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Seizing the day: the art of living life large

It is human nature to observe the ends of things: a beautiful sunset, for example. We also take note of the beginnings of things. Case in point: the upcoming school year. But perhaps what we really ought to be looking at is all the points of interest in between. That “stuff” we call … life. This […]

Comments Off / August 11, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

160th California State Fair features major improvements, upgrades and bigger fun

El Dorado County’s exhibit at the California State Fair won a Bronze Award. Photo by Susan Laird

After enduring many years of challenge, the Golden Bear at the 160th California State Fair is roaring back. New CEO, new team Led by a new CEO, Rick Pickering, this year’s fair enlisted a new marketing firm, a new website and new talent You won’t believe your eyes. The changes for this year were long […]

Comments Off / July 13, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Tropical breezes bring Hawaiian views to Folsom

"Land of Aloha" by artist Wade Koniakowsky. Painted surfboard 7'x10', oil on linen. Photo by Tatyana Fogarty

The Gallery at 48 Natoma knocks another one out of the ballpark this summer with the opening of “Hawaiian Summer” this Friday. This is sure to be a fun event, and a very enjoyable exhibit over the summer. More on the party in a moment. Let’s talk about the art first. From painted surfboards to […]

Comments Off / July 06, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Hit the rails for summertime fun

This Fairmont A6 Speeder, built for maintenance of railroads decades ago, now serves as an open-air motor car for the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad. It takes passengers on adventures south of Highway 50. Photo by Susan Laird

Summer is officially here and there’s lots to do in the tri-county area. California’s beautiful golden hills beckon with their inspirational views. One of the unique ways to take in the natural beauty of our region is to take a ride on the local Skagit Train. Wait. Train? Local? How is that? Yes. It’s true. […]

Comments Off / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

The best quilt exhibit Susan Laird ever rated: Folsom History Museum delivers a true ‘Bundle of Joy’

On Saturday, May 31, the Folsom History Museum opened its 34th annual vintage quilt and clothing exhibit, “A Bundle of Joy.” I got a sneak preview of the exhibit the day before. And this collection took my breath away. In the five decades I’ve attended quilt shows — starting at my mother’s knee — this […]

Comments Off / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony transitions with ‘Out of this World’

Music reflects historical change on various levels. In less than two weeks, Peter Jaffe will guest conduct the Folsom Symphony and give us a foretaste of what to expect in the fall season when he officially takes over the baton of Michael Neumann, emeritus musical director. According to my sources at the symphony, rehearsals are […]

Comments Off / May 18, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Pioneer Jews of the Gold Rush’ a treasured gem of history

The Gold Rush of 1849 brought people of virtually every race, nationality and ethnicity to the Golden State. If you were ambitious and willing to work hard, you came to the Mother Lode. Among those who came were people of a small, ethnic community. A people historically without a country during that time. A people […]

Comments Off / April 24, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »