Editor’s Notebook: ‘Fairly’ good week in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

Editor’s Notebook: ‘Fairly’ good week in Nevada County

It's Fair Week! As the masses, and John Hart, converge on the Nevada County Fair, there's still plenty to do in and around town for those not interested in the crowds or traffic.
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It’s quiet here. A little too quiet for a newsroom.

It’s easy to tell when the Nevada County Fair has begun, because the phone doesn’t ring as much, emails slow down (a little) and John Hart is always easy to find — taking pictures at the fair.

The county’s largest annual event signals the beginning of the end. School starts next week, and more structured days await thousands of locals who enjoyed the lazy days and long, warm, breezy nights of the past few months.

It’s hard to resist the lure of the county fair — watching my children’s eyes light up at the animals, exhibits, games and food. The fair is a sensory overload of sights, sounds and sugar.

For those who prefer quieter weekend excursions, there is plenty going on around town, away from the crowds and traffic. The Center for the Arts has a full lineup of concerts this weekend, art galleries have ongoing shows and exhibits, The Stonehouse has something for every musical taste, Off Broadstreet Theatre continues its run of “Legends To Go” and more. Treats in Nevada City will host a family-friendly evening of free music and dancing from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on York Street.

Those seeking a little more solitude should enjoy a walk on the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. Installations for the ART OnSite project (see Page 5 to learn more about the project and a special benefit happening this week) will be going in soon for its Sept. 7 opening. Fair week is as good a time as any to get out and see the “before.”

Or just sit in the office and enjoy getting more work done as the masses congregate at the fair.

I welcome the quiet of this week, having just returned from time off. It’s a nice way to ease back in to the swing of things and prepare for all the Nevada County arts scene has in store for this fall.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be contacted at bbentley@theunion.com.

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