HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

October 29, 2010

Old Town is spook central this weekend.

Check out this easy to read schedule of all the events this weekend:

Events marked with an (*) are free.

Halloween Weekend

Thursday, October 28

*Old Town’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow           6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, October 29

Séance at the Seeley Stable                          6 / 7:30

*Movie in Fiesta de Reyes                              8 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 30

*Trick or Treating                                            4-6 p.m.

*Costume Contest                                          7:30 pm

Séance at the Seeley Stable                          6 / 7:30

*Movie in Fiesta de Reyes                              8 p.m.

Costume Ball at Cosmo                                 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 31

*Trick or Treating                                            4-6 p.m.

Séance at the Seeley Stable                          6 / 7:30

*Old Town’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow           8 p.m.

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Fiesta de Reyes, located in Old Town, is hosting a free, unique celebration commemorating “Dia de los Muertos” featuring a live performance from Chronos Theater Group on Nov. 1.  Between now and Nov. 1 visitors to Fiesta de Reyes can see a myriad of altars on display, including one 16-foot by 10-foot, believed to be the largest in town.

Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to celebrate loved ones that have passed.

Dia de los Muertos altars are on display in many of the stores at Fiesta de Reyes including one that encompasses the entire stage in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard. The altar showcases two huge four-foot-tall calaveras (skulls), and a custom painted canvas depicting Our Mother of Guadalupe along with other traditional altar offerings.

The Dia de los Muertos memorial performance is from 6 to 8 p.m on Nov. 1. Chronos will bring the dead alive through lively storytelling through more than a dozen local professional actors, accompanied with live music.

This event is part of the Historic Old Town’s Day of the Dead celebration. More than 25 local businesses, museums and community organizations have created the traditional Mexican altars and ofrendas (offerings to the dead). Restaurants will offer a variety of specialties and specialty drinks.  Music, traditional poetry readings and more will accompany the celebration, along with a candlelight procession from the Whaley House to El Campo Santo Cemetery at 8 p.m.

Visitors may visit all of the Old Town altars using a free self-guided tour map, available online at www.oldtownsandiego.org, www.otsdguide.com, or www.Whaleyhouse.org.

Fiesta de Reyes is located within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station.  Free parking is available in the Caltrans parking lot all day on weekends. In addition to two dining establishments — Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon – Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com.

Old Town Gift Co. is offering a unique opportunity for San Diego’s literature buffs to meet and greet with five local authors. Authors Under The Stars is a free event in Old Town’s Fiesta de Reyes on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will showcase five local authors in the open-air courtyard with complementary appetizers.

Jack Scheffler Innis is one of the authors that will be featured at the Authors Under the Stars event in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard on Nov. 10.

The Authors Under The Stars event will feature the following local authors: Bette Blaydes Pegas, Jack Scheffler Innis, Joey Seymour, R.D. Riccoboni and Joan Brady. Guests will get to hear these authors discuss their books in the intimate, outdoor setting of the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard.

The event will also feature a question and answer portion and opportunities for one-on-one conversations with each author.

Bette Blaydes Pegas will be speaking about her book “Chasing a Dream in the Galápagos: A Personal Evolution,” which recently won a San Diego Book Awards Association Award in the “Best Travel” category. She will be featured alongside Jack Scheffler Innis, author of “San Diego Legends: Events, People, and Places that Made History.” Jack is an award-winning local journalist who has studied the history of San Diego extensively.

Also featured at the event will be Joey Seymour, whose latest book “San Diego’s Finest Athletes: Five Exceptional Lives” profiles the lives and careers of five incredible athletes from San Diego such as Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Olympic diver Greg Louganis.

Another author attending the event is R.D. Riccoboni whose art gallery is also located within the Fiesta de Reyes plaza. His book “From Old Town to New Town, San Diego Paintings” features over 60 of his paintings of different areas of San Diego such as Mission San Diego de Alcala, Old Town, and the historic Gaslamp.

There will also be featured special guest appearance by Joan Brady,  an internationally recognized writer and lecturer. Her best selling debut novel “God on a Harley” was translated into seventeen languages. Her ninth book “The Ghost of Mt. Soledad” is also available at Old Town Gift Co.

Old Town Gift Co. is located within Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. In addition to two dining establishments — Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon – Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com or text “Fiesta” to 53137 to keep weekly updates on events at Fiesta de Reyes.

There are three ways ensure a ghost sighting this Halloween season: going on a ghost tour led by Michael Brown, seeing the performance of “Séance at the Seeley Stable.Is Anybody There?” or attending the book signing of “The Ghost of Mt. Soledad”. All three of these events are taking place in San Diego’s most haunted area, Old Town San Diego.

Michael Brown leads San Diego’s most authentic ghost tours. During his walking tours, guests get to visit various paranormally active places in Old Town State Park such as a park that used to be cemetery, and a haunted brothel located on the Whaley House property.

Brown shares tips, tricks and techniques to find ghosts and other paranormal happenings in the state park. His tours are every Thursday through Sunday in October. Walking tours begin at 9 p.m. in front of the Fiesta de Reyes fountain.  Adults are $19 and children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 and under free. For more info visit: http://www.oldtownsmosthaunted.com/.

Another way to ensure a ghost spotting is by attending the performance “Séance at the Seeley Stable. Is Anybody There?” in the historic Seeley Stables.

At this performance, guests will hear scary, funny, and tragic stories of people who once lived in early San Diego during the 1800s. Attendees will be present at a “séance” led by Madam Stolichnaya as she attempts to summon “real live” ghosts who will tell their stories in a fun and spooky way.  There also will be an opportunity to meet the spirits of Hippolyte Bouchard, headless Joaquin Murietta, and a ghostly stagecoach driver.

Tickets are $10 each for adults and $5.00 for children 12 to 18. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Robinson-Rose Visitor Information Center and the Seeley Stable. Advance reservations may be made through the Internet at http://www.brownpapertickets/event/128125. Tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets will receive a discount.

Ticket holders will be entitled to a one time 20 percent discount on food at the newly restored Cosmopolitan Restaurant.

Performances are limited to 35 people. Two performances will be offered on the nights of October 22,23,29,30,and 31.  The first performance begins at 6:00 PM and the second performance begins at 7:30 PM.  It is strongly recommended that you be at the Seeley Stable approximately 15 minutes before the start of the performance.  Children under age 12 will not be admitted. For more information: www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego or call 619-220-5422.

If seeing “real” ghosts is too spooky, then meeting Joan Brady, the author of “The Ghost of Mt. Soledad” will be sure to invoke the Halloween spirit.

Her book is about Margaret Duran, a middle-aged woman that accepts an assignment to write a piece on the Mt.Soledad cross for a local magazine. She winds up meeting and falling in love with the ghost of an American soldier from World War II and goes missing.

The book signing takes place today from 3 to 5 p.m. at Old Town Gift Co., located in the Fiesta de Reyes plaza. For more info call 619-297-3100 or visit: fiestadereyes.com.

–Two Spots Left for Finals on Nov. 6 –

The first round of competition kicked off this past Saturday as a crowd of more than 300 gathered in the middle of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park to watch schools and dance troups compete for two spots in the finals of the Folklorico de la Luna competition on Nov 6.

Saturday’s competition celebrated the traditional, lively dance of Ballet Folklorico and featured performances from four groups: Tlapalan, Tierra Caliente, Esperanza and La Fiesta de Danzantes.  Tlapalan and Tierra Caliente qualified to perform at the finale.

The second round of the competition takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.  The finale takes place on Nov. 6 and will feature the top four groups from the first and second rounds.

The crowd was also entertained at the end of the day by the Latin group Chunky y los Alacranes. Scheduled to perform as the headline act on Oct. 23 is Trio de los Ticos and widely acclaimed professional Ballet Folklorico group Ticuan will cap the finale’s performances on Nov. 6.

Sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes, this event free to the public.

Fiesta de Reyes is located within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station.  Free parking is available in the Caltrans parking lot all day on weekends. In addition to two dining establishments — Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon – Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com or text “Fiesta” to 53137.

Old Town Family Hospitality Corp. has promoted Jose Pulido as the new executive chef of Fiesta de Reyes and its two restaurants: Barra Barra Saloon and Casa de Reyes.

“Jose has been with us since we opened almost 18 months ago and has accomplished a great deal in the past few months,” said Chuck Ross, president of Old Town Family Hospitality Corp.  “He has helped us to increase production, lower ticket times and always does a great job with banquets and events. We appreciate all of his hard work and dedication to Fiesta de Reyes.”

 

Pulido previously worked for the San Diego Padres at Petco Park where he spent three seasons as a sous chef, running the on-site restaurants — PCL Club, Baja Bistro Club and Club 19.  He also worked for Ross at his Chula Vista restaurant, South Bay Fish and Grill.

 

When not working at Fiesta de Reyes, the 29-year-old Chef Jose Pulido enjoys spending time with his family, girlfriend and his boxer dog.

 

Fiesta de Reyes is located at Juan and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station. In addition to the Casa de Reyes restaurant and Barra Barra Saloon, Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores, open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m..  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com

–Four Types of Performances Will Scare and Delight in Old Town This October–

Old Town San Diego will be the host to a variety of spooky plays and performances to get visitors in the Halloween spirit throughout the month of October.


The first type of performance is one of the supernatural. Hosted by the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, “Séance at the Seeley Stable. Is Anybody There?” will take place on October 15,16,22,23,29,30, and 31 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Visitors will be present at a “séance” led by Madam Stolichnaya as she attempts to summon “real live” ghosts who will tell their stories in a fun and eerie way.  During this performance, audience members will hear scary, funny, and tragic stories of people who once lived in early San Diego during the 1800s. Adults are $10 per ticket and children 12 to 18: $5.00.  Tickets can be purchased in person in the state park at the Robinson-Rose Information Center.

The second type of bloodcurdling performance will come straight from the history books. Write Out Loud will present “Quoth the Raven” at the Old Town Theatre on Saturday afternoon, October 16 at 12:30 p.m. and on Monday evening, October 18, at 7 p.m. Quoth the Raven will feature stories and poems of mystery, fantasy and delusion brought chillingly to life by professional actors. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Lafcadio Hearn, H.P. Lovecraft and Jerome K. Jerome. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors and active military. For more info, please visit:    http://writeoutloudsd.com/.

The third unearthly performance will take the audience back in time to Oct. 30, 1938, when millions of radio listeners were shocked when news alerts announced the arrival of Martians forging a ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. Presented by Cygnet Theater Company, War of the Worlds is a staged radio play that re-enacts when Martians invaded the earth. The War of the Worlds performance is on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre. Tickets are $10 for all ages. For more information visit, www.cygnettheatre.com or call (619) 337-1525.

The haunting performances will cumulate with a free live storytelling of Old Town’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and at 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Sunday, Oct. 31.

If you have any questions about any of these events, please call 619-297-3100 or visit Fiestadereyes.com


— Schools and Dance Troupes to Compete for Top Ballet Folklorico Prize – –

Schools and dance troupes will gather in Old Town to compete for the title of best Ballet Folklorico group and a grand prize of $1,000 at Folklorico de la Luna on Oct. 16 and 23 with a grand finale competition on Nov. 6.

The competition is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and celebrates the traditional, lively dance of Ballet Folklorico.  Each of the three evenings will feature a headlining Latin group to complete the day’s entertainment.  Chunky y los Alacranes will take the stage on Oct. 16, Trio de los Ticos will perform Oct. 23 and widely acclaimed professional Ballet Folklorico group Tijuan will cap the finale’s performances on Nov. 6.

Held within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, eight teams from San Diego County will battle it out in an American Idol-style competition.  On both Oct. 16 and 23, four teams will perform and then the top four teams will be invited back to perform at the grand finale on Nov. 6.  Each day includes a bit of history of the dance and the various styles of Mexican folklorico dance.

The traditional Ballet Folklorico costumes are voluminous and colorful, and are meant to be swirled and swept while the dance is being performed.

Sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes, this event free to the public.

Fiesta de Reyes is located within Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at Wallace and Calhoun streets, a one-block stroll from the Old Town Trolley Station.  Free parking is available in the Caltrans parking lot all day on weekends. In addition to two dining establishments — Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon – Fiesta de Reyes boasts 16 specialty stores open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com or text “Fiesta” to 53137.