Archive for July, 2010

Take me Down, S[ac] Underground

Did you know Old Sac has an underground? Me neither! But it does!  And you can check it out on a tour by the Old Sacramento Historic Foundation:

[Tours will be given] on Thursdays and Fridays, tours depart every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on Saturdays and Sundays, tours depart every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (although no tours will be available at 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. due to special stage performances in Old Sacramento).

Tours of the underground last approximately one hour and cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-17). Tour check-in is located at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, in Old Sacramento. Underground visitors will need to be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces in areas that have low ceilings and in occasional small spaces.

I can hang with uneven surfaces (and really, in Old Sac, how many surfaces are even?) but small spaces under centuries old buidlings? Mayyybe.  But if you go, drop your photos into our woefully neglected Flickr pool and we’ll post them on our site.

State Fair Bovine Buzz Kill

Rampaging, Pregnant Cow Shot To Death At State Fair reads the KCRA3 headline.

Wow, seriously? There are so many ways to go with that headline, I don’t even know where to start.

But it kinda makes me want to avoid the fair.  Not out of cow-fear, but out of baby-cow mourning.

We’re totally gay and loving it!

Sacramento beat out cities like Austin, Portland, San Diego, and, would you believe, New York, coming in as the sixth gayest city in America.  The ranking over at the Daily Beast credits our central location (ah, the old “two hours from everywhere” credential!) and status as the state capital as attractive to gay couples looking to avoid the buzz of SF or LA.  Certainly Second Saturday’s epicenter at 20th and K helps keep the community vibrant and at the forefront of Sac social life.  So are you surprised we get such high marks?  We’re above even LA and DC.  Small towns can be more welcoming after all!

Thursday Nights At The Zoo

No, no, don’t adjust your news feeds and readers – this is, in fact, a new post at Metroblogging Sacramento.  Time to brush away the cobwebs and get on with things.  I’m back from an extended maternity leave and trying to, you know, like figure everything out.  If the posts from now on sometimes take on family-friendly theme . . . well, hopefully that’s cool with y’all.

And speaking of . . .  if you’ve ever wondered where all the families go on Thursday nights in July, I think we found them – at the Sacramento Zoo’s Twilight Thursdays.  (No, not that kind of Twilight.  This is strictly Team Giraffe v. Team Red Panda.)

The Thursday events cost no more than regular admission, but the Zoo is open until 8pm, rather than the usual 4pm. Each Thursday through the end of July has its own theme, car show, and dinner special.  Tomorrow is British Night with, of course, British cars, a Beatles tribute band, and a fish-n-chip special.  If the higher prices of Zoo food scare you, bring your own picnic and eat on the lawn by the band.  Don’t like noise? Enjoy a less-crowded, hopefully cool, evening stroll through the zoo – some animals are more animated in the evening hours too.  Last week we enjoyed some Giraffe World Cup soccer (yeah, they were playing with a ball), some red panda antics, and a great view of a chillin’ lioness.

For around $10 – free if you’re a member! – it’s a great way to burn those hours after work but before bedtime.  Even if you don’t have kids.

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