I spy with my little eye an old-timey clock and valentines displayed in the San Juan Bakery window. Precious!
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
For the past two years I've wanted to take a picture of Fremont Peak from the Fremont Peak Marker, aka California Historical Landmark #181, on Muckelemi Street. My attempts have been foiled by clouds or smog, until last week.
Do you see Fremont Peak up there in the background? You can't miss the pointy 2,799 feet high mountain and the TV tower to the left of the peak. What I like about this shot is the historical marker points an arrow to Fremont Peak, saying it's 11 miles away.
Here are two more shots of Fremont Peak that I took that same day.
|From Highway 129 (aka Ohlone Kallentaruk Highway) in the Pajaro Valley|
|From San Juan Highway|
Friday, December 23, 2016
I spy with my little eye a gnome of cakes, sprinkles, and fairy tales enjoying himself at the San Juan Bakery on Third Street.
"While there," suggests the gnome's friends reflecting in the Christmas bulbs, "be sure to try the doughnut-hole size doughnuts. They are the perfect taste of sweetness."
Peace and love, Dear Take 25 Readers. See you in 2017.
Friday, August 26, 2016
I spy with my little eye light and fluffy doughnut holes from the San Juan Bakery on Third Street. Yummmmm. One or two of these glazed nuggets, along with a more substantial pastry and coffee make for a happy breakfast. Once in a while, of course.
The Husband and I like to eat our treats at the cute table outside the bakery or take them down to the park next to the San Juan Bautista City Library. It's a great way to start our morning of doing a bunch of errands.
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, August 12, 2016
I spy with my little eye a sign for Happy Hour at Vertigo Coffee Roasters in San Juan Bautista!
Vertigo Coffee Roasters . . . craft beer by local breweries . . . wood-fired brick oven pizza . . . and Happy Hour! What's not to like with that combination, eh?
Friday, July 29, 2016
I spy with my little eye fantastic strips of pinks, yellows, browns, and whites on a eucalyptus tree next to the San Juan Bautista Library on Second Street.
Today I learned that the eucalyptus tree, the largest flowering plant, is a rainforest tree species. Poor tree must miss the coolness like us, humans.
Friday, July 8, 2016
I spy with my little eye a dancing cactus on Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista. Actually, I saw quite a few cacti dancing over there that day the Husband and I were taking a stroll after eating breakfast at Vertigo Coffee. Giggle.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Hello Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,
Thank you very much for your kind and generous words and hugs as the Husband, Molly the Cat, and I adjust to life without the Mama. We appreciate the love very much.
For you, today, this first day of May, I give you a photo of gorgeous flowers that I spied in a front yard in San Juan Bautista.
Hugs with much love to each and every one of you.
~ Su-sieee! Mac
Monday, March 21, 2016
Come on. Doesn't that look like a bear's face in that pepper tree trunk? Maybe it's trying to wake up from its hibernation. The Husband and I spotted it as we walked on Fourth Street in San Juan Bautista. giggle.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Sometimes I want a red traffic light to take its time when there's an amazing light show at twilight. I took this photo at intersection of the The Alameda and Highway 156 in San Juan Bautista, which I enhanced with the art filters in Photoshop. The Husband and I were on our way home to Hollister, after stopping for a glass of Brewery Twenty-Five's Many Moons Stout at Vertigo Coffee. The cafe now offers craft beers on tap. Whooo-hooo!
Friday, February 19, 2016
Have you read about the study that states people who drink black coffee are more likely to be psychotic?
Yeah, right. I'm with this writer who says the study is bunk. And, if it is true? Not to worry about me going all off. I don't drink coffee everyday anymore. When I do want a now-and-then cup of delicious, rich black coffee, I head over to Vertigo in San Juan Bautista.
Did you know that Vertigo now carries pastries from El Nopal Bakery of Hollister? Yummmmmm.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Getting a mocha java at Vertigo Coffee is worth pedaling over 13 miles on a beach cruiser. That was my birthday gift to me. The mocha java. And, a ride through San Juan Valley.
If you'd like to read about my ride, click here to go to The View from the Top of the Ladder. See ya tomorrow.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
While you're out and about checking out all the cool events going on today in San Benito County (see yesterday's post), take a look at the local shops that may be nearby. You may find that holiday gift or idea that you're seeking.
Today in San Juan Bautista is the "Holiday Stroll Through Time" from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many of the San Juan merchants are holding an open house, offering refreshments and such to their customers.
Hanging around Hollister today? Here are a few small businesses in and around Downtown Hollister to check out.
Bella Charm, 748 San Benito Street
Gaia's Cottage, 200 Tres Pinos Road
Eclectic Treasures, 731 San Benito Street
Irma's Fashions, 230 Fifth Street
Johnnie's Girl, 535 San Benito Street
McAbee Feed, 71 McCloskey Road
Off the Chain Bikes, 101 McCray Street, Suite 101
Rancher's Feed, 354 First Street
San Benito Bene, 615 San Benito Street, Suite B
The Garden Mart, 190 San Benito Street
Note to FCC: I was not compensated to mention any business on this post, nor any other post on Take 25 to Hollister.
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.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
A few Sundays ago, while the Husband, our friends, and I were walking around San Juan Bautista, we came across the performers of El Teatro Campesiño practicing their songs on their building's front steps. Of course, we had to stop and enjoy the music.
El Teatro Campesiño turned 50 years old this year. Check out this interview about the stage troupe and its founder Luis Valdez, written by Frank Perez published in BenitoLink.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Yesterday, Hollister got a treat with a big-screen showing of Man from Reno, a neo-noir, cross-cultural, mystery movie, of which some of the scenes were set in Hollister, San Juan Bautista, and other parts of San Benito County. Whoo-hoo!
The award-winning Man from Reno came out in 2014. It was co-written and directed by Dave Boyle who was at the showing and did a Q&A after the movie. An extra treat for us, movie-goers.
The movie opens with Sheriff Paul Del Moral of San Marco County (think San Benito County) coming across an abandoned car on a dark and very foggy night. After a few minutes of investigating, he gets back into his car, drives several feet, and bang! A running man collides into his car. This unknown Japanese man is taken to the hospital (set in Hazel Hawkins Hospital), but, after recouping, walks away without anyone noticing. And, so begins the mystery.
Meanwhile, 100 miles to the north, popular mystery author Aki Akahora has arrived in San Francisco. She has run away on a whim, no longer able to take all the adoration from fans in her home country of Japan. She's depressed and looks to be suicidal, but she breaks out of her funk when she meets a man who makes her feel like living again. He quickly moves into her hotel room, then, just as quickly, disappears leaving his suitcase behind. And, so begins another mystery.
The movie moves forward between the two suspenseful stories. The only thing I predicted correctly was that the two tales would eventually intertwine. Everything else about the plot—surprise!
Another enjoyable aspect of Man from Reno for me was recognizing settings in Hollister, San Juan Bautista, San Francisco, and Sausalito. As you read previously, the hospital scenes in the fictitious San Marco County were set inside Hazel Hawkins Hospital. I'll only tell you about one other setting. The sheriff's office was actually the Red Cross office on Fifth Street.
Missed Man from Reno yesterday or want to see it again? The movie is now available at Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, DIRECTV, and other online sites. Want to learn more about the movie, check the Man from Reno website.
Friday, October 30, 2015
|Jill Pagaran, Volunteer at the San Juan Bautista Welcome Center|
The Mission San Juan Bautista and the San Juan Bautista Historic State Park are probably the top historic sites that visitors check out, which can be a full day adventure in itself. You may need and want to come back another day to check out other things that San Juan offers: historic walks. . .trails to hike. . .places to bike. . .back roads to drive. . .thrift, antique, and boutique shops. . .art galleries. . .El Teatro Campesiño performances. . .a variety of eating and drinking establishments. . .wine tasting. . . events (such as the annual BBQ cook off, antique fair, Ghost Walk, and Holiday Bonfire). . .and much, much more.
To get your bearings and learn about events while you're visiting, check out the San Juan Bautista Welcome Center inside the San Juan Bakery at 319 Third Street (the main street) during business hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteers man the desk Friday through Sunday, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.