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Cornish celebration starts Thursday

This weekend, Grass Valley will be filled with festivities in the name of St. Piran, the patron saint of hard-rock miners and the one who taught the Cornish to refine tin.

Thursday the fun begins with a blast from the past: A re-enactment at 6:30 p.m. of the 1948 NBC radio broadcast of the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir at the Del Oro Theater.

Friday night, from 6 to 9 p.m., a pub night sing-along will be held at the Holbrooke Hotel, Main and Church streets. The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir will sing popular songs of Cornwall and America.



Saturday events begin at 9:30 a.m. at the signal of Robert Russell, Grass Valley’s town crier, at Main and South Auburn streets in the City Hall parking lot.




After raising the flags, contestants of all stripes will vie in the annual Pasty Olympics that include a liver and kibble pasty tossing contest.

In the special mayoral toss, Grass Valley Mayor Mark Johnson has challenged Nevada City Mayor Sally Harris for the mayor’s trophy, which Grass Valley now proudly holds.

At noon celebrants can actually eat pasties ” at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church St. The president of the Cornish American Heritage Society, Vivanne Trevithick Bradley, is keynote speaker.

St. Piran’s Day concludes with a concert by the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir at 7 p.m. at the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

Tickets to the Del Oro Theatre night are $10 at the door (snacks and drinks not included). Purchase them in advance at the Grass Valley-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, The Book Seller in Grass Valley or Java John’s in Nevada City.

Pub night at the Holbrooke is free, with no-host beverages and food.

Tickets to the luncheon Saturday are $10 from the Grass Valley Downtown Association, (530) 272-8315.

The Male Voice Choir concert is by donation at the door.

Contact Eleanor Kenitzer at 274-3431 or 271-0679 for more information.


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