January 2017

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January 7 ~ Saturday

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Every First Saturday 

Living History Days


11am to 4pm, San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables and Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home.


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Special Historic Exhibit of "Firearms of the War with Mexico"

January 7, 11am to 4pm, San Juan Bautista State Historic Park Saloon.

The San Juan Bautista State Historic Park is proud to host a special educational exhibit , “Firearms of the War with Mexico". This exhibit will include discussions of the history around them by costumed docents.  The Park will also have it's traditional 19th century Living History event going on through out the rest of the park. Historic weapons representing those brought by the US forces are seldom seen outside major museums. In addition, the types of weapons available to the Californios and American Volunteers will also be on display.  This is a rare opportunity to learn about the weapons of the time and about the Battles and events in California when it became part of the United States.  Please join us for this unique display!  
For more information 
contact  Marcos Vizcaino, park phone 831-623-4881.

General Information: The war in California started with the raising of the American flag by Sailors and Marines landing in Monterey, July 7th 1846. Commodore Sloat proclaimed: “We are now about to land on the territory of Mexico, with whom the United States is at war. To strike their flag and hoist our own in place of it is our duty. It is not only our duty to take California, but to preserve it afterwards as part of the United States at all hazards. To accomplish this, it is of the first importance to cultivate the good opinions of the inhabitants whom we must reconcile”. Equipped with the most modern firearms of the times, the Navy was later joined by the Army under General Kearney. 

January 28 ~ Saturday

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34th Annual Mission Ten 1/2 Marathon, 10 Mile, 5K and 1 Mile
Kid's Fun Run!

This event is in its 33rd year. It is sponsored by the Hollister Rotary Club and all proceeds go to benefit local scholarships and charities. San Juan Bautista is a small California Mission town just off Hwy 101 appoximately 50 miles south of San Jose. The three races, one 1/2 marathon, one 10 miles and one 5k in distance, all start and finish in front of the historic and beautiful San Juan Mission. The area is rural and the course takes runners through farm land and up the Anzar hills. Medals are awarded three deep in standard age categories. The 1/2 marathon and 10 mile races are particularly good training for upcoming spring marathons. Theme teams encouraged.


For more information go to the Mission 10 Website, visit the Facebook page or call
Bill Tiffany at (831) 637-0071. Send email.