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May Events at the Schoolhouse

posted May 4, 2015, 1:34 PM by Kristin Snell

by Belle Star, Executive Director-North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

Community Art Show Opening

Friday, May 8, 7 pm

The community art show will feature an eclectic mix of work from some of Nevada County’s most talented artist. The show will hang from May 8th to June 6th.  Join artists and patrons on Friday, May 8, 7 P.M. for wine, light fare and “art talk”.

David Evans, with Marc Ryan and Marina Bokelman

Saturday, May 16, 8 pm

$18 members/advance $20 at the door Tickets available online, Briar Patch and Mother Truckers.

David Evans brings both tradition and creativity to his down home country blues, and it’s no surprise: his book “Big Road Blues” is subtitled “Tradition and Creativity in Folk Blues”.  It explores the role of each in performances by blues artists recorded by Evans in the deep South during the ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, when elderly musicians still played the early styles pioneered in the 1920’s.  Evans always carried his guitar, and before long could play and sing most of the blues and gospel he was documenting. 

Marc Ryan was playing guitar with songster and bluesman Babe Stovall in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1964 and ’65.  When the two traveled to Boston in search of wider recognition in the folk circuit, they landed in David Evans’ dorm room at Harvard in Cambridge. It wasn’t long before David was regularly visiting Babe and Marc in New Orleans and beginning his lifelong work of recording the music and the lives of its creators.  Over the years, Ryan and Evans collaborated on field recordings and developed a natural facility for the complementary, interlocking guitar duets that were a highlight of the original styles.  Ryan’s own solo work combines old themes with unique arrangements on 9-string guitar.

Marina Bokelman accompanied Evans on many field trips and absorbed many of the same musical influences.  To this she adds her own sense of folk tradition as gleaned from her teacher Bess Hawes (of the seminal Almanac Singers) and her studies in folklore and mythology at UCLA, where she first encountered David.  Her unaccompanied vocals carry echoes of the earliest and most moving themes within the folk blues and gospel tradition. 

Annual Plant Sale and Flea Market

Sunday, May 17, 10 am- 3 pm

Join friends, neighbors and new comers at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center’s annual Plant Sale & Flea Market! The sale will not only include plants, herbs, and flowers, but also jewelry, art, clothes, and other handmade crafts and gifts. Lunch and concessions will be available. This Flea Market is one of the most unique sales in Nevada County and promises some rare finds. You can expect to see all your favorite vendors as well as some new vendors. So come on out, get your garden starts and enjoy a lovely spring day with us at the Schoolhouse.

If you are interested in vending please contact the Schoolhouse at (530) 265-2826 or simply go to our website and register on line at

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7:30 pm

Returning favorites Gamelan and Seker Jaya will grace the Schoolhouse with their incredibly authentic Balinese music and dance.

Over sixty musicians and dancers will descend on the green slopes of North Columbia, for a Saturday evening performance on the amphitheater stage. This will be an unusual opportunity for families to experience the shimmering music and highly structured dance of Bali.

Food and drinks will be available from Krepalicious and can be enjoyed on the picnic ready lawn and tables. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. so guest can get a bite and find a great seat. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets or sit on the built in benches.

This is sure to be a magical night under the stars and the tall pines at the Schoolhouse.