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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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / July 14, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Daycation’ right here in the El Dorado County area

Summer is here, and that means abundant activities for everyone in the family! Some of us will spend the next month or so travelling to wild, exotic locations. Others can visit equally wild, exotic locations within an easy drive of home. After all, we live in one of the most desirable locations on planet Earth. […]

Comments Off / June 23, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘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. […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »