When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke
By: sp34n119w , 9:04 PM GMT on June 28, 2014
Summertime is an excellent time for me to be lazy (like I need an excuse) and post a Santa Paula Booster Blog. I like these. They're easy to write and fun to do, while serving as a reminder to me of all that I could do with my copious time off.
I do realize that regular readers have seen all the recurring events before, and no reader is likely to attend, but, you never know! Someone might have read about the Balloon Festival last year and thought to themselves, “Next year, for sure … I hope sp reminds me!”
It could happen.
So, without further ado, herein find a list of
Things To Do This Summer In Beeeyooteefull Santa Paula, California:
Ongoing or recurring:
SP Cruise Night on Main Street
UPDATE: There will be NO cruise night on July 4th. The paper says Fillmore will have a classic car show but going to Fillmore on the Fourth of July requires ... preparation. Don't go if you don't know.
First Friday of the month, from April to October, starts around 5-ish and goes until sunset.
Stroll along the closed street, ogling dozens of pre-1975 vintage cars, chatting with the proud owners (who will seriously talk your ears off about their cars). Since it happens right downtown, there's plenty of places to eat and drink, too.
First Sunday at the Airport
First Sunday of each month, 10 AM to 3 PM
Hangars open, rides for the kids, usually old cars to see.
For July 6th they're doing something about Mustangs. That's the car – Beach Cities and Valley Mustangs will be there. Wouldn't surprise me if someone has a Mustang, the plane, as well. That's how they roll at SP airport.
The Museum of Ventura County's Agricultural Museum
Currently [well, beginning June 29] exhibiting “A Harvest of Color: The Artwork of Gail Faulkner”.
Also, “Brilliant Minds, Brilliant Union: 100 Years of Progress”, which showcases the collaboration between UC and VC farmers.
Adjunct to the Ventura County Museum in downtown Ventura (also worth a visit, if only for the George Stuart dolls), the ag museum in SP is worth visiting if you are in the area. I learned stuff when I went there and it is a pleasant place to be. The old train depot is right there, too, and weekends will find trains going in and out. In fact, I can hear one tooting right now.
Five bucks to get in, except free on first Sundays.
California Oil Museum
Current exhibit: “What's Up With Gasoline Prices?”
I dunno whut? Go there to find out, I guess.
I love this place – the history, some gadgets, and it's always nice and cool in there. If you are in town or just passing it's worth a walk-through. If you have a couple of hours, take the docent-led tour of the upstairs (this cost extra when I did it - like a few bucks).
Locals only, I expect.
Harding Park Fourth of July Extravaganza! There will be fireworks! Which I will watch from my balcony! But others will want to go to the park! And eat picnic food! And hear the BOOMs up close and personal!
As an aside, the city used to help fund this event but can't, anymore, so people and businesses donate to make it happen. This event keeps folks in town, which is not only safer than traveling the highways that night but, also, the only option for a lot of families who don't have transportation. It's pretty awesome, really.
6PM – 9PM
Hot Summer Jazz and Art
It's HOT! It's JAZZY! It's ARTSY!
Main Street, downtown. Who needs a road when you can have a party?!?!
There is a restaurant in town that purports to provide New Orleans style food. I've only eaten there once and it was very good, but, I cannot affirm the claim, having never been to NOLA.
OMGuavas, people, we grow a lot of lemons and avocados around here. Meet some folks who do that, see some really weird food concoctions, play at the carnival, and (really, this is the biggest deal, far as I can tell, so, really, this whole event is for locals, but, hey, no reason others can't stop by) dance the night away!
Actually, I'm a little concerned that they do not have the entertainment listed on the website, yet, or in the ad in the paper. Usually, that's a big draw. Maybe they stopped doing that? I'll see what I can find out.
5 bucks entry. Carnival tickets extra, of course.
Citrus Classic Balloon Festival
Definitely a destination event for anyone who likes balloon festivals. It's grown so much so fast, it's becoming a nuisance, but in a good way.
Not so cheap - price depends on choices. Click the link and try to figure out how to get tickets. Good luck.
Labor Day Parade
Yeah, locals only, again, unless you really appreciate Labor and want to show your support and your town doesn't have a Labor Day Parade. In that case, come on over, we'd love to have you!
If I don't get another blog up before October, I'll add some Autumn stuff to this one. Because it's eeeeeeasy.
Anything anyone wants to boost for their own town can be added to the comments. Seriously, the interwebs are full of lurkers, and you may have just the thing someone needs to see. Or, just the thing that I need to see! Tell me! TELL ME NOW!!!
Plus, you know, the usual random thoughts and rants and pictures and whatsoever WUr little hearts desire.
….. and now for the weather …..
Swirl And A Miss:
For the bigger picture, have a look at the NE Pac WVloop.
Collapsing Clouds :
Summer on the SoCal coast, in a paraphrased nutshell:
North is North and South is South
And ne'er the twain shall meet.
I was reading comments on Masters' blog (I know) and some Californians were wishcasting for an EPAC storm to come up to SoCal. I guess a model was showing that possibility. While the deserts often get some tropical moisture to add to summer thunderstorms, it's pretty rare along the coast.
The PacNW gets rain in summer and that can dip down as far south as, oh, the Redding area, anyway, maybe Sacramento on occasion, and the mountains up there can help generate storms. Those never get down this far south in summer.
By way of saying to my neighbors - wish all you like, but, if you want to see rain this summer, hit the road.
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