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‘Strolling Through the Garden’ a reflective feast for the eyes

Antique quilts, vintage clothing and sewing tools (from patterns to notions and more) are all part of the celebration of an American art form on show right now at the Folsom History Museum. Photo by Susan Laird

Quilts are many things to many people. They are tactile — physically warm and cuddly. Quilts are visual, sometimes colorfully patterned. Oftentimes textured with thousands of tiny stitches, they feature intricate patterns in neutral spaces and highlight focal points. Some quilts smell of lavender, rose or cedar from the linen cabinets where they are stored. […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘A Night in History’ dedicated to preserving our region’s history

We live in a part of the world that is rich in natural wonders. Men and women came here for nature’s bounty, beginning with the ancient Maidu Indians. Pioneers followed in the 1800s, establishing ranchos and eventually gold mines. Aerojet, Intel, DST and other companies followed in the modern era, leading to a new kind […]

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

Folsom Symphony kicks off summer with ‘Made in America’

Time certainly flew this arts season. The Folsom Symphony will be closing out its 2012-13 season on May 17 & 18. But with its emphasis on “Made in America,” it actually feels more like a celebration of the beginning of an American summer. Think about it: high school and college commencements, family gatherings on the […]

No Comment / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

The art of simply ‘letting go’

When my daughter was born some 20 years ago, Mom and Dad came to stay with us for those first days at home with the new baby. I’d had a high-risk pregnancy and a difficult, 19-hour delivery. My husband and I were exhausted. I was scared to death by the responsibility of taking care of […]

3 Comments / March 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Moon Over Buffalo’: Strong physical performances drive Sutter Street Theatre’s latest offering

There’s plenty of swashbuckling, zany fun in Sutter Street Theatre’s latest production, “Moon Over Buffalo,” starring Allen Pontes and Julie Anchor. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

The action and laughter is non-stop at Sutter Street Theatre’s latest offering, “Moon Over Buffalo,” which opened to a very receptive audience on Feb. 23. In the theater it is common to wish actors good luck by saying “Break a leg!” But in this production, one wonders if that might actually happen. This is a […]

1 Comment / February 25, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom History Museum features the Fab ’50s

For a blast from the past or a walk down Memory Lane, the Folsom Museum is always a fun venue. This month, however, is especially noteworthy. Former students from Folsom High School in the 1950s collaborated to create “Folsom in the 1950s.” There are a number of things that make this exhibit worth your time. […]

No Comment / February 10, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Love is All You Need’ for a happy Valentine’s celebration

Ah, love. February is the unofficial month of love. St. Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Lovers and admirers will be exchanging tokens of affection. The notion of “courtly love” developed toward the end of the 11th century in France. As our romantic ancestors viewed it, courtly love was a spiritual high […]

No Comment / January 27, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »