December 2012

Explore holiday homes

Tapping into dance

Light up the zoo




Holidays are here, so get the family ready for all the events
his is the final issue for 2012, the culmination of a lot of effort and hard work put in by dedicated staff and contributing writers. For all their work and professionalism, I thank each and every one. This magazine has far exceeded our expectations on all levels. This month we look at some great events, shopping ideas and lots more. Of course, we can’t fit in everything. For example, at Palladio in Folsom, they are hosting holiday


Don Chaddock Editor

This magazine has far exceeded our expectations on all levels.
events every weekend in December. I hear they’ll have Santa, carriage rides and much more, so don’t

miss it. El Dorado Hills Town Center is another spot for holiday options for the family. We rounded up some of the regional events in our Spotlight on page 21. Plenty more events can be found in our Calendar on page 28. As always, remember to send us your events at least two months in advance.
Don Chaddock is the editor and can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @anewsguy.

Explore Ione and Preston Castle
Ken Larson takes his camera on another day trip See page 26
ALSO IN THE ISSUE: Entertainment Dining Gaming Spotlight Family Fun Recreation Calendar

From Carmichael to Coloma, stage is alive 8
Local theatrical groups are busy in December

Tap into the cellar for Christmas
Winemakers host annual holiday tradition


Zoo gets some holiday cheer
Folsom Zoo Sanctuary lights up for the holidays ON THE COVER:
The Folsom Historic District’s ice rink is a draw for the region.


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Folsom embraces holiday spirit


Gabe Mitobe-Tayor, 9, of Fair Oaks, skates around the circular ice rink on Sutter Street in Folsom during its grand opening in November.

he Folsom Historic District has many options this year for holiday shoppers looking for unique options. After kicking off the holiday season with the Tree Lighting event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, families can ice skate around the tree on the railroad turntable for a unique holiday experience. The ice rink, presented by the Folsom Historic District Association, is open for skaters from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 21 on Sutter Street. “Merchants are ecstatic to have this fun holiday tradition return,” said Jim Snook, district president. “We are looking forward to all the other Historic Folsom holiday events such as the Christmas Tree Lighting and the magnificent 45th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair on Dec. 1 as both will be enhanced by the ice rink.” Fees for a skating session are $10 for adults and $8 for children 8 years old and under and a small fee for skate rental. The rink is located adjacent to the parking structure at 905 Leidesdorff St. and across from the light rail station. Parking is free. “The Folsom Historic District is projecting over 40,000 visitors between skaters and spectators this ice skating season,” said Stephanie Rodgers, Folsom Historic District Association director. Part of the proceeds from the ice rink will go toward refurbishing the Railroad Museum Car which will return to its



“It is exciting that the ice rink is featured in Historic Folsom Station circling the beautiful railroad turntable. This year we teamed up Studio 33 who brought an amazing ice rink experience to Historic Folsom.”
Stephanie Rodgers, Folsom Historic District Association director

home in historic Folsom for the public to enjoy in the near future, Rodgers said. “It is exciting that the ice rink is featured in Historic Folsom Station circling the beautiful railroad turntable,” Rodgers said. “This year we teamed up Studio 33 who brought an amazing ice rink experience to Historic Folsom.” Other holiday events in the Historic District include the 45th Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 and the Historic Folsom Holiday Open House on Dec. 7-8. For a special New Year’s celebration, ice skaters can glide throughout the evening as the rink will be open until 12:30 a.m. to bring in 2013. For more information on the ice rink and other Historic District events, visit historic In other events, Folsom will embrace the spirit of freedom and the holiday season with the sixth annual Chanukah Wonderland.




Nicholas, 7, and Alisha, 4, get help lacing up their skates from mom Sherry Toutges of Folsom, at the Folsom Historic District ice rink grand opening on Sutter Street.

The event is from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. The Menorah Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. The community is invited to share in the Chanukah celebration that will culminate in lighting a unique canned food Menorah, said Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, with the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Folsom. Chanukah Wonderland, sponsored by Chabad Jewish Community Center, commemorates the first battle won for religious freedom, Grossbaum said. As part of the Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Community Center joins thousands of Chabad Centers across the globe that stage similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. The festival will include games for all ages, music, delicious hot latkes, authentic Israeli food court, Chanukah gift shop and a lighting of the canned food menorah. For more information, visit or on chanukahwonderland.

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Sound Out Tap Company presents holiday dance show




Sound Out Tap Company will perform “Rhythms of Christmas…North Pole Secrets” for three nights this month.

ancers will share the secrets of the North Pole through dance this holiday season. Sound Out Tap Company Artistic Director and Choreographer, Alyson Meador, will once again bring the excitement of Christmas to life with her holiday extravaganza, “Rhythms of Christmas…North Pole Secrets.” Each season Sound Out presents an original holiday production for locals and this year will be no different. Join the award winning tap dance company, as they take a secret journey through Santa’s village at the holiday season and find out who’s really in charge of the North Pole magic. “This is our seventh season performing a holiday production,” Meador said. “People walk out saying our performance made their season. It gets you in the right mood for the holidays.” She said what separates Rhythms of Christmas from the traditional holiday dance performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet, is very quick tap movements. “The performance is active and busy,” she said. “It’s something new, different and uplifting. Also, it’s not all Christmas music. It has a variety of music, with a Christmas twist.” Company performers are aged 11 to 18, said Meador. Alexis Taylan, 17, of El Dorado Hills, will perform in the upcoming

