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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 »

‘Who is the Man of the Shroud?’ exhibit in Sacramento

The Sacramento metro area is home to numerous museums. This should hardly be surprising, considering the significance of California in this great nation. From to the Crocker Art Museum to the Folsom History Museum, there are depositories of history and knowledge here. Some are large, others so small they feature just one topic. One small […]

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

Soroptimists to host LUNAFEST film to benefit local community

Words mean things. As a writer, they fascinate me. Take, for example, the word “patron.” It’s an Old English word, borrowed from the Latin “patronus,” which itself comes from the Latin word “pater,” meaning “father.” In ancient times, men were the ones who held positions of leadership in the community. (Although, I’ve often wondered about […]

Comments Off / March 16, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Plein air artists capture the great outdoors at the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Spring is here. And while we absolutely need more rain, Mother Nature is moving forward nonetheless. The Sandhill Cranes flew over Folsom Lake last week, the mockingbirds and robins are in full song and the neighborhood raccoons are out seeking mates. There is magic in the air this time of year. And who better to […]

Comments Off / March 09, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »