Many of the four million visitors to the Gilroy Garlic Festival since 1979 have been youngsters or teenagers. To accommodate this growing population of festival goers, the Festival added a children’s area sometime in the early ’80s. Over the years the Children’s Area has grown substantially in size and offerings. Today it is a major operation with multiple locations. Chair, Becky Whiteside and Char Marazzo, Assistant Chair, oversee this multifaceted operation.
A Gilroy Today Story by Larry J. Mickartz
As one travels north on Monterey Highway (just outside of town) is a large olive grove. Have you ever wondered why there are Italian Cypress trees interspersed in the grove?
The fall issue of Gilroy Today is out…check the distribution locations for a copy today.
Gilroy Today Story By Elizabeth Barrett
“Andrew J. Myers shipped by rail from Gilroy to San Francisco 75 of the finest cheeses, each 30 lbs., which will command 18-20 cents a pound. Mr. Myers owns an extensive dairy.” Gilroy Advocate May 1,1869
“The railroad company shipped, 2450 pounds of cheese this week.” Gilroy Advocate, May 29, 1869
For a time Gilroy was known as the Dairy Capital of California. On February 6, 1897, the Gilroy Advocate reported, “The State Dairy Bureau reports Santa Clara County in the lead as the producer of cheese. We might add Gilroy gives this honor to the county.”
Gilroy & Morgan Hill Today Article By Larry J. Mickartz
Janet Thompson is a retired family law attorney. That is one side of Janet. The other side of Janet is a guitar finger picken, song writing, blues player. She is a fun loving, adventurous, upbeat, affable bundle of energy. Sometimes the two sides of Janet confuse us, but mostly we just enjoy her energy, her voice, her music and her zest for life.
Notes From The President
Since 2006, Gilroy Today Magazine has been highlighting various aspects of the community, from its people to its politicians, events to festivals and entertainment to local businesses. The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the magazine in its effort to highlight the diverse businesses and organizations within our city’s borders, not to mention other Chamber events and functions. As you look across these two pages you will learn a little bit more about several of the unique businesses found here in Gilroy along with a private school making a difference in the lives of young people.
A Trip Of A Lifetime in “La Ville-Lumiére”
Journal & Photography By Marie Blankley
Gilroy residents, Steve and Marie Blankley took one of those trips that we all dream about this summer. Marie, a CPA, used some of her detail skills to plan portions of the trip while leaving time for whatever adventures would come their way. The fourteen-day trip gave them twelve full days in Paris.
Gilroy Today Story by Sam Bozzo
It’s a Family Affair on Lewis Street
I must thank my lovely wife, Judy, for encouraging me to do an article about the Piedmont Families that live on Lewis Street. The area is rich in history. As you go east on Lewis Street you pass an old structure which was a part of what was the Filice and Perreli Canning Company established in 1913. It sold to California Canners and Growers who operated it until the late ‘90s. To the north of that property is what is now called Rebekah Children’s Services, but in 1897 was established as the International Order of Odd Fellows Orphanage. At the end of Lewis Street is the nine-acre San Ysidro Park, which was the farm owned by the Piedmonts in the early 1900s. The farm land extended out to what is now Highway 101.
A Gilroy Today Story by J.Chris Mickartz
A tale of three weddings celebrations. a young wedding, a Kauai wedding and a 50th Anniversary…Love is in the Air.
Gilroy Today Article by Larry J. Mickartz