Grass Valley Welcomes The Foothill Celebration

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

On Saturday, March 4th, we will once again be enjoying The Foothill Celebration here at Cirino’s at Main Street. As always, we will be pouring Italian wines from our private, hand-selected wine cellar, sharing our signature Cirino’s Bloody Mary Mix cocktail and as always, a sample antipasto small dish of specially selected items for you to enjoy. This upcoming Foothill Celebration will be the 6th year we will be participating. It is an event that brings hundreds of visitors to beautiful downtown Grass Valley. They stroll our historic downtown shops and enjoy wines from our Nevada County vineyards as well as sample dishes from various restaurants, bakeries and caterers. It’s a pretty exciting and spirited day. Here at Cirino’s at Main Street, we are packed solid. You’re surrounded by people who are laughing, eating and just enjoying a really, really good time. Kind of like the old days…no cell phones or computers, just friends and new acquaintances sharing conversation over delicious food and great drink. It is such an amazing time and gets more and more popular every year as it is such a feel-good time. Sierra Starr Winery, Avanguardia Winery , Smith Vineyard Winery, Lucchesi Winery, Montoliva Winery, Naggiar Winery, Pilot Peak Winery, Nevada City Winery are just a few of the local Nevada County wineries we are honored to have here in our amazing community. Please come on down and join in the festivities. We’d love to have...

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It’s Time to Trick or Treat in Grass Valley

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

Safe trick or treating is a tradition here in our beautiful town of Grass Valley. Starting several years ago, the local merchants along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association got together and decided to create a Halloween for all to enjoy. Shop owners were asked to decorate their shops with festive and sometimes creepy decorations, dress in costume and hand out candy to the parade of passersby. Moms, Dad’s, grandparents and friends accompany Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Snow White, Cinderella, Wonder Woman, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Darth Vader, cowboys and policeman and hundreds and hundreds of other imaginative characters as they walk along Mill and Main Street to gather their treasures. The parade of trick or treaters grows every year as Halloween is becoming more and more popular. Here at Cirino’s at Main Street our entire crew gets into the spirit as they serve our guests lunch and dinner. Bowls of candy are placed about so an eager hand can slyly reach in and grab a treat or two. The rest of the candy is for the children. M & M’s, Snickers, BabyRuths, MikyWays, MilkDuds, Starbursts, KitKats and Tootsie Rolls make their way into each bag, bucket or pillow case. It is so much fun and such a delight to watch the shy little boy or girl follow his or her parents’ lead to say ,”trick or treat”. Sometimes they can do it, sometimes they just can’t and every once in a while a tiny tear rolls its way down a cheek. Two years ago, we decided to add a treat for the adult trick or treaters as they guided their kids around town. This particular treat does, indeed, have a trick attached…”it’ll change your life”. If you are feeling adventurous and want to taste the Best Bloody Mary ever, stop on by and grab a sample. We serve the real deal in our bar and of course, in the restaurant. This particular treat gives the parent a bit of a kick to get around town and puts a big smile on their face. It is such an honor and a privilege to be a part of such an amazing town. The spirit and support that exist here among the downtown purveyors is magical. Working together to make the big picture even more spectacular is what we are all about. Giving to the community is a huge part of that magic. It is why people choose to live here. So, stop on by tomorrow and enjoy a treat or come in and celebrate Halloween as a participant or merely as an audience member watching a rite of passage. We would love to have...

