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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. […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / January 27, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Young at Art 2013 competition open to creative minds

Sophie Hill of Shingle Springs was the Best in Show winner of the 2012 Young at Art competition held at St. Francis High School in Sacramento. The school is calling for entries in this year's event. Photo by Susan Laird

The arts bring an added element to life: creativity. To misquote Shakespeare, art is twice blessed: It blesses those who view it and those who create it. Art is a vital expression of the creative mind. It encourages solutions-oriented thinking. Students who take art in school can experience greater results in their other classes. If […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Living her life in the light: A tribute to Kathy Carlisle

A few weeks ago, I wrote about fate, joy and sadness as they relate to the arts. “All mortal life is ‘fated’ to have a beginning and an end,” I wrote in Village Life on Nov. 28. “(But) between those fixed points in time are all the things that go into life: good and evil, […]

Comments Off / December 16, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom’s Historic District launches inaugural Holiday Home Tour

One of the fun traditions of the season is to visit homes decorated to the hilt for Christmas. For many, many years, one had to either be a) well-connected to influential people to gain access to their homes, or b) drive outside the area. Well, no longer. Last weekend five beautiful homes in El Dorado […]

Comments Off / December 02, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony to perform ‘Of Joy & Fate’ holiday concert

Fate, according to my 1892 Webster’s Common School Dictionary, is considered to be “a decree; (an) inevitable necessity … supposed by the ancients to determine the course of human life.” Few would argue that, in its strictest definition, all mortal life is “fated” to have a beginning and an end. Rail about it as you […]

Comments Off / November 25, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

There’s no place like ‘Homes for the Holidays’ in EDH

The Roberts' home features beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a Santa's Wonderland "man cave." Visit it and other homes on the Homes for the Holidays tour Dec. 1 & 2. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

That “Winter Wonderland” month is nearly here: December. Soon, the joyous strains of Christmas music will be heard over the radio. Kitchens will be filled with the scents of holiday feasts and treats. Children will share games and family traditions, such as dreidel, with school chums. Stores already have their holiday décor up. There is […]

2 Comments / November 18, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »