 12855 Irishtown Road, Pine Grove 95665. The Board of Directors meeting starts at 2 pm if you want to talk business, fundraising, organizing and such. General Membership meeting, i.e. the fun stuff, starts at 3 pm. 

Speaking of business, Amador makers are now taking donations at the following PayPal link. Kick in a few bucks if you can; any amount will help as we setup and grow the group.

Save the Date! Amador Makers will have an entry in the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights. If you want in on the action, be there 5 pm on December 15.

Our featured video: Homemade. Pumpkin. Catapult. 

Be sure to forward this on to those who should know about it, and follow us on Facebook for updates.

Keep Making!

Friday, November 2, 2018

21st Annual Winefest - Sat Nov 10

Kick-off the Holiday Season on Saturday, November 10 by visiting historic Sutter Creek. Twenty-five shops on Historic Main Street will be decorated and open, offering you wine tastings and cheery camaraderie.

From 4:00 to 9:00 pm, the 21st Annual Winefest, benefitting AmadorArts, will feature over 25 family wineries of Amador County and a chance to win many auction items donated by people who see the arts as a vital resource in schools and the community.

First, starting at 4:00 pm visit the Sutter Creek Auditorium, at 18 Main St., to check in – tickets are $40 --and pick up your Winefest Map, wristband, and commemorative wine glass.  Start bidding on the many enticing silent auction items, including fine art, fine wines, deluxe packages of stays, trips and unique surprises. Then at 4:30 pm begin your journey up and down historic Main Street sipping and shopping, remembering to finish your glass before going to the next store (ABC law!).

By 7:00 pm when the shops close, return to the auditorium, alive with Latin rhythm music by “Primitivo” and jazzy decorations. Indulge in samplings of desserts and dessert wines. Partake in the “Mystery Wine” grab bag for $20 and finalize your bids in the silent auctions, which have been known to get wild and crazy.

With a huge crew of dedicated volunteers, this annual major fundraiser benefits Amador County Arts Council’s year round arts programming and its core outreach to youth arts education. Buy and print your tickets in advance online at . Do it early, as Winefest has sold out in recent years because it’s so much fun. For more info, phone 209-256-8166.

Amador County Library Exhibit: Brian J. Shea, In Remembrance - Through Nov 30

Now on exhibit at the Amador County Library in Jackson:
  Brian J. Shea, Amador County Artist, in remembrance.

Brian's sister, Terry Pappas, has mounted a memorial exhibition of
some of Brian's exquisite origami artwork. Brian previously displayed his
art in 2012 in  "The Art of Paper Exhibition", Hanford St. Gallery. 

The pieces will be on display through November 30, 2018
The library is open: M-W: 10-6, Thu & Fri: 10-5
Brian J. Shea
February 1945 - January, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fall Launch of Arts Advocacy in Local Schools Is October 26

Individuals who might be interested in finding out how to help every K-12 student in Amador get an arts education are invited to a free drop-in event on Friday, October 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 am.

According to Meghan O’Keefe, “There are easy ways to make a difference.” She is the lead of the Amador Alliance for Arts Education (AAAE), a program of AmadorArts.

The Open-House style event will be held at the new AmadorArts Office at 617 So. Highway 49, Jackson, CA in the Mother Lode Plaza, in the back corner next to Brown’s Floor Coverings. While enjoying light breakfast refreshments, connect with other residents who are advocates of the arts in our schools.

AAAE is a coalition of stakeholders with ties to the similar statewide group who are helping the Amador County Unified School District achieve compliance with the State mandate for standard-based, sequential, and equitable K-12 Arts Education. You may contact O’Keefe at 209-256-8166.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

MSTW: The 39 Steps: Three performances on Oct 20 & 21

The Mercury Theater on the Air, in Sutter Creek!
Main Street Theatre Works presents their 8 Annual Live Radio Show Fundraiser
“The 39 Steps” ~ 3 Performances Only!
JACKSON, CA  (September 25, 2018) – The finest radio dramas of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theater On The Air, founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. Together, they presented many classic pieces of literature, and shook the country with it’s terrifying staging of “War of the Worlds.” Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) is re-creating one of these literary classic radio plays, The 39 Steps, complete with live sound effects. This limited-engagement fundraiser will have two matinee performances ~ Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21, and one evening performance on that Saturday night, at the Native Sons Hall in Sutter Creek. Tickets are $25 and include a dessert bar, coffee or tea, and the show. A no-host wine bar will be available Saturday.

(In the foreground) Brandon Rapoza and Scott Adams
Also, as part of the fundraising efforts, MSTW will be holding a raffle, giving away lodging in scenic Lake Tahoe ~ A beautiful condo at the Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort, on the lake at the corner of Ski Run Blvd and Hwy 50. The condo has one bedroom and a full kitchen, and access to a variety of amenities including a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, full bar, restaurant and more. Accommodations are for two nights, Sunday through Thursday. Raffle tickets will be sold at The 39 Steps performances, or can be purchased from a MSTW board member. Raffle ticket holders need not be present to win.

MSTW Company Member, Allen Pontes, has produced, directed and starred as Mr. Welles in the past seven productions ~ The War of the Worlds (2 years in a row), Dracula, Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Immortal Sherlock Holmes, and Around the World in 80 Days. The show adheres to the same time constraints (60 minutes), same script, and live sound effects, just the way Orson would want it. It’s a fun flashback to the days when people “watched” their radios, and sound effects were done live. Other cast members include Scott Adams, Julie Anchor, Mike Sicilia, and Richard Williams, who share the duty of portraying the more than 24 different characters and producing the sound effects live.

Allen Pontes as Orson Welles
Join us for this special event and see how the magic is really made, while supporting Main Street Theatre Works. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

Saturday & Sunday Matinee Performances
October 20 and 21
Doors open at 1:15pm for dessert, show starts at 2:00pm

Saturday Evening Performance
October 21 only
Doors open at 7:15pm for dessert, show starts at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices
$25 per person

Native Sons Hall
56 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA

Tickets available:
Hein & Company, 204 Main St., Jackson, CA
On line at MSTW.ORG

For more information, please visit our website at

Friday, September 21, 2018

8th Bi-Annual Mother Lode Quilter's Guild Quilt Show - Oct 6 & 7

The 8th biannual Quilt Show, sponsored by the Mother Lode Quilter's Guild (MLQG) will take place in Sutter Creek, October 6-7, 2018. Quilts will be displayed in Sutter Creek Auditorium on Main Street, Church Street Community Center, and throughout shops located on Sutter Creek's historic Main Street.

The hours are Saturday, October 6, 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday, October 7, 10:00 - 4:00. Admission is $7.00 at the door, or pre-sale tickets are $6.00 at MIY Studio, Martell, CA.

This years opportunity quilt is Winding Vines of Amador. The original pattern is from Happy Stach quilts by Marcia Harmening, called "Taffy Blossoms". It was pieced by several members of MLQG and quilted by Shannon Ryan-Freeman of This Chick Stiches. Threads Quilt show will have vendors, a Country Store, raffles, wearable art and a silent auction.

The featured quilter this year is Kathy Allen.  After retiring as a scientist/project manager for 25 years, Kathy took a beginning quilt class from Anelie Belden.  She started on a 25 year old Singer sewing machine that had never been out of the box.  From the beginning she was hooked.

Kathy's job had taken her around the world, and wherever she went, she was drawn to fabric arts.  In addition to fabric, she was drawn to history.  A trip to Scotland with all their lovely tartans gave her inspiration for her first book - Modern Scot patchwork.  Her vocational experience made it possible for Kathy to devise the math necessary to turn these ancient designs into quiltable modern patterns.

Kathy and her husband Frank live and work in Sutter Creek, CA. Kathy currently designs and produces quilt patterns an kits under the brand 'Quilts by Kat;'

The MLQG was formed in 2003 to preserve the traditions, history and culture of quilting. The funds raised by MLQG are used to support local charities, such as the Interfaith Food Bank, Sutter Amador Hospital, and Operation Care.  Quilts made by MLQG members are donated locally to seniors, newborns, and foster children.

For more information about the Golden Threads Quilt Show and about the MLQG, visit