Our fifth Heritage Trail weekend went off without a hitch, unless you count temperatures above 100 hitchy. Even though the weather was hot, the history of our 18 museums proved to be hotter as we had big crowds all over the county. We're gathering up all the Get up and Go cards that were turned in and will be drawing winners as soon as we can. Thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, and car tripping history lovers it will go down in history as yet another in a long line of Heritage Trail museum tours!
The Foothill Quilters Guild and Placer School for Adults watercolor class are putting on a shared show at the Bernhard Museum winery. While you're checking out our 1890's house museum don't miss the opportunity to pop into the winery and see our exhibition of arts from 2012.
Beneath the north steps of Auburn's Historic Courthouse sits the old women's jail. During the Heritage Trail weekend this cell is transformed from a display into living history. Three outstanding docents, Joanie Maxwell, Daphne Lake and Rebecca
Deniston (pictured below) will be dressing up and impersonating one of Auburn's most notorious murderers; Alma Bell.
The Get up and Go baskets have been filled to the brim and brought to the courthouse. Two are filled with goodies from participating museums and one is filled with great stuff from the merchants of Old Town Auburn. The only way to get your hands on one of these baskets is to pick up one of these blue cards at the first museum you go to, get it stamped at four different museums and hand it in.
If you want to have a better chance, visit eight museums, or twelve, or sixteen. Heck, if you're going to go to sixteen you might as well do all eighteen.
Placer Valley Tourism has put together some deals on hotel stays for the Heritage Trail weekend. So if you're from out of town and want to have a serious chance of making it to all 18 museums come up and stay the weekend. For more info click here.
For this year's Heritage Trail we've whipped up a gold rush themed game that gives kids and adults a chance to "Strike it Rich!" A snapshot of the game board and a few of the tokens are below.
Visitors will have a chance to play similar odds as the original miners who came west seeking their fortune, which is to say odds are on contracting diseases, and going broke. But someone has to strike it rich and who knows, it could be you.
We'll be running the game all weekend in the saloon.
Tonight, August 1st at 6:30pm, Melanie Barton and Anita Yoder will be on Gerry Lyons show "News and Views." The show airs on Wave Broadband channel 4. They'll be there to answer all questions about the Heritage Trail Weekend. If you'd have a question you'd like to ask, give them a call tonight at 916-624-5333
One of the best events of last year's Heritage Trail is going to be making a repeat performance at the Gold Country Museum. The Mother Lode Goldhounds are going to be setting up their gold mining gear out on the front lawn to give lessons in various gold getting methods. If you're looking for some firsthand experience on panning, using a long tom or sluice box come on down. Be warned though, if you haven't been properly inoculated chances of contracting "gold fever" are extremely high.