Farewell to the Foothills


To My Nevada County Neighbors,

It is with some sorrow that I share with you that I will be selling The Foothills Event Center to new owners. They are also Nevada County residents; however, they will not be operating it as an event venue.

When I purchased the building in 2013, it was a true labor of love to rehabilitate it and offer it to the community as a gathering place. I have been honored to be a part of so many celebrations over the past eight years. Your weddings and celebrations of life, fundraisers and parties, concerts and seminars, reunions and faith celebrations. Every one of them has been unique, and it has been amazing to be a part of each one.

2020 looked to set the stage for our best year yet! We were booked solid in January and February and had four weddings in March! We were looking to hire more staff because of your events.

Then COVID-19 came along.

We made it through a year and a half of no events. During that time, we offered our space to the hospital if overflow hospital space were needed, to the county as a testing or vaccine site, and to all first responders to be of any service to our community. Unfortunately, we were not offered the opportunity to bid on the COVID testing or vaccines, nor were we selected for the Nevada County Anchor Grants that were awarded to the other large venues in the county. We applied to various other county and state grants four times to no avail.

The blessing of 2020 is that we completed work at Rough & Ready Vineyards, an outdoor wedding venue just 10 minutes from downtown Grass Valley. Many of our Foothills brides are choosing to move their indoor wedding to our beautiful outdoor venue.

Our staff is currently contacting our booked clients and closing out their future events. While it is farewell to The Foothills Event Center, I’m happy for the memories that have been created here and hope to see you at an event or paint class this summer, before we close up shop.

Warmest Regards,

Mardie Caldwell