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Time to get out and make memories

By From page B2 | October 17, 2012

Flames of fall color are appearing along Highway 50. In El Dorado County a lot of that color is Western Redbud. Whenever I see that along the roadside, I smile. It means that autumn is finally here. Time to make memories!

There’s just something extra special about an apple fritter and a steaming cup of farmhouse coffee on a crisp day in Apple Hill.

If you are still decorating for Halloween, there are pumpkins aplenty in local pumpkin patches and up in Apple Hill, as well as some mighty fine crafters with items for your Christmas and holiday shopping pleasure.

The Hubster and I are putting the final touches on the house, in preparation for the Trick-or-Treat crowd. I enjoy looking at the creativity with which my neighbors decorate their homes for Halloween. Some celebrate autumn and the harvest. Others get downright ghoulish and haunted.

I call my Halloween style “Pumpkin Friendly.” One neighbor (and good friend) decorates his home as one of the scariest haunted houses ever. The littlest Trick-or-Treaters are so scared after visiting there, my home is an antidote. Hence, my run to Apple Hill for more varieties of pumpkins.

It’s all in good fun, our neighborhood Halloween. These little ones (and the not-so-little ones, the teens) make me smile. They are the future, and it is a pleasure to gift them with happy childhood memories … and an opportunity to practice their good manners! In a gentle way I make sure each little crumb-cruncher learns to say “Thank You.”

Down and just over the hill in Folsom’s Historic District, autumn activities for the family abound.

The Pioneer Village (located just off Sutter Street) will host a Scarecrow Corral the weekends of Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 27-28. Stroll through to see straw creations of pioneer families, farmers, railroad workers, gold miners and blacksmiths.

At the Folsom History Museum the second annual “Extraordinary Collections” exhibit continues through Nov. 4. More than 30 local residents have proudly loaned their unbelievable private collections, which includes such things as engineering memorabilia from the construction of the Oakland Bay Bridge, vintage cake tops, German beer steins, pocket watches and a San Francisco 49ers collection. Visit folsomhistorymuseum for admission information and museum hours.

The popular Folsom Ice Rink makes a comeback in early November. The skating rink is a unique shape; skaters glide around the Historic District’s famous train turntable in a circle. The rink will have a “soft” opening on Nov. 5, weather permitting. The grand opening is Nov. 10. Visit for details.

Folsom is eclectic and fun … well worth part of an afternoon of shopping in Sutter Street’s boutique shops and enjoying a meal, a fine chocolate from Snook’s or a glass of wine. (Maybe all of the above?)

Finally, another regional fall tradition is coming up in a few weeks: the marching band competition hosted at Folsom High School on Nov. 3. This year, a dozen high schools are competing in the Folsom Fall Festival, including American Canyon, Antelope, Del Oro, Foothill, Granite Bay, Monte Vista, Mountain View, Oakmont, Ponderosa, Rodriguez, Terra Nova and Whitney high schools.

The Sacramento State Marching Band will be an exhibition band. The Bulldogs are the host marching band and so do not compete, although they will perform.

In some ways this event is like stepping back in time to a simpler age but there is nothing simple about the accuracy or the routines. The marching, the music and the atmosphere are magical. The Prairie City Stadium resonates with the energy of these amazing young people.

Tickets are still available; visit for information.

As those autumn leaves start to fall in your yard, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment … then get to that other part of autumn: yard work. With the right attitude, that part of autumn is just as enjoyable and memorable, too.

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Susan Laird


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