Step right up to the Heritage Trail

Museum tour open to all on Saturday, Sunday
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal features editor
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This weekend’s Heritage Trail Museums Tour offers visitors the opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of 19 Placer County museums. There’s really no reason not to check out this event, in its third year. Here are five reasons to hit the Heritage Trail. It’s free No matter whether you visit Roseville’s Maidu Museum, spend the day exploring Auburn’s Gold Country Museum or head up the hill to check out the Western SkiSport Museum at Boreal Mountain Resort, you’ll get in free of charge. They’re all open for free, even the ones that usually charge,” said Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums program manager. The goal of the tour, in its third year, is to showcase what Placer County’s got to offer. “It’s to re-introduce people to museums,” Gibson said. Fun for the whole family The goal is showcase Placer County history in a fun way, Gibson said, and museums have worked up special events and programs meant to entertain and educate visitors of all ages. “All of the museums cater their activities to be kid friendly,” Gibson said. The Bernhard Museum, for example, will host sack races and 19th century kids games. Kids of all ages can enjoy churning homemade ice cream and preparing shortcake using the museum’s wood-burning stove. Stop by the Gold Country Museum and you’ll be able to pan for gold, try on some 19th century garments and participate in a scavenger hunt. “Any child can come here and really have a blast,” Gibson said of the Gold Country Museum, located at Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds. You get to gamble Jason Adair looks forward to taking kids’ money this weekend. Find Adair, who is exhibit preparator for Placer County Museums, at the Gold Country Museum this weekend, where he’ll be teaching people how to play Spanish Monte, a card game that’s pretty darned hard to win. “These miners games, the odds were ridiculous,” he said. “I’m pretty good at fleecing every single chip from the kids who play.” Adair said that of all the children who played Spanish Monte last year, only one actually won the card game. “It’s pretty good, they usually go straight for the gold stream, and once they get their gold I show them how to lose it,” he said. You don’t necessarily have to drive For just $10, you can get on a bus and let someone else do the driving this weekend. The Heritage Trail Museum Tour features three different bus excursions. The “Summit-Lake” bus runs Saturday, picking up and dropping off at Sugar Bowl. And visiting the Western SkiSport and Gatekeeper’s museums, as well as Watson Cabin. The “Explore the Valley” bus picks up and drops off at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Sunday and visits the Griffith Quarry, Maidu, Roseville Historical Society Carnegie, Roseville Telephone and Rocklin Historical Society museums. The “Discover the Mountains” tour picks up and drops off at the Gold Country Fairgrounds Saturday and makes stops at the Big Bend Visitor Center and the Golden Drift, Colfax Area Heritage and Forest Hill Divide museums. “It’s just nice to get on a timed system,” he said. “You get to see all thee great museums without having to drive.” Call (530) 889-6500 by 4:30 p.m. Friday to make reservations for any of the bus tours. Old Town gets in on the action While you’re out and about this weekend, swing by the jury parking lot at Auburn Folsom Road and Lincoln Way. The Old Town Business Association has planned some Heritage Trail-friendly activities including Wild West shootouts by the Sierra Six Guns at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. They’ll also have Model A and Model T antique cars on display. Call (530) 888-1585 for information. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at __________ Heritage Trail Museums Tour What: 19 museums from Roseville to Lake Tahoe open free and with special programs and attractions When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7-8 Admission: free Information: (530) 889-6500,