By Julie Leigh Domeny
There is no doubt everyone remembers the ice cream shops of our youth; Fenton’s, Edy’s before it became Dreyer’s. The Sweet Shop! And then, during our Lodestar summers, there was also The Jug and Rose ice cream shop in Volcano, CA.
It is easy to recall those hot, dusty Camp Lodestar days of toil. Which will you chose; the river or the pool? And, as the sun settles into the trees and the chores done… time to...head to Volcano to indulge your sweet tooth and cool off inside the semi-climate controlled environments in semi-civilization. It was an ice cream shop, for goodness sakes. We anticipated there had to be some level of coolness there!
The Jug & Rose Cafe was built from the ruins of a stone building originally located in Upper Rancheria, one of the gold camps of long ago. At some point after it was an ice cream shop, the Jug and Rose operated in Volcano as a bakery serving a breakfast and lunch menu until as recently as 2012. Although it received five stars on Yelp, sadly, it is no longer in business.
Today, there is a 7.7 mile Jug and Rose Run foot race and walk to benefit the local high school drama department (yeah). This year’s on September 2nd will be the 44th Amador High School Performing Arts’ annual event. So let’s do some math. The inaugural race was held in 1973.
Saying it out loud, or even thinking it quietly, the name Lodestar conjures up powerful memories and reflections. And meaning.