Los Alamos Valley Old Days
Non-Profit Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club Introduces 2019 “Los Alamos Valley Old Days” Grand Marshals, Sheila Glaser and John Traller; Festival Scheduled for September 27-29, 2019
-- 2019 Marks 73rd Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club Anniversary Celebrating 58 Years of Los Alamos Old Days, the Town’s Annual Showcase of History through Frontier Family Fun --
Friday through Sunday, September 27-29, 2019, Los Alamos, California – the historical stagecoach route stop which continues to welcome off-ramp travelers with its elevated foodie offerings, veritable rainbow selection of wine and beer tasting options, and stylish lodging – will celebrate its Old West background and allure with the town’s annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days festival. Presiding over the 2019 event weekend, which carries the theme of “Celebrating Old Days, Blazing New Trails”, are this year’s Los Alamos Old Days Grand Marshals, Sheila Glaser and John Traller.
Photo: Jeffrey Bloom Photography
Sheila’s Los Alamos roots stretch back to 1993, when she moved to the California Central Coast town with her family. She has been heavily involved in the community ever since, helping with activities for the local school, PTO and Site Council, and the Los Alamos Valley Senior Center. In 1996, Sheila joined the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (“LAVMC”), where she has served on, or chaired, various event and other initiative committees such as the “Raise the Roof Committee”, the new tables and chairs committee, Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation “Queen’s Events”, Old Days Peddlers’ Mart, Cook Your Own, holiday events, Bingo, and Christmas for the Kids. Sheila has served as the LAVMC Secretary and Vice President, the latter of which is a post that she continues to hold. Sheila still resides in Los Alamos, with her husband of 43 years.
“My heart has belonged to the Men’s Club for more than two decades. I’ve handed out Thanksgiving baskets…worked anywhere that I was needed. It’s taken a lot of effort and dedication, but it’s also lots of fun,” said Sheila Glaser, 2019 Los Alamos Old Days Grand Marshal, along with John Traller.
Sheila continued, “John has been my right-hand man through all of my years as Vice President of the Club. I’m honored to have been nominated as this year’s Grand Marshal, alongside John.”
John Traller is a Korean War veteran who left home in 1949, at the age of 16. He moved to Los Alamos with his wife Cathy, in 2004, after a 50-year career as a tax CPA which included 20 years teaching federal taxation at UCSB. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and a Master’s degree from USC. Although most of his professional life has involved tax accounting, John has a passion for old and classic cars, and for dancing – he taught dancing with Arthur Murray, in the 1950s. He is a Past President of Kiwanis (Ventura), Rotary (Santa Ynez Valley), and the California CPA Society (Tri-Counties). John is also a Past Board Member of the LAVMC, and when he served as Treasurer of the Club he was instrumental in solidifying the LAVMC’s fundraising efforts by securing the Club’s philanthropic §501(c)(3) tax exempt status. John currently edits the Men’s Club Monthly Newsletter.
John added, “Old Days is the Club’s biggest annual fundraiser. It’s a time for celebration, but also for reflection on our previous year’s efforts. We hope that visitors enjoy the festivities as much as we do, and that they return to celebrate with us every year.”
The 2019 edition of Los Alamos Old Days will pave the way for spotlights on the western-style town’s progression, and on its attractions and activities for all ages. Overall Los Alamos Valley Old Days admission is free, with paid portions of the weekend benefitting a variety of local organizations and the all-volunteer, philanthropic Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club, which sponsors, coordinates and hosts the annual event. Visitors revel alongside Los Alamos residents as they honor, preserve and celebrate the town's authentic Western heritage. Santa Ynez Valley locals and tourists alike, will delight in the weekend’s mix of family-friendly and slightly more adult fun.
Los Alamos is located at the intersection of US Highway 101 and State Route 135 (Los Alamos’ main thoroughfare of Bell Street), just an hour north of Santa Barbara and 20 minutes south of Santa Maria, in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s ranch, farm and wine country.
The preliminary 2019 Los Alamos Valley Old Days event weekend schedule will soon be available online, at www.LAVMC.org; select weekend highlights are listed below this release. More information about Los Alamos Valley Days, including brief histories of the Men’s Club, the event and the town, Car Show and Peddlers’ Mart applications and contact information, is also available at www.LAVMC.org.
Questions, media requests for interviews and/or photos, may be directed to Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or [email protected].
About the Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club (“LAVMC”)
Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group of men, women and families dedicated to preserving the town’s unique Western character and hospitality. LAVMC provides scholarships and funding to local students and organizations, and offers its Men’s Club facilities for event rental. LAVMC is supported by tax-deductible donations. Volunteers for Los Alamos Valley Old Days, and other LAVMC initiatives, are always welcome; please contact the LAVMC for more information. Sponsorship support for 2019 Old Days is being provided once again, by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley.
Los Alamos Valley Old Days 2019 – Preliminary Event Weekend Highlights*
-- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 --
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Old Days Kick-off / Chili Cook-off Dinner and Silent Auction – Enjoy chili, corn bread and all the fixings as the Los Alamos Valley Old Days celebration begins. Local restaurants and Santa Ynez Valley chefs will compete. Tickets will be sold at the door. Full service bar opens at 5:00 PM; Silent Auction runs 5:00 PM-8:00 PM with a variety of prizes. All proceeds benefit local youth and families. Event is located at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets), in downtown Los Alamos.
-- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 --
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Old Days Classic Car Show – Featuring vintage, imports, hotrods, customs, race cars and motorcycles lining Bell Street (Hwy 135) in downtown Los Alamos. Information and entry forms may be found at www.LAVMC.org.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Peddlers’ Mart, Artisan Faire and Food Booths – Featuring hand-crafted artwork, collectibles and more, along Bell Street. Information and applications may be found at www.LAVMC.org. (Also occurs Sunday, same times.)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Old Days Family Fun Zone – Activities for children plus, on Saturday, a mechanical bull. Special kids’ zone for little ones ages three to seven years old. All-day pass priced at $15.00 per person (does not include Saturday’s mechanical bull rides); child’s 20-minute pass available for $5.00.
(Also occurs Sunday, same times.)
3:00 PM: Cow Pie Bingo – Held at the corner of Bell and St. Joseph Streets. Onlookers will find out where a cow will do its “do” on a “board”; Bingo winner awarded $500.00 cash prize. Only 222 spaces available for $20.00 each (advance purchase recommended). For more information, please contact Shirley Williams at 805.478.0789.
6:30 PM – 12:00 AM: Tri-Tip Dinner and Dance – Dinner and all appropriate entertaining accoutrements. Tri-Tip Beef BBQ is served 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, dance party extends through 12:00 AM. Live music by the T-Bone Ramblers. Tickets at the door run $25.00 per person for the Dinner + Dance; $15.00 per person for Dance-only. Full service bar is available; event is 21+. Located at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets), in downtown Los Alamos.
-- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 --
9:30 AM: Los Alamos Valley Old Days “Stampede” 5K Run/Walk – Sign-up in Ferrini Park (corner of Bell and Centennial Streets). Registration from 8:00 AM-9:15 AM, prior to race. $25.00 per runner entry fee; all proceeds benefit local youth sports. Trophies awarded to first overall male and female finishers. Medals go to top three finishers in seven divisions.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Peddlers’ Mart, Artisan Faire and Food Booths – Featuring hand-crafted artwork, collectibles and more, along Bell Street. Information and applications may be found at www.LAVMC.org.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Old Days Family Fun Zone – Activities for children including a special kids’ zone for little ones ages three to seven years old. All-day pass priced at $15.00 per person (does not include Saturday’s mechanical bull rides); child’s 20-minute pass available for $5.00.
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Non–denominational Worship Service in Ferrini Park, led by Rev. Warren Einolander from the Cottonwood Community Fellowship, Los Alamos. All ages welcome.
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (approximate): “Greatest Little Small Town Parade” starts at Bell Street (Hwy 135) and Augusta Street, rolls west down Bell Street, ends at St. Joseph Street. Parade features more than 50 entries of equestrians, bands, floats, and community groups, including the 2019 Old Days Grand Marshals, Sheila Glaser and John Traller. Free to participate, apply at www.LAVMC.org by 9/17/19 or contact Mary Anne Christensen at [email protected], or 805.344.4064.
12:15 PM (approximate) – 2:30 PM: Tri-Tip Beef BBQ – Includes Santa Maria-style oakwood grilled beef, beans, bread and locally-made, fresh salsa. Tickets at the door run $12.00 per adult, $10.00 for seniors ages 55+ and kids (under age 10); full service bar is available. Located at the Men’s Club, 429 Leslie Street (corner of Centennial and Leslie Streets), in downtown Los Alamos.
3:00 PM: Chicken Poop Bingo Finale – Held in Ferrini Park (corner of Bell and Centennial Streets). Onlookers will find out where three chickens will do their “do” for the first, second and third times on a 4’x8’ “board”; winners awarded cash prizes. Only 512 tickets available for $5.00 each (advance purchase recommended). For more information, please contact Sheryl Woods at 805.588.7421 or [email protected].
5:00 PM: 73rd Men’s Club Anniversary Celebrating 58 Years of Annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days celebration concludes. Join the town for their 74th Men’s Club Anniversary and the 59th Annual Los Alamos Valley Old Days, September 25-27, 2020.
* All events listed here, are subject to change or cancellation.