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Olivas Adobe Newsletter A Monthly Publication for the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters and Friends of the Adobe. 4200 Olivas Park Dr. Ventura, CA 93003 www.olivasadobe.org JUNE 2009 Important Events June 3, Wednesday 10:00 AM General Meeting June 7, Saturday LHT* - Cast/crew meet and Rehearsal w/costumes @ 2:00 PM June 11 Thursday - Park closed - Tree removal June 12 Friday – Park closed - Tree removal OAHI CO-PRESIDENTS June 14, Saturday Virginia Bowens and Jerry Leckie LHT* - Cast & crew meeting @ 8:45 AM LHT*- show starts 12:00 Noon Presidents Message: LHT*- show ends 3:00 PM - clean up/turn in I want to throw out a large group of "thank costumes/Thank you meeting yous" this month for the tireless work our volunteers and others have done. June 23, Tuesday Board meeting @ 1:00 PM First, to Mike Davis and the Junior Volunteers * = Living History Tours for making 70 adobe bricks for the upcoming Living History Tour. Mike and the JVs devoted upwards of six hours to the effort. Next, I want to thank Sharon Whitaker and her committee for mounting a lovely Murals and Roses on May 17. Actually, it was two events in one. In addition to M&R, she also held a reception for our benefactors, consisting of a scrumptious buffet set under the grape arbor. Thanks to Mary Thompson for the beautiful floral arrangements and to the eleven members of the Channel Island Clippers Barbershop Chorus for providing entertainment. Next, I want to thank Gina Reyes and Rosie Ornelas for arranging for the Adobe to be a part of Life Technologies sixth annual Global Volunteer Day. On May 13, over 40 Life Technologies Olivia, the mama owl, watches over the empty nest. employees converged on the Park and provided many needed maintenance services, including Docent Hours Reported for 2009 painting, cleaning, raking, repairing and pruning. January 1 through April 30: Mike Davis provided much of the direction for the 1373.0 Hours work. Thanks again Mike. Once a year, Life Be sure to report your hours worked. Technologies gives its employees one half day off Help this figure to grow! to perform community service. This year, the volunteers handled over 100 projects in more than 30 countries and 50 communities. Our thanks to this wonderful organization for their contribution to Thanks to the City for the volunteers who our Park. helped us get all the paintings out and arranged in Finally, I want to thank Life Scout, Conley the courtyard. Also, thanks to Sharon Whitaker and Schroepfer, for choosing the Adobe for his Eagle our docent volunteers who helped put on a Scout project. Conley built three new tables for the wonderful “Thank You Tea “ for our Community courtyard. Supporters who have given us help/time here at No, I can't stop with the "thank yous" yet. One of the Olivas Adobe now and in the past. the largest projects we've had this year is our new I would like to say that Memorial Day was on House Tour Video. Thanks to Georgeanne Lees, May 25th, and I hope that everyone took the time Gina Reyes and Kathryn Dippong-Lawson for to honor our Military Veterans on a very special making that happen. The video will serve the Park day. We all owe them so very much. well for many years, not only during the retrofit Planning is in full swing for our “Living History project. It will serve as ADA compliance for visitors Day” which is planned for Sunday, June 14th, who cannot climb the stairs for the second floor tour Noon, until 3:00pm. This year we will have some of the house. Those of you who attended the May hot food, tacos and other snacks to enjoy with soft general meeting saw the premier of the video. drinks. Rehearsal for this Event is planned for You also saw the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sunday, June 7th, at 2:00pm. Please be on time. new cabinet housing our wide screen TV. A big Costumes can be checked out at this rehearsal. thank you to Darrin Shilling and Danny Whitaker Our next General Meeting will be held on June for the many hours of work they contributed to that 3rd, at 10:00am. Please plan to attend and hear project. about all activities. There will not be a planned The Living History Tour event is on track to take program at this monthly meeting. place on Sunday, June 14, noon to 3:00 p.m. But, as you will note elsewhere in this issue, the cast and crew will have an orientation meeting and walk- JUNE through on Sunday, June 7, at 2:00 p.m. Final Happy Birthdays to: assignments will be made and costumes will be Betty Nilmeier 6/12 chosen from wardrobe for those who need them. Glcnna Hodgin 6/24 There will be a cast and crew meeting at 8:45 a.m. Ray Bowens 6/26 on event day, June 14. Reva Fujii 6/27 Music Under the Stars will be hot on the heels of LHT, with the first Saturday night concert on July 11. If you desire to work the Cantina and enjoy the music, check out the sign-up list elsewhere in this issue. No doubt the Cantina slots will go quickly. To those who have been following Oliva the Owl Murals and Roses 6/09 and her family, the two babies have left the nest and I’m sorry if you missed OAHI’s 3rd annual learned to fly. Sadly, Oliva's tree will be cut down Murals and Roses on May 17. We had a beautiful now. The Parks Department will accomplish this sunny California Sunday afternoon, not to hot, not task on Thursday and Friday, June 11 and 12. The to cool but just “right”. park obviously will be closed on those days. I want to thank all of the OAHI docents who Our next general membership meeting will be were such a great support for the event. I think we Wednesday, June 3. This is a DAY meeting. I look had one of the best turnouts I’ve ever seen of forward to seeing you at 9:30 a.m. for goodies OAHI members. Several of our Junior Docents before the business meeting at 10:00 a.m. were there to a helping hand too. They are so much Virginia Bowens help and fun to have in our group. Mary Poulson is doing wonderful job training and supporting this What’s on our Agenda group. Ross Goodman – Vice President Our public attendance was a big disappointment Well, we had a successful “Murals and Roses” this year. We didn’t get the support of the Ventura day on Sunday, May 17th. All of our Murals were County Star as we did last year. Plus we had on display once again. The Rose Garden looked several local events in the area that pulled from fantastic with all the roses in full bloom. If you Murals and Roses attendance. We do have a were not able to attend this year, you missed out on renewed game plan for upcoming events and next a wonderful exhibit of our Paintings and Roses. years Murals and Roses. If you have any ideas to share or know someone we can contract for PICTURES FROM MURALS AND advertising please call or e-mail me or any board ROSES: member. OAHI can never have enough contacts in high places. The Ventura County Rose Society, as before, had a table and volunteers to guide guests in the rose garden and answer questions. If you have seen the garden recently please stop by, it is breath taking. Murals and Roses was lovely, everyone enjoyed the adobe, the roses and most of all the Murals. We are so lucky to have the Murals to share. I really enjoyed the entire process and I hope you did too. Sharon Whitaker 805-331-8195 Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you Reception Along with Murals and Roses on Sunday, May 17, the OAHI hosted a reception to thank our event sponsors and honorary members. We set up tables under the grape arbor in front of the adobe. We served light refreshments to our 24 guests. Jerry Leckie and Ross Goodman thanked everyone for all the support they give OAHI and the Olivas Adobe. They both spoke of the great support they all give and what it means to all of the OAHI members and all of Ventura County. They were also told without their time, hard work and donations the events we host wouldn’t be possible. I also thanked them again, told them of upcoming events and gave each person a small thank you gift. Sharon Whitaker Food Share Ventura County’s Food Bank You may have noticed a big yellow container setting by the door of the Gift Shop or in the Exhibit Hall. OAHI wants to give to Ventura County’s friends in need; one of the small ways we can help is supporting Food Share. We will have the 2 barrels, one around the Gift Shop area and one in the court yard for all events. There will be a notice in all of the flyers and advertising, letting the public know the Olivas Adobe is a drop off for Food Share. Food Share has added OAHI’s events to their web site. Jerry as noted on the Olivas Adobe site that visitors can drop off for Food Share when they visit the Adobe. I know we can count on all of the OAHI docents to add a couple items when you shop to give to Food Share. Thank all of you for caring and sharing with our community. Sharon Whitaker Recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate: 2 cups milk 4 ounces of dark bitter chocolate 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise Warm the milk and chocolate in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the seeds and bean to the milk. Stir with a molinillo (or whisk) until the chocolate is melted and the mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat, pour the mixture into a chocolate cup and froth the chocolate with the molinillo. Serve immediately. The Exhibit Hall at the ~0~ Olivas Adobe For the month of June our display in the exhibit hall will be about Max Fleischmann. As we all know he played a very important role in preserving the Olivas Adobe by giving it to the City of Ventura to be made into a museum to explain California Rancho History to all of us. Come and check it out! Fun things to know: The Dons and Doñas of the California Rancho period liked Here is a picture of Conley Schroepfer, the Life chocolate drinks. They especially Scout who made three new tables for the Adobe liked them hot and frothy. They used courtyard as his Eagle Scout project. a molinillo designed to create rich, frothy pots of hot chocolate. This little tool was hand carved Living History Tour from solid wood and decorated with Cast/Crew Schedule burn marks. Cast/crew meet/rehearsal/costumes June 7, 2:00 pm Cut off reservations June 10th To make a “frothed” hot chocolate you use a big cup (Get copy of reservation list) that is somewhat narrow at the top and put the Event Day: molinillo in with the handle sticking out. The Cast and crew meeting 8:45 am slender handle makes it easy to twist between your Set up tour 9:00 am palms, while its smooth bottom grinds the chocolate (Parking, tables/chairs, props, equip, cantina) as it dissolves in hot milk. The twisting motion Dress rehearsals (7) 10:00 am froth the chocolate. (Go through script 7 times w/ea tour guide) You can look at a molinillo and the appropriate Lunch 11:00 am cup in our exhibit hall in one of the display cases. Show Time! 