2010 Riverside Ave.
Paso Robles, CA
Open Thurs. - Sun.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
America's Wine: The Legacy of Prohibition
In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition on January 17, 1920, the Wine History Project presents a screening of a rare and insightful film about the impact of Prohibition on California winemaking made by Carla De Luca in collaboration with the Bancroft Library and historian Victor W. Geraci. Prohibition profoundly impacted the lives of farmers and winemakers in San Luis Obispo County including Paderewski, the Busis, the Dusis, the Rottas, the Pesentis, the Yorks, and James Anderson.
This is the first time thefilm has been screened in San Luis Obispo County.
After the film screening, the Wine History Project will host a dynamite panel of writers and producers responsible for writing, filming, and producing the documentary including Carla De Luca, Emmy Award-winning producer at CNN, Dr. Victor W. Geraci, former director of the Oral History Center at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, and Mary Orlin, James Beard and Emmy Award-winning multimedia wine journalist and educator. The panel will discuss the era of Prohibition and the impact it had on the wine industry in California.
Prior to the screening, the Wine History Project will host a reception featuring historic vineyards and wineries of San Luis Obispo County along with appetizers by Debra Collins of Del Monte Cafe.
The purpose of Pioneer Day in 1931
was to thank the area ranchers and farmers for their
business during the difficult years of the Depression.
Their produce helped to keep the local economy going.
The merchants closed their doors for the day and
invited the farmers and ranchers to come to town
and enjoy lunch in the park. The tradition has
continued with a free bean feed in the downtown city
park, following a parade on Spring Street that begins
at 10:00 a.m.
Some of the special activities that have taken place at
past Open House events . . . enjoying the music,
watching wool spinning and wheat weaving,
listening to small gasoline engines, practicing cowboy
skills --- roping a stationary target and branding
a block of wood, seeing the huge Jeanesville Pump
and viewing the tractors that were driven through the
Enjoy our skilled carving demonstrations every
2nd Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Watch woodcarving by members of the
California Carvers Guild.
Visitors are welcome and informal instruction
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