Friday, August 18, 2017

Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood at Final TGIF Concert August 18

The AmadorArts’ free TGIF summer concerts have been a huge hit throughout the summer. Don’t miss the final one on August 18 when the blues trio of Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood starts playing at 6:00 pm at the Terra d’Oro Winery outside Plymouth. As usual, at this last concert, the annual Patrons of the Arts Awards will be announced.

Jeramy Norris, from Stockton, is an emerging blues phenomenon taking the area by storm. He has consistently been amazing audiences with his soulful vocals and supernatural guitar skills. Norris is backed by a world class band named "The Dangerous Mood" that includes George Schuler on drums, and Chip Yeager on bass who deliver scorching grooves that ignite Norris’ virtuoso guitar playing.

Also on tap this evening will be the presentation of the annual Patrons of the Arts Awards by members of the Board of Directors of AmadorArts.  We know there is one couple and a long time area arts leader, but their names have been kept a secret.  Selection of the recipients is based on the generous work in support of championing the arts in Amador County.
To reach the venue, in Plymouth, from Highway 49, turn onto Fiddletown /Shenandoah Road.  Proceed a quarter mile to where the road splits. Bear to the left and continue out towards the Shenandoah Valley. Less than two miles, turn right on Shenandoah School Road. Terra d’Oro Winery is two miles out on the right side at 20680. There’s plenty of convenient free parking.  Visit for arts-related information. Phone 209-267-9038, AmadorArts office.

Friday, August 11, 2017

MSTW: The Crucible - Aug 11 through Sept 9

Main Street Theater Works Presents
The Crucible
August 11 through September 9
For information and tickets, visit:

John, Mary, Danforth: Brandon Lancaster as John Proctor,
Janey Pintar as Mary Warren, Don Hayden as Deputy-Govenor Danforth

Girls see yellow bird: Marlies Nauman as Betty, Zoe Nauman as Susanna,
Haleigh Miller as Mercy, Devon La Bar as Abigail, Brandon Lancaster as John Proctor

 John/Elizabeth at the end: Brandon Lancaster as John Proctor and Lynn Baker as Elizabeth Proctor

John whips Mary: Janey Pintar as Mary Warren, Brandon Lancaster as John Proctor

Thursday, August 10, 2017

International Jug Band Festival - Sat Aug 19

On Saturday August 19, 2017 taking place on the grounds of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, the International Jug Band Festival will be celebrating its 15th year! This year’s FREE festival, starting at 11am and running until 9 pm, will feature old favorites and new bands showcasing the variety and exuberance that is Jug Band Music. This festival is a "Kick in the Pants" fun time, with music that will get your feet tapping and set your soul free. Dance the day away or just sit under the shade tents on the lawn and enjoy the most unusual and wonderful music, performed by bands from near and far.

What is Jug Band Music? It is the grass roots of blues, played with any item that will produce music....spoons, saws, fiddles, banjos, wash boards, acoustic guitars, upright bass, homemade bass, and obviously...jugs.

This annual gathering of Jug Bands began in 2002 when Andy Fahrenwald and Wayne Hagen brought a variety of Jug Bands from Northern and Southern California together in Minnie Provis Park, in Sutter Creek. It was the first time jug bands in California were able to gather, hear, and meet other jug bands. Over the years the Festival grew and the California Jug Band Association (CJBA) was born.

Jug Band Festivals now happen in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and a network of jug band musicians grew. CJBA depends on contributions to The International Jug Band Festival in Sutter Creek to keep this a free event.

Set in a beautiful outdoor venue, on the lawn of the historic Sutter Creek Inn, (the first Bed & Breakfast Inn in California) right on Main Street, Sutter Creek....the heart of the Gold Country. This little Gold Rush Town is the setting for many events, but the International Jug Band Festival is one of the most unusual. It is a day you will enjoy and remember for a very long time.

This year’s festival brings back the Free Badge Serenaders, last seen hereabouts in 2011. Other Festival favorites:  the South Sac Jukes will rip things up. Local favorites nJr & Jug will be joined by Jugmaster Wayne Hagen, and Willie Norton will solo. Jailhouse String Band will feature their unique “wall of ukes” sound, Festival stalwarts The Babar Jug Band from San Francisco, will again, put a smile on your face. Be sure to see (and hear) the many more acts that will join in on the fun.

CJBA would like to thank the people of Sutter Creek for their support over the years. Andy passed away, but his dream of a free festival celebrating and spreading the joy of jug band music lives on.
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to enjoy a day of unusual and fun music!

For more information call 267-1344 the Sutter Creek Visitor Center.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sierra Gold Quilters’ Biannual Quilt Show - Oct 6-7

Sierra Gold Quilters’ Guild is hosting their biannual Quilt Show on October 6 & 7.

Since the first quilt show in April 1983, it has grown and now includes two buildings at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. These quilt shows are the major fundraiser for the Guild. Funds from this and other projects, enable us to contribute quilts and other items to the community.  During 2016, approximately 68 quilts, 30 Christmas stockings, 250 dog beds for local vets and dog rescue, 82 clothing protectors, 600 chemotherapy caps, and many toys and school supplies were contributed to various charitable organizations.

Organizations that were recipients of these contributions were Operation Care, Amador Pregnancy Center, Hospice of Amador, Bundles of Love, Up Country Angel Christmas Tree Project, Kit Carson Nursing and Convalescent Hospital, STARS, and several other cancer centers in Northern California. Quilting books were also donated to the Amador County Library. Some members of the Guild regularly volunteer at the Amador Arc program, teaching sewing skills to adults with intellectual disabilities. The Guild also has adopted the Interfaith Food Bank and makes monthly donations to that worthy cause.

"Petal Power" quilt. Raffle tickets available at the show.
As part of the 2017 Quilt Show members have created a stunning “opportunity” quilt to be raffled which generates significant funds. This year’s quilt is entitled “Petal Power” (pictured left) and it features a Kaleidoscope of colored pinwheels and hand-appliqued petals. Raffle tickets are available from members and will be on sale both days of the event; final drawing is at the end of the second day.

Our own Joan La Rue Smith will be featured quilt artist for the 2017 show. Quilts have surrounded her life; from the blue/white 9-patch baby quilt, made by her maternal grandmother, to traditional 1930/40's quilts from her family, to her first quilt class in the late 1970's (a "quilt-as-you-go" technique), then to the Philippines in the 1980's, where she finished several of her grandmother's vintage quilt tops and had them hand quilted by a group of Filipino women.

Since her 2005 retirement in Amador County, Joan joined Sierra Gold Quilters' Guild and has taken many quilt-making classes. She won blue ribbons at the California State Fair and at the Amador County Fair. Her quilts have been juried into the Pacific International Quilt Fair in Santa Clara, CA. She had an inspiration for a quilt calendar book, so she designed and made a theme quilt for each month. These quilts will be on display at the quilt show. Her recently published "Quilt: A Perpetual Calendar for Birthdays & Other Notable Dates" will be on sale at the quilt show.

The 2017 Quilt Show will also include a display of quilts created by our members, a dozen or more vendors selling sewing and quilting items, a country store with bargains galore, raffle baskets of beautiful quilting items, small quilt silent auction, and refreshments will be catered by the Blue Moon.

The 2017 Quilt Show conveniently occurs the same weekend as The Big Crush. We hope to see you at our Quilt Show in beautiful Gold Country.

Further information may be obtained from our website  or by calling 209-296-6750 or

Monday, August 7, 2017

August Open Mic at Rosebud's - Thurs Aug 17

The monthly Open Mic Night in Jackson is becoming increasingly popular. Turns out there are many individuals of all ages and talent who need an audience. Equally important are people IN the audience who appreciate seeing who’s got entertainment gifts to share.

The next Open Mic Night, sponsored by AmadorArts, is on August 17th starting at 5:30 in Rosebud’s CafĂ© at 26 Main St. in Jackson. Doors open at 5:15 pm. Common performances include dance, singing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, oratory, instrumental music, stand-up, and improv. The MC and host is Amador High School student Sid Cohen, and he’s a kick. He can’t always make it, but back-up MC’s are just as engaging.

This is a FREE monthly event, but purchases of light fare and beverages are welcomed.  Open Mic is always on third Thursdays. Need more info? 209-267-9038.

Amador County Arts Council

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

David Thimgan is the Featured Artist for August at Gallery 10

David Thimgan discovered pastel painting upon his retirement from a Sacramento area architectural practice. Through 50 years spent in various aspects of architecture, he has developed a keen working knowledge in the use of perspective, and finds that experience very useful to his pastel paintings.

“Pastels bring subject themes to life,” David says.

He has studied the past two years under Barry Jamison, a master pastel painter in Folsom.  David is deriving a profound sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and joy when his pastel projects are completed!  He hopes everyone who sees his work will enjoy what he does and feel his passion for the medium.

A reception will be held for David on Saturday, August 5, 2-5 P.M. at Gallery 10, 15 Eureka Street in Sutter Creek.  The show will be hanging all month at the gallery, open Thursday-Monday, 11-5. Be sure to stop by and see David’s beautiful pastels!