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Sacramento Scottish Highlands Games and Festival – a photo essay of history

This wasn’t my first Scottish Highlands Games and Festival.  However, this one was different. I met up with old friends, Scottish Highlands Games professional athletes, and made new ones as well.  And this time, you get a chance to see how big these men really are. Bagpipes, Scottish music, kilts, and food.  Yep, they were […]


Win free tickets to the 136th Sacramento Valley Scottish Highlands Games and Gathering

Have you ever dreamed of being serenaded by bagpipes? Are you attracted to men wearing plaid skirts? Are you a man’s man who likes to watch guys throwing heavy objects around? Do you like the days of men wearing armor and carrying big swords and weapons? Have you ever pictured yourself as William Wallace, aka […]

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11 free events for Halloween in Sacramento

Fall is a beautiful time of year in northern California.  The air is cooler, the Fall colors are on display in northern California with Autumn leaves in Hope Valley and Markleeville, and people are getting into the Halloween spirit.  In Sacramento, it’s one of the busiest times of the year as there are a number […]


A Sacramento history lesson in Old Sacramento

History class.  Like most people in school, I spent time memorizing names, dates, and important historical events.  I didn’t hate history but it wasn’t my favorite subject.  I even took two college classes on US and European history when I was in high school and did well in both classes. So what better way to […]


The California State Capitol – a photo essay

The California State Capitol kicked off the Explore Sacramento! series last week.  There is a lot of history both in the capitol and on the grounds.  However, Capitol Park offers something for everyone. After detailing the monuments, history, flowers, and war memorials last week, this week focuses on the beauty of the State Capitol in […]


Explore Sacramento! California State Capitol – politics, history, gardens, and memorials

Explore Sacramento! is a series that seeks to discover and explore the sites, sounds, communities, and things to do in Sacramento and northern California. In Explore Sacramento! we will take a look at some of the more interesting and fun sites and activities in Sacramento and the surrounding communities.  What better way to kick off this […]


In remembrance on Memorial Day: the Sacramento Vietnam Veterans Memorial

A look at the Sacramento Vietnam Veterans Memorial for Memorial Day in honor of those who served and sacrificed. Memorial Day is a weekend filled with BBQ and vacations.  It’s the unofficial start to summer.  It’s a time for celebrations like the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee. However, today is a day to reflect and […]

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38th Annual Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee: a video introduction, overview, and history

This May marked my tenth year of living here in Sacramento.  For the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee, this Memorial Day weekend celebrates 38 years here in California’s capital city.  And while it’s one of the more celebrated Jazz Festivals in the country, our paths have never crossed – until this year. (Note:  The Sacramento […]