Monthly Archives: July 2012

Todd Morgan and the Emblems at the Fountains in Roseville

Last Saturday night (July 28, 2012) we were treated to a FREE concert at The Fountains in Roseville. The concert featured Todd Morgan and the Emblems and the best description that I can give is they were FANTASTIC! They are a rather unique group in that the band members appear to all be in the 20’s and yet sing songs from the 1950’s and they sound as if they belong in that era. Listening to this group last night was like seeing Jerry Lee Lewis live and in person but only better! This group not only can make you feel like you are transported back to the best days of American Rock and Roll, but they also have their own unique sound that could very well bring that sound back. All we need is another Dick Clark and we might just be on to something.

If you missed the concert in Roseville then you have a couple of more chances to hear them. They will be featured at the upcoming CAM Car Cruise in Sacramento on August 4th, and at the El Dorado Hills Town Center on Thursday August 16th.  Be sure to check out their website ( for a complete schedule and a bio on this group.


Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


August 2012 Events in Placerville, El Dorado County and Surrounding Areas

The heat of the summer is upon us and there are plenty of fun things to do in and around Placerville, El Dorado County, and the surrounding Northern California Counties in the month of August. Be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming 4th annual Car Cruise (August 4th) hosted by the California Automobile Museum, the 16th annual Placerville Craft Faire (August 12th) being held on Main street in Placerville. In Old Town Sacramento they will host the Gold Rush Days beginning August 13 through September 3rd.

In addition to these events, don’t forget that every Thursday during the summer months there is a free concert at the El Dorado Hills Town Center from 6-8 pm. Also, every Saturday the Placerville Speedway features sprint car, pro-stock and pure stock car races that is fun for the whole family.

There are several concerts that might be of interest to you in the month of August. First up in the month of August will be Lonestar and the Charlie Daniels Band who will perform at Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion on August 10th. Weird Al Yankovic will be at the Three Stages at Folsom Lake College on August 10-11, and back to Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion on August 25th where Thee Dog Night and America will be the featured artists. Closing out the month of August will be Neil Diamond who will perform at the Power Balance Pavilion on August 27th.

Here are 4 musicals that you should mark on your calendar for the month of August. The Wells Fargo Pavilion will feature The Music Man from July 31 through August 5thFiddler on the Roof will play August 14-19, and Crazy For You will play August 28-September 6. The Sutter Street Theater in Folsom will feature, Our Town through August 5th and, The Marvelous Wonderettes through August 26. For more information click on this link for a detailed list of events – Auguest Events Schedule 2012


July 4th – A Great American Celebration

There are just a few holidays that are exclusive to the United States of America and we just celebrated one which recognizes and celebrates our independence as a nation of free citizens. For most people this past July 4th 2012 came and went with families gathering in their backyard for a barbecue or neighbors and friends gathering in their front yards for a block style celebration with the customary fireworks to finish out the evening. I love to see the continuation of an American tradition in which we recognize the sacrifice of those who not only made that first Declaration of Independence which set our course as a nation, but a tradition that continues to honor the sacrifice of those who guard and protect those freedoms that we all hold so dear. Independence Day for American’s should always be remembered and I hope will never lose interest from its citizens.

We (my wife and I) celebrated this July 4th with a couple of friends and I have to say it was a day full of all sorts of fun events that I just have to share. We decided to take in a morning parade and this year we chose the parade in downtown Lincoln, CA to start our day off. The parade itself had the usual fanfare from the local schools, businesses, clubs, public servants and private citizens and also a contingent from the military marching in uniform. In my mind what made this parade so special was the fact that it was made up of local citizens who walked or rode through the streets and their expressions were saying that they were glad to have the freedom to simply be Americans. After the parade we had a nice breakfast at Kim’s Country Kitchen in Lincoln, CA where were able to enjoy a nice American breakfast.

Our next stop was to watch an all-star softball game and then we took in a concert where the featured group was the Roseville Community Concert Band. The concert band played to a nearly packed house and their theme was happy birthday America. The songs choices were a group of American favorites and they closed with a series of patriotic numbers that reminded us all of why we celebrate July 4th. The room was full of flag waving citizens who were proud to be Americans and not afraid to show it!

Next on the agenda was a backyard barbecue complete with hamburgers, salads, chips and all the fixings. After we finished our unique American meal we regrouped around the kitchen table for a game of cards until the sun set. After that we moved outside to the front yard around 9:30 and parked ourselves in our lawn chairs to enjoy a 25 minute firework show put on by the town of Lincoln. The show was well done and we were able to view it perfectly from the front yard of our friends’ home and avoided having to drive somewhere and face the crowds.

All in all I would rate this as one of my favorite celebrations of our American Independence and so glad to see that the tradition continues on. I only hope that when my grandchildren get to be my age that they will continue to enjoy the same freedoms that I have enjoyed and that they will still be able to witness many of these same types of unique American traditions that we enjoyed today.

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