Rough and Ready
Fruit Jar Pickers
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Best Entertainment (and Free) in Nevada County Since 1999
Every Sunday Morning, 10 a.m. to Noon

Pictures taken April 20, 2008
Posted June 3, 2010
2010, Herbert E. Lindberg
Added comments and video on May 22, 2018

This was one of their last performances at the old "Opry Palace" in Rough and Ready, right on the Rough and Ready Hwy through town. They had to move to make room for construction of the new Rough and Ready Fire Station. For some time they played at the same time but at the Grange, 14550 Rough and Ready Hwy, across the street from the market.  In mid June 2017 The Union announced that the pickers had played their final gig that Sunday.  Sigh!

The Fruit Jar Pickers got together every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon in the best ongoing entertainment bargain in the Rough and Ready / Penn Valley region, if not the entire western Nevada County.  Let's see what we can do to resurect this gem for the region.  Click on the thumbnail below to remember this venue with their own memorial tune and think about what we can lose and perhaps have already lost.

We got there about 10 a.m. and folks were sitting outside the garage-type door.

The sign proclaims Pickers Palace.

We joined this group outside but then were invited inside to a couple of remaining seats.

Song books are available to sing along,
guided by a woman holding up each song number as it plays.
Behind her is a U.S. map loaded with pins representing home towns of audience visitors.
I'm seated about half way back with my 200-mm
(320-mm full-frame equavelent) SLR camera.

The best part is this talented group having lots of fun.

Instruments run the gamut from guitars, to banjos,
bass fiddles, harmonicas, washboard rhythm and more.

Intimacy between musicians and sing-along audience
is one of the charms of Pickers Palace.

These are folks who contribute their talents just to have fun.

Everyone sings except the mouth instrument players.
The fellow in second row center in blue is the leader.


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