Friday, October 30, 2015

Holiday Adornments Show and Sale Opens Nov. 7 in AmadorArts Gallery

AmadorArts’ Holiday Adornments Show and Sale offers a wide variety of unique, artistic and affordable gifts for the home, and special indulgences for you, created by 15 local artists. Get a head start on the season because this event opens Saturday, November 7 and continues through December. The AmadorArts Gallery is located just a block off Main Street in Sutter Creek at 11-A Randolph. The extended hours in November and December will be from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm every Saturday andSunday. The day after Thanksgiving, called Plaid Friday, the gallery will be open 11 to 5. Call for weekday hours.

Wearable art includes jewelry by Karen Crane, Edie Schembrie, and hand painted silk scarves by Laureen Shimmon. Very special edible holiday treats concocted by renowned cake maker Ingrid Fraser will delight the sweet tooth. Hanging leaded glass by Patti Blaylock to spark up your windows. Ornaments for your tree include hand mixed media Angels, mini gourd ornaments, and sparkling glass balls painted with local scenes personalized by Laureen Shimmon. One-of-a-kind Pilgrim, Santa, and Angel Dolls designed by Jean and Theresa Schommer, offer stylish updates for your holiday décor.

If a more rustic look strikes your fancy, check out the stars, candy cane ornaments and wall decor, small to large, created by John Haedrich from recycled corrugated metal roofing, glass and found objects. Top it all off with your special order of Millie Butler’s fresh Custom Holiday Wreaths. Take a deep breath of that eucalyptus, cedar, cedar, pine or bay scent, and you and your friends will by holiday heaven. Christmas cards by various local artists are perfect for gift toppers or for mailing. Other local artists bringing in their specialties, all of high quality, are Deana Murchison, Cathleen Berglund, Katherine Ernst, Cynthia Dunn-Selph, and Judy Day.

Special Events are planned during the month of November and include:
Saturday, November 7, is not only the 1st Saturday Art Trek Artist Reception, but the time to place special orders for Butler’s wreaths and for personalized glass ornaments for pick-up later.

Friday , Saturday, and Sunday, Nov 27, 28, 29 will be the Holiday Open House with special happenings each day, such as artist demos, snacks, and music.
Actually, AmadorArts is working on offering guests something special for every weekend! 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 call 209-267-9038.

Glass Ornaments by Laureen Shimmon

Angel Dolls by Jean & Theresa Schommer

Jewelry by Karen Crane

Ornaments by Cynthia Dunn-Selph

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mother Lode Friends of Music present The Paganini Trio and Oboeist Candis Hanson - Sun Nov 15

The Mother Lode Friends of Music, the premier classical music society serving the central region of the Sierra foothills, opens its 2015-2016 season with a concert of music for small ensembles on Sunday, November 15, starting at 3 pm.  The concert takes place at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way, off of Ridge Road, in Pine Grove.
The concert features six musicians from as far away as Barcelona, Spain, and as close as Pine Grove.  Classical guitarist Jaume Torrent from Barcelona returns after his solo appearance in March 2012 playing the Concerto of Rodrigo with the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music.  He performs frequently throughout Europe and is a highly regarded composer of works featuring the guitar.  A week before the concert with the Mother Lode Friends of Music, he will attend the world premiere of his fourth guitar concerto in Mexico.  For the November 15 event he is joined by long-time collaborators violinist Joseph Gold and violist Debbie Dare, both of Piedmont.  The three musicians have performed to high acclaim around the world as the Paganini Trio.

The Paganini Trio
Joseph Gold, Jaume Torrent and Debbie Dare
Also featured are flutist Sandra Betti of Sonora, oboist Candis Hanson of Pine Grove, and pianist Ron Brickman of West Point.  Betti has performed with the Berkeley Symphony and the Artesian Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles, and toured Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes.  She is now a prominent player with ensembles throughout the Mother Lode, is principal flute with the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music, and performs frequently in the organization’s chamber concerts.

