[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
53°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 19
1970 - Snow day in Santa Clarita [photos]


Now and Then in the SCV | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
| Thursday, Jan 15, 2015

darrylmanzer_blacktieIt was my birthday yesterday, and I had a great time. I was treated to lunch by a group that came from the “No on S” crowd of our recent billboard ordinance issue. They have a new issue that I’m sure is just what they can help overcome: Stopping the expansion of Chiquita Canyon Dump. I feel sorry for Chiquita. Not.

Meanwhile out west of downtown Newhall in the old town of Mentryville, once again a delicate, old piece of history is being used as a film prop. The Pico cottage has to suffer yet another film crew drilling holes into the walls and floors, painting walls inside and generally being used for something a state-registered historic building and area should not allow. And if you’re planning to hike in Pico Canyon over the next couple of weeks, you might have a problem with parking.

At Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society is finalizing plans for the Cowboy Festival. Since Melody Ranch is going to be filming, the festival is moving to Newhall this year. Main Street and Hart Park and Heritage Junction will be used to provide a great place for all of you cowboys and cowgirls to whoop it up with music, authentic chuckwagon food, food trucks, all kinds of vendors and a lot of fun.

The Historical Society is a volunteer organization and can always use help in its day-to-day activities. They need more folks helping in order to get ready. Come on over and give them a hand. Why? It’s the cowboy way.

The folks here in the SCV have always loved a good celebration. Way back when, in a time when the population of Mentryville might have been on a par with Newhall, there was a community hall next to Felton School in the little oil field boom town. Dances and good times happened a lot. No alcohol was allowed there, but somehow the kids would find their dads’ jugs and run them up the school flagpole.

There is still a picnic ground called Johnson Park in Pico Canyon, about a half mile from the parking lot. Deep pit barbecue, grilled corn on the cob, a big salad, western beans and dinner rolls were the normal menu. A small stage and a concrete dance floor completed the music venue. A badminton court and later poker tables, horseshoe pits and a bar were added.

Local denizens celebrate the Fourth of July at Saxonia Park in Quigley Canyon (western Placerita Canyon) sometime between 1909 and 1913.

Local denizens celebrate the Fourth of July at Saxonia Park in Quigley Canyon (western Placerita Canyon) sometime between 1909 and 1913.

In Placerita, there was Saxonia Park. It was a much larger version of Johnson Park where many of the local Fourth of July celebrations were held. The yearly gathering at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church is another great party that has a long history.

Castaic and Val Verde had parks and pageants, too. Castaic once had an active rodeo association, and we can’t forget the rodeo grounds at what is now the Saugus Swap Meet. There are other rodeo and horseback competitions in Acton and Agua Dulce.

Clear up in Gorman, there is the Gorman School Bazaar each year to help raise money for the school.

Of course we all know about our own Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade each year. The tradition still continues in spite of me driving Councilman Acosta and his wife in my Jeep last year. It was fun. I don’t think anyone in the Jeep ever wants to hear the Beach Boys CD again.

Newhall has always been a party town, in spite of the fact that a certain gentleman once tried to make the town alcohol-free. (Not just Mentryville.) He sure picked the wrong town. At one time, saloons and brothels far outnumbered churches and schools. One of those bars still exists. The Derrick became the Rendezvous and now, The VU.

There was a semi-bawdy house out near Sand Canyon run by Mr. Ace Cain. Pretty mild by the standards of today, but two-piece swimsuits on the ladies helped draw folks to the place.

So as the Cowboy Festival changes locations, all y’all might want to amble on over to the website CowboyFestival.org and get your tickets now. Lots of good music, too.

I can’t wait.
Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he serves as executive director of the SCV Historical Society. He can be reached at dmanzer@scvhistory.com. His older commentaries are archived at DManzer.com; his newer commentaries can be accessed [here]. Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Abigail says:

    Happy Birthday!

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018
Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later.
Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018
It is hard to believe that 2018 is already coming to an end.
Monday, Dec 3, 2018
In her December message, Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste wishes residents a safe and enjoyable holiday season, and details some fun family events coming up.
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
Most people with Medicare will pay the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which will be $135.50 next year, an increase of $1.50 over 2018. Your Part B premium is based on your income. People whose tax returns show income equal to or higher than $85,000 pay higher premiums. These income-adjusted premiums apply to about 5 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
It makes good sense to review your coverage each year. Make sure your plan still is a good fit for you in terms of cost, coverage, and quality.
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018
Local entrepreneurs, industry leaders and business owners are looking for employees who can communicate clearly, whether writing or speaking; effectively collaborate on teams; and quickly make decisions that benefit both the company and its customers.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1970 - Snow day in Santa Clarita [photos]
The Los Angeles County Fire Department posted an exam bulletin Tuesday for a priority recruitment of paramedics.
LACoFD Looking to Fill Vacant Firefighter Trainee, Paramedic Positions
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the initiation of a comprehensive review of the Woolsey Fire response and recovery.
County to Initiate Woolsey Fire Comprehensive Review
SACRAMENTO - As Californians travel this week, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is set to begin its Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). This additional enforcement is intended to further ensure the safety of the motoring public during the holidays.
CHP Readies for Maximum Enforcement Period
The Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival will hold a special production of a holiday story of generosity, "Wali Dad, the Grasscutter."
Dec. 22: ‘Wali Dad, the Grasscutter’ Free Children’s Performance
Enjoy light appetizers, live music and meet the artist Skye Amber Sweet, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:00 p.m. at Old Town Newhall Library, during an artist reception for her exhibit, "Embracing Growth."
Feb. 5: Artist Reception for Skye Amber Sweet
Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later.
How to Lower Your Surgery Costs | Commentary by Greg Dill
Edison International has awarded the College of the Canyons fire technology program a $25,000 grant in support of the college’s development of present and future fire personnel.
COC Among 5 Schools to Receive $25K Fire Technology Grant
LOS ANGELES - Three hundred forty-seven feature films are eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday.
Nearly 350 Feature Films Eligible for 2018 Best Picture Oscar
La Mesa Junior High School has been nominated for a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2018-2019 school year by the Flippen Group. Four and a half years ago, school administrators began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning.
Local Junior High School Nominated for National Award
Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California.
Jan. 12: Children’s Bureau Informational Meeting
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 12 states and the city of Chicago, filed comments urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule gutting 2016 standards that limit emissions of methane and other harmful pollutants.
State AGs Urge EPA to Withdraw Proposed Rule Gutting Emissions Standards
Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control is offering discounted pet adoptions at its seven county animal care centers.
County Offering Discounted Pet Adoptions Until Dec. 31
1929 - Swift justice: Thomas Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery 1 month earlier [story]
As directed by the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative has launched the process to develop FY 2019-20 Measure H funding recommendations.
County Sets Schedule for Homeless Initiative 2019-2020 Budget
The inspiration for "All Eyes On Me," Jaya Kang’s (CalArts Art BFA 20) recent third-year mid-residency show at CalArts, was a collection of craft kit "googly eyes."
‘All Eyes On Me’: Q&A with CalArts Student Jaya Kang
For any fan inside The MacArthur Center on Saturday night, catching Hansel Atencia's alley-oop pass would have necessitated a ladder suitable for stapling Christmas lights to a one-story duplex.
Men’s Hoops: TMU Mustangs Turn Up Defensive Pressure to Win
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars. in nine categories.
Academy Unveils 91st Oscars Shortlists in 9 Award Categories
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (9-3) rolled on Saturday evening, defeating the Eagles of Northern New Mexico College (1-12), 101-49, in intercollegiate NAIA women’s basketball action inside the Pioneer Event Center (PEC) in Lancaster.
Women’s Hoops: Pioneers Defeat Northern New Mexico in 101-49 Blowout
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers cruised to a victory Saturday afternoon, defeating the Cubs of the University of Los Angeles College of Divinity, 96-71, in intercollegiate men’s basketball exhibition action inside the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster.
UAV Men Cruise to 96-71 Win in Home Exhibition with ULACD
Facing their third NCAA opponent of the season, the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (8-3) suffered a defeat at the hands of CSU-Fullerton (7-4) Friday evening, losing to the Titans, 77-65, in intercollegiate women’s basketball action inside Titan Gymnasium in Fullerton.
Women’s Hoops: Pioneers Clash with Titans of CSU Fullerton
A 22-year-old woman was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly burglarizing a vehicle in Canyon Country, according to authorities.
SCV Deputies Arrest Vehicle Burglary Suspect in Canyon Country
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers tips for a healthy holiday season that include receiving the flu immunization, enjoying festive treats in moderation and making healthy choices.
County Offers Tips for Healthy Holiday Season
The city of Santa Clarita has updated the list of productions shooting in the city and the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Dec. 17-23, 2018.
‘Goliath,’ ‘AMD,’ ‘BAB,’ ‘Suits’ Spinoff Now Filming in SCV
New laws approved by the California Legislature in 2018 will affect roadway safety in several ways, including helmet use on bicycles and motorized scooters, hit-and-run on bicycle paths, modified exhaust systems, and enhanced safety for refuse collection vehicles.
CHP Notes New Bicycle, Roadway Safety Laws
America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017.
Survey: Teens Using Vaping Devices in Record Numbers
With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles wants to inform the public about several new laws or changes to existing law that take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
DMV Reminds Motorists of New 2019 Laws
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station arrested a man and woman from Bakersfield on multiple drug and identity theft charges in Newhall early Saturday morning.
Bakersfield Pair Nabbed on Drug, ID Theft Charges in Newhall
The California Department of Transportation has accelerated pavement rehabilitation on the northbound No. 3 lane on Interstate 5 in Castaic to provide all four lanes through the construction zone to accommodate holiday traffic.
Caltrans to Reopen I-5 Lane in Castaic for Holiday Traffic
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has released its roundup of crimes reported in Stevenson Ranch (Zone 3) between Nov. 18-Dec. 2, 2018.
Crime Blotter: GTA, Burglary, Heroin Possession in Stevenson Ranch
The California Air Resources Board on Monday adopted a regulation establishing a statewide system for mandatory annual emissions reporting for stationary sources.
CARB Adopts System for Reporting Air Pollution from Stationary Sources
1839 - Judge John F. Powell born in Galway, Ireland [story]
1902 - Hi Jolly (Hadji Ali), Gen. E.F. Beale's Syrian camel driver, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz. [story]
1987 - Incorporation: Santa Clarita officially becomes a city [story]
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday denied the Trump Administration’s attempt to block California's lawsuit challenging the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
Court Denies Feds’ Attempt to Block California AG’s Census 2020 Lawsuit
Award-winning musician, philanthropist and CalArts School of Music namesake Herb Alpert and his wife, famed vocalist Lani Hall, will perform a holiday concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night, Dec. 20.
Dec. 20: Herb Alpert, Lani Hall Holiday Special at Disney Concert Hall