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Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Third annual LUNAFEST film festival to benefit community

One of the great things about America is that when we want to bring awareness to an issue (or issues), we take can use the medium of film. The Soroptimist Club of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills, which focuses its efforts on improving the lives of women and girls in our local community and throughout the […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spring into action with these Amador County activities

Thousands of blooms perfume the air when spring comes to McLaughlin's Daffodill Hill Ranch in Amador County. The popular venue opened on Monday, due to the early warm weather. Photo courtesy of Amador Chamber of Commerce

There are always things to do in and around our community, but once the weather starts warming our soil … activities seem to take off as fast as a gardener’s weeding schedule. If you’ve never driven through the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County in the spring sunshine, you haven’t experienced God’s Country yet. This place […]

2 Comments / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Marcelle Lender," 1895, color lithograph. Private collection, Amsterdam

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Quilt Show to mark 30 years of excellence

It takes talent and a lot of effort to put on a quilt show. It takes even more to produce a show that draws visitors from all over the western United States. Now, keep that up for three decades … and you have the remarkable members of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. On the […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages

Violinist Linda Wang is the soloist at the Folsom Symphony’s Tales of Love concert on Feb. 14. She joins the orchestra for the second selection, “The Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto. It is the first Chinese composition the Folsom Symphony has performed. Written for a western-style orchestra, the flowery, melodious piece is played using some Chinese techniques.

Classical music is for every age. It stirs the passions of the young. It revives the memories of the old. And it’s certainly not boring. Some 15 years ago, I attempted to get this concept across to my third-grade daughter. For her very first concert, I took her to a matinee at the San Francisco […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Ring in the New Year with glamour and glitz

We can’t all travel to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City. Not all of us would want to deal with the hassle anyway. Fortunately, there is an elegant option that is just a few miles from El Dorado Hills. The Rotary Club of Folsom is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration in that […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »