weekend in the foothills

Last weekend I went to Nevada City for the Foothills Country Dancer’s monthly dance at Oddfellows Hall. The dance has just in the last two months become significantly more popular, and the hall is now full of wonderful dancers, beginners, returnees, experienced people, of all ages. This has always been my favorite dance, but now it is even more fun. Thank you to the organizers, the callers, the band, and my carpool buddy Karen.

Manzanita on Indian Ridge trail

Sunday morning I went hiking and biking, both, in Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley. Though obviously the theme of the park if the mining heyday of this area, there is a lot of healing nature (nature in the process of healing, and healing of people) to be found. I spent a while just sitting on the bridge over Little Wolf Creek. After the first part riding my bike, I locked it up and went hiking on the north side of the park, along Pipeline and Indian Ridge trails.

The Spider and the Fly

In the afternoon I attended the house concert hosted by Joyce and Dan. The music was Sylvia Herold and the Rhythm Bugs. Wonderful music, a combination of swing, jazz, and a more, all done with precise musicianship and wonderful voices. The concert was almost entirely from the group’s newly released album, The Spider and the Fly. It was fun, and left me feeling great. Joyce and Dan have been doing these house concerts for quite a while, but this was the first one I’d made. It won’t be the last. The concert was attending by quite a number of people from the Grass Valley / Nevada City community, some of whom I already knew and many I didn’t.


Nevada City weekend

Hoyt Pool on the South Yuba River
Hoyt Pool on the South Yuba River

February 5th & 6th I had a wonderful weekend in Nevada City and Grass Valley. Friday night I went to Georgia Wright’s dance party in Reno, which was poorly attended but had the benefit that I got a lot of practice with Georgia, who is the instructor with Veto of the ballroom dance class I’m taking in Carson City. Then I headed over to California and slept out in the forest above Nevada City. I had breakfast at the South Pine Cafe in Nevada City, good food and a nice way to start the day. I’d never been there before, since I most often eat breakfast at Lisa and Eric’s.

Saturday I did some shopping (mostly window shopping) and went to Gold Mountain tea shop to get some tea and a tea thermos for Danita. Then I went hiking on the South Yuba River north of town. The day was beautiful, surprisingly warm as I hiked up the south facing slope above the river. I cleaned up after the hike and went to…

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New Years Dancing

Joyce Miller & The Syncopaths
Joyce Miller & The Syncopaths

I attended the New Years Eve Gala contra dance in Santa Rosa at Monroe Hall. Joyce Miller called, and the Syncopaths played. The dancing was a lot of fun, the food at break was great, and I got to see a lot of people I don’t see very often. I especially enjoyed dancing with Sandee and Karen. There were about 100 people, a perfect crowd for Monroe Hall. I try to get to Santa Rosa at least twice a year for a dance as I quite enjoy the hall and the dance community there.

After the dance I stayed with Craig and Elaine, and had breakfast with the Syncopaths (Jeff, Ryan, Christa, and Ashley), which was quite fun.

I caught a ride to Grass Valley with Eric and Lisa, and attended the Nevada City regular contra dance on New Years Day. The dance was smaller than usual, probably due to the uncertain weather, but it was nevertheless a lot of fun, and again, I got to see and dance with a lot of friends. I stayed over with Eric and Lisa, and enjoyed Eric’s world famous waffles and good company the next morning, with Bridget, Mary, Karel, Jonathan, and Christie joining in. Art picked me up on the way back and got me to Reno.

Another weekend of great contra dancing and good friends and good food and good conversation! I’m blessed to be able to do this traveling and enjoy these experiences.

Photos on PicasaWeb Santa Rosa and Nevada City. These are taken with my iPhone, which does not have a flash, so the graininess is an artifact of low light conditions.