Saturday, July 28, 2012

Share the Bounty with Steiner Road Wineries

Everyone is invited to Share the Bounties of Summer with the wineries of Steiner Road on Saturday, August 11th, 12-4pm.

This FREE food and wine event will delight the senses. Guests can stroll through the beautiful grounds of eight wineries, taste a variety of wines, and enjoy special treats featuring local summer produce.

How about some small bits including zucchini-tomato tarts, grilled polenta with vegetable marinara, local grown veggie lasagna, squash &  tomato caponata, pork tamales with local corn, green bean salad, tri-tip sliders, and some baby blueberry pies and tartlets!!

Plus, Amador Farmers will be set up at various wineries to sell fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Steiner Road - in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, off Highway 16 - is home to many award-winning wineries. Just 45 minutes from Sacramento and two hours from Reno, Tahoe and the Bay Area, it is an easy day trip to the friendly Amador County Wine Country.

Visitors also can enter to win four tickets to the Big Crush Harvest Festival, Oct. 6 & 7, by visiting at least 5 of the 8 participating Steiner Road wineries: Shenandoah Vineyards, Amador Foothill, Bella Grace, Deaver Vineyards, Driven, Dillian, Renwood and Dobra Zemjla.

Steiner Road Wineries are located off Shenandoah Road (Hwy. E-16), east of Plymouth, in Amador County. For more information please visit

Blog Post information courtesy of Sobon Wine Co.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sutter Creek’s 14th Annual Ragtime Festival August 10-12

Have you ever wondered what music teenagers of a century ago were listening to that drove their parent’s wild? Well, we have the answer! It was Ragtime, and to catch that “feel young again” spirit, come and enjoy the 14th Annual Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, to be held August 10-12, 2012.

Sutter Creek will be jumping again with sparkling solo sets, the festival extravaganza concerts, mixed sets featuring the talents of several festival artists, plus all the hilarity and good music spilling on into the After Hours sessions where there is always a surprise player or two.

Do you enjoy silent movies on the silver screen? Well, Frederic Hodges and Keith Taylor scheduled for a Silent Movie Night. How about Gala Festival Concerts? Well, two of those are also planned that feature festival headliners.

A Future of Ragtime Concert is also planned presenting some pretty serious youth performers. Add in five, practically nonstop venues of solo, duos and groups all presenting the many moods of ragtime and you’ve got a festival not to be missed. There is even a pre-festival gathering “Wine and Nibbles” at Skunk Hollow, the Victorian home of Chip Lusby, 50 Gold Dust Trail in Sutter Creek.

The list of invited performers includes Patrick Aranda, The Bradshaws, Tom Brier, Crown Syncopators, Marty Eggers, Frederick Hodges, Vincent Johnson, Carl "Sonny" Leyland, Larisa Migachyov,  Will Perkins, Stevens Price, Ragtime Skedaddlers, Ragnolia Ragtette, Raspberry Jam Band, John Remmers, Tim Rotolo, Ray Skjelbred, Squeek Steele, Paul Stewart, Monty Suffern, Sullivans & Drivons, Keith Taylor, Virginia Tichenor, John Reed-Torres and more. You won’t want to miss a note.

All-Events badges, which include the two special concerts and Silent Movie Night, are now on sale for $70. Youth 16 and under attend free with a paying adult (no refunds). Day badges and individual concert tickets will also be available. Badge order forms may be found at For more information call (209) 405-1563 or e-mail

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gold Hill Vineyard Presents: Brews & Blues

Gold Hill Vineyard presents Brews & Blues on August 11th, from 1p.m. until 5p.m.

Music will be featured by Joe Lev and Friends.

Admission includes music, lunch by Keith’s Sierra Smoker BBQ, and one glass of beer or wine. Additional beverage tickets are $5.00.

