New York Times Travel section features “36 hours in Sacramento”

(Credit: Drew Kelly for The New York Times)

We’re visiting our son at a high-school leadership conference in Sacramento this weekend. I bought the Sunday edition of The New York Times and was reading it in our hotel room — looking out across the Capitol building and the skyline — and lo and behold there’s a full-page article titled “36 Hours in Sacramento.” Ha!

It begins: “Striking architecture, lush vegetation and a lively cultural scene help entice visitors to California’s often overlooked capital.” The online version is here.

It goes on: “Unlike California’s glittering, glamorous coastal cities, Sacramento’s location in the Central Valley gives it an earnest, small-town affect and a welcome lack of pretension.”

I agreed with most of the suggestions. For example, “The Crocker is the city’s must-see institution, but make your first stop the smaller California Museum ($9), which is based at the State Archives and is home to the California Hall of Fame, which, besides celebrating famous Californians, offers an overview of the state’s history from the Spanish missions era to Japanese internment during World War II, indigenous peoples to Hollywood’s Red Scare.”

Or ” Shady Lady Saloon may be Sacramento’s sexiest cocktail bar,” and “grab coffee at Temple Coffee Roasters, a highfalutin caffeine palace that opened its grandest location — which includes a floor hand-laid with 500,000 pennies — in 2016 in an 1880s building in the trendy Midtown neighborhood.”

The timing of this article, coinciding with a stay in Sacramento, reminded me of another occasion a few years ago: We were reading the Sunday New York Times at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, and I noticed a writeup in the wedding section. It was about a couple whose wedding had occurred in the garden the night before that was right next to where our historic cottage was located. We saw the bride and groom at breakfast. What a coincidence!


School’s Out for Summer!

We are excited that school is out! Our son had another great year. Besides some well-deserved “R&R,” his plans include counseling at  Kuk Sool Won camp; attending the “Rady Children’s Summer Medical Academy,” a two-week program for high-school students who are interested in medical and health careers, hosted by Rady Children’s Hospital  and UC San Diego; a one-week engineering program for high-school students at UC Berkeley; and Northern California Volleyball Club in Sacramento. His dance card is full! We’re glad to have him around. For me, back to work!

California Arts Council holds meeting at Miners Foundry

Eliza Tudor of Nevada County Arts Council

The Sacramento-based California Arts Council held one of its public meetings at Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Thursday — a nod to Nevada City-Grass Valley and Truckee being designated as two of the 14 state Cultural Districts, a high honor. The meeting, which drew more than 100 people, began with an acknowledgment that the gathering was being held on ancient tribal land and a blessing from Shelly Covert of the tribal council of the Nevada City Rancheria (watch video below).

We attended the meeting and spoke as publishers of our FoodWineArt magazine and the Nevada County Art Council’s inaugural Visual Artist & Gallery Guide — and pointed to the arts as an “economic engine.” Others who spoke included the local Art Council’s Executive Director Eliza Tudor, Board President Jon Blinder, Miners Foundry Executive Director Gretchen Bond, Grass Valley Mayor Howard Levine, Nevada City Mayor Duane Strawser, Julie Baker of Julie Baker Projects, Sean Gilleran of the Gold Miners Inn, and numerous artists.

Tudor was praised for her leadership efforts. “Our community is our canvas,” as Levine put it. (We teamed up with the Arts Council to hire Kial James to take photographs, and some of them are below, along with the video).

Council members of the California Arts Council
Jon Blinder of Nevada County Arts Council
Gretchen Bond of Miners Foundry
Shannon Pelline of FoodWineArt magazine


“Good job Procrastinators!”

“The short answer as to why we do not have updated election results: Procrastinating voters,” as YubaNet is reporting.

“When will we see an update? Probably by late Monday or maybe Tuesday. Will it be a huge update? Probably not. How can this situation be avoided in November? Voters need to mail their ballots earlier or, if they want the ‘polling place experience,’ take advantage of early voting at a vote center or cast their ballot in person on election day.

“For now, the nail-biting wait for the campaigns will continue.

“On the bright side, voter turnout won’t be abysmal.”

The rest of the article is here.