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‘Extraordinary Collections’ on display at Folsom History Museum

Vintage cash registers vie with railroad brake wheels in the wild and wonderful collections exhibit on display at the Folsom History Museum this fall. Photo by Susan Laird

And now, for something completely different. A fun and extremely eclectic set of private collections is currently on display at the Folsom History Museum. “Extraordinary Collections” showcases the stuff we humans collect. And what an interesting bunch we are. This year, more than 20 individuals generously share their passions with the community at large … […]

No Comment / October 13, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony kicks off 10th season with free EDH concert

Town Center will be the setting for an evening of great music and culture this Thursday, Sept. 19, as the Folsom Symphony kicks off a decade of bringing beautiful music to the region.  Free concert Bring your chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert. And what a concert it will be…no “mini sampler concert” this. It […]

No Comment / September 15, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘All Aboard!’ for 4th annual Folsom RailFest 2013

Enjoy a ride on the Skagit – a motorized railcar – at the Fourth annual Folsom RailFest, Sept. 21-22. Photo courtesy PSVRR

Imagine a time before modern engines. Travelers to California came here through the use of muscle — human and animal. Technology helped some, via sailing ships (and more human muscle). But once you landed here … you walked, rode or drove animals hitched to something. Even Native Americans, who came here via the Bering Strait […]

No Comment / September 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Cyclebration – fun for the entire family

School may be under way or starting for most, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get out with the entire family this summer. Folsom celebrates its sixth annual bike festival, Cyclebration, Sept. 6–8. For three days, bike enthusiasts can enjoy 10 events and lots of family fun. Members of the public are welcome […]

No Comment / August 25, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

And now for something completely different … Folding Paper at the Crocker

Paper is a part of the human experience. Whether you hold it in your hands as you enjoy your coffee or employ it in your tablet’s printer, this “consumer staple” is an ancient companion. The First Dynasty Egyptians used the fibers of the papyrus plant to jot down their accomplishments some 6,000 years ago. It […]

No Comment / August 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Equestrian Excellence’ raises the bar at The Gallery at 48 Natoma

"The Mountain Man" is a bronze statue by Northern California artist Keith Christie. Many of his bronzes and oil paintings, as well as the watercolor paintings of Kara Castro, are on exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Photo by Susan Laird

Folsom is always full of little surprises. In many ways, it’s a microcosm of the Sac Metro area but with a fiercely pioneering and independent flavor. Let me show you the ways: Sacramento has a zoo. Folsom has a zoo. Sacramento has museums. Folsom has museums. Sacramento has branch libraries. Folsom purchased and built its […]

No Comment / July 28, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Discovering ‘California’s Gold’ at the State Fair

The big fun during the month of July in our region is, without a doubt, the California State Fair. Moved from the end of August three years ago to mid-July so more youngsters could attend during their summer vacations, the fair is still all about celebrating family, agriculture and the Golden State. This year marks […]

No Comment / July 14, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »