T ractors, T rains, and Fighter P lanes
Memorial Day Weekend Packs a Punch at
Historic Santa Margarita Ranch
By Meagan Friberg
Join fellow community members in celebrating the heroes and history
of America at the Best of the West Antique Equipment Show during
Memorial Day Weekend. Hosted by the Paso Robles Pioneer Day Committee
and Rossi Foundation, the family-friendly event takes place Friday
through Sunday, May 25-27, at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch.
“Over the years, the show has morphed beyond tractors to include planes,
trains, engines, automobiles, steam trains, military vehicles, horses, mules, and
antique trucks,” said Founder Tom Madden. “It is basically big kids and their
toys! We have daily parades and a tremendous children’s play area, food and
drink vendors, and much more. This event is Americana in every sense.”
All proceeds from the event help fund the Annual Paso Robles Pioneer
Day celebration. Madden is highly involved with the Pioneer Day Committee
and started the Santa Margarita Antique Equipment Show back in 2010.
“I got involved in Pioneer Day because of the tractors,” he said. “Some of
my earliest memories as a kid were of watching the parade and being mesmerized
as the tractors rolled down Spring Street in Paso Robles. The Pioneer
Day Board is made up of tremendous people from all walks of life that pull
together to promote and perpetuate the history of farming, agriculture, and
western life in SLO County. The Best of the West show in Santa Margarita is
a way for us to help fund Pioneer Day and get others involved.”
Paying T ribute To S ervice M embers
The idea for the event first came about when Madden, an avid collector of
antique tractors, attended the 2004 Tulare Antique Equipment Show featuring
Holt and Best, predecessors to Caterpillar that merged together in 1925
to form Caterpillar. In 2008, Madden and a friend came up with the idea to
put on a show for the National Antique Caterpillar Owners Club (NACOC)
in Woodland where he served on the Heidrick Museum board.
It was the biggest gathering of Holt and Best and Caterpillar equipment
that has ever been put together, according to Madden. He was then approached
by others to help put on an antique show at Santa Margarita
Ranch. The inaugural show was so successful Madden and his fellow
volunteers decided to make it an annual event starting in 2014.
Held on Memorial Day Weekend, Madden’s intention
from the start was to not only feature antique
tractors and equipment, but for it to be a patriotic
event as well.
“We honor all of our fallen service men and
women each day at noon,” he said. “We have speakers,
music, flyovers from Estrella Warbirds, and pay
tribute to our service members on behalf of this
“Caroline,” the 1880 prairie-style
steam engine at Santa Margarita
Ranch was recently renovated
and will be running the 5/8 scale
track on Memorial Day Weekend.
Kids ’ Corral, Pacific Coast Railroad, and More
There are plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained and involved. Over
at the Kids’ Corral, the young ones will experience gold panning, a Farmers’ Market, and
participate in butter making, roping, and more. There will also be a giant sand pile and
tire climbing gym.
The steam-powered Pacific Coast Railroad is a favorite of visitors. It follows a narrow-gauge
loop around the Santa Margarita Ranch headquarters, allowing for wide-open views of the
surrounding meadows and mountains. There are three engines and four 5/8 scale passenger
coaches from the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad dating back to the 1950s.
Have you always wanted to take a ride in a WWII era B-25J Mitchell Bomber?
Register for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the skies – a true thrill for
veterans and aviation fans to be part of an amazing 30-minute flying experience at a cost of
$425. See www.aafgroup.org or call 805-377-2106 for more information.
Become an Exhibitor
Want to go beyond attending the show and become an exhibitor? The Best of the West folks
would like to hear from you! They’re looking for a variety of displays and exhibits including
tractors, and vintage items utilized in farming, earth moving, logging and general rural life
dating from the 1970’s and older. Also, steam or gas engines dating 1850 to 1950, including
hit and miss engines and power units, and classic automobiles and motorcycles.
In addition, military vehicles, tanks, halftracks, jeeps, and trucks, used in the military
of any country at any time as well as antique trucks, firetrucks, and trailers utilized in
farming, ranching, construction, trucking, or commerce of any type. Perhaps you have
other items and displays complementary to the above-mentioned equipment or industry
such as blacksmithing or you’re involved with early-American history reenactments – see
bestofthewestshow.com to find out if your skills or items will be a good fit for the event.
Don’t forget those “original tractors” – horses and mules! Learn more about bringing
animals with wagons, carts, plows, and graders by contacting Wade at 805-550-1078.
Find forms for exhibitors, vendors, RV & camping registration as well as dinner
tickets, golf cart
rentals, and dog rules at
Best of the West is operated
100 percent by volunteers.
Interested in helping
out? Contact Tara at
Santa Margarita Ranch
Best of the West
Antique Equipment Show
BEST OF THE WEST
Antique Equipment Show
at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch
Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 –27
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
General admission, day pass, $10
Weekend pass, $25
FREE admittance for active duty
military in uniform
FREE admittance for children
ages 10 & under
For more information or
to purchase tickets, visit
Town of Santa Margarita
El Camino Real
In 1861, Joaquin sold this 17,735-acre
ranch to Martin Murphy Jr. for $45,000, who
turned over the running of the ranch to his son,
General of the California National Guard,
Patrick. Patrick Washington Murphy administrated
the Rancho Santa Margarita,
the adjacent Rancho Atascadero, and Rancho
Asuncion (both Atascadero and Asuncion
owned by his brother, Pedro), altogether
comprising about 61,000 acres from his Rancho
Santa Margarita headquarters.
In 1889 the railroad reached Santa Margarita
from Templeton. This was the railroad
terminus for 5 years. While the tunnels
were being dug for the railroad, all freight
had to be loaded for stage and freight wagon
transportation up and down the Cuesta grade.
Murphy had laid out the streets of the town
and held a “grand auction” to sell the lots.
Santa Margarita now boasted a hotel, taverns,
blacksmiths, ice cream parlors and a saddle
maker. Once the railroad “gap” was closed
from Santa Margarita to San Luis Obispo,
the town grew quiet.
Modifications to the Asistencia were started
by the next owner, Ferdinand Reis of San
Francisco in 1901, who also built massive
adobe walls for the storage of crops. After the
death of William Reis, grandnephew to Ferdinand,
the ranch was willed to Stanford University,
which then sold the property to the
Robertson family of Texas. The Robertsons
operated and preserved the ranch until 1998.
Margarita Town saw a renaissance in the
roaring 1920s. The El Camino Real was one
of the primary roads for seeing California.
The town sported a motor inn, hotel, six gas
stations, garages, pool halls, restaurants, taverns
and a baseball team. Then came the depression.
The bulk of the ranch is now owned by
three local families, the Filipponis, Rossis,
and Wittstroms. The historic Santa Margart
was Franciscan Father Junipero Serra
and Spanish Army Captain Don Pedro
Fages who left Father Joseph Cavaller
to build a mission in Canada de Los Osos in
1772. After Serra and Fages continued their
walk to San Diego, Cavaller started the 5th
mission in Alta California two leagues away
in San Luis Obispo. It was Cavaller who “discovered”
the Cuesta trail up to the rich fields
of Santa Margarita and started the Asistencia
Santa Margarita de Cortona in 1774 as an
outlying farm. Grapes, wheat, barley, pigs and
cattle were among the foodstuffs produced by
the San Luis Obispo Mission Chumash population.
They carted grapes down the grade
to be made into mission wine. The asistencia
was to become the meeting place for traveling
priests and others.
An extensive building was erected. It was
divided into storerooms for different kinds of
grain and apartments for the accommodation
of the majordomo, servants and wayfarers. At
one end was a chapel, and snug lodging for a
There is also an adobe house and an adobe
bunkhouse. The house was used as a Wells
Fargo stage stop and general store. It was, for
a time, the local post office. The original El
Camino Real (King’s Highway) went right by
the adobe house.
The House was Used as a Wells Fargo
Stage Stop and General Store.
After secularization in 1841, the Santa Margarita
Rancho was granted to 26-year old Joaquin
Tomas Estrada, who was a half-brother to
the governor of Mexican California, Juan Bautista
Alvarado. Earthquakes had damaged “all
the walls in Santa Margarita” and when Joaquin
acquired the Rancho land grant, the mission
was in ruins. Estrada moved into and existing
adobe several hundred yards south of the asistencia.
Joaquin was known for his hospitality
and fandangos. One time he invited his friends
and relatives from throughout the state to come
to the Casa de Estrada for a circus. The party
lasted two weeks. For 12 consecutive nights, the
circus gave a show.
TOM TAYLOR, COMPILER
ita Ranch continues today as one of the oldest
operating cattle ranches in California.
Rob Rossi, who separately owns the 1,000
acre headquarters, established the Pacific
Coast Railroad, a historic narrow-gauge
Railway that includes several steam engines
including one from the Dr. Quinn TV drama.
The Railroad also includes four of Walt Disney’s
5/8 scale passenger coaches, once Walt’s
pride at the opening of the 1955 Disneyland.
The Asistencia Building is Regarded as
the First Stone-and-Mortar Structure
Built in California.
The three families have also established
Ancient Peaks Winery, an estate winery with
their ranch vineyard originally planted by
Robert Mondavi; and Margarita Adventures,
a zip-line and outdoor adventure group, that
adds history tours and recreation opportunities
for its numerous Ranch visitors.
The Asistencia building on the property is
regarded as the first stone-and-mortar structure
built in California. It has served as a farmhouse,
granary, chapel and lodging quarters
during the mission period. Today the original
building is covered by a protective barn and
continues the historic Rancho Hospitality
to host visitors for community events, weddings,
and private parties.
El Camino Real at one time, ran right
through the ranch. With the coming of the
railroad, it was relocated alongside the tracks.
The original ranch house still stands today, its
adobe walls now protected by wood siding.
The existing Wells Fargo building was an official
stage coach stop for Wells Fargo and other
stages, and for a time, was the town post office.
There is now a mission grape vineyard honoring
the ranch’s wine-growing roots.
The ranch history of viticulture began with
the Mission-era grape-growing Father Martinez.
The Estrada family looked into it with no
success, and the vines planted in the 1800s remained
part of the wild landscape until Robert
Mondavi planted the first vineyards, spawning
Ancient Peaks Margarita Vineyards.
CONTENTS MAY 2018
44 HONOR FLIGHT: FULFILLING VETERAN DREAMS
LOCAL HONOR FLIGHT GUARDIAN GREG MCGILL DELIVERS LOCAL
VETS TO SEE WASHINGTON D.C. WAR MEMORIALS By Nicholas Mattson
48 CELEBRATING MOTHERS
LOCAL MOM AND DAUGHTER DUO BARBARA
LEWIN AND LORI ALPERT By Melissa Chavez
SOMETHING WORTH READING
08 Publisher’s Letter
10 Through the Grapevine
12 City of Paso Robles Rec Department News
14 Brandi DeCarli: Farm from a box
16 David Bouillez: Some Gave All
18 Jacob Lovejoy: Love.Joy.Eat Catering
19 They Said What? Clients and Readers Speak
20 Stephanie Rothbauer: Big Sister of the Year
22 Maria Sabi: Serving Loaves, Fishes & Love
24 Travel PASO talks about tourism
26 Where To Find Wildflowers
by Heather Young
40 Templeton Happenings
a column by Heather Young
41 San Miguel Reflections
a column by Lynne Schmitz
42 County Perspective
a column by Bruce Curtis
27 2018 Firestone Walker Beer Fest Concert
28 Cycle de Mayo
by Heather Young
30 2018 AAUW Home Tours
50 General Store: Local Goods Report
32 Oak Park Redevelopment: Phase 3 Begins 51 Natural Alternative: Achoo! Allergies?
by Bob Chute
EDUCATION & CULTURE
a column by Dorothy Rogers
52 Summer Camps: Beat the Heat
38 Two in Tow: Nature Hiking
52 Local News from SLO County School District
a column by Tonya Strickland
by SLO County Superintendent Jim Brescia
39 It’s Party Time!
53 Bearcat Alley at the Carnegie Library
a column by Sarah Pope
by Millie Drum
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CONTENTS MAY 2018
TASTE OF PASO
54 entrée: Experience Berry Hill Bistro
by Meagan Friberg
56 Sip & Savor: Exploring the Paso Wine Region
a column by Mira Honeycutt
57 Gettin’ Hitched: Get a Wedding Planner
a column by Azurae Shults of Ciel Bleu
58 Memorial Day: What’s Happening
59 Summer Concerts in the Park: Preview
60 WWW10: It’s Finally Here!
61 Dick Woodland Inducted Into Hall of Fame
62 Time & Place: Everything Happening
66 Golden State Classics: The Cruise and Car Show
by Chuck Desmond
ON THE COVER
Pacific Coast Railroad at Santa Margarita Ranch
Photo by Nicholas Mattson
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As it stands, the first two weeks are pretty big for us. After dating in
high school, Hayley and I spent 13 years apart. We reunited in person
on May 2, 2009. We got married on May 5, 2012. Her birthday is May
6. And then of course, there is Mother’s Day — this year on May 13.
I’m probably pretty busy right now. But it is a good busy.
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Part of my passion for community service comes honor for veterans
and those who lost their lives in service for our country. As someone
who did not serve in the armed forces, I’m obligated by duty to make
the best of the freedom I enjoy — to do more than just enjoy it. If this
way of life was worth fighting and dying for, my small sacrifice of time
and energy to help make my community a better place is not too much
Actually, all my best friends and mentors are those I met through
service. The more you give, the more you recieve — for me, that is less
about material possessions and dreams as it is about service to our
I hope that you are a part of a charity or nonprofit that needs your
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Here’s a secret: Don’t sell yourself short. You are more valuable
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Cooperstown . . . Here We Come!
by Millie Drum
hese kids live, breathe and love the game of baseball! The Central
Coast Waves Baseball Club is hoping the community will help
the team pursue their dream to attend a week-long baseball
tournament in July in Cooperstown New York. This tournament, held
For Superior Court Judge
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county’s most complex and
• Endorsed by 29 judges, including 18 sitting
Superior Court judges, two Court of Appeals
Justices, and nine retired judges.
• Endorsed by Police Chief Robert Burton, former
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at the Cooperstown Dream Park, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for
these 12-year-old boys who have been working hard with fundraising
to support the game they love!
The Central Coast Waves Baseball team is 100% self-funded; relying
on family fundraising and sponsorships to cover travel, tournament and
uniform expenses. For businesses, sponsorship packages offer advertising
on banners, social media, and the Waves website with your link made
available. Banners are displayed at all major club events, scrimmage games
and tournaments. Won’t you help make the dreams come true? Click
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email firstname.lastname@example.org or just mail your check to 3655
Lorraine Way, Paso, 93446.
Local Art, Local Wine: The Perfect Pairing
by Millie Drum
Studios on the Park is one of the
few open studios in the United
States, transforming the Paso
Robles art scene and downtown in
immeasurable ways. And there’s more
to come! Executive Director and gal
with unlimited energy Sasha Irving,
created Winery Partners; a weekly
evening gathering to encourage our
community to explore Studios.
Winery Partners Wine Bar serves
local wines every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a glass or
two, stroll through the six studio spaces; home to 15 working artists, the
galleries, special exhibits and fine craft and fine art gift shop. Proceeds
from wine sales benefit Studios’ Kids Art Smart program to provide
free arts education to over 6,500 local children every year.
You might even be inspired and try your hand at watercoloring with
the unique hands-on $10 COLORbar that offers absolutely no pressure
for beginners! An original design created by resident artist Betty Wick
is provided. All you need to do is add the watercolor!
The Studios schedule is packed with events, classes and workshops.
Click studiosonthepark.org to sign up for newsletters and to donate to
one of the most unique nonprofit organizations in SLO County that has
become an attraction for visitors and a home for local artists.
10 PASO Magazine, May 2018
Splash Into Summer!
Centennial Pool will open for public
swim on Saturday, June 2, marking the
beginning of a splash-tastic summer
aquatics season at the Paso Robles City
pools. Saturday swim times are from 1-4pm
on June 2 through June 16. Both the Centennial
and Municipal pools will open for their weekly summer
hours on Monday, June 18 offering six days of weekly
public swim access, three sessions of swim lessons,
exciting new adult classes and a REC swim team.
REC Swim Team / Lap Swim
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 5 for the
Super Summer Sign-Up Party at Centennial Park
from 10 am to 2 pm. This summer kick-off party will
offer exclusive early access for all swimming lesson registrations
and lifeguards will help parents choose the
perfect lesson for their child. Early swim lesson
sign-ups will happen on that day only, with general
registration opening Monday, May 7. The event will
feature fun give-aways, free sample activities and
discounts on many summer camps and classes. A Lego®
build, snow cones, free balloon animals and more are
planned. Check out some of the details about our
summer aquatics fun below, and let’s get ready
to splash into summer!
What’s New at the Pools
Aqua Jam aqua aerobics will be coming to
Centennial Pool this summer! Instructor
Tiffaney Henry encourages all ages of participants
(12+) to try this low impact, shallow
water cardio workout set to Latin
inspired party music. Tuesdays/Thursdays
10) noon-1 pm at
Centennial Pool. $5/drop-in
or $45/10 punch pass.
Last summer, Aquatics
Manager Nelson Zuniga
noticed that Paso’s
who reached the
highest level of the
City’s swim lesson
offerings didn’t have a
way to continue practicing
their stokes and
improve their endurance.
This summer, Zuniga has
designed a REC Swim Team for those who want to
challenge themselves in a fun and friendly team
environment. Youth ages 6+ who can swim at least 50
yards (two laps) of the pool may to join. “This is a great
way for kids to see what it’s like to be on a swim team
and possibly prepare to join a club team in the fall or
move on to the high school swim team.” says Zuniga.
There will be a swim meet on Saturday, August 4 from
9am-noon at Municipal Pool to end the season.
Continuing Aquatics Fun
A full season of returning aquatics programs are
planned for all ages including three sessions of the City’s
popular Swim Lessons for ages 3-11. Morning and
evening classes are available along with the addition of
Private and Semi-Private Lessons to meet individual
needs of any age and ability youth through adult.
Two Family Swim Nights at Centennial Park (June 23
and July 14 from 5-7pm) will feature family-friendly
games and activities.
SKWIM is back! This water disc game played with teams
and floating goals is easy to learn and provides a low
impact way to workout in the
water while having a blast at
Centennial Pool. Monday,
noon-1 pm $3/day or
$25/10 punch pass.
For those looking for
a less structured slower
paced workout, Water
Walking will return to
Centennial Pool Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 9:15-10:15
am for $3/day or $25 for a 10
punch pass (June 25-August 10). Lap swim will continue
at Municipal Pool Monday through Friday from noon-12:50 pm.
To learn more about these offerings and
all of the summer classes and camps
sponsored by Paso Robles Recreation
Services visit pricty.com/recreation or
call Paso Robles Recreation Services at
Look for the Summer Recreation Guide in
your water bill late April or early May.
May 2018, PASO Magazine 13
EARTH DAY FOCUS
‘Farm from a box’
as a viable solution to
M ELI S S A C H AV E Z
he infrastructural means required
for anyone to farm can be
limiting and exorbitantly expensive.
“Farm in a box” has addressed this
with a system that can deliver rapid
and ongoing return – all within
a standalone, deliverable unit that
provides all the parts to establish a
two-acre planting operation.
The daughter of Ron DeCarli,
executive director of San Luis
Obispo Council of Government
(SLOCOG), and wife Susan De-
Carli (Paso Robles City Planner),
Brandi’s DeCarli’s brainstorm with
co-founder Scott Thompson utiliz-
es modified shipping containers to
establish crop production and a
reliable source of sustained income.
