posted Oct 10, 2011, 9:03 AM by Laverne Buckman
Dancers enjoy the celebration at the Spanish Days event in 2007
|The Friends of the Adobes are hosting "Spanish Days at the Old Adobe" event this Sunday, October 4th from 11 am to 3 pm at the historic Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel. The FREE event will celebrate with food for sale by the San Miguel Seniors, wine furnished by River Star Vineyards, music by Grant Chase and friends, a dance demonstration by Ballet Folklorico "Chachanilla", artisans working and displaying their talents of vintage crafts, and a photo exhibit of "Early California Native" loaned by Black Gold, a San Luis Obispo County Library affiliate.
The old Adobe is located on historic land, now a County
park, just south of Mission San Miguel, on your right as you exit Hwy
101 heading North to San Miguel. The Adobe was built in 1835 and is now a
museum with a gift shop, Historical Landmark.#936. For more information
contact Joyce Herman at 805-440-7173.
Mission San Miguel Celebrates!
Fiesta photos courtesy of Mike Sanders
|Mission San Miguel celebrated its 212th birthday with their annual Fiesta on September 20th. The celebration included a special outdoor Mass given by Father Tintle, a BBQ lunch, games, raffle, live music and folklorico dancing.
The Mission's sanctuary has been closed for nearly six
years since the San Simeon Earthquake in December 2003. Mission San
Miguel has been working to raise the necessary funds to retrofit and
renovate the buildings that suffered extensive damage including large
cracks in the thick adobe walls.
The Mission celebrated the reopening of the church's main sanctuary
with a special dedication service attended by clergy from across the
state on September 29th, for the Feast of St. Michael. The retrofitting
portion of the repair work is finished. Another $3 to $5 million is
needed to finish the full renovation project.
Mission San Miguel is known for its historic murals that grace its ceiling and walls. John Fowler,
project manager, stated that the ceiling murals have been restored so
that the church can be used but tourists and parishioners will find
Click here to see a great video by Fox 11 News with a brief interview with San Miguel Resident, Sandra Cade, on the reopening of the Mission (note there is a brief commercial before the video begins).
Elkhorn Hosts Mission Restoration Workers
R to L: Gary Brown- owner Elkhorn Bar, Father Larry Gosselin of San
Miguel Mission. Front L to R: Wendy Hinds- owner Elkhorn Bar, Patrick
Taylor- Foreman for the Mission. Photos courtesy of Manuel Zuniga.
The Elkhorn Bar
in San Miguel hosted dinner for some of the many people who have been
repairing Mission San Miguel. A party of about 30 was served a feast
of tender home made ribs, lemon baked chicken, and all the fixings!
Games of pool, much talk and laughter filled the bar for the night.
We really enjoyed sharing our time with them. The majority of the
workers speak Spanish, so Father Larry Gosselin of the Mission
gave a small speech giving his blessings and thanking everyone for
their dedication to such a delicate endeavor. According to foreman Patrick Taylor, they worked and moved every tile and Santo with “con cariño” which means with “much love”.
Photo of Father Larry and Gary Brown giving a thank you speech to the Mission restoration workers.
history is close to our hearts we thought that we needed to express
how much we appreciate their efforts in preserving our history; not
only the history of the Church, but of our community, state and
country. There were some tender moments as this was the first time
most of them had been recognized for their assistance by the local
community. Most of these people have been working away from home and
family for 6 months, some up to four years.
The Elkhorn has been open since 1853, the mission is
only a few (50 or so) years older so it was only right for us to be
part of honoring them, even if was only a meal and a hug or two! We'd
also like to give a special thank you to Patrick Taylor who helped
coordinate and plan the dinner with us. -story submitted by Wendy Hinds
Patriot Day at PRHS
Photos from Patriot Day at Paso Robles High School courtesy of Anthony Kalvans and Paso Robles Press
The first ever Patriot Day was held at Paso Robles High School
on Sept. 11th to honor and remember both those who lost their lives and
those who served our country during the tragic events of 9-11. Anthony Kalvans of San Miguel, and a Junior at PRHS, organized the special ceremony held during lunch hour. Paso Robles Firefighters
hoisted a large United States flag overhead from their department's
largest fire truck as students staked 2,977 miniature American flags
into the football field. Each flag represented a life lost.
Speeches were delivered by Lt. Col. Kevin Bohn from Camp San Luis Obispo and First District Supervisor Frank Mecham.
Bohn served in Iraqi Freedom on the front line and was in charge of
logistics for more than 150,000 coalition forces to hunt down those who
instigated the Sept. 11 attacks. Bohn encourage those attending, "we
should not forget about, not only the people who paid the ultimate
sacrifice on that day eight years ago but the countless number of
solders, men and women, who paid the ultimate sacrifice proving that
freedom does not come free."
Mecham concluded his speech with a quote from Eleanor
Roosevelt, "True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of
individuals, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all
people on earth." Mecham exhorted those attending to, "Never, never
Anthony is very active in the community as a San Miguel Lion.
California Admissions Day
Native Daughters of the Golden West celebrate California Admissions Day
|The Native Daughters of the Golden West
honored pioneer women on California Admissions Day during their
September meeting. Members dressed the part and read short excerpts of
the hardships faced by women settling the wild western territory of
California. Stories of women who braved crossing Death Valley with
small children in tow, to those who came by ships via the Cape Horn. The
readings were both educational and entertaining.
Pioneer women represented were:
Lotta Crabtree by Jean Hoffmann, Juliet Brier by Jani
Meyers, Anne Booth by Ellen Schroeder, Eliza Farnham by Lillie
Merritt, Mary Jane Caples by Kathy Shuder, Nancy Kelsey by Janice
Smith, Dorothy Scraggs by Melissa Tyson, Christina Jacks by Barbara
Rowland, Sarah Royce by Doris Shaffer, and Luzena Wilson by Dorothy
Gillett. To read about these courageous pioneers online go to Women of Gold.
|The Native Daughters are gearing up to host the annual Pioneer Tea on Sunday, October 4th.
Funds for their programs and the statewide Grand Parlor 2011 are being
raised through the raffle of a framed giclée painting called,
"Parenting" by D. Nicholson Miller, valued at $300.
*Click here to enter the raffle for a $10 donation. Hurry as the drawing will be held October 4th!