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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

Vintage Orange                Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Knott's Berry Farm is still celebrating its Boysenberry Festival...what better time to learn more about one of Orange County's most famous local exports and the unique story of Rudy Boysen's creation?

Tune in to hear a rebroadcast of my conversation with Chris Jepsen about Buena Park's famous fruit.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Vacation Time!

Yes....even dedicated radio hosts need a vacation every once and awhile...

I'll be unplugging and heading out for a bit of adventure...but no fear!

I'll be back...refreshed and ready for more Orange County history on Wednesday, April 19th.

Thanks for listening....

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Floral Park - Santa Ana

Vintage Orange .    Wednesday, March 29th 2017

Long before master planned communities and sprawling housing developments, the Orange County neighborhood of Floral Park was already in bloom. This enclave of 600 vintage homes is tucked away on the north side of Santa Ana, just blocks from the 5 Freeway.

This week, Floral Park residents will tell the history of their neighborhood and the reasons why it is such a special place to live.

During the weekend of April 29-30, The Floral Park Neighborhood Association will be hosting their annual Home Tour, which will feature selected homes and gardens.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blas Aguilar Adobe

Vintage Orange .         Wednesday, March 22 2017

In 1794, the Mission San Juan Capistrano built a number of adobes to house soldiers and the local Native Americans who worked at the mission. Don Blas Aguilar purchased two of these adobes in 1845, which he named "La Hacienda Aguilar.”

The south wing adobe was called Casa Tejada; it unfortunately is no longer standing. The north wing adobe was called Casa de Esperanza, or "House of Hope." It still stands on the east side of the plaza.

This week, San Juan Capistrano historian Jerry Nieblas, tells us about the restoration efforts at the Blas Aguilar Adobe, an important heritage site.

Listen to the Podcast Here

Monday, March 13, 2017

Baseball in Orange County

Vintage Orange                  Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Long before the Angels came to Anaheim in 1966, Orange County had a rich baseball heritage.
Legends like Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio are all part of local baseball lore.

This week, Author Chris Epting returns to Vintage Orange to tell the stories of Orange County's baseball history.

Baseball in Orange County

Listen to the Podcast Here.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Historic Orange County Restaurants

Vintage Orange .    Wednesday, March 8 2017

In honor of Orange County Restaurant Week, we're focusing on some of Orange County's most historic eateries.

Although may of the best spots are no longer around...there are still plenty of places to get a taste of Orange County's past.

Five Crowns Restaurant and Steakhouse - Corona Del Mar

Harborside Restaurant at The Balboa Pavilion

Ramos House Cafe - San Juan Capistrano

El Adobe - San Juan Capistrano

Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant - Buena Park

The Cellar - Fullerton

Watson's Soda Fountain and Cafe

Sam's Seafood (Don The Beachcomber) - Seal Beach

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Orange County: A Literary Field Guide

Vintage Orange      Wednesday, March 1 2017

Orange County writers Andrew Tonkovich and Lisa Alvarez call their new anthology, "Orange County: A Literary Field Guide." because the collection of essays and poems give the same sense of place that you would find in a traditional guide book. But instead of describing the local flora and fauna, readers learn about the Orange County experience through the eyes of the writer.

The book is organized by geographic region and takes the reader on a literary tour of Orange County.

Andrew Tonkovich joined me for a discussion of the project, which brought together some of the best literary treatments of Orange County, featuring writers such as Michael Chabon, Oakley Hall, Joan Didion, and Jessamyn West.  The anthology casts a wide net and brings together a diverse collection of voices, all sharing their unique slice of Orange County.

For more information on upcoming Book Signings and events, check out OCFieldGuide.com

Listen to my Conversation with Andrew Tonkovich Here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tiki in Orange County

Vintage Orange      Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Historian Chris Jepsen, aka Trader Chris at Tiki Lagoon, has put together a new exhibit at Chapman University's Leatherby Libraries, "Tiki in Orange County."

This week, Chris shares the history of this MidCentury cultural phenomenon and tells us where to find traces of the old Tiki spirit alive in present day Orange County.

Listen to the Podcast Here

Monday, February 20, 2017

Brea Centennial 2017

Vintage Orange             Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The city of Brea is celebrating its 100th birthday this month, and is kicking off an entire year of special events to mark the milestone. 

This week, Linda Shay, Museum Curator at The Brea Museum and Historical Society, shares the unique history of this northern Orange County town. She also points out some places in the city where Brea's heritage can be found today. 

For more information on the Brea Centennial, visit their website at by clicking here. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Richard Nixon Presidential Library - Yorba Linda

Vintage Orange .     Wednesday, February 8th 2017

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library has just undergone a $15 million renovation that features never before seen images and artifacts. This week, Jason Schultz, Supervisory Archivist at the Nixon Library will walk us through the new exhibits.

Listen to the Podcast Here

18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.

Yorba Linda, Ca 92886

Main (714) 993-5075 Fax (714) 528-0544


Daily 10AM to 5PM

Sundays 11AM to 5PM

Parking is free at the Nixon Library. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Helena Modjeska's Retreat at Arden

Vintage Orange.     Wednesday, January 25 2017

Madame Helena Modjeska was the reigning queen of the theater and one of her generation's finest actors. She created a forest retreat in Santiago Canyon and named it Arden, after a setting in Shakespeare's "As You Like It." She lived there with her family between 1880 and 1906.

