Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2nd Annual Sutter Creek Heritage Days - Sept 22 & 23

Presented by the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation,

On September 22nd and 23rd, take a stroll through Sutter Creek’s colorful past and celebrate its’ historic legacy. Come one, come all as we open the doors for you to visit the past and experience a bit of what it was like to live in Sutter Creek during the Gold Rush! Try your hand at Gold Panning, take a ride on a real Stage Coach, hear historians tell stories of the past and visit Sutter Creeks’ amazing historical sites, some that are rarely open to the public. All this fun and it’s free, too!

Sutter Creek is known as the “Jewel of the Motherlode” because of the rich veins of gold that were discovered there. During the Gold Rush, thousands flocked there to make their fortune.  Over $160 million dollars in gold ($5 Billion by current standards) was extracted from this region between 1851 and 1942.

Self-Guided Tours: 
Maps will be available at all venues….pick one up and start having fun at any location!

"Seldom Told Tales of Sutter Creek": Local Historian Frank Tortorich will do FREE walking tours on Saturday and Sunday at 10 am, limited to the first 20 people who arrive. Meet at the corner of Main St. and Keyes.  It will last about an hour to an hour and a half. Then Frank will also do a FREE presentation at 1 pm, Saturday and Sunday, at the Sutter Creek Theater, called "49ers -- How They Got Here". 

Gold Panning and Minnie Provis Park: The earliest gold seekers worked the local creek and stream bed with simple gold pans. To celebrate those endeavors, at Minnie Provis Park there will be gold panning demonstrations and everything you need to try your hand at panning to see just how it was done. Then stroll through Miners’ Bend Park, at the south end of town, and learn the history of the mines. The early mines of this area are featured on the interpretive signs of the park.

Stage Coach Rides and the Sutter Creek Visitor Center Museum: Stop by 71A Main Street and see the old photos and historic relics. Then catch a free ride on an authentic stage coach, provided by “Doc” Wiser, from 12 – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Central Eureka Mine, up the hill from Miners’ Bend, will be on the map for you to visit as a representation of these famous mines. The Old Eureka Mine was first opened in 1852 and it was operated independently until 1924 when it merged with the Central Eureka Mine, the combined properties operated as the Central Eureka Mine, which is credited with producing $36 million dollars in gold!  Hetty Green, the one-time richest woman in the world, was the owner of the Old Eureka Mine.

Sutter Creek’s Original Fire Departments: Sutter Creek’s old firehouse at 18 Main Street is now a Fire Museum and will be open to visitors.  Sutter Creek’s first fire truck is being recreated here in a 1930’s auto workshop, along with the Firemen’s Meeting Hall and other displays. Fire History Volunteers will also be on site at Sutter Creek’s first fire house on Spanish Street and at the fire bell tower on Main Street at City Hall.

Sutter Creek Auditorium and City Hall:  Located at 18 Main Street, this 89 year old building houses locally painted murals depicting Sutter Creek’s colorful history.

Historic Methodist Church: At 14 Main Street, this beautiful church has all the charm of yesteryear, a sight to behold.

The Knight Foundry: Located on Eureka Street, is the last remaining water run foundry in the county. It will be open with the machines running and historians on hand to give you an amazing insight to the production that went on there. 

Monteverde General Store museum:  Opened as a country store in 1896 and still displays all the paraphernalia of the past on its shelves. A local Historian will be there to tell you its’ history. 

Sutter Creek Historic Grammar School: The large, two-story brick building served as a school from 1870 to 1964 and is the second oldest 2 story brick schoolhouse in California. This beautiful schoolhouse is currently being restored by the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation. Take a look at how much they have done and how beautiful it really is.

Ghosts of the Past:  Visit the Catholic Cemetery at 115 Spanish St. and the City Cemetery off Mahoney Hill Rd.  Many locally famous families and settlers found their final resting place in these cemeteries, including Samuel Knight, found of the Knight Foundry.

Sutter Creek Theater:  A former silent film theater, which just turned 100 years old, will be open both Saturday and Sunday for you to see and view a variety of presentations. This beautiful theater has events every weekend with live music and now showing films too.

Food Offerings:
Grab Grub and Go, a causal dinner on Saturday the 22, at the Native Son’s Hall, 56 Main St., 4-6 pm.  No tickets necessary.  Adult and kid friendly!

Feast at the Foundry, Saturday the 22, 6 pm.  This event will be sponsored by the Knight Foundry Alliance and will take place right outside the Knight Foundry.  All proceeds will go to the restoration of the Knight Foundry.  For tickets and further info,

Humbug Hill Pancake Breakfast, 8 am to 10 am, Native Sons Hall, 56 Main St.  Start your Sunday morning with a fun “Humbug Hill Pancake Breakfast”.  The Sutter Creek Fire Department will be grillin’ flapjacks, and Hygrade eggs and ham, and don’t miss the Cowboy Coffee!  Finish your day by seeing all the sites you missed on Saturday and explore modern day Sutter Creek too.

And, not to be missed, the delicious menu choices in all of Sutter Creek’s restaurants!

Please come join the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation as we celebrate with ”2nd Annual Sutter Creek Heritage Days” on September 22 & 23.

For more information call 209-560-6880 or visit

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Over Jackson at Dusk - Sat Aug 25

Slow down, take a breath, and enjoy a relaxing evening at the Kennedy Mine Office overlooking Jackson on Saturday, August 25.  It is a casual evening of live music, wine, and tasty bites.
Explore local wines at multiple stations within the historic 110 year old Mine Office.  Pair them with small bites and enjoy the music of Windhorse as you overlook the iconic Kennedy Head frame and Jackson.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to investigate different varietals – Alicante Buschet, Granache, Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel – while all red they are each unique.  Sample a variety of lighter wines  - Rousasane, Rose, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc – perfect for a summer’s evening.  Take home a commemorative wine glass.

Participating wineries include Bray, Cooper, Drytown Cellars, Fate, Helwig, Karmere, Scott Harvey, Sobon, Wilderotter and Yorba.

Tickets are available at Amador County Chamber of Commerce, Amador Council of Tourism, Kennedy Mine and online at