Sutter’s Fort Trader’s Fair: California’s First Mall

The annual trader’s fair at Sutter’s Fort in Midtown is a treat for photographers. Lots of adults and kids in period costume, running around looking like they belong in the time capsule-like fort. It’s on the whole weekend and I visited first thing today armed with my ‘old school’ Olympus OM4Ti, an SLR without the ‘D’ in front of it. Unfortunately, I forgot one important thing about film – it tends to run out, a thing my 16GB micro-SD chip never will! Luckily I had my trusty iPhone and took a couple of snaps to whet your appetite – it’s fun and educational so take your kids too. While we’re talking snaps, I should mention that Action Camera (one of Sacramento’s few remainig camera shops [I do not include Pardees due to their apalling rudeness to me as a first time visitor five or six years ago]) is having it’s annual Swap Meet. Here’s the link Hope you like the snaps! The official info   The Annual Trader’s Fair brings the hustle and bustle of pioneer trading days back to life. Vendors selling pioneer goods, musket and cannon demonstrations, and artisans creating goods for sale will have the Fort full of activity for the entire family. During this three-day event, everyone will have opportunities to make their own crafts, haggle with traders, make dolls, hammer […]

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Historic Maydestone building opens after renovation

A 100-year-old building on the border of downtown and Midtown Sacramento officially reopened Wednesday after about a year of renovation work in what proponents said is an example of redevelopment at its best. More than 100 businesspeople, developers, city staff and government officials were present at the opening of the Maydestone building as Mayor Kevin Johnson cut a chain with bolt cutters in a twist on the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is something that we’re very proud of in Sacramento,” Johnson said. “(In 1912, the building) had people that lived upstairs who were architects, it had small businesses, there were waiters and waitresses – it was affordable. You fast-forward 100 years, and it’s doing the exact same thing.” Sacramento-based D&S Development, Inc., handled the $7 million affordable housing project that includes 32 apartments on four floors as well as a basement common room with recreational and relaxation facilities. Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director La Shelle Dozier said the Maydestone’s redevelopment helps Sacramento give off a positive image. “(Sacramento) shouldn’t be known for coming out of the Memorial Auditorium and seeing vacant and boarded buildings,” she said. “It should be known for projects like the Maydestone.” Dozier added that similar projects are under way at La Valentina, the Hotel Berry and the 700 block of K Street. Speaking as a board member for the […]

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Sutter’s Fort Trader’s Fair: California’s First Mall

The annual trader’s fair at Sutter’s Fort in Midtown is a treat for photographers. Lots of adults and kids in period costume, running around looking like they belong in the time capsule-like fort. It’s on the whole weekend and I visited first thing today armed with my ‘old school’ Olympus OM4Ti, an SLR without the ‘D’ in front of it. Unfortunately, I forgot one important thing about film – it tends to run out, a thing my 16GB micro-SD chip never will! Luckily I had my trusty iPhone and took a couple of snaps to whet your appetite – it’s fun and educational so take your kids too. While we’re talking snaps, I should mention that Action Camera (one of Sacramento’s few remainig camera shops [I do not include Pardees due to their apalling rudeness to me as a first time visitor five or six years ago]) is having it’s annual Swap Meet. Here’s the link Hope you like the snaps! The official info   The Annual Trader’s Fair brings the hustle and bustle of pioneer trading days back to life. Vendors selling pioneer goods, musket and cannon demonstrations, and artisans creating goods for sale will have the Fort full of activity for the entire family. During this three-day event, everyone will have opportunities to make their own crafts, haggle with traders, make dolls, hammer […]

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Historic Maydestone building opens after renovation

A 100-year-old building on the border of downtown and Midtown Sacramento officially reopened Wednesday after about a year of renovation work in what proponents said is an example of redevelopment at its best. More than 100 businesspeople, developers, city staff and government officials were present at the opening of the Maydestone building as Mayor Kevin Johnson cut a chain with bolt cutters in a twist on the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is something that we’re very proud of in Sacramento,” Johnson said. “(In 1912, the building) had people that lived upstairs who were architects, it had small businesses, there were waiters and waitresses – it was affordable. You fast-forward 100 years, and it’s doing the exact same thing.” Sacramento-based D&S Development, Inc., handled the $7 million affordable housing project that includes 32 apartments on four floors as well as a basement common room with recreational and relaxation facilities. Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director La Shelle Dozier said the Maydestone’s redevelopment helps Sacramento give off a positive image. “(Sacramento) shouldn’t be known for coming out of the Memorial Auditorium and seeing vacant and boarded buildings,” she said. “It should be known for projects like the Maydestone.” Dozier added that similar projects are under way at La Valentina, the Hotel Berry and the 700 block of K Street. Speaking as a board member for the […]

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