What: Sound Out presents an original holiday production When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. Where: Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater on the Folsom High School campus in Folsom Info: Call (916) 355-8080 or online at Tickets: Adults $20, seniors $18, students $15, and children $10. Groups of 10 or more receive 20 percent off the ticket price.

production. “Each dance tells a story of a part of the North Pole,” she said. “This show is a blast. I love tapping and putting my dance into different roles and characters. This show is very entertaining. It really brings you into the Christmas magic of the season and it takes you through a magical journey to the North Pole.” Grace Lambert, 12, of Folsom, will also perform in Rhythms of Christmas. “I really like dancing because I express my personality with my feet,” she said. “With tap I make music with my feet. I am planning to be a dance instructor when I grow up. I just really love to dance.” Lambert said she hopes people come out

to watch the show this holiday season. “No one has walked away upset that they came in past years,” she said. “This show is really awesome.” “Rhythms of Christmas…North Pole Secrets” will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.All performances are at the Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theater on the Folsom High School campus in Folsom. Ticket prices include $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $15 for students and $10 for children. Groups of 10 or more receive 20 percent off the ticket price. For more information and tickets, call (916) 355-8080 or visit







Holidays abound on local stages



s the year wraps up, the theatrical season is still in full swing.

Chautauqua Playhouse
This Carmichael institution has a busy schedule in December with three productions. “Scrooge,” the musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol,” comes to life under the direction of Warren Harrison. The show runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7-23. There is one additional performance at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20. Admission is $17 general and $10 for children age 12


The ghost of Jacob Marley (Chris Lamb) cautions Ebenezer Scrooge (Rodger Hoopman) in the 33rd annual production of “Scrooge” at Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael.

and under. The original production of “Scrooge” opened in 1978 in Cal Expo’s Golden Bear Playhouse, directed by Gary McFadyen and featuring Rodger Hoopman as Scrooge. Since then, “Scrooge” has played each holiday season to enthusiastic audiences throughout Northern California. With Rodger Hoopman in the title role for his 33rd year, the current production will feature a company of local favorites including Salina Donek, Warren Harrison (who has performed the role of Bob Cratchit for the past 18 years), Chris Lamb, Karen Sandoval and many other local actors. The production includes an original musical score by

Hoopman and Rob Knable which “weaves about a dozen clever songs through the threads of the original story ... making the holiday musical a delight,” wrote Joanne Burkett in our sister paper, The Roseville Press Tribune. This year’s production will also include a new opening number written by director Harrison. “Reindeer Revolution,” part of their children’s theater, runs at noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 822. All seats are $7. For two performances only, you can catch their Old Time Radio production at 8 p.m., Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Tickets are $10 each. They are located in the La Sierra Community Center at 5325 Engle Road in Carmichael. For more info, call (916) 4897529 or visit for seniors. For reservations, call (530) 626-5282. 17-21. Tickets may be purchased by calling (916) 353-1001 or by visiting They are located at 717 Sutter St., Folsom.



Sutter Street Theatre
I often refer to these folks as the busiest little theater in the region, and for good reason. After wrapping multiple productions in November, they launch right into a new slate of shows. “Holiday in the Hills,” their annual tradition, pokes fun at figures plucked right from the history books of Folsom, including an editor of The Folsom Telegraph, Peter J. Hopper. Directed by Connie Mockenhaupt with musical direction by John Wilder, the show promises a few laughs along the way. “Set in late 1800s in Folsom, this show features musical favorites and skits of the season with characters that either lived in or visited Folsom during the period,” their press release states. The musical opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 with regular performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. There will be extra performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 17-19. “Madeline’s Christmas” hits the stage as part of their Family Holiday Series and is directed by Allen Schmeltz. “Join Madeline and the 11 other little girls along with Mrs. Clavel, Monsieur Brun, Harsha, Mrs. Murphy and a very live little mouse on an adventure that takes them flying on magic carpets, singing delightful songs, and being reunited with their families for the Christmas season,” or so the press release states. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 8-30 with special weekday performances at 4 p.m. Dec.

Free Fall Stage
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” hits the stage donated by Victory Life Church, 800 Reading St., Folsom. This is the third Charlie Brown show put on by Free Fall Stage (I reviewed one for The Folsom Telegraph). They always do a great job. Show times are 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30; 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $7 for all seats. They are also offering a special kids show at noon on Dec. 15. Tickets are $10 are include snacks, craft stations and prizes. Seating is limited. For info, call (916) 2075606 or visit

Mike Jimena, center, ponders the possibilities of “Holiday in the Hills” at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom through Dec. 23.

Imagination Theatre
The little theater at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville is offering “The Little Princess.” Show times vary. It runs Nov. 30-Dec. 23, usually Thursdays through Sundays. Check for details, e-mail or call (530) 642-0404.

