Events: Sutter Creek – Las Posadas Candlelight Walk2018-03-20T23:25:35+00:00

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December 8, 2018

Historic Sutter Creek has brought a contemporary one-night version of Las Posadas, a festive Christmas tradition, to life in a heartwarming evening. Join Joseph and Mary on her burro as they make their way through town looking for shelter. This beautiful candlelight procession will wind its’ way from the Immaculate Conception Church, down Spanish Street, then continue along Main Street where it will end at the stable in front of the Historic Methodist Church.

Everyone is invited to join in the procession, singing familiar Christmas carols and listening to the narration of this ancient story. There will be cookies and hot beverages in the social hall following Las Posadas.

ANY child who wishes to participate as a character in the drama may do so as a shepherd, angel, or animal (or bring a stuffed animal).

Meet at the Immaculate Conception Church (Spanish and Amelia Streets) at 6:00pm for a candle and a song booklet. Dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes to enjoy this unique experience in a beautiful Gold Country town.

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“Although John Sutter’s sawmill was about forty miles away, Sutter Creek is in the heart of the California Gold Country. Sutter made camp here, trying to avoid the gold rush crowds, but miners soon spilled in and made the town. Mining boomed and then faded…making way for today’s contagion: wine fever. In and around Sutter Creek you can mosey along sidewalks shaded by filigreed balconies.”  – New York Times 36 Hours

Yesterday & Today

The town derives it’s name Sutter Creek after John Sutter. Sutter as early as 1844, had in pursuit of timber, established whipsawing pits and an outdoor manufacturing business named Pine Woods. It was this area near the creek, which runs behind City Hall, that became the site of new and permanent settlement. It is told the settlement started because of a single tent raised there for miners to use on rainy Sundays when they could not get to Jackson or Drytown. Sutter Creek truly established itself permanently when Gold quartz was discovered in 1851 and the became a major supply center.

Among other notable historic landmarks like Knight Foundry and the nearby Kennedy Mine, visitors should take some time to enjoy the historic wine country surrounding Sutter Creek. Wine production in the area dates back one hundred fifty years, when pioneers seeking their fortunes in gold found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes. Today Amador County boasts over 25 wineries and is famous for its red Zinfandels.