Keep your fork…..

November 22nd, 2015

I believe the BEST is yet to come. and saying that. I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving and may GOD keep you and your Family safe.

Woman and the Fork….There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted Her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
‘There’s one more thing,’ she said excitedly..

‘What’s that?’ came the Pastor’s reply?
‘This is very important,’ the young woman continued. ‘I want to be buried with a fork in my Right hand.’

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
That surprises you, doesn’t it?’ the young woman asked.
‘Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,’ said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. ‘My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!’
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come.’

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, ‘What’s with the fork?’ And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about The fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.Friends are a very rare jewel,indeed.They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.Cherish the time you have,and the memories you share.Being friends with someone is not an opportunity, but a sweet responsibility.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND…and I’ll bet this will be an Email they do remember, every time they pick up a fork! And just remember…keep your fork!
The BEST is yet to come!God Bless You

Thanksgiving at Plymouth

November 22nd, 2015

“In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossedMassachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.”

Holiday Fairs & Festivals

November 15th, 2015

Holiday Fairs & Festivals in the Sierra Foothills

Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 1:30-6 p.m.
Wednesdays, Dec. 16, 23, 5-9 p.m.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a Christmas card come to life.

The annual, family tradition features holiday activities for all ages: carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and Father Christmas.

It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels, carolers dressed in Victorian attire and visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

The aromas of roasted chestnuts and holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and streets filled to overflowing with Christmas treasures.

Fridays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 6-9 p.m.

Recapture the spirit of Christmas past in historic downtown Grass Valley during the annual Cornish Christmas celebration. Started in 1967 to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas is one of the region’s most popular events.

Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas: carolers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, a street vendor selling roasted chestnuts, and Santa Claus.

Handmade arts and crafts from artists throughout California are displayed in historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

Dec. 5, 4:30-7 p.m.

A holiday parade, with lighted floats, musicians and Santa and Mrs. Claus, winds through downtown. Local merchants are open for shoppers, and the event culminates with a tree lighting in Beermann Plaza.


Oct. 30 Safe Trick or Treat
For preschool age children in downtown Grass Valley.

Nov. 14 Holiday Open House
Downtown Grass Valley

Nov. 27-29 Country Christmas Faire
Nevada County Fairgrounds
One of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Faire features unique gifts and crafts.

Nov. 27-28 Holidays at the Empire Mine

Dec. 8 Cook & Eat Latkes for Hanukkah
Tess’ Kitchen Store


Oct. 11 Autumn Shindig Harvest Festival
The festival is on the outdoor lawn of the North Columbia Schoolhouse on the San Juan Ridge.

Dec. 5 Railroad Museum Christmas Party

Dec. 5-6 Holiday Craft Faire
North Columbia Schoolhouse

Dec. 13 Winter Craft Fair
The fair at Miners Foundry Cultural Center features unique and local handmade artisan and vintage goods.


Oct. 25 Bridgeport Fall Festival
South Yuba River State Park


Oct. 15-16 Haunted Historic Tour
Captivating stories offering spooky twists.


Nov. 20-22 Mountain Mandarin Festival
Festivalgoers sample fresh Mandarins, as well as a variety of Mandarin treats.

Dec. 5 Festival of Lights Parade

Dec. 12, 19 Country Christmas
Old Town Auburn

Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

September 26th, 2015

Draft Horse Classic

“Join the beautiful Draft Horses for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 24 – 27, 2015 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has grown to become the premiere Draft Horse show in the western United States.

The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, rigs and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Like last year, we’ve kept lower pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, and we’ve also continued the discounted pricing for the morning performances and children’s tickets.

In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts. New this year, enjoy Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire, and Roman riding. There’s also the California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, and the Gold Rush Fire Brigade.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair, which features musical entertainment, a clogging jamboree, food vendors on Treat Street, Art at the Classic, horse shoeing demonstrations, a chance to visit with the horses, guided barn tours, and hundreds of community exhibits.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 24 – 27 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or visiting

(Source: Nevada County Fairgrounds; Photo: Gena Tharp)”

Farm to table this Sunday!

August 15th, 2015

This is a great event! Thx Reinette!

Reinette Senum's photo.

We cordially invite and encourage the public to join us THIS SUNDAY to enjoy the Farm to Table Banquet on Commercial Street. While this is a sit down dinner for 120 guests, the live music, the festivities, the lights, and extra straw bales are available for folks to come down and enjoy! This will be our final Farm to Table, folks! We would like to end on a high note! Sometimes the best things in life are fleeting… enjoy this while you can!

Nevada County Fair

August 13th, 2015

The fair is in town….Disabilities day is Friday….Get in free with a companion if you have a disability…New this year….Chocolate covered grasshoppers and roach racing…Come on down and enjoy the fun and food!

Along Ride Alley

Along Ride Alley

Ferris Wheel

Few from top of the Farris Wheel

Few from top of the Farris Wheel

4th of July fun!

July 1st, 2015

Grass Valley  the not-so-far from town:
July 3-4, 8pm (July 3) & 11am-10:30pm (July 4), Nevada County Fair Grounds & Grass Valley. For a 4th of July getaway in the pines, head to Grass Valley for 2 days of patriotic fun. Start the weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on July 3 for a Music in the Mountains outdoor concert under the stars that celebrates American tunes. The next day, enjoy a parade through historic downtown Grass Valley and performances by two local bands. Evening festivities back at the fair grounds also include live music in addition to a craft fair, food, and fireworks starting at 9:30pm. More info and

Music in the Mountains (stage at twilight)

Strawberry Festival is here!

May 20th, 2015




Welcome to the 2015 Strawberry

Music Festival season

The 34th year of the festivals

With the onset of the 2015 festival season, we are

reminded how fortunate we are to be part of such an amazing

community of music lovers. Thanks to a very special group of

people including patrons, staff, contracted services, concessionaires,

artisans, musicians, and venue management we are able to

produce a music festival that celebrates the things we love most;

friends, family, food, art, laughter, and music!

We could not be more grateful for your part in making

the Fall 2014 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

a resounding success. The Spring 2015 Festival will

take place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Thursday,

May 21st – Monday, May 25th. Deemed the most

beautiful fairgrounds in California, the Nevada

County Fairgrounds offers beautifully forested camping,

tree lined meadows, permanent bathhouses, level terrain,

with lots of indoor and outdoor space for family fun and

entertainment, in an easily accessible location.

Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada foothills,

charming gold rush towns Grass Valley and Nevada City

are just minutes away with lots of services including

lodging options, restaurants, stores, gas stations,

and recreation. This year the Spring Festival

presents the gold standard in main stage entertainment,

intimate side stage performances, top notch children’s

programming, workshops and activities

for all ages, and some of the nicest people you will

ever meet. Come see why Strawberry is so much more

than a music festival! While we continue to update our

website with the latest information available,

if you have any questions please call the Strawberry

office at (209) 984-8630. Our staff is eager to share information

about the festival. See you there!



– See more at:

Nevada County!

May 14th, 2015

There’s plenty to do in Nevada County this summer; check out these upcoming events:…/whats-new-in-nevada-county-ca-…/

Go Nevada County's photo.
Go Nevada County's photo.
Go Nevada County's photo.
Go Nevada County's photo.

Grass Valley Car show

April 24th, 2015

Downtown Car Show happening tomorrow! RAIN Or SHINE! We are all revvvvved up and ready to go!

 — in Downtown Grass Valley.

Kimala Breaux DeSena's photo.
Kimala Breaux DeSena's photo.
Kimala Breaux DeSena's photo.