Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Downtown Hollister Street Festival

I like it when San Benito Street closes through downtown Hollister. For one, that means something fun is going on. For another, that means I can stroll down the street. After a parade, it's right down the middle. Same thing with the Farmers Market, even though it's only one block and it's a side street.  Yes, cheap thrills, indeed.

This Saturday, July 17, you can stroll  San Benito Street, from South to possibly Fourth, at the annual Downtown Hollister Street Festival. Number 24!

You can ogle at snazzy vintage automobiles and the latest new ones, listen to live bands, watch live performances, take part in a raffle, eat, buy stuff, and so on.  The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. For more details, check out this page at the Hollister Downtown Association Web site. 

P.S. Saturday is a very busy day and night around the area. Several events and activities are going on. If you're into it, you can combine a silent auction, an evening concert, a play, or other activities with the street fair. For a list of events, please click over to Goings On in July.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dolce Baby and Mommy Too

One of the fun things about the Hollister Downtown Association Scavenger Hunt was learning about new businesses in town. Well, they were new to the husband and me.

Dolce Baby and Mommy Too is one such store.  That store is just cute, cute, cute!

Cute is what that store is all about. Have I said that already? All those cute kiddie clothes in bright happy colors. I just smile thinking about the joy bounding through that store.

Aren't those tutus sooo cute?
Veronica makes them special for customers
Our scavenger hunt card was checked by the lovely owner Veronica Fontanez, who is a Baler graduate. Go Balers!

Veronica and her husband opened the shop in May. They were inspired by the birth of their own child. The Pinnacle News wrote a story about the opening. Click here ("New Store Dresses Young Kids in Style") to read it.

The next time your downtown, check out Dolce Baby and Mommy Too. It's on 748 San Benito Street, near the corner of South Street. The place was formerly the Thyme Deli and if I'm recalling rightly, way before that—during days gone by, it was a travel agency.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Goings On in July

Hope you all had a wonderful July Fourth weekend.  Here are some doings for the month in and around San Benito County.  You're welcome to add other events in the comments section.

Wednesday afternoons: Farmers Market, Hollister. From 3 to 7 p.m., on 5th Street, between San Benito and Monterey Streets.

Thursday evenings: Movies Under the Stars, Hollister.  Around dusk at the corner of San Benito and Fourth Streets. 

Friday evenings: Bingo, Sacred Heart Church, Hollister. It starts 6:30 p.m. at the O'Reilly Hall (670 College Street).  You must be 18 years old to play.

Saturday mornings:  
Bike Ride with Off the Chain Bikes, from 8 to 11 a.m.

Book Sale
, Friends of the Library, Hollister. From  9 a.m. to 12 p.m., behind the San Benito County Free Library, 5th and West Streets. $2 per bag.
July 2 to July 30: New York Duet Art Exhibit, Blak Sage Gallery, Hollister. Artists reception on July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

July 8 to August 1: Corridos!,  El Teatro Campesino, San Juan Bautista.

July 9 to 11, 16 to 18, 23 to 25: Oklahoma!, San Benito Stage Company, The Granada Theater, Hollister.

July 10, 17, and 31: Fremont Peak Observatory Evening Public Program, Fremont Peak State Park.

July 9
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Open Mic Night, San Benito County Free Library, Hollister. Poetry, music, and songs of all styles and languages. All ages welcome to participate. For more details, e-mail Joe Navarro at poetajoe (at) yahoo (dot) com.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Pedro Card Party, San Juan Bautista. Sponsored by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, it will be held at 203 Fourth Street. Beginners are welcome.
July 10
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Flea Market, Immaculate Conception Church parking lot, Tres Pinos.

1 to 7 p.m.: San Juan Bautista Gallery Walk, San Juan Bautista.

6 to 9 p.m.: Jazz with Luis Lenzi, Knife and Fork Café, Hollister.

9 to 11 p.m.: Pinnacles Star Party, Pinnacles National Monument.
July 17
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Monthly Antique and Collectibles Fair, San Juan Bautista.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 24th Annual Street Festival and Car Show, Hollister.

12 noon to 3 p.m.: Fremont Peak Observatory Solar Program, Fremont Peak State Park.

1 to 5 p.m.: Class of 1971 Scholarship BBQ/Silent Auction Fundraiser, Veterans Park, Hollister.

6 to 10 p.m.: Dave Mason Concert, Guerra Cellars Summer Concerts, Hollister.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Jazz Under the Stars, a benefit for the San Benito County Homeless Coalition, Hollister. Performance by the Magnolia Jazz Band.
July 24: Jazz with Luis Lenzi, Knife and Fork Café, Hollister. 6 to 9 p.m.
July 25-31: State Championship Show, California Gymkhana Association, San Benito County Fairgrounds (Bolado Park)

July 30: "The Big Country," Movies in the Park series, San Juan Bautista. Sponsored by the Plaza History Association, the movie will be shown on the San Juan Bautista State Historical Park Plaza Lawn at sunset. Refreshments will be available for sale.

July 31: Show ~n~ Shine and Swap Meet, Betabel Station Outdoor Market, San Juan Bautista. 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m.

July 31 to August 1: Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, San Benito High School, Hollister.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hollister Movies Under the Stars

The downtown summer night movies are back!

This year, the Hollister Downtown Association will be holding the free movies every Thursday night in July. Bring your seats and blankets and find your place on the lawn at the corner of San Benito and Fourth Streets. Movies start half an hour after dusk.

Some things to remember: Minors cannot attend the movies alone. Please leave your pets at home. No coolers or alcohol drinks are allowed at the movies. And, no smoking either. If you're hungry or just need something to munch as you watch, you can buy pizza, popcorn, and other refreshments there.

Here's the movie line up for the month. (Clicking the movie links will take you over to, from which you read movie summaries and reviews.)
For more details, check out this page at the Hollister Downtown Association Web site.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The 2010 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade

The 2010 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo was last weekend. Check out the following for stories and some photos of the event. If you know about other links, please leave them in the comments section.
The parade, which opens the horse show and rodeo every year, was loads of fun. Participants included horsemen, equestrians, community groups, 4-H groups, school groups, baton twirlers, politicians, and more. Here are just a few photos from that Thursday evening.  If you'd like to see more, head over to the Take 25 to Hollister page on Facebook.

Miss San Benito Rodeo Taylor Rae Wood

The Wells Fargo Wagon

The Horseman had his horse dancing
clippity-clop down the street.

Daredevil Sweethearts Trick Riders.
Click here to see them in action.

Wranglers took turns showing how to rope a cow.

Equestrians showing their support for cancer research.

Union 4-H, one of the 4-H groups in the parade.

Swank Farms

San Benito High School

San Benito County Farm Bureau

San Juan Bautista Historical Society

Jerry Muenzer, Candidate
San Benito County Supervisor, District 5.

Watsonville Community Band

E Clampus Vitus

Even puppies wave "Hello" to the crowd.



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