Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tomorrow, August 25, 2016, is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. Happy Anniversary, NPS!
To celebrate its centennial, NPS is offering free admission to its parks for four days, from August 25 to August 28. That includes our own Pinnacles National Park. Whooo-hooo! Enjoy!
Friday, August 19, 2016
I spy with my little eye so many possibilities of things to do in San Benito County.
Just today, the Husband and I headed over to San Benito Bene in Hollister to purchase our tickets for the Gourmet Roasted Chicken Dinner Take-Out Fundraiser on August 23, 2016, for the San Benito Olive Festival. Yummmm. We also bought our tickets for the Downtown Beer & Bacon Crawl on September 17, 2016. I saw on the tickets that the LTD Sedan & Limo Service is offering free rides that day. Trés cool!
What else? Well, how about. . .
- hiking the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
- wandering around the Pinnacles National Park
- exploring the various San Benito County wineries
- discovering the history of San Juan Bautista
- entering flower arrangements, crafts, baked goods, photos, and a whole bunch of other things at the San Benito County Fair
- hanging out at the Hollister Farmers Market
- playing golf at the Pinnacle Hills Golf Course, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, or San Juan Oaks
- jumping out of a plane with Skydive Hollister above Tres Pinos
- driving the back roads and stopping here and there to take photos of the gorgeous scenery
Friday, July 1, 2016
I spy with my little eye the first biker to rumble down San Benito Street when the gates to the 2016 Hollister Independence Rally officially opened this morning. This annual biker rally is a three-day event, ending on Sunday, July 3.
Thousands of bikers are expected to descend onto our small city, which some bikers describe as the Birthplace of the American Biker. If you want to know how our town got that designation, click here.
Admission to the rally is free. There shall be lots of food and drink, activities, and three stages for bands and other live entertainment. For details, head over to the Hollister Independence Rally web site.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Hollister has its own certified farmers' market. Yes, indeed. The 2016 season opened last Wednesday. Did you make it?
Every Wednesday, until September 28, 2016, the Downtown Hollister Farmers' Market will be from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. on San Benito Street. The main street will be closed between Fourth and Seventh Streets from noon to 8:30 p.m.
The market's layout is different this year. You'll find the produce booths in the middle part of the market. The food booths are on the south end, near the Veterans Memorial Building. There are tables at both the south and north end of the market for you to sit and eat, rest, and/or people watch.
I saw a variety of new food vendors last Wednesday, selling such items as Puerto Rican sandwiches, Hawaiian shaved ice, artisan tamales, hot dogs, and fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Yummmm. To see photos of some of the food booths, check out the "Food Court at the Hollister Farmers' Market" album at Facebook. You don't need to register or sign in at the site to view it.
See you at the farmers' market!
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Anyone noticed the trucks full of carnival rides parked on San Benito Street next to the high school earlier this week?
Yup. It's time for the annual May carnival that San Benito High School has been hosting for the last several decades. It'll be in the football parking lot, starting tomorrow evening, May 6, 5 p.m., and running until Sunday, May 8, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Let's take a look back at some of the events that took place in Hollister this year.
|Late February/Early March: Rain! So good, so wonderful.|
|March 2015: The statue of Eric Tognazzini was installed.|
|Spring: Utility box art project began|
|May–September: Farmers Market in Downtown Hollister|
|May: Portuguese Festival Parade|
|June: Hollister Airshow|
|June: San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo|
|July: Vietnam Veterans Memorial visits Hollister.|
|Fourth of July Kiddie Parade|
|July: Hollister Freedom Rally|
|July: Hollister Street Fair & Car Show|
|Summer: Fremont Memorial Tunnel|
|Last Weekend in July: Relay for Life|
|August–October: Music in the Park concerts|
|September: Mexican Independence Day Parade|
|October: San Benito County Fair|
|October: San Benito Olive Festival|
|November: Veterans Day Parade|
|Last Weekend in November: Lights On Celebration|
|December: Regular rain clouds! So good, so wonderful.|
Friday, December 4, 2015
Lots of fun stuff going on tomorrow, Saturday, December 5, 2015, in San Benito County. These are some of them. Which ones will you check out?
Boutiques and Open Houses
Spring Grove Santa's Holiday Breakfast and Boutique
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This event takes place at Spring Grove Elementary School, 500 Spring Grove Road, off Fairview Road. The all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast is $6.50. Santa Class will be there for photos. About 40 vendors will be selling crafts, goods, and other wares. For more details, check out the event's Facebook page.
B & R Farms Annual Holiday Sale and Christmas Open House
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
B & R Farms is located at 5280 Fairview Road (west side), between Fallon and Lone Tree Roads. They will offer free samples and refreshments as you shop. For more information, visit the events page on their website.
Bertuccio's Market Holiday Open House
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Bertuccio's is located at 2014 Airline Highway (west side) just before Union Road. They will offer food tastings, hourly giveaway, and raffle prizes as you shop.
For more information, check out its Facebook page.
Holiday Stroll Through Time Open House
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Juan Bautista merchants will hold its annual "Holiday Stroll Through Time" tomorrow. They will offer refreshments as you shop their seasonal items. For more information, check out this article in Out and About Magazine.
Living History Days
Tomorrow is the monthly Living History Day at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, which features the early days of San Juan Bautista. Meet and talk with Victorian Ladies, Mountain Men, and Civil War Soldiers as they demonstrate crafts and cooking of their times. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
The Art of Books!
The Art of Books! is the theme of the 4th Annual Children's Art Exhibition at ARTspace, 240 Fifth Street, in Downtown Hollister. The delightful masterpieces done by local school children are available for purchase, of which proceeds go to funding the local Arts in Education Program. The gallery will be open from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more details, check out this earlier post.
Holiday in Lights Parade
The annual Holiday in Lights Parade in San Juan Bautista will start at 5:30 p.m., going along Third Street. The Community Christmas Peace Tree lighting will take place earlier at sunset.
Fa la la la Lah, la la la lah
The Watsonville Community Band will hold it annual Winter Concert at the Veterans Memorial Building on the corner of San Benito and Seventh Streets. This free concert will start at 7:00 p.m.
The band is made up of musicians, of all ages, from San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties. Tomorrow night the band will perform songs from The Polar Express. There will be a Christmas carol singalong. (I love that part.) For more details, visit this Facebook page.
A theater group is rehearsing its play. But, the play's author keeps changing the script. Oh, dear....Oh, rats! It's getting crazy. It's gotten out of hand. Will the show go on?
That's the premise of the comedy Play On! performed by the San Benito Stage Company, which will run until December 12. The play is at the Granada Theater, 336 Fifth Street, in Downtown Hollister at 7:00 p.m. For more details, go to the San Benito State Company website.
Upon receiving a message from the Angel of the Lord about the birth of the Holy Child, several poor shepherds make their way to visit him. It is not an easy journey to Bethlehem as the followers of Luzbel (Lucifer) block their way at nearly every turn.
This the basis of the play La Pastorela, the traditional Mexican tale that Luiz Valdez adapted for El Teatro Campesino. Performed in Spanish, the local acting troupe tells the story through words, song, and dance. La Pastorela runs every weekend until December 20 at the Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Tomorrow night, the play will start at 8 p.m.
You can learn about the other performance dates and times, as well as purchase tickets at this Brown Paper Ticket link. Be aware that you must pick up tickets at the El Teatro Campesino box office at 300 Third Street in San Juan Bautisa.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Every year, the Hollister Downtown Association sponsors a Decorate-the-Tree contest, inviting local nonprofit groups to turn trees into beautiful Christmas trees. This year was no different.
The contest was part of the Lights On Celebration, which was last Saturday. The trees were donated by Bourdet Christmas Trees.
The 30 Christmas trees are on display at the corner of Fourth and San Benito Streets. Soon, they will be given away to families in need in our community.
I love your town.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Sparkle-sparkle lights floated along San Benito Street yesterday evening to the happy sounds of oohs and aahs of the audience. The Lights On Celebration Parade last night was a grand one.
I'll have more parade photos to share on Facebook within the next few days. Here are some photos taken before the parade.
|The search for a good seat.|
|Cute pixies on the way to their float.|
|Who wants to buy a balloon?|
Monday, November 23, 2015
Whooo-hooo! The Lights On Celebration in Downtown Hollister will be this Saturday, November 28, 2015. It'll an all-day event, beginning at 10 a.m. with the opening of the Holiday Boutique and the Holiday Car Display. The Lights On Parade will start at 5:30 p.m.
For details of the day's activities, go to the Hollister Downtown Association website.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Veterans Day is this Wednesday, November 11. This year's activities will start with the annual breakfast fundraiser sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at the San Benito High School. Open to public, the LULAC scholarship fundraiser will be from 7:00 a.m. to noon. It's $8 per plate.
Also scheduled that day will be the annual Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade hosted by the Hollister VFW Post 9242 and American Legion Post 69. Activities at the Veterans Memorial Building in Downtown Hollister will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a military benefit fair. The banner presentation, which is the installation of banners honoring local military service members, will be at 10:30 a.m. This will be followed by the memorial ceremony at 11:11 a.m., after which there will be a BBQ luncheon.
The Veterans Day Parade will start at 1:30 p.m. It will march along San Benito Street through Downtown Hollister, turning left at Fifth Street.
For more information, visit the Hollister Veterans Day Parade Facebook page.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
This weekend, El Teatro Campesiño will start off its 50th year with its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in San Juan Bautista. Through dance, music, art, and altar offerings, the locally-based, renowned theater company will honor and remember the dearly departed. The event will begin on Friday, October 29 and go through Sunday, November 1.
Joining in the celebration is the Esperanza del Valle Folkloric Dance Troupe, which will perform throughout the weekend at the Playhouse on 705 4th Street.
- Friday, 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
El Teatro will also have traditional and artistic altars on display at the Playhouse. The public can view the altars, for free, during these hours:
- Friday, 7:00 p.m. with Altar Blessing and Danza at 7:15 p.m.
- Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. with a closing Danza Blessing