A big thank you to our community for participating in a very successful Old Spanish Days Fiesta. To serve as La Presidente for our 93rd annual celebration was a truly humbling experience that I will never forget.
I began this year honoring our beloved Father Virgil Cordano O.F.M. His signature reminder of “Unity through Community” served as our theme for this memorable year, but also as a call to all of us to celebrate and recognize our extraordinary community and the incredible unity that comes from this tradition.
Santa Barbara’s complex and rich history and our memorable celebrations are without a doubt part of what makes “Unity through Community!” Traditions that are passed from generation to generation, such as ours, is what makes Santa Barbara such a special place. I know my family and I enjoyed “a little of our inheritance from old California” this past Fiesta; I hope you and yours did as well.
It was a privilege to represent Old Spanish Days during the truly special and historical celebrations. Thank you again for the tremendous joy of serving as your La Presidente for 2017. All of us at Old Spanish Days look forward to celebrating these time-honored traditions again with you next year.
Viva la Fiesta – Viva la Comunidad,
Rhonda Ledson Henderson
La Presidente 2017