Scheduled events while in Sacramento and recommendations on attire
Sacramento, Spanish for “Holy Sacrament”, became California’s state capital in 1854. The capitol building and its grounds cover 37 acres (15 ha) and was formally used for the first time by the legislature in 1869. In 1943, Joseph A. Beek, Secretary of the California State Senate, and colleagues organized and created the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries. Mr. Beek would be president of ASLCS for the next 25 years. What better way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of ASLCS than to attend its Professional Development seminar in Sacramento, California. http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov
Several venues at historic state parks have been planned for your enjoyment:
The welcoming reception at Sutter’s Fort is where you can explore and experience a bit of the pioneer life. Captain John Sutter built the fort with the help of James Marshall, the millwright who discovered a gold nugget in 1848, opening the door to the California Gold Rush. You can learn about the history and see the many artifacts on display. For more information http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=485
An evening reception at the California State Railroad Museum promises to be a step back in time when railroads were king. Sacramento became a hub for California’s first railroad in 1856. Sacramento farmers were able to ship their goods to the east with the advent of the Central Pacific Railroad. The “iron horse” reduced the trip from coast to coast to days versus months. Learn about the transcontinental railroad and how it impacted growth in the west. You can look at old steam and electric locomotives as well as passenger and freight cars. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=668
An “open house” and lunch at the Stanford Mansion will surely capture the elegance and grandeur of the time. Currently, the mansion serves as California’s “official reception center” and was home to Leland and Jane Stanford. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=489
OLD SUGAR MILL:
What do wine and sugar have in common? The answer is a mere 20 minutes away from Sacramento in Clarksburg, Yolo County at the Old Sugar Mill. Originally operated as a sugar mill until 2000, the mill was converted to a wine tasting and wine crush facility that has grown to be a great place to hold special events. The host dinner at the mill will exceed your expectations and afford an opportunity to taste the fruits of several vintners’ labor. http://www.oldsugarmill.com
The “River City” sits at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers and is the sixth largest city in California with a population of approximately 473,000. It occupies an area of 101 square miles in the center of the Sacramento Valley, 72 miles northeast of San Francisco. Protected by the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, the California Coast ranges to the west, and the Siskiyou Mountains to the north, the city enjoys a mild climate for most of the year. The average temperature in October ranges from a high of 83 to a low of about 50 degrees.
While visiting Sacramento, you will have a plethora of choices for dining and shopping in downtown and midtown. During your travels you must see Old Town Sacramento, located along the Sacramento River and home to the Delta King Riverboat. Once you are finished with Old Town, the art buffs can visit the renowned Crocker Art Museum, home to the Crocker family collection. http://www.discovergold.org
Between what’s planned, and the treasures you are sure to discover on your own, you’ll enjoy visiting with your friends and touring the city.