Friday, April 20, 2018

New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Jane Austin Book Club Comes to Gold Country Saturday May 5

APRIL 2018 – Mokelumne Hill, California: The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference opens to the public its guest speaker event featuring Karen Joy Fowler (pictured left) New York Times best-selling author of The Jane Austin Book Club. Fowler, the author of six novels and three short story collections has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

“It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.” says—Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being. For more information on Karen Joy Fowler, see:

Join us for a special presentation by Karen Joy Fowler, where she will speak about: Coping with the Bleak, Bracing Inevitability of Rejection on Saturday, May 5
Presentation = $10 begins at 7:30 PM
Dinner and Presentation = $35 begins at 6 PM
Order tickets for An Evening with Karen Joy Fowler through at:

For other offerings at Gold Rush Writers Conference, see:

Gold Rush Writers’ Conference was founded in 2005 by New York Times best-selling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers. The goal of the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels a chance to participate one-on-one with established professionals through workshops, lectures, panels and readings. In January 2017, Arnold resident, Sally Kaplan, came on board as the CoDirector of Gold Rush Writers’ Conference with the goal of widening its appeal.

Kaplan states, “For nearly twelve years, the Gold Rush Writer’s Conference has been a bit of secret gem. Now we continue to bring the Conference out of hiding to share with a wider public the riches offered by world-class authors who attend the event.”

An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Karen Joy Fowler
Presented by The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Dinner at 6:00 PM)
Hotel Leger Ballroom
8304 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245
(209) 286-1401.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit: or call Sally Kaplan at 310 927-6929.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase - May 8 & 9

A free community event with complimentary refreshments will be happening Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. It’s the popular annual AmadorArts Student Arts Showcase, the time to view a wildly creative cross-section of art created by local elementary school students.  Also, check out the two award-winning short videos on “Why the Arts Matter” by students from Amador and Argonaut High Schools. The Heart and SOUL Studio at 21 Badger Street, one block off Main, in Sutter Creek will be the place to go, thanks to owner Priscilla Carpenter who’s donated her ample space.

Each year AmadorArts brings in-depth standards-based instruction by professional artists into all of our local elementary schools. In the current school year, 1,500 students will participate in arts classes facilitated by the non-profit organization. Classes included: Kindergarten Color Wheel, 1st grade Adventures with George the Dot, 2nd grade Doodle Art, 3rd grade Matisse-inspired Paper Collage, 4th grade Watercolor Technique, 5th grade Chalk Pastel, and 6th grade Chinese history and art.  Each of the participating children has been invited and will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
This year's Arts Education programs are made possible by a generous donation from Stan Lukowicz.
Works created in Pam Sharp’s Children’s Studio will be on exhibit as well. Plus, doodling, collage and watercolor art created by about 10 young men from the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp will also be up for viewing. For the past several months, members of AmadorArts have been giving classes there. 
No matter the age, arts education not only enhances students' understanding of the world around them, but it also gives them a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in making art. They have control over the materials they use, making decisions about form, color, etc.  And, it brings joy.
The mission of AmadorArts is “Encouraging, Supporting, and Promoting the Arts in Our Schools and Community.”  This Arts in Education annual Program Finale gives the public a chance to see the positive results of this goal and what happens when the arts are in embedded with our youth. Visit for all the latest arts-related info in the region. Phone 209-267-9038 with questions.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Open Mic Night’s Inaugural at Mountain Ice & Coffee is April 19

The new home for the Third Thursday Open Mic Night is in the recently-opened Mountain Ice & Coffee at 42 Main St., Jackson.  From 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 19, AmadorArts is excited to present this new venue that will be serving up some fine culinary arts such as Temple Coffee and Kneading Dough locally baked goods.  
Besides featuring the talented family-friendly performers of all ages who show up, this April 19 event will have a screening of the two short winning films created for the Student Voices Campaign by students of Amador and Argonaut High Schools. The evening will also feature super-entertaining scenes performed by drama students from both high schools as they prepare for the Mother Lode Drama Festival coming up that weekend. 
Invited to this free event are individuals who feel they’re ready for an audience to perform dance, singing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, poetry, oratory, instrumental music, stand-up, and improv.  Equally important are people IN the audience who appreciate seeing who have entertainment gifts to share.

