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Folsom History Museum’s 31st annual Quilt Show best in years

BRODERIE PURSE was created in 1820. It is an extremely old quilt, and highly unusual because of its excellent condition. It was obviously well cared for these past two centuries. It is on display at the Folsom History Museum's annual Antique Quilt and Vintage Fashion Exhibit through Sept. 5. Photo by Susan Laird

The 31st annual Quilt and Vintage Fashion Exhibit at the Folsom History Museum this summer is one of the best shows for vintage quilts in Northern California — ranking it “up there” in the world of quilt shows in the Western United States. As a dabbler in quilting who grew up with a mother, grandmother […]

No Comment / June 27, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Summer is alive and swingin’ at Folsom’s Thursday Night Market

The warm — hot — days of summer are here, at long last. And Old Town Folsom’s Sutter Street renovation project is also complete (at long last). So there’s only one thing to do: check out all the improvements and new shops during the summer Thursday Night Market. The Folsom Thursday Night Market goes back […]

No Comment / June 20, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘You Can’t Take It With You’ a chance to discuss family values

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU " actors Ken Watkins, Sara Noah, Shane Burrows and Ashley White, left to right, surround Stephen Kauffman in Sutter Street's Theatre's production. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Like a medieval morality play, Sutter Street Theatre’s latest production is a “blast from the past” with an eternal message: “You Can’t Take It with You.” Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and set in June of 1935, this play made its original debut at the Booth Theater off Broadway on Dec. 14, […]

No Comment / May 20, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Summer of Impressionism’ to open at the Crocker

Museum curators in Northern California noticed the great numbers of art lovers from our area who attended the landmark exhibits of historic impressionist works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. So much so, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will unveil “The Summer of Impressionism” on May […]

No Comment / May 06, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony salutes America in ‘Land that I Love’

As a nation we have come a long way from our humble beginnings. More than two centuries later the “grand experiment” continues. Likewise, the Folsom Symphony has come a long way since its inception at the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra years ago. Concerts held in community churches and at local schools have become grand performances […]

No Comment / April 25, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Museum showcases Folsom’s first millionaire

WILLIAM ALEXANDER LEIDESDORFF is regarded as the Founding Father of African Descent for the State of California. An exhibit of his life and times is currently on display at the Folsom History Museum. Photo courtesy of the Online Archive of California

One of the gems of Folsom is its History Museum. Its impressive permanent display brings life in Clarksville (the original name of El Dorado Hills), Folsom and Mormon Island into focus, as well as the lives of the Maidu Indians who lived here by the American River for thousands of years. This month, however, the […]

2 Comments / April 08, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Enjoy ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ — cabaret style

GRAND PERFORMANCE — Ryan Drummond, Melissa WolfKlain and Justin Michael Duval perform in the California Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing." The musical cotinues at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret through May 8. Photo by Charr Crail.

Cabaret is an acquired taste. Like some wines and cheeses, it helps to be a tad adventurous when trying new things. This certainly helped when I attended the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento. This branch of California Musical Theatre opened its third season earlier this year with “A Grand Night for Singing,” featuring songs from all […]

No Comment / March 24, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »