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Folsom Symphony opening season with Majesty

An evening of truly illustrious music opens the 2014-15 season of the Folsom Symphony with the performance of the Majesty concert at the Harris Center on Oct. 25. Maestro Peter Jaffe will conduct three stately works by Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven and Ottorino Respighi. Pianist Frank Wiens is the evening’s featured soloist. The Barber of […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Find something extraordinary at Folsom History Museum

Wild, wacky and wonderful — Folsom History Museum hosts its fourth annual Extraordinary Collections exhibit this fall. Eighteen local residents share their interests with the community. Photo by Susan Laird

One local museum delights in discovering what folks in the tri-county area enjoy collecting. Every fall, these entertaining curiosities are put on show for the rest of us to enjoy. Folsom History Museum’s Extraordinary Collections exhibit celebrates four years of the fun and the funky. This year, 18 “ordinary” citizens generously share their extraordinary interests […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Town Center celebrates American freedom with free Folsom Symphony concert

Freedom isn’t free. Purchased at a high price, freedom is the birthright of every American. As a people, we are unique. We love our freedom. We also love peace. It is a sad truth; freedom must be repurchased in every generation — sometimes by standing up for the rights of men and women to be […]

Comments Off / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Spectacular exhibit of historical East Coast quilts at the Crocker

Medallion Quilt, attributed to Elizabeth Welsh (American), circa 1830. Cotton, 110 ½ x 109 in. (280.7 x 267.8 cm). Part of the Brooklyn Museum collection, Gift of The Roebling Society. Photo by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

As August draws to a close, this is the perfect time to take in the last weeks of an amazing, historical exhibit on loan from the Brooklyn Museum in New York to the Crocker Art Museum. “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” is an exhibit of 35 of the oldest and remarkably well-preserved […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 »