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When Being Out is Inn-The Arrival of The Inntown Campground

When Being Out is Inn-The Arrival of The Inntown Campground

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

Innside out is a perspective that commonly leaves one to feel like something is not exactly in its proper form but in the case of the Innside Inn, it is perfection. Hidden within a forest of towering trees that seem to touch the sky, the Innside Inn is the latest and most exquisite way to enjoy life under the stars in Nevada City. Whether you want to pitch a tent and gather around a campfire, park an RV next to a picnic pad or experience the art of upscale glamping, the Innside Inn has it all. Opening just a few months ago, this campground exceeds one’s imagination. It is a place to call home. It is a family-friendly campground which includes: a footpath, a B.B.Q. area, a laundry facility, bathrooms, showers, camp store, reading nooks and yes, wi-fi and T.V. and electricity (in the glamping deluxe canvas tents where real beds and linens await your arrival). Nevada City and neighboring Grass Valley are rich with history. The addition of this unique vacationing facility enables family and friends to experience these two beauties much like the people of their past. Feel like traveling down to the Yuba River to try your hand at gold panning, the Innside Inn is only minutes away. Feel like strolling to downtown Nevada City for a delicious dinner, some shopping or a show, the Innside Inn is just a 20 minute walk…feel like enjoying Victorian Christmas, the Nevada City Bicycle Classic, the Mardi Gras Parade, Hot Summer Nights, the Nevada County Fair, the Drafthorse Classic, Cornish Christmas, WorldFest, Brewfest or even a wedding, the Innside Inn is the perfect answer in experiencing life during the height of the Gold Rush. Quiet, rustic and as next to nature as you can be. What an honor and a pleasure it is to have such an incredible venue at our fingertips. The Inntown Campground adds yet another touch of sparkle and creative intrigue to our Nevada County community. Tent camping begins at $45-$50/night, RV sites at $50-$65/night and Glamping at $90-$100/night. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed or in an enclosure at all times. Please visit: www.inntowncampground.com for more information.  ...

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Art Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence, The Graduate and Grass Valley

Art Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence, The Graduate and Grass Valley

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 3 comments

It’s hard to believe that Art Garfunkel will be performing in downtown Grass Valley on September 17, 2016 at 8 p. m. Why, you ask…well, when you think of the spectacular career and immense impact that his work has had on music history, you can’t help but smile knowing that his unique voice will be filling in the silence at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on South Auburn Street. Our musical history has had thousands of talented musicians, songwriters and performers but there are only a few handfuls that can be defined by one word, two words or just by a note with their signature voice. Art Garfunkel epitomizes the latter category. The moment you hear his voice as he sings “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Mrs. Robinson”, “The Sound of Silence” or “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”, your heart settles into a familiar sound and your soul remembers the first time it experienced the beauty. That’s quite a powerful gift to share and it all began back in the 1950’s in the Forest Hills neighborhood of New York when Art and his boyhood friend, Paul Simon, began entering talent contests singing songs of the Everly Brothers. Only 11 years of age, they began practicing relentlessly until they reached what they felt was a “professional” sound. Rock ‘n Roll and Rhythm ‘n Blues became the fad and the new singing duo set their sites on the Brill Building hoping to sign a contract. By the time they were seniors in high school, they appeared on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. Deciding on a different avenue to take, Mr. Garfunkel left the duo to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Columbia University. He never stopped singing and reunited with Paul in 1962 when they signed with Columbia Records. “Homeward Bound,” “I Am a Rock,” “Cecilia,” and “My Little Town” are just a few songs among their list of  hits that added to the legacy of what was to become “Simon and Garfunkel”. Whenever you hear, “where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?” you can’t help but conjure up the image of Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in the film classic “The Graduate”directed by Mike Nichols. That is why it is so hard to believe. As proud sponsors of The Center for the Arts, we thank them for their ongoing efforts in bringing such amazing talent to our beautiful community.  We hope you join us for an incredible night of timeless talent…and a voice that is anything but the sound of...

