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Rancho Bodega Historical Society Discovery Days


Rancho Bodega Historical Society: Discover Days

The photo above is Honoria Tuomey, who founded Discovery Days in 1925 to commemorate the discovery of Bodega Bay by Don Juan Francisco Bodega y Quadra.  She is standing on the "island", where now there is the bird walk along side the water treatment plant, beside a plaque she placed commemorating the discovery. (Photo courtesy of Robin Rudderow, Archivist Rancho Bodega Historical Society, Inc.)

The Rancho Bodega Historical Society presents DISCOVERY DAYS: BODEGA, a living history performance, in downtown Bodega on SATURDAY and SUNDAY, MAY 30 and 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Discovery Days was created in 1925 by local historian Honoria Tuomey to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of Bodega Bay by Spanish explorer Don Juan Francisco Bodega y Quadra.

The modern Discovery Days will be a moveable “pop up” festival to explore the history of various locales within the Rancho Bodega region.  The first Discovery Days will consist of six walking tours of Bodega each day, with local actors in costume portraying historical characters who were key to the founding and development of Bodega, from the late 1800’s to 1960’s.  The actors will perform short vignettes to tell about their character. Included is a rare opportunity to tour St. Teresa’s Church, a gem of Bodega featured by famous photographer Ansel Adams.

We are particularly excited about including local children in the production, who will perform music, dance, and act. Lunch options for tour-goers include box lunches by Estero Café, available by pre-order with ticket purchase, or purchased lunches at the Bodega Country Market or The Casino.

Tour-goers picnicking in Art’s Park will be serenaded by local musicians Jocelyn Braybyn and Carson Hunter, and the Bodega Red Potato Band.

The “Hall of History” in Bodega’s McCaughey Hall will be open to the public at no charge.

The festival is a fund raising event for the Rancho Bodega Historical Society, St. Teresa’s Church, and Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Tickets for the walking tour are $25 per person and will be available for purchase by mail on May 1.

For further information, contact Robin Rudderow, 415-298-6925

Tour times:
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:15 p.m.   
11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
2:45 p.m.