Foundry celebrates new floor with community party |

Foundry celebrates new floor with community party

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On Friday, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will host an open house and community party at the historic venue to celebrate the new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall and recognize those who have contributed to make this major yet necessary facility upgrade a reality.

Attendees are welcomed and encouraged to stroll through the Foundry, taking in the historic artifacts, beautiful stone walls, hand-hewn wood beams and, of course, the new wood floor. They can also watch and participate in yoga, swing, salsa and dance demonstrations from local instructors and organizations. And finish the evening dancing on the new floor with old and new friends to the music of the Deadbeats and other local acts who have donated their time and talents to the cause.

Food and a full no-host bar also available.

For the last year, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center has been hard at work, quietly raising funds for a new wooden floor in the Osborn/Woods Hall, one of the two great halls. A new wooden floor was needed in the Osborn/Woods Hall because the existing floor was rough, industrial concrete left over from the time when the room was a machine shop. It was also uncomfortable for standing and dancing. A new floor would beautify the hall — lighten the room, improve acoustics, attract more musical events that involve dancing, provide an elegant space for dinner dances, night-club-style events and dinner theater, expand rental business to include more daytime uses, such as exercise or dance classes and fulfill the vision outlined in Miners Foundry Strategic Plan to become a first-class venue!

With the support of private donors, businesses, Nevada City, Nevada County and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Foundry has raised 95 percent of its goal and hopes the open house and community party will help with the final amount needed. Last week, the new wood floor was installed by Youngs Carpet One. Youngs Carpet has been instrumental in helping the Foundry select the new wood floor. With its guidance, the Foundry selected a Kahrs Activity Floor. In addition to installing the floor, Youngs sealed and leveled the existing concrete floor and installed a moisture barrier.

“The Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s programs and historic preservation are funded, in part, by revenue generated from building rentals; however, individuals also play an essential role in maintaining our existing programming, expanding our offerings and ensuring the Foundry continues to enrich us for many decades to come,” said Executive Director Gretchen Bond.

There is still time for individuals, families and businesses interested in donating $1,000 or more to have their names imprinted on the floor for generations to see and enjoy.

To make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so online at or simply call 530-265-5040. You can also mail in your donation to Miners Foundry, attn: Osborn/Woods Hall Floor, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, CA, 95959.

For questions or information, contact Gretchen Bond at (530) 265-5040 or

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