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Railroad Museum Debuts "Pick Me!" Fruit Crate Art Exhibit this Week!

Railroad Museum Debuts "Pick Me!" Fruit Crate Art Exhibit this Week!

The California State Railroad Museum will debut the third and final phase of fruit crate art as part of a a visually-powerful exhibit titled "Pick Me! A Bumper Crop from the Pacific Coast" that opens on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. After focusing exclusively on California crate labels for the first two years, the third phase of this popular exhibit includes selections from the entire U.S. Pacific Coast.  For example, colorful labels showcasing Washington cherries and Oregon apples join the ranks of California oranges and asparagus that serve to entertain and amaze visitors.

Chosen from the Museum's collection and on loan from private lenders, the evocative art portrays vibrant hues and whimsical motifs that romanticized life in the West.

Sacramento Museums Extend into Evenings With Special Events & Activities in May!

Sacramento Museums Extend into Evenings With Special Events & Activities in May!

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long.  In May, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are celebrating the season and warmer weather by extending into evening activities, a sampling of which follows:

Adults Only Underground Tours – Every Thursday Evening Thru Summer
The Sacramento Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to offer weekly “adults only” tours of the underground on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Entertaining and knowledgeable guides lead tour guests on walking tours that explore some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento’s underground history.

Lightning Boy is "King Bee"

Drytown Club, Amador County -- Lightning Boy Kory Gibbs belts out Slim Harpo's "King Bee " with his band Saturday, 4-20-13, at the Drytown Club. Baby Boomers know The Stones and Blues Brothers also adapted "King Bee" to their genre of blues.

If only John Belushi could hear Lightning Boy's riffs. Maybe The Stones will hear him on their upcoming tour, possibly dubbed "This May (Really) Be The Last Time." Tick-Tock, Mick.

Old Sac Underground Tour Guide Positions Now Open

Old Sac Underground Tour Guide Positions Now Open

Now in its fourth consecutive season, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is hiring a number of tour guides for its popular Old Sacramento Underground program.   In addition to the paid tour guide job openings, a number of summertime volunteer opportunities are available as well.

HOSF is looking to fill between three to five paid tour guide positions to staff the coveted Old Sacramento Underground tours, which are already underway and will continue through 2013.  The underground tour program takes visitors into the city’s underground and hollow sidewalk areas created when the streets were raised in the 1860s and 1870s due to devastating floods.  

Two Historic Parks Unite to Host Annual Artisan Shopping Weekend

Two Historic Parks Unite to Host Annual Artisan Shopping Weekend

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and the State Indian Museum are teaming up to host their annual spring time artisan shopping events on the same weekend -- April 20 & 21, 2013.  Sutter’s Fort SHP will host its popular “Traders’ Faire - California’s First Mall” while the State Indian Museum will present its annual spring time “Indian Arts & Crafts Market,” both open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  While the available wares are different at each location and true to their respective histories, both offer unique, hand-crafted items that make for treasured gifts and collectibles.  

Amid a fun and lively shopping atmosphere, Fort visitors can watch artisans create pioneer goods for sale such as clothing, housewares, toys, beads and knives. Guests will also have the opportunity to make their own crafts, haggle with traders, hammer square nails, and enjoy musket and cannon demonstrations.

“Inside the Vault Textile Tours: Hats & Headwear” Event Starts this Thursday!

“Inside the Vault Textile Tours: Hats & Headwear” Event Starts this Thursday!

For the first time on public display, the Center for Sacramento History will showcase nearly 75 historic hats and pieces of headwear dating from the 1860s to the 1970s as part of an upcoming “Inside the Vault Textile Tours: Hats and Headwear” four-day event scheduled for Thursday, April 18, through Sunday, April 21, 2013.  Led by expert guides who will provide information and interpretation, three public tours will be available each day.  Then on Sunday at 3 p.m., Dr. Susan Kaiser, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at U.C. Davis, will deliver a special presentation about the history of fashion as well as sign copies of her new book titled “Fashion and Cultural Studies.”  Dr. Kaiser is a recognized authority on culture, fashion, and textiles.  A special tour will follow the presentation.