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Get ready to lace up the blades, Folsom outdoor ice skating rink returns

By: Laura Newell, Features Editor
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Ice skaters can tie up their laces and slide onto the ice in Folsom this holiday season as the Folsom Historic District Ice Rink returns to Sutter Street.

The rink’s grand opening celebration will be Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 10 a.m.

This day is also the Historic Folsom Holiday Open House where merchants will open their doors and feature holiday specials, gift ideas and tastings, said Stephanie Rodgers, Folsom Historic District director.

The ice rink will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day including all holidays, through Jan. 21, 2013.

This is the third year Folsom has housed the ice rink for the season. The rink was not in Folsom last year however, due to the construction in the plaza, Rodgers said.

This year will have a different feel as the rink will be circled around the railroad turntable.

“We not only wanted to showcase the beautiful railroad turntable but we also wanted to provide a unique ice skating experience that you can only get in Folsom,” Rodgers said. “How many people can say they ice skated around a historic railroad turntable?”

Rodgers said since the ice rink will be around the railroad turntable it made sense to team up with the Folsom, El Dorado and Sacramento Railroad Association and have it benefit them as well.

“Part of the proceeds will help refurbish the Railroad Museum Car so they can bring it home to the Historic District for visitors and our community to enjoy for many years to come,” Rodgers said.

The Folsom Historic District merchants are also happy to see the rink return.

“I am incredibly excited about the ice rink because it has the potential to bring in 25,000 skaters this season and along with skaters there are parents, family and friends who will use our restaurants and stores for shopping,” said Bobbi Eddy, owner of Not too Shabby in the Folsom Historic District.

Not too Shabby, which has been on Riley Street for seven years, recently moved to 729 Sutter St. in Folsom.

“I think it is very interesting and unique that it will be around the turntable this year,” Eddy said. “It really makes our rink a destination.”

Rodgers said she hopes the rink will allow people to have a fun experience while getting ready for the holiday season with skating, gift shopping and perhaps relaxing with a hot chocolate along the street.

“This district is beaming with charm and although we’ve had many visitors after the revitalization, we still have many more who haven’t seen how beautiful this district has matured,” Rodgers said. “More importantly, the ice rink brings our community together and this is the driving force behind all of the Folsom Historic District Association events. It’s a fun experience for families and friends to gather to enjoy the holiday season, a birthday party or ice skate just for the fun of it.”

For more information, visit historicfolsom.org.