Thursday, September 27, 2012

October Means Harvest Faire in Ione- Sat Oct 13

Harvest has begun in the vineyards and soon will occur in local pumpkin patches, in anticipation of Ione Business and Community Association’s Harvest Faire. The day will include a Pumpkin Contest, Scarecrow Contest, Chalk the Walk, Dog Costume Contest, and Vendor Booths on Saturday, October 13th, starting at 8:30 am in downtown Ione. Events occur all day long and festivities conclude at 5 pm.

The Pumpkin Contest promises to be bigger than ever, as seeds were distributed several months ago to all interested pumpkin growers. Of course the Biggest Pumpkin will win and Weirdest and Best Decorated/Carved are the other categories available. The largest cash prize is $1,000 for the adult with the biggest pumpkin and $500 for the kids’ category. Awards at noon and 3:30 pm; pumpkins may be picked up at 4 pm. If you choose not to take your pumpkin home, your pumpkin will be donated to Preston Castle’s Halloween Haunt.

Chalk the Walk takes place on both sides of Main Street, on the sidewalks of downtown Ione. Chalk is provided and the event is free to all who wish to display their artistic talent, as long as your knees can take it. Prizes are awarded to Kids, Adults and Groups.

The Scarecrow Contest has many ways to participate: classrooms, kids, adults or groups. Classrooms build their scarecrow in advance, and it will be delivered for judging the day of the Harvest Faire. Individuals build their own scarecrows starting at 9 amthat day, and compete for cash prizes. Up to $500 in awards will be distributed. Scarecrows will be on display throughout downtown Ione through Halloween.

The Dog Costume Contest is the chance for your best friend to shine. Categories are: Scariest, Prettiest, Most Festive, and Looks Like Owner. Mike and Cherie Flores of Gold Country Pet Resort are conducting this event. Check-in is at 10 and awards are at 1 pm. Gold Country Pet Resort also plans a Canine Demonstration at 2 pm.

Vendor booths will fill the parking lot by City Hall. You will be able to buy pumpkins, arts and crafts. If you are interested in taking a space, contact Skip Schaufel, committee chair, at 274-4905.

For more information:
Pumpkin Contest, Elmer Rohde, 217-6210
Chalk the Walk, Bill Thiry, 559-3686
Scarecrow Contest, Megan Taylor, 223-1485 x255
Dog Costume Contest, Mike Flores, 223-9663
Vendor Booths, Skip Schaufel, 274-4905

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free and unique Gold Rush History session at Minnie Provis Park - Tues Sept. 18

Frank Tortorich, a fifth generation Amador County resident, former teacher at Amador High School, Plymouth School Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Amador Schools and one of most recognized authorities on Pioneer History in the Western United States will be giving a special history inservice to Sutter Creek Visitor Center Docents and any Sutter Creek Residents that wish to attend. 

Frank has been studying and researching Early California, Gold Rush and Pioneer History since 1978.  He is the "on-call" historical expert for Cal Trans, an interpreter/researcher at Sutter Fort, works for The El Dorado Forest as an expert historian, has written several books, but best of all he is great story teller and is fun to listen to.

Please meet Frank at Minnie Provis Park at 5:15 on Sept. 18. and your friends family and friends are invited, too.  Frank will keep his talk to 30-45 minutes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mark Your Calendars: Tailing Wheels meeting - Tues Sept 11

Hello All:

Just a reminder that our next meeting is Tuesday, September 11 at 4pm in the Jackson Civic Center. An agenda will be sent to you on Friday.

Keith Sweet