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At a glance: Hard to swallow

The first performance by a sword swallower in the United States occurred on Nov. 25, 1817. Sword swallowing was quite the attraction by street performers. The skill originated in India before 2000 BC and spread throughout the world. It began to fade from popularity when audiences demanded more sophisticated entertainment.   Thanksgiving dinner Swallowing a […]

At a glance: Get animated

The animated short film “Steamboat Willie” premiered at Universal’s Colony Theater in New York City on Nov. 18, 1928. The film’s initial run lasted two weeks. It was produced by Walt Disney Studios and was notable at the time for being a fully synchronized sound cartoon. The cartoon also had a post-produced soundtrack. The music […]

At a glance: Have fun

The Leonids are active during November with the peak nights on Nov. 17 and 18. This is not a good year for the comet Tempel-Tuttle with activity expected to only produce weak showers but when there is a show it usually presents bright meteors with persistent trains. Put on a warm jacket and be patient. […]

At a glance: Ship propels invention

On Nov. 4, 1879 James Ritty patented the first cash after some employees stole money from his saloon in Dayton, Ohio. The idea for a machine that could keep track of sales came to him when he was on a ship headed for Europe in 1878. There was a machine that counted the number of […]

At a glance: Terrific trio

Early risers will have a nice treat to look at from Nov. 1 to 3. Check out the eastern sky just before dawn to see Venus, Mars and Jupiter in close proximity. Mars is the dimmest of this trio.   Clothes tell a story Fashions dating back to the 1800s will be showcased at the […]

At a glance: Innovative time

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City on Oct. 21, 1959. The unique cylindrical structure was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and presents the collection along a ramp that starts at the ground floor and spirals up to a skylight. An adjoining tower was added from 2005 to 2008. There is an […]

Wining at the Art and Wine Festival

The Placerville Downtown Association is hosting its 18th annual Art and Wine Festival on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6-9. More than 30 foothill wineries will be pouring tastes of their award-winning wines in business locations on Main Street in Placerville. Wine tasting events provide oenophiles and wine-tasting novices a great opportunity to […]

At a glance: Bear with a brain

“Winnie-the-Pooh” was published on Oct. 14, 1926. The story by A. A. Milne about a “Bear of Very Little Brain” has more charming insights about things than many supposedly scholarly writings and blatherings made by intellectuals and leaders. Maybe some of the talking heads should read “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner.”   Beary […]

At a glance: In the pink

The Pink in the Night campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness is going on during October. Some of the businesses on Main Street in Placerville have joined the fight against breast cancer by displaying pink lights shining in the night. All the businesses should be joining the campaign to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with […]

At a glance: The Sultan of Swat

On Sept. 30, 1927 George Herman Ruth set a record that would stand for 34 years. He hit his 60th home run during the last game of the season against the Washington Senators. What’s kind of interesting is that everyone thought he would not break his record of 59 home runs set in 1921. He […]

At a glance: Hello, autumn

The autumnal equinox is at 1:21 a.m. on Sept. 23. Another sign that autumn is here is the start of the football season and the baseball playoffs are coming up. Now all that is needed is for the weather to get the memo.   Healthy time The Ponte Palmero Community Health and Wellness Festival is […]

At a glance: Support for vets

The American Legion was chartered by Congress on Sept. 16, 1919. The organization was conceived to help improve services for veterans after World War I. Over the years it has grown to an important nonprofit group with membership in the millions with posts worldwide and getting benefits for veterans and creating many important programs for […]

At a glance: Happy birthday

Sept. 9 is California’s birthday. After several unsuccessful attempts by President James K. Polk to make California a territory, California was given statehood by Congress on Sept. 9, 1850. The discovery of gold in Coloma was a major factor in the motivating Congress to grant statehood to the 31st state. Happy birthday California.   Beautiful […]

At a glance: Making money

The Department of the Treasury was established by an Act of Congress on Sept. 2, 1789. The department takes care of the revenue, prints and mints all the paper currency and coins in circulation and collects all federal taxes through the Internal Revenue Service and manages U.S. government debt instruments. The first Secretary of the […]

At a glance: See ball

On Aug. 26, 1939 Red Barber called telecast of the Brooklyn Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds doubleheader from Ebbets Field. This was the first major-league baseball TV broadcast. It was watched at the RCA Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair and the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on 9-by-12-inch television screens. Not a lot of […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

The Golden Hills Investment Club is seeking a few new members for its all-women’s club. Prospective members can have a little or a lot of financial knowledge to be a part of this dynamic group. It meets on the third Wednesday of the month in Placerville. For all the details contact Judy Cook at (530) […]

At a glance: Catch a falling star

The peak night for catching the Perseid meteor shower is Wednesday, Aug. 12 to Thursday, Aug. 13. The debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle could generate 100 meteors per hour in a clear, dark sky away from light pollution. The Perseids happen every August and are active through Aug. 26. Meteor showers are named after the […]

At a glance: A base to stand on

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty pedestal was laid on Aug. 5, 1884 on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor. The gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, with the frame work designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, would be dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. “Liberty Enlightening the World” still […]

At a glance: Blue Moon

On Friday, July 31 there is a Blue Moon or a second full Moon moon in a calendar month. Noted in songs and stories a Blue Moon occurs around every 2 1/2 years.   Moon dance There will be a fantastic show of talent under the beautiful Moon at the 25th annual Showcase Spectacular presented […]

A good time was had by all

Locals and visitors flocked to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to get a taste, and look at cowboy culture and western living at Cowboys and Cornbread on July 19. The day-long event, presented by the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado County Fairgrounds, featured old-fashioned fun, […]

At a glance: Look up

A clear summer night sky is needed to catch a glimpse of the Delta Aquariids in the southern sky through Aug. 23. The peak night is July 28 to 29 for the faint meteors that usually don’t produce persistent trains or fireballs but are still good for making a wish or two.   Wish for […]

At a glance: Interesting trio

July 15 is the birthday for Clement Moore, born in 1779; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, born in 1606; and Linda Ronstadt, born in 1946. A birthday party for the trio and their friends would be an interesting affair.   Books and wine Maybe they could get together at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center […]

At a glance: Rowdy celebration

On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]

State Fair wine winners

The California State Fair is proud to announce the top wine awards from the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the state exposition. The Best of Show red was awarded to the Grace Patriot Wines 2012 Tempranillo. It scored a double gold and 98 points. […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

Looking for some fun things to do during the summer months? There is quite a bit to do in El Dorado County.   Find Waldo Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills, is challenging children to discover Where’s Waldo in El Dorado Hills? Pick up a Find Waldo […]

Fairest of the fair

El Dorado Rose 2015 A new El Dorado Rose and her court were named at the El Dorado County Fair last Thursday. The 2015 El Dorado Rose Bonny Robertson received the news with grace and as she waved to a cheering audience said, “I am so surprised. I am going to cry.” The beaming Robertson […]

At a glance: Steller events

The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look.   Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]

At a glance: Summer is here

If the thermometer wasn’t enough of an indicator, the calendar signals the beginning of summer with the summer solstice on Sunday, June 21 at 9:38 a.m. Two other signs of summer — children out of school and the El Dorado County Fair opening on Thursday, June 18 — really make it official.   Oink oink […]

At a glance: Keep on rolling

László Bíró applied for a fresh patent on June 10, 1943 in Argentina for his ballpoint pen. The Hungarian journalist realized that ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and figured that a pen using that kind of ink would be smudge-free. The problem was that the thicker ink would not flow from a regular […]

At a glance: A big hit

The poem “Casey at the Bat” was first published on June 3, 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner. The poem’s author Ernest L. Thayer had been on the Harvard Lampoon staff with William Randolph Hearst and when George Hearst gave the Examiner to his son, the younger Hearst hired some Lampoon staffers. Thayer had written […]


The two members of the El Dorado County royal court in the photograph that ran Wednesday, May 20 on B-2 are Kylee Hunter, Junior  Miss El Dorado County, and Tristan Hunter, Miss Teen El Dorado County, participating in the American Legion’s Fourth of July parade in South Lake Tahoe.

At a glance: Sticking together

On May 27, 1930, Richard Gurley Drew patented adhesive cellophane tape. He worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co. and 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota and was testing sandpaper for use at auto shops. There was a need for something to help with doing the pinstriping on cars and he worked on coming up with […]

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 […]

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