Editor's View: Culture, entertainment right in our backyard

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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On Friday night, my wife Rachel and I had a sitter for our two youngest (thanks to “Grammy” Brenda Roper), and a chance to have a nice evening on the town to celebrate our wedding anniversary. For starters, we stopped by the Folsom History Museum’s opening night reception for their new exhibit titled Sutter Street Secrets. The museum highlights some of the archeological finds dug up during the redevelopment of the historic district. Some Chinese dishes, 1,000 horseshoes, two oxen shoes, late 1800s-era smoking pipes, scissors, a straight razor, a doll’s face and many other items were rediscovered during all the construction work. Some local notables in attendance included Folsom City Councilwoman Kerri Howell, Jim “Digger” and Sharon Williams, Bill and Sharron Anderson, Cindy Baker, local artist Gene Mendonca, Wayne Procissi (of Procissi Cellars on Sutter Street), Kathryn Corbett, Mary Asay, Brian Reed, museum director Mary Mast and many others. After that, we headed over to India House restaurant (in the Broadstone Martketplace on East Bidwell Street) where Daljit Sandhu and his family served up an excellent meal. My wife loves Indian food, so the Sandhus did a great job. From the tandoori mixed grill (a mix of veggies and meat served on a sizzling platter) to the papadam and dal makhni (a lentil stew), it was an excellent meal. As a bonus, belly dancer Melissa Dionisio from Jodette’s Belly Dance Academy in Sacramento performed at 6 p.m. The school performs every Friday and Saturday evenings at India House. Daljit was happy to explain any dish that we had questions about. He’s a gracious host and makes a mission of educating his diners on Indian cuisine. After dinner, we headed over to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College for a show titled “ScrapArts Music.” The show features five performers in a concert of music created with original music instruments designed by Gregory Kozak. He also composed all the music. Performers included Kozak, Spencer Cole, Christa Mercy, Greg Samek and Simon Thomsen. The instruments were all “made by shaping, bending and welding salvaged materials,” according to the program. David Webb, the marketing guru for Three Stages, told me, “This is the kind of show that Three Stages is all about.” Everyone may be familiar with “A Chorus Line,” but fewer will have heard of “ScrapArts Music.” This was my wife’s first time seeing the arts center and she was suitably impressed. So, in one evening, my wife and I experienced a bit of history, culture and a fantastic high-energy concert all in Folsom. Feagans feted Amy Feagans, the former head of the city’s redevelopment agency, was treated to a fine evening of wine and chocolate to celebrate her work on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at WineStyles on Sutter Street. Owners Erik and Crickett Loigom hosted the bash with many Folsom Historic District folks in attendance. Jim Snook, of Snook’s Candies, provided chocolate treats to pair with the wine. See the photo on page A8. Feagans retired from the city late last year. Odds and ends I know where I’ll be this evening. The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom is holding a fundraiser from 5 to 7 tonight at Balony Bistro, 718 Sutter St. in Folsom. Dubbed “Bottoms Up for Books,” the event benefits the club’s literacy program. A portion of the proceeds from drink sales and tips go to the fundraiser. Celebrity bartenders include Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, Rollin Newell (Folsom’s Rod Stewart look-alike) and Folsom City Councilwoman Kerri Howell. Stop by and say hi. Reach Telegraph Managing Editor Don Chaddock by e-mail at His column publishes weekly.