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Well, Happy New Year! Looks like we may start 2019 with some rain this weekend, and won’t that be nice!
We enjoyed two gatherings on New Year’s Eve — one with the Noyes family here in Atascadero and the other with Kathy and Michael Nutt at their Templeton home. Carol and Paul Porter, Linda and Pete Hendy, and Carol and Mike Talen also joined in the celebration. Believe it or not, we all stayed awake to welcome in the New Year as the local clocks struck midnight. By the time we packed up, drove home, and unloaded the car, it was 1 o’clock. Next morning I got up, fixed breakfast and then went back to bed! This old body still needs a “fixed” amount of sleep!
Our dinner had an Italian theme, with Lasagna as the main course. Pete Hendy had prepared a wonderful Minestrone-style soup and I’m hoping to snag the recipe and share it here with you. Carol Porter’s mushrooms stuffed with Italian sausage were a big hit and Carol Talen brought a salad made with fresh veggies from her garden. I took Hoppin’ John (made with black-eyed peas) so that everyone would have luck in the New Year.
Now it’s time to start thinking “tamales.” I refer of course, to the City of Atascadero’s 4th Annual Tamale Festival to be held in the Sunken Gardens and across the Downtown on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This event keeps growing every year and there will be everything from gourmet to traditional to sweet tamales, featuring tamale vendors coming to town from all over California. You can expect over 30 tamale vendors!
The City does outreach countywide to numerous local restaurants, caterers, and nonprofit organizations to participate in the event. In addition, representatives from Atascadero attend the famous International Tamale Festival held in Indio to promote Atascadero’s event and in search of more tamale vendors to add a wide variety of tamales to the Jan. 19 event.
The popular Tamale Contest will return this year, where all of the tamale vendors can showcase their outstanding work in creating the “best” tamale. There will be a People’s Choice Tamale and a Judges Favorite Tamale! Judging will take place in three categories: Gourmet, Traditional and Sweet Tamales. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m.
New to the event will be The Chihuahua Costume Contest and Fashion show presented by Woods Humane Society. Registration will take place at the information booth and the Woods Humane Society booth from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the contest will take place at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Entrada stage. Winners of the contest will receive pet-oriented prizes including a photo session from Jillian Parks Photography for first place. Get your costumes ready!
Mark your 2019 calendar now for Saturday, Jan. 19, so you won’t miss this fun and exciting occasion for the whole family to attend, especially for anyone who loves tamales! The event is free to attend and enjoy the entertainment, but don’t forget to bring your wallet in order to purchase delicious food, activities, and merchandise. You will be able to place orders from your favorite tamale vendor(s) to stock up, as tamales freeze well.
For more information, contact Terrie Banish at 805-470-3490.
Now, on Feb. 9 you can treat your sweetheart to “dinner and live theatre” at the Community Church of Atascadero Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. Your $100 ticket (per person) will include a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Antonio Varia, chef at Buona Tavola in Paso Robles, a glass of imported wine, and a live performance of the murder mystery “Til Death Do We Part..and we part tonight.” And you, as an audience member will have the fun of participating in the determination of who is the murderer!
Seating is limited, so hurry and get your tickets, available at AtascaderoPrintery.org or in person at the Hope Chest Emporium, 5800 El Camino Real, Atascadero. For more information, call 805-466-1961.
Proceeds from this intriguing event will benefit the rehabilitation of the Atascadero Printery Building and is under the direction of the Atascadero Printery Foundation and the Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee, represented by Brenda May and JoeAnn Bruzzo. It’s a fundraiser for Dancing With Our Stars, where Karen McNamara, President of the Board of the Atascadero Printery Foundation will perform in this year’s competition with professional dancer, Chris Harmon.
As usual, our calendars have already started to fill. The North County offers unlimited opportunities for entertainment, community service, and civic involvement. Let this be your year to seek out something new to be part of that will enrich your life and keep you young.
Happy New Year!


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