The sad and somewhat tawdry end of Thomas Kinkade, the “painter of light,” who grew up in Placerville, created a standoff between his estranged wife and the girlfriend who was with him when he died April 6 from a combination of Valium and alcohol. The girlfriend of 18 months, Amy Pinto, claimed to have two […]
Thomas Kinkade, the self-described ”Painter of Light,” died April 6 at his home in Los Gatos. He was 54. He reportedly died “of natural causes.” Always said to be a religious man who credited God for his talent, he died on Good Friday. Born in Sacramento in 1958, Kinkade moved to Placerville as a youth […]
A January 2015 Best Choices Review of the 50 Best Small Downtowns in America ranked Placerville as No. 28. Extolled in Placerville’s virtues are the monthly stagecoach rides, the 160-year-old Belltower and the Placerville Hardware Store, as well as Placerville’s Gold Rush history and being the late artist Thomas Kinkade’s home town.
STRAWBERRY ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Strawberry” T-shirt statement: “Blossom where you’re planted * Be tasteful * Drink in the sunshine * Keep close to the earth * Savor lifer’s sweetness * Let good ideas ripen * Jam with your friends!” MOVIES ON THE LAWN: On Oct. 4 at 7:45 p.m., you can […]
When the Wagon Train arrives on Main Street around 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, it will find the place hopping with activity. From noon to 6 p.m. visitors, residents and businesses will be celebrating the arrival of Wagon Train with a barbecue rib cook-off, wheelbarrow demonstrations, gold panning, old west shoot-outs, music, kids’ games, […]
In its own version of “kicking the can down the road,” El Dorado County’s Board of Supervisors put off another rails ‘n trails-related decision regarding the Sacramento Placerville Transportation Corridor. At their last meeting of 2012, supervisors pulled two items off the agenda for future consideration.
The first would have been a resolution recommended by District 1’s John Knight to recognize “the efforts of the Friends of El Dorado Trail” in assisting the county with trail maintenance along the SPTC. The second, also recommended by Knight would have “recognized the existing natural trail within the SPTC as a county trail and a segment of the El Dorado Trail.”
By Hollywood standards, Jim Ginney is a rebel. You wouldn’t know it by his gentle manner and self-effacing style, though. He doesn’t sport a nose ring, ink-up his skin or wear toxic T-shirt messages. But he is authentic, having accomplished what others swear they’re going to do “someday.” He quit a great job and followed […]
We’re starting up our readers panel this week after a holiday break. And it’s another fascinating group of people from the community. Greenstone Country General Manager George Amo has been a Placerville area resident since 1969 when he got a job managing Dillinger’s Furniture. That building is now occupied by the Thomas Kinkade Gallery. Prior […]