NEVADA CITY, Calif. September 12, 2019 – Celebrate the life of John Douglas Parent, in style. Join us in the heart of Broad Street where John, Niel, and Todd’s Nevada City history began from 1978 to the present day. The event will begin at Java John’s, spill into Golden Era, and move down the hill to the Mine Shaft Saloon.
Broad Street (Pine to York) will officially be closed to traffic in order to create a block party atmosphere.
Say goodbye to John with socializing, music, dancing, and joyous laughter!
Prepare a story, reminisce in memory, do an impersonation, or simply be present to chat and drink coffee at Java John’s or a martini at Golden Era.
Popcorn, apple, and cheese shall be served. No host bar.
Dress up, dress comfortably, or in a way that celebrates John.
All are welcome.
–> 5:30 – 6:00 – Arrival with John’s fav songs on the street
–> 6:00 – 6:30 – Live music with Maggie and Luke
–> 6:30 – 7:00 – Live music with Eleanore and Paul
–> 7:00 – 7:30 – Live music with Lorraine and Steve
–> 7:30 – 8:00 – Ceremony and Goodbye
–> 8:00 – 8:30 – More music, Broad St closes at 8:30
–> 8:30 – 9:00 – Mosey on down to The Mine Shaft Saloon
–> 9:00 – 9:15 – Poem reading and Song
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Lorraine Gervais & Steve Wall
Eleanore MacDonald & Paul Kamm
Maggie McKaig & Luke Wilson
–> Java John’s Cafe
Come see pictures and remembrances in the windows of John’s former business. Venture inside to view memories, and chat about John’s life. Drop-off or write a memory at the Memory Table.
The cafe will be open for business serving coffee, tea, beer, wine, and soft drinks. There will be limited noshes available for purchase. No host bar.
–> Golden Era Lounge
Toast John in style with your favorite cocktail at Nevada City’s finest lounge. Grab a table with friends and watch photos of John’s life projected on the wall.
The lounge has a full bar and will be offering (two) drink specials in John’s honor. No host bar.
–> The Hat Store rear garden patio
Feel the need for a tranquil moment to reflect on your connection to John? Our friends, Greg & David are hosting the ‘Altar of John’ where you may say goodbye in a peaceful setting. Bring your written memories, goodbye letter, or write one on the spot.
Enter the front door of The Hat Store, walk to the rear door in the back to access the patio. Tissues provided.
–> Broad Street from Pine to York
Eat, drink, dance, and loiter on the street with friends of old and new. Snack on popcorn, apple, and cheese. Dance and shimmy to live music performances. Walk the “Windows of History” historic tour of John and Niel’s lives on Broad Street. A brief outdoor ceremony begins at 7:30 PM in front of Golden Era.
–> The Mine Shaft Saloon
After 8:00 PM, if you feel the urge to continue the celebration, or plan on arriving late, mosey on down the hill to WeBee3’s favorite dive bar. Say “Hi” to Fran, and some of Nevada City’s finest residents while laughing and reliving your favorite memories of John. No host bar.
Windows of History Historic Tour
John and Niel spent most of their lives operating and working for businesses in the heart of Broad Street in Nevada City. We encourage you to walk the sidewalks up and down this section of Broad Street and view historic displays in the windows of the following businesses to learn more about John and Niel’s history and their impact on Nevada City.
Begin the tour at Java John’s and walk uphill, cross the street at York St., then walk down the hill. In order:
1. Java John’s Cafe – 306 W Broad St.
2. Parent & Locke Antiques / Third Whale Pottery – 316 Broad St. (currently Szabo Vineyards)
3. The Hat Store – 318 Broad St.
4. City Hall – 317 W Broad St.
5. Golden Era Lounge – 309 Broad St.
6. Maiden Lane – 307 W Broad St. (currently Mama Madrone’s)
7. Novak’s Menswear – 305 Broad St.
8. The Mine Shaft Saloon – 222 Broad St.