One of the most touching events of the Arroyo Grande Centennial took place at the Centennial Birthday Party on June 25. Invitations were sent to Arroyo Grande residents who are 90 years-old or older. It was a beautiful sunny day when nearly 130 people gathered at the Victorian Pitkin Conrow Estate for afternoon tea.
The local Altrusa International Cinco Ciudades Club made hundreds of finger sandwiches. Trays of ice tea and lemonade were butler-passed to attendees and Spencer's Market donated two huge cakes and 75 cupcakes for the festivities. Corsages were given to ladies over 90 that attended and Del Gomes, a local piano and clarinet player, entertained guests prior to the program with music from the 40s.
Five featured storytellers were asked to share their remembrances of growing up in Arroyo Grande. They included Roy Burke, Richard Loomis, Howard Mankins. Don Gullickson and Tom Bush. After they spoke, most of the over nineties took part in a group photo shoot to commemorate the day. It will be placed in the time capsule which will be buried for 100 years at the Centennial Park Gazebo on July 10 - the actual date of the city's incorporation.
For over 100 photos of the event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.219316881442485.56430.120599591314215&l=c92d25a6d6
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