  • General Admission $30
  • Under 21 $25
  • Under 5 is FREE!
  • Wine Club Members save $5, ask for your discount code!
Tickets are available for purchase at

Gold Hill Vineyard is located at 5660 Vineyard Lane, Placerville. For more information please visit

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One Night: A New York Experience – A Benefit Event featuring The Manhattan Transfer

The community is invited to support Folsom Lake College students and enjoy an exclusive, unforgettable evening at the same time. Three Stages, One Night benefit event will be held Saturday, August 18, starting at 7pm.

Three Stages, One Night: A New York Experience will be both the party of the year and a benefit for the Folsom Lake College Foundation – with proceeds supporting student programs.

Performing at Three Stages, One Night: A New York Experience will be The Manhattan Transfer. Winner of eight Grammy Awards and countless Grammy nominations, The Manhattan Transfer wows audiences all over the world with their impeccable vocal work and deft taste in musical material.

Tickets for the event are $150 (50% of ticket price is tax-deductible) and dress is black tie. The evening begins at 7pm with red carpets and a champagne reception, followed by The Manhattan Transfer performing at 8pm. Post-event festivities begin at 9:30pm, including food, wine, and a variety of live music and entertainers in every venue Three Stages has to offer. Guests will have the opportunity to meet artists and experience Three Stages like never before.

The event’s Presenting Sponsor is Wells Fargo. Director Sponsors are Comcast, Claudia & William Cummings, Sam Spiegel & Catherine Siino, Folsom Lake Bank, William Altavilla/Green Oak Counsulting Group and Pinebrook Village. Conductor Sponsors are Donna & Gregory Burke, Kaiser Permanente, Michele McCormick Photography, InterWest Insurance Services, Dennis Rogers and Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld, LLP.

Participating wineries include David Girard Vineyards, Miraflores Winery, Grace Patriot Wines, Madrona Vineyards, Narrow Gate Vineyards, Boeger Winery and Perry Creek Winery. Restaurants include Bidwell Street Bistro, Fat’s Asia Bistro, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ruffhaus Hot Dog Co. and Visconti’s Ristorante.

For more information or to order tickets, please go to or call the Ticket Office at 916-608-6888.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Three Stages Presents "Weird Al" Yankovic -The Alpocalypse Tour

His full name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic; more accurately known as  “Weird Al” Yankovic. The multi Grammy Award-winner brings his inspired lunacy to Three Stages this August as part of his Alpocalypse Tour.

Three Stages Executive Director Dave Pier notes that, “He’s the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time--touring behind his first full length album in nearly five years-and he’s coming to Three Stages for not one, not two, but three shows. It’s going to be crazy…crazy fun.”

“Weird Al” Yankovic-The Alpocalypse Tour will perform in Three Stages on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8 pm; Saturday, August 11 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $39-$55 with premium tickets available for $65. Tickets are available online at or from Three Stages Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to sell over 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won three Grammys (with 14 nominations) and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” and “The Saga Begins.” Yankovic is also well known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series, The Weird Al Show, and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years.

“Have you ever seen Weird Al? No? Well, let me try to explain. He plays for two hours. He plays about 65 songs. He has about 20 costume changes. He assumes two dozen personas, and shows just as many funny fake interview clips between songs. He’s nonstop, and it’s nuts, and his crowd is nuts, and then he plays some songs about Yoda and it’s all over, and like any good fast-paced comedy show, it’s hard to remember what just happened”(City Sound Inertia).

Alpocalypse was released on June 21, 2011, charting at #9 Billboard – the highest debut of his storied career. The first single from the album is the Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way.” Yankovic directed the video clip for “Perform This Way,” and his proceeds from the single and video were donated to the Human Rights Campaign. Alpocalypse has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for the 2012 ceremonies - for Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video for the “Perform This Way” music video.

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College is a $50 million performing and visual arts center that opened in February 2011. Located on the campus, Three Stages includes three intimate performance venues (850, 200, 100 seats), an art gallery, a recording studio, ample rehearsal and classroom space, a full service ticket office plus all the amenities of a state-of-the-art performance venue. Parking is free on weekends and for those buying tickets in advance.

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