Be sure to take a stroll along Main Street in Placerville and look up at the beautiful banners painted by some very talented artists. The colorful depictions of El Dorado County are delightful and really brighten the landscape. Thank you to the artists, city of Placerville, businesses, individual sponsors and community organizations for presenting Banners on Parade. They will be hanging around until the Art and Wine Festival on Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 18 and then will be sold to the highest bidder to raise money for next year’s banners. A brochure will be available soon. For more information contact placervilledowntown.com or 530-672-3436.
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The Wagon Train is rolling on Highway 50 from Zephyr Cove, Nev. making its way to Placerville. On Thursday, June 5, the train is at Fresh Pond and there will be a barbecue and activities for the public to enjoy. On Friday, June 6, the wagons go to the CVS parking lot in Pollock Pines. There will be a pancake breakfast, music, dancing, crafters, pony rides and plenty of kids’ activities. At around 1 p.m. the train will move on down to High Hill Ranch in Camino for the Cowboy Poetry event, music and barbecue dinner. The barbecue is $25 for a New York steak and local brews and wines will be available. On Saturday, June 7 the wagons arrive in Placerville. The first stop is at the Broadway Village Shopping Center in the morning. The Wells Fargo stagecoach and other wagon trainy things will be at the center. At about 2 p.m. the Wagon Train rolls through downtown Placerville. On Main Street there will be shoot-outs, gold panning, Server’s Races, the Beard Contest, children’s games, country music, wheelbarrow demonstrations, Jail and Bail and refreshments that go from noon until 3 p.m. From 3-10 p.m. the party continues at the Regal 8 Theater parking lot on Placerville Drive. The “End of the Trail” party features mechanical bull riding, a barbecue dinner of tri-tip, ribs or chicken by Placerville Brewing, local beer and wine, square dancing, face painting, dunk tank and a bounce house for the kids plus Western music by Joanie Lee and the Brandin’ Irons at 6 p.m. The public can also see the wagons up close and visit with the riders. For more information about the Wagon Train and the events call event coordinator Vi Tara at 530-644-3761 or visit the Website at hwy50wagontrain.com.
Cars at the lake
On Saturday, June 7, Thunder in the Park Classic Car and Motorcycle Show is taking place at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road in Cameron Park, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show is free for spectators to check out the vendor booths, cars and motorcycles. Food will be available for purchase. For vehicle or nonfood vendor registration or more information contact the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Chamber office at 530-677-8000.
A fair time
Six wineries are presenting the Festival in Fair Play on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The participating wineries are: Bechard Winery, Busby Cellars, Colibri Ridge Winery, DK Cellars, Fleur de Lys Winery and Single Leaf Winery. Each spot will have obviously have wine plus music, yummy snacks and other special activities. Bring your own glass or purchase a logo glass from your favorite winery and have fun in Fair Play’s Agricultural Viticultural Area. For more details visit the individual winery Websites or Facebook pages
Wine and cheese
Oakstone Winery and Obscurity Cellars, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is celebrating Wine and Cheese month and releasing the 2012 Oakstone Barbera and pairing it with Italian cheeses and gourmet snacks on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call 530-620-5303.
A grave fundraiser
Clarksville Regional Historical Society is having a fundraiser for the Restoration of the Clarksville Cemetery on Saturday, June 7 from noon-4 p.m. at 4540 Post Street, Suite 230, in El Dorado Hills. The family friendly event is sponsored by Vindler Real Estate and Acquisitions. There will be a guided tour of the cemetery via free shuttle, music, prizes and food and drinks for sale. All donations are tax deductible. For more information contact Jim and Erlinda Vindler at 530-391-1490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The El Dorado Community Hall, 6139 Pleasant Valley Road, is having a Taco Feed Fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be drive-through tacos from 5-7 p.m. Tacos are a minimum donation of $2 a piece. This event is a fundraiser to help maintain the hall.
The first Niello Concours Raduno of the Season is at 36 Handles Pub and Eatery, 1010 White Rock in El Dorado Hills, Tuesday, June 10 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Niello Concours Raduno is a gathering of motorcar owners for an evening spent enjoying the art of the automobile along with light hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and music. Owners of motorcar of significance are invited to display their cars. Admission is free.
Auriga wine dinner
Auriga Wine Cellars is having a Winemaker Dinner at Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville, on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard. The menu starts with chilled purple heirloom carrot soup with melon berry salad and the 2012 Auriga Symphony Rose, El Dorado. Next is croque madame with poached egg, peaches, fromage blank, mache, spiced orange mornay paired with the 2013 Auriga Viognier, El Dorado. Fried green zebra tomatoes with black cherry remoulade is then paired with the 2010 Auriga Barbera, Cardanini Vineyard, El Dorado. The 2011 Auriga Sangiovese, El Dorado goes with duck goat cheese ravioli with wild mushroom ragout. Then floral roasted pork with plum reduction and caramelized shallots will be served with the 2010 Auriga Reserve Syrah, El Dorado. Caramelized golden apple and grilled apricot with ricotta, almonds and riesling honey reduction with the 2012 Auriga “Capella” Riesling, Santa Ynez Valley will close out the dining experience. To make a reservation call the Smith Flat House at 530-621-1003.
The Ponderosa High School Class of 1994 is having its 20 Year Reunion at Elks Tower, 921 11th St. in Sacramento, on June 28 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. To get all the details call Carrie Smith at 415-710-6684.