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All Day Holiday Festival of Wines is December 8 & 9! Shop Small & Local!
Murphys, CA...Holiday Festival of Wines! Shop small and shop local this Holiday Season! December 8th-9th following Murphys Holiday Open House, visit wineries and receive special offers and discounts as you shop for wine, wine related merchandise, gift packs and more for your holiday gift giving or entertaining needs. A list of coupons offered by wineries this holiday season is enclosed and enjoy some local savings!

01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Celebrate the Season at Mokelumne Hill's Annual Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
Mokelumne Hill, CA...Discover small town holiday cheer at Mokelumne Hill’s Annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 9th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. This quaint, historic, gold rush town comes to life with special activities for the entire family! FREE PARKING AND SHUTTLE FROM WENDELL’S PARKING LOT! Enjoy a Horse Drawn Hay Ride down Main Street and have a photo taken with Santa at the Historic Hotel Leger.  Merchants will be offering special activities such as face painting by Leslie Vasquez at Petroglyphe Gallery and Reindeer Games at McHale’s Revival. Complimentary Holiday Food, Drinks and Surprises at ACME ART, Moke Hill Nuts & Candies, The Old Firehouse, Old Enough to Know Better Antiques, JPM Realty and Renegade Winery.  Get creative at Ed & Brenda's with Ginger-Bread House Decorating and Children's Crafts at the Mokelumne Hill Library. Children can mail their "wish list" to the North Pole at the Mokelumne Hill Post Office.  

Rounding out the day’s events from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Petroglyphe Gallery, listen to the Magnolia Rhythm Trio play their rich diversity of music and impeccable harmonies while sampling wines from 1850 Wine Cellars of Sutter Creek. Artist Doug Lawler will be signing his new limited edition book “The Island of ZA, A Wordless Fable”. 
The TREE LIGHTING will happen at Renegade Winery, 5:30 pm!


Mokelumne Hill’s Holiday Open House is a chance for everyone to join in and celebrate the spirit of the season! Feel the warmth of small-town pride and the rich heritage of this historic gold rush community. Make it a holiday tradition to be part of the celebration!!

For more information on the Holiday Open House please visit or contact the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust at (209) 286-1387.

Historic Mokelumne Hill is located between San Andreas and Jackson, located off Highway 49, just 10 minutes from Jackson and less than an hour from Sacramento in the heart of the Gold Country. 

This event is sponsored by the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust. 
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM Second Sunday Artisan Tasting Series at Lavender Ridge
Murphys, CA...Cheese and Wine Pairings with a Theme. Lavender Ridge Vineyard specializes in handcrafted Rhone varietal wines paired with the world's finest artisan cheeses.

June 10
Summer Picnic Cheeses
July 8
Reds, Whites, & Blues
August 5 (1st Sunday)
American Cheese Society Winners
September 9
Our Cheese Ancestry
October 14
Local Farmstead Favorites
November 11
Fondue: Fall Melting Cheeses
December 9
Holiday Cheese Plates
Led by Certified Cheese Professional, Judy Creighton

$20/ person, paid RSVP required:

From 2-3pm and typically include four cheeses paired with four wines and held at the Rhône Room at Lavender Ridge Tasting Room
02:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Murphys, CA...All they wanted to do was put on a nice little Christmas play…what they got was a “Christmas Carol” you’ve got to see to believe. On November 30, Murphys Creek Theatre unveils its final offering in what has become a landmark season with new Artistic Director Robbie Allen at the helm. “Inspecting Carol” is the perfect comic antidote to the hustle, bustle and blues of the holidays.

The Union Democrat called the play “riotously funny” and a “well-paced mix of slapstick and wit that is packed with laughs and is a great holiday stress-reliever”. The Modesto Bee chimed in with “an uproarious Christmas comedy…‘Inspecting Carol’ is pure bliss”. The Sierra Lodestar dubbed it “sheer holiday hilarity”.

The play was written by Daniel Sullivan and members of the Seattle Repertory Theater who no doubt had a variety of real “Christmas Carol” disasters in mind when they concocted this fictional one.

The ‘Soap Box Playhouse’ is trying to mount its production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the umpteenth time. No problem. They could do it their sleep. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is, of course, everything - and then some. We can’t tell you much, suffice to say the comic results are…well…devastating.

Don Bilotti directs the show and is thrilled to be back directing big-time comedy. “I love directing the big, important dramas that have been my stock-in-trade for some years now, but it’s so much fun to let all that bottled-up silliness loose on the world every once in awhile.”, he says.

“This is pure, large-cast situational comedy, where one unfortunate circumstance gets piled on another and the harder the characters try to make things better, the worse things get. The roles are delicious and it’s so much fun to work on. Plus, I’ve been lucky to land a cast chock full of the best comic actors in the region.”

From Zorah, the excitable artistic director (“She’s Lithuanian.”), to Larry, the leading actor who wants to perform the entire role of Scrooge in Spanish, to Luther, who has played Tiny Tim so long that Bob Cratchit can’t even lift him anymore, to Walter, the company’s first African-American actor who finds himself playing an all-white ghost, this hapless troupe of players finds itself in a mounting series of disasters and mistaken identities that goes from bad to worse and downhill from there.

To complicate matters, the company finds itself flat broke with only one slim hope of survival. The National Endowment for the Arts is sending one last inspector to view their work. If only they can put on “the best ‘Carol’ the country has ever seen”, they will be saved. They do their best and the result is pure hilarity.

Maryann Curmi plays Zorah, the director of the Soapbox Playhouse. “I’ve given them everything they’ve asked for and now they want, what? Quality? We never get a break do we?” Zorah – at the end of her short, Lithuanian rope - pleads.

Curmi, who has made quite a name for herself as a multi-talented actor and director, returns with a vengeance to one of her favorite roles.

Michael Crich is Larry, the recalcitrant Scrooge and one of the principal troublemakers of the company.

Sean Lewis plays Wayne Wellacre, the timid aspiring actor and erstwhile data processer who stumbles into the Soapbox playhouse and the comic adventure of a lifetime.

Sally McClellan is Dorothy Tree Hapgood, the daffy Grand Dame of the company and Jake Edmondson is Sidney Carlton her not-so-perfect husband and doddering company veteran.

Mike Moon plays Kevin, the unfortunate business manager of the company. Kirk Summers takes the role of Phil, the self-important and accident-prone leading man. Sarah Grimes-Emmons is MJ, the loveable-in-a-sarcastic-way stage manager.

Sean-Pierre Fox-Wilson is Walter the newest actor in the company who gets a lot more – or less – than he bargained for. Newcomer Aidan Seay plays Luther, the pesky Tiny Tim who has outgrown both the role and his costume. David Vershay as Bart and Emily Graham round out the troupe.

The surprising set is designed by Micki Dambacher and props are provided by Linda Glick and Dambacher. Costumes are courtesy of Kathleen Lowe and Linda Glick.

This production is rated PG-13 for some comic adult language. If you had the same troubles as these folks, you’d cuss too.

November 30-December 23 Fridays and Saturdays @ 7:00pm Sundays @ 2pm 580 S. Algiers Street Murphys CA 209-728-8422 Opening weekend features a special Bring A Friend for Free- patrons can by 2 general admission tickets for the price of one, by using the voucher code SCROOGE when booking in advance.

Tickets available at or

$24 GENERAL, $22 SENIORS AND STUDENTS, $12 children 12 and under
02:30 PM Mountain Melody Women's Chorus Winter Concert
Mountain Melody Women's Chorus is once again bringing you a delightful program of Holiday Songs entitled, "A Nostalgic Christmas."

This special program will bring back cherished holiday memories with songs like "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," and "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

Another extraordinary Mountain Melody event is our participation in a special concert in New York City presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) and held in the legendary Carnegie Hall in March of 2019.

Mountain Melody is so excited to be participating, and if you'd like to help us on our journey, please visit our website:
Or go to our GoFundMe page:

Sunday December 9th 2:30 pm
Ayrael Vieux Vineyards
1690 Monge Ranch Road, Douglas Flat, CA 95229 510-418-6197
Purchase Estate Grown Wines by the glass and listen to the holiday program by Mountain Melody.
Suggested Donation $10.00

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