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Thursday Night Market in old Folsom

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The reconstruction process on Sutter Street has curtailed entertainment and local vendor activity during Folsom’s Thursday Night Marketplace. Cooler weather on Thursday still did not bring out the crowds as in previous weeks. Next week will be the last Thursday Night Marketplace for the year and it will be the last opportunity for both entertainers and vendors to grab the attention of the smaller crowds.

The Claddagh Irish Dancers, made up of young girls and women, entertained the audience for about ½ hour. Once they started their dance you could see the amount of time they put into practicing their craft. They all moved in unison and stood by motionless as certain members took the spotlight. Their intricate patterned dresses, their hairdos and footgear were meticulously coordinated to perform these dances. The dancers seemed to be enjoying the dances and enjoyed entertaining the audience. The audience in turn enjoyed every dance the Claddagh Irish Dancers performed. They perform at various events and you can read about their dances, dress and history by visiting their website.

The headline band for the evening was Into the Open. These five young (almost everybody seems young now-a-days) men performed various original songs. Although they’re young they seem to be well trained in the instruments they play. Band members include Sheridan (vocals, guitar), Dane (guitar), Keith (bass) and Derek (drums and percussion). They have a hard edge to their sound and being such young players they will definitely grow in the next couple of years. The group hails from Folsom and they’re one of the few rock bands to come out of our town. It’s great to see Sacramento bands and even better to see bands from our side of Sacramento County. You can follow this band by going to their myspace page.

Hopefully, next week’s event, which happens to be the last week of Thursday Night Marketplace of the year, will attract a bigger audience. I hope Folsom residents come out and support the hometown entertainers and businesses. One more week to go before Thursday Night Marketplace closes for the year, please come and enjoy the musical sounds of our area and other local talented performers. Help keep our business and tax dollars in our community. Hope to see y’all next week.


1 to 6 – Claddagh Irish Dancers

7 and 8 – Classic car and classic car stickshift top

9 to 13 – Into the Open

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