Holiday cheer in Historic Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, The telegraph
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LOCAL HERO – El Dorado Hills resident Kristen Weckworth was honored by the Sacramento-Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross with a “Spirit of the Red Cross” award during a recent ceremony. Inspired by her hubby’s gift of a kidney to his father, she decided to help a complete stranger with the same gift. After seven years on the transplant list, Staci Smith received one of Weckworth’s kidneys in July. I believe the award is well deserved. … ACTING OUT – There are some great shows planned for Stage Nine Theatre at 717 Sutter Street in Folsom. Beginning Nov. 21, expect the annual “Holiday in the Hills” musical to pack the house. Appropriate for the whole family, the performers bring historical figures to life, including Peter J. Hopper, the colorful editor of the Folsom Telegraph in the 1860s. Mike Jimena, the theater’s managing director, will once again portray the Hopper. Mike tells me the actors range in age from 9 to 70, each portraying characters based on real Folsom residents of the time. If you’d like more information on the program (including the production of the Disney-sanctioned “Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail”), give the theater a call at 353-1001. It should all be quite nice, especially with the new ice skating rink going into the historic district. … CHARITY ON THE RUNWAY – The inaugural Charity Runway Fashion Show will be Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. The event will feature wine, appetizers, dessert and entertainment. Proceeds will be donated to Faithful Stewards, The Sam Harry Foundation and the Hands for Hope Youth Organization. Robin Bernardoni’s new Runway Boutique is heading up the shindig. Admission is $35 per napkin. For more information, give her a call at 799-8215. … GREAT OUTDOORS – Some local foster kids are going to learn about the great outdoors Nov. 7 thanks to a new Sacramento-based program. With sponsorship for the outing provided by REI and the Teichert Foundation, the Sacramento Valley Conservancy has launched the new program dubbed Youth Education and Stewardship (or, Y.E.S.). The kids from Folsom’s Generation Fate, a support group for foster children, will backpack, camp and hike at Deer Creek Hills, a 4,000-acre oak woodland preserve located near Rancho Murieta. … TELEGRAPH HAPPENINGS – Our series on the Mormon Island area resurfacing from the waters of Folsom Lake concludes this week and we received many comments on the stories, the online video report and photo galleries. Heck, even the local TV news guys picked up on the story, interviewing Artie Davies, the 94-year-old Folsom resident who once resided at the Red Bank dairy farm, and videotaped the site. Some of their online story, though, should have been credited to the Telegraph as it was our research that confirmed this was the third major resurfacing of the ruins (droughts in 1977-78, 1987-88 and 2007-08 also caused the old foundation to see daylight). I didn’t spend hours poring over the archives maintained by the Folsom Historical Society for nothing. And, without the historical society, the Folsom History Museum, Clarksville Historical Society, El Dorado Hills Library and others, those stories wouldn’t have been as in depth as they were. Those organizations have my thanks and deserve much of the credit. ... If you’d like to visit the museum for yourself, stop by Sutter Street Tuesday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Give them a call at 985-2707. Admission for adults is $5 and children are only $2. … Philip Wood, our intrepid shutter bug, pens this week’s Inside the Telegraph blog at our Web site, A photograph is worth a thousand words so Philip has plenty to say on the subject of the importance of the photography that graces our front page. ... This Sunday’s blog, with me putting fingers to keyboard, will focus on the efforts to put together the historical series we’ve worked on over the last month. ... Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. His column publishes weekly. He may be reached at