Hollister, California is a real town that has been around since the 1870s. Unlike the fictional town created by a corporate clothing company, Hollister is no where near a beach. The town is about 45 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Seagulls occasionally make their way over the mountains. Hopefully, they are able to find their way back.
Book Sale, Friends of the Library, behind the San Benito County Free Library, Fifth and West Streets, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $3 per bag.
Sundays: Flea Market, Betabel Station and Outdoor Market, 9644 Betabel Road, San Juan Bautista, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, check the market's Facebook page.
ONGOING EVENTS December 3: Open Mic Night, Blak Sage Gallery, 727 San Benito Street.
December 10: Pedro Card Party, San Juan Bautista. Sponsored by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, it will be held at 203 Fourth Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners are welcome.
December 11: Gallery Walk, San Juan Bautista, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ceramic Sale, Gavilan College Student Center, Gilroy, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Annual Winter Magic Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon, hosted by the Hazel Hawkins Hospital's Auxiliary, at the Veterans Memorial Building on San Benito and Seventh Streets, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Library Summit, San Benito County Free Library, Fifth and West Streets, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Reception for the Sock Monkeys in the Wild Exhibit, by Shannon Grissom, Blak Sage Gallery, 727 San Benito Street, at 5:30 p.m.
Veterans Holiday Dinner, Veterans Memorial Building on San Benito and Seventh Streets, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to all veterans, with proof of status. There is a small charge for guests. Only 200 tickets are available. RSVP to VFW Post 9242.
December 10 to December 12: Mulan, Gavilan College Theater, Gilroy, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.
1st Annual Winter Wonderland, hosted by the Gabilan Hills Parents Club, Gabilan Hills School, 921 Santa Ana Road, Hollister, from 1 to 5 p.m.
A Victorian Christmas, hosted by the San Benito Historical Society, at the Wapple House Museum, Fifth and West Streets, from 2 to 5 p.m. Free. An historic walking tour starts at 1 p.m. The tour cost is $5 per person and $8 per family. RSVP for tour by calling 524-2292. The Victorian costume contest is at 3:30 p.m.
December 13: Research Room Open, Wapple House Museum, Fifth and West Streets, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It rained almost all day yesterday. Would it stop before the parade started?
It sure did stop!
It was a clear, but cold, night full of spirit and joy. Lots of people came out to watch the annual holiday parade. We ooh'd and ah'd, and waved and cheered as young dancers, baton twirlers, Cub Scouts, martial artists, derby gals, school kids, business folks, bands, and others marched or road floats through downtown Hollister.
It was such fun!
For more photos, head over to Take 25's Facebook page by clicking here.
Can you name one movie, besides Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, that was filmed in San Benito County?
How about La Bamba?
La Bamba is the movie about Ritchie Valens (aka Richard Valenzuela), an up-and-coming teenage rock and roller in the mid 1950s. One of his hits was a rocking version of the Mexican folk song called "La Bamba". The movie of the short-lived singer was written and directed by Luis Valdez, the founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesiño in San Juan Bautista. Released in 1987, some of the scenes were filmed in San Benito County. Below is the trailer, after which you might want to check out these links:
It's the 20th annual Lights On Celebration tomorrow, November 27, in downtown Hollister. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Hopefully, the rain that is expected tomorrow will not be falling during the festivities.
In 1981, John Steinbeck's East of Eden was turned into a TV mini-series. It starred Jane Seymour, Timothy Bottoms, Sam Bottoms, and Karen Allen. Some of the scenes were filmed in and around Hollister, including Dr. Currie's house on the corner of Monterey and South Streets. Does anyone know if the movie guys filmed inside the house, too?
The mini-series followed the full story line of the novel, while the 1955 movie with James Dean focused on only part of the story. Both films are worth seeing. Here's a trailer for the mini-series.
Want to talk about heavy metal bands? Okay, how about that Pacific Brass Band which performed yesterday afternoon in Hollister?
There was quite a lot of heavy metal in the form of cornets, trombones, flugelhorns, tenor horns, euphoniums, tubas, and percussion. And, their sound was so sweet! The band's rendition of Amazing Grace was just mind blowing. The man sitting behind me thought he was listening to bagpipes.
The Pacific Brass Band is composed of about 33 musicians from San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey counties. They perform around the area throughout the year. They usually play in Hollister around this time every year. It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
For more information about the Pacific Brass Band, click here to visit its Web site.
The spire peeking above the fence is that of Sacred Heart Church on Fifth Street. I took this back in May as the husband and I cut through a back alley to Sixth Street to watch the Portuguese Festival Parade.
This building stands near the corner of the McCray Street and Gibbs Drive. The sign says it is the Bulldog Boxing Gym. According to an article in the Hollister Free Lance, the Bulldog Boxing Club has been around since the early 1990s.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me for as long as you've been coming by. It's been fun for me. Hope it has been for you, too.
No, no, this is not a good-bye. Just a note to let you know that because my work schedule is changing (for the better), I will eventually have less time for blogging.
So that means no more Tuesday in Hollister. Yes, I know how much some of you look forward to the feature. But, maybe later, I'll bring it back.
For a long time, I've been thinking about doing a daily photo post, or one every other day. . .or two.
Hmmm, looks like I have a plan a brewing. Now, I make no promises as to how often or when I post. I suggest you subscribe to my feed, if you haven't already. Otherwise, come by when you feel like it. Okey-dokey.
Let's say you have a question about local history, such as: What was life in Hollister like in 1937 when your grandparents were kids? What businesses operated on San Benito Street 50 years ago? or Who founded the town of Hollister?
How and where do you begin researching your question?
Probably the best source in town for Hollister and San Benito County history is the research room at the San Benito County Historical Museum (also known as the Wapple House Museum) on Fifth Street, next to the county library. How many guessed that was where the brown door lead to in this week's Tuesday in Hollister?
Take it from me, the research room holds a gold mine of facts and figures about local people, places, events, and other matters. The last time I was there, I learned that:
Jacob Watson was the first American to settle in Hollister in 1854
in 1880, the population in Hollister was 1,181 and in 1960, it was 15,396
in 1916-17, the principal county roads from Hollister were the Balsa (that's how it was spelled), Bird Creek Road, Fairview Road, San Juan Road, Santa Ana Road, and Tres Pinos Road.
Both the research room and museum are under the direction of the San Benito County Historical Society. The research room holds a a collection of business directories, family histories, assessment rolls, property records, incarceration information, educational registrations, school year books, and local history books, among other resources. It also carries copies of the Hollister Free Lance and Hollister Advance from years past.
The research room is open to the public once a month—every second Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a small fee, you can make an appointment to use the facility on another day. For more details, visit the historical society Web site and click on the "Research" tab.
If you want to learn about the history of Hollister or San Benito County, one of the doors you may want to enter is that brown one in the photo. Do you know where that building is? Do you know who holds the key to that door?
The photo to your right is your hint. This house belonged to Dr. George Wapple, one of the local pharmacists in the olden days. It was built in 1909. Until the 1990s, it was the residence of the Wapple family. The home now houses local history.
Be sure to come back on Thursday for the answers and a look at what's behind that brown door.