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Take down cantina, props, equipment 3:30 pm Clean up courtyard/grounds 4:00 pm Turn in costumes 4:00 pm Thank you meeting/cast/crew 4:30 pm ~0~ Living History Tour, June 14, 2009 Music Under the Stars – 2009 Sign-Ups - Cast and Crew July 11 Ticket Booth S. Whitaker V. Bowens Jumpin’ Joz Band ~Swing~ Spanish Speaker __________ 1. Sharon/Danny Whitaker Group Caller Lola Lynch 2. Wilma/Bob Holmes Tour Guides M. Jordaan L. Gueler _________ ___________ 3. _____________ _________ ___________ July 18 _________ ___________ Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys _________ ___________ ~Rockabilly~ K. Ramos 1. _____________ Raymundo Raymundo Ernie Calvillo 2. _____________ Priest N. Fox 3. _____________ Weavers Rosa L. Boyd Madalena B. Nilmeier July 25 Soldiers Blas Bruce Taylor Caravana ~World Beat~ Pablo Re-enactor 1. Jim/Diane Litchfield Vaquero Ramon D. Whitaker 2. Joanne/Jim Abing Boy A. Whitaker 3. _____________ Barber Jose ____________ Valdez ____________ August 1 Pedro ____________ Estrada Brothers~Latin Jazz Blacksmith Blacksmith C. Wade 1. Sharon/Danny Whitaker Apprentice D. Fuentes 2. Mara Jordaan Carpenter Carpenter F. Shugart 3. Ernie/Rosie Calvillo Apprentice ____________ Laundry Woman J. Widmer August 8 Rebecca D. Thomaier Lisa Haley & Zydekats ~Zydeco~ 1. Mike Davis Maria M. Ijames Child S. Fuentes 2. Sue Pench Tortillas Corngrinder ____________ 3. _____________ Tortilla Maker B. Bernardi Cook ____________ August 15 Whiskey Dawn ~Country~ Roping Vaquero P. Vaksvick 1. _____________ Boy 1 RJ Clayton Boy 2 J. Martinez 2. _____________ Baking Woman M. Schwabauer 3. _____________ Man M. Davis August 22 Child ____________ Sultans of Mambo Herb Garden Franchesca ____________ ~Flamenco Rumba~ Child S. Salyer 1. Ross Goodman/Ilse Lang Mud Pit Francisco Outreach Vaquero Boy J. Whitaker 2. _____________ Entertainer Kerosene Cal Doug Friedlander 3. _____________ Assistant Rosalee Calvillo August 29 Cantina Docent S. Pench High Hills ~Blue Grass~ Docent J. Covault 1. _____________ Gate Keeper Docent ____________ 2. _____________ Gift Shop Docent M. Thompson Exhibit Hall Docent ____________ 3. _____________ Strolling Entertainer Guest Delia Gonzales September 5 Rob Rio & Revolvers ~Boogie Woogie~ 1. Sue Pench 2. _____________ 3. _____________ Olivas Adobe JUNE 2009 Historical Interpreters Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 House Tours Tortillas Tortillas Rosalee Calvillo None None Gift Shop Assistant Assistant Margaret Doug Friedlander Virginia Bowens Schwabauer 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 House Tours Tortillas General Meeting Tortillas 8 9 Sharon Whitaker Laura Gueler 9:30 am None House Tours Gift Shop Assistant Assistant Jack Hewson Betty Nilmeier Diana Litchfield None Gift Shop Virginia Bowens 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 House Tours Tortillas Tortillas House Tours Sue Pench None None Carl Wade Gift Shop Assistant Assistant Gift Shop Merilyn Thompson Rosalee Calvillo None Merilyn Thompson 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 House Tours Board Meeting Tortillas House Tours Jerry Leckie Newsletter 1 - 3 pm None Judy Widmir Gift Shop Articles Due Assistant Gift Shop Shirley Clark Tortillas - None None Margaret Assistant - None Schwabauer 28 29 30 House Tours House Tours Sue Pench Tortillas - None Tortillas Gift Shop Gift Shop Assistant – None None Margaret Shirley Clark Assistant Schwabauer None Send photos and articles to Carl Wade at email@example.com or mail to 4200 Olivas Park Dr. Ventura, CA 93003 * See related notes Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters www.olivasadobe.org The Mission of the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters is to interpret and preserve, in collaboration with the City of Ventura, the history and heritage of the Olivas Family and Rancho San Miguel as part of the Rancho Period of California History. Tours every Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gift Shop Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Grounds open daily Docent meetings are the first Wednesday of the month. Odd months in the evening at 5:30 p.m. Even months in the daytime at 9:30 a.m. The Olivas Adobe Newsletter is published by the City of San Buenaventura’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Georgeanne Lees, Program Supervisor, and printed by the City of Ventura Print Services. The Newsletter Editor is Carl Wade who may be contacted by phone at 805-647-8784 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Olivas Adobe Park 4200 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, CA 93003 75110-143