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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 »

The best quilt exhibit Susan Laird ever rated: Folsom History Museum delivers a true ‘Bundle of Joy’

On Saturday, May 31, the Folsom History Museum opened its 34th annual vintage quilt and clothing exhibit, “A Bundle of Joy.” I got a sneak preview of the exhibit the day before. And this collection took my breath away. In the five decades I’ve attended quilt shows — starting at my mother’s knee — this […]

No Comment / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Ode to dads

Sarah Preiss-Farzanegan, M.D. Master Gardener of El Dorado County As Father’s Day 2014 approaches, I feel a sliver of anxiety at the thought of picking out yet another gift for my dad. What is the best way to show my love and appreciation for the man who taught me how to drive, how to get […]

No Comment / May 29, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony transitions with ‘Out of this World’

Music reflects historical change on various levels. In less than two weeks, Peter Jaffe will guest conduct the Folsom Symphony and give us a foretaste of what to expect in the fall season when he officially takes over the baton of Michael Neumann, emeritus musical director. According to my sources at the symphony, rehearsals are […]

No Comment / May 18, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow For It! Fragrant flowering plants

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County Fragrant flowers add so much to the garden. Before planting any plant, consider the plant’s needs in terms of irrigation, soil nutrients, sun, air and space. Find that spot in the yard and the plant will most likely thrive. A summertime favorite is the gardenia; it likes […]

No Comment / May 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Pioneer Jews of the Gold Rush’ a treasured gem of history

The Gold Rush of 1849 brought people of virtually every race, nationality and ethnicity to the Golden State. If you were ambitious and willing to work hard, you came to the Mother Lode. Among those who came were people of a small, ethnic community. A people historically without a country during that time. A people […]

No Comment / April 24, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Who is the Man of the Shroud?’ exhibit in Sacramento

The Sacramento metro area is home to numerous museums. This should hardly be surprising, considering the significance of California in this great nation. From to the Crocker Art Museum to the Folsom History Museum, there are depositories of history and knowledge here. Some are large, others so small they feature just one topic. One small […]

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