Today, her beloved home, Arden, is a National Landmark, available for public tours my appointment.

Dorota Plazewski is a volunteer docent at Arden. She shares Madame Modjeska's story as well as her experiences as a guide at the park.

Listen to the Podcast Here...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

40 Years at KUCI

Vintage Orange                Wednesday, January 18 2017

Michael Rydzynski has been a DJ at KUCI ever since his first broadcast on Friday, January 14th 1977- 40 years ago.

This week, Michael shares his recollections as well as his first-hand observation of the evolution of the station.

Michael currently hosts the classical music program, Concert Preview / Anniversaries every Saturday morning from 10am til noon.

Listen to the podcast here

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Vintage Orange                 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is a cultural and learning center located in Santa Ana.
Unlike the typical museum, The Heritage Museum encourages interaction with its "Hands-On, Minds-On" philosophy.

More than 18,000 school children visit annually on school filed trips. But the general public is welcome to enjoy the same experience every weekend, Friday through Sunday.

This week, Kevin Cabrera, Executive Director of the Heritage Museum, tells about the unique displays and buildings which take visitors on a trip back in time.

Listen to the Podcast Here

3101 W. Harvard St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704

PH. 714.540.0404

$7 General Admission ages 13 & up
$5 Seniors and Children ages 3 - 12
Children Under 3 years are free

Friday: 1pm - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday: 11am - 3pm

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

5 Great Historic Spots in South Orange County

Vintage Orange      Wednesday, January 4 2017

Earlier this season, I shared 5 Great Historic Spots in North Orange County so it's only fair that I give South County some local history love as well....

My hope is that you will be inspired to get out there and visit some of these historic treasures for yourself!

San Clemente              Casa Romantica

Long before the "master planned" communities of Irvine and Mission Viejo appeared on the Orange County landscape, San Clemente was created by developer and dreamer, Ole Hansen. In 1925, Hansen purchased 2,000 coastal acres in southern Orange County to build a "Spanish Village by The Sea."

Casa Romantica is Hansen's family home, built in 1927.  Today, visitors are welcome to this cultural center overlooking the Pacific. It's a great spot to catch a concert, check out an art exhibit, or do Yoga on Wednesday mornings. If you go, bring your camera. The views are incredible.

415 Avenida Granada
San Clemente, CA 92672

Tues - Thurs: 11 AM - 4 PM
Fri - Sun: 10 AM - 2 PM
Closed Mondays
Admission: $5.00

Irvine                           Katie Wheeler Public Library

Katie Wheeler was the grand daughter of James H. Irvine. She was born and raised in the family ranch house that was built in 1876. The Irvine family home was demolished in the late 60's, but an exact replica was built in 2008. Today, it is home to the Katie Wheeler Public Library. 

The home carries the original design, like the mahogany staircase to the second floor. Family portraits hang on the walls and you can imagine what it must have been like when the Irvines lived here.

Make sure you walk through the Irvine Ranch Historic Park before you leave. Many of the original agricultural headquarters and offices are onsite. 

Located at:

13109 Old Myford Rd, Irvine, CA 92602

Monday though Thursday - 10AM–8PM
Friday .  through Sunday .       -  9AM–5PM

Newport Beach            Balboa Island-Newport Harbor

It would be fair to say that the entire Newport Harbor is one big historic site. After strolling around Balboa Island (1908) take the Balboa Island car ferry (1919) across the harbor to Balboa Peninsula where the Balboa Pavilion (1906) towers over the old Fun Zone (1936).

Balboa Island Museum

 331 Marine Ave, Balboa Island, CA 92662

Tuesday through Sunday     10-4pm
Closed Mondays

Modjeska Canyon        Arden - Home of Helena Modjeska

Madame Helena Modjeska (1840-1909)  was known as the finest actress of her time. She built an idyllic retreat in the Santa Ana Canyon country for family and named it Arden, after the forest in the Shakespearean play "As You Like It."

Today, Arden has been lovingly restored by the OC Parks, and is open for tours. It takes an effort and a good GPS to find this tucked-away gem, but the journey is well worth it.

29042 Modjeska Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676

Tours are by appointment only.
Contact Heritage Hill Historical Park
(949) 923-2230

San Juan Capistrano        Los Rios Historic District

While the Mission San Juan Capistrano gets most of the tourist buzz, my favorite historic place to explore is the Los Rios Historic District. It's not far from the Mission, just across the old Santa Fe railroad tracks. In fact many of the original inhabitants of this rustic neighborhood were the soldiers who came to build the mission. Los Rios has the distinction of being one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the state, and it's one of my very favorite places to walk, shop, and breathe in California history. 

31831 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Tuesday 9AM–4PM
Wednesday 9AM–4PM
Thursday 9AM–4PM
Friday 9AM–4PM
Saturday 12–3PM
Sunday 12–3PM
Monday Closed

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