Rocklin Community Theatre
This group is taking on “Oliver,” running at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 16. Sunday matinees are 2 p.m. There is one additional matinee on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Performances are at the Finnish Temperance Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. Tickets range from $10-$33. For more information, e-mail or call (916) 740-6229.
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Olde Coloma Theatre
Get into the Christmas spirit with “Once Upon a North Pole Christmas” or “There’s No Business Like Snow Business.” The show runs through Dec. 23. Plays are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Olde Coloma Theatre, 380 Monument Road, Coloma. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are $10 general, $5 children under 12, $9

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Seven of the nine singers of the Folsom Gold Vocal Ensemble rehearse at founder Bob Nathan’s home in Folsom, with piano accompaniment by music director Fred Weber.

here is nothing like music to evoke the warm feelings and delights of the holiday season. The Folsom Gold Vocal Ensemble will fill that role during a special Christmas concert. The concert will perform at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Folsom. The group is composed of nine musicians most residing in Folsom, who have dedicated their attention and efforts to music and the arts. “A lot of us are connected through music in the area, and we just thought it would be fun to get together and sing some



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new arrangements,” said Fred Weber, the group’s music director, who taught music in schools from elementary to university level, was at Sierra College for 20 years and head of the music department. At the concert, the ensemble will perform renditions of both secular

and religious Christmas songs. Manager Bob Nathan, who conceived the group, said that with the Christmas music they try to evoke the feelings of the past, “the memories that give you chills at the same time that you recall and feel the warmth.” Besides Weber, who conducts, and manager Nathan, who also sings, the members of the ensemble are: Joyce Scolnick, Debby Weber, Kathi Davi, Lori Wolfley, Trish Erickson, Jeff Bader, Bob Schamber, and H. Daniel O’Laughlin. Virtually all of them agree that their music brings pleasure not only to their audiences, but also to themselves. “Singing brings me

pure joy,” said soprano singer Debby Weber. “When you are singing I think you experience the music on a deeper level.” Tenor singer Jeff Bader said that he gets “great satisfaction out of knowing that we have put together something that is making an audience smile.” Wolfley, who sings alto, says that singing gives her confidence and helps to keep her brain sharp. “It makes my heart happy when I’m sharing this beautiful music with my talented fellow singers and our wonderful audiences,” Wolfley said. Other singers echo the sentiments, along with the feeling of friendship that builds as a result of the association. “Some of these folks are old friends,” alto Davi said. “But most I’ve met since we formed Folsom Gold, and I’ve come to love them and consider them friends. I think that relationship comes out as we sing together.” Many of the performers have been in local singing groups including the Sacramento Choral Society, the Sierra Community Chorus, and are also experienced in musical theater. Most have been heavily involved with music and performing throughout their lives, as well as being active in other professions. Nathan is a concert and event emcee; singer, actor, director and producer of local theater, and has performed dozens of leading roles including a portrayal of Groucho Marx. Some of the members have been associated in the past through also through their children who, said Nathan, tend to be overachievers. “We’ve had our kids involved in various aspects of our performances, as well, from singing to choreography, to instrumentals, to techie and roadie things,” Nathan said. The main standards for their group would serve equally well for life as a whole. He said the main criterion was not to have any “drama,” in the sense of creating difficulties. “And after that,” said Nathan, “Let’s see how good we can get.” For tickets or more information about the group, visit or e-mail BobNathan@

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‘Nutcracker,’ holiday shows take center stage



ocals will get into the holiday spirit this season with the help from a variety of dancers and a magical nutcracker. Join Clara as she steps from a festive party into a magical dream where soldiers and mice battle as the Placer Theatre Ballet presents the holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker.” Audience members can watch as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker Prince defeat the Mouse King, and travel through a kingdom of snow and ice before arriving at the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where a dazzling array of entertainers from around the world gather to give her an evening full of fantasy and fun that she will never forget. Ticket prices include $13 for children and $16 for adults, with


Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theater will return to Three Stages to perform “The Nutcracker” in December.
premium seats available for $20. Under the direction of Artistic Director Shea Wing, dancers of all levels will perform The Nutcracker at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1, at noon and 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, at 1 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 and at noon and 4 p.m. on Dec. 9, at Placer High School Theatre, 275 Orange St. in Auburn.

For more information and tickets, call (916) 630-7820 or visit Three Stages Performing Arts Center at Folsom Lake College will also have performances available for audiences. Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theater will return to Three Stages to perform “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. For 12 years, Pamela Hayes, who began her training and professional career with the Royal Ballet in London, has brought this holiday tradition to the region. Ticket prices range from $15 to $26. For more information and tickets, visit Another holiday performance to see this season is the Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de

Sacramento’s annual holiday performance of “Posada Navideña.” This special Mexican Christmas production will feature 30 dancers and live musicians, this south-of-the-border celebration including a traditional Christmas processional, Mexican holiday songs, a visit from the Three Wise Men, a festive piñata scene and a vibrant holiday finale performed in the spirit of a true fiesta. In addition to its seasonal flavor, “Posada Navideña” provides a whirlwind tour of Mexico’s many distinct cultural regions, from Veracruz to Guerrero to Jalisco, all with live musical accompaniment. “Posada Navideña” will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at Three Stages. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35. For more information and tickets, visit

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n December, expect to enjoy a flavorful beer and a tasty nibble in the new Europeaninspired pub nestled in the heart of El Dorado Hills. Richard Righton, owner of Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom and Relish Burger Bar in El Dorado Hills, will open a new pub called 36Handles in December. The pub will open in the shuttered Irish Pub Kinnee O’Reilly’s in the Montano de El Dorado center in El Dorado Hills. Kinnee O’Reilly’s closed

its doors in August. “It’s no secret that I’m an Englishman and so I love a good pub,” Righton said. “I walked in the doors and wanted this pub. It’s just perfect and very beautifully built and designed. Everything from the woodwork to the metals inside is done very well – it’s just a beautiful building.” Following his reputations in his other two restaurants, Righton said the pub will feature a variety of “nibbles” or appetizers, and full meals including salads, sandwiches and rustic pub fare.

“We will offer a lot of California-inspired food options and are healthy,” he said. “But we will also have some pub favorites that are a bit heavier like our shepard’s pie. Our signature dish will be the fish and chips.” The pub will also feature a variety of drinks including 36 beers on tap, bottled beer, hard cider, wines and a full bar. “I’ve learned beer is the new wine,” Righton said. “We will have tasters available for people to try new and different flavors. It’s a lot of fun.” Righton plans to open 36Handles at the begin-

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Gayleen Pellicano started working on the decorations at her Serrano home in the beginning of November. This will be her first year on the El Dorado Hills Tour.

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he first two weekends in December is the time to get out and tour Folsom and El Dorado Hills’ homes, since they are decked out for the holiday season. Gayleen Pellicano started working on the decorations at her Serrano home in the beginning of November. This will be her first year on the El Dorado Hills Tour. She is no stranger to what it takes to deck out several rooms with Christmas trees, glittering lights, garland and Santas. “I’ve done tours before when we lived in Chicago and Missouri,” Pellicano said. “It’s almost become a tradition.” A rotating tree filled with gleaming glass ornaments sits near the fireplace decked with stockings. A second tree adorns the family room, another in the guest room and yet another in the kitchen. A life-sized carved rocking horse adds to the holiday décor in the office. Pellicano has collected numerous decorations throughout the years including a large collection of Santas. “It’s a running theme,”



What: El Dorado Hills Holiday Home Tour When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Tickets: $20 adults, children $12 More information: or in person at the California Welcome Center in Town Center What: Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Tickets: $15 More information: (916) 985-2707 or

she said. “I have Santas from around the world including Russia, Poland and several from different countries.” Barbara Brown, vice president of resource development for the Assistance League of the Sierra Foothill Said there will be six homes in El Dorado Hills featured during the two day event, four in Serrano. Each home will have a story teller sharing holiday stories, Brown said. “We will have bands playing, a harpist and a five piece Jazz band all at different homes.” Proceeds from the El

Dorado Hills tour will help fun school clothes for needy middle school children in El Dorado County. The following weekend it’s Folsom’s turn to show off some beautiful homes with holiday decorations. Dec. 7-8 will kick off the inaugural Historic Folsom tour featuring seven historic sites. “Of the seven stops on the tour, the museum is one and an old historic Catholic church,” said Mary Asay-Skiles. The homes on this tour date back to the mid1850s. Asay-Skiles said all of the stops on the tour have history behind them. “This tour is not only for those that enjoy holiday decorations, but history and architect buffs as well,” she said. Refreshments will be served at the museum and some Sutter Street merchants will be offering shopping discounts to those that have tickets from the home tour. Participating merchants will be identified by a big red bow. Proceeds benefit the Folsom Historical Society and the Murer House.
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Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Northern California’s premier AAA Four Diamond Resort is the perfect getaway for Northern California residents looking for a high end, luxurious hotel and nonstop gaming action. Located just 30 miles east of Sacramento, Thunder Valley Casino Resort is Northern California’s ultimate gaming and resort experience. Be sure to catch the ongoing 2012/2013 concert series at Pano Hall, our intimate concert and event venue, featuring Chippendales on December 5, Elvis Presley Tribute Concert featuring Steve Williams on January 4, Psychic Sylvia Browne on January 17 & 18, Legends of Motown on January 20 and Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho with Kapala and Mr. Sun Cho Lee on February 23. Plus, don’t miss the beginning of our 2012 Holiday concert series at the Holiday Pavilion with Jo Koy on December 21, Willie K’s Winter Wonderland with Frank Delima on December 22, Brian McKnight on December 28, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on December 29, Air Supply on December 30 and Tower of Power on New Year’s Eve, December 31. All concerts are affordable with tickets starting as low as $22.50 for some events. Plus, come celebrate the hottest new year’s eve party in Northern California as Thunder Valley Casino Resort
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Be sure to catch the ongoing 2012/2013 concert series at Pano Hall, our intimate concert and event venue, featuring Chippendales on December 5, Elvis Presley Tribute Concert featuring Steve Williams on January 4, Psychic Sylvia Browne on January 17 & 18, Legends of Motown on January 20 and Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho with Kapala and Mr. Sun Cho Lee on February 23. Plus, don’t miss the beginning of our 2012 Holiday concert series at the Holiday Pavilion with Jo Koy on December 21, Willie K’s Winter Wonderland with Frank Delima on December 22, Brian McKnight on December 28, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on December 29, Air Supply on December 30 and Tower of Power on New Year’s Eve, December 31. All concerts are affordable with tickets starting as low as $22.50 for some events.

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Madroña Vineyards owners Maggie and Paul Bush pour wine at a previous Christmas in the Cellar event. This year’s event will be Saturday, Dec. 1.

or those who want to celebrate the holidays with a glass of wine and a sweet treat, Madroña Vineyards will celebrate with their annual Christmas in the Cellar event. “Christmas in the Cellar is casual holiday event featuring local and globally conscious vendors, featuring samples in a festive winery environment,” said owner Paul Bush. “It’s a great place to stock up on stocking stuffers and estate grown wines.”



