Courthouse Docents

By Lynda Millner   |   January 9, 2020
Carolers singing at the La Cumbre Country Club Christmas luncheon

The Santa Barbara Courthouse docents are beginning a new training class in January 2020. They need many to keep up with a busy schedule – Monday through Friday at 10:30 am and 2 pm and Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm. Meantime we all gathered at the La Cumbre Country Club for a festive holiday lunch buffet. Since I will be one of the provisionals I attended to meet and greet a new group of folks to me.

Dannise Parker will be our instructor. She has done it for four years and has a passion for her job. President Patti Schrader addressed the group, both new and current docents. She introduced Marie Mackie who has been a docent for 23 years. She has manned the information booth two days a week for all that time, some 8,000 hours. The joke is, “What is the question most often asked? Answer, “Where is the bathroom?” The group gave her a crystal paperweight appropriately engraved.

Provisional docent instructor Dannise Parker with hospitality chair Nick Sebastian and Courthouse docent president Patti Schrader

Nick Sebastian was there in his Santa hat as hospitality chair to check people in. He would tell you that our Courthouse is one of the most beautiful government buildings in the United States. I can’t wait to learn all the history. The training is 30 hours. I can’t believe I’ve never been on a docent tour myself though I have written about the Legacy group many times. See you at the Courthouse.


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