Next Wednesday is the official opening of Old Spanish Days and the Santa Barbara View caught up with a local company who helps make Fiesta festive… the Flag Factory.
“We became the “official Fiesta Flag makers” in 1975, said Jonathan Alburger. “The former owner, Carl Adelhardt, who passed away in 2005, offered to HAND-PRINT the Old Spanish Days Fiesta Dancers on cotton fabric. Old Spanish Days committee members were thrilled to have a local artist and flag-maker champion production of beautifully crafted Fiesta decor. Carl personally worked on the artwork to create a more screen-friendly version of the now-famous dancers that was more graphic, less painterly. The print ruby was traced and cut by hand. I remember how we at The Flag Factory would do small, hand-drawn runs of the dancers, then hand-paint in the floral rosettes and other accents. Some years later we started to print the image on outdoor flag bunting nylon, which continues to this day. The tradition continues: Fiesta Buntings and Spreads are all produced in our Carpinteria factory by hand to this day.”
Fiesta flags and decor are available to the public, as well as to all Fiesta-related corporate functions and events, CLICK HERE to check out all of their Fiesta gear. Jonathan told SBView.com that the best sellers at Fiesta time “are the flags with the DANCERS, of course!” The Flag Factory also offers fans and flags with the Fiesta colors, along with more modern vinyl banners, plaques, signs, flagpoles, and hardware. So take a drive down to Carpinteria, 5095 Sixth Street, call (805) 684-8111, or order online to get ready for Old Spanish Days. Viva la Fiesta!
31 years ago today, the soap opera Santa Barbara originally aired. The day-time drama, which revolved around the fascinating and tumultuous life of the wealthy Capwell family of Santa Barbara, California, debuted on NBC on July 30, 1984, and last aired on January 15, 1993. Santa Barbara aired in over 40 countries, won 24 Daytime Emmy Awards, and was even watched by the Reagans in the White House.
Last week’s hot topic was the corporate takeover of Santa Barbara grocery stores. A recent report by the Santa Barbara Independent really underscores the loss of small-town kindnesses and compassionate outreach that used to exist.
According to the disturbing report, “every Haggen store in the Santa Barbara area has terminated long-term developmentally disabled employees: one in Carpinteria, two in Five Points, four in the Mesa, one at Turnpike, and six at the Fairview location.”
Drone photo of Hope Ranch by Mark Sanchez, one of our 15,000+ Facebook Friends.
Today, the Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. ran a full page ad in the Santa Barbara News-Press. The ad reads:
Two months have passes since the accidental crude oil release from line 901 in Santa Barbara County. Together with organizations in Unified Command and local volunteers and groups, these united efforts have made a significant difference.
The waters are open to fishing and El Capitan State Beach and Refugio State Beach are now open. Our Work in not complete.
We deeply regret this accidental release and the impact it had on the community, the environment and wildlife. Plains is committed to doing the right thing and remaining an engaged member of the Central Coast Community. If you were adversely impacted, please call. 866-753-3619 to file a claim.
Santa Barbara’s next Community Clean-Up Day is Saturday, July 25th. Every year, the event grows larger, drawing more than 500 volunteers from throughout the community, and producing long-lasting effects volunteers had first hoped for. Here’s what has been accomplished over the past 10 years:
- 3,600 volunteers since 2003
- Total of 10,900 hours of volunteer time donated
- Volunteer time valued at $270,211
- Approx. 70 tons of trash/recycling gathered
- Over 300 trees planted
If you wish to participate, simply arrive at one of the two volunteer locations on Saturday, July 25th at 9:00 am.
- East Side: Ortega Park, 600 block of Salsipuedes St.
- West Side: Cavalry Baptist Church, 736 W. Islay St. (pancake breakfast from 7:30 – 9:00)
Afterwards, all the volunteers eat lunch (provided) in Ortega Park and celebrate as a community. The event is put on by the City’s Looking Good Santa Barbara program, whose mission is to reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost) and contribute to a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement.