On Nov. 14 in 1889, journalist with the New York World Nellie Blye left on her trip to travel around the world in 72 days. She wanted to beat the Jules Verne character Phileas Fogg’s “Around the World in 80 Days” trek. She did beat Fogg’s fictional record and garnered acclaim everywhere she went. She even got to meet Verne in France. She also packed only one bag, even though there were no baggage fees back then.
For those not leaving on an around the world trip, it is time to enter the 35th annual Hangtown Christmas Parade sponsored by the city of Placerville. The theme for the McIntire Family Tradition is “Let the Bells of Freedom Ring.” The entry deadline for the Sunday, Dec. 2 parade is Thursday, Nov. 15 or the first 100 applicants. Applications are available at the Placerville Recreation and Parks Department, 549 Main St. in Placerville and the entry fee is an unwrapped gift for Toys For Tots and $10 with the check made payable to the city of Placerville. For more information call 530-626-3849 or 530-626-6145
The Food Bank of El Dorado County is having a grand opening party for its new administrative offices at 3291 B Coach Lane in Cameron Park, on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Bank has donated the space to the food bank. Stop in to see the new offices and enjoy some great food and hospitality.
There will definitely be some sipping, nibbling and shopping at Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Holiday Sampler. To go with the “All Things Italian” theme will be baked cannelloni, Italian sausage and peppers served over creamy polenta and paired with Boeger Italian wines and homemade Italian cookies for dessert. Cost is $5 per person and free for Barberians. To make a reservation call 530-622-8094 ext. 18.
Sierra Vista Vineyard and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in the Pleasant Valley area, is having its wonderful Chili and Chocolate Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The combination of chili, chocolate and the exquisite Sierra Vista wines is remarkable. Be sure to check out Ron Runtenelli’s jewelry, Iron Maiden Garden Art, Dedrick’s Cheese and Sausages, and gifts from Retiredice Alpacas. Cost is $10 per person or $5 for wine club members. Call 530-622-7221 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. Remember to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots box.
Off Broadway, 1245 Broadway in Placerville, is having a fun and educational event on Saturday, Nov. 17. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. an expert fit specialist from French Dressing Jeans in Montreal, Canada, will be conducting a jean fit clinic. She will point out the most flattering styles for each individual figure. There will also be free gifts and refreshments and a drawing for a free pair of jeans. For more information call 530-622-9767.
Davey “Doc” Wiser and his crew will be providing stagecoach rides on Main Street in Placerville Saturday, Nov. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. The free rides start at the Belltower in good weather. This special gift to shoppers in Placerville will continue on Nov. 23 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 from noon to 4 p.m. For more information visit placerville-downtown.org or call 530-672-3436.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is having a Bottle Your Own Sangiovese event. This is a lot of fun and a great way to fill that wine rack for the holidays. The winery supplies the bottle, cork and labels and some helpful bottling hints. To get all the details call 530-642-2021.
Enchanted April Inn, 5950 Salmon Falls Road in Pilot Hill, is having a Holiday Boutique Fundraiser to benefit All About Equine Animal Rescue on Sunday, Nov 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eighteen vendors, artisans and crafters will have some lovely gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures. For more information go to enchantedaprilinn.com or call 916-939-9144.