Column: One of the best Colony Days | Around about North County

Despite the rain in the middle of the week, the Atascadero Colony Days celebration went off without a hitch. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise and one of the best Colony Days events I’ve been involved in for some time.
 The Friday night concerts in Tent City, organized by Heather Young and her committee, offered great toe-tapping music. And sitting in the Sunken Gardens, with the historic City Hall as a backdrop, surrounded by tents representing the early days of Atascadero, was special. A cast of community actors in period costumes revealed what it was like in those days by bringing history to life. The historical enactment continued on Saturday after the parade. Congratulations to Dianne and Wally Greenaway and the Tent City team for a job well done.
The Lions Club always kicks off Saturday morning activities with their Pancake Breakfast. Thank you, Atascadero Lions Club!    
Liz Enriquez-Phillips organized the parade and had help from Cindy Gould who enlisted volunteers for the event. Albert Almodova and his fellow Kiwanis Club members were there to help, as they always are.
Speaking of the parade, Jerry Tanimoto who also helped with the parade lineup was in charge of soliciting announcers for the eight reviewing sites. I had the pleasure of working with Jeremy Nelson, whose father was our dentist before he retired and whose sister was in the same class as our youngest son, Dan, at AHS — such a small world and I love it!
The highlight of the parade for me, was seeing my granddaughter Madison Butz, riding on a huge green tractor which was actually a political candidate’s entry. I knew she was due home from Mississippi very soon, but I did not know that she had already arrived, and that she was in the Atascadero parade. I was announcing the entry when she turned around and said “Hi, Grammy.” You can imagine my reaction at seeing her on that tractor!
Madison graduated from Law School in June from the University of Alabama and has been working in Mississippi at a summer job. She is home now and staying with her parents in Paso Robles while she studies for the California Bar exam.
Donn Clickard lined up the parade judges and you will see their results elsewhere in the paper.
Dogtober Wiener Dog and Small Dog Races were a hit with everyone. The costume contest brought out the best in the adorable entries. Thanks go to Jan Wolf, Bob Martz, and their team.
Vendor and information booths included, food/ beverage, crafts, and political. They offered an opportunity to eat, drink, shop, and become informed! Brenda May headed up that committee and did a great job.
Kent Kenney and his committee selected the Royalty this year. Longtime residents Lamon and Jeanne Colvin served as King and Queen, while Bob Brown served as Grand Marshal. Good choices, Kent!
Other Committee members including Maggie Vandergon (Founder of Colony Days), Jayne Sacks, Donn Clarius, Deborah Stafford, Bob Gentry, and George Westlund, all added to the success of the event.
Of course, kudos go to Colony Days committee Chairman Karen McNamara and Vice Chairman Nic Mattson, who did an outstanding job from the first committee meeting right down to the last minute of the day on Saturday. I know it was a lot of work and we appreciate you and thank you both!
This weekend will be the Pioneer Day celebration in Paso Robles. Festival Royalty, Queen Jo Ann Switzer and Marshal Bob Tullock, will reign over the activities along with Pioneer Day Belle Jewel Melina Anthony and Bell Attendants Hailey Nicole Borden and Katherine “Katie” Moffatt.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. followed by the free Bean Feed at noon in the City Park.
It’s a full day of fun, so don’t miss out. Be at the City Park Gazebo by 8 a.m. for the Children’s Pet Show and the Little Cowgirl/Cowboy Contest at 8:30 a.m.
Pioneer Day Chairman Paul Viborg and Vice Chairman Bert Twisselman encourage everyone to come to Paso Robles and enjoy the blessings of the community and “Leave your pocketbook at home!”
It’s wonderful to live here in the North County where the folks in all of our communities are eager volunteers who enjoy celebrating their community’s history.
The theme of the 2018 Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Business Expo fits right in with history — “Remember When — A Look Back At Your Business Success.” The event promises to be one of the biggest business events of the year, bringing in businesses and people from all around the Central Coast.
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce staff invite you to save the date of Oct. 18, from 4-7 p.m. for the Expo, to be held at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, located at 900 El Camino Real in Atascadero.
Participating businesses are encouraged to dress in the fashion of the decade their company was founded. The public is invited to come wearing their favorite decade style. Community entry is free with a business card.
For more information contact Kristie Steele at [email protected]
Here’s another “save the date” for your busy calendars. The City of Atascadero is planning the annual Holiday Boutique at the Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave., Atascadero, on Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New vendor registration opened on Oct. 2 and there are only 60 spaces available. If you want to participate as a vendor, better hurry! Registrations are being taken at the Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero For more information, call 805-470-3178.
This next event will help make your holiday season merry and bright. Join CASA of San Luis Obispo County when they host Voices for Children, a Holiday Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road, in the Gay 90s Room.       
Tickets are $60 per person, with tables of 6, 8 and 10 available. Book your registration online at or call 805-541-6542. RSVP by Nov. 26.
The event will include festive foods, an elegant Jewelry with a Past Sale and special entertainment. Treat yourself, your friends, or office staff to the perfect holiday party while supporting CASA of San Luis Obispo County! It will be an opportunity to learn more about how CASA helps children in our county.    
In San Luis Obispo County, more than 460 children are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court because they were abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents. Many of these children live in foster homes, moving from one residence to another with appalling frequency. CASA’s trained volunteers provide a consistent source of support to these children, advocating for needed services and appropriate placement until a permanent home is found.
Funds raised at the Voices for Children holiday event are used for recruiting, screening, training and supervising volunteer advocates. CASA is a nonprofit organization.


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