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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
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On Sunday, March 29, Susan and “Susan’s Place Wine Bar & Eatery” will be closing its doors and officially “Retire.”

After 28 years in business with much thought and reflection, the closing of “Susan’s Place” is announced with bittersweet emotion. Susan commented, “I wish to thank the people of Amador County, Sutter Creek and all of the loyal customers who gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream the better part of three decades. I would like to express my personal appreciation for the association we have had through the years and...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Prospect Cellars received a bouquet from Fiddletown’s Full Circle Flora for their grand opening. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Prospect Cellars, the first tasting room on Plymouth’s Main Street, opened on Friday, March 20, in the old building many may have known as Hillcrest Video. Prospect Cellars is owned by previous Executive Director of the Amador Vintners Association Jamie Lubenko, and her husband, Ronn. The Lubenkos, as well as their staff, are optimistic about this new venture, and eager for locals and tourists to stop into their fresh and unique wine tasting room.

Jamie, a self-proclaimed “Plymouth girl,” explained their choice to open a tasting...

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4 days ago
Get A Clue! Murder Mystery featuring Giles Turner and others. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Local Playwright Beth Barnard has created an original script full of drama, comedy, mystery, and just maybe, a murder. Local actors makeup the cast of this dinner theater evening performance that will turn into a mystery right before your eyes. With a combination like that, it is almost certain that a rollicking good time will be had by all. In addition to all the laughter and surprise, by attending this event, guests will also be supporting the nonprofit organization, AmadorArts. The Murder Mystery Dinner takes place on Sunday,... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
This region’s finest chefs, including Darius Somary, left, and ardent wine enthusiasts gather to celebrate great food and wine. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

With VIP tickets for Amador Four Fires now sold out, the good news is that the A4F All-Access Experience tickets are still available. These tickets include wine, food, access to all the activities, your glass and parking.

A4F is a new concept wine and food festival to ignite your senses. Four celebrated wine regions inspire the art of Amador’s winemakers and winegrowers, and the cuisine of star chefs cooking with open flame. Experience Syrahs, Mouvedres and Grenaches from the South of France. Explore Italy with Barberas, Sangioveses...

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Dandelion Days is tomorrow and Sunday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

March 21

Quest For The Deed: The deed is done — come celebrate on Saturday, March 21, when the Preston Castle Foundation will hold an Open House at the beautiful, majestic Preston Castle to celebrate the acquisition of the deed of ownership. There will be a brief ceremony at 12 p.m., and the castle will be open from noon until 4 p.m., for people to wander the unrestricted areas and take in the history and grandeur of the castle. Be a part of this historic event. Food vendors will be on hand. There is no admission cost to attend....

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3 weeks ago
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Amador Vintners Association presented, Behind the Cellar Door, last weekend at 42 participating wineries and tasting rooms throughout Amador County. Winemakers opened their doors to the public to taste fine wines, sample complementary foods, enjoy good music and learn about the wines while soaking up scenic rows of vines and rolling hills on a gorgeous, unseasonably warm day.

While the exact tally of visitors to this popular event is not yet known, presale tickets were up by more than 200 over last year’s event, and the day-of...

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Dandelion Days is the weekend of March 21 and 22, in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Wednesdays

Senior Social Hour: Join other seniors at the community centers to meet new friends, play games or bring your lunch and come visit at noon, on Wednesdays, at the Upcountry Community Center, located at 19386 Highway 88, in Pine Grove, telephone (209) 296-2785; and at noon, on Thursdays, at the Camanche Lake Community Center, located at 4419 Camanche Parkway N., in Ione, telephone (209) 763-2720.

March 13 & 14

A Haunting At Preston Castle: Strange Escapes, a boutique paranormal event company founded by Amy Bruni, of...

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4 weeks ago
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Mark your calendars for a mouth-watering spaghetti dinner, delicious wine, a raffle with terrific prizes, live and silent auctions and lively dancing to the music of the Dick Cooper Band when the 8th Annual Spaghetti Western returns to Cooper Vineyards on Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m.

The Cooper family has generously supported The Spaghetti Western over the years by allowing the Board of Cancer Research to hold this important fundraiser at the picturesque Shenandoah Valley location.

Live auction items include a four-day wine...

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4 weeks ago
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Kicking off their 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to the Outdoor Concert Venue Stage on Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m.

Rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo are celebrating their 35th Anniversary in the music industry in true powerhouse fashion. Together, with Benatar’s diverse vocal range and Giraldo’s superb talent as a guitarist, the duo have forged the most successful partnership in rock history. They’ve sold more than 26 million albums and have...

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4 weeks ago
Michael Havill, of BellaGrace Vineyards. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County’s popular Barbera Festival, set for Saturday, June 13, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a move to the original home of barbera in Amador County, Terra d’Oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards, located at 20680 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth.

Tickets for this always-sold-out event are on sale now at barberafestival.com. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission and $30 for designated drivers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds for the Barbera Festival benefit the Amador Community Foundation....

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4 weeks ago
Do you recognize the disguised man in the hat? Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

What happens when a local playwright creates a comedy, and local actors have fun turning it into a mystery that unfolds before your eyes? A rollicking good time. Last year, AmadorArts’ inaugural fundraising event sold out, leaving many feeling culturally neglected. In late March, you’ll have the opportunity to be at two Murder Mystery Dinners.

You are invited to attend AmadorArts’ Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday, March 26, at Clark’s Corner, in Ione, and on Sunday, March 29, at the Imperial Hotel, in Amador City.

At both, doors...

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Mother Lode Harvest Farm Tour. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

March 7

Mother Lode Harvest Farm Tour: Mother Lode Harvest, a local food and farm products association, is having its winter quarter Open House at one of its member farms, Butte Mountain Farm, in Jackson, on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Farmer Carolyn Boyd and her helpers will conduct tours of the farm, which will include the sheep barn, deluxe chicken coop, greenhouse and extensive garden, and will discuss farming using sustainable methods. Information about Mother Lode Harvest will be available and there will be light...

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4 weeks ago
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Fans of Amador County wines will be treated to a scintillating variety of old-vine zinfandels, syrahs, sangioveses, barberas, viogniers and other “off-the-beaten-track” varietals which flourish in Amador’s sun-bathed hillside vineyards. These delicious, food-friendly wines will be showcased at the Amador Vintners’ annual “Behind the Cellar Door” weekend wine extravaganza, which runs Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event features tastings from barrel and bottle at 42 Amador County wineries, along...

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02/27/2015 10:55 AM
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Join Tanis Vineyards Winery any weekend in March or April for their Propagation Celebration. What are they propagating? Spring vine shoots from their land to yours, along with gratitude, kindness, acceptance and joy!

Stop by their tasting room for wine tasting any Friday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during March or April, and be a part of the experience of taking a little piece of Tanis Vineyards home with you to plant. This year’s vine shoots are a mystery bunch. What might you find when these gifts come to...

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Jack Mitchell
02/27/2015 10:18 AM
Thomi’s is hosting a benefit for the HUB Youth and Community Center on Friday, March 6. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Disaptch
Stan Lukowicz and Frank Manzano are hosting a sit-down dinner at Thomi’s Banquet Hall on Friday, March 6 to benefit The Hub Youth and Community Center in Jackson, which is operated by the Amador County Recreation Agency. This fundraiser supports year-round youth programs such as the After School Program, Summer Day Camp, A Children’s Christmas, Children’s Theater Workshop, Hub Arts and Saturdays at the Hub. Other funding needs include computers, computer software and workstations, the development of a teen center and the construction... [Read more]
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02/26/2015 9:52 AM
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The 6th annual popular fundraising Tiger Fest Dinner will be held Saturday April 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, in Calaveras County, about 16 miles east of San Andreas. Each year, a different theme is followed for the homemade food, decorations and entertainment.

Where is the international flavor theme taking guests this time? “South of the Border” with a menu of pork fajitas, grass-fed beef chili, beans, rice, chips, salsa and all accompaniments, plus dessert made Churro-style with...

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02/26/2015 9:47 AM
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes blues and rock icons Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer to the Grand Oak Ballroom stage on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

A child prodigy, Winter’s music encompasses multiple genres including rock, jazz, blues and pop. His 1970 album debut, “Entrance,” demonstrated his unique ability to cross genre lines. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborations, some of Winter’s hit singles include “Tobacco Road,” “Frankenstein,” “Show Your Love” and “Turn On Your Love Light.” He can also be heard on...

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02/26/2015 9:41 AM
Open Mic Night tonight in Sutter Creek. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

February 27

Family-Style Open Mic Night: Families, kids, adults and teens, come out Friday — that’s tonight — and show off your talent at Family Friendly Open Mic: Share Your Talent Show, from 7 to 9 p.m. Whether you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform a dramatic scene, tell a story, tell a joke, show your art or ? Come early to sign up for your spot and share your talent. Make a full night of it, if you’d like, by arriving at 6 p.m., for a potluck supper. Bring a favorite food dish to share. It’s a great way for families to...

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02/19/2015 12:57 PM
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The Amador Vintners Association endears thousands every year by offering special regional events, each celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On March 6, 7 & 8, Amador’s best wineries are opening their cellar doors especially for you! Experience what the Wine Spectator calls “a desirable destination for wine lovers.”

Unique focus at Behind the Cellar Door is the educational aspect. Seminars like: “Test Your Nose Challenge” at Amador Foothill Winery; “Oak Effects” at Le Mulet Rouge; “The Art...

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02/19/2015 12:52 PM
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Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Willie Watson returns to Feist Wines, in Amador City. His first show at Feist, in January, sold out two weeks ahead of time and the at-capacity tasting room was filled with soulful Americana music.

Watson is on tour promoting his first solo album, “Folk Singer, Volume 1.” At the recent concert at Feist, Watson told the crowd, “Everyone needs more banjo. It’s banjo therapy.”

Watson quit high school in 1997 to pursue his music career. He is a folksinger, instrumentalist...

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