Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertainment. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The T-Rex on San Felipe Road

The T-Rex, as well as his companions, have been held at bay with let us hope very strong chains along San Felipe Road. Brrrrrrrrooooooowwwwwllllllll! 

They are the Swank Farms' dinosaurs. Come October, they will be resting in the corn maze awaiting the humans. Brrrrrrrrooooooowwwwwllllllll!

Today is Our World Tuesday, and that's where I'm parking myself today. Click here to check out other participants from around the world.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The 2015 Hollister Airshow

This year the spectacular Hollister Airshow will be on Father's Day Weekend again—June 20 and 21—at the Hollister Municipal Airport.

Aerobatic pilots Vicky Benzing, Spencer Suderman, and others will take to skies and perform such amazing death-defying maneuvers as loops, rolls, spins, and upside down flying. And, Kevin Walker of Fox 3 Jet Warbirds will demonstrate the power of a former jet trainer that was used in the Romanian Air Force. Among others scheduled to perform are pilots flying P-51 Mustang fighters and other warbirds.

Performing on land before the audience will be Jason Pullen and his colleagues, some very amazing motorcycle stunt riders.

The air show will also feature a display of historic and experimental aircraft, as well as a vintage car show. This year, it will have several kid zones that include a rock climbing wall, water rollers, a parachute rocket, and more.

The air show will have a raffle of terrific prizes including ground and flight lessons, tandem skydiving, a glider ride, and radio-controlled drones. The prize drawing will be on Sunday. Organizers say you don't need to be present to win.

For more information about the 2015 Hollister Airshow, visit its website or Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Mary Poppins is coming to Hollister!

The musical play, that is. The San Benito Stage Company will be presenting it in July at the Granada Theater.

It's Tuesday and that means Our World Tuesday. Click on the link to check out other participants from around the world.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is for. . .

Maze. . . Corn maze . . .the spectacular Swank Farms Corn Maze!

Every October, Swank Farms of Hollister opens its gate on San Felipe Road and welcomes the public to venture into its maniacal corn maze. Each year, Bonnie Swank designs a new, and even crazier, maze for people to find their way through by figuring where more than two dozen spots are hidden in the maze. People can try their skills and intuition at day or night.

For more details, as well as to learn about other attractions Swank Farms offer, check out its website.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

August – October 2015 Annual Events in San Benito County

Here are some annual events taking place in August through October this year in San Benito County. Click the following links to find out about events in other months.


August 6 - 8: The Good Old Fashioned Blue Grass Festival  at Bolado Park

August 9: 51st Annual Antique and Collectibles Fair sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista  

To Be Announced: Vaquero Heritage Days in San Juan Bautista

To Be Announced: 2nd Annual Boots and Brews Family Fest   at Jardines de San Juan in San Juan Bautista


September 13: Mexican Independence Day Parade in Downtown Hollister

September 19 - October 18: Northern California Renaissance Faire at Casa de Fruta (weekends only)

September 26 - 27: Annual Cactus and Succulent Show Fall Sale in San Juan Bautista  

September 25: Double Road Race in San Juan Bautista


October 1 - 4: San Benito County Fair 

October 1 - 31: Pumpkin Junction at Casa de Fruta

October 17: 3rd Annual San Benito Olive Festival

October 23: San Benito High School Homecoming Parade Downtown Hollister

To Be Announced: 7th Annual San Juan Bautista Ghost Walk  sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista

To Be Announced: Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo Day" at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

To Be Announced: Swank Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

June – July 2015 Annual Events in San Benito County

Here are some annual events taking place in June and July of this year in San Benito County. Click the following links to find out about events in other months.

JUNE  2015

June 20 and 21: Hollister Airshow  

June 20 - 21: Annual Early Days at San Juan Bautista State Park 

June 6 - 28: San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo is a month-long event. Some events are free.
  • June 6: Miss Rodeo Contest 
  • June 20: Memorial Ranch Rodeo
  • June 21: Roping competition 
  • June 25: Saddle Horse Parade and Fiesta in Downtown Hollister
  • June 26–28: San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo 

June 28: Old Mission San Juan Bautista Fiesta  Update: The fiesta for the public has been cancelled. But, the parish will still hold a parish gathering in the grove.