Bush, the wine maker, owns the winery with his wife Maggie. The winery is located at 2560 High Hill Road in Camino. “We wanted to do something that was low key and enjoyable that kicked off the Christmas season,” Bush said. The free event is from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Bush said families with children are welcome to attend. “This is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Kathleen Leavitt, Madroña Vineyard• SEE VINEYARD PAGE 20

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ind the spirit of Christmas in the historic Gold Rush town of Sutter Creek this season for the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Open House celebration, Dec. 7 and 8. The streets of Historic Sutter Creek come alive with colored lights and a lighted horse drawn carriage traveling down Main Street. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in their sleigh to light the community Christmas tree next to City Hall, pre-empted by the Amador Community Band playing Christmas Carols. On Main Street the shopkeepers will be open late to offer an open house, with snacks, refreshments and dis-

plays of unique items ready for your Christmas list. For the children, free photos with Santa will be available inside the Methodist Church, on Main Street, where Santa will hear their Christmas wishes. Free arts and crafts will also be available there, along with homemade cookies and hot cider. The merriment continues on Saturday with free horse drawn carriage rides, holiday music, wonderful shopping, Father Christmas and Charles Dickens characters strolling down the street. At 7 p.m. on Saturday is the Las Posadas Candlelight Walk where the public is invited to participate in a reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s jour-

ney to Bethlehem. The parade will begin at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Spanish Street where Mary will mount a donkey and she and Joseph will process down Spanish Street, lined with flickering luminaries, to Main Street, Sutter Creek. Narrators will retell the familiar story and musicians will lead in singing familiar Christmas carols for everyone sing along. Following Las Posadas, there will be hot beverages and cookies available at the social hall of the Methodist Church. For more information, visit
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continued from page 19 events coordinator. “It is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. We have unique gifts from local artists and food vendors, globally conscious goods and great wine specials. Wine and soup, music and a big Christmas tree make for a fun afternoon.” Local vendors that will attend include Pasta and More-Nan’s Gourmet Foods, Dedrick’s Cheese, Fudge Factory, Pawsperity Bakery, California Olive Company, Smokey Ridge Charcuerie, Charmed by Victoria, Debbi Preston books on Dog Friendly Trails for all Seasons in California, Laurie Dahl with Global Mama’s and CASA a local organization that helps abused children. CASA will sell Christmas Cards designed by children.

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“The winery prides itself on creating premium estate grown wines and the ability enjoy them with friends and family. We believe in sustainability and thinking local,” Bush said. “I hope people kick off their Christmas season with this fun and enjoyable event. It’s a great venue to bring together local artists and food purveyors as well as globally vendors. This fits entirely

into our belief of sustainability.” After the Christmas season is over, the winery will also end the year with a pop. Guests can taste the release of Madroña Vineyards estate grown Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine at the New Year’s celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29. This event is $25 per person and limited to 60 people. The black-tie event will include music from Betsy Moore and appetizers from Allez. “It will be a great time and who can’t wait to see if we can get Paul Bush in a tux,” said Leavitt. “Raise your glass to the great moments of 2012 and your hopes for 2013.” For more information, call (530) 644-5948 or visit





Santa is riding the rails Placer Nature Center explores
Locals can ride the rails with jolly old Saint Nicholas this season in Folsom. This month the Placerville and Sacramento Valley Railroad will help Santa return to the historic rails that run through Folsom. Families can travel with rails to Santa’s Grotto, nestled in the woods next to Willow Creek. Children young and old, or just young at heart, will enjoy a short train ride from the Oak Avenue Whistle Stop to Santa’s Grotto, where they will be dropped off to have some refreshments, visit with Santa and maybe even have their picture taken with him. Patrons return to the boarding point on a later train, making this an approximately 45 minute experience for the family. Railroad volunteers will share some of the region’s railroad history during the journey, including the history of our restored 1936 Skagit Motorcar. Rides will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 1-16. Trains board at 700 Oak Avenue Parkway in Folsom. Riders can park in the California Family Fitness parking lot near the tracks. Tickets are $5 for everyone older than 4 years old, children younger than 4 ride for free. All proceeds go towards the preservation and development of this historic 150 year old railroad. For more information, call (916) 708-7368 or visit
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are Poinsettia’s red in winter? Why does mistletoe, a parasitic plant, inspire people to kiss? Learn the legendary explanations to these questions and more. In addition to hearing the stories behind familiar seasonal greenery, guests will have the opportunity to use their senses to experience less traditional holiday plants. This fun-filled family

Ever wonder why pine trees, holly, and mistletoe and more are used as decorations? Discover the stories behind of the age old tradition of decking the halls from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Placer Nature Center at 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn. Who was it that first decided to bring a tree indoors, anyway? Why

event will include crafts made from both natural and recycled materials. Leave with charming handmade holiday decorations and a new appreciation for nature’s role in the holidays. General admission is $3 per person and Placer Nature Center member get in free. For more information, visit or call (530) 878-6053

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Auburn’s Old Town Country Christmas is regional tradition
On Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, check out the 26th annual Old Town Country Christmas in Auburn. A tradition in the foothills, the town’s historic district is converted into a street fair complete with pony rides, displays, food and craft vendors and sometimes, Old St. Nick. From 5-9 p.m., you’ll find clam chowder in a bread bowl, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, the outdoor fire pit, live music at certain venues, such as at the top of Sacramento Street at Oz Gallery of Fine Jewelry, and much more. “Crafters and artists will have their wares on sale for that special oneof-a-kind Christmas gift,” said organizer Linda Robinson. All the shops will also be taking part in a Holiday Open House. For more information, call (530) 888-1585.

Festival of Lights parade is Dec. 1
The town’s annual holiday parade kicks off the season at 5:30 p.m. on Dec.1. Families should arrive early to find parking spaces. The parade starts at the top of Lincoln Way near the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and ends at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. There is no admission charge.
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TICKETS: $5.00 per person (4 years and older) All tickets include a photo with Santa!

