Sacramento, the Nickname City
PHC staffer Kate Swee is on the Radio Romance Tour with Garrison, Fred Newman, Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins, and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and will update us periodically from the road.
Sacramento — what might as well be called the "Nickname City," officially known as "The River City," "City of Trees," "Sac-Town," "Sacto," and even "Sacra-Tomato." We arrived on a bright and sunny day, though we weren't expecting much else during our time in Northern California. Although it can be as hot as 114 degrees there for weeks at a time, we were blessed with a day in the mid-90s (which to us, was still a little bit on the sunny side of life).
After arriving at our venue in the heart of Downtown — the Community Center Theatre — I decided to take a walk through the oasis just behind us: Capitol Park. It was easy to find shade underneath the many maples, elms, sycamores, palms, redwoods, and firs on the park's expansive grounds, and it was clear that the city was living up to one of its many nicknames; the city is second only to Paris, France in number of trees per capita in the world!
In the middle of the park, I stumbled across the Vietnam War Memorial Monument, dedicated to the memory of those Californians who died, or still remain missing, in the Vietnam War. A small plaque read "All Gave Some — Some Gave All," and black marble panels were etched with the names of those to whom the Monument was dedicated. The life-size sculptures in the circular structure were overwhelmingly realistic, including faces etched with such incredible senses of hopelessness, I couldn't help but tear up as I passed through to the adjacent breath of fresh air — the World Peace Rose Gardens. Featuring more than 650 roses of over 153 varieties, colors, and fragrances, it was fun to walk through the colorful garden, coming across roses with names like "Mellow Yellow," "Fragrant Cloud," "Easy Does It" and "Knockout." (For a moment, it was as if I was looking at the lineup for the Kentucky Derby!)
After a bit more strolling, some sweating, and a sinfully delicious cheeseburger on R Street, it was time to meet our troupe of players back at the theater, all of us ready for a great night of Radio Romance. After our audacious performers had taken their last bow, we left Sacramento with a sense of peace and understanding, but looking forward to the short drive to our home for the next two days: Saratoga!