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Artist Jackson Browne Comes to Nevada County

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Artist Jackson Browne Comes to Nevada County

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 2 comments

The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley has continually brought our community incredible performers. On the heals of Boz Scaggs and Art Garfunkel, The Center has recently announced that Jackson Browns will be performing on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on South Auburn Street. His career has been a long and successful one. Born in Heidelberg, West Germany, Jackson Browne and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was three years old, and by the time he was a teenager, Browne had developed an interest in folk music. Coming to prominence in the 1970s, Browne has written and recorded songs such as “These Days“, “The Pretender“, “Running on Empty“, “Lawyers in Love“, “Doctor My Eyes“, “Take It Easy“, “For a Rocker“, and “Somebody’s Baby“. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. After graduating in 1966, Browne joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, performing at the Golden Bear (Huntington Beach, California) where they opened for The Lovin’ Spoonful. The band later recorded a number of Browne’s songs, including “These Days”, “Holding”, and “Shadow Dream Song”.[4] He also spent a short time in his friend Pamela Polland‘s band, Gentle Soul. Browne left the Dirt Band after a few months and moved to Greenwich Village, New York, where he became a staff writer for Elektra Records‘ publishing company, Nina Music before his eighteenth birthday. He reported on musical events in New York City with his friends Greg Copeland and Adam Saylor. He spent the remainder of 1967 and 1968 in Greenwich Village, where he backed Tim Buckley and singer Nico of the Velvet Underground. In 1967, Browne and Nico were romantically linked and he became a significant contributor to her debut album, Chelsea Girl, writing and playing guitar on several of the songs (including “These Days“). In 1968, following his breakup with Nico, Browne returned to Los Angeles, where he formed a folk band with Ned Doheny and Jack Wilce, and first met Glenn Frey. Browne’s first songs, such as “Shadow Dream Song” and “These Days”, were recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tom Rush, Nico, Steve Noonan, Gregg Allman, Joan Baez,Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, the Byrds, and others. Browne did not release his own versions of these early songs until years later. Soon after this, Rolling Stone mentioned Browne as a “new face to look for” and praised his “mind-boggling melodies”.[5] In 1971, Browne signed with his manager David Geffen‘s Asylum Records and released Jackson Browne (1972) produced and engineered by Richard Orshoff, which included the piano-driven “Doctor My Eyes“, which entered the Top Ten in the US singles chart. “Rock Me on the Water“, from the same album, also gained considerable radio airplay, while “Jamaica Say You Will” and...

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Campbell’s Tomato Juice “Box Top for Education” Helps Nevada County

Campbell’s Tomato Juice “Box Top for Education” Helps Nevada County

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Cirino's Blog | 0 comments

In our wildest dreams we never knew that the popularity of our Cirino’s Bloody Mary Mix would have such a huge impact on our local schools but it has. You see, Campbell’s Tomato Juice is our beverage of choice to accompany our signature drink. The flavors blend perfectly together. Well, add the “Box Tops for Education’ coupon  to the Tomato Juice label and you have an unexpected gift. We have proudly collected thousands and thousands of these “Box Tops” each year and donate them to our grammar school system. The recipients are thrilled as are we when we see their excitement. It’s a simple gesture on our part but the difference it makes is huge. Enjoy the story of how this little program began 20 years ago and how it has grown into something that provides our children with opportunity… It all started in California in 1996. General Mills wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America’s schools – and so, Box Tops for Education™ was born. As part of the initial test program, Box Tops were only available on select Big G cereals, such as Cheerios™, Total™ and Lucky Charms™. The program was such a huge success that it soon launched on other General Mills products and expanded across the nation. By 1998, more than 30,000 schools were clipping Box Tops and earning cash to buy the things they needed: books, computers, playground equipment and more. Over the next four years, the Box Tops for Education™ program doubled to include brands such as Pillsbury™, Old El Paso™ and Green Giant™. By 2004, over 82,000 schools across the nation participated in Box Tops, earning more than $100 million. In 2006, for the first time, non-food brands began to participate; now families could clip Box Tops from Ziploc®, Hefty®, Kleenex® and Scott® products, too. As the program expanded, school earnings increased. By 2010, schools across the nation had earned over $320 million. Today, America’s schools have earned over $719 million, and you can find Box Tops on hundreds of products throughout the grocery...

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