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Steelin’ Dan — The Music of Steely Dan is putting on a dance concert at 8 p.m., Dec. 8 at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (530) 274-8384, ext. 14. Learn more online at
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The third annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights returns to the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary this month.

Celebrate Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at Folsom Zoo Sanctuary

he Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary will soon be ablaze with holiday lights, providing a unique backdrop for families to experience this holiday season. In preparation for the third annual Wild Nights and Holiday Lights at Folsom Zoo Sanctuary, volunteers have hung thousands of colorful, environmentally friendly LED lights all over the Zoo Sanctuary, including an enchanted forest of 60



“Visitors may also enjoy holiday carolers, animal presentations by Zoo docents, seasonal refreshments, rides on the miniature Starlight Express train and meet Santa Claus and the Zoo’s own Santa Paws.”
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lighted trees. “Visitors may also enjoy holiday carolers, animal presentations by Zoo docents, seasonal refreshments, rides on the miniature Starlight Express train and meet

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Preston Castle towers above Ione on this trip
he Preston Castle, listed on the U. S. Register of Historic Places, was once known as the Preston School of Industry is located on a hill in Ione. From anywhere around Folsom Lake, traveling over to Ione is a great day trip. The Preston Castle was formerly one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is currently being operated through a foundation and open for tours the first Saturday of the month and a couple Thursdays a month, please check their website for current tour schedules. There are those who claim the castle is haunted by former wards as well as the spirit of a housekeeper, Anna Corbin, who was supposedly bludgeoned to death the in the 1950s. The property was featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures with Zak Bagans. A good day trip even to walk through the grounds and photograph the castle from the outside is worth the drive. It stands high on a hill in Ione and is an architectural marvel. In 1890, the 230-acre parcel of land on which the castle stands was purchased from the Ione Coal and Iron Company for $30 per acre with 100 acres donated. The land was purchased to house the school of industry, established by the California State Legislature as a progres-




The Preston Castle was formerly one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is currently being operated through a foundation.
sive action toward rehabilitating juvenile offenders. The bricks for the building were made at Folsom Prison, as well as San Quentin, using sandstone that was quarried a few miles from Ione. The cornerstone of the building was laid on Dec. 23 in 1890. Plans for the school were very ambitious showing 77 rooms on five floors and being one of the most significant examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in the area. The institution was opened in June of 1894 when seven minors under the guardianship of the state were transferred there. The following year electricity was installed, provided by a water wheel powered by dynamos for incandescent and arc lights. The building was vacated in 1960 and later the abandoned building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Original plans called for a reception area and a director’s room, general offices, sitting room, butler’s pantry, dining room, doctor’s office, pharmacy as well as additional offices. A small museum is housed in one of these rooms currently. A number of former Preston wards are featured in the museum including Eddie Anderson, best known for his role as Rochester in Jack Benny’s radio and television programs, Don Jordon, who joined the boxing program at Preston and later

went on to become the world welter-weight champion. Another familiar name is Merle Haggard, famous country and western singer, whose file carried the notes, “he likes to sing and play the guitar.” Other areas in the various levels include a reading room, library, numerous chambers, a school room, coat room, water closet, dormitory, locker room and linen room. The basement would include a play room, laundry, pantry, furnace room, bakery, fuel storage room, kitchen, storeroom and areas for employee’s services. Phil Thatcher became active in prison ministry and penned an autobiography, “Under Arrest,” and was granted a full pardon by Gov. Earl Warren. Caryl Chessman became a celebrity author while he served on death row in the 1950s. The Preston Castle Foundation received a 50-year lease in 2001 and the castle is currently being restored. The tour takes visitors through many of these rooms and areas and describes in detail the castle and its influence on the area. Public tours are scheduled the first and third Saturday and now the second and fourth Thursday of every month, March through October 6. No reservations are required. Cost of the tour is $10 for adults, $5 for age 12 and under and free for children under 5 years old.

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unday, Dec. 2 will mark the 30th start of the California International Marathon in Folsom. Though the participants are only in Folsom for a brief time, the annual race draws more people than any other event held in the city; bigger than the rodeo, bigger than Folsom Live and Cyclebration or the Folsom International Triathlon. So what’s it like at the starting line with 10,000plus people getting ready to run a 26.2-mile race to the state capitol? With that number of people with that much adrenaline, it’s pretty exciting. Denis Zilaff, one of 12 runners to compete in all 29 previous marathons, knows the atmosphere.

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“Forty percent of the starters are first-timers and they are all so jazzed,” Zilaff said. “They’ve done all this training and being there for the first time they have all this nervous energy. You can feel it; it’s almost like static electricity.” Folsom High teacher Jean Cavanaugh, and students from the Interact Club, have been volunteering at the starting line for several years. The group is asked to perform various duties, from

guarding the tents where the elite runners prepare for the race to loading runner bags onto a truck. “When we get there at 5:30 a.m. it’s dark, but once the runners start arriving the thrill of the event begins,” said Cavanaugh, who is an adviser for the Interact Club. “As the street starts filling, it’s a wonder that over 10,000 people are arriving in such a short time period.” Folsom High senior and the Interact Club Vice President Jennifer Lee also enjoys volunteering at the starting line. “I get to meet people from all over who are dedicated to running,” Lee said. “It’s an amazing experience to see everyone gathered together to take part in the

marathon, and it’s a real privilege to be asked to work the start line.” The opportunity to be a part of such an event is not only a thrill, but an honor as well. “This is an opportunity for students to see a Folsom event that is on the largest scale we can possibly participate in,” Cavanaugh said. As the start of the race nears, the energy level

picks up even more. “The music and the announcer get everyone hyped up, then the countdown begins,” Zilaff said. “When the gun goes off there’s a big scream from all the runners, who are all hooting and hollering. For someone who’s run it as many times as I have, it’s always fun to watch people and talk to them. The first-timers don’t know what to expect.”

Zilaff said people generally settle down and get into the race three to five miles in. “The crowd definitely helps motivate you, especially late in the race when everything hurts,” Zilaff said. “The crowd pulls you along and gives you energy. When you get to mile 26 it’s packed with people and it’s hard to get through, but it’s a great experience.”

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lege Parkway, Folsom. $25$39, with premium tickets for $49. For more information, call (916) 608-6888 or visit Granite Bay Christmas tree lighting from 4-8 p.m. at Quarry Ponds Shopping Center, 5550 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay. Holiday vendors, kids’ activities, food, demonstrations. Free. David Girard Vineyards presents the Sierra Symphony in concert 7 p.m. with Jennifer Reason opening from 6-6:40. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 741 Cold Springs Road, Placerville. (530) 295-1833 or visit p.m. at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. (916) 355-8586. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6460 Cavitt-Stallman Road in Granite Bay. Free. and 3-6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville. Canned food collection for Placer Food Bank. Free. Auburn House Concerts presents “An Evening of Harmony” featuring Michael Black, Sylvia Herold and Doug Olsen at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation $20. Reservations required. Your entire contribution goes to the artist. Email or call (530) 885-4292 for reservations and directions.

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E:motion Dance Ensemble presents “CASH: The Life and Music of an American Legend” at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Times vary, through Dec. 8. $22, some discounts apply. For more information, visit emotionDANCEensemble.c om. For tickets, visit Sunday Tea Dance lessons and parties from 1 to 4 p.m. at Capital Dance Center, 11270 Sanders Drive, Rancho Cordova. $4. For more information, call (916) 635-2600 or visit “Waiting for Santa” holiday exhibit 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, through Jan. 13, at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom. Exhibit features antique toys, baby quilts and miniatures. For more information, call 985-2707. Country DJ and Line Danc-

Winter Bash 2012 from 6:30-10 p.m. at Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St. in Roseville. Appetizers, open bar, live casino, music, dancing, raffle prizes. Ages 21 and over. $30 single, $50 couple. Holiday Feet, Feat, Fete dance show at 7 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in Patti Baker Theater at Roseville High School, 1 Tiger Way in Roseville. Tap, clogging, jazz, lyrical, African, hip hop, ballet. $8. (916) 782-3753 ext. 3800 or Mosaic Dance Company presents “An Evening of Dance” at 8 p.m., at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. or call (916) 608-6888. Granite Bay Christmas Nativity Exhibit from 12-9 p.m. through Dec. 8 at The

“A Live Radio Show: Miracle on 34th Street,” presented by the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, runs at the State Theatre for three performances, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and $5 for children 12 and under. (530) 885-0156. “Oh, What a Wonderful Child” Cherie Crosby Shoemaker concert featuring Folsom Lake Youth Choir and Granite Bay Chime Choir at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 2401 Olympus Drive in Roseville. Christmas music. Optional donation of $3 adults, $2 children, $10 family.

Sunday Blues Jam from 7 to 11 p.m. at Po’ Boys Bar and Grill, 9580 Oak Ave. Parkway, Folsom. (916) 987-2886.

All Nations Native Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maidu Activity Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville. Music, singing, drumming, door prize drawings, native vendors. Free. (916) 774-5934. “An Irish Christmas” performed at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 Col-

Holiday Teddy Bear Tea from 2-5 p.m. at The Flower Farm Inn, 4150 Auburn Folsom Road in Loomis. Fashion show, auction, raffle, high tea, teddy bears for guests 12 and under. $45 adults, $30 children. Proceeds benefit homeless families. (916) 782-6667 or John Nemeth performs at 7

An artists’ reception for the Auburn in Winter art show will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Auburn City Hall Gallery, 1225 Lincoln Way, in Auburn. Show runs through Feb. 8.

Santa in the Park from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Roseville Sports Center, 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville

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“Of Joy & Fate” Folsom Symphony holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. $20-$55. (916) 608-6888 or Atomic Punks perform, 10 p.m., Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. (916) 3558586.

