Tuesday, February 28, 2012



The Downieville Antique Bottles & Collectibles Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 8. Once again it will be held in the Downieville School Gym with lots of room to set up displays and sales tables. The gym is located in the heart of town~park and walk all over the quaint little historic gold rush town of Downieville.

Dealer set up will be Saturday from 7 am to 8 am. DEALERS ONLY will be admitted during this hour. The show opens promptly at 8:00 am for a $10.00 “Early Lookers” fee and admission is free after 10 am to 3 pm. The Downieville Fire Auxiliary will provide breakfast and a delicious lunch for a small charge. Dealer registration includes a pre-show BBQ dinner and wine tasting on Friday evening at “Simiville”. A special wine tasting event, a big hit from the past shows will be featured at the BBQ. Will Clark, owner of “49 Wines & Wine Bar” here in Downieville will be offering some tasty wines from around the gold country. Please join us for a fun and casual evening together with friends, food- and, as always~some great bottle stories!

We urge you to make early motel reservations, and when you do, please mention you are here for the Bottle Show. Downieville is a small town and the motels fill up quickly during the beautiful autumn weekends. We have included a listing of lodgings, and if you need help or suggestions, please call Rick or Cherry Simi at (530) 289-3659, or email: ricksimi@att.net

Warren Friedrich is organizing the display again this year; “The Silver Seventies”. After the discovery of silver, prospectors rushed to the Nevada area and scrambled to stake their claims. The display will feature bottles and related items from the 1870’s-whiskies, sodas, medicines and drug store bottles, etc. We encourage those wanting to share their unique bottles and related items to contact Warren at (530)271-5757 or cell phone (530)265-5204.

Don’t miss out! We look forward to seeing you in Downieville for another awesome show! Please send your registration with payment ASAP, and remember to make your motel reservations early!

~See you in Downieville in September~

The cowpoke on the right, in the above picture, is my grandfather Anuello Simi


  1. Really looking forward to it Rick! The best news is that the Los Angeles Bottle Club was finally able to change the date of their show, so the two shows no longer conflict. The new date for the LA Bottle Show is September 29 at a new location in Santa Ana. I hope Downieville is prepared for a pilgrimage of new attendees from the south that couldn't attend in the past. Maybe we'll even get a northerner of two down to our southern show? Naw, that's probably too much to ask. ;-)

  2. We have everything in place for this years show and are looking forward to seeing all of our friends here in Downieville.
    Glad to hear that the Los Angeles show found a date that works for them. Don't be surprised if you see some familar northern faces at your southern California show. The fall is a beautiful time to take a cruise down hiway 395. The Owens Valley, Inyo Mountains and the eastern Sierra are fantastic in September & October.
    See ya at Reno