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Author Archive: Mimi Escabar

At a glance: Take aim on fun

On April 16, 1922 Annie Oakley hit 100 clay targets in row, setting a new women’s record. She was quite the showman and continually impressed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.   Music and barbecue If she was in Placerville today she would probably drop by Hog Wild, 38 Main St., to have some […]

At a glance: Double delight

There will be a double delight in the night sky on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of Earth making its closest contact since January 2008. Mars will be easy to spot with its steady fiery-colored tint with a brightness to match Sirius, the most luminous of all […]

At a glance: Spend, spend, spend

The United States Mint was established in Philadelphia, Pa. on April 2, 1792. Money was needed after the Constitution was ratified and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton got to work to create a national Mint. With the passage of the Coinage Act by Congress, the construction of the first federal building in the nation’s […]

At a glance: Bocce time

The bocce ball league is starting up at Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, on Friday, March 28. This is a really fun time with teams of four playing every Friday through May 23 from 6-8 p.m. At the end of the league, the top four teams play in a single elimination play […]

At a glance: Spring is springing

Springtime alert — chipmunks are emerging from hibernation now and Wednesday, March 19 is the day the swallows return to Capistrano. The weather has been very nice lately but it would be good to have some more rain before the days really start to heat up. Work on thinking of ways to conserve water. Good […]

At a glance: Paint a banner

Remember all the wonderful banners that decorated Placerville’s Main Street last summer? Well the downtown groups that sponsor the public art project are inviting creative people to submit ideas for this year’s banners. The Banners on Parade hang on the light poles from May to October and then are auctioned off on Oct. 18 at […]

At a glance: The weather is always a big topic

This year has fostered quite a bit of conversation about the weather depending upon the location with massive snow storms, too much rain, or no snow or rain. Well, back on Feb. 5, 1880 it was 72 degrees in New York City. The weather seems to be something to always talk about and something we […]

How to be happy and thrive in 2014

By Henry S. Miller, author of “The Serious Pursuit of Happiness” Amp up the amount of happiness in your life each and every month of the year by intentionally focusing on 12 strategies that the science of happiness and well being has proven can increase your feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Even better: know that, […]

At a glance: What to wear?

Levi Strauss was born on Feb. 26, 1829. He came to San Francisco to open a branch of his brother’s dry goods store in the 1850s. Although dry goods were popular, what the miners really wanted was a pair of sturdy pants. So Strauss used some of the canvas he had to make “waist overalls.” […]

Ponderosa wins again

Ponderosa High School won the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon on Feb. 1 at Union Mine High School. This is the 22nd consecutive win for the Bruins and now the Shingle Springs high school will represent El Dorado County in the California Academic Decathlon on March 21 and 22. The competition will take place in […]

At a glance: Plenty of good things to celebrate

Not that an excuse is necessary but Saturday, Feb. 22 will be a good day to make a margarita — it is National Margarita Day. There are the standard margaritas and all kinds of specialty ones with fresh juices and fruits to add to the fun. Enjoy.   Art and wine The Wine Smith, 346 […]

At a glance: Have a lovely day

On Feb. 12, 1879 there was a gala carnival at the first United States skating rink at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hopefully it was just as fun as the opening of the skating rink in El Dorado County last year. Again, a big thank you to the organizers for bringing an ice […]

At a glance: Think snow

The climate has always been changing a topic of conversation — it’s nothing new. On Feb. 5, 1887 it snowed 3.7 inches in San Francisco. The resorts in Tahoe would gladly take that today.   Dance time Want a fun way to exercise and a great reason to get off the couch, think about stopping […]

At a glance: Good time

With all the polling completed, the El Dorado Epicurean received a 100 percent approval rating from the culinary adventures that took part in the progressive dinner. The food was great at all the venues and the service was spectacular. Everyone had a wonderful time and all the diners are looking forward to next year’s dining […]

Kohl’s accepting volunteer nominations

Kohl’s Department Stores will be accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers for the 2014 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted Jan. 31 through March 14 at, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Through the program, Kohl’s will award more than 2,300 young volunteers nearly […]

At a glance: The ant is back

The giant ant is back home at Koby Pest Control, 737 Placerville Drive in Placerville, after a thrilling run at the Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink. Can’t wait to see what the next decorative theme for the ant will be. It is always fun to see what holiday or event the ant is dressed up for […]

The chamber is the natural resource

The 90th annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce focused on natural resources. Not only is the chamber the natural resource for businesses in El Dorado County, the many natural resources in El Dorado County support local business and make a positive impact on everyone’s daily lives, El Dorado […]

Adventures in dining await

January is California Restaurant Month and to celebrate the culinary delights in El Dorado County the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center is presenting El Dorado Epicurean — a special four-course progressive dinner at restaurants throughout the county. El Dorado County’s diverse bounty can be enjoyed at specially designed four-course dinners on Thursday, Jan. […]

At a glance: Super time

On Jan. 15, 1967 the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I. Quarterback Bart Starr engineered the Green Bay victory of 35 to 10. Len Dawson was the Chiefs’ quarterback. With the victory the Packers earned $15,000 per man and the Chiefs got $7,500 per man. At the time these […]

At a glance: Keep smiling

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci made her United States debut at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 8, 1963. President John F. Kennedy and 2,000 dignitaries welcomed the famous painting that night. Starting the next day and over three weeks an estimated 500,000 people visited her and speculated about […]

At a glance: Happy New Year conducted a global poll asking for the world’s “Strangest New Year’s Custom.” After all the submissions the social network came up with some pretty strange customs. A town in central Chile won the poll by having locals gather on New Year’s Eve in the town cemetery to welcome in the new year with dead […]

At a glance: Have a very merry time

With today being Christmas, it might be fun to toss out a few interesting tidbits during the day. The following items come from a list compiled by the Mirror in the United Kingdom.   Conversation starters United States scientists have calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the […]

Artistic talent on display

To see some great examples of the artistic talent that exists in El Dorado County, stop by the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op at 535 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The winning entries in the Mountain Democrat Coloring Contest are on display along with the other entries. The art will be on display until mid-January. The enthusiastic […]

At a glance: Celebrate winter

News flash — Winter arrives on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 12:11 p.m. EST. Around El Dorado County most people think winter is already here but the winter solstice is the official day. The solstice has the most hours of darkness because the Sun is at its most southern point in the sky. So for all […]

At a glance: Time to make a wish

The Geminid meteor shower is set for its annual show on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14. This is usually a spectacular shower with plenty of falling stars to make wishes upon but this year a fat gibbous Moon might diminish the show. Either stay up all night or get up early after the […]


The incorrect address was given in the Evergreen Footwear story that appeared in the Dec. 2 edition of the Mountain Democrat on page B-2. The correct address is 1224 B Broadway in the Hangtown Village Square shopping center.

At a glance: The stars are brightly shining

Venus is quite stunning in the west after the sunset as it reaches a magnitude -4.9. On Thursday, Dec. 5 it sits below the crescent Moon and provides a lovely sky decoration for the season. There are plenty of neat things to do for seasonal entertainment and fun. The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive […]

It was a perfect parade day

Oh the weather outside was delightful and the parade was so joyful and since everyone was there, let it roll, let it roll, let it roll. The weather for the 2013 Hangtown Christmas Parade in Placerville was perfect. In fact it was so good, some veteran parade viewers were actually commenting that it was “too […]

Santa reads the Mountain Democrat

Santa is always very busy at this time of year but he loves to take time to read all the Christmas letters he receives. He keeps an eye out for the mail delivery truck and spends hours reading the many wishes. He also enjoys the many thoughts of good will and hope. He also reads […]

December 03, 2013 | Posted in Last Minute Gift Guide 2013 | 2 Replies

Photographers shoot wildlife

Noted photographers Paul Cockrell and Jack Nissen are presenting a show of Indian Creek Wildlife photographs at the Root Cellar Gallery, 3629 Indian Creek Court in Placerville, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The two photographers started a project to photograph the wildlife along a 5 mile stretch of Indian Creek last winter […]

At a glance: A toast to the holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years are the biggest holidays to celebrate with wine. More than 250 million bottles of table wine were sold in the United States between Thanksgiving and New Years. That is enough wine to fill 1 million bathtubs according to information from Butterball Turkey and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. […]

Hangtown Christmas Parade continues the tradition

The 35th Hangtown Christmas Parade will be rolling down Broadway and Main Street in Placerville on Sunday, Dec. 1 rain or shine. This year a consortium including the Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville, Placerville Police Department, Parade Marshals, McIntire family members and parade volunteers are working to make sure the tradition continues. Jim McIntire started […]

November 23, 2013 | Posted in Miracle on Main St. 2013 | Leave a reply

At a glance: Special delivery

The Pony Express completed its final delivery on Nov. 20, 1861. This great American idea was in service from April 1860 to November 1861. It was developed to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, Mo., and San Francisco and came through Placerville. There are annual rerides to celebrate the tenacity of the riders and […]

At a glance: Time to give

At this time of year thoughts turn to giving and one of the best things to give is you. The Food Bank of El Dorado is looking for volunteers to help with some upcoming events. The work ranges from folding and stuffing envelopes to picking up canned goods collected the KCRA Kids Can Food Drive […]

At a glance: Good things

El Dorado County is definitely a great place to live. The scenery is beautiful, there are so many neat things to do and see and the people are the best. Friday night at It’s Personal, the delightful wine and beer bar — that also has great food items and fantastic entertainment — was a special […]

Readers’ Choice: Bricks — best dinner

Bricks at 482 Main Street in Placerville is known for its impressive menu that features innovative starters, specialty salads, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, creative entrées and beautiful desserts. To complement the menu is a stunning décor featuring century-old brick walls showcasing the magnificent art by Benton Photography of Rescue. A full bar with extensive beer and wine […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Readers’ Choice: Cascada — Best Mexican dining

Cascada features a blend of American fare and Mexican cuisine with European influences. The menu choices are unique and there is an enchilada that is “unlike anything else in the world,” according to owner Jose Rodriquez. The spectacular enchilada lists lobster, artichoke hearts and a chipotlé cream sauce as some of its ingredients. The restaurant is located […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

Readers’ Choice: Chapel of the Pines

Attention to detail with compassion and caring is why Chapel of the Pines has been serving El Dorado County since 1964. The large A-frame chapel at 2855 Cold Springs Road in Placerville seats up to 180 guests. Services provided include full video and audio capabilities to create a memorial tribute to honor loved ones. Chapel […]

October 18, 2013 | Posted in Readers Choice 2013 | Leave a reply

At a glance: Take a shot

The 24-second shot clock made its debut in the National Basketball Association on Oct. 30, 1954. This was viewed as a very important event for pro basketball. The game had become very dull or a foul fest depending on several scenarios. If one team got a big lead, it would just hold onto to the […]

At a glance: Fall means apples and pumpkins

The members of the Apple Hill Growers Association are ready for visitors with a great selection of apples — including Braeburn, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Jonagold, Jonathons, McIntosh, Mutsu, Red Delicious and Rome. It is a good idea to check with the ranches for a current apple list because the ranches are […]

At a glance: Hunter’s moon

On Friday, Oct. 18 there is a penumbral eclipse of the Moon. This is when the moon slides through the northern part of the Earth’s penumbral shadow. At mid-eclipse, 76 percent of the moon’s diameter will be immersed in the penumbra, probably deep enough to cause a faint, yet discernible darkening of the moon’s lower part.To […]

At a glance: Getting things done

The Washington Monument opened to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 9 in 1888. Fortunately back then Congress and the President could get things done and not act like a bunch of uncompromising idiots. If the current group of elected officials was in power then, there might not even be a monument and if there was […]

Fashions for fall

The Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers’ Club is presenting a parade of new fall outfits at its Elegant Affair Fashion Show on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Cold Springs Golf and Country Club, 6500 Clubhouse Drive in Placerville. Fashions from Leah Marie in Cameron Park, Off Broadway in Placerville, Renfros in Placerville and The Clothes Mine in […]

At a glance: Happy birthday Charlie Brown

The “Peanuts” comic strip began on Oct. 2, 1950. Charles M. Schulz created the strip with the name “Li’l Folks” and when United Feature Syndicate bought the comic strip the name was changed to “Peanuts.” Over the years more characters were added and the strip became even more popular with television shows, stage productions, films, […]

Perry Creek wine dinner at Torinos

Torino’s Italian Ristorante, 251 Main St. in Placerville, is having a wine pairing dinner featuring the award-winning wines from Perry Creek Winery in Fair Play. Five course dinner is Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The wine dinner menu is: a tomato and butternut squash puree with basil cream fraîche soup paired with a 2009 Zinman Reserve; the […]

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