Cornish heritage celebrations just around the corner |

Cornish heritage celebrations just around the corner

The pasty – that Cornish, bread-encrusted meat-and-potato pie – takes center stage again this year as Grass Valley hosts the sixth annual St. Piran’s Day celebration.

Pasty eating and tossing will highlight the weekend, as Grass Valley Mayor Lisa Swarthout attempts to defend her pasty-toss crown against Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum.

Events are scheduled set for Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13.

The St. Piran’s celebration will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 12, with a Pub Night sing-along and no-host bar at the Holbrooke Hotel, at 212 W. Main St., downtown Grass Valley. Pasties and food will be available for sale at the free-admission event.

A 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 13, the St. Piran’s Day flag will be raised in the City Hall parking lot at 125 E. Main St. Immediately following, Swarthout and Senum will face off for the Pasty Olympics, with a performance by town crier Robert Russell.

A pasty lunch will start at 12 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada City United Methodist Church on 433 Broad St., downtown Nevada City. The keynote speaker is Gary Noy, director of the Institute of Sierra Nevada Studies at Sierra College. The event costs $10, and tickets are at the Book Seller in Grass Valley and the Grass Valley-Nevada County Chamber of commerce; or by at the Grass Valley Downtown Association, (530) 272-8315.

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