Oboeist Candis Hanson Kimball
Candis Hanson Kimball, a native of Shreveport, LA, received her Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University and then proceeded to New York City to study with the principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic at Manhattan School of Music.  It was while studying in New York that she was offered the principal oboist position with The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, which brought her to the west coast.  She has performed with the Napa Philharmonic, Stockton Symphony, Reno Symphony, and the North Bay Philharmonic Orchestra and now holds the Principal Oboist position with the Solano Symphony in Fairfield.

Pianist Ron Brickman of West Point is President of the Mother Lode Friends of Music and performs frequently with that organization and others.  In March, 2016 he will perform the Double Concerto of Mendelssohn with violinist Corina Stoian and the Orchestra of the Mother Lode Friends of Music under Henrik Jul Hansen.

The music pm the November 15 program spans three centuries, starting with the Sonata No. 10 in F for violin and guitar of Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) and the Sonata in D for violin, viola and guitar of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).  The Romantic era is represented by the Centone di Sonata No. 1 in A minor for violin and guitar of Nicolò Paganini, a composer who was a virtuoso on both instruments.  Three engaging works of the 20th century complete the program:  the Sonatina for flute and guitar of Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), the Concertino for flute, viola and piano of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), and the Trio for flute, oboe and piano of French composer Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013).

Supported by its membership base, the Mother Lode Friends of Music offers the concert for the enjoyment of all without charging admission.  Refreshments are served during intermission.  For further information, consult the organization’s web site, or call (209) 293-4227.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Festival of Carols: "Filling the Interfaith Food Bank One Song at a Time" - Performances on Nov 20, 21 & 22

The Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County has been busy filling local kitchens all year, including those of  Butte Fire evacuees.  In an effort to help refill the Food Bank, the Interfaith Community of Choirs is presenting the 16th Annual Festival of Carols Concert Series, filling the ‘Bank’ one song at a time.  All concerts will be held at the Cathedral of the Mother Lode: The Ione United Methodist Church, 150 West Marlette St, Ione, Ca. 95640.

This year’s concerts include:
- African Style, a men's singing group from Angola, Friday night, November 20, 6PM.
- Renovassom, a contemporary Christian group from Brazil, singing on Saturday, November 21, 3PM.
-The Interfaith Community Choir and Orchestra performing Dvorak’s “Te Deum Laudamus” and Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto” numbers 5 and 6;  Saturday, November 21, 6PM and Sunday, November 22, 3PM.

Concert seating is limited, so those with tickets will get in first. Please arrive early and park. Free tickets are available at the following locations: Thomi’s Resturaunt, Hein and Co. Books, True Value and Rusty Rose in Jackson. Coldwell Banker, see Isla, Village Real Estate, see Bill, Water Street Interiors and Antiques in Sutter Creek, Well Read Books in Martell Plaza, Clark’s Corner in Ione, The Country Store in Volcano and Brent and Jeff’s Hardware in Pine Grove .

Patrons of the arts, come enjoy the beautiful acoustic of this unique civil war church and experience holiday sing-a-longs, music history, Angolan and Brazilian charm along with our friends from the Interfaith Food Bank. See you there!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Main Street Theater Works - October 2015

  Your Theatre Arts Newsletter
October 2015  
Performance Dates and Times

Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24h
Doors open at 7:15 pm 
for dessert, show starts at8:00 pm
Sunday Matinee Performance
October 25th only
Doors open at 1:15 pmfor dessert, show starts at2:00 pm
Ticket Information
$25 per person 

Tickets available online at
and at
Hein & Company
204 Main St.
Jackson, CA
Native Sons Hall
56 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA
For more information, please visit our website at

No Cash Refunds

Amador Arts and Entertainment
The Count of Monte Cristo Arrives 
in Amador County
Main Street Theatre Works Presents our 5th Annual Live Radio Show Fundraiser   
3 Performances Only!
The finest radio drama of the 1930's was The Mercury Theatre On The Air, founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. Their brief run, just shy of two years, presented many classical pieces of literature, created many memorable moments, and shook an entire country with its terrifying portrayal of War of the Worlds

This October, Main Street Theatre Works  is re-creating another one of their literary classic radio plays with a live stage production of The Count of Monte CristoOctober 23rd, 24th and 25th at the Native Sons Hall, in Sutter Creek.
This is the 5th year that MSTW company member, Allen Pontes, creates another engaging production, with all proceeds going towards MSTW's 2016 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Ampitheatre. 

Tickets for this fundraising event are $25 each and include a visit to the dessert bar, your choice of coffee or tea, and the show. Friday and Saturday night there will be a no-host wine bar. 

We will also be raffling off a one-week stay at the beautiful Golden Crown Resort in Puerto Vallarta, a one-bedroom suite that sleeps four and overlooks the ocean. 

Seating is very limited for this fundraising event, so early reservations are encouraged.
MSTW just wrapped up another successful summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, where patrons enjoyed Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play, followed by Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

For our October fundraiser, we're setting things in a more intimate environment, perfect to relive the golden age of radio, complete with live sound effects. The Count of Monte Cristo was the eighth weekly episode of the American Radio drama anthology series, performed by the Mercury Theatre Players, directed and narrated by little known actor and future filmmaker, Orson Welles. The episode was an adaptation of the novel by Alexander Dumas, condensed into a 60-minute broadcast. 

Under the direction of Allen Pontes, who has produced, directed and starred as Orson in the past four productions ~ The War of the Worlds (2 years in a row), Dracula and Treasure Island ~ MSTW's production adheres to the same time constraints, same script and live sound effects, just the way Orson would want it. Other cast members include Julie Anchor, Scott Adams, Paj Crank, and Richard Williams.
Join us for a fun flashback to the days when people "watched" their radios, and sound effects didn't come from a computer. Watch how the magic is really made and support Main Street Theatre Works at this fall fundraiser.
For show dates and times, location and ticket information, see Performance Dates and Times at left.

This Limited Engagement Event is sure to sell out, so  get your tickets early!

If you are unable to attend this exciting event, but would like to donate to the company, please visit our website, click on Get Involved and make a donation. 

A Great Big Thank You!

It's once again time to thank our wonderful volunteers for all of their hard work this season.  From our box office help to our construction crew to our costumers and everyone in between, we couldn't survive without you! We were very fortunate to have several new volunteers this year.  Many hands make light work, and we were able to put up, take down and put up the second set in record time.  Main Street Theatre Works thanks you all from the bottom of our hearts.

We had to cancel our volunteer (Balcony Club) Fall thank you picnic due to the Butte fire, but be assured we will be rescheduling for the Spring of 2016.  We do look forward to partying with you and saying thank you in person.

If you've thought about volunteering and haven't taken the bull by the horns, we'd love to welcome you aboard.  Please drop me a line at
and let me know what you're interest in.  We'll make sure you're contacted when it's time to get next season up and running. We look forward to seeing everyone back next season.  

A Sad Farewell
We are so sad to have to say farewell to Frannie Weinrobas our Volunteer Coordinator.  Frannie was beyond compare in her organization, friendly attitude and willingness to jump in herself when needed.  She worked as our Volunteer Coordinator for several years and we will truly miss her.  

Good luck in your retirement, Frannie, and thank you so much for all you did for MSTW.  Your shoes will be hard to fill!  We hope we'll still see you at the theatre.
And Speaking of Volunteer Coordinator. . .
Would you or someone you know be interested in helping MSTW out by taking on our recently vacated position?  The Volunteer Coordinator sends out emails to our list of volunteers to enlist their help in such jobs as costuming, set building, set decorating, props, box office/concessions and cleanup days.  

It's a relatively quiet job from October to April and then requires approximately 6 hours a month from May through September.  If you're interested, it's a great way to meet our volunteers and make sure MSTW stays on track during production times. 

Please contact if you want more information.  Thanks!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"Pieces" Project to Save Rubble Pieces for Butte Fire Art Monument

Pieces  - A Community Healing Art Project
Out of the Ashes We Remember and Rebuild

Art heals whether for an individual or a community. Using creativity and imagination we can re-envision our lives when disaster strikes and we have lost so much.  A public art project to help in the healing process for Butte Fire victims and their community is calling on the public to donate small pieces from the fire’s rubble.  Endorsed by both the arts councils of Calaveras and Amador Counties, the “Pieces” art project’s first phase is collection.

Mosaic artist Robin Modlin, of Murphys, came up with the idea of a commemorative mosaic wall or monument to be created in the future as a way to mark this historic and significant event and to honor both the courage of the victims to face their losses and the strength of the community to rebuild.

Modlin says, “Taking the broken and damaged from the rubble as materials for a mosaic and putting the pieces back together by creating something whole and beautiful from what has been lost represents the healing process. “  She adds that the mosaic will be a place where people can go to remember and receive strength from the idea that the pieces from their lives can be refigured.

In order to create this mosaic, the need is for Butte Fire victims’ help in donating items to be used. Out of the rubble, look for broken dishes, pottery, flower pots, trinkets, small rocks, small pieces of metal, spoons and forks, small hand tools, and other things found while sifting through your burned out homes.  The emphasis is on items to only be 12 inches or less in size.  Large items can not be accepted.  The project will honor these precious pieces of your lives that hold so many memories. Please save these broken shards, scraps and treasures in a box or bag.

Mark your donation with “Pieces” and include your name and/or contact information only if you wish.

Donations to this art project “Pieces” can be dropped off at the Calaveras Arts Council office and gallery, 22 Main Street, San Andreas. For hours please call the office at 209-754-1774. Or behind the office off California St., is a “Pieces” collection area.  You can also drop them off inside at the Mountain Ranch Resource Center, 754-4073, located at Whiskey Slide Road and Mtn. Ranch Roads. In Amador County call AmadorArts at 267-9038 for the hours of the gallery in Sutter Creek. If you can't make it to these, call Calaveras Arts Council, 754-1774 and we can meet you. Collection will continue until December 1, 2015.

Robin Modlin, a mosaic artist from Murphys, has created many walls, like this one, and she hope to create one to commemorate the Butte Fire.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sutter Creek Provisions presents Louisiana singer-songwriter Gill Landry and tintype photos by Revival Tintype Studio - Fri Nov 13

"Just Like You"

Louisiana native, Gill Landry, is a singer-songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, adventuresome photographer, rubber tramp gentleman, self taught painter, shade tree mechanic, and then some. It would take a novel to tell his tale. 

Gill's self titled third album is his first on the ATO label, but he is not new to the family. He's played guitar, banjo, pedal steal, and been a contributing songwriter in Old Crow Medicine Show since 2004. Although Gill's music is influenced by some of the same sources as Old Crow, from Dylan to old delta blues songsters, his music is very much his own. As one reviewer, Jeff Tamarkin put it, "Landry's too sharp a storyteller, too tuned-in a craftsman, too real, to find himself on the wrong side of suspicion. Like Tom Waits, John Prine, Steve Earle... Landry is down-to-business believable. His songs carry their own persona, and though they may be creepy and otherworldly at times and nasty and grubby at others, they're familiar while remaining at arm's length.
…these songs, and especially Landry’s honest performance, resonate long after the last note fades. They beckon you back to further absorb his heartfelt, occasionally comforting, musings on the trials and tribulations of romance-gone-sour. It’s a subject most of us have experienced, can easily relate to and one that Landry explores with taste and subtle, refined passion.

-American Songwriter Magazine

Join us Friday, November 13th 2015 as we welcome Gill to the stage and celebrate our first year of Provisions.
General Admission are currently on sale:
$15 adv

Also joining us that evening is Revival Tintype Studio from Oakland, CA
Come and have your tintype photo taken!
Tangible. Honest. Permanent.
Handcrafted portraits like your great, great grandfather took.
Vintage keepsakes for the digital age.

Copyright © 2015 Sutter Creek Provisions, All rights reserved.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Heather Maloney Live at Feist - Fri Oct 30

Heather Maloney is on tour promoting her newest album, Making Me Break.  Grammy award winner Willie Watson turned her on to the Feist Wines venue in California’s smallest incorporated town, Amador City.  She is set to play Friday, October 30 at 7 pm.

With regard to the album Maloney says “Going in, we said let’s make a bad ass indie rock record with a sound as big and dynamic as we can, without compromising one single heartfelt lyric.”

Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney did just that working with Grammy- nominated producer Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses, Avett Brothers), the two crafted and delivered on an artistic vision to merge Maloney’s folk roots with indie rock.

“The sounds I love in indie rock are so lush, and textured, and intricate, like someone spent a lot of time on this, so they must really care,” Maloney explains. “As a singer-songwriter raised on folk, I am drawn to lyrics that that are meaningful, intelligent, tell a story, paint pictures… that care.  I wanted to make an album that cared musically and lyrically. Some sort of a bleeding heart meeting a distant, unaffected, sparkly rock band. That was the goal.”

Maloney’s new music has a definite edge, but it also has a classically trained voice that delivers well-crafted lyrics over a technical arrangement.

Maloney’s journey to finding herself as a singer-songwriter took some unexpected routes. She studied classical operatic, improvisational jazz vocals, and music theory for several years in New Jersey, in addition to a brief stint studying classical Indian vocals with a tutor.

Then Maloney found herself at a silent meditation retreat center in Central Massachusetts.
The silence led her back to singing and writing.  This was the breakthrough Maloney had been waiting for, a moment she had a reason to get up on stage.

For now, her distinctive voice has soared a long way from the silent confines of hushed meditation, and into a natural equilibrium of Indie-Folk.

Tickets are $15 and are available at and at the winery.

South Sac Jooks Return to Feist Wines - Sat Oct 17

Saturday, October 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Feist Wines hosts The South Sac Jooks. Rudy Cunyo, Darius Houshmand and his son Jake play riveting jug band blues that are exciting and infectious.
The gypsy guitar of Cunyo is reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club and their energy is top notch.  The Jooks have become a staple at Feist and the crowd loves them.

Feist offers artisan cheeses and charcuterie to pair with the music and award winning wines.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sutter Creek Theater Presents: Calico, with Special Guest Alice Wallace - Sat Oct 8

sutter creek theatre

Celebrating our 13th Season of cultural arts and quality entertainment!

Special guest Alice Wallace joins CALICO the Band Sat 10/8 - California Country. Alice releases her new album this weekend.

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Heart & Soul has unique handmade jewelry and other uniqued items for your home and is open 11-5 every day at 42 Main Street in the theatre building. (209) 256-9702  

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CALICO the band - award winning California Country - with special guest Alice Wallace and her new CD release 

Saturday October 10 @ 8:00 pm
$19 adv / $22 day of show

CALICO stands for California Country. CALICO the band is three: Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher, and Aubrey Richmond. All are great and dedicated musicians, each with accomplished and celebrated solo careers under way. That is, until Calico brought them together. We're very connected to a community of artists and venues that are flying the Americana flag," said Manda, "deeply influenced by the old scenes from the Palomino days, the Bakersfield Country sound from Buck Owens carried on by Dwight Yoakam, the sound of Gram Parsons' music, Joshua Tree and more." "We're here to tell people that Americana music is very much alive," said Kirsten, "and California is a viable source for this style. We're passionate about carrying on the tradition by incorporating these influences, but through a new lens, and always with respect."

CALICO the band extends the tradition of groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac and Eagles, both in terms of their L.A. roots, and by being a band of songwriters. "When you have bands where everybody's a songwriter," said Manda, "and everybody could lead on their own, and have a lead voice, but share that, it is powerful. That is who we are." Indeed CALICO the band is much about sharing: about sharing a musical vision, as well as sharing verses, sharing harmonies, sharing a singular spirit. "Bands that have more than one songwriter can be problematic," said Aubrey, "or just brilliant. And Calico is brilliant. All of our different songs and visions combine to make something great."
National Touring Artist of the Year for the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2013.
Americana Album of the Year for the 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards.

Alice Wallace joins CALICO for her new CD release. Her cover of "I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart" was named #1 song this week by the Alternative Root, which said, "Alice Wallace has a mighty yodel that she uses to open her tune and sprinkling her call liberally throughout the track. "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" was originally recorded by Patsy Montana in 1935, and was the first Country and Western tune by a woman to sell over one million copies." Listen to it below.
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Alice Wallace covers
Alice Wallace covers "I Wanna Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart"