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A pleasant place to Rhône

The name of the event says it all — Rocks and Rhône. The Pleasant Valley area of El Dorado County has rocks and those rocks do a great job of nurturing the Rhône grapes. The Rhône varietals like the young volcanic soils found in Pleasant Valley and combine that with the rainfall, elevation, climate and […]

At a glance: Spring rings

Get out the telescope for a spectacular sight. Saturn is showing off this May and the best night is Friday, May 22. The ringed planet rises at dusk and is at opposition with the rings almost wide open. Saturn is also brighter than it has appeared in more than a decade. Venus is another bright […]

Folsom Life 2015 Spring/Summer Calendar

Thursday Night Concert Series, will kick off on June 4. Dates are June 4, 11, 18, 25; and July 9, 16, 23, 30 in the outdoor amphitheater behind 200 Wool St. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Grab some dinner to go from one of the many restaurants in Historic Folsom and […]

Folsom: Points of interest

Cycling in Folsom Cyclists love Folsom and for good reason. With 32 miles of trails and plenty of options for riders of all levels, few places can rival the California cycling opportunities available in Folsom. Take a leisurely ride on the American River Bike trail or challenge yourself with trails that wind through the Sierra […]

At a glance: Sticking together

On May 13, 1958, George de Mestral filed a patent application for his hook-and-loop fastener, Velcro, in Switzerland. The patent was finally granted in 1961. The fastener featured a fabric strip of tiny hooks that grab onto another strip of tiny loops. The first strips were made of cotton but those did not work all […]

At a glance: A big hit

Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run on May 6, 1915. The home run by the 20-year-old pitcher came in the third inning at the Polo Grounds off the first pitch by Yankee right-hander Jack Warhop into the second tier of the right field grandstand. It was his 18th time at bat in the major […]

At a glance: Zip it up

On April 29, 1013, Gideon Sundback improved upon an existing design and patented a new fastener. It had two rows of teeth on opposing cloth tapes that would interlock. Sundback founded the Hookless Fastener Company and sold the fasteners to the military. The Army Air Service and the Navy placed orders. In 1921, B.F. Goodrich […]

At a glance: Look up

Early risers may get more than a worm, they may get some sparkle to start their day. The peak nights for the Lyrid meteor shower are Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23. Get up before dawn to be treated to some nice shooting stars that may not have great trains but can be fireballs. […]

At a glance: Dogwood blooms

Well there has been snow on the dogwoods. This has come to signal that winter is over and it is now OK to place pants in the ground. Not a big help with overcoming the drought. Then there is another saying, “When dogwood blooms are plentiful, expect a cold winter.” This really is not that […]

At a glance: Play ball

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is predicting that Major League Baseball fans will eat more than 18.5 million hot dogs and nearly 4.2 million sausages in 2015. The combined hot dog and sausage consumption could stretch from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to Chase Field in Phoenix and the hot dog total alone […]

Passport elevates the tasting experience

The 24th annual Passport wine event in El Dorado County will present an elevated tasting experience for the wine aficionado and wine novice. Guests will be treated to the award-winning vintages crafted by nearly 30 members of the El Dorado Winery Association during the weekends of April 11 and 12 and April 18 and 19. The […]

At a glance: Total lunacy

There will be a total lunar eclipse before dawn for those in the western areas of North America on Saturday, April 4. Only the beginning phase will be visible before the Moon sets but it is still cool to watch the shadow start to shade the Moon. Besides the total eclipse phase will last less […]


Imagination Theater is presenting the Tony Award-winning production “Spamalot” with performances through April 26, not April 6 as printed in the Friday, March 27 edition of the Mountain Democrat. The musical is playing at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, with Thursday and Friday shows at 7 […]

At a glance: Time to come out of hibernation

Chipmunks are due to emerge out of hibernation now. With all the nice weather around here lately they are probably ready to come out and have some fun. The animals back east are probably deciding to stay tucked in for a little bit longer.   Spring fun With the El Dorado Hills Spring Carnival set […]

At a glance: Spring fling

Ready or not, spring arrives on Friday, March 20 at 3:45 p.m. Even though it has been kind of springy already, the official start happens with the vernal equinox. This is when the sun is directly over the equator and day and night are almost equal. It is not quite equal due to the tilt […]

At a glance: Hoop it up

The first public game of basketball was played in Springfield, Mass. on March 11, 1892 at the Armory Hill YMCA. Dr. James Naismith was directed by Dr. Luther Gulick at Springfield College to come up with a game that was safe and could be played indoors during the winter. The game featured students at Springfield […]

See what is Behind the Cellar Door

The Amador Vintners Association presents events every year celebrating the fine wines produced in Amador County by the 42 member wineries. On Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, Amador’s finest wineries are opening their cellar doors to showcase the extraordinary vintages that are crafted inside. One of the unique aspects during Behind the Cellar […]

At a glance: Swan dance

The ballet “Swan Lake” debuted on March 4, 1877 and was considered rather unremarkable with the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography by Julius Reisinger. The ballet did have a number of performances and was part of the Bolshoi’s repertory for six years. During that time a new ballet master jazzed up the […]

At a glance: Weather or not

On Feb. 25 in 1921 there was a record-breaking temperature of 91.6 degrees F in downtown Los Angeles and in 1914 in Society Hill, S.C. there was 18 inches of snow. The weather always provides plenty to talk about and no matter what the temperature there is someone somewhere who isn’t happy about it. Have […]

At a glance: Heavenly happenings

The glorious blue sky that has been brightening the days gives way to a dazzling Venus hanging out by a faint orange Mars from Feb. 19 to 21 at dusk. On Feb. 20, the crescent Moon joins the party for a heavenly trifecta.   Heavenly music Some heavenly sounds will be heard at Danette’s Brick […]

Ponderosa wins again

Some teams get all excited when they repeat or three-peat, try 23-peating. The Ponderosa High School Bruins navigated through the 10 disciplines in the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon to take the county title for the 23rd consecutive year. The brain bowl took place at Oak Ridge High School on two days — Feb. 4 and […]

At a glance: Dance the fantastic

On Feb. 11, 1963, the first discotheque opened in Los Angeles. The lights, music and dance steps got a lot of people on the dance floor and provided plenty of entertaining film footage for children of disco dancers to watch at family functions for generation. The clothes and hairdos were also pretty entertaining.   Love […]

At a glance: Planet gazing

Take a moment to check out the planet Jupiter. On Friday, Feb. 6, it is at its closest, biggest and brightest of the year and is out all night long. To get a really good look at the giant planet plan on visiting the Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory at Folsom Lake College, El […]

At a glance: Holy guacamole

Football and food fans have Super Bowl Sunday circled on their calendars and are getting ready to have a great day. Super Bowl XLIX is a big sporting event but according to Taste of Home — America’s largest cooking magazine — Super Bowl Sunday is only second to Thanksgiving for food consumption. On Feb. 1, […]

Music Circus features an all-Tony line up

California Musical Theatre announced a varied lineup of musicals for the 2015 season of Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 65th season for what has become a Northern California summer tradition. The summer lineup will include two classics that are Music Circus audience favorites, Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” and Leonard […]

At a glance: Do gooders

The first Kiwanis Club was chartered on Jan. 21, 1915 to do good things. Luckily El Dorado County has a Kiwanis Club and it is responsible for many great projects around the county. The members volunteer doing all kinds of tasks, raising money for scholarships, mentoring students and participating in international projects. To join this […]

Epicurean adventures await in El Dorado County

January is California Restaurant Month and El Dorado County is celebrating in a big way on Sunday, Jan. 25. El Dorado Epicurean is presented to showcase the creative chefs and outstanding dining establishments throughout the county. Organized by the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Authority, the early evening of dining features seven different adventures […]

At a glance: White makes green

It is so nice to see snow on the mountains. Not only is it a beautiful vista, that white stuff equates to green for El Dorado County and fun for a whole bunch of people. Hopefully there will be more snow to fluff things up.   Support Sober Grad Night No matter what the weather, […]

At a glance: Great balls of fire

The new year starts out with a little flare with the Quadrantids, a meteor shower that can have some bright fireballs. The activity is through Jan. 10. On Jan. 7, 1896 Fannie Farmer published her first cookbook. Her books are still great to this day and have great tips, nice basic recipes and a lot […]

Creating new treats from old-fashioned dishes

The California palate is a melting pot of eclectic tastes simmered from European, Asian, Latin American and Native American influences. A class with Chef Damon Barham at Miraflores Winery not only brought savory and interesting flavors from around the world, it took some traditional recipes and added modern twists to excite any menu. “I love […]

At a glance: Good start

With the new year there is always an excitement for really neat things to come. Take some time for a glance at the night sky, as the year starts out with all the planets visible and Mercury and Venus are showing off together from Jan. 7 to 12 in the southwest after sunset. The earth […]

At a glance: Time to sing

The popular Christmas carol “Silent Night” was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg. Appropriately, it was first performed on Christmas Eve in 1818 at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf. Father Joseph Mohr brought the words to Gruber, a school master, and asked him […]

Let there be lights

Tripping the light fantastic The fascination for Christmas light displays has grown like a snowball rolling down hill and this is peak viewing season to take in all the splendor. El Dorado County residents have been busy creating festive scenes to inspire awe and amazement for family, friends and neighbors and now is the time […]

Coloring contest winners wow judges

The winners in the 2014 Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest used imagination and great skill with crayons, pens, glitter and other decorative elements to capture the judges’ votes to take home prize money, gift certificates and goody bags. The Placerville Natural Foods Co-op co-sponsored the contest for the fourth year. The talented winners and their families attended […]

At a glance: Hello winter

If it feels like winter, it must mean that winter is coming. Winter officially starts with the solstice on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:03 p.m. After that, the daylight hours will start to gain a few minutes a day as the sun makes its journey toward the northern hemisphere. Hopefully the clouds will take a […]

Christmas parade entries rock out

The Hangtown Christmas Parade rocked down Broadway and Main Street in Placerville on a perfect parade Sunday. Starting on time, the procession was headed by military entries featuring decorated personnel and vintage equipment. Law enforcement was also represented with classic CHP vehicles, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s contingency, El Dorado County Search and Rescue and […]

At a glance: Star power

The Geminids are active from Dec. 4 to 16 with the peak viewing nights on Dec. 13 and 14. This usually is the best meteor shower of the year with a meteor every minute or two between 8 and 11 p.m. After that the meteors are still streaking but the bright Moon will mask the […]

Chamber looks forward to 2015

Christa Campbell took the president’s gavel at the 91st annual El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner and announced, “Small business is the core of our community.” The play on words was fitting for one of the principles of the family-owned Rainbow Orchards, a member ranch in the Apple Hill Growers Association. Holding an apple, Campbell […]

At a glance: Happy holidays

The Festival of Lights on Main Street in Placerville was great and there sure were a lot of people in town to enjoy the lights, singing, Santa and everything. This event is a nice way to start the Christmas season and it definitely put everyone in a happy mood.   More good stuff Another good […]

At a glance: Riding around the county

On Nov. 26, 1925 the Ford roadster was on sale for $260 and that was even before Black Friday and all the other promotional sales that seem to offer great deals continuously. Maybe a one-horse open sleigh might be a good deal for this week. The song “Jingle Bells” was originally written to be sung […]

A local gift has many benefits

Spreading joy during the holiday season can be accomplished in many ways and make many people happy. Giving is definitely better than receiving and by buying gifts and services from local sources the joy can have even more of a benefit than first thought. “Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned […]

At a glance: Be on the look out

Some almanacs note that Nov. 19 is the day skunks go into hibernation. Actually, the striped skunk does not hibernate but does go into a dormant or semi-active state during the winter months. It will come out to get food so be on the look out.   New business A good thing to be looking […]

At a glance: Catch a falling star

The Leonid meteor shower is active through Nov. 30 with peak nights Monday and Tuesday, Nov 17 and 18. The Leonid’s parent is the Tempel-Tuttle comet and the best showcase of meteors happens when the comet is close to the Sun. That’s not this year but it is still fun to step outside and try […]

At a glance: Beautiful fall

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. The leaves are turning and the sunlight is shining at such a nice angle, making everything look like a gorgeous landscape painting. Be sure to take some time and enjoy the spectacular scenery in El Dorado County.   Spectacular group It will be a spectacular time […]

At a glance: Spooktacular boonanza

The Hangtown Halloween Ball was a boonanza for music fans and with the number of people attending and performing it should be a spooktacular monetary bonanza for El Dorado County. Hopefully all the entertainers, crew and attendees will come back to Placerville for another visit and to see all the other great things going on […]

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