The 2016 Adventure Pre-Lunch (Page Four)
It's 10:47 and we were chomping at the bit to go tasting. Bob B, however, wants to go directly to the shopping area!
"Thanks Bill... Which way to the wine?
Donna has the secret treasure map in hand!
"Where's the beer?"
The train departs... So do we!
Bye bye... See you in six hours
The 2016 Beer Drinking Olympic Team arrives on scene!
Donna did a magnificent job selecting tasting rooms that
did not require a lot of walking! Yeah Donna!
(We did, however, wonder why they were all by the waste water treatment plant)
Screeeeech... Josie came to a complete stop!
It is the Fiesta Weekend!
Let's join the party -- We voted -- We are tasting instead
Did You Know? - Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to honoring and preserving Santa Barbara's history, spirit, culture, heritage and traditions. This 90-year-old organization produces an annual eight day festival -- Fiesta -- that is widely regarded as Santa Barbara's premier festival.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta has grown in stature and reputation to become one of the top regional festivals in the United States. The event annually draws thousands of visitors from around the world. Fiesta performers come from around the nation and Mexico to participate. Celebrities of international renown who have participated or performed in Fiesta include Leo Carrillo, Will Rogers, Shirley Temple, Charles Lindberg, William Randolph Hearst, Don Wilson, Paul Whitman, and Delores Del Rio.
Josie joins us in a quick snort!
Someone enjoyed the wine!
"Gee Mike... I thought we were going to share... It's empty!
"Here's to ya!"
The local wine vats seem to be different than others!
Slurp... Gurgle... Belch!
Looking for great smiles.... Step right in!
The team is beginning to join up to attack the next tasting room!
Lee is not so sure about the directions!
Oh Bob... I am thirsty, can you find we some water?
"Donna... I found you some water"
"This wine tasting thing is pretty good!
Roll out the barrel
Someone is in great shape!
(We know she is teasing... Nothing beats last years picture!)
Water? Coni does not know what fish do in the water!
Love is in the air.... Rick and Coni
Robin captures the moment!
Careful... The camera is on and taking pictures
What is she thinking?
Paul's soul is now captured! (Courtesy of Holly)
"What are you doing"
Paul gets into more trouble
Josie is indeed a smart young lady!
They have the most interesting selection of oils for cooking we have ever seen
Mike has a hard time keeping it lit!
Oh dear... Our guide looks confused.... More than normal!
Got it... Go across the street turn left, go across the street turn left,
go across the street! Hey Donna, that's a 180 degree turn!
We are being watched by a machine from Star Wars
There were strange people in the back of the room!
The sparkling experts
Nice to sit down and unlax
What are they thinking?
How did Holly hide the camera? (Courtesy of Holly)
Josie say... "These people can put it away!"
We laughed and giggled all day...
Lee and Nancy got the memo on wearing red...
"This is good stuff!!"
Paul got a new name.... Paul-arazzi
There he is flashing again!
"I counted the bubbles.... There are about 90 million in a bottle!
We asked Josie... "What time is it?"
Josie knew the time perfectly
Last stop before lunch!
We noticed Mike was getting a little sunburnt on his nose
Very very serious conversations underway
Lunch is just around the corner...
"Hey... I am young... I can eat French Fries"
Josie is just about to graduate from Cal State Long Beach.... Her major you ask?
"Lunch? Did someone say lunch?"
"Lunch? Did someone say lunch?"
Big Paul and Bad Mike... What a combination!
Confetti was everywhere!
Did You Know? -
Since the Middle Ages, in Northern Italy it was common usage for the participants of carnival parades to throw objects at the crowd, mostly mud balls, eggs, coins or fruit. These traditions are still present in some towns in different forms, such as the "Battle of the Oranges" in Ivrea.
The use of throwing objects at parades is well documented in Milan since the 14th century. The nobles used to throw candies and flowers during the parades while dames threw eggshells filled with essences and perfumes. Lower-class people mocked the nobles by throwing rotten eggs, and battles among enemy factions or districts became common. In 1597 the city governor Juan Fernández de Velasco imposed a ban on the eggs throwing, along with banning squittaroli (a kind of primitive squirt gun) and other immoral behaviors.
The custom disappeared for about a century, coming back in the 1700s in the form of launch of small candies, mostly sugar-coated seeds. The seeds used for the sugar candies were mostly Coriander (coriandolo in Italian), a common plantation in the area: the Italian name for confetti is indeed coriandoli.
The candies were expensive, though, and the lower classes often used small chalk balls instead, called benis de gess (chalk candy). Those were officially defined as "the only material allowed to be thrown during the parades" in an edict by the Prefect of Milan in 1808, but the battles fought with them in the 1800s became too large and dangerous, with hundreds of people involved, leading to a ban of the chalk pellets. People circumvented the ban by using mud balls
In 1875 an Italian businessman from Milan, Enrico Mangili, began selling paper confetti for use in the upcoming carnevale di Milano, the yearly parade held along the streets of the city.
At that time, the province of Milan was one of the main hubs of silk manufacturing. Mangili begun collecting the small punched paper disks that were left as a byproduct from the production of the holed sheets used by the silkworm breeders as cage bedding, and selling them for profit. The new paper confetti were well received by the customers, being less harmful, funnier and cheaper than the alternatives, and their use quickly replaced previous customs in Milan and northern Italy.
Heading to lunch... Picking up speed!
Lunch is just two blocks ahead