When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke
By: sp34n119w , 8:46 PM GMT on July 06, 2012
It is a sad day. We must say goodbye to the gods of the months.
July was named for Julius Caesar (who was not a god, see) although, as WatchingTheSky obliquely noted in the previous blog's comments, this month was originally named Quintilis, being the fifth month of the ancient Roman calendar, which had its start in March, the beginning of war season. The name change was made by Augustus who took the following month, Sextilis, as his own in 8 BC.
There. Happy now, WTS? ;)
So, since I figure we'll end up talking politics (and knitting and who knows what all – maybe even weather!), anyway, I thought I'd make the blog topic a bit of a Booster Blog for Santa Paula. July is a great vacation month, even if it is a “stay-cation” or day-trip, and SP and environs has a few things going on that tends to draw the crowds. Wouldn't you like to know what those things are? Of course you would.
Having already missed mentioning the Fourth of July fireworks event, I'll simply note that it was a lot of fun to watch! From my balcony. Nice thing about a small town – the fireworks are visible from almost anywhere.
The first Friday night of the month is Cruise Night Santa Paula! July 6, starting around 5-ish and lasting until dark, there will be loads of pre-1973 automobiles parked along Main Street from, oh, about 8th Street to 10th Street (note: that's a longer stretch than it sounds, lol), with some spillover on side streets. There is always music and we've got some excellent restaurants downtown now but the draw is the cars and the people who love them.
The weather on Thursday evening was absolutely ideal and we should get a repeat for Friday.
Now, this is interesting. First Sunday at the Airport should have happened on July 1. However, it looks like they pushed it to the second Sunday, this month, making the date July 8 (I will double check). How nice. The museum and some hangars are open to the public and it is free to enter. You will see planes but, as usual, plenty of old cars, too. Seriously, this town crazycrazy for old cars.
On July 14 downtown SP becomes an art gallery and jazz club, all at once! It features art and, if I recall correctly, jazz. They call it the Santa Paula Jazz and Art Festival. Not sure how they came up with that name. In any case, one can wander downtown enjoying music and fine art for freeeeeee.
The BIG Deal this month is the Santa Paula Citrus Festival the weekend of July 20-22. The fun is centered on food contests and carnival rides, the ubiquitous old cars, and the music (and the beer garden, but, that goes without saying). There will probably be some oranges around. And avocados. And lemons (omg fresh lemonade!). Clubs selling food for fund raising purposes. The evening music lineup looks especially good this year and I know folks who dance for hours and hours at this event.
Now, I admit, this is largely a draw for Ventura county residents more than out-of-towners. It occurs to me, however, that for those with an interest in agriculture and ag history, there is plenty of that at the Citrus Festival and we now have the Ventura Agriculture Museum here in SP! It's right by the train depot. I know! It just gets better and better! Imagine parking up by the historic depot, sauntering over to the ag museum for a tour (one could probably hit the California Oil Museum, too – neither is especially large), then jumping on the shuttle to the Festival … why, it's an extravAGanza!
[no, I don't get paid to write this stuff]
[really, people, that should be obvious]
At the end of the month, the weekend of July 27-28, is the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival. If you've never been to see the balloons light up at night, well, you are missing one of life's great “ooooh … aaaahhhh” moments. Of course there will be food and music and stuff. This is one of the smaller balloon events so provides plenty of opportunity to hobnob with the balloonists, who are particularly nice people, and is worth it if you want to see balloooooooons.
That's all I got right now. I know there is a fundraiser I want to mention for any locals who may be reading but I need to get the 411 (as the kids say) (okay, used to say) and then I'll add it here.
Having filled a page and then some, I feel that I have done my duty by blog and city, and we may now all return to our irregularly scheduled random thoughts.
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