During these long evenings of crisp air and twinkling lights I find myself thinking about my many years in El Dorado Hills and Folsom.
What is it about these communities that keeps drawing me back? Why am I so passionate about this part of California?
Time and again, I realize: it’s the people who live here.
You may not realize but I work a “day job” down in the heart of Sacramento nowadays. I live by Folsom Lake, but I rarely get to wander the sidewalks of Town Center or Sutter Street on weekdays as I used to.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder and the vision more focused on what matters.
El Dorado Hills and Folsom folk are more similar than they may realize — especially when compared to their Land Park and East Sac counterparts.
There is a pride of independence in both communities. In Folsom, fierce independence. In El Dorado Hills … well, let’s just say both towns like being that far from their county seats.
Both communities are lovers of culture. You are tremendous patrons of the arts. Both support the Folsom Symphony, El Dorado Musical Theatre, Sutter Street Theatre, the Gallery at 48 Natoma, the El Dorado Arts Council, the Folsom Arts Council … I could go on and on.
What I admire, especially, is how members of the El Dorado Hills and Folsom communities are unafraid to take action to make a positive difference in the world. When something needs fixing you folks get right to it.
That’s something I wish I saw more of in Sacramento. Don’t get me wrong, there are mighty fine folk in Sac-town. But their hands get caught up in red tape all-too-often. In El Dorado Hills and Folsom you guys “engage” and “make it so,” to quote Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard.
In El Dorado Hills and Folsom there are two chambers of commerce that actively provide solutions for our local businesses and our residents and guests. Despite hard times they have kept the focus on maintaining our quality of life while providing improvements to our community.
Compared to some areas, we really do have it pretty good. We have everything from Raley’s to Nugget Market and Whole Foods. Wonderful local restaurants and more stores opening, like H&M in the Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom, great films at a variety of theaters and more.
The El Dorado Hills Community Services District and Folsom Parks and Recreation provide a wealth of quality programs for members of our communities — as well as beautiful parks to recreate in, or simply view. Now that my daughter is grown I find that I miss hanging out with other parents at the EDHCSD pool and at the Folsom Aquatic Center.
Finally, both of these communities are filled with faith. Friends and neighbors here are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist. I’ve never failed to find a warm welcome in the Folsom Lake area, whether it was at St. John’s, Holy Trinity, Lakeside, Rolling Hills, the LDS stakes, Chabad of Folsom and El Dorado Hills, Temple Kol Shalom or any of the many houses of worship that reside here. All are welcome. All are accepted.
You folks care. You care about your neighbors. You care about our quality of life. You reach out. You make the difference.
In short, the residents of El Dorado Hills and Folsom are a true “community” — a gathering of diverse individuals united by common values and goals.
This is the reason I can hardly wait to get home every evening after a long commute. Because I get to be a part of this community. There’s nothing else like it. Trust me. You give me hope that a better world — a peaceful world — could be possible.
Because when El Dorado Hills and Folsom come together in community great things happen.
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