The newly constructed "House of Prayer" Evangelical Baptist Church is the place of worship for many of the Slavic community in West Sacramento. "The Sacramento River flows past the township of Bryte where many of the early Russians who came to California's capitol city settled almost 100 years ago . "It has been said that the majority of these early residents recall they were drawn to this area because the river looked like the Russian Volga."Photo by Barbara.
Russian refuge: religion, migration, and settlement on the North American ...By Susan Wiley Hardwick - In 1987, when victims of religious persecution were finally allowed to leave Russia, a flood of immigrants landed on the Pacific shores of North America. By the end of 1992 over 200,000 Jews and Christians had left their homeland to resettle in a land where they had only recently been considered "the enemy." Russian Refuge is a comprehensive account of the Russian immigrant experience in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and British Columbia since the first settlements over two hundred years ago. Susan Hardwick focuses on six little-studied Christian groups--Baptists, Pentecostals, Molokans, Doukhobors, Old Believers, and Orthodox believers--to study the role of religion in their decisions to emigrate and in their adjustment to American culture. Hardwick deftly combines ethnography and cultural geography, presenting narratives and other data collected in over 260 personal interviews with recent immigrants and their family members still in Russia. The result is an illuminating blend of geographic analysis with vivid portrayals of the individual experience of persecution, migration, and adjustment. Russian Refuge will interest cultural geographers, historians, demographers, immigration specialists, and anyone concerned with this virtually untold chapter in the story of North American ethnic diversity.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
There are many fans of Cajun Zydeco music in the Sacramento area and one of their favorites is the bay area's Andrew Carrier and his Zydeco Cajun Allstars who played at the West Sacramento Moose Lodge last night. Andrew originally from Lawtell, Louisiana, comes from a long family tradition of music. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe Carriere". Photo by Barbara.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Dave's Pumpkin Patch, featuring Sacramento's largest corn maze is now open. Dave says to" Bring your Flashlight or Buy one at the "Patch" and go through the Corn Maze Friday and Saturday Nights for a Spooktacular Time!!" Photo by Barbara
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This red Harley touring bike is sweet...My guess is the owner is about to retire or has just retired and this is diversion therapy--this deduction was briefly researched by my watching the movie "Wild Hogs". That was the first movie in about 5 years that The Tomcat was willing to stand in line at the box office to buy tickets... Photo by Barbara.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This photo was shot from the Pioneer Bridge overlooking the riverfront area to be redeveloped in West Sacramento. The building in the left of center is the old Rice Grower's Association which is on the list of Historic Sites and Buildings in West Sacramento.
Notice the Tower Bridge elevated in the background. It will be closed Sept. 17 through Nov. 20 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic while they work on widening the pedestrian walkways on both sides. Since the River Cats came to town there is lots of foot traffic crossing the bridge.
The view to the south shows the notorious "Tank Farm's" on the riverfront . The City of West Sacramento envisions the 200-acre "Pioneer Bluffs" area becoming a mixed-use community and removing the tanks is key to that. It has been proposed that these tanks be relocated to the Port of Sacramento.
Photo by Barbara Smith
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This porcine creation (by Joan Smith) highlighted the theme of Kurt and Bret's 40th birthday party last night.. Foods representing the other white meat included carnitas, baconettes, pork and beans, pigs in a blanket, honey baked ham and pork rinds.. It was a great party. Photo by Barbara Smith
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The ride down this slide proves to be a "Hair Raising" experience for Jack. Static electricity is formed when the air is dry or the humidity is low. Photo by Debbie Norton Johnson.
According to historical accounts, Ben Franklin proved that lightning was static electricity by flying a kite in a storm and detecting static electricity by seeing the hairs on the kite string stand on end and creating a spark with a metal key. This dangerous experiment showed that static electricity was being formed in the clouds by the rain.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
When we were kids we had a baby turtle in a bowl with a little palm tree in it; he was probably a prize from a fair or carnival of some kind. We also had pet chameleons on a chain and wore them on our shoulder to school. I guess PETA was not around then. Photo by Barbara Smith
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
This stained-glass window is located at the Arthur F. Turner library. It was installed when the library opened in the 70's and was designed by local artist Betty Sokolich, who also did the stained glass at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Betty is currently showing watercolors in the library conference room, as well. Photo by Christy.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Fall is in the air- The days are shorter, shadows are longer and pumpkins grow on the vine. Photo by Barbara Smith
"There's an old saying: To be a successful gardener, grow pumpkins. Hail to pumpkins -- nurturing body and arousing spirit."
Sunday, September 16, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
For over 75 years the VFW Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars for veterans' welfare and well being of their dependents.
The West Sacramento VFW Hall on Drever Street has been in operation for over 50 years and Tom's mom and dad were charter members who helped in the construction of the original building. Over the years, our family and friends have attended numerous wedding receptions, funeral gatherings , community events, fund raisers and class reunions in this great old hall.
The Bryte Memorial VFW is located on Lisbon Street.
July 1, 2008 Note: The West Sacramento VFW's roof sign has now been removed due to the new sign ordinance in West Sacramento.
Monday, September 10, 2007
These two story homes in the old "Broderick" neighborhood (named after State Senator David. C. Broderick) were built to withstand a flood every year up to the front porch. In those days the residents used a row boat for transportation out of the flooded areas. Photo by Barbara Smith
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Backyard gardens full of luscious red tomatoes are a tradition in West Sacramento; however, towards the end of summer, when the plants are looking weary and all our friends, families and neighbors are sick of the bags of tomatoes left on their front porches, it's time to replace the vines with the winter crops of radishes and carrots..." Photo by Christy.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007
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Sunday, September 2, 2007
The Pheasant Club . "The original building was built in 1912. It was owned and used by the University at Davis as an agronomy Laboratory to test the ground for farming. Originally named the Hideaway Cafe, the Club Pheasant has been operating for more than 70 years" and is on the list of Historical Sites and Buildings in West Sacramento. Photo by Barbara Smith
Saturday, September 1, 2007
These pelicans seem to love the West-Sac water. When I was a kid-the water in West Sacramento was notorious...stinky and foul tasting..much improved since we became a city...Above Photo by Barbara Smith, Below by A. Moresco.