Here’s hope that you had a wonderful Holiday season, and the new year is a good one. I think that a lot of us would agree that 2019 has not been the best with all of the political upheaval that touches us all. I’m confident that our little piece of America stays healthy, beautiful, exciting and relatively uncomplicated. 

I have got a wonderful event for you, and it’s oh so Amador County! Andis Wines, located at 11000 Shenandoah Road in Plymouth is opening their brand new event venue facility on Sunday, January 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In celebration, they are inviting Amadorians to come and witness their ribbon cutting, and stick around for complementary wine tasting paired with inspired appetizers, good music, their beautiful grounds, and a tour of the winery, guided by their winemaker, Mark Fowler. This fabulous event is absolutely free, however reservations are required, so dial (209) 245-6177 and talk to the friendly people who are happy to help you make your day. 

ACRA is playing Bingo on Tuesday, January 7 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 11401 American Legion Drive in Sutter Creek. (That’s right across the street from the Italian Pic-nic Grounds on Highway 49.) The price is $10 for ten games, and there’s raffle prizes, and complimentary cookies. Coffee, soda and water are available for purchase. Feel free to bring your own dinner in you prefer, and bring your friends and make an evening of it. 

If you live upcountry, roughly from Pine Grove on up, there’s a free lunch on January 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Veterans’ Hall, 25100 Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. (There’s a ‘bucket’ for donations, and almost everyone can ‘afford’ to put in a few bucks.) It’s a great place to have a nice afternoon, and a good lunch. If you need more details, contact Lori at (209) 418-9695. 

Our own Kennedy Mine is still doing tours through the winter months. This month the tour is on January 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can either drop in or make a reservation online at If you haven’t toured Kennedy, do make the effort. The tour is only $12 for adults and $6 each for those grandkids to tag along. 

That’s it for today. I will have many more interesting, inexpensive or free things for you to do in the future. I look forward to hearing from you if you know about something that you would like to share with fellow readers. My email address is: