The exhibition features chefs, winemakers, and artists who contributed to the Classic; wines and foods from the legendary Hearst Castle dinners; and art bottles etched and painted for the auction, ranging from the half-liter jennie to the 15-liter nebuchadnezzar.
The Central Coast wine world lost one of its major figures in 2017 with the passing of Paso Robles winegrower Richard Sauret.
Our modern emphasis on winemakers, vineyards, vintages, and varietals is missing from the earliest newspaper ads for San Luis Obispo’s restaurants and saloons, but still there are a couple of hints of what’s to come.
I’d like to begin with some general comments on the practice of history, then broad brush how SLO women gained the vote, and finely close the story closer to home by telling you a little about Cambria’s first women voters.
Aunt Susan Meets the Rampant Suffragist of Crown Hill; Or, How Outside Agitators and Uppity Locals Conspired to Win SLO Women the Vote in 1896
I recalled from general reading that Susan B. Anthony had spearheaded an unsuccessful California woman suffrage campaign in 1896, so I checked the SLO county election returns. There I discovered that while suffrage had lost state-wide by a narrow margin, it had passed in backwater SLO by 54%. The obvious question was how come? I didn’t know the answer, and apart from election tallies and local newspaper accounts the local sources seemed pretty thin.
Most of us know these Christmas classics by heart. They are etched in our memories, and rank near the top of all-time favorite Christmas songs. Collectively they suggest