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The month of love gets special treatment in Entertainer

he Entertainer gets groovy this month as love wafts across the region for Valentines Day. Youll find special offerings at local restaurants including Bidwell Street Bistro (see page 11) as well as other events to make the day special. For those who are looking for other things to do, weve packed plenty into this issue. From history to theater to day tripping, we make sure youre covered. If you have tips or suggestions for March or
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Emma, Escanaba and more hit stage
Explore local theatrical offerings in the region 6 ALSO IN THE ISSUE: Entertainment Wine Dining Art Gaming Food Calendar

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lauran@goldcountrymedia.com or to me at donc@goldcountrymedia.com. Were striving to make this a great resource for our region and we can only do that with your help. Support the advertisers you find in these pages since they make this publication possible. Like us on Facebook for updates on the local entertainment scene. Visit us online at folsomtelegraph.com and edhtelegraph.com for all the latest happenings.

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The Folsom Symphony strikes up the romance with classical selections in their annual February concert.

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The Folsom Symphony will perform at Three Stages in Folsom on Feb. 11 with their concert, Music of the Heart.

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ith romance the focus of many this month, some may turn to the soft sounds of the Folsom Symphony for an intimate evening. The Folsom Symphony started eight years ago by board President Bruce Woodbury and others interested in creating a community symphony in Folsom. Michael Neumann, music director and conductor, said the community symphony was a positive collaboration of musicians and board members. Today there are about 65 musicians. These musicians are


in the symphony because of the love of playing, they are not a paid union orchestra, Neumann said. He said the community has embraced the symphony. We have been very fortunate of having a loyal following from the community who enjoy our concerts, Neumann said. From day one, we have really had a large following of community support. Their loyalty has been a solid audience base for us. Neumann has had a long career in music before finding Folsom. I was born in South Africa and lived there

until I was 14 years old, he said. I started playing the violin at 7 years old. After his family immigrated to San Francisco in 1963, he continued studying music, eventually receiving his masters in orchestral conducting. His career includes working with the former Sacramento Symphony as the assistant conductor. In 1979 he took over the Sacramento Youth Symphony and this year marks his 33rd year as their conductor. From the bottom of my heart, Im very grateful to have a career that I still love and respect, Neumann said. Between the two orchestras, this is


now a full-time career which Im grateful for. He was contacted by the Folsom Symphony to be the music director and conductor eight years ago when it was formed, and he jumped at the opportunity. It brings a great deal of satisfaction, he said. I get imported to another world while up on the podium. This is a leadership position with the goal of inspiring musicians to play to the best of their ability and bring forth a wonderful product. He said his favorite part of leading the symphony is inspiring and showcasing classical music to people. He said he loves to provide a new appreciation of classical music to people who may have never heard it before coming to one of his concerts. Michael has done a wonderful job in attracting high caliber musicians who play for their love of music, Anson Wong, board director and corporate secretary. Michael is able to bring out the best from the musicians. In addition, his connection to the audience make the performances that much more enjoyable. The concert looks to be a romantic setting for all ages and music lovers. Neumann will lead the orchestra through 11 of classical musics most moving compositions, ranging from the symphonic rendition of Romeo and Juliets ill-fated love to the modern Love Story theme of commitment and joy and a light-hearted journey along a Bohemian river, Wong said. This concert reflects a nice blend of romantic music that everyone will enjoy, Wong said. Our


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What: The Folsom Symphony orchestra performs Music of the Heart When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom Tickets: $20-$42 Information: Call the box office at (916) 608-6888, or visit folsomsymphony.com.

audiences and musicians enjoy the wide range of music that the symphony performs. Three soloists perform for this concert including guest pianist Natsuki Fukasawa and symphony members. Symphony members include violinist and concertmaster Anita Felix and oboist Curtis Kidwell. The symphony also will dedicate a selection to

the memory of cellist Alexander Ashton, who died Dec. 15 at the age of 27, Wong said. Being on the board and a violinist in the symphony, I have seen first hand the great community support from our patrons over the years, Wong said. This support is appreciated by everyone involved the board, the volunteers and the musicians. Music of the Heart will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the main Three Stages theater on the Folsom Lake College campus, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Ticket prices range from $20 to $42.
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Emma, Escanaba, and 42nd Street hit the stage


here are plenty of live theatrical performances in the area for February, with nine productions in Folsom alone and one in El Dorado Hills. This is by no means a complete list, but it gives you a good starting point.


Musical theater
El Dorado Musical Theatre presents their Encore Production of 42nd Street at Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Running Feb. 17 through March 4, EDMTs latest offering boats familiar names to theatergoers. Carly Speno, Matt Surges, Katherine Sorgea, Andrew Wilson, Heather Clark, Stefan Sorgea, Braiden Wells, Helen Regula, Anjie Rose Wilson, Kaileen Teter and many more round out the cast of the musical. This was an auditiononly group. All of our Encore Productions are cast by Debbie Wilson. She determines who makes it and who doesnt. This is the only group like that for us. These are what many would consider our elite performers, said Trevor Frew, vice president of business operations. Ages for the actors range from 13 to 20. There is some pretty great tap dancing if I say so myself, said Debbie Wilson, director and choreographer. We did this (show) in 2006 and it was

Adventures with Young King Arthur is one of many plays hitting the stage at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. From left, Andre Mercer, Hannah Marshall, Kevin Tool and Brady Tait star in the musical that runs through Feb. 5.

great fun. We have tumbling (and) great costumes. What should audiences expect? There is great music. ... The star of 42nd Street really is the ensemble. There really are some great numbers. In the opening number, were using (the) original choreography. Trying to stay true to their previous performances, Wilson said the group is striving to raise the bar. Its toe-tapping fun. Its going to be a fun show, its kicking, she said. We have a great set. I feel like were upping it in all areas. For more information, visit threestages.net or www.edmt.info.

p.m. Feb. 5 at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets range from $8-$15 and are available at threestages.net.

Sutter Street Theatre

The little theater that could is bringing back one of their more popular shows, the Jeff Daniels penned Escanaba in da Moonlight. When it hit the Sutter Street stage two years ago, it received rave reviews. The theater is located at 717 Sutter St., Folsom. We had to do it again, said artistic director Mike Jimena. The show opens Feb. 10. Other shows at the theater in February include Adventures with Young King Arthur, Musical of Musicals, Anne of Green Gables and Tom Foolery. For show times and tickets, visit sutterstreettheatre.com.

T.H.E. Actors Workshop

Utilizing the stage at the church at 800 Reading St. in Folsom, this group has put on some amazing shows. Expect more of the same with The Interviews (see full story at FolsomTelegraph.com) running through Feb. 4 and Emma, running Feb. 9 through March 4. Emma is based on the novel by Jane Austen. For more information, including show times, visit actorsworkshop.net.

High school
Even Oak Ridge High School has performances of Sleeping Beauty slated for February. Running at 7 p.m. Feb. 2-4 & 9-11 and 2 p.m. Feb. 4-5 & 11-12, the show is student directed. Performances are held at the school, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills. For more information, visit oakridgedrama.org.
For more stories on shows coming up in the area, check folsomtelegraph.com throughout the month.

Youth theater
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Cinderella told through dance with Sacramento Ballet

he Sacramento Ballet will present its fulllength production of Ron Cunninghams Cinderella during Valentines Day weekend. Not seen in Sacramento since 1997, this production of the rags to riches love story one of the worlds most beloved fairytales has toured internationally to France, Hong Kong, Israel and Italy. It was the first American ballet ever performed in the Peoples Republic of China. Because of popular demand, a fifth performance has been added to the Valentines Day weekend schedule, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

evenings and at 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. This production was originally mounted for the Boston Ballet, and both of the Sacramento Ballets artistic directors were deeply involved. Ron Cunningham was both the choreographer and performed the role of one of the Spoiled Stepsisters. Carinne Binda performed the title role of Cinderella in performances in China, France, Israel and Italy. Cinderella has universal themes that appeal to all ages and all cultures,

so it was the perfect choice to be the first American ballet performing in China where there is also a fairytale with many similarities, said Mimi Kent, Sacramento Ballet marketing director. It was broadcast to a Chinese television audience of 30 million people, she said. At that time, it was the largest audience ever to see a broadcast ballet. Tickets are on sale now at the Community Center Theater box office, at (916) 808-5181 or online at Tickets.com.
For more information, visit sacballet.org. ~Staff report

Sacramento Ballet presents Cinderella at Sacramento Community Center Theater.

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Petra Vineyards pours wine in new tasting room





regular feature of farmers markets in El Dorado County prior to acquiring The Wine Gallery at 627 Sutter St. in Folsom, the folks behind Petra Vineyard in Rescue are mixing art with wine. Yvonne Norgauer, owner of Petra Vineyard, with her partner Mark Annis, whom she met in 2007, have restored a century old vineyard of which six acres has been planted with various varietals of grapes. The Wine Gallery is hosting An Evening of Wine and Romance from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 14. Tickets are $30 per person which includes wine,


What: An Evening of Wine and Romance When: 6-9 p.m., Feb. 14 Where: The Wine Gallery, 627 Sutter St., Folsom Cost: $30 per person Info: (916) 608-9179

Mike Owen, of Pollock Pines, samples a syrah poured by Yvonne Norgauer at The Wine Gallery in Folsom.

chocolate and appetizers as well as live music.

What role do you play at

the vineyard?

Mark and I are oldfashioned wine producers. Mark owns the prop-

erty and oversees the day-to-day operations. He also does most of the work in the vineyard. I am the winemaker and handle most of the sales.
What type of a vineyard is Petra Vineyard?

red blend we have not yet named, and a white called Semillon.
How long have you been in the business?


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The industry calls us an estate vineyard. What that means is, we grow the grapes we use in the wine. We do the harvesting on site, we do the processing for the finished product and that the wine is in our control all the way through to the bottling. This makes our wine very personal. A true reflection of the history that brought us to the business and the values we have about hard work, commitment, and quality.
What varieties of wine do you produce?

The first vines were planted about seven years ago. We started making wine for our own use in 2008 and (we now) sell our 2010 harvest to the public.
How did you get started?

find out that a person with severe allergies to gluten could have a problem with wine that has been aged in a wine barrel. We were approached by a very nice couple on one of our market days and asked if our wine was aged in a barrel because one of them had Celiac Disease and the wheat paste used to seal barrels could cause them great harm. Prior to this conversation I had no idea that some barrels have had wheat or rye paste used in their construction. ... So although the wine we have released right now is gluten free and aged in stainless steel, we have aged the rest of this years harvest in barrels. However, going forward we will age a small quantity in a tank so that we will always have a good wine for those friends and customers that need a gluten-free product.
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We produce small quantities of several types of wine. Right now we offer an old world version of Merlot. We also have Primitivo (the grandfather of Zinfandel). We will be offering a

Mark wanted something to do in his retirement and thought he would sell grapes to winemakers. When the economy changed, that was no longer a worthwhile pursuit on the small scale we can produce, so we decided to try our hand at making fine wine. We had planted some old world varieties so felt we could offer something a bit different, a few seldom seen types of wine.
What is something that you have learned in the wine making process that surprised you?

We can have a good time doing almost anything. We both have very eclectic taste and are very spontaneous. Whether we are in the Jeep and off-roading or standing on the shore watching waves hit the rocks, we appreciate the beauty this country offers and hope to continue to explore more of it every year. We like to travel and read.
Tell us about your family.

I was very surprised to

Mark and I each have two children. I have two daughters and one grandchild. He has a son and daughter and three grandchildren.

Folsom instructor melds music, lessons of life





ne local man has not only lived out his musical dreams, he is inspiring others to live out their dreams as well. Scott Paul Graham, 39, has lived in Folsom for 20 years and has built his music career locally. Music is everything in my life, in every aspect, Graham said. Graham has run the Graham Music Pros School of Music at 703 Bidwell St. in Folsom for six years. There he teaches students of all ages the fundamentals of music theory and performance. Grahams interest in music began at an early age. He said he started playing the piano with his mother, a teacher and composer, then began playing the guitar soon after. At 16 he started teaching guitar lessons. He later studied classical guitar at Sacramento State University. I had studied the guitar in all different styles, so at that point I knew a lot, Graham said. Originally I wanted to teach at the college level, but later decided to run my own music school. While Graham said he never committed to a


Scott Paul Graham teaches music at his Folsom school, Graham Music Pros School of Music.

single band to perform in, he can play most instruments including the guitar, most string instruments, piano, drums and vocals. He can be found however, as a filler musician in local bands as needed. His musical career and skills have also been noticed by others. He is endorsed by Kremona Orpheus Valley Guitars and Clayton Guitar picks.

He said instead of performing full-time in one band, he prefers teaching. In preparation to running his own music school, he taught guitar at Nicholsons Music in Folsom for 10 years. Now, at his own school, he offers music students a variety of music help including guitar and drum lessons. In the past two years,

he also started two programs geared to helping student musicians start and perform in music groups. The Rock Performance Program (RPP) teaches students ages 10 to 18 and the Rock Performance Program Extra Large (RPPXL) works with adult students. Folsom High School freshman Madi Winters, 14, started vocal lessons

with Graham three years ago. My sister (Ciera, 17) was taking guitar lessons and I was always singing. So I wanted to take lessons too, Madi said. Scott helps me with stage performance and vocal exercises to make my voice stronger. She said she also performs in the Rock Performance Program. Ive really learned how to work with others in a band, she said. Its also a lot of fun because you get to meet a lot of cool people. Currently, she is in a band with her sister called, Wasabi Bomb. This is an ongoing program for bands who want to stay together after each trimester, Graham said. We help them through the entire music experience of starting a band. Then, after each trimester, we put on a show at the Boardwalk. Then, if they do well, I will manage them and help them move forward in their career. The school has four teachers who have all led experienced music careers. The best part of being a teacher is being able to share my knowledge of what Ive learned over the

years, Graham said. Ive been teaching in the area for so long that Ive seen a lot. I always have kids coming up to me years later saying Im the reason they play the guitar. He said being a music teacher is not only being a teacher, its also being a mentor. I teach students integrity and mutual respect. We are all working together in a band and are constantly complementing each other. These are life lessons. While teaching will always be a main focus in his career, Graham said, a new venture in his life is performing as a solo musician at local venues and events. This way I can stay local and play a couple times a week, he said. It also lets me teach six days a week. His musical career also allows him to perform in his favorite role, a full-time father of three kids ranging in age from 2 to 11. They are musically inclined, Graham said. But, like my mom, I never force it on them. I just let it happen organically.
For more information on Graham Music Pros School of Music, call (916) 220-4726 or visit GrahamMusicPros.com.




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arunee Fleming of Thai Paradise, is this months featured chef in the Folsom Lake Entertainer. Jarunee studied as an apprentice to her uncle who was the head chef at the 5-Star Oriental Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Jarunee has been a chef for 15 years and loves making people happy with her food. I love to cook and see people enjoying my food, she says. Her favorite dish to prepare is Thai Curries. The most challenging part of her job as a chef is managing the restaurant. When Jarunee is not cooking you can find her enjoying growing flowers. Thai Paradise is located at 22730 East Bidwell, Suite 100 in Folsom. Their phone number is 916-984-8988.

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At left, Richard Righton, owner of Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom, carries a dessert sampling that includes mini creme brulee, profiterole with vanilla ice cream and bittersweet chocolate and a bittersweet chocolate truffle cake with raspberry coulis. Above, Meyer Lemon Mille Feuille with fresh raspberries and creme chantilly is one of five desserts offered on Bidwell Street Bistro's dessert menu.

Bidwell Street Bistro heats up Valentines Day



olsoms award winning Bidwell Street Bistro has become a favorite among those looking to enjoy the perfect hybrid of formal and casual dining for lunch and dinner. Its now been 12 years since the Righton family created the popular restaurant and it continues to garner rave reviews from critics and patrons alike. The bistro will once again host those looking to celebrate Valentines Day in style this month, with a menu thats sure to please all. Its always a fun night for couples looking for a nice atmosphere, said owner Richard Righton.

We always book up and I think its because the food is always super and the price point is reasonable. This years menu is still being worked out by executive chef Wendi Mentink, ranked as one of Sacramentos best chefs. Last years three-coarse selections included appetizers like prawns and mussels steamed in lobster-habanerococonut broth, and a salad consisting of roasted red beets, romaine, cotija queso roasted poblano with a tomato vinaigrette. Main attractions last year included mole spice-rubbed angus rib eye with potato gratin with asadero cheese and wilted spinach. Other

We wouldnt have been here through these tough times if we werent doing something right.
Richard Righton, co-owner

fine choices were grilled Jamaican jerk pork tenderloin with Caribbean sweet potato mash, with a mango mojo, and a lime tequila agave nectar-glazed grilled salmon with caramelized pineapple-jalapeno basmati rice. The dinners last year included a dessert such as toasted coconut cupcakes and mango coulis, or banana creme pie with Kahlua whipped cream. The price will be $75 per couple. Righton and wife Maureen credit great food and

consistency (with a few changes here and there) for their success. We wouldnt have been here through these tough times if we werent doing something right, Richard said. Maureen said that although the bistros regulars return for a consistently good entree and beverage, they do occasionally change the atmosphere to shake things up every now and then. Such changes include a recent painting and lighting change for a new form of ambiance.

