On April 3, 1860 the Pony Express mail delivery started. It carried the mail from St. Joseph, Mo. to San Francisco in 10 days using a relay system of riders and horses. The service across a 2,000-mile trail traversing eight states and going through El Dorado County was like the e-mail for the day. The Pony Express ran its course to November 1861. Even back then people wanted everything faster and the invention of the telegraph brought a new and faster era of Long distance communication. El Dorado County resident Melba Leal has a book, “Women and the Pony Express: A Modern Tale of Changing Tradition,” about the Pony Express. It and other books on the subject are available at the Placerville News Company on Main Street in Placerville.
The Pony Express riders would probably like going out to the Pub at Fair Play, 7915 Fairplay Road in Fair Play, for the Beer and Food Pairing dinner on Wednesday, April 3. Chef Rosie is preparing a five-course meal that pairs with five different types of beer. This dinner is $29.95 per person and is a good time with good food and drink and good company. To make a reservation call Jaime at 530-620-1500.
There could be some paintings of horses at the Diamond Springs Art Association’s Spring Art Show and Sale showing through Friday, April 5 at the El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane Drive in Placerville. The paintings are on view from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. through Thursday and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An annual tradition is the public voting for the People’s Choice Award and free drawing for a painting by local award-winning artist Jerri Dreese. For more information contact Marilyn Callaway at 530-672-2302 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stumble Inn Pub, 3500 Carson Road in Camino, is having Karaoke with Ellen on Thursday nights from 6 to 11 a.m. The inn also serves up great barbecue. For more information call Tommy or Jamie at 530-957-5245.
The California Blacksmith Association Spring Conference is Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The blacksmithing activities include demonstrations, hands-on education workshops, forging competition, slideshows and lectures. The public can view the indoor gallery of metal art. This spring conference celebrates 35years of the California Blacksmith Association. For more information go to cba2013.org.
April is National Poetry Month and the El Dorado Arts Council is joining the party the poetry party with some neat things to do. During April the Gold Trail School students will create under the tutelage of Maya Sands, professional poet-in-residence. A Poetry Slam is happening at ArtSpace on Friday, April 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. This should be fun. Poets gather for a night of barbaric yawping, performing their own poems. Then there is Seven /Seven Poems from Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20. Log on and find a poems selected by El Dorado County’s award-winning Red Foxes poets in your in-box. The fun Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day is Thursday, April 18. The arts council rings in this poetry national holiday with a poem giveaway to county schools, libraries, communities and visitors. On Friday, April 19 is The ElectroPoetic Coffee from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sacramento’s hottest, hippest duo poet NSAA and award-winning guitarist Ross Hammond come to the ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville.