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Kit Carson Mountain Men step back into California’s past 

This pioneer family from the 1800s faced many challenges as they headed west in hope of a better life. The Kit Carson Mountain Men will host a living history wagon train re-enactment for four days in Amador County, April 28 through May 1. Courtesy photo
 

California is rich with history, and the pioneer days of the mid-1800s are no exception. As the springtime weather continues to improve, the Kit Carson Mountain Men will host their living history Days of ’49 Wagon Train re-enactment in Amador County, just to the south of El Dorado Hills. For four days, April 28 to […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Pushing the envelope: Auto design drives the future

The Lincoln Navigator concept SUV features dramatic gull-wing doors, a staircase and a large closet in the back. Photo by Susan Laird
 

The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” This is especially true when it comes to the vehicles Americans drive. Auto design is iconic in our history. Think of it: the early horseless carriages in the rolling […]

Comments Off / April 10, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

LUNAFEST film festival showcases the value of empowering women

“First World Problems,” directed by Hanna Maylett, is a film from Finland about a tired homemaker. She loses her car in a shopping mall and discovers that sometimes problems can open a door to a whole new world. Courtesy photo
 

Years ago I read about a man who put his daughter through college debt-free. His friends ridiculed him. They told him: “You will never get a return on that money. She will just get married and have kids. If you had a son, he could have joined the family business with a college education.” The […]

Comments Off / March 27, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Young virtuoso and famous violin make U.S. debut in Folsom

Ent-Kerson Leong

Patrons of the Folsom Lake Symphony are in for a rare treat next month.  Not only will the music and the performances be remarkable … so will the appearance of a talented soloist and his historical violin. The Spirit of Freedom is the theme for The Folsom Lake Symphony’s upcoming concert on Saturday, April, 2 […]

Comments Off / March 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Celebrate ‘the craft’ of fine furniture and Oak Ridge art at 48 Natoma

“Rocking Chair” by Gary Foster. The fine furniture craftsmanship of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, March 18 to May 5. Courtesy photo

No matter what area of human endeavor one looks at, one eventually finds those who pursue excellence to the point where that field becomes a true art form. Or, as those perfection seekers call it, “the craft.” This week, a group of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will display the work […]

Comments Off / March 13, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Amador County wine tour beckons to the Cellar Door

Enjoy wine tastings, great food and even an opportunity to take scenic photos on the wine trail of Amador County’s “Behind the Cellar Door,” March 5-6. Photo by Susan Laird

Easter is early this year, but spring is right on time. The daffodils are blooming in El Dorado Hills, and that is a sign that it must be time for Amador County’s famous annual wine tour. Behind the Cellar Door This annual wine event is held in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley just to the south […]

Comments Off / February 21, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony dons new name, romance and destiny

The Folsom Lake Symphony performs an evening of Romance & Destiny at the Harris Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5” is featured.

As Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches, one of the more romantic activities available to folks in our neck of the woods — a musical evening at the The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom — is nearly sold out. Always entertaining, this musical season holds some surprises. Name changes Last year, the host of this event […]

Comments Off / January 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »