Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coming Up: An Afternoon of White Elephants and Champagne

On Friday, March 16, 2012, the White Elephant Silent Auction and Champagne Tea will take place at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. This annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Women's Club of Hollister and the  Friends of the San Benito County Free Library. It benefits both the Women's Club Girls' Scholarship and the Friends' Book Fund.

The cost is $30 per person, which includes a light buffet with champagne, tea, and coffee. And, of course, a chance to buy some interesting items.  If you donate an item for the White Elephant Auction, you will receive a free raffle ticket.

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the flyer below.

Please click on the image for a larger version.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Industrial Art

One of the great things about walking for me is that I finally "see" things I've never noticed the millions of times I've passed by them before.  This window is an example. It's on one of those corrugated steel buildings on Hillcrest Road.

I wonder what I shall "discover" next time.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Old Hollister Cold Storage Business Park

Hillcrest Road is one of the regular byways that I take to get from here to there. Over the last several years, I have watched the once-upon-a-time Hollister Ice and Cold Storage site near the northwest corner of Hillcrest and Highway 25  turn into a business park. I like how they maintained the look of the buildings that are now home to various auto repair shops and fitness programs. Here are just a few of them:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A View to Walk With

The Husband and I have been walking again. The days have been beautiful for it, that's for sure. It's not until I'm walking that I'm reminded again that Hollister is not flat and we are surrounded by gorgeous mountain ranges.

So, what do you think? On which road do you think we were walking eastward:
a) Hillcrest    b) Meridian   c) Lone Tree   d) Santa Ana?

By the way, the mountains really aren't as close to those structures as they look in the photo.

See ya Thursday.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rock and Rolling and Crushing

When the Husband and I drive around the county, I notice interesting cuts and gouges in the mountains. I always wonder how they were formed. In other words how Mother Nature did her work. The husband almost always tells me that what I'm looking at was created by a quarry.

How many quarries are (and were) in San Benito County? Quite a lot, it turns out. Check out this list of stone quarries compiled by Peggy B. Perazzo at Stone Quarries and Beyond. The list does not include sand or gravel quarries.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Local History

In the late 1860s, when Hollister was being formed, West, East, North, and South streets were the boundaries of town. This beautiful Queen Anne house at the corner of West and Seventh Streets stood at the growing town's western edge. The house, built in 1904 or 1906 (depending on the source), was originally the residence of someone who owned a harness and saddle shop.

Other local history tidbits. 
• San Benito County just turned 138 years old. The county was created on February 12, 1874.
• On March 26, Hollister will be celebrating its 140th year as an incorporated city.
• San Juan Bautista was incorporated in 1869, about 72 years after Mission San Juan Bautista was established.

History Links
To learn more about local history, check out these Web sites:
San Benito County Historical Society
About Our Town by Hollister Downtown Association
San Juan Bautista Historical Society
City of History by the City of San Juan Bautista
Vaquero Heritage Days
New Idria
Hollister and Bikers
P.S.  For those of you who were wondering about where I was on Tuesday's post, I was standing on Wright Road, between San Felipe Road and Highway 25 (or Bolsa Road).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Where am I?

I feel like a guessing game today. On what road am I standing when I snapped this scene? Yes, it's in Hollister.  I was a few miles from the center of town, but I'm not saying in which direction. That would make it too easy.

Here's a hint: What business sells its products in blue-colored tanks?  Hmm. Did I just make it too easy?

See ya on Thursday.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Green Tripe

Green Tripe is a local business that sells, yep, green tripe and other animal innards to dog owners.

Go ahead, say eewww, but the food is nutritious--and most likely delicious--for the dogs. According to the Web site, the company only uses raw material from animals that were grassfed and were inspected and certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as being organic. The tripe and et. al is safe for human consumption.

For more info about Green Tripe, check out its Web site.

Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs, a Discovery show, visited the factory in 2008. Here's some footage that was shown on TV.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dinner Theater at Paine's

Tomorrow night (February 10) is the first of nine showings of Lend Me A Tenor, a comedy full of sophisticated craziness. The play was written by Ken Ludwig, and received several Tony nominations when it was performed on Broadway in 1989.

Hollister's production is presented by the San Benito Stage Company at Paine's Restaurant on 421 East Street. Evening performances starting at 7 p.m. will be on February 10, 11, 17,  18, 24,  and 25; and afternoon performances starting at 2 p.m. will be on February 12, 19, and 25.

Tickets include the cost of the meal. $35 at the door; $30, if bought beforehand. For more info, check out the San Benito Stage Company Web site. For the menu, check out Paine's Facebook page about the event.

Two More Saturday Events
Here are two other things happening on Saturday, February 11:
Community Volunteer Fair
Sweethearts and Memories, Dinner-Dance fundraiser for the local senior citizens center

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sightings In and Nearby Hollister

Dear Take 25 to Hollister Readers,

Hello, hello. I don't know about you, but I quite enjoyed the few weeks off the blog. Well, yeah, I was posting links about local events and  such over at the Facebook page, but that's quite different. And, for those of you who don't know, that's what I do almost everyday at the Take 25 Facebook page. So, if you'd like to know about local happenings, you can learn about some things there.

For now, I plan to post Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. That is, in case you're wondering how often and when I'll show up here.

For today I give you a few photos from the husband and my latest wanderings about the area.

We saw this amazing raptor on the greens at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club.
I caught him in the middle of his feasting on his prey.
This is just before he sighted me.

Mist lifting off Santa Ana Peak from Lone Tree Road.

The almost full moon far, far, far above the tanks on McCray Street.

My first sighting of pink blossoms yesterday afternoon in the neighborhood.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Get Red! in Hollister

It's GET RED month in Hollister. Go ahead, take the time to ponder:  Get red? Get angry...get commies...get those red-headed guys...get Red Skelton...anymore?

Seriously, February is American Heart Month, as in be kind to your heart and take very good care of it. So, to promote happy, healthy, heart awareness, the Hollister Downtown Association got together with the YMCA and the Hazel Hawkins Hospital to sponsor various events. In addition to special happenings, some of the participating businesses are offering discounts on their products or services. For example, Muenzer's has a 15% discount on all shoes in stock throughout the month.

For a schedule of events and updates of business offers, check out this Hollister Downtown Association page.



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