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Rescue teen a Grand Champion

Some girls collect dolls. Others collect stuffed animals. Emily Piland collects metal. And what a collection this 14-year-old has: in the form of silver and gold belt buckles (over 20), medals (too many to count), trophies, plaques and even a silver tea service. But Emily is really a metal “collector by default,” because her focus […]

No Comment / July 22, 2011 | Posted in 4-H Results | Read More »

California State Fair is still fun … even if it’s not as ‘big’

It’s time for the annual California State Fair and, if the weather on opening weekend was any indicator, the fair is off to a good start, financially. Cooler than usual July temperatures helped the fair enjoy its first year in the black last year, and fair officials hope to duplicate that record this year. No […]

1 Comment / July 18, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Be inspired by ‘Pastels in Light’ at 48 Natoma

"WATER LANDSCAPE,"€ a pastel by Gerald Boyd, will be on display at the €œPastels in Light€ exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, July 15 through Sept. 1.

Pastel as an art form gets a bad rap. First, because the average person thinks that pastel is chalk. And second, because its name, “pastel,” is often connected with light, watery and pale colors. An upcoming exhibit by the Pastel Society of the West Coast at The Gallery at 48 Natoma will set the record […]

No Comment / June 30, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom History Museum’s 31st annual Quilt Show best in years

BRODERIE PURSE was created in 1820. It is an extremely old quilt, and highly unusual because of its excellent condition. It was obviously well cared for these past two centuries. It is on display at the Folsom History Museum's annual Antique Quilt and Vintage Fashion Exhibit through Sept. 5. Photo by Susan Laird

The 31st annual Quilt and Vintage Fashion Exhibit at the Folsom History Museum this summer is one of the best shows for vintage quilts in Northern California — ranking it “up there” in the world of quilt shows in the Western United States. As a dabbler in quilting who grew up with a mother, grandmother […]

No Comment / June 27, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Summer is alive and swingin’ at Folsom’s Thursday Night Market

The warm — hot — days of summer are here, at long last. And Old Town Folsom’s Sutter Street renovation project is also complete (at long last). So there’s only one thing to do: check out all the improvements and new shops during the summer Thursday Night Market. The Folsom Thursday Night Market goes back […]

No Comment / June 20, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘You Can’t Take It With You’ a chance to discuss family values

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU " actors Ken Watkins, Sara Noah, Shane Burrows and Ashley White, left to right, surround Stephen Kauffman in Sutter Street's Theatre's production. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Like a medieval morality play, Sutter Street Theatre’s latest production is a “blast from the past” with an eternal message: “You Can’t Take It with You.” Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and set in June of 1935, this play made its original debut at the Booth Theater off Broadway on Dec. 14, […]

No Comment / May 20, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Summer of Impressionism’ to open at the Crocker

Museum curators in Northern California noticed the great numbers of art lovers from our area who attended the landmark exhibits of historic impressionist works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. So much so, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will unveil “The Summer of Impressionism” on May […]

No Comment / May 06, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »