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Saying good-bye to a Clarksville treasure

Madeleine Petersen Mosely, seen here in Clarksville in 2008, grew up in the Gold Rush community on the south side of El Dorado Hills. Photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills lost a pioneer on Oct. 3 when Madeleine Petersen Mosely died peacefully in her home. Madeleine’s unique connection to El Dorado Hills — a place she never lived — is through the hardscrabble ranch hamlet Clarksville, which provided basic roadside amenities for travelers between Sacramento and Placerville from the Gold Rush into the 1960s. Now […]

1 Comment / October 19, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hangtown Music Festival presents quality headliners

The main stage headliners continue a Hangtown tradition of quality, diversity and depth unmatched on the festival circuit, a genre-bending lineup guaranteed to keep the blood flowing late into the night. Railroad Earth will be at or near the top of the lineup three of the four nights, delivering its unique brand of jammy roots […]

Comments Off / October 13, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Hangtown year six — new name, same party

Railroad Earth returns to Placerville this weekend with  their signature bluegrass and Americana banjo plucking musical style. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

The Hangtown Music Festival, formerly the Hangtown Halloween Ball, opens at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, Oct. 20 through 23. The festival, now in its sixth year, brings 35-or-so bands to the fairgrounds for four days and nights of music, which is wildly diverse and at times just plain wild. […]

1 Comment / October 13, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Austrian architect shapes El Dorado Hills’ future

Victor Gruen

El Dorado Hills was conceived by Sacramento developer Alan Lindsey in the late 1950s. Highway 50 was in the works. The Cold War was raging. Local aerospace firms were expanding. Lindsey saw the rolling hills as a perfect place for those engineers and their families. He acquired roughly 11,000 acres of ranch land and arranged […]

Comments Off / August 31, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hangtown Halloween Ball bigger, more diverse than ever

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The Hangtown Halloween Ball puts on its annual cultural diversity clinic this weekend, Oct. 22-25, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Equal parts pageantry and performance, “Hangtown” has grown in popularity over its five-year run and achieved destination status on the festival circuit. It’s also a hell of a costume party. Each year […]

Comments Off / October 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

American River Music Fest — offbeat, upbeat, hard to beat

The American River Music Festival is Sept. 12, 13 and 14 at Henningsen Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road in Lotus. The park sits on the South Fork of the American River — perfect for a festival celebrating music and moving water. The festival, now in its eighth year, offers a yin and yang mix of […]

Comments Off / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Community unites to patch up historic barn

DON’T FORGET THE SIGN — Straight Line Construction crew Gary Burrows and Noe Guavara, left and center, patch the roof of Clarksville’s historic Tong Barn, which spent most of the last century and a half as the Clarksville Union School. Straight Line’s president and owner Jack Borba, right, donated the labor.  He stopped by to check progress and drop off one of the familiar Straight Line signs. Photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado County is a place defined by its history. We embrace the past and nearly anything that reflects it. Don’t believe it? Take a drive. Our backroads are altars to the past. We revere old stone buildings. Rusty farm implements are proudly displayed for passersby. Sepia-toned hay barns topped with corrugated steel roofs glow […]

Comments Off / July 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »