The Atascadero Historical Society has plans to develop a historical site, the Colony Heritage Center, adjacent to downtown, and the Society’s President, Jim Wilkins, is raising funds for this project as a DWOS 2018 Community Star. Wilkins has been a moving force behind the Society’s many important projects since becoming its President in 2008 and now he will rumba his way into the lead of yet another project.
It is not a stretch to say that Wilkins’s heritage has been a major influence in forming his passion for the history of our community. His mother Bonnie is a fourth generation resident of San Luis Obispo county and her father was the long-time foreman of the Eagle Ranch, just south of Atascadero. His father Bob is a third generation resident of Atascadero and was the city’s first mayor after incorporation.
Wilkins was raised in Atascadero, was the Atascadero High School class president his junior year, and continues to live in the city and be an integral part of its life. Under Wilkins’s leadership, the Colony House was transformed into the Colony Museum, following the earthquake of 2003, when damage to the Rotunda Building necessitated removing historical artifacts from the building. As the Building was being repaired, Wilkins worked with City Administration to ensure historical accuracy and establish the Building as a living museum, available for tours by the public. These tours are led by Atascadero Historical Society docents.
Wilkins is a landscape contractor and from 1992 to 2002 he was the Site Test person for the State of California Landscaping Contractor Certification Program Committee. Locally, he was the lead person in the hardscaping of the Colony Museum grounds.
Wilkins is practicing with choreographer Christina Troxel to learn to rumba. The lovely Troxel is a popular DWOS dancer, appearing for her fifth year as partner to a Community Star as well as a cast member in the production numbers. Among her DWOS highlights are the 2016 People’s Choice award with Star Michael Bartlett and the Sweepstakes award in the 2015 Colony Days Parade for the float she designed for the Friends of the Atascadero Library. She teaches swing and ballroom dancing at the Agricultural Hall and with husband Tom, another DWOS choreographer, can be found dancing where ever music is played. She is a painter, specializing in portraits of people and animals.
Vote for Wilkins by going to the FOAL website, friendsof theatascaderolibrary. org; click on DWOS; then click on Wilkins’s name, on Atascadero Historical Society or on Vote. Or vote by going to the Historical Society website: atascaderohistoricalsociety.org
Atascadero’s Dancing with our Stars is scheduled 3 nights- March 22, 23 and 24 at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero. Tickets are on sale at www.AtascaderoDWOS.org Tickets include a delightful evening featuring Opolo Vineyard Wines, Silent Auction, Appetizers, Catered Dinner by Pacific Harvest and the Stellar Show of the Year, “Dancing on Broadway” written and directed by Frank Sanchez. Tickets are sold out for Saturday night, nearly sold out for Friday night.
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