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Spectacular exhibit of historical East Coast quilts at the Crocker

Medallion Quilt, attributed to Elizabeth Welsh (American), circa 1830. Cotton, 110 ½ x 109 in. (280.7 x 267.8 cm). Part of the Brooklyn Museum collection, Gift of The Roebling Society. Photo by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

As August draws to a close, this is the perfect time to take in the last weeks of an amazing, historical exhibit on loan from the Brooklyn Museum in New York to the Crocker Art Museum. “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” is an exhibit of 35 of the oldest and remarkably well-preserved […]

No Comment / August 17, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Seizing the day: the art of living life large

It is human nature to observe the ends of things: a beautiful sunset, for example. We also take note of the beginnings of things. Case in point: the upcoming school year. But perhaps what we really ought to be looking at is all the points of interest in between. That “stuff” we call … life. This […]

No Comment / August 11, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Answers to farmers market questions

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County By far the majority of questions asked of Master Gardeners at farmers market booths around the county concern our drought and limited irrigation. Here are a few of the suggestions we make: Consider having lawn only where desired, for entertainment or play. Drip irrigation is […]

No Comment / August 03, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

160th California State Fair features major improvements, upgrades and bigger fun

El Dorado County’s exhibit at the California State Fair won a Bronze Award. Photo by Susan Laird

After enduring many years of challenge, the Golden Bear at the 160th California State Fair is roaring back. New CEO, new team Led by a new CEO, Rick Pickering, this year’s fair enlisted a new marketing firm, a new website and new talent You won’t believe your eyes. The changes for this year were long […]

No Comment / July 13, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Tropical breezes bring Hawaiian views to Folsom

"Land of Aloha" by artist Wade Koniakowsky. Painted surfboard 7'x10', oil on linen. Photo by Tatyana Fogarty

The Gallery at 48 Natoma knocks another one out of the ballpark this summer with the opening of “Hawaiian Summer” this Friday. This is sure to be a fun event, and a very enjoyable exhibit over the summer. More on the party in a moment. Let’s talk about the art first. From painted surfboards to […]

No Comment / July 06, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Your own vegetable Garden of Eden: companion planting

By Betty Hensley UCCE Master Gardener of Tuolumne County Just as there are many wonderful benefits to finding that right companion in life, there is also something special and fascinating about companion planting. According to the Cornell University Gardening Resources Ecogardening factsheet No. 10, Companion Planting: “Plants are very active in ways that are not so […]

No Comment / June 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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. […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »