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 Karen Newell Young

& Stacy Drake


Wedding bells

Longtime Nevada City Residents Bob Buhlis and Austin Farrar were visiting family here from Richmond, Virginia., where they now reside and stopped by their Nevada City Rotary Club meeting on Nov. 15. Friends learned that Buhlis, 82, is now retired and Farrar, 73, is a wine consultant for Kroger. In more exciting news, Rotarians learned the two were in Nevada City to do some jewelry shopping at Utopian Stone—as in wedding ring jewelry. They announced they will be married in Richmond on May 11, 2019. “They say I’m robbing the cradle,” laughs Buhlis. Congratulations to them.

Sierra Master Chorale members in Berlin

On Nov. 11, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of WWI and Veterans Day, a few of our local Sierra Master Chorale members recently participated in a global chorus of “The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace” in Berlin, led by composer Karl Jenkins and accompanied by The UNESCO World Orchestra for Peace. The 2,000-voice choir represented 30 countries from around the world. Jenkins invited any interested members of the various choirs around the world who had already performed the piece to come together to perform as an international group for this special presentation in Berlin. Chris Newsom, a Sierra Master Chorale member, has performed the composition in Grass Valley for InConcert Sierra and was excited to be able to participate in the international presentation. “Since Jenkins was bringing people together from all over the world, he needed a choir of people who had already performed the piece because there was no time to learn it,” Newsom said. “It was amazing how everyone just knew what to do, it was beautiful.”

New gig for Graham

Mikhail Graham is taking the reigns as the new general manager for the Center for the Arts, replacing Kimberly “Pepper” Pepe, who announced her resignation last year. Graham has been controlling the sound for the Center for 10 years. His mission is to bring the Center up to modern standards on sound. Graham, who was one of the early KVMR broadcasters and continues to co-host “The Beer Show” and executive produce “The Other Side and “The Good News Show.” He also produces the annual Night of Giving for Hospitality House.

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Austin Farrar (left) and Bob Buhlis announced their marriage for this coming May.

Photo by Stacy Drake