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Folsom’s Historic District launches inaugural Holiday Home Tour

One of the fun traditions of the season is to visit homes decorated to the hilt for Christmas. For many, many years, one had to either be a) well-connected to influential people to gain access to their homes, or b) drive outside the area. Well, no longer. Last weekend five beautiful homes in El Dorado […]

Comments Off / December 02, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony to perform ‘Of Joy & Fate’ holiday concert

Fate, according to my 1892 Webster’s Common School Dictionary, is considered to be “a decree; (an) inevitable necessity … supposed by the ancients to determine the course of human life.” Few would argue that, in its strictest definition, all mortal life is “fated” to have a beginning and an end. Rail about it as you […]

Comments Off / November 25, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

There’s no place like ‘Homes for the Holidays’ in EDH

The Roberts' home features beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a Santa's Wonderland "man cave." Visit it and other homes on the Homes for the Holidays tour Dec. 1 & 2. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

That “Winter Wonderland” month is nearly here: December. Soon, the joyous strains of Christmas music will be heard over the radio. Kitchens will be filled with the scents of holiday feasts and treats. Children will share games and family traditions, such as dreidel, with school chums. Stores already have their holiday décor up. There is […]

2 Comments / November 18, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Thousands to participate in Thanksgiving events to feed families

What has 8,000 legs, more than 4,000 smiles and burns lots of calories? If you guessed the sixth annual Folsom Turkey Trot, you guessed correctly. Held every year on Thanksgiving Day, participants agree, it’s a great way to give back to the community … and burn a few calories before indulging in a piece of […]

Comments Off / November 04, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Time to get out and make memories

Flames of fall color are appearing along Highway 50. In El Dorado County a lot of that color is Western Redbud. Whenever I see that along the roadside, I smile. It means that autumn is finally here. Time to make memories! There’s just something extra special about an apple fritter and a steaming cup of […]

Comments Off / October 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony opens season with ‘A Heart’s Jewel & Triumph’

Attending a live concert, as most know, is a multi-dimensional experience. A rock concert is a far larger experience than simply listening to a recording. This is equally true of classical music. Much as I love my musical collection of LPs, CDs and mp3s … there is nothing like experiencing the real deal. I commented […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Fall in love with the arts

Fall, like spring, is a season for new beginnings. Students are beginning a new year. Live entertainment organizations begin the 2012-2013 season. And it’s a great time to take a look at what our local arts associations have in store. We are fortunate to have several arts and artists associations in the vicinity. I’ve met […]

Comments Off / September 14, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »