Printery Foundation’s Annual Reception | Around About North County

Last Saturday John and I attended our Printery Foundation’s Annual Donors and Founders Reception at SpringHill Suites. It was a great turnout and I am convinced that Atascadero residents are now beginning to recognize what our group is hoping to achieve.

During the program, Karen McNamara, Board President, introduced Architect Greg Ravatt, and Gillian van Enckevort for an Engineering Presentation regarding the Printery building.

A special moment came when I, as president of Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (APACC) signed and MOU with Karen McNamara, to work with the Foundation and its efforts to provide a performing arts theatre within the Printery building. Both nonprofit groups will maintain their identity but will now be working together for a “common cause.”

Other items on the program included the presentation of certificates to new Founders who joined during the year and the introduction of those who became Founders that evening. 

Nic Mattson, a Printery Foundation Board member, explained why he and his wife Haley became supporters and Founders of the Printery Foundation. He reminded the audience of the role the building played in Atascadero’s history as the first civic structure. He encouraged people to go to the website at to learn more about the building, the Printery Foundation, and how to get involved.

I also encourage you to get involved in this exciting project as we work to retrofit, refurbish, and remodel the building, making it useful again for the community. 

Last week I gave you a little history of the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival and I explained that we were “tweaking” it this year to keep it fresh and inviting. You’ve seen the words “Central Coast Reserve Experience” used in conjunction with the Lakeside Wine Festival and the name evolved in an effort to identify the Wine Festival weekend as a “special, elite experience.”

Our “Reserve” weekend, is a Central Coast signature summer experience that will capture the best of what our area offers, kicking off Friday evening with the Mayor’s Winemaker Dinner hosted by the Atascadero Kiwanis Club at the Pavilion on the Lake. Saturday morning festivities include Wine’d UP Yoga in the Sunken Gardens hosted by Kennedy Club Fitness and the Wine Festival Golf Tournament at Chalk Mountain, hosted by the Atascadero Optimist Club. 

Saturday evening, enjoy the 24th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival that captures our boutique wineries, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries along with amazing art, music and food that makes this event a local’s favorite! And if that isn’t enough, cruise through the Charles Paddock Zoo located right there in our beautiful “Norman Rockwell-style” park, while continuing to sip and taste the area’s best beverages!  

Enjoy “Sunday Funday” at a variety of participating wineries to close out an outstanding weekend.     

So, now when you see the words “Central Coast Reserve Experience” you’ll know that you will be in for something “special” when you attend the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival on June 22 and you won’t want to miss it!

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Enjoy the weekend.



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