JULY 2015

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stopping at Casa de Fruta

Casa de Fruta is a pit stop haven for drivers, including the men and women who operate those big rig trucks and trailers. Originally opened in 1908 as a fruit stand, Casa de Fruta is located on California Highway 152, several miles northeast of Hollister.

The fruit stand is still there, which sells fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, dried fruits, jars of olives, bottles of hot sauce, pickled vegetables, and much, much more.  But, if you're hungry for a hot meal or a piece of pie,  head over to Casa de Restaurant. Just want to snack on candy and such, then try Casa de Sweets. Or, if you're not the designated driver, you might consider sampling Casa de Fruta's own wines at  Casa de Wine. The kids can have fun riding the Casa de Carousel and the Casa de Choo Choo, or pan for gold at the Casa de Sluice. If you need a place to rest your head, you can get a room at Casa de Fruta's Peacock Inn or a space at the RV Park.

The Casa de Fruta grounds is a good size, so you can get in a decent stretch if you walk from the fruit stand to the RV Park and back. And, if you walk by the trees on the east side of the choo-choo tracks, you can check out vintage tractors and other farm equipment. 

Oh, yeah, there is a gas station at Casa de Fruta, in which you'll find Casa de Burrito inside.

Today, I'm hooking up with The Weekend in Black and White. To see other B&W photos by bloggers around the world, please click here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Swank Farms' Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Every October, Swank Farms opens its gates to the public for its annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.  Located on San Felipe Road, just past the north end of the Hollister Airport, the annual event has something for everyone of all ages, from a huge jumping pillow for the tots to a petting corral, pedal karts, pumpkin toss, pig races, pick-your-own pumpkins, and more.

The piece de résistance is the Maniac Maze. Every year, Bonnie Swank designs a new amazing corn maze to challenge the young and old. This year, the theme is Alien Invasion, which goes along with Swank Farms' spooky haunted Terror in the Corn. The Maniac Maze is open during the day all this week until November 1. If you want to try the maze at night, it's open on Halloween night. It may be also open on Friday and Saturday. Given them a call to make sure -- 831-637-4704. 

Today, I'm linking up with Monday Mellow Yellows. To see other mellow yellow posts, please click here.

See the yellow-tipped spider at the right. Yowza!

To see the Swank Farms pick-your-own pumpkin patch,
click here and scroll down to the bottom of the post.

The pigs flashed by so quickly, my camera caught nothing but their dust.

Ornamental gourds. All grown by Swank Farms.

This sweetie is part of the Kiddy Corral.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Peafowl of Casa de Fruta

Peacocks and peahens wander aimlessly around the grounds of Casa de Fruta. I came across this peahen near the swimming pool of the Casa de Motel, also known as the Peacock Inn.

Seriously, these guys and gals are all over Casa de Fruta. They walk through the parking lots. They hang near the pond. They saunter around the exhibits of antique farm machinery. They even stop and watch the kids ride the Casa de Carousel and gaze at folks eating their lunch on the patio of  the Casa de Wine.

Yes, a visit to Casa de Fruta for me is not complete without an encounter with one of the peafowls. Now, if only one of the peacocks would've strutted about with his feathers in full display. Next time.

Today, I'm linking up with The Weekend in Black and White. Please click here to see other B&B white photos from around the world.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven

Over the next two weekends, El Teatro Campesiño, of San Juan Bautista, will offer free outdoor performances of Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven in San Juan Bautista and Hollister. This original play is based on the sacred creation book, Popol Vuh, of the Mayans. It uses large-scale puppets, pageantry, and live music to tell the story of how the creators formed the  universe and earth. The play is narrated in English, Spanish, and Qu'iche Mayan. For a detailed description of the play, please click here.

On August 30, August 31, and September 1, at 3 PM,  Popol Vuh: Heart of Heaven, will be performed at the San Juan Soccer Field in San Juan Bautista. On September 6 and 7, at 3 PM, it will be presented at Dunne Park in Hollister. 

Remember, it's free! And, it's perfect for children of all ages. Be sure to bring your hats, water, and chairs.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fun in the Sun

It's nearly time for the 2014 Hollister Street Festival and Car Show. Whooo-hooo! It's this Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 10 AM to 4 PM. So, mark it on your calendar if you haven't already. This annual free affair in historical downtown Hollister is organized by the Hollister Downtown Association.

San Benito Street will be closed between Fourth and South Streets, as well as Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Streets between San Benito and Monterey Streets. More than 150 vintage and new automobiles will be on display throughout the area. There will be a Kids Zone, a beer and wine garden, and two stages for bands and live entertainment, as well as various vendors and food booths lining the streets. The event will also feature an automotive swap meet.

For more details, check out this page at the Hollister Downtown Association website. And, if you'd like to see photos from last year's event, head over to this Take 25 to Hollister album on Facebook.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The 2014 SBC Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo

After all these years, I finally went to the annual Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo. It was lots of fun. So many amazing riders and horses. Watching the kids gallop on their horses at lickety-split speed got me wanting to learn to ride a horse now.

If you'd like to see more of my photos of the rodeo, click here. The link will take you to my SBC Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo album on Facebook.

Want to know more about the horse show and rodeo? Check out its official website.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

2014 Old Mission San Juan Bautista Fiesta

The statue of John the Baptist was created by Sculptor Thomas Marsh.

Today, the Mission San Juan Bautista congregation is having its annual celebration to honor St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the old mission, and its 202nd anniversary.

The fiesta runs from 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free to everyone.

The celebration begins with a procession led by the  Grupo Nauhcampa at 11 AM to the historic olive grove, on the north side of the Mission, where the fiesta is held. They lead another procession at 1 PM.

Live entertainment is provided by the Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico and the Nu-Horizon Band. The traditional chicken barbecue lunch plate, with sides of chili beans, salad and French bread, is available for purchase at $8/plate.

For further details, check out the article by Ernest Franco in the Out and About Magazine.

Friday, June 6, 2014

2014 Hollister Airshow — June 14 & 15

The Hollister Airshow is one of the major annual events in San Benito County. And, it's coming up in eight days on the Flag Day/Father's Day weekend, June 14 and June 15.

The airshow will be held at the Hollister Municipal Airport. It will start at 11:30 AM, with gates opening at 9 AM, each day. Along with watching aerobatics pilots perform death defying stunts, guests will see pilots do the right stuff in experimental planes, jet warbirds, and other aircraft. In addition,  Jason Pullen will execute an amazing motorcycle stunt show and the Air Force Reserve will blow guests mind with an exhibition of its 10,000 horsepower jet car. On Saturday, after the airshow, Donald Elvis and the Hound Dogs will hold a rock-and-roll concert in one of the airport hangars. For more details about the Hollister Airshow performers, check out this link.

Tickets will be available at the gate: $15 for adults and teenagers and $10 for children, 6 to 12 years old. You can also purchase tickets before June 14 at the Hollister Airport Manager's office.

If you purchase tickets online by June 7, midnight, or at the Hollister Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 11, the cost of tickets is $10, regardless of age.

This year, the County Express is offering a free shuttle to the Hollister Airshow. Click here for the schedule. If you prefer to drive, parking will be available at $5 per car.

For more information about the Hollister Airshow, check out its website and/or Facebook page.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Week of Fun at the San Benito County Free Library

This  week, April 14 to 18, our local library—the San Benito County Free Library—is celebrating two events. One is our library's 97th Anniversary. Whooo-hooo! The other is the 2014 National Library Week. Many fun, free activities are scheduled over the next few days.
Today, April 14: Customer and Volunteer Appreciation Day!
11 AM to 3 PM: Anniversary Cake will be served to library patrons.
2 to 2:45 PM: Youth Financial Literacy Workshop. Door prizes and swag bags will be given out to teen participants. 
Tuesday, April 15
2 pm and 5 pm: Movie and Popcorn. The movie Frozen will be shown. Seating is limited.

Wednesday, April 16
2 to 5:30 pm: Techie Toybox. Patrons are invited to play with ipads, iphones, and Kindle Fire work.

Thursday, April 17
3:30 to 5:30 PM: Kid's Fun Day! Children's games and crafts will be featured, along with a chance to win a free book. 
Friday, April 18
5 to 7 pm: Author Talks will feature local authors, Renette Torres (Widow's Peak) and John E. Chadwell (Werewolves of New Idria). Light refreshments will be served.
Again, all activities are free. The library is located at 470 Fifth Street, near the corner of West Street. For more details, visit the San Benito County Free Library website or the Friends of the Library Facebook Page, or call 831-636-4107.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Marine Band Jazz Combo

Musical magic came to Hollister last night in the form of the Marine Corps Band Jazz Combo from San Diego, particularly in the performance by the saxophonist, Sgt. Charlie ArbelaezOorah!

Here's a video of the Jazz Combo playing Caravan. I have no idea of the date or location of the performance, but it gives you an idea of last night's wonder.  Along with Sgt. Arbelaez, the guitarist in the video was also one of last night's performers.


By the way, the Baler Band started off the evening. I tell you, we have a lot of young talented musicians living in our town. If you'd like to hear some of them, check out the County-Wide Music Festival tonight at 7 PM at the San Benito High School Mattson Gym. The free concert will feature the elementary, middle, and high school bands.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Three Free Community Concerts

That's right! Free music concerts will be happening in Hollister over the next two weeks. Three of them. And, each concert is free. So, no complaining about there being nothing to do in our town. You can complain that you wish you had known sooner. But, not to me.

Free Concert Number One

Tonight the Marine Corps Jazz Band will be performing at the Veterans' Memorial Building on the corner of San Benito and Seventh Streets. Time: 5:30 PM. For more details, check out Mr. O's Jazz Band Facebook page.


Free Concert Number Two

The County-wide Music Festival featuring the elementary, middle, and high schools bands in San Benito County will be taking place tomorrow evening (Thursday, April 3) at 7 PM at  San Benito High School. It will be held in the Mattson Gym, which is on the corner of Monterey Street and Nash Road. Mr. O's Jazz Band will also be performing at the festival. 

Free Concert Number Three

This year, the Watsonville Community Band is performing its 66th Spring Concert Series -- The Hounds of Spring -- throughout the Central Coast. The band will be in Hollister on Sunday, April 13 at 2 PM in the Veterans' Memorial Building. The band's members come from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara counties. For more about the Watsonville Community Band, head over to its web site or its Facebook page.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Feb. 3 - 9, 2014: Free Admission to the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Yes! You read that correctly. From Monday, February 3, to Sunday, February 9, residents of San Benito County, as well as Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, can get into the Monterey Bay Aquarium for free. All you need to show is a photo ID with your current address.

Why such a treat? Because this year is the Aquarium's 30th Anniversary and as part of its celebration it's having this free-admission week.  Whooo-hooo! Congratulations, Monterey Bay Aquarium! And, thank you very much!

Links to Check Out:
Monterey Bay Aquarium
"Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Free" by Billy Weis,

Thursday, June 27, 2013

80th San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo

It's that time of year again, folks. It's the weekend of the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo!

Festivities start off this evening at 6:15 p.m. with the traditional parade down historical downtown Hollister.

For details  about the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo, click here.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Hollister Airshow

Upside-down flying, loop-de-loop maneuvers, and other death-defying aerobatics will be taking place at the Hollister Airshow this coming Memorial Day Weekend.  You gotta see it to believe it! And, when you do, it'll still be unbelievable.

The event  runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26. According to the schedule, the airshow starts at 11 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m.  For details of the well-known performers, such as Vicky Benzing, Dr. D, and Eddie Andreini,  check out this link. To learn about the specific times when performers will take to the air, click here.

Tickets are available at the Airport Manager's office at the Hollister Airport throughout the week, as well as at the gate on the Airshow Weekend. Adult tickets are $15, and children (6 through 12), $10. Children who are five and under get in for free. Parking is $5.  Cash only.

Free shuttle bus service is available from the Parking Garage on Fourth and San Benito Streets in downtown Hollister. The shuttle leaves about every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Note: parking at the garage is free.) An on-demand shuttle service is also available at Frazier Lake Airpark.

For more information about the event, visit the Hollister Airshow Website. To check out the gallery of photographs of past events, as well as videos of the performers and other aerobatic pilots, check out the Hollister Air Show Facebook page.



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