San Miguel Scene

Ribbon-cutting kicks off San Miguel History Project

Special to The TribuneOctober 2, 2013 

Lynne Schmitz

On Saturday, a small and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Fr. Reginald Park, next to Mission San Miguel, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the San Miguel History Project.

The ribbon was cut by Christie Awalt, whose family business across from the park is the site of a timeline-in-progress. Cutout figures representing the town history are being placed on the fence. She was joined by Dick Hoffman, representing the Native Sons of the Golden West, who built and maintain the little park. Steve Kalar gave a brief overview of the project, and Supervisor Frank Mecham spoke about his support of the town as it grows.

A bright new San Miguel Downtown Walking Trail Guide was given to all. It identifies and gives some information about historical buildings and sites in town. The guide is available at businesses and the Gift Shops at the Mission and the Rios-Caledonia Adobe.

A thank-you

The Native Sons of the Golden West and the Friends of the Adobes want to thank everyone who participated in any way in the Caledonia Days celebration on Saturday. It was a big success, with visitors sampling delicious Cast Iron Kettle cooking, watching old-time crafts, listening to music and just visiting in the perfect weather.

Mixer was a success

A successful San Miguel Chamber of Commerce mixer was hosted by Kelly Work at the Coffee Station last Thursday. Dallas Holt from Tenth Street Basque Café will be the liaison for Camp Roberts, and Kelly Work is the new vice chair. The chamber’s new website is up and running at Links to member websites are available as are applications for chamber membership. The chamber is responsible for downtown gardens; the CSD is responsible for the water and watering systems, including repairs.

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Lynne Schmitz is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column is published weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 467-3565.

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