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Memories of NC treasured, hopes for future shine on

Eleanore MacDonald, Breelyn MacDonald and Paul Kamm

How much it hurt, to watch the building, the businesses, the years and special times consumed by flame. The memories are held close and wait for their new home to rise from the ash, so that we all may continue our revelry and honor the beginnings of new memories …

Remembering buying the special tea to drink during my pregnancy, 26 years ago, at the old Herb Shop, a business that has been in continual operation in Nevada City for around 32 years, one of Nevada City’s first “public living rooms” and one of the very first places in town to host folk music concerts …

Watching each successive owner make the business better and more successful over the years …



Remembering the gatherings at Tuck’s – after births – after funerals – after gigs – celebrating birthdays and graduations – gathering in the luxury of just sitting quietly, sipping a fine wine, listening to a friend play music – or watching the snow fall out the great window – watching lovers, entwined in each other’s arms, climb out of the horse-drawn carriage – meeting friends, new and old – singing for the finest bar crew around – watching my then 3-year-old daughter, Breelyn, climb onto her Papa’s lap on the Tuck’s stage to sing “Bushel and a Peck” – or as an 8-year-old, to play the “Superman” theme song on her trombone kazoo….

Friar Tuck’s and the Herb Shop have both been a measuring stick, a participant, a signpost in many of our lives …




To everyone there at the Tuck’s-that-was, the Herb Shop, Lovie, Off Broadstreet, you are all in our hearts and thoughts, held close.

We eagerly await the celebration of the New, and Nevada City’s deep sigh as we all move forward again.

Eleanore MacDonald

Breelyn MacDonald

and Paul Kamm

Penn Valley


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