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Bagpipes highlight Folsom Symphony Christmas concert

There’s just something about bagpipes. Whether it’s the skirl of the melodies they share or the rhythmic drums that often accompany them, “the pipes” have a romance about them that is undeniable. Scotland’s national instrument is rarely seen outside of Caledonian festivals and funeral services for fallen heroes. And that’s a shame, because this instrument […]

Comments Off / December 01, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Giving thanks as we burn calories, benefit community

Autumn is, without question, one of the most beautiful times of the year. The fall color is simply amazing and the crisp morning air just begs us to get out for a morning walk. There is an exterior beauty to be found in our community. Two fall events bring out an interior beauty that is […]

Comments Off / November 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Boo-tiful’ autumn in the Sierra Foothills

I recently attended a retreat for writers in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It was the beginning of the fall color season — the landscape was alight with crimsons, golds and greens. As a writer, I wanted to experience this. With other writers from around the country, I hiked through the Robert Frost Wayside […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

‘Boo-tiful’ autumn in the Sierra Foothills

Autumn views like this one at Vermont’s Strong House Inn are what that state is famous for. But a Sierra foothills' fall gives the Green Mountain State a run for its money. Photo by Susan Laird

I recently attended a retreat for writers in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It was the beginning of the fall color season — the landscape was alight with crimsons, golds and greens. As a writer, I wanted to experience this. With other writers from around the country, I hiked through the Robert Frost Wayside […]

1 Comment / October 20, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Community efforts take flight; Mercy Helipad dedicated

After nearly a decade of fundraising and planning, the helipad at Mercy Hospital of Folsom was dedicated on Oct. 9. Photo by Susan Laird

Sometimes, it takes a village to complete a major project. That was the general consensus as community leaders gathered in the autumn sunshine for the dedication of the Klein Family Helipad at Mercy Hospital of Folsom on Oct. 9. The helicopter landing pad, located just east of the hospital parking lot, allows air ambulances to […]

Comments Off / October 14, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘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 … […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / September 15, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »