Monday, July 25, 2016

2016 Plymouth Farmers Market Starts Thursday, August 4

The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills, City of Plymouth and Farmers Market Association Present the Annual Plymouth Farmers Market

Spend a Pleasant Summer Evening in the Park in Plymouth
The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills is once again sponsoring the Plymouth Farmers Market, held every Thursday, 4 pm to 7:00 pm, from August 4th through September 27th, on the shady grass of McGee Park on historic Main Street in Plymouth. Fresh produce is a big draw at the weekly market as well as fresh baked goodies and breads, olive oil, candy, crafts, lavender, soaps, jewelry and so much more.   
The Plymouth Farmers Market is a well-known gathering place to not only purchase fresh produce, but to enjoy live music while having a glass of wine and small plate dinner — all in a grassy shaded park. We have a terrific line-up of wineries who will be pouring again this year, including: Helwig Winery, Le Mulet Rouge, Karmere, Andis Wines, Sobon Wine Company, Deaver Vineyards, Turley Wine Cellars, Vino Noceto and Prospect Cellars. Our food vendors will keep us full and happy; here’s who will be here this year: Billy Bones BBQ, Beth Sogaard Catering, Rustic Oven Wood Fired Pizzas, In Cahoots BBQ, Taste Restaurant and Prospect Cellars. Music is always a highlight of the evening and you will find some of the same talent from last year’s roster coming back for a repeat performance this year.

A Place to Bring the Whole Family
Waiting for you at McGee Park, across the street from Plymouth’s City Hall on Main Street, are picnic tables with table cloths and grassy areas for your picnic blanket. The park also offers a fenced playground for those younger and still able to climb up and down play structures. You can watch your kids play while enjoying the community feeling the event offers. This is a great way to meet your community and find out just how friendly and fun we are.

New Vendors Welcome
If you’d like to sell your products at the Plymouth Farmers Market, we urge you to give us a call. Organic produce vendors must be certified first (a simple process); then just show up and choose a location for your table. Again this year, local non-profit organizations are invited to present their information at the market at no charge to their group. Call the number above to schedule a table, or just show up well before 4 pm with your product to sell and we’ll find a spot for you. It’s $15 a spot, and no actual booth or chairs are provided. You must bring everything you need to sell your product. First come, first served as to space on the lawn.

The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills
In our 9th year as a service club here in Amador County, we are local business and community professionals, friends, and neighbors joined under the philosophy of Rotary International who provide leadership for doing good in the community and the world. Internationally, we are very close to eradicating Polio, and locally, in addition to community improvement projects, we support our youth with scholarships and leadership programs, dictionary distribution and reading programs. Additionally, we support our schools with youth service clubs and youth exchange programs, and sponsor the high school Interact Clubs and the college-age Rotaract Club in Amador County.

If you are interested in giving back to humanity, along with experiencing lasting fellowship, there is a Rotary club for you. Ask any Rotarian you meet for more information. We meet weekly at the Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:15 am. And, every third Tuesday of the month we have a member-hosted evening pot-luck as our meeting. All our meetings and speakers are listed at our web page at

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Professor Vittorino Novello, University of Turin, to Tour Foothill Vineyards Aug. 1-4

California Sierra Foothill winegrape growers are finding success producing Italian grape varieties, owing in part to the ideal microclimate and soils the foothill region provides.  In order to improve the production of Italian winegrapes in the foothills, and to shed a little light on how these varieties are grown in their home country, the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association, the Amador Winegrowers Association, the El Dorado Winery Association, and the Amador Vintners have teamed up with UCCE Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich to host Professor Vittorino Novello, University of Turin, Italy, on a week-long tour of El Dorado and Amador vineyards.

Novello, who is currently President of the International Viticulture Group for Innovation, and is a recognized and distinguished viticulture expert with over 190 authored publications, will discuss production techniques for varieties such as Barbera, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Vermentino while touring foothill vineyards.  Two tours are planned, open to sponsoring organization members only, during which Professor Novello will join El Dorado and Amador grape growers and their winemakers to tour and taste Italian wines.

An evening seminar will be given by Professor Novello at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 at Terra D’Oro barrel room, 20680 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth and is open to the public. The seminar will include a brief overview of the tours by UCCE Farm Advisor Wunderlich, followed by a discussion by Novello of how Italian varieties are best cultured in Italy, what challenges and opportunities he saw on the tours, and what (new) varieties may be valuable for the foothill growers to explore. Novello will also discuss a current winegrape research topic of his choice.

There is a $30 charge for non-members of sponsoring organizations for the seminar and attendees are asked to bring a bottle of wine to share. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To view the tour stops, growers and winemakers, go to:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dinner in the Vineyard at Avio - Sat Aug 13

Dinner in the Vineyard at Avio
Dinner in the Vineyard  at Avio
      Imagine yourself sitting outside the wine cellar, a grape covered trellis to your side, live music playing in the background, gazing over rolling hills covered in grape-filled vineyards, while dining on locally sourced and sustainable delicacies.   Stefano & Lisa invite you to a special evening featuring Avio wines paired with an elegant menu prepared onsite by Chef Christophe.  Dine under the stars while enjoying live music in a picturesque vineyard setting. 
Rubbed tomato tartine, fresh thyme sprig,  "Serrano Jamon" and Parmesan Reggiano flakes, served with a side of herb salad

Halibut "in robe" of thinly sliced zuchini, saffron emulsion, radishes and basil, pearl of tomatoes  

N.Y. steak with bordelaise sauce, potato basket of "ratatouille" and green beans in a bundle.   

Strawberry with crême fraiche and vanilla sugar tartar, strawberry coulis and crispy cinnamon phyllo triangles 
The view
  Chef Christophe
August 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  
$79 pp for  wine club members. 
$85 pp for non-wine club members.
 limited seating 

Stefano & Lisa:
(916) 212 9520
Website | Vino | The Vineyard | Wine Club | Contact
Avio Vineyards and Winery | 14520 Ridge Road, Sutter Creek, CA 95685

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

UCCE Central Sierra Master Food Preserver Training meetings - Meetings on July 22 & Aug 5

Want to Become A UCCE Master Food Preserver?

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train to become a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteer of Amador/Calaveras Counties. Master Food Preserver volunteers learn University-based, scientific information and then share that knowledge with our communities in Amador and Calaveras counties through free public classes, newsletters, Farm Day, farmers markets, the County Fair, and other educational events.

There will be two program overview meetings for anyone interested in becoming a Master Food Preserver on Friday, July 22 and Friday, August 5 (only need to attend one) from 10 - 11 a.m. at the UCCE Office in Jackson in the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road. We will discuss in depth what you will be doing as a certified Master Food Preserver, what the classes consist of, and what your volunteer responsibilities may entail.

Class size is limited, so if you are interested, this is a meeting you should attend. Training classes for accepted volunteers will be on Fridays (one Saturday) beginning September 9 and run through October 28 with graduation November 4. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consist of lectures and hands-on labs.

The training fee is $135; payment is due before classes begin. Once training is completed, the new volunteers will be certified Master Food Preservers and agents of the UCCE. Our mission is to teach our local communities how to safely preserve food at home. As agents of the UCCE, Master Food Preservers of Amador/Calaveras Counties are required to volunteer at least 50 hours during your first year and 25 hours each subsequent year in our communities. Highest priority for applicants is given to residents of Amador and Calaveras counties. Residents from neighboring counties who are willing to volunteer in Amador and Calaveras counties may also apply.

Complete the online application at Applications will be due by end-of- day Sunday, August 14, 2016. The main criteria for acceptance is prior community service; experience teaching, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-on- one situations; and experience with home preservation.

For more information or to RSVP for either session contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621- 5528,  or go online at

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Simply Summer in Amador at the Union!

Summer in Volcano is full of action and excitement!  
Join us.
union color
moon rise at sunset over Volcano
Summer Greetings from Volcano

On the Summer Solstice the full moon was anxious to make an appearance during the most stunning sunset of the year.  We are blessed to be in such a beautiful region.  Besides being beautiful there is lots
 of fun to be had too!
We look forward to having you join us for the some of the fun.
See you soon!
Amador Events Calendar
Playing with our Food
Chef Mike

Meet Chef Mike Hom who has been at the helm of the Union kitchen for the past year.  A Sacramento native Mike is a graduate of the Kitchen Academy.  He has worked at Ella and Nagato Sukiyaki in Sacramento and Goose & Gander in St. Helena.  He is very passionate about providing our guests with great food and variety.  He takes time to train our Culinary team on a regular basis and instill that same passion.  He gets excited about food, the seasonal changes and trying new ideas.  Recently, he WOWed some Vegan guests with his special creation.  There are more menu changes to come throughout the summer.  Next time you come in say hello to Mike and his team as they work hard to ensure you a fresh and delicious meal.
Going to the State Fair?  Sunday, July 17 at 6 pm in county building B, Chef Mike will be participating in the Cal State Floral Association with a Chef demonstration of cooking with edible flowers.  
Sunday Afternoon Happy Hours
yes. hours.

Sunday afternoons in Volcano are 
~for when you are on your way down the hill from your Sunday hike
 ~for when you have finished your chores
~ for when the game is over (or just starting)
~ for when it's time to get out of the house
~ for when you need a break from wine tasting
~ for when you have exhausted yourself with retail therapy
~ for when the fish stop biting
~for when you've paddled all day

Join us for Happy Hours from 2 pm to 5 pm on Sundays
Special Culinary Creations for about $6
Drink specials with $1 off draft, select bottled beers 
and wines by the glass
See you Sunday!
Click HERE for current specials
Live Theater Under the Stars

The Volcano Theater Company Presents
Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm during the summer
bring a lawn chair, a picnic and warm clothing (really)

Tom, Dick and Harry~ side splitting comedy - playing June 10 - July 9

Anne of Green Gables~ an orphans outlook on life changes those around her - playing August 12- September 10

Lost in Yonkers ~ set during WWII, two brothers are sent to live with family in Yokers - playing September 30 - October 29

Miracle on 34th Street ~ A holiday classic - playing November 18 - December 10
Tickets sell out quickly for the indoor shows - don't delay!

Main Street Theater Works Presents
More live theater in Amador under the star filled skies
Friday and Saturday at 8 pm 

The Explorers Club - Victorian Setting, peppered with science, nature and endless cocktails  - playing June 24 - July 23

The Last Lifeboat - a look at the drama behind the sinking of the Titanic - playing August 12 - September 10th
Local Fun
sus dusk

Picture This...
Consolation Street in Volcano open for dining only. 
One very, very long dinner table.
You and your friends dressed in white.
Live jazz, dancing, local wines,
bubbles, and beer.
Family-style dinner and decadent sweets.
Toast the good life in Amador County.
We call it: Supper Under the Stars.
And you are invited.
Sunday, August 7, 2016 5:30 pm 

Event ticket includes live music, appetizers, local wine & beer, family-style dinner, dessert, dancing and gazing at the stars under the beautiful Amador summer sky. The opportunity to bid on Amadors best experiences and destinations, in silent auction items.
Last years event sold out.  Don't miss out on this spectacular event.  
Summer Get Away

Need to just get out of dodge? Come hide in Volcano!  
Our four comfortable rooms await you for a Summer Hideout! You can disconnect and enjoy the cool creek swimming holes, kayaking on a mountain lake, hiking in the peace of the pines, sipping local wines, watching the day come & go from the balcony and cool Volcano evenings.  Great rates and a delicious breakfast is included each morning.  Check Availability Here
corn hole
Simple Fun at the Union

Have you played shuffleboard with us lately?  The pucks are ready for you. 
Darts are available too!

New to the game board at the Union is Corn Hole.  

Try one of our many beers on tap or by the bottle, bring your friends, have some duck wings and enjoy the simple fun at the Union.
Volcano Union Pub + Inn | | (209) 296-7711

Inn Rooms: available nightly
Pub Hours:  Thursday/Monday 5 pm to 8 pm
Friday  5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 8 pm 
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