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Folsom turns out for Sutter Street tree lighting

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - Christmas carols, Santa in a sleigh and ice skating could all be found Friday evening on Sutter Street.

Originally postponed due to the storm, the annual tree lighting in the Folsom Historic District was the first for the fully renovated public plaza area.

“I like the setting here and the way it’s done,” said Jeff Ferreira-Pro, who was involved in the revitalization of the historic district. “This is the first time for many people here because it’s the first time at this location.”

Previous tree lightings have utilized the large tree in front of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce office on Wool Street. The new tree was set up in the center of the historic railroad turn table with the new ice rink set up around it.

“This makes me feel a sense of completion about the revitalization project,” he said. “I feel really proud having been a part of getting us here.”

Scott Spiegelman, a resident of the historic district, was impressed by the atmosphere of the family friendly event.

“Every year, we have our annual convention and I miss the tree lighting. This year, because (the tree lighting) was postponed, I’m here,” he said. “This is my first time and it’s amazing with all the kids here. This is really what old town is about.”

Spiegelman’s business is also located in the district.

“This is sort of like Folsom Live only with families,” he said. “I mean, look at this with the little train running up and down the street and children everywhere. This is great.”

Dennis Barker, also a resident of the district, has called Folsom home since 1959.

“I like this event a lot,” he said. “I do miss the laser light show they had a few years back, but this is nice.”

Kevin Gleave, of Folsom, strolled the street and spoke to friends along the way.

“I come every year,” he said. “This year it’s bigger and better than ever before. I’ve never seen a sea of people on Sutter Street for the tree lighting.”