As part of my exploration of musicians who live in the vicinity of Nevada City, I visited the home of Maggie McKaig and Luke Wilson. Together Maggie and Luke have nearly a century of experience as professional musicians, and Luke is also a noted luthier and inlay artist after forty-five years in the trade. Luke made me an excellent cup of coffee, and Maggie offered some delicious figs they had grown …
What's Happening @ KVMR
How The Celtic Festival Is Getting Greener.
When it comes to sustainability and the environment, KVMR 89.5 FM's Allison Miller is a woman on a mission.
And then some.
This weekend she's one of the over 300 hundred people in the background helping pull off KVMR's annual Celtic Festival and Marketplace as the Green Team Manager, meaning she's in charge of the festival's recycling and trash collection.
Famed pianist George Winston will perform an October 14 benefit concert for the new KVMR 89.5 FM building and Nevada Theatre expansion.
Winston -- whose recordings have sold millions of copies over his 42-year career -- will perform on a Steinway Grand Piano donated by Music In The Mountains as part of the Paul Emery Nevada City Live concert series at the Nevada Theatre.
KVMR Challenge: 2 Live Music Festivals, 1 Weekend, 50 Miles Apart
Even a longtime festival and community radio station engineer like KVMR 89.5 FM's Dave (Buzz) Barnett can't remember any single radio station attempting anything quite like it.
The Nevada City radio station will produce not one -- but two -- live remote broadcasts this weekend: from the recently relocated Strawberry Music Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and the American River Music Festival near Coloma some 50 miles south.
It's still a month away, but plans for KVMR 89.5 FM's 18th annual Celtic Festival September 26-28 are ramping up.
In fact, the non-commercial radio station will celebrate the coming event this Saturday morning with special programming featuring this year's music artists and opportunities for new or renewing members to get tickets to the festival.
From Dean Martin to Books on Bridge, A Sale That's Got It All
Once again, they'll start lining up an hour or so early this Saturday outside the Nevada City Veterans Hall to get first crack at the 2014 KVMR Music and Book Sale.
"I see a lot of the same faces every year," beamed the event producer and KVMR 89.5 FM Music Director Alice MacAllister. "They know it's a fun day, a great event."
From Book To Radio Show, Meet The County's Sages
Special To Prospector
It started out as an innovative book about leadership and civic engagement.
Four years later, it's successfully morphed into a weekly KVMR 89.5 FM radio series about, you guessed it, leadership and civic engagement.
"Originally, a group from the Center for Non-Profit leadership formed the Sages Leadership Project," explained Keith Porter, one of the radio show co-hosts. "The purpose was to determine why this community seems to run so well."
It isn't every day you get to watch a live radio broadcast outside under some tall pines.
But once a year KVMR 89.5 FM does its usual -- and unusual -- programming live in front of Nevada County Fairgoers.
Leave it to the late, fabled folksinger/storyteller U. Utah Phillips to wax nostalgic about the Fair itself.
KVMR 89.5 FM is literally going to the dogs (and cats) this Saturday.
The Nevada City radio station will be offering laser-engraved KVMR pet tags -- complete with the pet's name and phone number -- to new animal members of the non-profit, eclectic station.
"We already have over 100 pet members of the station," says membership coordinator Adriana Kelly. "They run the gamut from parrots and hamsters to a water buffalo, but most are dogs or cats."