Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight 2016

Las Fiesteras dancers in the Presidio Chapel. Photo by Myriah Nina Photography.
Baile de California dancers in the Presidio Chapel. Photo by Myriah Nina Photography.

On February 4, 2016 the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation hosted a popular annual program, Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.  On that unseasonably mild evening the Presidio came to life with the smells of chiles in the kitchen, and the sound of guitars drifting from the Chapel.  The commandant hosted visitors in his sala, and a Presidio resident introduced guests to her chickens and described some of her regular tasks, including laundry and mending.

David Martinez in the comandancia. Photo by Myriah Nina Photography.
David Martinez in the comandancia. Photo by Myriah Nina Photography.
Suzi Calderon Bellman. Photo by Rocky Bellman.
Suzi Calderon Bellman. Photo by Rocky Bellman.

SBTHP is proud to participate in Downtown Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursday program for this event.  For more photographs from the evening by Myriah Nina Photography and  Suzi Calderon Bellman please visit our Flickr album here.

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