Chef Wendi also changes the menu every five to six weeks to go with the seasons, Maureen said. The couples two teenaged children have pretty much grown up in the bistro and they and other family members are often on hand to help out. And if youre looking for a nice spot for lunch or dinner on any other day of the year, youll find plenty of variety on the regular menu. Lunch favorites currently served include a grilled salmon on focaccia with whole grain mustard sauce, baby spinach and tomatoes, and the bistros half pound angus burger. For dinner, you can now enjoy starters such

as roasted garlic escargot and entrees that include seared sea scallops and beef bourguignon. The bistro also features a nice selection of wines from around the world, and plenty of beers to choose from. Happy hour is every Monday through Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m., when you can enjoy half off all well drinks, beers on tap and over 20 different house wines. The Bidwell Street Bistro is located at 1004 E. Bidwell St. in Folsom. Its open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for dinner everyday beginning at 5 p.m.
Call (916) 984-7500 to book your Valentines Day reservation today.


New exhibit at city gallery driven by natural forces





new art exhibit will showcase natural and creative forces throughout our region. The artists in this exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma are inspired by the expansive creative forces that shape the mountains, canyons, forests, deserts and coast lines of North America, said Cindy Abraham, gallery coordinator. In the Land: Fiber and Forged, two contrasting mediums, soft and hard, will portray powerful landscapes. Artist Merle Axelrad Serlin will exhibit her acclaimed fabric collages

while Deanna Marsh will display her metal, stone and kiln-formed glass sculptures as well as hand-beaded tapestries. The exhibit runs Friday, Jan. 20 through March 8. Abraham said Serlin creates large landscapes ranging up to 6 feet, made from thousands of tiny pieces of fabric. Fragments of woven color and texture are then arranged, layered, pinned and sewn together, she said. Although my landscapes are recognizable as real places, I approach the various elements as abstract forms. Rocks, hills, and branches - serve as supporting actors, but


When: Through March 8 Where: The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom Information: (916)3557285, cabraham@ folsom.ca.us

the real stars are light and movement, Serlin said. Light creates shadows and reveals forms. Rocks above the water disappear at the water line separated into river and shore. Caught between these two worlds, one above the water and one below, is the world of reflections. Sometimes the light is just right, and we can see all

three worlds at once. That is the moment that I capture in my work. Artist Deanna Marsh will also be featured in the exhibit. She creates landscape sculptures of steel and kiln-formed glass some up to 15 feet interpreting the natural forces of change on our planet. Abraham said the

imagery of water powerfully or subtly insinuates itself into her sculptural forms, from the ancient canyons and mountain ranges of the west, to the natural beauty surrounding her studio above Northern Californias American River. Within each sculpture, I am building a dialogue between ancient

and modern materials; minerals or fossils and modern steel and glass, old geologic forces and newer man-made materials, Marsh said. Our landscape is my limitless source of inspiration. Abraham said in keeping with the fiber theme of the exhibit, the adjacent Community Gallery at 48 Natoma will showcase more than 40 small art quilts from the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. Their display will be open through March 1. To request additional gallery information, or to schedule a tour, contact Abraham at (916)3557285 or e-mail cabraham@folsom.ca.us.

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art. Kermit McCourt, who resides in Ophir near Auburn, creates furniture, paintings, garden sculptures, and fountains out of unlikely recyclables. Sellers say they are finding it difficult to keep up with the demand for his creations. Hes the best artist we have (had), in terms of sales, said Sheri Fischer, owner of the Flower Farm in Loomis. We (kept) having to rearrange things over the blank spots on the walls when the paintings (sold). His sculptures dont stick around either. Obviously, hes very talented. McCourt has a simple explanation for this. Its a state of mind I cultivated a long time ago, he said. I told myself I would make a living at this. I would support myself doing what I love to do. Furniture maker, sculptor, painter, carpenter, electrician McCourt is all of these. Any material wood, metal, fabric, paint, solar panels is potential art in his hands. People have asked me about my medium, he said. I dont have one. Its whatever has already been produced as something else. The earth has given enough. We should use whats already here to make new things. He draws from a scrap pile of hard wood behind his industrial studio to make fanciful, intricate headboards, nightstands, tables, chairs and barstools. The same

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Artist Kermit McCourt, of Ophir, works on a decorative frame for his artwork. He uses different types of wood to add contrasting colors and textures to the frames that hold his modern art.
wood is re-purposed to frame abstract oils painted on old windows. Old solar panels and scrap metal could become a functioning outdoor chandelier or garden fountain. It helps that I have a construction background, McCourt said. I learned framing when I was just a kid, working for my dad (Mike McCourt, of McCourt MG Construction). I can do my own electrical work and plumbing for light fixtures and fountains.

People have asked me about my medium. ... I dont have one. Its whatever has already been produced as something else. The earth has given enough. We should use whats already here to make new things.
Kermit McCourt, artist

His tools are paint and a brush. He also uses a welder, grinder, hand planer, drill gun, clamps, glue, grinders, pieces of wood, old teapots even gnarled, diseased

pieces of old oak, which will be worked into furniture and wall hangings. The saws are maybe the things I use the most, he said. With a

table saw and a chop saw, you can pretty much do anything. Loomis artist and retired teacher John Bowler said he taught McCourt in 1994, during McCourts freshman year at Del Oro high School. It was the only art class he has ever taken. Bowler now owns several of McCourts pieces. Any material or any idea is fair game for Kermits artwork. This artists attitude is wonderfully refreshing. Kermits artistic abilities are obvious, Bowler said.

McCourt cites the artist Lane Van Doren as one of his biggest influences. He describes his own style as layered, order, on top of chaos, on top of something else. I know my approach is different, McCourt said. Im very abstract, and I like a lot controlled chaos. People have certain ideas about art. Theyll say This is how you draw a face, and I just never saw it that way.
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I was just as interested in it when I was seven, eight years old, Gray said. My playmate sweetheart and I would go out to the thrift stores and look for items, and we still have the majority of what we bought back then. Emily Schell, owner of Emilys Corner Antiques opened her shop 29 years ago. Ive always had the interest, said Schell, ever since I can remember. They keep some furniture, but jewelry now is their most popular item along with vintage glass and pottery. A large variety of memory-jogging,

intricately fashioned, useful and decorative items grace the shelves. A Little Golden Book goes for $1.50. A high end 9-piece French dining room set is priced at $16,000. This little chatelaine is probably around 1780s to 1840s, Schell said. A woman used to wear it on her belt, and inside this case there are beautiful little tools for running a house. The Carriage House next door harbors some coins that Rees Williams, husband of owner Joyce, states are from Babylon, and could be early Christian era. My wife has a lot of




Dan Schell, husband of Emilys Corner Antiques owner Emily Schell, and employee Ana Melnik contemplate the difficulties of bringing in a new corner cabinet to the already jampacked shop in Folsom.

knowledge, Rees Williams said. Ive helped her, but Ive only been truly involved in it for about two years. Their shop has been on Sutter Street for 40 years, and what customers want, he says, depends on their purpose. Customers who are collectors are looking for additions to their collection, Rees said. A lot of our work is for home decorations. We have quite a few dolls, and we have a lot of silverware. Folsom Mercantile Antique Mall hosts many different merchants, each with their own specialty. Natalie Schafer carries on with the business, which she owned with late husband Rudy since the 1980s. Its very well known for its variety, because we have so many individuals, said Sandy Yates, a dealer at the location. You never know what

youre going to find here. In his section, Larry Jeannette has many oldtime phonographs. Ive been dealing in antiques since 1958, Jeannette said. I was intrigued by Edison and the cylinder phonograph. I couldnt get enough. Every antique store has its own unique style and clientele. Katrinas Antique and Vintage European Embellishments specializes in French trims, antique and vintage fabrics, and some Edwardian clothing from the 1920s to 1940s. Her customers come from all types of backgrounds. Ive had men call me from New Jersey and Washington, said owner Katrina Rudge. Theyre milliners and they make fedora hats and they want the grosgrain ribbons. I have Civil War reenactors, living history,

the doll world, artists, interior designers, fashion designers. Karryann Pallitto, owner of Gracefully Vintage, celebrates the new shabby chic. She has a large range of buyers. A lot of men like the wood crates and the industrial stuff, Pallitto said. Yesterday there was a mother/daughter in here and the daughter was doing her room in French stuff. A customer that was in here earlier has a barn house that shes wanting to switch into the more shabby. Keeping up with the times, many of the stores now also do business online through eBay. About half my merchandise, dollar-wise, is sold on eBay, Gray said. Youve got to roll with the punches.

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Take a walk through time at Colomas state historic park


The old jail can be seen at left. Above, the bars remain in the jails window.

oloma is like a walk through time and its just out our back door. Marshalls monument, the original gold discovery site and several historic buildings became part of Californias state park system in 1927. Located on Highway 49, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park features a museum, many original and restored buildings, and costumed volunteers. For more information, call park headquarters (530) 622-3470, contact the Gold Discovery Park Association at (530) 6226198, P Box 461, Colo.O. ma, Calif. 95613.

Coloma is a charming town on Highway 49 between Auburn and Placerville. Walking trails, exhibits and historic buildings, as well as activities, are available.

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Remnants of Grass Valleys rich mining history are on display inside and out at the museum.

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Nevada. It is so close to all of us and a few hours at the park or on the trails that surround the park is a memory and a daytrip you will not soon forget. It is a state park and one of the areas most popular attractions. During its 106-year history the mine operated, $100 million in gold was taken out about 5.8 million ounces. There are 367 miles of tunnels and an incline of more than 11,000 feet had to be reached. Within the parks museum, there are hundreds or artifacts and pictures that tell the colorful story of the Empire Mine. Ownership of the mine changed hands often during early days, but it

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ical tours of the Bourn Cottage, mine yard and living history events. Besides the restored buildings and exhibits, guests can walk throughout the property including the charming gardens and around the Bourn cottage. The gardens in bloom in the spring are stunning. The park museum also has a scale model of the underground workings of the Empire/Star mine complex, a gold room which displays ore samples from local mines and an Assay Office. Another great addition to this particular daytrip is the multitude of hiking trails around the historic park. These include the Osborne Hill Trails, approximately five miles of connected trails in a beautiful forest setting, small creek crossing and old mine sites and formations.



The picturesque Bourn Cottage at Empire Mine is often the site of weddings.
was first discovered by George Roberts but in 1869 he sold his interest to William Bourne Sr. In 1874 William Bourn, Jr. inherited the Empire Mine from his father and with the help of a cousin turned the mine around into a very successful venture. Newmont Mining purchased it in 1929. The mine was shut down during the World War II but reopened and ran again until 1956 when it shut down for good. The park continues to draw hundreds of worldwide visitors each year and is noted for its histor-

Visitors can walk through the grounds surrounding the cottage, including the gardens.
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For more information, visit empiremine.org.





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Ladies night out event from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month in the Folsom Historic District. Event includes special street discounts, drink specials and other specials. Beginning belly dance class with Gypsy from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month at Planet Earth Rising, 625 Sutter St., Folsom. The first class is free to try out. Dress comfortably and bring your hip scarf. (916) 355-8844.

Buddy Emmer Band, see Wednesday. Comedian Tony Roberts performs Thursday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 4. Times vary. Performed at Tommy Ts Comedy Theatre, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova. $15 for general and $25 for reserved. Ages 17 and older. 3575233 or tommyts.com.
Turtle Akona, Kenny Gagni, Madelyne Wright, Denver Vaughn and Linzie Wake as the kids of Alexander.

Musical of Musicals (The Musical) shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 5 at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom. $23 for general, $21 for seniors, $18 for students with ID and $15 for children 12 and younger. (916) 353-1001 or SutterStreetTheatre.com. Adventures with Young King Arthur shows at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 5 at Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom.$17 for general, $15 for seniors and $13 for children 12 and younger. (916) 353-1001 or SutterStreetTheatre.com. For more plays, see story on page 6.
All shows begin at 7pm with 5:30pm doors unless noted. Buy tickets online at ticketfly.com or by calling 877-435-9849

Journey Unauthorized at 10 p.m. at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. 3558586. powerhousepub.com. Comedian Tony Roberts performs, see Thursday.


To celebrate its one year anniversary, the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy is presenting Alexander, Whos Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move! This play tells the story of an imaginative child named Alexander who tries everything he can to not move when his father takes a new job in a distant city. Along the way, Alexanders family helps him realize that home is not where you live, but where you are with the people that love you the most. With performances every Saturday until Feb. 11, there are plenty of opportunities to catch this play in action. What: Alexander, Whos Not, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Going to Move! When: 2 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 11 Where: Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, 241 Vernon St. in Roseville Cost: $8 Info: (916) 772-2777 or www.RosevilleTheatreArtsAcademy.com

Mardi Gras 2012 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills, 1000 Mercedes Lane, El Dorado Hills. The fundraiser will include a night of live music, dinner, dancing and an auction. $45. For tickets and information, call (916) 941-8482 or visit EDHVisionCoalition.org. Ukranian-American guitarist and composer Arina Burcva at 8 p.m. at Three Stages, Folsom Lake Community College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. For more information and tickets, call (916) 608-6888 or visit threestages.net.

Reading St., Folsom. $14 for general, $12 for senior and students and $7 for children. Call (916) 2075606 for more information. Tides of Time quilt show from 10 am. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 11 and at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 12, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. Land: Fiber and Forged exhibit through March 8 at The Gallery at 48 Natoma,

Folsom. For more information, call (916)355-7285 or cabraham@folsom.ca.us. Sacramento Speakers Series welcomes six prominent speakers from October through April with approximately one lecture per month. Speakers include Richard Roeper, award-winning columnist and film critic for the syndicated program Ebert and Roeper, Feb. 1; Peter Greenberg, travel expert and awardwinning journalist and pro-

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The Interviews, an original comedy for anyone who has been on either side of a job interview, runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays through Feb. 5 at T.H.E. Actors Workshop, 800

ducer, March 1 and Lisa Ling, American journalist and Sacramento native, April 3. All engagements are held at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, downtown Sacramento. For more information, call the Sacramento Speakers Series at (916) 388-1100.

Buddy Emmer Band from 7 p.m. to midnight, Wednes-



Comedian Tony Roberts performs, see Thursday. visit folsomsymphony.com. See story on page 4.



Super Bowl at the Saloon from 1 to 6 p.m. at El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive, El Dorado Hills. (916) 941-3600 or eldoradosaloon.com.

Folsom Arts Association will host artist Dale Laitenen as he shares his watercolor work during a demonstration from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom. For more information, contact Lori at (916) 708-8442 or visit folsomarts.org.

The 10th annual Daddy and Me Valentine Dance runs 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10, at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, 1021 Harvard Way. Expect games, dancing, appetizers, and keepsake photos. Dress up or come casual and enjoy this special night of fun with a DJ and dancing. Fee is $10 per person or $15 at the door. Call (916) 933-6624 for more information.

Friends of the Roseville Public Library used book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Downtown Library, 225 Taylor St. in Roseville. Proceeds provide programming and materials. (916) 783-3892 or friends@rosevillefriendsofthelibrary.org.


Wonderbread 5 graces the stage at 10 p.m. Feb. 24 at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom.

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A Chocolate Affair at 6 p.m. in the main building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on Placerville Drive, Placerville. Soroptimist of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Soroptimist of Placerville clubs will co-host the event, which benefits women, children, families, scholarships and grants. For more information and tickets, visit chocolate-affair.com or call (530) 344-1476. The Folsom Symphony Orchestra performs Music of the Heart at 7:30 p.m. at Three Stages Theater, Folsom Lake Community College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. For tickets, call (916) 608-6888 or

Book signing with Jack Parker from 1 to 3 p.m. at Shady Coffee and Tea, 325 Douglas Blvd., Roseville. (916) 742-4117. Friends of the Roseville Public Library used book sale (see Feb. 17 listing)

Babe Poes Annual Academy Awards party at 4 p.m. at 202 Northlake Drive, Folsom. Participants are encouraged to dress like a movie star or actor in a movie. For more information, call (916) 987-1972.


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Eskaton Lodge Granite Bay Open House tour and lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8550 Barton Road, Granite Bay. (916) 789-0326.

The Center for the Arts presents, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley. $28 for members, $35 for non-member or $40 for VIP, includes reserved seats and parking. Call (530) 274-8384 ext. 14. or thecenterforthearts.org.

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Wonder Bread 5 at 10 p.m. at Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom. 355-

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Santa Arrival Event at Broadstone

Old Republic Title movie-themed party

From left, Janet Field, Candy Clymer, Jenny Lane and Nicole Stein.

Karen Campbell, left, and Teresa Johns host the party in costume.

Auburn Country Christmas

Historic Folsom Rotary Christmas bash

Scottish dancers at the Auburn Country Christmas

Mozies Adventures

George Econome, left, and Orville Wegat.

Mozies Adventures

Mozies Angel Island hike

Mozies Angel Island

From left, Carolyn Lewis, Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and Aaron Spencer.

Mozies Christmas Light Tour

The Ladies at Mozies Love Santa

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