As DeCarli described the sensibility
of her Farm in a box product,
her passion was palpable.
“There’s little need for tomatoes
to travel 1,500 miles from
farm to plate,” said DeCarli. “We
designed Farm from a Box as a
scalable agricultural infrastructure
to modernize community-driven
farming in a sustainable way. By
Left, before Farm from a box, and right, after Farm from a box.
Left, Co-founder of
Farm from a box, Brandi
DeCarli. Above, The World Food
Programme piloted the first Farm
from a box unit in Tanzania to
increase the availability of nutritious
crops and boost income levels for
refugees and local communities.
empowering people to grow and sustain
food production at the community
level, we work to build greater
resilience to climate shocks, boost
livelihoods, and help increase the
healthy food that is locally available.”
"It is the Swiss Army knife of farming."
“Farm in a box is a unique concept
– it is the Swiss Army knife of
farming,” said Ganesan Srinivasan,
Dean of Santa Rosa Junior College.
“It comes with its own solar power
panel that generates enough power
that is required for taking care of
the farming operations. It has got its
own water, filter, etc. The farmer will
be able to do almost all the things
that are needed, required, for farming
two to four acres.”
Each steel structure puts to
use a renewable energy package
of basic farm tools, a waterefficient
irrigation system, and
(Cloud-based) IoT management
with WiFi capability, which can be
customized to any culture, climate
In an IoT (or “Internet of Things”)
system for this application, the amount
of energy required for the Farm in a box
kit to work is determined, controlled
and analyzed in an intelligent way.
In this system, green technology
and sustainable farming methods
are merged by using remote sensors,
geospatial mapping software (or
geographical data technology) and
off-grid weather systems to provide
the most informed, user-friendly,
time-sensitive and efficient way for
independent farmers to use.
A key aspect of the system is “regenerative
agriculture.” This farming
and grazing practice functions in an
agro-ecological way to rebuild organic
matter, restore a degraded soil’s biodiversity
and improve the water cycle.
Outfitted with smart technologies
with renewable energy capability, the
20-foot-long structures can help reduce
the need for food aid.
What about cost? A typical Farm
in a box unit costs $55,000, similar
to what Americans spend for a wellappointed
2018 Ford F-350 truck or
similarly configured Dodge, but with
renewable energy and better rate of
In Tanzania, for example, where
DeCarli participated with the United
Nations World Food Programme, a
previously barren chunk of land was
transformed into a verdant cornucopia.
14 PASO Magazine, May 2018
“The before-and-after we saw in
Tanzania was tremendous,” said De-
Carli. “In America, instead of a vacant
lot, we can have a beautiful plot
of land that feeds a neighborhood,
sources a farm stand or enables a local
chef to plant specialty crops.”
DeCarli envisions Food from a
box as a useful, hands-on part of a
school curriculum, perfect for urban
or small community farming,
or even restoring mental health.
In Alexandria, Virginia, she cited
how farming is being used among
veterans as a therapeutic means for
combatting PTSD while supplying
produce for commercial farms.
we saw in Tanzania
By localizing food production,
DeCarli believes this is a viable
way to bridge both traditional and
“Food connects us, and we’ve
gotten away from it, but we can
get it back,” said DeCarli, whose
Italian relatives have traditionally
grown their own fruits and vegetables.
“California is a great example
of this, in that we lead the nation in
food production. We are still those
pioneers! And we can do it off the
grid, cheaper, and more innovatively.
It’s the future, but it’s also an anchor
that connects us, quite literally, with
To learn more, visit
or “Like” their Farm from
a box page on Facebook.
Servicing Most Major Brands, Since 1995
May 2018, PASO Magazine 15
ALL GAVE SOME, SOME
GAVE ALL Fallen Heroes
We have a master wood
craftsman and a kind,
thoughtful man in our
midst, David Bouillez. He is a Key
Grip/Gaffer in the film business,
but loves to work with wood and
be creative during his down time.
What makes David’s talent all
the more special is his poignant,
tangible way of expressing his
appreciation and sympathy to the
families of men and women who
have made the ultimate sacrifice
for their country and fellow
citizens-The Memory Box. The
inspiration for the Memory Boxes
came after a somber evening TV
news report on the casualties in
the war in Afghanistan. He wanted
to do something for the grieving
families. This prompted his idea to
use his woodworking skills to create
keepsake boxes for the families
by Millie Drum
who have lost a loved one, killed
in action in the current Gulf Wars.
David’s childhood friend, Natalie
Probert Kurtz says, “David is
one of the finest. I’m proud of his
talent. I’ve sponsored a few Memory
Boxes and I hope others can find the
means to donate to this fine cause.
It brings some closure to families
as they go through the healing process.”
Many of the presentations
have been unexpected, poignant
gestures to commemorate a special
occasion such as a birthday,
wedding, anniversary or holiday.
“When I get a call or a thank-you
note from a family, it’s such a great
feeling to know I’m doing something
for someone and that they
really appreciate it,” says David.
The Memory Box Project currently
has more than 1,000 requests
and has shipped 250 boxes nationwide.
The cost to sponsor a Memory
Box is currently $375 to cover
materials and shipping. Donations
in any amount are appreciated to
meet the growing demand. Each
solid cherrywood Memory Box is
handcrafted and machine engraved
with the name, rank, branch of service
and dates of birth and passing
of the Fallen Soldier. The brilliant
pewter handles are made by Notting
Hill Decorative Hardware in
Wisconsin who is donating handles
The Memory Box Poem
How does one choose what it will hold?
For future stories to be told? A letter, a
ribbon, a picture or two? How do I choose
the memory of you? You were so brave -
right to the end. You weren’t just a soldier. You
were my best friend. There’s so much to tell of
the life you had. Your courage and strength-so
much could be said. To honor your memory is
easy to do. I place inside here sweet memories of
you. Your legacy lives on for others to see. A medal,
a letter? Inside it will be. How does one choose what
this box will hold - for future stories to be told?
Written by the proud mother of Fallen Soldier
SGT Amanda Older-Downing
May 30, 1986 - January 11, 2011
for 30 Memory Boxes; replicating
the Iris flower; symbolizing the
meeting of heaven and earth.
Through the gift of a Memory
Box, many Gold Star Families have
been comforted through the lifelong
healing process. Gold Star
Mother Dianne Layfield describes
the Memory Box in honor of her
son Travis by saying, “I’m in awe
of its beauty and craftsmanship.
Just a stunning piece I will forever
cherish. What a blessing. Thank you
with all my heart.” She adorned the
inside of Travis’ Memory Box with
a piece of his uniform. The Memory
Box was sponsored by another Gold
Star Mother who lost a son and had
received a Memory Box.
GOLD STAR CHILDREN
Emma was only a baby, 13
months old, when her father was
killed in action 10 years ago. But
through her mother's eyes she has
learned the value of keeping her
father's memory alive. She follows
along with whatever charitable
task that her mother takes
on; always helping with a smile on
her face. One of Emma’s favorite
things to do is honor her father by
doing nice things for others. Emma's
mother says, “She is very active
in helping veterans and volunteers
with "TAPS"-Tragedy Assistance
Program for Survivors. She painted
a picture of an angel watching over
the headstones of seven soldiers that
were killed in action in Iraq, one
being her Father’s. The painting
was auctioned off at a charity event
16 PASO Magazine, May 2018
to help raise funds. She is just an
amazing little girl!”
Fallen Soldier Memorabilia
Boxes, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt,
nonprofit Corporation EIN:
46-2166640, relies on donations
from individuals, businesses and
foundations. To commemorate
this Memorial Day, join David in
showing your gratitude by donating
or fully sponsoring one or more
Memory Boxes. Tax-deductible
donations can be mailed to Fallen
Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc.,
179 Niblick Rd., #439, Paso Robles,
CA 93446 or online at memory
boxproject.org, and click "donate."
To host a fundraising event or
help in any way, contact David at
805-221-5087 (Shop) or 415-806-
9064 (Cell) or Pat at 805-239-1372.
org. Memory Boxes are also available
by sponsorship, for all service
members from all wars, as well as
Fallen Fire Fighters, Peace Officers
and First Responders. They make
special gifts that are meant to be
passed down from generation to
May 2018, PASO Magazine 17
Before he received a shipment of new chef
coats and his website went live, Jacob
Lovejoy booked nearly 20 parties within
weeks. Just like that. His long-awaited business,
love.joy.eat Private Catering, has hit the
ground running. And this time, Chef Jacob is
Inspired and determined, in February 2009,
Jacob brought culinary schooling and restaurant
experience to Cass Winery in Paso Robles.
There, he developed a successful catering program
and café, where his guests have ranged
from locals to foreign dignitaries.
The middle of three brothers and a younger
sister, Jacob’s upbringing is what cultivated
his desire to create food that is unfettered and
“In Clovis, my parents had three and a half
acres of cows, sheep, turkeys, a garden and
miscellaneous fruit trees. We pulled weeds
in the garden, grew vegetables and butchered
our own steers for meat. I grew up living the
farm-to-table experience before it was a thing,”
said Jacob. “They had a vision and style that I
JACOB LOVEJOY DEBUTS
PRIVATE CATERING IN PASO
by Melissa Chavez
branch out on my own and be with my family
a lot more” said Jacob. “My wife is a nurse who
works wonky hours. Cass provided a backbone
to support our children, and I worked real hard
to help put my wife through nursing school until
she graduated and found a job.”
At love.joy.eat, Jacob is essentially a oneman
show, but he’ll call on a minimal crew
“I’ve provided all types and sizes of catering,
from weddings and birthday bashes, to business
and chamber luncheons. I want quality, local
and fresh – not overly fussed with,” insists Jacob.
“You won’t see me doing much molecular
gastronomy; I’m more of a food purist. But I’ll
do a five-course meal in a kitchen I’ve never
been in. I like the challenge.”
I’ve provided all types and sizes of catering,
from weddings and birthday bashes, to business
and chamber luncheons.
Diversity, flavor and simplicity are mainstays
– from classic French or Asian cuisine, to freshpicked
produce and traditional comfort food
“I grew up living the farm-to-table experience – before it was a thing.”
Chef Jacob Lovejoy
Photo by Rick Evans
always wanted to replicate.
“At Cass Winery, I started a chef’s garden,
brought in chickens and ducks, and we started an
estate beef program. When I mentioned the idea
of a chef’s garden, Steve (Cass) was out there
the next day, tearing out decorative landscape.
Over five years ago, we began house-smoking
our bacon. The impetus for that in a vineyard as
big as Steve’s was from when he replaced some
vines. We ended up with a big pile of grapevines.
I said, ‘Let’s save them. We can smoke the bacon
over grapevines.’ So that’s what we did. We’ve
used fallen oak wood from the vineyard, too.”
“Now, I want to provide a boutique dining
experience using organic and farmers market
produce as much as possible, and continue what
I’ve already been doing,” said Jacob, “I’ve wanted
to offer an entire experience for people looking
for something special. And it was time to
with smoked meats, like briskets, bacon and
Santa Maria-style tri-tips. Count on favorite
desserts, too, like crème brûlée or chocolate
“I’m humbled and blessed,” said Jacob, of
the votes of confidence he’s received thus far.
“I appreciate everyone who’s reached out to me
and I’m looking forward to this next adventure.
Now, if only he could get those new chef
coats to show up…
Email Jacob at lovejoyeatcatering@gmail.
com, visit him on Facebook at love.joy.eatcatering,
or his website at lovejoyeat.com.
Contact Jacob at
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PASO MAGAZINE Delivers!
“Frontier Floors has advertised in EVERY issue
of the PASO Magazine for over 16 years!
It is the BEST way to reach the
entire North County community,
promote our products and services and
build long-term relationships with our
customers! Thank you for being so
dedicated to helping local business
succeed and keep our economy strong!”
Dana Verreras, Frontier Floors
“PASO Magazine is our #1 choice for
connecting with the community! We
know that when we place an ad,
IT WILL BE SEEN. There isn’t a better
partner for us than the PASO Magazine.”
Keith Swank, Kennedy Club Fitness
“PASO Magazine is a “go-to” for
local events and all the happenings
in the area. My clients tell me they read
it “cover to cover.” With the new,
improved glossy magazine, I can’t wait
to continue my support by advertising
in this GREAT publication!”
Kim Bankston, Patterson Realty
“I’ve been advertising with PASO
Magazine for over 3 years and am
impressed with the positive
RESULTS. This is a terrific magazine
that really emphasizes the importance
of doing business locally! Keep up
the good work!”
J. Scott Reneau Insurance Agency
“Along with 18 years of experience in
the Central Coast Real Estate market,
my listings of homes, land and businesses
reach more than 30,000 locals and
thousands of visitors to the North County.
I count on the consistency of our ads to
REACH BUYERS and sellers. With each
new inquiry, I ask how they heard about us.
Often the response is, “I saw your ad in
the PASO Magazine!”
The Heather Desmond Real Estate Team
“Blake’s has served Paso Robles for over
66 years and our best advertising is with
the PASO Magazine. We’ve used it since
it started nearly 17 years ago, and
we know our customers read it
COVER TO COVER and hold on to it
all month long. They talk about the stories
and we always get good feedback over
our ads. That lets us know our ad dollars
are getting great results…it works!”
Blake’s True Value Hardware
“I love the PASO Magazine.
When I need a service, I check their
ads for the LOCAL provider first!
And I know my customers do too!”
Hamon Overhead Doors
“As a new home owner in Paso five
years ago, my husband and I knew
little about the businesses and
resources in the area. PASO Magazine
became an INVALUABLE resource
in finding businesses, services,
entertainment, events and more.
Your articles are not only informative,
but also warmly reflective of the
We continue to look forward to
each monthly issue of PASO Magazine.”
Paso Robles resident
& PASO Magazine reader
May 2018, PASO Magazine 19
Stephanie Rothbauer was named Big Sister
of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters
San Luis Obispo. She is a resident of Paso
Robles, mother to three children and Big Sister
to Vanessa, a third-grader at Georgia Brown
“I’ve always been interested in becoming a Big
Sister, but the timing was never right,” Rothbauer
said. “I am busy mother with three kids of my
own, and I own my own business as well— how
could I possibly fit one more thing? But my heart
had room for something more and I felt becoming
a Big Sister was just right.”
Rothbauer’s children are 8, 12 and 14, and
keep her busy, along with her husband, Tad,
and her own interior design business, Stephanie
Rothbauer Interiors. She also works alongside Jan
Kepler four days a week at Kepler Design Group
in San Luis Obispo. With her family’s blessing,
she took the leap to add another child to her life.
“I sat down with my family and told them this
is something I wanted to do and everyone was
on board,” Rothbauer said. “I had to explain to
my youngest child that there would be times she
could join my little sister and also times that I
needed to spend one on one time with my little
sister. And that’s how my Big Sister journey
began over two years ago. “
Now, Rothbuaer’s second-grade daughter
SLO Big Brothers Big Sisters
names mother of 3 as
and Vanessa are friends and even attend the
same school. Vanessa’s first language is Spanish
and Rothbauer’s daughter, Mia, is also fluent
in Spanish, learning it at the immersion school
they both attend.
“When I met Vanesa for the first time, we were
both incredibly nervous,”Rothbauer said. I think
that lasted for the first 10 minutes as we sat and
ate our frozen yogurt. By the time we finished
our first of many afterschool treats I knew we
were the perfect match.”
Rothbauer picks Vanessa up from school every
Wednesday, which is early release day for Paso
Robles schools, and they hang out for a couple
of hours. Some weeks, it’s just the two of them
and other times Rothbauer’s daughter or sons join
them. She said they’ve done just about everything:
seen every new children’s movie, bowling, Paso
Robles Children’s Museum, beach, pumpkin
patch, making gingerbread houses and more.
“Stephanie helps me with schoolwork,” Vanessa
added. “I like school more now because I am
interested in math and have made new friends.
Stephanie practices math, reading, and helps me
with my English homework. It’s really helpful to
have the extra practice outside of school. I used
to not like math, and Stephanie made it fun. I
have even received awards in school now. My
time with Stephanie is very special; we celebrate
OF THE YEAR
by Heather Young
things like Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been in existence
for more than 100 years and operates under the
belief that every child has the inherent ability
to succeed and thrive in life. Volunteers for Big
Brothers Big Sisters make meaningful, monitored
friendships between adult volunteers and
“I absolutely love when we get together and she
comes running to me with open arms,” Stephanie
Rothbauer said. “With pride, she tells her friends
that I’m her Big Sister. … I’m not sure our paths
would have crossed without Big Brothers Big
Sisters and I’m so incredibly thankful they did.”
The San Luis Obispo has been funded, in large
part, by donations from must! Charities. For more
information on volunteering or contributing to Big
Brothers Big Sisters, call 805-781-3226 or go to
20 PASO Magazine, May 2018
aso Robles is a region of undulating
hillsides dotted with centuries-old oaks,
sprawling ranches, farms, rows of winegrapes
and pioneer homesteads. Yet in
this cornucopia, where California ranks as the
top exporter of America’s produce and among
the top 10 exporters of agricultural products in
the world, people are going hungry.
Every morning from Monday through
Thursday, between 9-11:30 a.m., four to seven
people meet up at the Loaves and Fishes facility
at 2650 Spring Street in Paso Robles. Here,
they rotate and organize food to be distributed
by seven more volunteers between 1:30-4 p.m.
No one who arrives to receive groceries the
Loaves and Fishes pantry leaves empty-handed.
Perishable and non-perishable food and
toiletries are available in one room, while another
is devoted to food storage. The volunteers
are largely made up of people from businesses,
civic clubs and participating churches.
“We buy and collect locally from grocery
stores,” said Loaves and Fishes Executive Director
Maria Madrid Sabi. “Most often, we
shop at Food 4 Less, Grocery Outlet, and we
purchase from the Food Bank, who also gives
us fresh produce. Use of the building is donated,
but we pay to keep lights on, food refrigerated,
do repairs and business operating costs.”
According to the National Low Income
Housing Coalition, the fair market rent of a
modest two-bedroom apartment would require
a person earning minimum wage in 2017
to work 118 hours per week or $30.92 an hour.
Housing costs, relative to the cost of living in
California, is anywhere from 30-60 percent
higher than the rest of America.
“We are a frontline ministry,” said Maria.
“We relate to people face-to-face. We’re not invasive,
but we assess what they need – whether
they have cooking facilities, or if they’re homeless.
Surprisingly, just 10 percent are homeless.
The rest are ‘working poor’ or single moms,
those with disabilities, seniors living on Social
Security. We serve 20-30 people a day, four
times a week. Most of them are taking food to
feed their families. That’s about 1,600 people
a month. Our volunteers understand the need,
and some have known what it’s like to receive,
With 46 percent of the Golden State paying
rent – and the rest paying off mortgages, credit
card debt for out-of-pocket health costs, elder
care and more – it doesn’t take math wizardry
to see how an imbalance of income can disin-
By Melissa Chavez
tegrate even the most regimented of household
“The poor will always be among us,” said
Maria. “What we’re called to do isn’t to be an
agency, but a ministry. If someone is open to
prayer, we’ll do that. Our job isn’t to coerce, but
"Surprisingly, just 10 percent are homeless."
to do what we’re called – to share the love of
Loaves and Fishes in Paso Robles is a 501(c)
(3) tax-exempt organization. Call 805-238-
4742. Email Info@LoavesAndFishesPaso.org or
visit LoavesAndFishesPaso.org for annual event
Photo by Rick Evans
Maria Sabi stands and delivers from the storeroom at Paso Robles’ Loaves & Fishes.
22 PASO Magazine, May 2018
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former Villa Creek location at Pine and 12th
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May 2018, PASO Magazine 23
The Story of Us
Proudly supports National Travel and Tourism Week — May 6-12, 2018
May 2018, PASO Magazine 25
Spring showers bring May flowers, or so the
saying goes. The heavy rains that dropped on San
Luis Obispo County in March and April have
certainly brought out the wildflowers, which dotted
the landscape around the county already.
However, Carrizo Plain National Monument
Manager Johna Hurl is not optimistic about it being
a great wildflower year on the Carrizo Plain.
Typically, wildflower season is from mid-March
to the first week of May, but that is with the area
getting significant rainfall by mid-February. The
majority of rain came in mid-March this year, so
that could result in a late wildflower season.
Before planning a trip to Carrizo Plain National
Monument, the Bureau of Land Management
encourages visitors to call the automated hotline
at 805-475-2035 to check conditions.
Chasing the wildflowers for fantastic photos
once-yearly — if that — for colorful groundcover
is something that many people set out to
do. While the photos are beautiful, tromping on
the annual flowers can dampen the excitement
for many, including the landowners. Before setting
out to take your own photos, read the list of
3 Respect other’s property. Don’t cross fence
lines without the owner’s permission.
3 Respect the wildflowers and don’t trample on
them. While the idea of running through the open
field of wildflowers is enticing it kills them and
leaves fewer for others to enjoy as trampled wildflowers
will not reseed for future appearances. So
stay on dedicated paths. There are ways to stage
photos to make it look like the subject is surrounded
by wildflowers without actually stepping on any.
3 Leave no trace. Meaning, don’t leave trash or
food behind — pack it in, pack it out. It’s fun to
enjoy a picnic surrounded by the beautiful nature,
but it’s not fun to be surrounded by trash.
Photo by Nicholas Mattson
By Heather Young
3 Don’t take nature with you when you leave,
including wildflowers. The more that is taken
away, the less there is for others to enjoy.
Where to Find Wildflowers
While there are places that usually have large
amounts of wildflowers year after year, those same
areas sometimes have fewer flowers some years.
A lot of that has to do with the rainfall that year.
During heavy drought years, there were fewer
abundant fields of wildflowers.
Heading to more rural areas, such as the Carrizo
Plain or somewhere between there and the
101, you’ll see more. That has a lot to do with the
number of people who wander among the flowers.
Popular places to see wildflowers include:
3 Shell Creek off Highway 58
east of Santa Margarita
3 Whale Rock Reservoir
3 See Canyon Road
3 Montaña de Oro
26 PASO Magazine, May 2018
Ready for the seventh Firestone Walker
Invitational Beer Fest on June 2? You would
know if you are, because tickets sold out in what
seemed like just seconds on Feb. 7 and there
won’t be any more available this year. So if you
just remembered you wanted to go, it is way too
late — or it’s early for next year!
But that should not stop you from enjoying
at least some of the fun this year, and Firestone
Walker has made that possible with a kickoff
concert featuring Nikki Lane and The Mother
Nikki Lane. Contrbuted photo
Hips on Friday, June 1, at Paso Robles Event
Center. Tickets for the concert are now available,
and you are invited to join the beer festival
Joining Firestone Walker on tap will be
Boneyard Brewing, Garage Project, Half Acre,
Highland Park, Russian River, and Funkwerks
& Firestone Walker Collab. The event organizer
wants you to know that the available beers can
be changed without notice.
Along with the brews, food will be available
at the concert so you can fill your face
while Nikki Lane and The Mother
Hips fills your ears.
Head over to Eventbrite.com
to pick up
your tickets to the concert.
While the concert gives those locals
who missed getting beer fest tickets
another option, with only 3,500
FWIBF tickets available worldwide,
there are plenty of people forced to
fend for themselves in the wild, and
pick up a case of 805 at their local
One look at the Firestone Walker
The Mother Hips. Contrbuted photo
Twitter feed, and you can see how hard it is to
get tickets. “Hey guys how quick did they sell out?
ten seconds? I tried at 7am, literally refreshing to
the point they were available and they still sold out
before I could get any” or “Got mine! Seems like they
sold out in like 5 seconds. Is that always the case?”
For those lucky 3,500 who got tickets, it
means a day of long lines and camaraderie
among brewski fans — some local, and some
from out of town.
Stay tuned in for next year’s FWIBF by
following Firestone Walker on Twitter
and keeping up with news at
May 2018, PASO Magazine 27
Celebrate Bike Month at Cycle de Mayo
Annual events moves to Paso Robles City Park
by Heather Young
Cycle de Mayo has been a staple
Bike Month event in the North
County for many years. It was started
by Paso Robles Mayor Steve
Martin and Atascadero Mayor Tom
O’Malley. While the event started
in Atascadero, it moved to Templeton
and two years a migrated
to Paso Robles.
One highlight of the event is the
community bike ride. There will be
a children’s ride through downtown
Paso Robles to show off their
skills and bike decorations. There
will also be 10-, 20-, and 30-mile
recreational group bike rides. A
new element are walking tours and
historic walk routes.
The event is now being organized
by North County Cyclepeds, an
active group of cyclists and pedestrians,
whose goal is to practice and
promote safe and healthy outdoor
9 am • Adult ride starts
• Setup family
10 am • Bike rodeo starts
• Yoga in the Park
• Bike Decor Booth
• E-Bike demos
• River walk tour
11 am • Cooking demo
• Fitness demos
• Bike demos (unicycle/tall passee)
12 pm • Historic Walking tour
• Children’s ride around in park
• BMX/other trick show
• Music starts
For more information about the event, go to cycledemayo.com.
Bike Month in San Luis Obispo County
Bike Month takes place every
May around the county to help reduce
the number of single occupant
vehicles on the roadways during
peak commuting hours, as well as
to promote bike culture in the area
outside of peak commuting area.
This year, sloshift.org will be the
main hub for Bike Month events
in SLO County. This website is
a resource for bike-related events
around the county.
Instead of RideShare SLO being
the main sponsor and organizer of
Bike Month events, it will focus
on National Bike to Work Day on
Friday, May 18 and the after party
— Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show
and Blowout at the SLO Guild
Hall, 2880 Broad St. in SLO, from
6 to 9 p.m.
It will also continue to host its
Bike to School event on May 9.
Check out the 2018 Bike to Work
Day commuter stations:
• Scientific Drilling, 3003 Rollie
Gates Drive, Paso Robles from
7:15 to 9 a.m.
• Atascadero State Hospital with
K-Man Cyclery, 10333 El Camino
Real, Atascadero, 7 to 9 a.m.
• City of Morro Bay with Morro
Bay Chamber, 595 Harbor St.,
Morro Bay, 7 to 9 a.m.
• Cal Poly University Union, SLO,
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
• Ten Over Studio with SLO Bike
Club, 539 Marsh St., SLO, 7
to 9 a.m.
• French Hospital, 1911 Johnson
Ave., SLO, 7 to 9 a.m.
• Caltrans, 50 Higuera St., SLO,
7 to 9 a.m.
• SLO Natural Foods Co-op, 2494
Victoria Ave., SLO, 7 to 9 a.m.
• Cannon, 1050 Southwood Drive,
SLO, 7 to 8:30 a.m.
• Costco Wholesale, 1540 Froom
Ranch Way, SLO, 7 to 9 a.m.
• Sunrun, 775 Fiero Lane, SLO,
7:30 to 10 a.m.
A Trust in Tradition!
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The Paso Robles Association of
University Women (AAUW)
will have their home tour this
year of three spectacular homes on
Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m.
This is a major fundraiser for the
group’s scholarship fund. AAUW
deeply appreciates the following
homeowners for their contribution
to this scholarship fundraiser for
graduating seniors, re-entry women
students and Tech Trek Camp.
Refreshments are included in the
$25.00 ticket price. Tickets may be
purchased at The Blenders women’s
clothing store at 538 12th Street, Paso
Robles, OR by calling Bev Howe at
805-239-1817. For further information
you may contact tour chairperson
MartyDiffley@charter.net. Be sure to
purchase your tickets early as it will
be a sellout for sure.
Copia Vineyards - Sahi/Kothari
home and guest house, 999 Kiler
1401 Greenwood St
Paso Robles AAUW presents
Canyon: This home is located on the
site of Copia Vineyards in the Willow
Creek District on the westside of Paso
Robles. There are currently two acres
of Rhône grapes planted around the
Varinder and Anita, the current
owners, have plans to expand the vineyard
to include a total of 19 acres of
Rhône and Bordeaux grape varietals
for their Copia wine label.
Architectural Style: Contemporary,
clean lines, and built to take advantage
of beautiful panoramic views from
every room. This 3,300-square-foot
main residence was completely redesigned
and rebuilt in 2011. On the
main floor, the open and airy formal
living room features two large picture
windows, 15-foot, wood-beamed ceilings
and an open hearth wood-burning
fireplace. A formal dining area features
a custom-designed temperature
controlled wine cellar. In the heart of
the home lies the gourmet kitchen
with custom Alder wood cabinetry
and an exceptional reclaimed wood
island. The home is outfitted with
modern French doors that invite in
the beauty of the outdoors. The family
room leads to an amazing entertaining
area with a built-in outdoor BBQ ,
seated area with a gas fire-pit, infinity
edge swimming pool with breathtaking
westerly sunset views. The second
230 Hollyhock Road
by Bob Chute
floor has a master bedroom with an
east facing balcony perfect for seeing
the sun rise, as well as two guest
bedrooms and a study/library space.
Other features: Copia Vineyards
Guest House is a 2,447-square-foot
guest vacation rental home outfitted
with all the amenities just two miles
from Paso Robles downtown. Newly
planted 50-tree orchard with various
fruit and nut trees.
Dick and Kim Rogers, 230 Hollyhock
Road, Templeton: The Rogers’
Spanish style home was designed by
Ron Wulff and built by Ben Graves
construction in 2016. The home was
designed to take advantage of the
views of the Templeton Gap and for
entertaining a large group. The Rogers
wanted the home to feel like a
1920’s Spanish bungalow so many of
the characteristics found in a home of
that period are reflected throughout
the house. The hand-hewn front door
featuring wrought iron grape bunches
was found at an architectural salvage
company in Pasadena. Many of the
light fixtures in the home were found
at antique stores and sales. Colorful
Spanish tiles and Saltillo tile floors
2018 Home Tour
999 Kiler Canyon
can be found throughout the house.
Koene Graves, 1401 Greenwood
St., Paso Robles: The home on this
property was built originally in 1952
and was home to the Walti family. It
sits at the end of a short, quiet culde-sac
on three-quarters of an acre of
oaks on a hill overlooking the city-in
town but with a rural feel.
The land was divided after the
second generation here were grown.
Daughter Karen and husband Dan
Jones built next door. After Libby
Walti died, son Paul Walti and wife
Diana moved back and lived in the
house. They undertook a major remodel
but decided to move back to
Koene Graves purchased the property
in 2013. She worked with the
Walti’s architect, Nick Gilman, and
contractor Vince Vanderlip to enlarge
and personalize the home, which will
become her eventual retirement abode.
Eliana Kohn helped her furnish and
decorate the house, which is currently
operated as a vacation rental managed
by Paso Robles Vacation Rentals.
Koene is continuing landscaping work
on the property.
30 PASO Magazine, May 2018
Oak Park Redevelopment PHASE 3 Underway
by Bob Chute
Construction has begun on Phase 3 of
the Oak Park Redevelopment, which
will incorporate 76 new affordable
apartment units with a targeted completion
date of March 2019.
Looking back, the Paso Robles Housing Authority
celebrated the initial Oak Park Project
Ground Breaking on February 12, 2013. “We
held a rather unusual ground breaking on this
spot with a giant excavator tearing down one
of the 148 deteriorated public housing units
constructed in 1942 to serve the enlisted men,
women, and families of Camp Roberts during
WWII,” said Paso Robles Housing Authority
Executive Director David Cooke. “When Oak
Park is completed, a total of 301 affordable
housing units will be constructed in four Phases
replacing the original dilapidated units on the
approximately 25-acre site.”
Phase 1 of 80 units and Phase 2 with 70
units, including a manager’s unit, have since
been completed and are fully rented with a
waiting list of over 400 applicants. “We recently
secured financing and have begun construction
for Phase 3, incorporating 76 units,” said Cooke.
“The targeted completion date is March of 2019
and we will begin accepting applications in
December of this year.”
Phase 4, with the remaining 75 units is in
the approval process. “We recently submitted
applications for tax credit allocation and hope
for approval in June of this year, and if all goes
as expected, we will break ground in December
of 2018.” A March of 2020 completion date for
Phase 4 is anticipated.
“Why Oak Park?” said Cooke. “Housing
matters … this is a huge difference for these
families, especially the children who can be
proud of their home. We’re especially proud of
this effort. We are changing the neighborhood
and live, what a transformation!”
The apartment homes for all four phases are
comprised of one, two, three, and four bedroom
units (due to an unforeseen need, a redesign
was undertaken and more one bedroom units
are now planned for Phase 4).
Square footages range from approximately
679 sq. ft. to 1,530 sq. ft. All first-floor units
will be fully accessible and adaptable for those
individuals requiring adjustments in their units
for ADA accessibility. Unit amenities include
Energy Star® rated refrigerators and dishwashers,
low-flow toilets, exhaust fans, sink disposals,
ranges with ovens, generous counter, cabinet and
storage space, solar powered energy, central air,
blinds, carpet, walk-in closets, patio/balcony,
and washer/dryer hookups.
The target population primarily consists
of residents from the
City of Paso Robles
and north San Luis
Obispo County who
are income qualified.
of the units will be
rent restricted to individuals
with incomes ranging
from 30% to 60% of the
County area median income.
Phase 2 included
an approximate 6,200
square foot resident
center including Paso
Robles Housing Authority’s office in addition
to a large soccer size recreational play area,
basketball court, open space with a network of
walkways, barbeque/picnic areas and a tot lot
for the residents. The resident center includes
a community/meeting room, a kitchen, and
Phases 3 and 4 plans to include a separate
Community Center as well as a multi-sports
court for volleyball, pickleball, and other activities.
Additionally, the Housing Authority sponsors
onsite children programs, including its
own YouthWorks Program, plus other onsite
“The City of Paso Robles has really been
behind this project,” stated Cooke. “They provided
deferred loans for up to 30 years, to be
repaid through cash flow by deferring certain
Central California Housing Corporation
(CCHC), which is a dba of Affordable Housing
Development Corporation, will be the co-developer
of Phases 3 and 4 with the Paso Robles
Housing Authority (PHRA) and Afordable
Housing Paso Robles (AHPR), a 501(c)(3) and
affiliate of PRHA. CCHC has vast experience
in the development of affordable housing communities
throughout the State of California.
CCHC developed and currently owns and operates
40 projects in 20 cities, which provide
between 38 and 313 housing units per project
totaling 3,965 residences.
The primary sources of financing will be in in
Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the
California Tax Credit Allocaton Committee.
Local companies North Coast Engineering
(NCE) designed, and Dave Spurr Co. installed,
the award winning pervious concrete street at
the back of Oak Park 1 and 2 that will extend
through Phase 3 and 4 when completed. This
is the longest contiguous street of its kind in
the County. Pervious concrete is a special type
Paso Robles Housing Authority
Executive Director David Cooke
of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete
flatwork and street applications that allows
water from precipitation and other sources to
pass directly through, thereby reducing the
runoff from a site.
For information regarding Oak Park, you can
go to the Housing Authority website:
pasoroblesha.org, or call 805-238-4015.
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Sustainable Change Clinic
No matter what your style or activity,
DO NOT MISS your chance
to participate, or, at the very least,
audit this upcoming May 20 clinic.
Make it a point to meet them and
treat them as mentors. Teachers
CeeCee Moss and Eric Wagner
are among the best.
They have spent the time and
money to study with icons in the
horse world. They are willing to share
their vast knowledge and experience
with others. It doesn’t matter what
your chosen field may be. CeeCee
and Eric can help you and your horse
come to a better understanding. Invest
in that relationship. Both are
soft spoken, but quite precise. They
will work with you and your horse
until you both better understand.
New and unable to “speak” dressage,
hunter/jumper, etc. I was
nonetheless grateful for the help
and proffered friendships.
The valuable clinic is set for Eric’s
Training Stables in Arroyo Grande
(see Hoofbeat Calendar). How to
balance, using aids from your center
first and offer your horse a good deal.
They can help you to understand
what your horse is doing (or needs to
do) to increase his performance. The
$75 morning and $75 afternoon fees
are more than reasonable for the level
of instruction and personal attention.
You will learn to lift your horse’s core
and why that is important not only
to him, but to you as well. Valuable
for trail riders, competitors, etc. the
knowledge is not readily available
in a book.
Koelle Institute Clinics
What’s Koelle? An Equine
Demonstration Day May 19 gives
you s taste from 10 a.m. to noon. It
can be yours for a mere $25. Hands
on work without the need of riding
or horse experience will find you
carefully guided by two certified
clinicians. Kasia Roether and Jutta
Thoerner will assist you as you gain
May 26 will find the return of a
Play Day with Horses back by popular
demand. Starting at 8:45 a.m.
and running till 4 p.m. you and a
horse will solve problems together
at a beautiful ranch outside of Paso.
The experience is safe allowing for
self discovery, curiosity and play.
Do remember to wear enclosed toed
shoes/boots and take sun protection.
Check equine-experience.com for
Vayan con Dios on Blessed
It’s been a great ride in so many ways.
Perhaps in the future we will have an
opportunity to visit up on the mountain
or down the trail. I’ll look forward to
May 1-5 Wrangler Ride, V6, Parkfield,
May 4-6 WCBRA Fiesta Futurity
Barrel Race, Porterville, 11863 Road
May 6 Golden Hills Farms, Dorreene
Gilmore Memorial Dressage
Show, CD rated, regular & western
dressage, Golden Hill Farm, judge
Brent Hicks “S”, contact Ellen
May 7-13 Mother's Day Circuit,
Paso Events Center, the longest
running QH show on the West
Coast, the best staff, awards, friendly
folks, something for everyone Eng.
& West, several judges akin to sev.
shows, free admission for spectators,
trade show, vendors w/gear, clothing,
trailers, new products.
May 11-13 Brass Oak Driving
Show, CDE, Sargent Equestrian,
15757 E. Sargent Rd., Lodi,
May 12 WCBRA Barrels, 6725
Union Rd., Paso, 11 a.m. start,
May 12-13 Spring Schooling Show,
Paso Horse Park, free admission, off
of Airport Rd., hunter/jumpers vie
May 18-19 Mustang Makeover
competitors pick up their BLM
equine contestants off range corrals,
events/texas, event Sept. 6-8 Ft.
Worth, Texas, watch our own Ginger
Bailey of Creston as she vies for
the title & cash until Sept.
Continued on page 36
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Continued from page 34
May 18 Bakersfield, Friday Night
Lights, 5320 Peacock Park Lane,
$40 entry, $5 arena fee, 5 p.m. exhibit
runs, barrel racing
May 20 Sustainable Change Riding
Clinic, Wagner Training Stables,
1424 Noyes Rd., Arroyo Grande,
Eric Wagner & CeeCee Moss
Giovannetti, bring a sack lunch if
you desire more afternoon personal
attention, $75 morning, $75
afternoon, $25 auditor for whole
day, take a chair, notebook, drinks,
& big smile, 8:30 sign ups, horse
work begins at 9 a.m., call CeeCee
May 21-22 Jordan Valley Big Loop
Rodeo, Jordan Valley, Oregon, true
trade, old style.
May 22-27 49th Bishop Mule Days.
Tri Co Fairgrounds, packing competitions,
everything for the long
ear aficionado, Dave Stamey concert
5 p.m., Thurs. Tony Suraci concert,
parade on Sat., on site camping,
May 23-27 Paso Horse Park, free
for spectators, Hughes off of Airport
Rd. off of Hwy 46E, beautifully
staged, food available, take a chair
or blanket plus your camera & sun
May 23-27 Paso Horse Park, free
for spectators, Hughes off of Airport
Rd. off of Hwy 46E, beautifully
staged, food available, take a chair
or blanket plus your camera & sun
May 25 WCBRA Barrels, Porterville,
11863 Road 200, 559.303.2467.
May 30-June 3 SLOCQHQA
Mother’s Day Circuit, Paso Events
Center, multiple judges similar
to several shows at once, free for
spectators, marketplace trade show:
tack, clothing, new products, discuss
stallions, clothing, tack/gear, etc., a
May 30-June 3 CA Classic, Paso
Horse Park, off of Airport off of
Hwy 46E, beautiful jumping horses
competing at high levels, challenging
jumps, free for spectators.
May 25-27 Parkfield Rodeo, BBQ,
delicious BBQ for sale, at 2 p.m.
each day contestants can take all of
the cheering you can offer (as the
animals are usually ahead), Monte
Mills & his Lucky Horse Shoe
Band will give you incentive, low
cost camping, Katy Varian 805-441-
May 31-June 3 Lester Buckley &
Julie Cross Clinic, v6.com.
May 30-June 3 75th Elk’s Rodeo &
Parade, Santa Maria, one of the largest
fund raisers for kids & charities,
concerts, tickets Von’s & Albertson’s,
Paso Farm Supply.
View: Morro Bay coast line (watch for snakes that are blind when they awaken)
Access: Hwy. 41 to Morro Bay. Approx. 8 mi. from Atascadero “campgrd. ahead” sign. Slow down.
Cerro Alto on L. Park at entrance or drive paved rd. to lot at end. 2-way rd., but single lane wide. Small
lot & may require backing in.
Suggestion: Check out in car first to see evaluate challenges.
Fees: Day Use Adventure Pass may be req. (check main kiosk, cash & checks OK)
Rated: Mod. to difficult. Horses & riders must be fit.
Trails: 3 trails: 2 from kiosk (Canyon & Bridge Trails) 1 near entrance (Boy Scout Trail, w. water
crossing). All single track & rocky w. long climbs. Trail to Cerro Alto top NOT suggested for horses
(walk, beautiful view). Pop. loop is Bridge Trail – AT&T
Trail – Canyon Trail.
Feet: Shoes recommended
Other: No horse camping. Water hose bibs available in
parking lot. Day users can fill up in the parking lot. Morning
is suggested. Trail used by hikers, mountain bikers,
& equestrians. Be courteous. Critters include snakes.
Cerro Alto Trails
Brought to you by Whitehorse Tack
2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles
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by Tonya Strickland
I’m going to let you in
on a little secret. There’s an
easy way to get out of the
house with kids without
having to spend money or
commit to a big activity.
And this magic is called — The Adventure
Walk. These treks are particularly good on, say,
Mondays when the kids are relentlessly ramped
up from the weekend but I’m still clinging to
that third cup of coffee.
All you do with this activity is walk around
outside and pick up things you find on the
ground. Then go back home, lay out your treasure
stash and talk about each item.
Adventure Walks with
Three key elements make this walk successful:
1. Baskets for each child.
2. A route along a neighborhood sidewalk,
trail or park.
3. Questions to discuss when you get
home, such as where the treasure came
from and what it was once used for.
The secret fourth step is, when the kids aren’t
looking, go into mom stealth mode and
throw away the gross/sharp/weird discoveries
that are now unapologetically sitting on your
kitchen table. (Kid: “Mom, look at this awesome
beer bottle thing some random dude had in his
mouth! Cool!” Mom: "That’s greeeeeat, honey.”
*grimace*). Shady secret fourth step aside,
this activity teaches our littlest adventurers
some beautiful lessons, such as to:
• Be aware of their surroundings.
• Find value in everyday things like rusty
coins, funny shaped rocks and cool looking
• Take in all aspects of nature.
• You’ll usually find us learning these life lessons
on Centennial Trail, a roughly 1 mile
stretch of flat, paved pathway from Lana
Street to Mohawk Court on the city’s east
side. The trail is stroller-friendly and completely
off-road. It features a seasonal creek,
a canopy of beautiful twisty oaks and spots
Clara and Wyatt look for treasures on Centennial Trail.
to see deer. The trail is popular with joggers
and dog walkers, but we like to buddy up
when venturing anywhere off-road or out of
view of others.
I’ve also been known to bring one of those
plastic push cars there so my two year old can
ride if he peters out. Or, when I convince him
that strapped-in car cruising is way cooler than
walking to spare me from having to chase him
during this crazy daredevil toddling stage. You
Alternative to baskets: Try walking sticks
with rubber bands and twist-ties to attach the
treasures to. Or, try covering the sticks in duct
tape (sticky side out) to attach flower petals,
leaves and grasses. That’s the beauty of this
activity, you can customize it to work for you.
Strapped-in toddler push cars in all.
38 PASO Magazine, May 2018
It's Party Time with Sarah Pope
I admit, I have a secret love for
party planning. I enjoy the stress and
excitement of it all. But I really don’t
have a choice.
In my family of five, parties are
happening all year long. Before and
after holidays … Winter, Summer,
Spring, and Fall. With that many
parties every year, I’ve got to try keep
My youngest turned two a few
months ago and my absolute favorite
party place for the little ones is the
Paso Robles Children's Museum.
Their upstairs party room is perfect
for inviting your closest friends and
family to enjoy some birthday cake
and celebrate a special someone's big
day. And at the Children’s Museum,
there is something for everyone!
Pretend to be on stage in Broadway
with their wide array of costumes,
stage and audience seating. Or own
your very own pizza restaurant. Get
creative at the paint wall and take
advantage of all the fun and crafty
projects they have to offer.
The older kids are still fans of
Newton’s Playhouse where you can
shoot balls out of
a cannon while
into baskets (or
the back of their
The best part is,
once the over
head basket is
full of balls, the
basket opens and
all the balls rain on top of you.
Mack the Firetruck, (an engine
from 1944), is on display and welcomes
little firefighters to take the
wheel, while dressed in the real fireman
gear they have available for the
kids to wear. The museum holds its
past with its firehouse theme. Don’t
miss the original fireman’s pole on
the first floor!
As the kids are getting older, keeping
them and their guests entertained
can start to get a little tricky. We
had an eighth birthday in June and
I was recommended, Central Coast
Mobile Game Theatre and Laser Tag.
They come to YOU! The options you
can do with this are endless! Since
the weather is
beautiful in June
we decided to
go with outdoor
laser tag at the
Arik, owner of
40 minutes before
the guests were due to show up.
He set up the coolest battle zone, fully
equipped with camouflaged bungalows
for dodging opponents and high
functioning laser tag guns to give
the kids the best and most realistic
game of tag, EVER! He provided
TWO hours of non-stop fun for an
energetic group of kids, while the
parents relaxed in the shade sharing
stories of parenthood. Unless, they
decided to participate in the fun too.
We ALL enjoyed their services
so much, we decided to use them
again for our 11 year old in February.
This time we took advantage of the
Mobile Game Theatre. This trailer
will blow you away. Air conditioned
and air freshened, one side lined with
comfortable gaming seating, the other
with flat screen TVs and gaming
consoles. And two screens mounted
onto the outside of the trailer, where
games like Just Dance can be played.
All the games are provided based
on age appropriateness and parents
discretion. We did this one in the
comfort of our own home (while little
bro was napping in his own bed).
Huge plus, in my book. Everyone
So convenient, extremely easy and
Time to make Pinterest my best
buddy and start planning the next
Central Coast Mobile
Game Theatre & Laser Tag
Book your event now online:
or call 805-668-0060.
Paso Robles Childrens Museum
(closed Monday & Tuesday)
623 13th Street, Paso Robles
For more info call (805)238-7432
May 2018, PASO Magazine 39
Enjoy wine in Templeton
Park in May and June
There will be two opportunities
to taste local wine in Templeton
Community Park this summer. The
first is the sixth annual Templeton
Wine Festival, which will be held on
Saturday, May 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $35 when purchased
by Friday, May 4 at noon and $45
at the door, beginning at noon on
Saturday, May 5.
The ticket price includes unlimited
wine tasting, souvenir stemless
wine glass, live music from Ricky
Montijo and the Mojitos, and food
sampling. Non-drinking attendees
(including children) are $20
each. For more information, go to
The second is the 15th annual
Pinot and Paella Festival, which will
be held on Sunday, June 3 from to
2 to 5 p.m. Tickets to this annual
event are $75 each and sellout early.
Proceeds from this event go to local
youth performing arts programs.
For more information, go to
SLOFolks Concert: Hanneke
SLOFolks will present Hanneke
Cassel Trio at Castoro Cellars on
Saturday, May 5. Doors open at
6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each. For more
information, go to slofolks.org/
May After Five Mixer
The Templeton Chamber of
Commerce will host its monthly
After Five Mixer on Thursday, May
24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Wellness
Kitchen/Pacific Premier Bank,
1255 Las Tablas Road, Templeton.
For more information, contact Gail
WHAT’S HAPPENING in
Templeton this month
Kudlac at 805.434.1789 or
SLOFolks Concert: Crary Evans
SLOFolks will present Crary
Evans Barnick at Castoro Cellars
on Friday, June 1. Doors open at
6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each. For more
information, go to slofolks.org/
Concerts in the Park
Templeton’s summer Concerts
in the Park series kicks off on June
6 and runs every Wednesday
through Aug. 22. The concerts
are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in
Templeton Community Park. Local
food vendors will be set up during
the concerts, though attendees may
bring their own picnics and beverages,
including alcohol, along with
low-back chairs, blankets and small
tables. No dogs and no smoking are
allowed during the concert. While
alcohol is allowed in the park, no
glass is preferred for the safety of
by Heather YOUNG
everyone in attendance. For more
information, call 805-434-4909.
• June 6: The Mother Corn
Shuckers (Americana, Central
• June 13: Brass Mash (Brass
• June 20: Soul’d Out (Funk/
• June 27: The JD Project (California
• July 11: High Voltage – a Tribute
to AC/DC (Rock)
• July 18: The Martin Paris Band
(Classic Rock/New Country)
• July 25: Jill Knight and the Daylights
• Aug. 1: The Joy Bonner Band
• Aug. 8: Royal Garden Swing
Orchestra Big Band (Big Band
• Aug. 15: Wood (Folk Rock)
• Aug. 22: Monte Mills & The
Lucky Horseshoe Band (Country)
40 PASO Magazine, May 2018
The Friends of the Adobes will
hold their annual memorial service
at the little Estrella Adobe
Church on Airport Road at 2 p.m.
on Sunday, May 27 - Memorial Day
weekend. This service honors the
memory of pioneers who settled
this part of the north county in the
1800s. Churches were very important
to them. Descendents of some
of those families still live in the
area. The adobe was built in 1878
and was the first of several protestant
churches (wood-framed) built
in surrounding districts that had
attracted settlers here even before
the railroad arrived in 1886. Mission
San Miguel, founded in 1797,
is the oldest and the only Catholic
church in the area until St. Rose
of Lima was built in Paso Robles
in the late 1880s. The Estrella
Adobe is the only rural church
that survives. It fell into ruin
over the years until the History
and Landmarks Committee of
the Paso Robles Women’s Club
had it restored. Resident adobe
expert Jess Crettol of San Miguel
did the work, aided by young men
from the nearby El Paso de Robles
Youth Correctional Facility
(known familiarly as the ‘Boys
School’) under the supervision of
correctional officer James White,
also of San Miguel. Along with
the Caledonia, it has been in the
care of Friends of the Adobes since
they were founded in 1968 for that
purpose. The kerosene wall lamps
and reed pump organ enhance the
atmosphere. In San Miguel, the
Friends of the Adobes and the
History Group of the San Miguel
Resource Connection both work
gathering, preserving and presenting
our history and stories. Sadly,
some wonderful original buildings
like the 1887 brick school house
that was located in what is now
San Miguel Park, have been razed
and only pictures and memories
remain. The History Group erected
a kiosk in Fr. Reginald
Park (next to
the mission), built
by Jacob Cagliero
as his Boy Scout
Eagle project, featuring
about local businesses
the Chamber of
created a historical
tour of the town
with an informational
brochure highlighting points
of interest and have placed plaques
at several historic locations. The
Caledonia Adobe Museum and
Gift Shop is open weekends 11
a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mission San
Miguel Museum is open daily 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. The work done by
history groups is invaluable. They
love hearing from people who have
historical information and/or pictures.
Hundreds of school children
visit both museums annually as they
study California history and docents
are welcomed and trained.
Estrella Adobe Church. Photo by Meagan Friberg
To volunteer at the Caledonia, call
Laverne Buckman at 805-712-9920
or go to discoversanmiguel.com.
To volunteer at the mission, call
the Gift Shop at 805-467-3256
during business hours. Better yet,
come to visit!
May 2018, PASO Magazine 41
Turf Trouble: I thought I’d drive
through my old Hollywood Hills
neighborhood recently during a
layover and had a rather bizarre
Star Trek encounter. An agitated
older gentlemen blocked my way in
his SUV, leaned out of his window
to interrogate me: Did I live here?
Why was I driving on his street?’
He droned on and on about people
turning around in his driveway and
breaking his retaining wall.
I thought he looked vaguely familiar.
When he finally took a breath, I
told him I thought he probably had
bigger issues than people turning
around in his driveway. As I escaped
his blockade, I realized he was the
actor who played Star Trek Deep
Space Nine’s security chief Odo, a
He must have taken the role too
much to heart.
San Luis Obispo County’s control
issues landed it in hot water with
SCOTUS recently when the high
court struck down ordinances controlling
the size, color and timing of
political signs on private property.
Clearly the supremes have a problem
with things that infringe upon
free speech. It may have been a sharp
rebuke to our current cultural burden
of political correctness but county officials
thumbed their noses, refusing
to rescind the ordinance. They merely
agreed to no longer enforce it.
Board Demonstration: Progressivist
protesters noted the death of
mental health patient Andrew Holland
by shutting down Supervisor’s
March 20th meeting. The focus was
recently released surveillance video
of Holland being strapped to a restraint
chair before he died at San
Luis Obispo County jail.
The images of Holland’s death are
not for the squeamish; after 46 hours
in restraint, he’s released, rolls onto
the floor and loses consciousness.
The coroner’s report ruled Holland’s
death was caused by a blood clot that
traveled to his lungs but the optics are
grim; deputies joking with each other
as paramedics tried to revive him.
Chair John Peschong called for
a 10-minute recess, but protesters
didn’t leave, so Peschong ordered the
room cleared. Protesters then filed
out, chanting slogans about justice.
Solutions are few; the system broke
down when jail officials were told
there were no vacant bed for Holland
at the county’s mental health facility.
It turns out that wasn’t true.
The protesters’ goal is the ouster
of Sheriff Ian Parkinson, and they
apparently weren’t willing for voters
to weigh in at the June election. The
urgency is driven by protester’s claim
Holland’s death is part of a pattern
of county sanctioned torture. The
rest of us simply want to know why
county staff responsible for Holland’s
death haven’t been identified and
Walk-Out Lock-In: The irony of
Atascadero student’s planned walkout
to protest school violence was
itself canceled after social media
threats against participating schools.
Similar walkouts countywide
went off without a hitch. The events
were reportedly sponsored by anti-gun
lobby, Women’s March Youth
Atascadero students were instructed
to shelter in place, until midmorning,
when officials texted parents
that things were under control. The
student originating the threat was
found and arrested.
Whether the anti-gun crowd
diverts attention from the education
system dysfunction and law
enforcement failures that led to the
school shooting in Parkland Florida,
remains to be seen, but will parents
swallow the suggested solution,
“schoolags,” campuses with taller
fences, body scanners, swat teams
and video surveillance?
It may be time to admit our aging,
underperforming and dangerous
public school systems have passed
their sell-by date. Reimagined education
might combine the best of
resource teachers and home school
nurture. Imagine an informal place
where students learn via creative online
curricula, then gather for academy
enrichment classes and sports.
Imagine a system run by stakeholders,
not bureaucrats. Don’t stop me
now, I’m on a roll.
Last One Out: Our county housing
crisis pinged the national scope when
MSNBC broke a story about high
taxes and housing costs driving an
exodus from California. The network
not exactly known for conservative
views quoted a San Luis Obispo man
leaving for Las Vegas.
Local resident Dave Senser wasn’t
looking for glamorous nightlife, he
lives on a fixed income that is now too
lean to survive in SLO. He’s joining
thousands fleeing the golden state
for cheaper, if not greener pastures.
“There's nowhere in the United
States that you can find better
weather than here," Senser told the
network, but added, "Rents here are
crazy, if you can find a place, and
they're going to tax us to death,” referring
to $4/gallon gas, the result of
a Governor Jerry Brown-authored
gas tax hike.
Senser noted Nevada doesn’t even
have a state income tax.
County economic summit speaker,
Christopher Thornburg of Beacon
Economics, says lower income people
are fleeing, but more upscale Californians
are following, as housing
costs hit the soon-to-be formerly rich
as seven figure home prices become
Citing 2016-2017 census data,
Thornburg says that despite healthy
job growth, California experienced
a net exodus.
Nice Work: Daniel Esenwein
shouldn’t have trouble finding an
affordable home here. The former
assistant Santa Cruz County public
works director signed a lucrative deal
for director of public works here in
San Luis Obispo County for $22,750
per month in wages and benefits.
As comfortable as that is, Esenwein’s
contract doesn’t make him
the highest paid county employee; it
doesn’t put him in the top ten and just
barely makes the top twenty. SLO
County’s chief executive Administrator
Daniel Buckshi pulls down over
$334 large, but he’s not the top paid
county employee. That honor goes to
M. Daisy Llano-Ramos, San Luis
Obispo County’s medical director
of mental health, who in 2016 reportedly
made more than $429,000
in wages, “other pay” and benefits.
Esenwein will supervise 280 employees
and hopefully have enough
money left over to pave our pot-holed,
bumpy county roads, while he’s also
supervising the Salinas groundwater
basin, among other tasks.
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The World War II Memorial in Washington
D.C was completed in 2004, and as Honor Flight
founder Earl Morse went about his job working
as a physician assistant in the Department of Veteran
Affairs clinic in Springfield, OH, he realized
that many of his WWII patients would never
travel to see the memorial dedicated to their war.
In January 2005, he organized private pilots to fly
and escort veterans around D.C. to see the capital
of the country they served at war overseas.
Honor Flight was born, and has escorted more
than 200,000 veterans at no cost to them, with
hubs in almost every state, and seven in California.
In 2014, Templeton native Greg McGill
organized the first flight of 13 veterans from the
Central Coast, and has since flown almost 250
veterans from the Central Coast to see the memorials
in the nation’s capital.
“These memorials are a true tribute to the
men and women of service,” Greg said, “and
it is just a shame that so many of them never
got to see their memorial. They wanted to see
it, but just weren’t able to, financially. If the government
felt it was important enough to build
these memorials, then it is just as important that
the veterans get to see them.”
As a firefighter out of Kern County, Greg was
introduced to Honor Flight by an opportunity to
be a Guardian — those who travel with the veterans
and ensure a safe and memorable experience
for every vet.
“My buddy asked me if I wanted to go to
Washington D.C. to help with Honor Flight,”
Greg said. “That trip is what sealed the deal for
Honor Flight here on the Central Coast.”
Greg traveled with 20 WWII veterans out of
Bakersfield on his first Honor Flight trip, and the
rest is history.
“We go into the Baltimore airport, and there
is a crowd of 400 to 500 people cheering for all
A Memorial Mission
Local Chapter Scheduled To Fulfill 11 th Tour on May 14
Greg McGill and Gordon Bastien
these WWII veterans,” Greg said. “My buddy and
I did not know what was happening. It was a total
surprise for us, and to see the veterans so excited.”
Hearing Greg tell it, the trip was a whirlwind
of emotion, wonder, laughter, tears, and forming
“The whole time on the trip, we heard stories
of where they had been around the world,” Greg
said. “Not just the war part, but ‘In France, I got
to try this wine and it was so good. I was 19 years
old.’ And my buddy and I come back and can’t
stop talking about this trip.”
“Being that my first job was given to me by a
WWII veteran here [in Templeton],” Greg said,
“I wanted to find a way to give back the way I
As a freshman at Templeton High School,
Greg was hired by Chuck Breslin, owner of Four
Paws Kennel and Marine veteran of WWII.
“It was really interesting to hear his life experience
about living in Guam, Japan, and re-enlisting
for Korea. He taught me a lot on the job,” Greg
said. “Being born and raised here [in the North
SLO County], I really wanted to do something
for veterans here.”
He couldn’t find a chapter on the Central
Coast, so he helped start one.
“I called the Bakersfield chapter and sat with
some of the board members,” Greg said. “I was 24
or 25 at that time. I had no idea of how to start
a nonprofit, but I want to start something. They
told me to find 10 to 15 veterans from the Central
Coast and we would do one trip together.”
Greg partnered with the Bakersfield chapter
in 2013, taking 13 WWII vets from the Central
“I interviewed each veteran, found out where
they went to high school and everything, and I
wrote one-page papers on each and went to businesses
and asked if they would sponsor these guys.
Like that, I had $10,000,” Greg said.
After three trips taking Central Coast veterans
with the Bakersfield chapter, it was clear that a
Central Coast chapter needed to be established to
serve the local area.
Although Greg is packing away enough experience
with the flights to get used to the emotion,
the impact still brought out the raw feelings of
gratitude and healing the trips offer both veteran
By Nicholas Mattson
“This is the last chapter of some of these veterans’
lives,” Greg conveyed. “For some, it is the
The trip opens up doors and windows to the
souls of the veterans, but it doesn’t just stop with
the vets. It has an impact on the immediate family
and friends as well.
Rich Campbell, Greg McGill and Gordon Bastien
“We took one, and a week later he passed
away,” Greg said. “His son got ahold of me,
and he said ‘what you guys did for my dad, really
brought our family back together.’ I’m not
going to say we ‘fixed’ their family, but we got
them talking again about a positive experience.”
It is hard to really understand the impact of
years of silence awakened by a voice from the past
— especially when that voice is from your own son.
“We reached out to a vet’s son and told him
that his dad was going on the trip,” Greg said.
“The son said he didn’t talk to his dad, but then he
wrote a letter to his dad. His dad told me, ‘I got a
letter from my son. I don’t think you understand
what it means to get a letter from my son. I haven’t
talked to my son in years.’”
The healing that takes place for veterans
making the trip, and those who show up to
meet them when they touch down in D.C., is
remarkable beyond words. Being a part of Honor
Flight for Greg and other Guardians, is the
result of a greater hand at work and each flight
has its own surprises.
“We took one gal, Ruth Gwinn, a beautiful
woman back during WWII,” Greg said. “She
was a nurse, but women were not considered
veterans back then. Truman signed them in
as veterans. Ruth said she got to be there the
day Truman signed women in. We went to
the Women In Military Service For America
Memorial, and there is her picture. One of the
ladies working there heard us talk about it and
went and got General [Wilma] Vaught. We got
pictures of Ruth and General Vaught.”
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There may be no way to put a price tag on the
experience, but the trip costs Guardians $1,500
per trip, and Honor Flight Central Coast raises
the money for the veterans’ trip.
Among other fundraising efforts, the second
annual Vino for Vets will raise money through
a network of wineries donating tasting fees and
more to Honor Flight during the weekend of
May 26 through 28.
As of publication, the wineries participating
in Vino for Vets are Anglim Winery, Aronhill
Vineyards, Bella Luna Estate Winery, Calcareous
Vineyards, Cayucos Cellars, Hearst Ranch Winery,
Pianetta Winery, Robert Hall Winery, and
Rava Wines. For more information about Vino
for Vets, go to honorflightccc.org or call Greg at
“It is really nice that we are all-volunteer, because
every dime that comes in is put to use for
Honor Flight,” Greg said.
The visit to the memorials is only part of the
experience for the veterans.
“Less than 2% of our WWII veterans got a
homecoming, and for Korean War vets it wasn’t
much more,” Greg said. “With this trip, we get
to give them a homecoming they never got. A
group out of Santa Maria called Welcome Home
Heroes travel all over the state and get people together
and greet the vets at the airport. We throw
a huge homecoming with flags everywhere and
people cheering for them. We have 90-year old
veterans out at 9:30 in the morning waiting to
cheer other veterans coming back. It is really cool.”
The mission of Honor Flight is to honor all of
America’s veterans by taking them to Washington
D.C. on their “Tour of Honor” as our guest. Once
there, they can visit and reflect at their memorials
which have been built to honor their service.
On May 14, Honor Flight CCC will take its 11th
flight with eight WWII vets and 14 Korean War
vets, upon which a total of 267 veterans will have
made the trip.
One of the original 13 Honor
Flight Central Coast members,
Gordon Bastien, began his military
career as a 16-year old in 1943,
served 16 years and some months
— and said the 2014 Honor Flight
“was the highlight to end it.”
“I was only a kid, 16, when I went to the Navy,”
Gordon said. “By the time I got out of boot camp
I was 17. In 1930s-40s we didn’t have much of
an army and navy. We were just going along. We
had built an army but not a lot. But when the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor, all hell broke loose.
People started enlisting all over.”
Gordon served during WWII, and spent
many years in flight and on carriers transporting
equipment around the Pacific. After the
war ended, he continued service in taking
back foreighn territories from Mejiro, Japan,
to Marshall Islands, and Guam.
Bob Busick points to the memorial of the D-Day Invasion.
“We were just about to go to Iwa Jima,” Gordon
said, “and they said ‘you been on three islands, so
we’re sending you home.’ I came home and got
married, and started cropdusting in Modesto.”
Half a lifetime later, Gordon found out that
Greg was taking a group of veterans to D.C., and
joined the original 13 from the Central Coast,
with others from Bakersfield.
“I think we had about 60-something people
on that flight,” Gordon said, “and you didn’t see a
dry eye at the memorial. I broke down and it took
two or three people to hold me up. We were all
old men and all shedding tears. And not a one of
us was ashamed to tear up about it.”
Gordon could not say enough about Greg’s
work in getting veterans to the memorials.
“For a young man like that, it was quite a feat,”
Gordan said. “That young man deserves more
credit than I can ever give him, and everyone on
that first flight, to a man, will tell you that.”
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“Fun for All Ages"
MEMORIAL DAY FLYOVER
As the national anthem plays around
the venue, airplanes demonstrate
dramatic flyovers in a bold display
of American pride and honor for those
who lost their lives in combat
B-25 “EXECUTIVE SWEET”
Take flight with a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to take to the skies in a real
WWII-era B-25J Mitchell Bomber. Whether
you are an Air Corps Veteran wanting to
relive what it felt like to fly in this amazing
airplane, or an aviation fan tired of simply
viewing the air show from the ground,
this amazing flying experience makes
memories that will last a lifetime.
• Gold panning
• “Farmers’ Market”
• Butter making
• Coloring pages
• Roping dummies
• Giant sand pile
• Tire climbing gym
PACIFIC COAST RAILROAD
Like a magical vision from a bygone era, the steam-powered Pacific Coast Railroad never fails to
enchant visitors to Santa Margarita Ranch. The railroad includes three engines, as well as four
5/8 scale passenger coaches from the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad dating back to the 1950s.
Enjoy tours around the ranch, guided by informative docents … but watch out for local bandits!
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By Melissa Chavez
Barbara Lewin & Lori Alpert
Every day is
Barbara Lewin and her daughter
Lori Alpert, co-owners of The
Blenders, “a unique boutique” in
Paso Robles, consider themselves
“very fortunate, said Lori. “To us,
it’s not just about selling something,
but having relationship with
people. Just stop by and say hi if
The longest running retail store
in Downtown Paso Robles at 538
12th Street offers personalized
shopping, custom ordering and a
wide selection of carefully selected
women’s fashions. Also the North
County’s Merle Norman headquarters,
not only has The Blenders
carried the makeup and skin-
care line for over 40 years, Merle
Norman continues to receive high
marks from online cosmetic review
sites, such as MakeupAlley.com.
“Sometimes you just have to
push the ‘refresh’ button,” said
Lori, “and consider what one’s skin
needs now, which can be affected
by time, the environment and even
certain medications. Our customers
are enjoying Merle Norman’s
Skintelligent line, but many items
have been their favorites for years.
Even our roll-on deodorant is a
Lori and Barbara have a real
knack for coordinating everything
they sell into a fresh and cohesive
look that makes use of both essential
pieces and current trends.
In addition to their clothing line
with brands such as Tribal, Keren
in Paso Robles
Hart Ltd., and Lulu B, among
their accessories are Holly Yashi
hypoallergenic jewelry and handbags
by Baggallini, and they do
ear-piercing, too. At press time,
a generous selection of beautiful,
versatile scarves in silks and
cotton blends for the season were
displayed throughout the shop
($26-$59) in time for summer.
Barbara Lewin is known to
many longtime proprietors in Paso
Robles as a gentle mover and shaker
who cultivated Downtown Paso
Robles retail from when the community
was just 8,000-strong to
what it is known today. An earlier
rendition of The Blenders began
as shop that carried fresh-roasted
coffee beans (“before it was a
thing”), teas, Jelly Belly candy,
boutique jewelry, accessories and
“She had forethought in Paso
Robles,” said daughter Lori. “and
thought about what her customers
would want," Barbara added,
“When I moved from the Bay
Area, fresh coffee beans weren’t at
the grocery stores and there were
no coffee houses, so I brought
coffee beans to my shop.” Barbara
and Lori both agree that “the
key to selling is to find a need and
“Mom and I play off each other,”
said Lori. “We have similar
tastes, yet we approach things differently.
If I have another idea of
how to do something, my mom
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“ The key to selling is to find a need and fill it.”
Barbara Lewin and Lori Alpert
will say, ‘let’s give it a try.’ Ours is a
“We’re just lucky; we’re family.
And PS: We work together! “said
Barbara. “Lori is a fine businesswoman
who always goes beyond
what is necessary. She has the
keenest eye for color and design,
and more than anyone that I’ve
encountered in this business,” she
said of her daughter. “Lori is very
kind, very loving and I’m very
proud of her.”
Call The Blenders at
238-5554 or visit
May 2018, PASO Magazine 49
from GENERAL STORE
A HIGH FIVE
Five years ago this
month, we opened
our doors. It was like
throwing a party and
hoping someone would come. Since day one, our community has been
not only supportive but vocal, noticing when we change things, commenting
on a Bob Marley cover we’re playing in the store, giving us a
thumbs-up and a smile when they come in on a summer afternoon and
see us busy at the register.
We have two things to say to this cool place we call home:
1. Thank you for five ridiculously gratifying years.
2. We are just getting started!
To kick off our anniversary month, we are celebrating with a “High
Five” countdown. If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or come
into the store, you’ll see that every day until the 17th (our official open
date), we will have sowme kind of High Five offering ... a donation, a
special giveaway, a shout-out. There were just too many people to thank
and too many ways we wanted to do it to limit it to one day! We will
begin our High Five Celebration by donating $500 to must! charities.
Another homegrown operation, we admire their focus, dedication, and
how they inspire us to give in whatever way we can. We have a special art
project in the works with local painter David Bond, as well as a custom
cocktail mix (Paso Punch-thanks to Yes Cocktail Co.!) ... check in
with us through the 17th to see more.
We also wanted to tip our hat to the makers of our community. Some
of them met with us in our living room over five years ago and were
willing to develop products for us before we even had a storefront. Others
have kept us well stocked even as they’ve exploded, and still others have
made us the first place they’ve offered their goods in a shop. Without
you all, we would look a lot more like a store that could be in any old
town. It’s you that makes General Store specifically Paso, and a place
where you can literally find things no one else has. Thank you so much.
We are blessed to live here, to do what we love doing, and to do it
alongside brilliant people - including our staff, our families, and our
Cheers to five years!
Erin, Jillian and Joeli
& the team at General Store Paso Robles
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THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE
Achoo!!! Miserable with Allergies?
Spring is my favorite time of year!
The grass is abundant and green.
Flowers are popping up adding color
to the hillsides. The weather is
warming. Unfortunately for those
who suffer from allergies, this can
be a dreaded time of year.
Allergens are agents that trigger
an allergic response such as pollen
from various plants and stimulate
the immune system to release an
immunoglobulin, which in turn
produces a histamine release. Histamine
causes the body to flush,
produce extra mucous, swells tissue,
and can cause eyes to tear; the
primary symptoms of hay fever.
Other nasty symptoms include sinus
congestion, headache, burning
eyes and headache. The good news
is that there are several fast-acting
natural products that can relieve
those symptoms without the side
effects of certain medications!
BreatheX Allergy & Sinus Support
has been awarded “Best in
Class” to support body’s immune
function, normal histamine production,
and relief from sinus congestion.
BreatheX contains quercetin
(natural anti-histamine), bromelain,
citrus bioflavonoids, and vitamin C
that work together to help support
a healthy respiratory system.
Allercetin Allergy & Sinus Homeopathic
is an extremely effective
homeopathic formula in fighting
the congestion and watery eyes
caused by allergies. When herbal
formulas are contraindicated due
to medications or pregnancy, homeopathy
is not only safe, but very
effective. A pregnant woman came
into the store last spring, miserable
with watery eyes and runny nose—
typical allergy symptoms. She purchased
Allercetin Allergy & Sinus
Homeopathic and returned two
weeks later praising its effectiveness!
FastBlock Allergy Relief is a nose
spray has been proven effective in
over 20 clinical trials to effectively
relieve symptoms such as sneezing,
runny, itchy nose, and sinus congestion.
FastBlock Allergy Relief
provides a light powder to the nasal
passages blocking allergens from
creating a histamine response. This
nasal spray is safe for all ages!
Our local Vana Tisanes has just
introduced a new tea blend called
Breathe. This tasty tea contains a
blend of organic herbs that assist
breathing passageways to clear,
expectorant herbs to help ease a
cough, as well as natural decongestants
and histamine reducers.
Great hot or cold!
Happy Mother’s Day to all
those special ladies out there!
Being a mom is one of the hardest
jobs in the world, but I could
never feel more blessed! Happy
Bobbi Conner, CNC, ACN, MH
The information contained in this
article is for educational purposes
only. Please consult with your medical
practitioner if health challenges
BOX BEAMS BOOK SHELVING
May 2018, PASO Magazine 51
in North County
by Heather Young
There are only two months left in the school
year, and it’s never too early to start figuring
out what the children will do over summer
break, especially since many camps fill
up early. Below is a sampling of summer
camps happening in the North County
Boys & Girls Club Day Camp
The Boys and Girls Club has a summer-long
day camp from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday,
June 20 through Friday, Aug. 10 in Atascadero
and Paso Robles. It’s for incoming kindergartners
through eighth graders. The Paso Robles
summer camp will be held at 600 26th St. The
Atascadero camp will be held at Atascadero United
Methodist Church, 11605 El Camino Real.
The cost is $525 for the entire summer. For an
application, go to bgcslocounty.org/application.
Paso Robles Pioneer Day Camp
The Paso Robles YMCA hosts a summer day
camp from Monday, June 18 through Friday, Aug.
10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children entering
kindergarten through sixth grade at Centennial
Park, 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles. The
cost is $165 per week. The campers will learn
and practice social responsible, leadership skills
An integral part of our human
development must include education
in the arts. Educational research
that examines the learning
processes throughout the ages, even
those beginning with Plato, has
emphasized the importance of the
arts as part of our development and
scholarship. Humanities are described
as academic disciplines that
study human culture. Humanities
researchers detail the arts as one of
the defining characteristics of the
human species and conclude that
every culture has a distinct artistic
aspect. Our cognitive ability to
create art separate from the body
is thought to have originated in
Africa, but the practice may have
begun at different times both genetically
and culturally across the
globe (Morriss-Kay, 2010). Today
the humanities are more frequently
contrasted with natural, physical,
and social sciences as well as professional
training. However, we must
consider fine arts as a critical component
of our academic experience.
The visual arts are present in
music, dance, language and rituals
that mark many different aspects
of our lives such as birth, marriage,
and develop positive character.
For more information or to register, call 805-
239-3047 or go to sloymca.org.
Camp Natoma is an overnight camp north of
Paso Robles. This camp is for children leaving
first grade through ninth grade. Sessions will be
held June 22 to 24 (family camp), June 24 to 30
July 8 to 14, July 15 to 21, July 22 to 28, July 29
to Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 to 11. The cost is $650 per
week. At Camp Natoma, campers gain self-confidence,
become positive team-players, expand
their imagination, and develop a relationship
with the natural world. All sessions include sleeping
under the stars and outdoor activities such
as swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, archery,
music, nature exploration, team-building and
more. For more information or to register, call
805-709-2569 or go to CampNatoma.org.
Bob Cantu’s Basketball Camp
There will be three sessions of Bob Cantu’s
Basketball Camp this summer; one at Paso
Robles High School June 18 to 21 and two at
Mission Prep High School in San Luis Obispo
June 25 to 28 and July 9 to 12. The camps are
for children 4 to 12 years of age and are held 9
The Importance of
death, religion, and politics. Animal
courtship, competitions, as well
as modern day communications,
all include aspects of vocalization,
ritualized movement and visual displays.
Anyone who has watched
turkeys or peacocks during spring
can validate art in animal courtship.
I was recently enjoying a jazz concert
at D’Anbinos in Paso Robles
featuring a local Paso Robles High
School graduate and observed many
of the patrons expressing emotions
through dance, tapping of feet, clapping
of hands, shaking of bodies
and bobbing of heads. Is this a form
of art as well as the expression of
emotion? Many opinions exist on
how we define art, but without academic
consensus (Layton, 1991).
We tend to identify art in a formal
sense related to what we find aesthetically
pleasing. Can we claim
that what is considered positive and
evokes emotion resonates as an art
form rather than something that is
solely pragmatic? Do we know if
ancient art was created for art’s sake
or did it represent a survival need?
Does my love of jazz and disinterest
in heavy metal indicate that only
one of these forms of music is a valid
expression of art, or simply what I
May of 2017 nearly 3,200 North
County students, faculty and staff
gathered to enjoy “Peter and the
Wolf: Telling Stories Through
Music” a Countywide Arts Collaboration
bringing together the
San Luis Obispo County Office of
Education, Ballet Theatre San Luis
Obispo, radio talk show host Dave
Congalton, and the OperaSLO
a.m. to noon. The cost is $150 per week. For
more information or to register, call 805-461-
4919, email email@example.com or go
British Soccer Camp
Soccer camp for children 3 to 15 years of age
will be held at Dinosaur Caves Park June 9 to
13; Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles July
23 to 27; Evers Field Park in Templeton Aug. 6
to 10. Half days are 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., which
cost$138 per week; full days from 9:15 a.m.
to 4:15 p.m., which costs $192 per week. For
more information or to register, go to challenger.
Paso Robles City summer camps
The City of Paso Robles has multiple options
for kids to get busy this summer. Some of those
activities include Central Cal Diving/Springboard
Diving, Good Dogs Kid’s Kamp, Lego
Engineering, Magic Camp and Science Camp.
To register for any camp offered by the city, go
to prcity.com or call 805-237-3988.
College for Kids at Cuesta
Students entering fifth through ninth grades
for the 2018-19 school year can take advantage
of two sessions of College for Kids at Cuesta
College’s campus in San Luis Obispo. Session
1 is June 18 to July 5 Monday through Thursday.
Session 2 is July 9 to 25. For more information,
cuesta.edu or call 805-546-3132.
by Jim Brescia
Grand Orchestra conducted by Artistic
Director Brian Asher Alhadeff
in a new ballet version of Sergie
Prokofiev’s classical tale for narrator
and orchestra. This year Vina Robles
has again agreed to graciously
host this year’s production of “Peter
Pan,” another Countywide Arts
Collaborative sponsored by the
Paso Robles Education Alliance,
the San Luis Obispo County Office
of Education, Professor David Burt,
and Virginia Severa. “Live theatre
is a team sport and the performing
arts are relevant and necessary for
children to experience frequently,”
says Maestro Alhadeff.
We must maintain or expand
levels of fine arts education in our
schools, including in schools with
high percentages of poor and minority
students. In the face of economic
stress, schools and districts
may be tempted to reduce their
investment in anything that appears
to be “extra” or unnecessary.
However, the arts play a significant
role in supporting student learning
beyond the boundaries of the fine
arts classroom. In line with maintaining
or expanding arts education,
we must work together to see that
Continued on page 53
52 PASO Magazine, May 2018
PASO ROBLES HIGH
history immortalized at Carnegie Museum
Bearcat Alley bears the pride of the Crimson and White
A walk through Bearcat Alley at
Carnegie Museum inside Paso Robles
City Park takes only a few steps,
but for many, the memories for Paso
Robles High School alumni are of an
“As students, you respected your
teachers and you would do your best
to respect your fellow students,” said
Carnegie Museum docent Dale Hiner,
who graduated in 1960.
A treasure trove
Bearcat Alley continues to evolve as
more memorabilia is donated to Carnegie
Library. There are photographs,
yearbooks, trophies, news clippings,
letterman sweater patches, pins, band
uniforms, and even Norma Moye’s
“It’s a great group of people here.
They have that real sense of community,”
said Jan Cameron, Director of
Research at Paso Robles Historical
Society. “I recently met a 1974 homecoming
queen, who passed through
to view one of the yearbooks.”
Paso Robles High times three
The first high school in San Luis
Obispo County, Paso Robles High
School was built in 1892 and graduated
its first senior class in 1896.
Constructed with locally made bricks,
the stately three-story structure was
located at 17th Street and Vine Street,
where the Marie Bauer Elementary
sits now. A decade upon opening, the
high school and upper-level auditorium
would languish in the aftermath
of the San Francisco Earthquake in
1906. A new location was built at 24th
and Spring Street, and the faulted
building was later razed in 1939.
In the 1960s, the 24th Street campus
was refurbished, with subsequent
additions to what later became Flamson
Middle School. (By 2003, the
San Simeon Earthquake rendered the
structures unsalvageable, and a new
middle school was constructed.) By
1980, the third PRHS campus was
built on Niblick Road, where it stands
today. However, football games continue
at War Memorial Stadium on
the Flamson Middle School campus
to a faithful attendance of PRHS
by Melissa Chavez
PRHS Bearcat Alley, Carnegie Museum
An enduring legacy
Behind the memorabilia and
photos of smiling students are beloved
teachers who have passed
on. They include: George Flamson
(1983), Robert “Bob” Radar (1997),
Gil Asa (1999), Virginia Peterson
(2003), Daniel E. Lewis (2004), Ken
Schmutz, Carol Root Smeltzer and
Wally Ohles (2012), and Forest Hahn
(2013), to name a few.
Bearcat Pride among classmates
continues long past graduation in
ways that manifest in the day-to-day
in times of joy and sorrow. To help
keep graduates of all ages in touch,
social media groups, such as “Paso
Robles Bearcat Boosters” and “PRHS
Bearcat Athletics,” remain active
on Facebook’s virtual pages. Local
groups, many of whom are comprised
of former Paso Robles High School
students, as well as parents who have
lost their loved ones far too
soon, have established educational
scholarships for future
For Dale Hiner and others,
time certainly hasn’t diminished
relationships with his
fellow Bearcats, who still gather
to meet several times a week.
“Paso Robles High has an
unbelievable history,” said Dale.
“As a Bearcat, you can’t help but
be very proud of that heritage.
It’s true. ‘Once a Bearcat … always
Jan Stemper Brown, Song Leader 1961
Photos courtesy of Carnegie
Museum, Paso Robles
Continued from page 52
all students have equal access to courses in
various arts disciplines, regardless of their socioeconomic
backgrounds. We need to recognize
fine arts classes as core aspects of the academic
curriculum rather than as merely “add-ons” or
“feel-good” electives. The research is clear in
indicating that students at all grade levels (including
middle school or junior high) should be
required to study fine arts. To increase student
opportunities, we should assure that funding for
arts education in our schools is maintained or
expanded. Ongoing maintenance of funding is
necessary to continue the positive relationships
between arts education and student learning as
identified in the research literature. I am proud
to see North County embracing the arts in our
schools and community.
May 2018, PASO Magazine 53
TASTE OF PASO
Berry Hill Bistro
by Meagan Friberg
Photos by Hayley Mattson & Meagan Friberg
:: Guest List ::
Meagan Friberg, PASO Magazine Writer
Hayley Mattson, PASO Magazine Co-owner
Millie Drum, PASO Magazine Ad Consultant
:: Special Guests ::
Anne Laddon, Studios on the Park Executive
Sasha Irving, Studios on the Park Founder
Jody Storsteen, Berry Hill Bistro Owner
Welcome to a special Mother’s
Day edition of entrée! I couldn’t
think of a better place to celebrate
Mother’s Day than Berry Hill Bistro
in downtown Paso Robles. The
perfect mother-daughter duo was
invited along as special guests –
Anne Laddon and Sasha Irving
of Studios on the Park.
Much to our delight, Berry Hill
Bistro owner Jody Storsteen was
on board with creating the perfect
setting and menu for our dining
experience. She greeted us like
family, and we shared a great meal
together while chatting about our
grandmothers, mothers, children,
A little background on my
fellow moms: Millie is mom to
Genevieve, Jamie, and Karin, and
Grandma to Carter, Gavin, and
Brody. Hayley is mom to Elle,
Mirac, and Max; Jody is mom
to Tanner and Tate, and Anne is
mom to Sasha and Ian. And me, I
am mom to Erica, Sarah, Joshua,
Patrick, Matthew, Michael, and
Adam, and Grandma/Meema to
Kayla, Madilyn, Jillian, Aaron,
I asked Sasha
“After 10 years
at Studios, you
continue to work
well together as
team – what is
“My mom’s approach is ready,
fire, aim,” Sasha said. “She has
vision, tenacity, and passion and
such a creative mind.”
Anne said, “Sasha is in the
back making sure all the donors
are contacted, making sure we are
organized; she’s responsible for all
the underpinnings that make this
Sasha adds, “It’s worth noting
that we are part of Studios, but
there are a bunch of other ‘godmothers’
that are right there with
us – Barbara Partridge, Dee Lacey,
Liz Hastings to name a few. When
you’re dreaming big, and my mom
is always dreaming big, and when
you’re working with your family,
or friends that are like family, it
allows you to take big risks and
have big results.”
Jody agreed, saying, “It’s like a
family here at Berry Hill also, and
we hope people can feel that when
they dine with us.”
There’s nothing better than
family and great friends! Let’s
Jody started us off with Frites
and Sweet Potato Frites, served
with three dipping sauces; *Sweet
Potato Bisque, and Seared Ahi
with wasabi coleslaw. *on Mother’s
Sasha’s favorite: Sweet Potato
Bisque-sweet potatoes, vegetable
broth, shallots, coconut milk,
homemade croutons. "What I love
about this soup is you can taste all the
ingredients and actually feel healthier
when you’re done eating it! The
best dishes don’t weigh you down,
but make you feel like you’re ready to
take on the world! And that’s what
this soup is all about! It’s simple, but
simple things are the best-that’s when
your ingredients shine."
There was a nice selection of
dishes for the Paleos, Vegetarians,
Vegans, and Meat-Eaters
among us! The Maple Leaf Duck
Breast Salad, Grilled Veggie Panini
Sandwich, *Chicken Curry
Salad Croissant Sandwich, and
the Chicken Mango Salad. *on
Mother’s Day menu
Meagan’s favorite: Chicken
Curry Salad Croissant Sandwich
-this delicious mix of ingredients
was piled high on a soft, fresh
croissant roll and served with a delightful
salad of mixed fruit. "Jody
had Chef Efrain split the sandwich
to share between myself, Anne, and
Millie-and there was plenty for all
of us! I loved this!"
Anne’s favorite: Chicken Mango
Salad-organic mixed greens,
mangos, avocado, and red onion
topped with a house made dressing
of mango puree, fresh ginger,
cilantro, and olive oil. This salad
is absolutely beautiful. "The presentation
is full of beautiful colors
and textures, it’s fresh, and there’s an
interesting combination of flavors."
Hayley’s favorite: Chicken
Mango Salad, modified: All of the
ingredients above, minus chicken
for a vegetarian option. "This salad
is light and refreshing, really great
flavor combinations, and it’s just
delicious! And I love the dressing,
it’s simple and fresh."
“Talk about a creative force!
How do you dream up the recipes,
Jody?” Sasha asked.
“I’m always on the prowl for new
trends, but it really comes down
to being creative and combining
ingredients I think are fun and
flavorful. My grandmother, in the
Depression, cooked for crews and
it’s been passed on. I learned from
my grandmother and mom, but I
never dreamed this was going to
be my career. There are some old
family recipes I still use; I like to
pull up classics from the archives.”
We shared two sweet endings
-the Chocolate Kahlua Cake and
the Olallieberry Apple Crisp.
Millie’s favorite: The Olallieberry
Apple Crisp "This is a delightful
blend of sweet, warm, crisp, and
cool. But what I enjoyed the most
is memories of what Grandma and
Mom used to make from their summer
berry patch. A classic, crispy crumble
tops warm berries and apples with a
scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to the
side. There is no guilt when you indulge
in desserts steeped in tradition."
Jody lends a hand in the restaurant
most days. She relies on her
amazing support staff including
Kitchen Manager & Day Chef
Efrain Garcia, Night Chefs Leo
Merced and Justin Martinez, and
Front of the House Manager Erin
Lawrence to keep things running
Our server, Cindy, said, “We
have a great staff, it’s like a family
here and Jody is the mom!”
It doesn’t get much better
than that! Happy Mother’s Day
Head to Berry Hill Bistro
and see Jody and her team.
Tell them you saw their
story in PASO Magazine
1114 Pine St.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
54 PASO Magazine, May 2018
May 2018, PASO Magazine 55
There’s something about the region’s Wild
West spirit that draws renegade winemakers
to Paso Robles. The colorful cast of mavericks
is as varied as the region’s 40 grape varietals,
from albariño to zinfandel. It’s this
diversity that gets the winemakers creative
juices flowing, creating the signature “Paso Blend,”
fearlessly blending Rhône and Bordeaux varietals with a good dose of
zinfandel, highlighted by a smidgen of Spanish and Italian varietals.
True, Paso did and still continues to carry the image of hi-octane,
“drink now” wines. That is changing though as winemakers adopt new
techniques crafting wines with finesses and elegance, from bold Rhône
blends and peppery zinfandels to complex cabernet sauvignon wines at
par with Napa Cabs.
Paso’s come a long way since the Franciscan friars planted grapes in this
region back in 1790. Then came Indiana rancher Andrew York, who founded
York Mountain Winery and planted some of the earlier zinfandel vines.
The success of zinfandel drew the likes of celebrated concert pianist
and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Padereweski, followed by Italian-
American families — Pesenti, Dusi and Martinelli who took to planting
head pruned zinfandel vineyards.
Other pioneers arrived — Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery;
Gary Eberle of his eponymous winery, home to the first planting of syrah
in the country; Dr. Stanley Hoffman and his daring planting of cabernet
sauvignon and pinot noir at his Hoffman Mountain Ranch in the Adelaida
region, and Bordelais Stephan Asseo, who pioneered the craft of the cabernet
sauvignon and syrah blend at his L’Aventure Winery.
At the Inner Circle loop there are Double Gold winning syrahs at Ecluse;
further up, the spectacular Law Estate’s swanky tasting room overlooks vineyards
planted to cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo and Rhône varietals some
perched as high as 1900-feet elevation.The scenic Willow Creek enclave is
home to by appointment only Saxum and Denner wineries. Nearby Janis
Denner Pelletiere offers delightful Italian varietals at her eponymous winery.
In the minuscule York Mountain AVA, Epoch’s winemaker Jordan
Fiorentini’s Rhône blends are as lyrical as her wine notes. In fact, she
expresses her palate sensations through sketches on the note cards that
accompany each wine.
In the hilly Adelaida area, Halter Ranch and Adelaida Vineyards & Winery
offer adventurous Jeep tours and wine tasting conducted in scenic vineyards.
Nearby at Tablas Creek you will savor an eclectic range of Rhône style
wines. And for top-notch Bordeaux style wines, there’s the panoramic hilltop
Daou Vineyards and Justin Vineyards, both offering excellent lunch fare.
The busy corridor of 46 East is lined with wineries such as Eberle, Vina
Robles, Robert Hall, Glunz Family Winery and the popular Wild West saloon-style
tasting room of Tobin James Cellars known for its party-hearty
wines as well as fine reserve cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel wines.
The Templeton region is now brimming with more acclaimed wineries:
tastings at the hilltop biodynamic estate of Ambyth and Victor Hugo are by
appointment, others such as Pomar Junction, Wild Horse, Clesi, Bella Luna
and August Ridge are open daily.
Although Paso is renowned for bold red wines, there are several wineries
producing refreshing Rosé wines and delicious whites, from crisp albariño
and sauvignon blanc to aromatic blends of white Rhône varietals such as
viognier, roussane and marsanne.
Paso’s come a long way since the
Franciscan friars planted grapes
in this region back in 1790.
In 1983 when the Paso Robles AVA (American Viticultural Area) was established,
there were just over a dozen wineries and 5,000 acres of vineyards.
Now, as the largest appellation in California, encompassing 614,000 acres
(compared to Napa Valley’s 225,000 acres), the region has grown to 32,000
acres under vine and home to over 200 wineries, mostly family owned, 95
percent of which produce 5,000 cases or less annually. In 2014, the Paso AVA
was subdivided into 11 distinct appellations defined by the region’s topography,
soil, climate and elevation.
To explore Paso is to know its many pockets and enclaves. The three
main arteries are the CA 46 East and CA 46 West corridors along with the
woodsy Adelaida/Willow Creek region. Clusters of wineries are also tucked
along routes dubbed Back Road Wineries, Inner Circle Wineries and the
Pleasant Valley trail, not to mention over a dozen tasting rooms in downtown
Paso. Then there’s Tin City, the new hip hub of wineries and breweries
ensconced in Paso’s industrial section bordering US 101.
Along 46 West, you can taste refreshing whites at Grey Wolf and scintillating
spirits from its Krobar Distillery. Four Lanterns offers distinctive
Rhône blends at its rustic barn while third generation winemaker
Janel Dusi pours zesty zinfandels at her J. Dusi winery. Niner Estate is a
must-stop where the restaurant and tasting room offer a sweeping view
of the Heart Hill Vineyard. Nearby Linne Calodo’s owner/winemaker
Matt Trevisan crafts creative Rhône-centric blends and up the road Turley
Wine Cellars specializes in vineyard designate zinfandels. Pinot noir
fans will find earthy Burgundian style at Windward Vineyard and lush
pinots at Jack Creek Winery.
Here’s a List of Some Wineries and Their Specialties:
Cabernet Sauvignon and
Bordeaux style blends:
Aleksander by S & G Estate
Daou Vineyards Winery
Halter Ranch Vineyard
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Niner Wine Estates
Bordeaux and Rhône
style red wines and
Ancient Peaks Winery
Dunning Vineyards Estate
Rio Seco Winery
Robert Hall Winery
Steinbeck Vineyards &
Tobin James Cellars
Tooth & Nail Winery
Treana and Hope Family
Vina Robles Vineyards
Wineries noted for
Rhône style wines:
Four Lanterns Winery
Herman Story Winery
Paix Sur Terre
Villa Creek Cellars
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Jack Creek Cellars
TH Estate Wines
Italian style wines:
August Ridge Vineyards
Bela Luna Estate Winery
Dark Star Cellars
Spanish style wines:
Bodega Paso Robles
Pear Valley Vineyard
56 PASO Magazine, May 2018
with Azurae Shults
If you’ve lived in Paso Robles for
more than a couple minutes I’m sure
you’ve noticed some big changes the
past few years. We live amongst one
of the most-revered wine regions in
the world. Where there’s wine there’s
tourism and where there’s tourism
there are weddings!
Destination weddings, local weddings,
celebrity weddings, you name
it, they are happening. They are a
staple of our local economy now —
hence this new column!
When my old pal Nic Mattson approached
me about writing a wedding
column for his magazine I couldn’t
turn it down. So, it’s time to divulge
the secrets of wedding planning!
On May 29, 2005 — almost 13
years ago! — Tommy and I got married
at a local Paso venue (which will
remain unnamed to protect the innocent).
In 2005 Paso Robles was not
as grown up or refined as it is now
and there definitely weren’t as many
venues to choose from!
The venue we chose was based on
a few criteria; space for 400, a price
my father wouldn’t faint over, and the
option to have a full bar. As a “bonus”
the venue offered us the assistance of
their “venue coordinator.” Had my
24-year-old self known then what I
know now about wedding planning I
never would have left it at that — but
how was I supposed to know?
I had never been married before,
and I was planning long distance, it
seemed like a great resource. I loved
the idea of having a venue coordinator
so I never even bothered to look
into a full-service planner. What a
mistake! I assumed she would help
me with all the day of details- but
instead I enlisted the help of friends
and volunteers. The night before my
wedding, my closest friends celebrated
in my Dad’s backyard while
I frantically re-organized my trusty
wedding binder to hand off! I felt so
helpless that night. Here’s the real
deal- a venue coordinator is not a
planner! They act as the middle man
between the venue and the client.
They are a wealth of knowledge about
the venue, they handle contractual
discussions between the couple and
are a resource as questions arise. They
are not however to be confused with
a full-service planner. That is where
I went wrong.
As you can probably guess of
course a few things went wrong!
Where was that venue coordinator
when I needed her? Why didn’t I hire
someone to help me? I spent months
asking myself these questions.
Coordinators are a local wedding
concierge. The good ones know everyone,
they are business savvy, excellent
communicators, and someone
you feel comfortable with.
Coordinators help you build your
wedding, layer by layer, from the
ground up! From choosing a date, a
venue, a budget, layouts, timeline, catering,
photographer, floral designer,
lighting, music, cake, rentals and so
much more! They will save your sanity
by organizing details and executing
your vision. When you get engaged
the first thing you should do is find a
coordinator! Not a venue or a caterer
but a coordinator!
Although we had an amazing wedding
and still hear stories from our
friends about their weekend in Paso,
I wish I could go back in time and
slap some sense into my 24-year-old
self and make her hire a coordinator!
Before hiring a coordinator check
1. Check online reviews & images
on sites such as Wedding Wire and
The Wedding Standard.
2. Check availability & pricing.
Make sure they’re available and fit
your budget. A coordinator will usually
charge 10-15% of your budget.
3. Check references. Call recent
clients or local wedding pro’s for information.
There are so many exciting things happening
in the world of weddings! I hope
you’ll stay tuned as we continue this wedding
journey! Have a wedding question?
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Azurae Shults, Ciel Bleu Event Design
May 2018, PASO Magazine 57
2018 Memorial Day Weekend events
By Melissa Chavez
ESTRELLA ADOBE MEMORIAL
Sunday, May 27 at 2-4 p.m.
Friends of the Adobes, Inc., will host a nondenominational
service at the Estrella Adobe
Church on Airport Road, north of Paso Robles
Airport. Traditional hymns will be sung with
accompaniment at this annual event. Quester
members will provide refreshments. Enjoy
self-guided tours through the church grounds
and old cemetery. Call 805-467-3357. Visit
Rios-Caledonia Adobe on Facebook.
PASO ROBLES DISTRICT CEMETERY
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Paso Robles District
Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive,
Paso Robles. In cooperation with American
Legion Post 50 and VFW Post 10965, the
commemoration will feature an 11 am military
flyover in V-formation by Estrella Warbird
Museum’s Freedom Flight. Guest speakers,
patriotic songs, Pledge of Allegiance, wreath
laying, a closing prayer and Honor Guard. Call
Tom or Brian at 805-238-4544.
TEMPLETON DISTRICT CEMETERY
AND AMERICAN LEGION POST 220
Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. ceremony at
Templeton Cemetery, 86 Gibson Road,
Templeton. American Legion Hall Post 220
will honor local veterans in a Patriotic Cere-
This Memorial Day weekend, local organizations will
assemble at various locations to commemorate those
fallen on behalf of our country. A Congressional
declaration reminds everyone “to voluntarily and
informally observe in their own way a moment
of remembrance and respect, pausing from
whatever they are doing for a moment of
silence or listening to ‘Taps.’”
mony at Templeton Cemetery and Estrella
Warbirds flyover at approximately 11:05 a.m.
The commemoration will be followed by a
Legion Hall BBQ, quantities are limited,
beginning at 12 noon at 801
South Main Street, Templeton. Call
Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. The cemetery will
have a commemorative Memorial Day flyover
above the Atascadero Cemetery to honor
our departed veterans at 11:09 am. The flight,
in V-formation, will be performed by Estrella
Warbird Museum pilots of the Vietnam
ATASCADERO FACES OF FREEDOM
Monday, May 28 at noon at 8951 Morro Road
(Hwy. 41), Atascadero, SLO County Faces of
Freedom Veterans Memorial. The impressive
memorial sculpture onsite depicts an American
soldier in a pantheon of other historic military
heroes. Stretched across an open courtyard
are nine, seven-foot-tall panels that form
a 70-foot-long wall. Inscribed in granite are
over 231 names of soldiers from SLO County
who died while defending our nation. In
formation, Freedom Flight will soar overhead
at 12:10 pm. Call 805-462-1267.
Reflects Upon Memorial Day
and Military Service
By Melissa Chavez
Recently stationed in Spain after a three-year
Navy re-enlistment, Petty Officer Third Class
Anthony Falcone shared his thoughts about
Memorial Day and his commitment to serving
the United States.
“After graduating from Templeton High School in
2012 with my best friends Max and Alani, I enlisted
in the U.S. Navy,” said Falcone. “That was the best
decision I have ever made – five long years chock
full of new friendships, world travel, and important
life lessons,” said the son of Martha Bordonaro and
husband SLO County Assessor Tom Bordonaro.
Falcone’s interest in all things Navy were enhanced
by the film, “Master and Commander,” plus
“great achievements of the Navy; Captain John Paul
Jones’s revolutionary taking of the HMS Serapis,
the supremacy of American aircraft carriers during
WWII, and dominance of Naval Aviators during
Operation Desert Storm. Wooden frigates and steel
battleships that litter ocean floors are a stone-cold
testament to the cost of victory accepted by daring
commanders and iron-willed captains.
“There is a line in the Sailor’s Creed that states,
‘I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy, and those
who have gone before me to defend freedom
and democracy around the world.’ I stand on the
shoulders of giants, men and women who signed
on the dotted line to serve a greater purpose.
“This Memorial Day, children in school will be
given the day off. I hope they understand what their
day off is for – that while they are home, there were
those before them that left home to do battle and
never came back. It is also my hope that when the
time comes for me to retire, that at least one of them
comes to relieve my watch. HOOYAH NAVY!”
Falcone in Rota, Spain for a portof-call
while stationed in 2017 on
the USS Bataan (LHD 5)
58 PASO Magazine, May 2018
2018 Summer Concerts
Upcoming schedule announced for Downtown Paso Park
by Melissa Chavez
Paso Robles REC Foundation has announced
their line-up for 2018 Summer Concerts in the
Park, so mark your calendars now for Thursdays
at 6 p.m. from June 7 to August 16. A diverse
array of bands will satisfy music lovers with
both covers and original songs.
Major sponsors of the REC Foundation,
Firestone Walker Brewing Company and J.
Lohr Vineyards & Wines, help make possible
the music series that is attended by thousands
throughout North SLO County. Along with
wine and beer, water and sodas will also be
available for purchase.
The ten-concert season between mid-June and
mid-August is not only popular with devotees,
but with musicians, too. The process by which
bands are selected can be highly competitive.
“It’s tremendous,” said Lynda Plescia, Recreation
Services Manager. “We average 70 applications
a year. We implemented a protocol
to keep up with the interest.” On December
1, the Recreation Department puts out a call
for music talent. Along with their application,
specific criteria are met, including a song list,
references, and video.
Dirty Cello, a San Francisco-based blues,
bluegrass, and rock band that has traveled all
over the world, is excited to perform this year.
“We love Paso Robles, with its eclectic antique
shops, delicious eateries, and friendly people,”
said singer and cellist Rebecca Roudman.
“We’ve performed sold-out shows in Paso Robles
the past couple years at venues like D’Anbino
Cellars, and have gotten to know a lot of the
people of Paso Robles, who are not only warm
and welcoming, but a lot of fun to have at our
shows. Our new tradition is visiting Twisted
and Glazed for an after-concert donut treat!
We play a mix of covers with our own unique
spin, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and
Guns and Roses, plus our own original blues
songs like, “Don’t Call Me Honey.” We’ll get
you up and dancing and singing along. We can’t
wait to have a great time with you!”
Monte Mills, a longtime SLO County favorite
is always in the lineup. “This year, he’s going
to perform an extra hour at his show on June 21,
which is the summer solstice,” Plescia added.
“Our concerts feature incredible local talent
paired with great food and drink in our newly
renovated City Park and play area,” said Plescia.
“So, put on your dancing shoes or spread
out your picnic blanket and celebrate summer
The Kings of 88
June 7: The Brass Factory (classic R&B/
June 14: The Jammies (rock, funk,
June 21: Monte Mills (country, rock)
June 28: Dulcie Taylor (rock American
July 5: Unfinished Business (rock, soul)
July 12: Dirty Cello (blues/bluegrass)
July 19: Sound Investment (pop, rock,
August 2: The JD Project (country,
August 9: The Kings of 88 (classic rock)
August 16: Joy Bonner Band (old soul)
For more information, call Recreation
Services Manager Lynda Plescia at
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WOMEN'S HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Treat yourself to the Monalisa
Touch® in the month of May
and receive a $400 credit.
On Saturday, May
12, Estrella Warbirds
Museum will be celebrating
the 10th anniversary
of the original
Warbirds Wings &
Wheels event, including
the Mega Swap Meet,
and featuring Dennis
Gage, host of the nationally
syndicated tele- vision
show, "My Classic Car" r e -
turning as special guest host
for WWW 10.
Participants, visitors from all over
California, and world-renowned
race car drivers, automotive designers,
builders and enthusiasts have
attended over the years supporting
Car show participants can sign up
for $40 entry fee that includes: 2 all
access wrist bands, T-shirt, goodie
bag, dash plaque, photo of your
car with a Warbird plane and event
poster. Participants can win up top
$600 in a special drawing.
For information contact Carol
Verstuyft at (805) 674-3939 or online
at www.ewarbirds.org New this
year will be a vintage tractor display
BY BOB CHUTE
The Mega Swap Meet will feature
new and used street rod parts; vintage
auto, race car, vintage motorcycle
and vintage tractor parts, hit and
miss engines, petroliana collectables,
automotive art plus much more. Swap
Meet registration information contact
Wayne Bloechl at (805) 460-9181 or
on-line at www.ewarbirds.org.
There will be plenty of FREE
parking for visitors adjacent to the
grounds at 4251 Dry Creek Road in
Paso Robles. WWW10 will be held
from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation to
the museum includes entry to the car
show, Mega Swap Meet and all museum
buildings will open at 10 a.m.
• Food Court includes vendors,
the Firestone Walker Beer Garden
and great prize drawings.
• NEW - Cacklefest Experience
Historic Front Engine Top Fuel Dragsters
vs NASCAR Racers lined up
with their engines running, set for
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
• NEW - State of the Art Flight
Simulator with huge screen and the
ability to virtually fly any aircraft!
• NEW - Corn Hole Tournament
- open to all ages. Adult league
(12 & over) cost is $50 per team (2
per team - $70 day of event). Youth
League (Under 12) cost is $20 per
team (2 per team -
$40 day of event).
Cash prizes up to
$1000 will be awarded based on a
60 team sellout. $50 Cash prize for
Best Team Costume. Cash prizes
for Adult League, trophies for Youth
League. Preregistration is recommended.
• Plus for the kids! Bounce houses,
face painting and many other activities
in the Kid Zone.
Friday Night Party
The Friday night dinner and barn
dance in the main hangar features
Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe
Band, reservations are required.
Ron Berry, well known Custom Cartoon
Car Creator featured on “My
Classic Car” will be bringing his wild
cartoonish “Surf Seeker,” an incredible
mini VW Micro Bus for all to see.
60 PASO Magazine, May 2018
West Coast Stock Car HOF
Names Dick Woodland a 2018 Inductee
Among the six members of the
2018 West Coast Stock Car Hall
of Fame class our own local Richard
“Dick” Woodland will be honored
when the class of 2018 is enshrined
on June 21 at the Meritage Resort
and Spa in Napa.
The Hall’s 15 th class is comprised
of Joe Garone, president, and general
manager of 2017 Monster Energy
NASCAR Cup Series Champion
Furniture Row Racing; Joe Gibbs
Racing senior executive J.D. Gibbs;
Southern California racing legend
Oren Prosser; two-time NASCAR
K&N Pro Series West Champion
Greg Pursley, and NASCAR
and open-wheel car owner Richard
“Dick” Woodland. The late Larry Albedi,
a five-decade-long public-address
announcer, will be inducted as
a member of the media.
“It is getting increasingly difficult
to select the honorees because
the West Coast, over 75 years, has
produced so many eligible candidates
– literally hundreds,” said
Ken Clapp, Chairman of the West
Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. “I
salute the tenacity of the voting
board and the members of the
nominating committee on making
these difficult selections.”
Woodland, earned his selection
with a decorated career that began in
the seat of ... well, a "jalopy."
Woodland built his first race car, a
jalopy, in 1958 at age 15. During college,
he raced NASCAR hardtops at
Kearney Bowl in Fresno, Calif. and following
military service drove sprint cars
at Ascot Park in Los Angeles. With a
growing family, Woodland turned
owner and hired West Coast Stock
Car Hall of Fame inductees Frank Secrist
and Parnelli Jones, among others.
Woodland entered the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series West with NA-
SCAR and West Cost Stock Car
Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. in
1991 and continued with his son,
Rich Jr. In 55 races, they won once
(at Phoenix in 1998) and finished
fifth in the 1995 standings. They also
entered several NASCAR premier
series, Xfinity Series and Camping
World Truck Series events. Residing
in Templeton, Calif., Woodland
owns an extensive vintage race car
museum in nearby Paso Robles.
For additional information about
the West Coast Stock Car Hall of
Fame, please visit WestCoastStock-
CarHallofFame.com or contact Owen
A. Kearns at 661-342-2983. To obtain
details about table sponsorship for the
2018 awards dinner, contact Jenniffer
Wentzel at 623-463-5400. A limited
number of tickets will be make available
to the public beginning April
1. Inquiries should be forwarded to
About the West Coast Stock Car
Hall of Fame
The West Coast Stock Car Hall
of Fame was conceived in 2001 as
a means of recognizing significant
contributors and contributions to the
sport of stock car racing. The mission
of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of
Fame is founded to preserve history
and heritage of the important role
west coast stock car competitors have
played in the sport’s development
and continuation and to recognize,
through annual enshrinement, of outstanding
individuals and groups within
the sport such as, but not limited
to, designers, engineers, mechanics,
drivers, race track owners, promoters,
publicists and members of the motorsports
May 2018, PASO Magazine 61
TIME & PLACE MAY
A monthly look at local events, fundraisers,
meetings, and entertainment.
To submit a listing, email nic@
magazine.com or mail to PO Box
3996, Paso Robles, 93447 by the
5th of each month preceding publication.
Visit Travelpaso.com or organization’s
websites for information
2 • Agri-Business Tour – Paso Robles
Chamber of Commerce
4 • Main Street Pre-Olive Festival
Social Mixer, Allegretto Vineyard Resort
4 - 6 • Main Street Olive Festival,
Downtown Paso Robles
4 - 6 • Wildflower Experience/Triathlon,
San Antonio Lake
5 • AAUW Annual Home Tour
5 • Winemakers Dinner for PR
Library, Calcareous Winery, EventBrite.
5 • Templeton Wine Festival, Templeton
5 - 6 • Relay for Life North County -
Sunken Gardens, Atascadero
5 - 6 • Three Speckled Hens Antique
and Old Stuff Show, PR Event Center
10 • Open House, Boys & Girls Club
of North County
11 • Estrella Warbirds Museum/
Woodland Auto Display Barn Dance
12 • Warbirds, Wings & Wheels,
Estrella Warbirds Museum
15 • State of the North County presented
by Chamber of Commerce,
Springhill Suites in Atascadero
17 – 20 • 36th Annual Wine Festival,
Paso Robles City Park
17 – 20 • Paso Robles Horse Park:
Rosé in May
25 – 27 • Best of the West Antique
25 - 28 • Great Western Bike Rally,
PR Event Center
30 • Wake Up Paso! Paso Robles
Chamber of Commerce
UP AND COMING!
July 4 • Paso Pops at the Paso Robles
Event Center. paderewskifest.com
Sept. 15 & 16 • Whale Rock Music
Almond Country Quilters Guild
Meeting – May 7, 6:30 p.m., Talk/Trunk
Show by Quilt Designer and Instructor
Dora Cary (orangedotquilts.com). Presentation
is in advance of class on her
pattern The Only One on 5/9 & 10. Trinity
Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road,
Paso. Contact kajquilter @ gmail.com.
General info: email@example.com,
North County Overeaters Anonymous
- 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran
Church, Fireside Room, 940 Creston
Rd., Paso, OA.org.
North County Toast ‘N Talk Toastmasters
- 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Keller Williams
Real Estate, Paso, 805-464-9229.
Writing Support Group with awardwinning
author/editor Patricia Alexander.
Every other Monday, May 14 & 28,
16, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. $25 per or $20
for 4 meetings paid in advance. Call for
location 805-479-7778. BookOfComforts.com.
Paso Robles Republican Women
Federated - third Monday, 11:30 a.m.
lunch, speaker at noon. $22 cash, guests
welcome, Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Reservations
by the 2nd of each month to
Diane Oehlke, 805-239-8693 dloehlke
Santa Lucia Rockhounds - third Monday,
7:00 p.m. Templeton Community Center,
601 S. Main St. slrockhounds.org.
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
Restaurant of the Month Appreciation,
first Tuesday, time/location TBA, pasorobleschamber.com.
Templeton Chamber of Commerce
Women in Business Luncheon, second
Tuesday, 11:30, The Groves on 41,
Coffee with a CHP – second Tuesday,
8:30 a.m., Nature’s Touch Nursery &
Harvest, 225 Main St., Templeton.
BNI– Early But Worth It Chapter -
Business Networking International -
7:00 to 8:30 a.m., Culinary Arts Academy.
Visitors welcome, bniccc.com.
MOPS – Mothers of Pre-schoolers
- first & third Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Trinity
Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road,
Paso, Ashley Hazell, 805-459-6049, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exchange Club - second Tuesday,
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. McPhee’s, Templeton.
Paso Robles Lions Club - second &
fourth Tuesday. 7:00 p.m., PR Elks
Lodge, 1420 Park St., Paso. 805- 712-
Chronic Pain Support Group Meeting
- CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain
Syndrome), third Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m. Rabobank, 1025 Las
Tablas Rd, Templeton. Suzanne Miller
North County Parkinson’s Support
Group - third Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m.,
Templeton Presbyterian Church, 610
So. Main St. Info: Rosemary Dexter
American Legion Post 50 - monthly
meeting fourth Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. 270
Scott Street, Paso Robles. Info: Commander
John Irwin, 805-286-6187.
Business Networking International,
7:00 to 8:30 a.m., Cricket’s, 9700 El
Camino Real, #104, Atascadero. Visitors
North County Newcomers – May 29
deadline for June 6 luncheon at the
Paso Robles Inn, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m. Meetings/luncheons/dinners held
first Wednesdays for residents living
here less than 3 years. Info and reservations,
Paso Robles Chamber Membership
Mixer, May 9, 5:30 p.m. Central Coast
Trail Riders, Location TBA, pasorobleschamber.com.
Live Music Wednesdays in the Club
Room – 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Paso Robles
Golf Club. See ad in this issue for
local musicians. Reservations 805-238-
Monthly dinner at Estrella Warbirds
Museum - first Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.,
guest speakers. 805- 296-1935 for dinner
Experimental Aircraft Association
(EAA) Chapter 465 - second Wednesday,
7:00 p.m. at Paso Airport Terminal.
Getting youth involved with aviation.
North County Multiflora Garden
Club - second Wednesday, 12:00 noon
to 3:00 p.m. Public is welcome, no
charge. PR Community Church, 2706
Spring St., 805-712-7820, guests welcome.
Paso Robles Democratic Club - third
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. White Oak
Room, Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson,
Paso. Visitors/newcomers welcome.
Joyanne Soderholm, 2joyanne@gmail.
Templeton Chamber of Commerce
Membership Mixer at Pacific Premier
Bank with The Wellness Kitchen, 1255
Las Tablas Road, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., templetonchamber.com.
Office Hours with District Supervisor
John Peschong, third Thursday, 9:00
to 11:00 a.m., Paso Robles Chamber of
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We also cater private events!
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Continued from page 62
Commerce Conference Room. Contact
Vicki Janssen for appointment, email@example.com,
Office Hours with Field Representative
for Senator Bill Monning, third
Thursday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Paso
Robles Chamber of Commerce Conference
Room. Contact Hunter Snider for
Third Thursday - Shop, dine and
drink in downtown Paso. A portion of
the proceeds benefit must! charities.
Above the Grade Advanced Toastmasters
- first Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Kennedy Club Fitness, Paso. 805-238-
Overeaters Anonymous - 7:00 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer,
4500 El Camino Real, Atascadero. Irene
BNI – Partners in $uccess - Business
Networking International - Thursday,
7:00 to 8:30 a.m. Paso Robles Assn. of
Realtors, 1101 Riverside Ave. Visitors
Hamburger Lunch– American Legion
Post 50, - $5, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
240 Scott St., Paso.
North County Prostate Cancer Support
Group - third Thursday, 7:00 p.m.,
Twin Cities Community Hospital Pavilion
Room. Bill Houston 805-995-2254 or
American Cancer Society 805-473-1748.
Winery Partners Wine Bar - Wine
tasting at Studios on the Park every
Friday and Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
benefits the free arts education program
for local kids. Studiosonthepark.org.
Wines and Steins for beer and wine
enthusiasts. First Friday, 6:00 to 9:00
p.m., American Legion Hall, Templeton.
North County Women’s Connection
Luncheon – second Friday, 11:00,
Templeton Community Center. Reservations,
call JoAnn Pickering, 805-239-
1096 by May 7.
Poetry in the Garden – second Friday,
6:30 p.m. Join local poets and share
your poetry and prose. Meet in Ellie’s
Garden, Ellie, 805-227-0110, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club -
12:10 to 1:15 p.m. Founders Pavilion,
Twin Cities Community Hospital. 9797.
Winery Partners Wine Bar - Wine tasting
at Studios on the Park every Friday
and Saturday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. benefits
the free arts education program for
local kids. Studiosonthepark.org.
Vaccination Clinic at Paso Petcare –
second Saturday, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for
cats, dogs and Microchip ID implants.
Cash/check only, dogs on leash, cats in
Classic Car Cruise Night – second
Saturday (weather permitting), 5:00 to
7:00 p.m., King Oil Tools, 2235 Spring
St., Paso. Tony Ororato, 805-712-0551.
Art After Dark Paso – first Saturday, wine
tasting, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Downtown
Paso. Hosted by Studios on the Park.
Central Coast Violet Society - second
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,
Brookdale Activity Room, 1919 Creston
Road, Paso. Znailady1@aol.com.
Lupus/Auto Immune Disorder Support
Group - fourth Saturday, 10:30
a.m. Nature’s Touch, 225 So. Main St.,
Pancake Breakfast - third Saturday
8:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m., $6, American
Legion Post 50, 240 Scott St., Paso.
Community Quilting - third Saturday,
(helping children and senior organizations),
10:00 am to 2:00 pm,
Bethel Lutheran Church, Old Country
Road, Templeton. Cynthia Bradshaw,
Daughters of the American Revolution
- first Sunday. For time and place,
PR Grange Pancake Breakfast - second
Sunday, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. 627
Creston Road, Paso.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Sponsored by Hospice SLO,
Bereaved Parents Group,
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Suicide Bereavement Support - fourth
Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Meetings at RISE, 1030 Vine St.,
General Grief Support,
Wednesdays, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Meeting at 517 13th Street, Paso.
No cost, no pre-registration.
GriefShare All Saturdays in May. A
13-week on-going faith-based seminar/
support group for people grieving a
loss of a loved one. 10:00 a.m. to noon,
$15, on-going, open enrollment. Trinity
Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, 940
Creston Rd., Paso. Deaconess Juliet
Thompson, 805-238-3702, ext. 205.
THE WELLNESS KITCHEN
AND RESOURCE CENTER
1255 Las Tablas Rd., Templeton. Visit thewkrc.org, 805-434-1800 for information
on Healing and Wellness Foods meal programs, volunteer opportunities,
and classes (to RSVP, register and pay online.) Hours Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday until 6:00 p.m.
Healthy Cooking Classes - 5/17, Breakfasts and Beyond, 5:30 to 7:30 in
Templeton. 5/18, at Idler’s in San Luis Obispo. $20 love offering, no one will
be turned away due to lack of funds. Taught by Evan Vossler. RSVP required
to 805-434-1800 or nancy@TheWKRC.org. 5/23, Intro to Wellness - A Taste of
Change with Registered Dietitian Hayley Garelli. 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Class is FREE.
1051 Las Tablas Road, Templeton
provides support, education and
Cancer Support Helpline, 888-793-
9355, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST.
Visit cscslo.org for description of support
groups, social events, education
and kids programs.
5/2, 11:30 a.m. Life Beyond Cancer.
5/2, 1:30 p.m. Art Time with Katie.
5/9, 6:00 p.m. Young Survivors Peer
Gathering in Templeton.
5/10, 11:00 a.m. Advanced Cancer
5/16, 6:00 p.m. Young Survivors Peer
Gathering at Sierra Vista Hospital,
2nd floor, San Luis Obispo
5/16, 11:30 a.m. Potluck Social
5/30, 11:30 a.m., Mindfulness Hour,
MONDAY: 11:30 a.m. Therapeutic
Yoga at Dharma Yoga
TUESDAY: 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi Chih
10:05 a.m. Coffee Chat, 1:00 p.m.
Educational Radio Show.
WEDNESDAY: 10:00 a.m. Living
with Cancer Support Group - Newly
THURSDAY: Navigate with Niki by
appointment. T’ai Chi Chih (patients
only), 9:00 a.m. Coffee Chat Thursdays.
FRIDAY: 5/4 & 18, 6/1, 6:00 p.m.
Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza.
Special Programs - Cancer Well-Fit®
at Paso Robles Sports Club, Mondays
and Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
pre-registration is required with
Kathy Thomas, kathythomas10
@hotmail.com or 805-610-6486.
Look Good Feel Better®, check
calendar for Mondays, register
64 PASO Magazine, May 2018
By Chuck Desmond
Yes indeed, the fabulous Cruise and Car Show
weekend has moved from Labor Day weekend
to this Memorial Day weekend. That means the
Friday parade and Saturday show in City Park
will be this month instead of in the Fall. Make a
note in your cell-phone calendar right now!
Friday night, May 25 and Saturday, May 26
are the days for the sixth annual Cruise and Car
Show. Of course it's a family-oriented 2-day
event with something for everyone and all ages.
On Friday night, the parade down Spring St.
begins at 6:00. The vehicles cruise back and
forth from 6th to 23rd streets so you can get a
good look from both sides and snap your photos.
Beginning on Thursday and then all-daylong
on Friday, vintage vehicles start to cruise
into town. It's a delight for everyone to be on
the sidewalks and watch them show up. Best
viewing spots are around The Inn (across from
City Park) as that's become the defacto gathering
place for the cars' owners to get together and
catch up on their car-tales. Drive extra carefully
because there are always groups of people gathered
around the parked cars and folks often spill
into the street for a better glimpse.
Later, on Friday afternoon, those same sidewalks
begin “sprouting folding chairs” to hold
viewers' spots before the parade actually starts.
And what a parade it is! Just like Paso's other parade
on Pioneer Day, this is a Paso event of beauty
for sure as the vehicles 'show their stuff' while
cruising. Last year with over 300 vehicles entered,
they put on a great exhibition! Most especially if
you are into cars, and even if you're not, there are
only a couple words to use; DELICIOUS and
Adrienne Hagan 63
Advanced Concrete 63
Almond Acres Charter Academy 33
AM Sun Solar 48
Amdal Transport Services 60
American Riviera Bank 45
Applied Telecom Technology 15
Arlyne’s Flowers 35
Art Works 16
Associated Traffic Safety 60
Austin, Mary Ann 63
Awakening Ways 63
Berry Hill Bistro 29
Best of the West 47
Blake's True Value 49
Bob Sprain’s Draperies 35
Body Basics 63
Bon Voyäge 48
Bridge Sportsmen Center 36
Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy 60
Cal Paso Solar 17
California MidState Fair 21
Chalekson, Dr. Charles 40
Cider Creek Bakery 46
City of Paso Robles-REC 12
Community West Bank 09
Connect Home Loans 37
Country Florist 64
Dale Gustin 63
Di Raimondo's Italian Mkt 42
Dutch Maytag 34
Edwards Barber Shop 37
El Paso de Robles
Historical Society 64
Equine Experience 36
Estrella Warbirds 31
Fox Hill Pools 35
Frontier Floors 17
Saturday, in City Park, get up close and personal,
as that's the place to be to see these wonderful
American memories. They truly display the USA
dominance of automotive engineering from “those
by-gone days.” Officially from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
there is a full cadre of classics, custom rigs, woodies,
street rods, and VWs along with their owners to
tell you about them. Marvelous paint jobs, massive
grills, real leather for upholstery, white-wall tires,
stick shifts and AM radios. If you're old enough
to remember, it'll take you back. If you aren't of
“that certain age to recall these beauties,” these
vehicles cause most folks to stop and ask, “Why
don't they make these today?” They make you drool
and all of a sudden, before you know it, you've
mentally added one to your Christmas list!
It was back in 1986 when Golden State Classics
Car Club was started by some local folks who
simply wanted to keep the memories of antique
motor-vehicles alive. The founders also wanted
to bring awareness and restoration-knowledge
that provide a pathway for folks to learn and become
involved while doing them in a club setting.
GSCCC kind-of disbanded for a few years but
now it's alive, strong and vibrant. It's no accident
that the club instigated another Paso-reason to
bring residents and visitors together. Yep, with
El Paso de Robles' great weather and our picturesque
country roads flowing amidst vineyards
and past ranches, we have the perfect locale for
driving the oldies around. As the Paso-area recognition
and reputation grows, so does the desire
for car owners to simply drive to our pueblo and
enjoy the super country-scenery to leisurely cruise
and hang out. We're just a logical place to gather.
Wherever we see an ad-hoc group of classic
autos, we always slow down to stare and smile –
probably dream just a little bit too!
DIRECTORY TO OUR ADVERTISERS
Full Service Power Equipment 14
Gallagher Video Services 61
General Store Paso Robles 50
Glenn's Repair 47
Golden Collar 40
Golden Hills Farm 36
Golden Oaks Grill 33
Golden Reverse Mortgage 47
H.M. Holloway 15
Hamon Overhead Door 35
Harris Stage Lines 18
Healthy Inspirations 22
Hearing Aid Specialists 03
Heart to Heart RE 13
Heather Desmond Real Estate 07
HFG- Coastal Insurance Service 37
His Healing Hands 20
Julianne DesJardins 28
Kuehl Nicolay 33
Lansford Dental 05
Law Office of Patricia Scoles 61
Loaves N Fishes 23
Lube N Go 16
Main Street Small Animal
Mikulics, Dr. 59
Natural Alternative 51
New with Tags 53
North County Pilates 49
Nose to Tail 58
Oak and Barrel Photography 57
Odyssey World Cafe 28
ON Bar 23
Pacific Trust Mortgage 42
Painted Oaks Salon 28
Paradigm Advisors 57
Parkfield Rodeo 20
Paso PetCare 22
On Saturday, as people wander through
the cars in the park, there'll be plenty of vehiclerelated
vendors, food booths and vehicles for sale.
It'll all keep you busy for awhile. A DJ plays the
music that's upbeat and surfin' for cruisin'.
An important part of the weekend event (and
GSCCC's routine donations-gathering) is that the
funds raised all go back to local organizations. As
always, Paso is nothing, if not a give-back community.
Our residents know and respect Golden
State Classic Car Club because it donates a bundle-o-bucks
that do such great community work.
With regards to that, sponsors also donate t-shirts,
awards and posters to name a few items. Last year,
donations from GSCCC went to at least a dozen
worthy causes from school groups to Scouting, our
local museums and to out-reach programs. This
club is truly involved and committed to Paso.
Here is some contact info if you need more details
about any part of the event or about the club
itself: goldenstateclassics.org. Shawn VanHorn
is club president. Paulette Pahler is club VP and
in charge of the event; 459-6711.
PASO POPS 27
Patterson Realty - Paso Robles 11
Perfect Air 53
Photo Stop 08
PR Casino 29
PR Chamber of Commerce 61
PR Co-op Preschool 55
PR District Cemetery 43
PR Ford- 38
PR Golf Club 43
PR Handyman 46
PR Insurance 35
PR Physical Therapy 29
PR Safe & Lock 58
PR Waste 43
PW Construction 15
Red Scooter Deli 35
Reneau, J Scott - Insurance 14
Riley, Dr. Kaitilin 55
Santa Margarita Ranch 01
SESLOC Fed Credit Union 08
Spice of Life 18
St. Rose School 39
Stanislaus, Dr. Maureeni 63
Ted Hamm Ins. 55
The Harley Group 55
The Loft 51
The Teresa Rhyne Law 49
Thomas Hill Organics 62
Tim Covello 10
Tolosa Dental 30
Travel PASO 25
Vic’s Cafe 60
Western Janitor Supply 40
Wink Lash & Brow Bar 29
- Adelaide Inn 65
Writing Support Group 50
Wyatt Wicks Door & Trim 51
66 PASO Magazine, May 2018
Traversing US 101 between Atascadero and San Luis Obispo just north of
Cuesta Grade, a driver might hardly notice the rolling landscape on either side
of the highway, but slowing down long enough to take a look around and you
will notice the most valuable treasure our Central Coast has to offer — picturesque
wide open space untouched as long as there has been dry dirt.
The historic and bucolic landscape, peppered with oak trees, cattle, and rolling hills
belongs to the 13,800-acre Santa Margarita Ranch, host to millions of travelers on
their way north and south.
Regularly quiet, the area echoes the history of those stewards over two centuries — from
California Indians, Spanish missionaries, the legendary Don Joaquin Estrada, the Murphy
family, Reis family, Stanford University, Robertson family, and since 1999 by Rob Rossi and
family — whose passion for, and sense of, history offer new life to a historic landscape and
small town of Santa Margarita.
Three distinct eras shaped the cultural landscape of the ranch, and the community — the
pre-rancho Native Americans, Spanish culture, and the American ranchers, beginning with
the Murphy family.
A study on the history of the ranch for California State Parks acknowledged that Patrick
Murphy “admired the open hospitality and other traditions of his rancho predecessors that
he continued them” as the ranch developed into 19th century norms.
Like Murphy, current owner Rob Rossi has a deep respect for his predecessors and the
sense of hospitality the ranch has provided the area for centuries.
The cultural history of Santa Margarita Ranch is a golden thread that has woven through
the changing hands and decades, and is steeped in hospitality and festivities. In 18 years
of ownership of the ranch, Rossi has continued that tradition — which, among other events,
can be seen on Memorial Day Weekend with the Best of the West Heavy Equipment Show.
In the mid-1800s, Estrada hosted famous fiestas and rodeos at Rancho Santa Margarita
lasting weeks at a time. Sublime spring and summer evenings enrich the sense of ease and
hospitality of Ranch events.
Raising large herds of cattle and farming, the ranch was an icon of organic farm-to-table
living and provided for large crowds and ranch hands and vaqueros. Money came from
driving cattle north to feed gold-rushing crowds.
From a two-week circus to month-long fiestas, bear-and-bull fights, grand after-dinner
Bailes (dances), and feats of horsemanship, the vibrance of the wild west was tamed and
trained to the rhythms of the Estrada wand.
F.A.S.T. SANTA MARGARITA RANCH TIME TRIALS
The acronym stands for Ford “A” Speed Technology, but the drivers are
more interested in where they can put the motor to the test. That’s where
Santa Margarita Ranch again makes good. A 3,200 foot long air strip running
parallel to US 101 offers the F.A.S.T. racers a place to spin the tires and
pin the gas pedal.
While in town for the 2009
SLO International Film Festival,
the Carradine Bros.,
Robert, above, and David,
top right, stage a robbery of
the Pacific Coast Railroad at
Santa Margarita Ranch.
Estrada passed the wand to the Murphy family, and Patrick Murphy continued
hosting fiestas and rodeos. Murphy opened the land to the Southern
Pacific Railroad, and established the town of Santa Margarita.
As Santa Margarita Ranch passed on to the Reis brothers, and then the
Robertson family out of Texas, the landlocked town bypassed by US 101,
Santa Margarita has carried on a quiet existence with about 1,300 residents.
Rossi’s love affair with the Ranch Headquarters began in the 70s, when he
sketched some of the old buildings as an architectural student at Cal Poly.
Nearly 30 years later, he was the proud owner with a distinguished vision.
Putting the vision into action, several events and entertainment became
signature to the Ranch Headquarters.
PACIFIC COAST RAILROAD
In 2002, Rossi brought four historic passenger coaches that once transported
Disneyland visitors around the famous park. In 2006, he bought the
“Caroline” — named after his granddaughter — a restored replica 1880s
steam engine. The set now transports passengers through the decades and
centuries around a 1.5-mile loop of open California landscape. Another locomotive
on the track is the No. 2 Roger Linn, once used on the show Dr.
Quinn, Medicine Woman.
The train sees limited operation, with Best of the West this May being
one of opportunities for the public to take the trip through time — guided
by knowledgable docents.
BEST OF THE WEST ANTIQUE EQUIPMENT SHOW
Coming in handy again, the air strip plays a key role in Best of the West,
as a flock of airplanes star in the blue sky for a Memorial Day Weekend
homage to those who gave all in service to our country. After buzzing the
crowd during the national anthem in the morning, planes land on the strip
and park for visitors to get up close and personal with the ‘birds.’
Of course, you have to get through a number of eye-catching machinery
and mechanical wonders of ages gone by before you can get to the air strip.
Entering the show, visitors are treated to a rousing display of American
flags and antique equipment of a wide variety — all heavy-duty. From there,
a trip across the creek by tractor and wagon drops passengers near the tracks
of the Pacific Coast Railroad, where a careful crossing gives entrance to a
festival of military vehicles, fire trucks, food vendors, music, and more. Trips
on the PCR or a number of vendors are available for show goers, with something
for all ages to enjoy as the headquarters of the ranch pay tribute to
Memorial Day. It is a kickback time to slow down and enjoy good company
and meet new people.
SAVOR THE CENTRAL COAST
In 2010, Sunset Magazine began a six-year run of Savor the Central
Coast — a food, wine, and star-studded event highlighted by Sunset’s Western
Wine Awards Gala — at Santa Margarita Ranch, featuring 200 wineries
and celebrity chefs. The four-day event was a marked success for six years,
and continues as a traveling attraction at food and wine festivals run by SloCal.
WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
While the ranch provides an ideal place for big events and loud noise, the
essence of the legendary Rancho Hospitality can probably best be found on
the reserved and personal level through organized small events and weddings.
When the power of the moment demands whispering serenity, the
ranch provides a canvas that echoes centuries of history and carries the stories
of countless souls who shared a table for a time.
Breaking bread over the blessings on a marriage that took place under
the shady rancho oaks, or raising a toast and funds for a worthy cause — the
Rancho Hospitality carries a spirit centuries-old that adds a perfect touch to
what needs to be a perfect event.
When the warm Santa Margarita evening breeze joins that quiet moment
of reflection as if to say, ‘I’m just passing through,’ you will join a select group
who made Santa Margarita Ranch a special place.