One of the newer traditions at Open Mic will continue: Group Art Analysis in which a local guest visual artist brings an artwork to Open Mic and an AmadorArts Student Director leads the group in a detailed analysis of the piece. It’s a fun thing, and the group element has proven to unite the crowd and make friends out of strangers.

Mountain Ice & Coffee provides a relaxing atmosphere with comfy couches for lounging as you enjoy Open Mic. Sign-ups are first-come-first-served, starting at 5:30 pm. Mountain Ice & Coffee phone number is 209-256-8005.
Regular hours are: Wednesday thru Sunday from 7am to 7pm.
AmadorArts is 209-267-9038, email 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Amador Choraliers Present: "That's Entertainment" - May 3, 5 & 6

It's nearly time once again for the Amador Choraliers' spring concert.  This year "That's Entertainment" will take you back in time with "Singin' in the Rain", "Begin the Beguine" and "Over the Rainbow" as well as bring you into the 21st century with hits such as "City of Stars" from  the movie "La La Land".

Please note that all concerts this year are at new venues. Thursday, May 3, the group will be performing at 7:30 at the Ione Memorial Hall, 207 S. Amador St., Ione. Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, will find them performing at the Margaret Dalton Children's Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  Show time for both days is 3 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before concert times.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at, or at the door as seats are available. These new venues are smaller and seating is limited. You are encouraged to buy your tickets in advance on-line.

Amador Choraliers have been entertaining audiences in the Mother Lode for over 50 years.  We are proud to carry on the tradition and are looking forward to seeing you at our concerts. For more information on the concerts, becoming a Foundation Member or Sponsor (get free tickets!) or joining the chorus as a singer, pianist or lights and sound technician, go to their website or call Carole 209-743-9258.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"Poetry Out Loud" has a local winner, and excites students across the state

Amador High School student Poetry Out Loud county champion goes to statewide competition in Sacramento
Hailey Dacier
SUTTER CREEK, CA—Hailey Dacier, a sophomore at Amador High School took first place in the 2018 countywide Poetry Out Loud competition on February 5 at The Hotel Sutter. Since then, Dacier represented Amador County at the March 18, 19 State Finals in Sacramento. Although the judges chose another young poet to represent the Golden State in the national finals, April 23-25 in Washington, D.C., it was reported that the county finalists, like Hailey Dacier, were no doubt the stars, and not only for their onstage presence. Their enthusiasm for one another out of the spotlight was all the more extraordinary.
Dacier enthused: “Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful organization and their purpose of bringing the arts to all students is beautiful.”

She recited “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman, and “Snowflake” by William Baer. These poems, according to Dacier, emphasize elements in nature, such as snowflakes and stars, that are simply perfect and untainted by human flaw or influence. “I connected with how these poets reflected the true beauty in the world in such descriptive language and emotion," she said.

This year’s competition was the 13th production from the California Arts Council and the second one for AmadorArts. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

To Dacier, the competition was inspiring to see because all the students were incredibly talented and passionate. “I was humbled to see how much talent resides in California alone, and it was an honor to be able to perform in such beautiful venues as the Assembly Hall and Crest Theatre," she said. "I am thankful to have been a part of Poetry Out Loud, and I will always cherish the experience.”

She thanks her friends Raven, Amy, Brinley, and Skylar for encouraging her to enter the competition. She has played piano for 10 years, as well as the ukulele, and she sings. She’s already been in seven plays. Passionate about school, she aims to attend a university. Besides describing herself as hardworking and committed to goals, she is a strong supporter of sarcasm and humor. She loves laughing and making others laugh.

Back to poetry, she says, “Being able to connect with a poem and express my emotions through it is a beautiful experience. I am so thankful to have poetry and the arts in my life.”

California’s Poetry Out Loud is the largest event of its kind in the U.S. and is a statewide combined effort—this year involving the participation of 46 counties and 261 schools, the encouragement of 783 teachers, and the dedication of 30,000 students.

Anne Bown-Crawford, Director of the California Arts Council, comments, “It is rewarding to see confidence and creativity ignite so powerfully in each of our county champions. The program is truly a testament to arts education as a categorical imperative for the future successes of both our students and our state.”
For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit: