The first President’s Inaugural Ball was held on May 7, 1789 in New York. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president on April 30, 1789 and the fancy ball was a week later. It was in New York because that was where the temporary headquarters of the federal government were set up in a building on Broadway near Wall Street. Martha didn’t attend and George spent the evening dancing with many of New York’s society ladies. The big event provided a model for the first official inaugural ball when James Madison became president 10 years later. Seems like history does repeat itself.
The FreeTrade Band is opening for two bands on Wednesday, May 7 at the Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St. in Folsom. The Wednesday night scene is part of the weekly local music focus called Team Local Music. The doors open at 8 p.m. and FreeTrade will play at 8:30, followed by Manos of Fate and Twilight Straggler. FreeTrade will play a mix of rock, blues, folk rock and Americana. For more details call 916-355-8586.
For another musical spectrum, the Sensational Singing Seniors are presenting “Remembering Judy Garland! ” on Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville. There will be songs from Garland’s films, television shows and concerts. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information call Gloria Starelli-Bruno, director, at 530-622-6855.
Songs at Sienna
Sienna Restaurant, 3909 Park Drive in El Dorado Hills, is having music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. On Thursday, May 8 Scott and David is appearing; on Friday, May 9 Cynthia Renee is singing; and on Saturday, May 10 Tim Dierkes is entertaining. For more information call 916-941-9694.
Lobster for Mom
Get a head start on celebrating Mother’s Day with a live Maine lobster dinner on Friday, May 9 at 5 p.m. at Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road in Fair Play. The lobster will be sold at market price and will include endless gourmet pizza from the wood-burning pizza oven and endless house Caesar salad. Call 530-620-3467 to reserve a lobster by Wednesday, May 7 at 5 p.m.
Bistrot is back
David Girard Vineyards, 741 Cold Springs Road in the Gold Hill area, is starting up its Friday Night Bistrot on May 9 from 5-8 p.m. Parisian Sebastien returns with wonderful cheese and charcuterie and, of course, wine to end the week on a wonderful note with live music for $30 per couple. David Girard Vineyards is also thinking about Mom and her special day on Sunday, May 11. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bonne Vie crepes of Placerville will be serving up amazing crepes and all Moms will get a beautiful rose and complimentary glass of wine. For all the specifics call 530-295-1833.
There will be a Yard Sale Extravaganza at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville, on Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Besides the great bargains, there will be live music all day, snacks, beverages, restrooms and convenient parking. To donate an high-value item or to volunteer to help out at the event call 530-651-3055 or e-mail [email protected] Proceeds from the extravaganza will go to New Morning Youth and Family Services.
The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, is having a Spring Fling Garden Sale on Saturday, May 10. Stop by to browse through a fabulous selection of plants including locally-grown native plants and succulents, decorated gourds, a handcrafted potting bench, vintage metal and wooden yard and garden goods, and see a “Chalk It Up” paint demonstration and more. Browsers can also bring a shoe and put a plant in it for the kids’ learning and growing experience. The sale is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call 530-677-5542 or find Antique Depot on Facebook.
Dining in the vines
Fenton Herriott, 120 Jaquier Court in Placerville, is having a winemaker dinner on Saturday, May 10 from 6-8 p.m. The night of fine dining and wining will be served in the pavilion with its beautiful view of the vineyards. Call 530-642-2021 for the menu and make the reservations by going to [email protected]
May and Mom
Perry Creek’ Winery, 7400 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, is having its eighth annual Mother’s Day Maifest on Sunday, May 11 from noon-4 p.m. Dance to the music of the great German/Austrian Al Gruber Family Band and enjoy German sausages, homemade Sauerkraut and pastries and have fun participating in the yodeling and stein holding contest to win great prizes. For all the details and to make reservations call 530-391-2570.
Gold Vine Grill, 6028 Grizzly Flat Road in Somerset, will be open for Mother’s Day lunch and dinner. Chef Greg will be featuring several brunch items on the lunch menu and lovely dinner specials in the evening. For reservations call 530-626-4042.