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Garbeau’s could face final curtain

By: Don Chaddock
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CURTAIN COULD CLOSE ON GARBEAU’S – Mark Ferreira, CEO of Garbeau’s Dinner Theater in Rancho Cordova, may be forced to close his doors due to the economic climate. “Before the recession, we had nine months of continually record-breaking revenue,” Ferreira wrote in an e-mail message to the Telegraph. “On a personal note, it has been emotionally draining to see that success reversed by external factors (gas price spike and recession) over which we have no control.” But, he’s not giving up just yet. Locals are trying to save the 27-year-old landmark located in the Nimbus Winery building on Folsom Boulevard. Ferreira has launched a capital-raising campaign, asking supporters to purchase season tickets (which he says will be honored at other regional theaters if he is unsuccessful). “For months we have been trying to negotiate a temporarily reduced rent considering the economy, but our landlord refuses,” said Andrea Castel, co-owner. Some supporters are writing letters of encouragement and urging the community to save the theater. Jim Pelley, VP of Folsom Lake Bank and Chairman of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce wrote, “Garbeau’s is a beloved part of this community and we have to do what we can to keep them in business.” If they can’t raise a stack of cash, the theater could shutter as early as March. For more information, visit garbeaus.com or call Garbeau’s box office at 985-6361. ... * * * ARTISTIC LICENSE – The Folsom Lake Community Concert Association wants music lovers to know that their organization is alive and well, despite the economy and the city’s elimination of the art grant program. Three of their board members recently stopped by the Telegraph office for a chat to get me up to speed on their musical offerings. Association President Sandra Simmons Burvant was very clear about the current economic climate and their status. “We’re not closing,” she said. “We just want people to know that. We’re pretty solid and have a good subscription base.” Good is an understatement. The group has gone from a few hundred subscribers to more than 500. “We’ve advertised this as the best kept secret in town,” said Steve Mykytyn. “It’s a passion for us,” said Doreen (who happens to be Steve’s better half). Upcoming concerts will be Daniel Narducci on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at Oak Hills Church followed by Dale Gonyea (a Grammy nominee and Emmy winner) on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. Season subscriptions are $60 (for five concerts). For more info on the group, visit www.flcca.org or give them a call at 934-0869. … Coincidentally, I also met with two of the good folks behind the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra last Thursday. While disappointed with the city’s decision to cut their art grant funding program, Carol Hoge and Bruce Woodbury are optimistic. The orchestra originally planned to hold a Valentine’s Day fundraiser and concert, but have since scaled back the event to just the performance. “We thought it was the responsible thing to do with the economy,” Woodbury said. “It’s going to be low key. This will be a pops concert. I’m looking forward to it.” With it being scaled back, the admission price is also less. The concert will be held at the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $17 to $35. “The Valentine’s concert was a late addition (to their performance schedule),” Hoge said. “It’s a time when people need music.” To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.folsomsymphony.com. We will also have a full story about the concert on our Web site. ... * * * BRIDGING THE GAP – The question buzzing around town is whether or not the city will open the side streets around the Historic District when the new bridge opens on March 28. Speaking to a gathering of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Steve Miklos had one answer: “Maybe.” Miklos said the city will monitor traffic patterns after the bridge opens and will make decisions based on those patterns. Folsom Lake Crossing crosses the American River just below Folsom Dam. … * * * RUMOR MILL – Folsom City Councilwoman Kerri Howell addressed a rumor floating around town that the city council members get lifetime medical benefits. “That’s untrue,” Howell said during the council meeting last week. “We changed that six years ago. Don Chaddock may be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.