SHOPPING: Cigars could be option for guys, art work for others on gift list
continued from 23 men in your life, one option may be unique cigars hand-rolled in El Dorado Hills. Art of Cigars, 2222 Francisco Drive in El Dorado Hills, is a cigar and wine lounge offering a variety of cigars, accessories and other items. “You can enjoy a hand rolled cigar and a glass of wine,” said owner Eric Stanion. “We also have a variety of other cigar accessories; I guess you can call it guy stuff. We have two rollers that roll for us and we bring in good name brand cigars from around the nation.” One unique gift this holiday season might be their newly launched Cigar Marine package, said Stanion. “The Cigar Marine package has two different cigars, a spice rum cigar and a dual wrap torpedo wrapped in two different types of leaves,” he said. “The package comes in a camouflaged travel humidor. A portion of the proceeds go to the Semper Fi Fund that supports wounded marines and their families.” The Cigar Marine comes in a variety of
packages, ranging in price from $59 to $130. Individual cigars are also on sale for $15. For more information on Art of Cigars, call (916) 939-1855. For the bargain hunters looking to find a unique gift this year, The Marketplace recently moved from its Rancho Cordova location to Folsom. Its new location is now open on 1325 Riley St., Folsom. The Marketplace offers a variety of vendors to shop through all under one roof. Currently, there are about 70 vendors to walk through including local authors who can showcase their books. Rosemary Archie owns La Rosa Fine Furnishings and Collectibles, a vendor within The Marketplace. “I come from a large family of siblings, so I have always been more a thrifty-type shopper. But I only like unique and quaint items,” Archie said. “I work to collect quality not quantity, so as a vendor in my area of The Marketplace, I carry anything from small furniture items like a bistro table and chairs, to vintage crystal and beaded crystal. I like to seek things that are one-of-akind. I also carry distinctive evening bags, very different than what you would find at a department store.” Archie said she buys all of her vendor items at bay area thrift stores and estate sales. She said a favorite find in her shop is a solid bronze statue of a Ribbon Dancer priced at $400. “I purchased the dancer statue at an estate sale and think it is beautiful,” she said. “It would really make a distinctive gift for someone special.” For stocking stuffers, she suggests shopping through her collection of vintage jewelry ranging in prices from $1 to $40. For more information on The Marketplace, call (916) 984-4220. For the artist in the family, American Visions Gallery in Folsom offers a unique experience for any art lover. Owner Giovanna Stark has had the full service art gallery, on Sutter Street in Folsom, for 10 years. “We do everything from custom frames to helping customers decide what art is best for their home or business,” she said. The gallery also offers art classes to growing artists. “We have very in depth art classes with notable artists and celebrities in the gallery,” said Stark. “We also provide traveling art classes for students to learn in other locations including Tuscany, Italy and Carmel. We really want to help our students grow and expand as artists, so we require our students to have a desire to learn.” She said a once-in-alifetime gift for a couple would be a Tuscany painting class and sightseeing trip in Italy. The trip includes painting classes in Tuscany, restaurant options and wine tasting. The next trip availably is in March or October. The gallery also has a variety of options for smaller gifts including artwork form worldrenowned artists ranging in prices from $15 to $34,000. The gallery offers both originals and prints in both paper and canvas. Stark suggests purchasing specialty playing cards with prints on the back for a quick stocking stuffer. For more information, call American Visions Gallery at (916) 351-1623.

“A Celtic Christmas” holiday choir concert at 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Sacramento Master Singers, Men of Worth. $25-$40, $55 premium. The Nevada County Jewish Community Center will host Hanukkah Celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Condon Park in Grass Valley. (530) 4770922. Adults $10, children $5 and family rate: $25.

Tainted Love at 10 p.m. at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. (916) 355-8586.

Santa’s Secret Adventure
An Old Fashion Christmas
Visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus in Santa’s Secret Place located in beautiful Placer County. Horse drawn Carriage Rides Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Santa’s Little Choo-Choo, Santa’s Pet theater, Games And Much More!

Secret Adventure

Your Child Will Never Forget

New Year’s Eve party at 7:30 p.m. at The Station, 1100 Orlando Ave. in Roseville. Hors d’oeuvres, champagne, live music. $49.50 single, $89.50 couple. Whiskey Dawn New Years Eve Bash at 10 p.m. at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. (916) 355-8586.

Adventure begins
Nov. 23rd and runs thru Dec. 23rd
Ticket information or 916-521-9135




Folsom’s Veteran’s Day Parade

Folsom Walmart Reopening

City Councilman Ernie Sheldon, Christopher Long and Barbara Till with Golden Bear Mortgage

Color guard and Bagpipers displayed the flag

Sutter Middle School Choir sang the national anthem

Mayor Kerri Howell

Keith Johnson presented Folsom Parks and Recreation $1,000. Councilman Ernie Sheldon accepted and thanked Walmart for their generous contributions to the Kids and Seniors programs.

Store Manager Keith Johnson thanked employees with 20+ years of service to the Folsom Walmart.

Natoma Station Elementary Principal Folsom PD was presented with Ted Bosque spoke and presented $1,000 to their K9 program and Walmart store manager Keith Johnson an additional $1,000 for with a thank you card for the the Toy Drive. donation to the school.

Ribbon Cutting At The Marketplace on Riley St.

Local Residents Holiday Photos

Here are some pictures of my pumpkins (and my pet turkey). They where grown on my 5 acre farm in Wilton. This is my first try at growing them, next year will be even more and bigger ones. The turkeys name is Gobbles (my grand daughter named her). – Ron Gray

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Jewelry Art Objects Furniture

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Gracefully Vintage
611 Sutter Street Historic Folsom

Visit us at our NEW location

through January 13, 2013
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm Admission Charge

729 Sutter St. 916-985-8979
See our expanded selection of vintage furniture, holiday gifts and unique decor items.

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Blown Glass Gift Items Paintings

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Sutter Street Art Gallery
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• 31 Local Artists • 30% OFF any featured artist

Sun-Th 11-8 • Fri & Sat 11-9

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December featured artists include: Lori Anderson • Don Weaver Patti Miles

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627 Sutter Street in Folsom Check our website for gallery events and artist pages 916-708-8442

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Open through January 21st

Folsom Historic District

November 30 – Christmas Tree Lighting December 1 – Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair December 7 and 8 – Historic Folsom Holiday Home Tour
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