Empire Mine Park Association docents are busy making historic Bourn Cottage look its best for the holidays. Each year, “Holidays at Empire Mine” is a popular event. There will be lavish, turn-of-the-century decorations, special Gold Star cookies and hot, spiced cider being given away in the kitchen. Traditional Celtic music will be played by the String Sisters, as local history comes to life again. New costumes, plus a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (in the Clubhouse) add to the festivities. Sweeney’s Weenies, Kernel Korn and drinks from Coffee Run will be available for purchase.
The Mineyard will be bustling with activity, much the way it was when Empire Mine was one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous mines in North America. Even the old offices will be open for business — and so will the gift shop. If you’re wondering what to do the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 and 24, Empire Mine State Historic Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with festive activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call (530) 273-8522 or visit www.parks.ca.gov or www.empiremine.org.