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Learn an art as old as dirt

Master potter Brian Hayes expertly uses his hands to give clay a beautiful life, fashioning a bowl at his and wife Sarah Murray's studio on their Gold Hill property. Murray, at left, specializes in wonderfully whimsical clay creations such as buttons that may be examined at Etsy (palominoblue.com), while her husband of 10 years has been throwing clay and catching accolades for his incredible work for more than 30 years. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Brian Hayes likes that part in the movie “Ghost” where Demi Moore is working in the wee hours of the morning on a potter’s wheel, hands caressing and shaping the moistened clay and then Patrick Swayze, roused from sleep, comes up behind her and … well, you know … “I do like that part,” said […]

No Comment / January 15, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

New glass-melting business will bowl you over

Richard Porter, the very first artist to be employed at Forever Glass, holds a deep teal-colored bowl as he smiles in anticipation of designing and creating more of the artisan keepsakes. As it did with Richard, who is the son of one of Forever Glass' founders, it is hoped that the fledgling business that operates out of a garage at the Porter home in Texas Hill Estates will provide jobs for others who are autistic. Village Life photos by Shelly Thorene

They’re really fired up on 48 gorgeous wooded acres in the Texas Hill subdivision just outside Placerville, reaching temperatures of 2,250 degrees Fahrenheit several times a week. That hellish number takes 12 hours to peak, a pinnacle that marks the point where glass melts. And that’s exactly what Cathy Porter and Bernadette Guimarin want — […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Sutter Street Theatre founders perform their own life’s play

Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

If they had written a play where the hero and heroine, each possessing extreme measures of creative talent, found one another late in life, fell in love and against all odds built a community playhouse beloved throughout the land, it would be called “Connie and Mike and the Sutter Street Theatre.” It would be a […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Shingle Springs couple celebrates a ride of a lifetime

Tom and Lucille Livingstone were married Dec. 1, 1946.

Tom and Lucille Livingstone looked nonplussed as they sat in their comfortable home in Shingle Springs, contemplating the question they had just been asked: What is your secret for 70 years of marriage? The Livingstones celebrated their 70th anniversary on Dec. 1 but the reasons they stayed together and supported one another through thick and […]

No Comment / January 03, 2017 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Crews fight two separate pre-holiday fires Friday

Firefighters responded to two separate fires the day before Christmas Eve in western El Dorado County, with one causing moderate damage to what reports say is a “barn” but more resembles a family home. The other, second fire is thought to have originated in a fireplace-chimney setup. Rescue and other firefighting personnel were called to the […]

No Comment / December 26, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

The ‘Blow-up Guy’ creates a fantastical holiday haven

The man behind the madness, Ronn Walthers, has been sharing his obsession with wonderful inflatables since the late 1990s. Ronn's face lights up when he talks about his crazy collection — then he talks about lighting up a fire, chucking it all and going to Hawaii. A fascinated and grateful public obviously is glad that the matches have stayed in his pocket ... so far. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

He’s a cross between Scrooge and Tiny Tim, vacillating between never putting up his inflatable decorations ever again … and then noting how sweet it is when folks drop by 4601 Doe St. in Shingle Springs and tell him that they finally felt a shot of Christmas spirit because of his efforts. “I don’t know […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Edible gift recipes

Cranberry chutney  Yields about six half-pints 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries 1 1/4 cups chopped onions 1 1/4 cups candied pineapple 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup golden […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »