June in the Folsom Historic District

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This article originally appeared on The Folsom Telegraph.

Bouncing from perfect spring weather to a little flicker of summer, then back to perfect spring weather to another flicker of summer…. as I write this it’s raining and cool, yet there are 90’s predicted for the weekend.….it’s been a terrific spring. At KBC we love spring, as it brings in so many great kinds of produce…peas, favas, strawberries, green garlic, and perfect baby lettuces. As of this writing, we haven’t even seen the bulk of the cherry crop yet, which many say is going to be a bonanza. Hooray. Proving that good things come to those who wait, I’m looking forward to big bowls of iced cherries to savor spring for as long as I can. Our Saturday Farmer’s Market should be in all it’s spring glory right now-yum!

Graduations are happening….(my own niece graduated)…weddings are happening…(I’m invited to two!)…more signs of spring, harbingers of optimism and possibilities-just my kind of events. 

The Historic District is also showing lots of optimism…lots of things in the works. Have you seen the new flags all over The District? Memorial Day, 4th of July, and The Rodeo are all such bright times in The District. 

The Summer Concert Series starts on June 1st, and features a band in the amphitheater every Thursday night, 7:30-9:15 through the end of July. Bring your friends, a chair, and a picnic. All the concerts are FREE! 

Another style of entertainment for Shakespeare lovers (with a twist):  Take Note Troup (TNT) will be in the amphitheater on June 3rd with a performance of Taming of the Shrew-done BOLLYWOOD style!!!! This is one I cannot wait to see. Shakespeare, Bollywood style. It almost doesn’t compute, which is why I’m so game to see it. Should be a great extravaganza! Bright, summery, and a fun new spin on Shakespeare. 

The 3rd Annual Powerfest: Taps and Tunes, will be on June 10th, at the Historic Powerhouse on Riley Street. The Powerhouse is on state park land, and has a full museum, with exhibits and interactive displays. What a fun way to spend an evening…did you know that Folsom was one of the first powerhouses in the country to run electricity over a considerable distance? In this case, the distance was 22 miles, running to light up downtown Sacramento-in 1895! The Historic Powerhouse (not to be confused with the Powerhouse Pub which is where you should go after this event) will host an event with The Straight Shooter Band, food trucks, and craft beer tastings. It’s a giant outdoor party by the river, all for a great cause, right here in Folsom!

At the end of this month, the preparations for the Folsom Rodeo will be in full swing. How lucky are we that this event is right here in our city? PRO Rodeo! What a great way to ring in the 4th of July. 

Never a dull moment…so much is happening in The District!


Karen Holmes is the President of the Board of Directors for the Folsom Historic District and the owner-operator of Karen’s Bakery.