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Another Upcoming Local Event for Auburn, Ca. near Lake of the Pines: Help Support The Higgins Lions Community Center

said on April 24th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Cultural Events, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Another Upcoming Local Event for Auburn, Ca. near Lake of the Pines: Help Support The Higgins Lions Community Center, plan to attend the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Saturday May 4, 2013 at the Higgins Lions Community Center. Physical address: 22490 East Hacienda Dr. Grass Valley, CA 95949  continue reading…

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Fourth of July at Lake of the Pines, California

said on July 7th, 2012 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Fourth of July is the BIG DAY at lake of the Pines, California.  In the morning there’s a golf cart parade (cash prizes!) a fly-over by stunt planes, and a bunch of other stuff you don’t want to miss.

I missed it.  (A real estate “fire” ignited that I had to “stamp out.”)

But the 4th of July events last all day, so about noon Scott, Sara and I motored over to the festivities in my boat.

The celebration was a bit odd this year because the Club House is being re-built so the main events had to be moved up to the Sports Lounge parking lotb, but there was still plenty of action at the main beach.

One of the coolest things about living at Lake of the Pines is the small town atmopsphere.  You can’t go anywhere whithout knowing just about everybody.  That’s Kristine White waving.  We just represented Kristine and hubby Matt in the purchase of their first home over on Shadow Drive.

CJ and Malina had arrived earlier in the golf cart (Lake of the Pines’ most ubiquitous form of transportation).  I persuaded the family to gather for a quick photo op.

Our own band, Lopsided, was in the middle of a Beatles set.

People were starting to dance in the parking lot.

Our Century 21 booth was in full swing, stumping passersby with patriotic questions.  “Answer a question and win a prize!”

Really expensize prizes.

“Step right up.  Everyone’s a winner!”

There were dunkers.

There were whangers (or whatever they’re called).


Snow coners.


Laughers (That’s a flag hat on her head).

Burger flippers  (That’s Jim and Sheilagh Goetsch, clients and friends.  Jim is also the treasurer for the LOP board of directors)

After dark, of course, the Pinesmen sponsor a fireworks display.


Go out in the boat and enjoy the show right on the water.   One thing better than owning a patio boat?  Having friends who own a patio boat.  Thanks Bill and Gail Tudor!

Best way to wind up the day?  Sitting on the beach under a full moon roasting marshmellows around a fire.

Happy 4th of July from Lake of the Pines!

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Independence Day in Auburn

said on July 5th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Cultural Events

Auburn, California celebrates the 4th of July with two evenings of American music.  The free concerts are called Homeland and feature the Gift of the Heart Orchestra and the Placer Pops Chorale.  Both ensembles are surprisingly adept.

The programs are given at the Auburn Library Garden Theatre, a large outdoor amphitheatre just off Nevada Street at the corner of Fulweiler.

On the evening CJ and I attended there were several hundred people sitting on blankets or folding chairs.


My favorite musician was the elder statesman on the upright bass.  He was ably assisted by a young lad who turned the pages of grandpa’s sheet music.

The first half of the concert featured big band numbers from Count Basie, Glenn Miller, John Williams and others.  The second half, as you might suspect, was patriotic music.  My favorite number was a tribute to the 5 armed forces (Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force)with a verse from each of the service hymns.  As the songs from different branches were played, veterans from that branch were asked to stand and be recognized.  We half dozen old Leathernecks stood at attention as the notes from the famous Marine Corps Hymn were sounded.  I believe we got the loudest round of applause.  Veterans from other branches probably felt the same way about their ovations.

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Auburn, California’s Secret Gold

said on January 21st, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Cultural Events, Localism, Neighborhood Profiles

In addition to great real estate deals, ideal location, superb climate, and terrific outdoor fun, Auburn is a gold mine of surprising cultural treasures.  My favorite is the Auburn Symphony, one of the finest community symphonies in America.

Tonight I returned home from the Symphony’s second major concert of the year, satisfied and happy, reprising the minor key surprises of Mozart’s Piano Concerto 24 in my memory.

Before snapping into the Concerto, the Symphony warmed us up with Mozart’s Overture to Idomeneo, about 10 minutes of dramatic, though eerie,  adventure.  A short break, then Maestro Michael Godwin introduced our soloist, the brilliant Russian prodigy, Konstantin Soukhovetski.  We enjoyed Soukhovetski’s piano artistry three years ago, and we were even more delighted tonight with how much he has grown in power and showmanship.  His reckless attack on the Concerto’s first movement left CJ breathless.  Or maybe it was Soukhovetski’s long, angelic blond locks that he whipped around like a young Franz Listz.  Anyway, CJ liked him very much.

The Symphony wrapped up the evening with Bruckner’s challenging (for us as well as the orchestra) Symphony No. 4 .

If you live near Auburn, or if you don’t mind driving here for an evening of rich, joyful entertainment, hie thee to the Auburn Symphony.  Perhaps you’ll see us there, Row J, left side, near the front.

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Placer County Farm Tour 2012

said on October 19th, 2010 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Localism

This year’s Placer County Farm and Barn Tour will be on October 14, 2012 from 10am til 5:00 pm.  Here’s a link to the website so you can plan your day for the Farm and Barn Tour.  Below you can see my photos from the 2010 tour.  It’s every other year, so don’t miss it in 2012 or you will have to wait until 2014!

Horse near Gold Pond nursery

The tour jumped off at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 10, 2010.  I say “jumped” because that’s what you have to do if you want to make a dent in the itinerary.  There are nine venues scattered all over northern Placer County, California, from Loomis in the southwest to Bowman in the northeast.  And you continue reading…

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Yummy Mandarin Orange Stir Fry Sauce

said on October 12th, 2010 filed under: Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Whimsy

Last weekend Bob and I wandered through farm country on the Placer County Farm and Barn Tour.  While at Twin Brooks Farm near Penryn, we purchased a bottle of Snow’s Citrus Court Mandarin Orange Stir Fry Sauce.  This concoction is made locally from organically-grown Owari Satsuma mandarin oranges.  Monday night Bob stir-fried continue reading…

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