On this date in 1811 the first women’s golf tournament was organized in Scotland at Musselburgh. Before that Mary I, Queen of Scots, is believed to have played on the Old Course of Musselburgh Links in 1567, prior to her surrender to the Confederate Lords. The first recorded account of a woman playing golf is Mary Stuart. She is also credited with coining the term “caddy” having brought the French tradition of an entourage of on-course assistants to Scotland and calling them “cadets” after the French fashion.
After a round on the links in the United Kingdom a warm drink is most welcome and many golfers will probably being celebrating their golf scores with a warm one on National Hot Toddy Day on Friday, Jan. 11. Actually Hot toddies are great after most winter activities.
A nice place to have a hot toddy is Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, and a perfect time could be the kick off to the 2013 comedy season on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The amazing Todd Paul is headlining this fun evening. There is a dinner and show package starting at 6:30 p.m. and then music by Tamra Godey and guests is at 7 p.m. The comedy show starts at 8 p.m. in the Empire Ballroom. Show only tickets are $15 by reservation and $20 at the door. To make reservations call 530-622-5222 or go to sequoiaplacerville.com.
On Saturday, Jan. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Greg Kiefer and Mike Ely of the Loping Wolf Flute Clan will give lessons on how to play the flute, read simple music and experiment with several instruments. They will also talk about the Native American history of the flute. If you have a Native American flute, drum or rain stick, bring them along and jam with the clan. To get all the details about the class in Coloma contact the American River Conservancy at 530-621-1224. A donation of $5 for members and $10 for non-members is requested.
It’s that crabby time of year and the 15th annual Crab Banquet to benefit the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association is set for Fridays, Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. The fund-raisers are at Skinner Winery, 8054 Fairplay Road in Fair Play, on Saturday, Jan. 12 and 19, and at Perry Creek Vineyards, 7400 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2. Seating is at 5:30 p.m. and the feast starts at 6 p.m. The banquet includes hors d’oeuvres, clam chowder, Caesar salad, raviolis with sauce, sherbet with champagne, fresh cold cracked Dungeness crab with warm clarified butter, cheesecake, French bread and coffee. The price per person is $60. Wine is also available for additional charge. The banquets have raised money to purchase structure fire clothing, self-contained breathing apparatus and other equipment for the Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association. For tickets call the Hudelsons at 530-620-3371 or Nick Nickerson at 530-306-4852.
Bob Billingsley is presenting a class called “Ageless Joy is Possible” on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. He will offer useful advice on keeping an optimistic attitude and dealing with situations in a positive manner — all in his wonderful Bobness. Another Bob plus is that refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot call 916-358-3575.
Caffé Santoro, 2531 Merrychase Drive in Cameron Park, is having a Dine Out night to benefit the Sober Grad Night at Ponderosa High School on Wednesday, Jan. 16 between 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy any of the yummy treats at Caffé Santoro and a portion of the purchase will go to the Ponderosa High School Sober Grad Night celebration. More information is available at phsSoberGradNight.org.