San Miguel Mission to celebrate 220th anniversary with Fiesta and barbecue

Mission San Miguel will hold its annual Fiesta and barbecue on Sunday.
Mission San Miguel will hold its annual Fiesta and barbecue on Sunday.

The annual San Miguel Mission Fiesta and barbecue will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, marking the 220th anniversary of its founding on July 25, 1797.

Sunday masses in English are at 7 a.m. and noon. A special Mariachi Mass will be held at 9 a.m. in Spanish. There will be no 6 p.m. mass.

Festivities begin at noon with the barbecue (choice of tri-tip, chicken or Mexican food), live music, games for children, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Entry is free. Meals are $12 for adults; $8 for children 10 and under. No coolers, please.

Memorial for Irvin Witcosky

On Sept. 30, a celebration of life for Irvin Witcosky will be held at 1 p.m. at Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship, 1475 Quintana Road in Morro Bay. Irvin passed away on May 13, one month before his 79th birthday, in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. He grew up in San Miguel and graduated from Paso Robles High School and Cal Poly.

Lynne Schmitz Joe Johnston

Join the chamber

The San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is having its annual membership drive. For information, contact Miki Sanders at 805-975-6996.

Buried treasure

On Sept. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Hiner Group will host “Buried Treasures of the North County” at the Paso Robles City Library. Using metal detectors, the men have found many fascinating and historic items in local fields.

Outdoors class for women

Women in the Outdoors is designed to teach outdoor skills like hunting, archery and survival to women.

Kathy Atkins and Sherrie Silva of San Miguel encourage women to participate in this event, which will be held on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1 at the Camatta Ranch in Santa Margarita. To register, call 805-238-1875.


▪  Friday: Bingo at the San Miguel Senior Center, east 12th Street. Doors open at 6 p.m.

▪  Saturday: Hot Rod Social in Bradley starts at 9 a.m. Information: 805-536-9619 or 805-286-1636.

▪  Saturday: Military Museum Day at Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles.

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Go to to (Resource Connection), for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and area

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.