On Saturday, March 3rd, Southern Kitchen marks an impressive 25 years of service*. This family-owned restaurant has been providing savory and sweet flavors with a touch of the South on E. Main Street for years – if you don’t know them you should!
Southern Kitchen invites you to celebrate with them, with a ribbon cutting and champagne toast from noon to 1pm (details on the Los Gatos Chamber events page). The restaurant’s web page does not have any information on the event, but it is advertised some on their social media pages. Regular hours should still be in effect, so if you can’t make it Saturday at noon, drop by weekdays from 7am to 2pm and weekends from 7am to 3pm for a scrumptious meal.
In 2012, St. Mary of the Catholic Church in Los Gatos will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as a parish. The planning begins now! Several groups of volunteers are actively figuring out every angle for the centennial festivities. One, though, needs a lot more lead time than the rest….The History Committee.
The St. Mary’s History Committee is collecting and requesting photos, momentos, recollections on the history of the parish. Some of these materials may be shared digitally at the time of the celebration. Others may go into a publication for the same event. Some may be utilized in both. Do you have any info, photos or stories to share?
The online parish bulletin states that:
Your recollections may be a paragraph or a page and can be submitted digitally or in hard copy. If hard copy photos are submitted, please label the back with your name and phone number so they can be returned to you after being scanned. Please e-mail any information to firstname.lastname@example.org or 100 Year History Committee, c/o Chris Miller, St. Mary Parish, 219 Bean Ave, Los Gatos, CA, 95032.
A little bit on the history of St. Mary’s in Los Gatos
Do you know much about the history of St. Mary’s in Los Gatos? It began as a Jesuit mission, first in the home of a local Catholic family and later in a church building on Santa Cruz Avenue (now “North Santa Cruz Avenue”) between Bean and Main. In 1912 the Jesuits gave the mission to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, at which point it was made a parish in its own right.
Side note: The relationship between the parish and the Jesuits remains very good, despite the parting of ways 99 years ago. The Jesuit Novitiate – now called the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center – is only a mile or two away from the parish and priests from there do help out at St. Mary’s from time to time, at special occassions such as First Reconciliation or for vacation coverage for Masses. Originally this was where young men would enter the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, but now it is a retirment center, assisted living facility and also the provincial headquarters for the Jesuits in California.
Here are a few links with just a small hint of religious history in Los Gatos (I am sorry that every house of worship is not represented here – I did look for the history of more faith communities online but didn’t find a lot there – if anyone sends me links to theirs I will be happy to include it here):
The W.E. “Bill” Mason Carousel is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on July 10th between 11am and 2pm and you’re invited! There will be special events happening and rides will be “by donation” only. Also, return again July 26th for Billy Jones Day!