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Heritage Day in Saratoga, CA

Heritage Days

A Dixieland jazz band, over 20 artisans, walking tours, and those fabulous Saratoga historical figures are some of the highlights of Heritage Day in Saratoga, CA, scheduled for September 28, 2013. Events will take place on Big Basin Way and at the Saratoga History Museum.

Heritage day traditionally celebrates Saratoga’s rich history with a variety of activities. The day kicks off at noon in Blaney Plaza as Mayor Jill Hunter introduces all of the costumed historical figures. After a photo session, the historical figures will be stationed along Big Basin Way and at the Saratoga History Museum.

A test concerning the historical characters will be available for young adults and adults and a special test for those under the age of 10.

Historical Figures

There will be about 25 historical characters this year— with some new historical figures to spice up the event.

Fun at the Saratoga History Museum

The Saratoga History Museum will be hosting a wide range of activities from 12 to 4 PM.

Live Music

The 10th Avenue Dixieland jazz band will be tapping out Basin Street Beat, When the Saints Go Marching in and many other jazz and swing favorites. The award winning band always puts on a great show and will play from 1-3 PM. Lots of chairs will be available for enjoying this great music.

Wide Range of Artisans

About 20 artisans will be demonstrating old fashioned crafts. The Sunnyvale Lace Museum will demonstrate lacemaking; the Bay Area Basket Makers will demonstrate basket weaving, the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association is sending hand quilters, knitters and rug makers. Other artisans include soap making, spinning, weaving, old fashioned wood toy makers and more who will be demonstrating their craft. Some items will be for sale.

Children’s Activities

Some of the children’s activities include making yarn dolls, button whizzers, old fashioned Victorian writing, and a story hour featuring that mischievious Saratoga cat– Sunshine. The story hour will follow with time to make an origami cat!

Book Signing

Author Robin Chapman will be there signing her new book, “California Apricots-the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” and Author Gage McKinney will be available to sign his book, “California


Clarence Thomas Urmy, Saratoga’s poet of the 1800’s.

Almaden Quick Silver Mine

The New Almaden Quick Silver Mine museum will have a table of interesting artifacts to show.

Docent-led Walking Tour

A docent-led walking tour of the Saratoga Village will take place at 12:30 and 2:30—always an interesting activity. And very healthy, too!

Special Exhibit

If you haven’t had a chance—take time to see the exhibit, Betty and Willys Peck: The Heart of Saratoga. These two famous Saratogans make a fascinating exhibit.

McWilliams House and One-Room Schoolhouse.

Take time to visit both the historic McWilliams house and to tour the one-room schoolhouse with docent-led tours.

Circle the date and join us for an afternoon of history and fun! Heritage Day is sponsored by the SVDC. Find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/saratogans