by Susan Zamudio-Gurrola When doing your holiday shopping, consider stopping by El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park to browse through the selection of items at La Tiendita. Each purchase will help support the mission of SBTHP, and SBTHP members will receive their member discount on all purchases. Betsy Green’s new book, Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1914, recounts newsworthy events that were featured in articles written during 1914 in the Santa Barbara Morning Press and the Daily News & Independent. Interesting and often amusing things to make the headlines included declaring that the tango incited the “looseness of morals”; the account of a storm flooding Santa Barbara severely enough to wash away homes, sections of bridges and pavement; photographs of the Mexican Revolution being brought to the U.S. and shown to the public at the Mission Theater; Paris fashion dictating at the time that “ankles will now be freely displayed” instead of discreetly covered; famous individuals such as Helen Keller visiting Santa Barbara; and the legendary dancer Martha Graham once living in our beautiful city. Grab a copy of this enjoyable read today! For fashionable gentlemen who happen to also be history buffs, we have a new button-down, collared shirt which features beautiful renderings of California Missions, including the Santa Barbara and Santa Inés missions! The shirt is 100% cotton, is designed and manufactured by a family-run company based in Southern California, and is available in sizes small through XXL. Come see these high quality, attractive shirts in person at La Tiendita. For many of us, the rainy weather stirs up a craving for warm, comforting beverages – such as hot chocolate. To satisfy that craving, we carry discs of Taza brand Chocolate Mexicano, as well as molinillos (traditional Mexican wood-turned whisks for mixing and frothing). You might enjoy trying your hand at the molinillo. It takes a little skill to maintain momentum when turning the handle in between the palms of your hands to create froth. Stock up on Taza hot chocolate today in preparation for the next cold or stormy day. Lastly, we are pleased to introduce one-of-a-kind tiles created by a Los Angeles-based duo of artists, featuring their original photographs of the Presidio. Their images are unique and beautiful, as you can see for yourself! If you are in need of a holiday gift basket, please contact the gift shop manager, Susan Zamudio-Gurrola, at (805) 965-0093 about putting one together with items from La Tiendita. We have various books, note cards, art prints, hand-painted ceramics, DVDs, and our own olive oil made with olives from our Santa Inés Mission Mills property.