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Need to forget all the bad economic news for a while and get together and have some fun? Plumas Arts can’t think of a better time or place to do just that than the eighth annual Mountain Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds from 1 to 5 p.m.
Plumas Arts invites folks to come together in beautiful Quincy where the fantastic fall colors show amid majestic American Valley pines and practice some social networking — the old fashioned way: face to face, in the same place. There is more than one reason hundreds of people consider this one of their favorite events of the year.
It’s about the beer (and wine). Mountain Harvest revolves around one of the most impressive small town microbrew tastings you will find anywhere. Brewers and brewery owners love to come to this event to proudly share the fruits of their labors and to “talk beer” with an interested, appreciative crowd. There will be at least 25 craft brewers represented with well over 50 brews to sample. If participants prefer to sample wines, Quincy Natural Foods will once again host a tasting of local and organically produced wines.
It’s about the music. The guitar-driven Americana, bluesy, rock and roll music of the Bob Woods Band headlines the music this year at 3 p.m. Plumas Arts also welcomes the blues, rock and jazz synthesis of local group Rocket Surgery, performing at 1 p.m.
It’s about the extras. There will also be a great silent auction of artsy, beer-themed and other amusing and unique items and services, a bocce ball tournament sponsored by Bread for the Journey and some crafts booths as well as food booths.
But what it is really about is art and community. The Mountain Harvest Festival is one of the major fundraising efforts that help keep Plumas Arts producing events, services and programs all year long.
Plumas Arts is a particularly resourceful and determined member-supported organization, but nonetheless it has been particularly hard hit this year with funding cuts. Unfortunately, staff members are not sure the next year or two will be much easier, so this event will be a very important factor in their ability to provide much-loved programs and services.
Event admission at the gate is $7 for adults. Plumas Arts members pay $5. To join, go online to plumasarts.org, call 283-3402 or stop by the office gallery at 372 Main St. in Quincy.
Beer and/or wine tasting passes include event admission and a souvenir tasting glass. They cost $35 advance sale or $30 for Plumas Arts members, advance sale only through the Plumas Arts office or plumasarts.org. At the gate all tasting passes are $40.
Overnight camping is available for an additional $15 per site. RV hook-ups are $20.
Questions? Call Plumas Arts at 283-3402.
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