Tag archives: David Bolton

California Missions Foundation
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 12, 2024

Most locals are probably aware of the best Santa Barbara place to visit every Memorial Day weekend for a glimpse of the chalk drawings during the I Madonnari street painting festival. They know they can spend a colorful summer evening watching music and dancing from Mexico and other indigenous Californios cultures during La Fiesta Pequeña, […]

Santa Barbara Woman’s Club 93rd Annual La Merienda
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 15, 2023

The Santa Barbara Woman’s Club held its annual gala celebrating Fiesta, called La Merienda, on Wednesday, August 2, at their Mission Canyon Rockwood club. This soirée was established in 1928, and its event chair is Sue Ziliotto.  The event was seriously double sold-out with ladies arriving in brightly colored flamenco dresses, and men in their […]

El Presidente: The Story of David Bolton
By Paul Vercammen   |   August 1, 2023

by Paul Vercammen Long before David Bolton ascended to 2023 El Presidente of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days, just another lofty position and title for him, he slept in his Honda Accord. For four and a half weeks in 1992, he crashed on a futon that replaced the removed passenger seat. David needed to be […]

SB Historical Museum’s Annual La Fiesta del Museo
By Joanne A Calitri   |   August 1, 2023

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum (SBHM) held its annual La Fiesta del Museo fundraiser on July 22, in the museum’s outside courtyard, which was elegantly decorated with wrought iron chandeliers, Arabic lanterns, velvet table linens, and fresh flowers. The event drew more than 300 guests in classic fiesta attire, with women in elaborate Spanish flamenco […]

Fieldside Fiesta Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   July 25, 2023

Society gadabout Rick Oshay and Teresa Kuskey Nowak, bubbly founder of the La Boheme dance company, hosted their 4th annual Viva La Fiesta bash at Fieldside, the popular Santa Barbara Polo Club restaurant, for 200 gloriously garbed guests. The fun fête featured Teresa’s colorful dancers who led our Eden by the Beach’s Summer Solstice parade, […]

Ranchera at La Patera
By Richard Mineards   |   June 27, 2023

More than 600 guests turned out for the 15th anniversary of Fiesta Ranchera at the 151-year-old Rancho La Patera gardens in Goleta raising in excess of $30,000 split equally between Old Spanish Days and the Goleta Valley Historical Society. The fun fête, chaired by the tony triumvirate of Janice Howell, Paula Bottiani, and Jenna Verbryke, […]

Bolton at the Bowl
By Richard Mineards   |   February 14, 2023

When the Kansas City Chiefs take the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., this Sunday, Santa Barbara producer David Bolton, director of the California Missions Foundation and this year’s El Presidente of Old Spanish Days, will be handling the live international Spanish language broadcast for Fox Sports for […]

Fiesta Finale
By Lynda Millner   |   August 23, 2022

The John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts welcomed everyone to “Where Fiesta traditions began,” the El Paseo Restaurant for one final night of celebrating. John Profant was born in Santa Barbara on May 23, 1928. His parents, Dr. Henry and Mabel Profant, were very active in the cultural community, helping to found CAMA and […]

La Merienda
By Lynda Millner   |   August 23, 2022

The Santa Barbara Woman’s Club gave the first La Merienda since the pandemic. Merienda translates to “snack,” but it was much more than a snack. It was a full-on Mexican dinner with tacos, guacamole, chicken, beef, and salad. Event chair Sue Ziliotto told us, “This event has been going on for 92 years.” All the […]

Santa Barbara Club
By Lynda Millner   |   April 19, 2022

The Santa Barbara Club held one of its monthly distinguished speakers lunches and talks. This time the speaker was David Bolton, executive director of the California Missions Foundation (CMF). The Foundation began in 1998, to help restore these magnificent treasures – the 21 missions. David is a walking history book about the missions in California […]

The Lone Ranger
By Richard Mineards   |   March 22, 2022

The flagship Ranger, which is familiar to many for leading the annual Parade of Lights at Yuletide, has rejoined the Classic Yacht Association’s Southern California fleet. Originally the vessel was readmitted to the association in 2020, in time for the 20th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, but the pandemic delayed her rededication ceremony. […]

Super Bowl LVI Marks Another Touchdown for David Bolton
By Richard Mineards   |   February 15, 2022

When the Los Angeles Rams take the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at the $5.5 billion SoFi Stadium in the Big Orange on Sunday, Santa Barbara producer David Bolton, director of the California Missions Foundation, will be handling the live international Spanish language broadcast for Fox Sports for the seventh consecutive year. David’s company, Cultural […]

Fiesta Ranchera Returns
By Lynda Millner   |   August 5, 2021

Fiesta Ranchera in Goleta is back in a smaller way. Instead of 1,000 attendees, there were not more than 100, but that didn’t stop the celebrants. They were just happy to see friends and neighbors without masks — some for the first time in a year. Stow House was the background for the fête, and […]

Another Touchdown for Bolton
By Richard Mineards   |   February 11, 2021

David Bolton, Santa Barbara-based director of the California Missions Foundation, also has a successful career as a sports broadcaster for the Spanish language version of the Fox network. And, despite the pandemic, he has been hired again to produce this weekend’s battle of the NFL titans, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers […]

Talking Tapas
By Lynda Millner   |   November 26, 2020

The first time I ever heard of tapas was when my Navy pilot husband, Cork, our two young children Kim and Dane, and I moved to Spain in 1969. The kids went to school on the Rota Navy Base but we lived on the economy. When Friday night came we didn’t go to McDonald’s (there […]

Its Mission is Preserving the Missions
By Lynda Millner   |   September 10, 2020

According to the California Missions Foundation press brochure, “Nothing defines California and our nation’s heritage as significantly or emotionally as do the 21 missions that were founded along the coast from San Diego to Sonoma. Their beauty, stature, and character underlie the formation of California. Over time, many mission enclaves have developed into some of […]

Another Touchdown for Bolton
By Richard Mineards   |   January 30, 2020

David Bolton, executive director of the California Missions Foundation, has a lucrative sideline with his TV production company, Cultural Global Media. One year after covering his first Super Bowl, the company has been hired again to produce the legendary NFL event from Miami, Florida, on Sunday (February 2) for millions of viewers throughout Latin America. […]

Experience California Missions
By Lynda Millner   |   December 5, 2019

It was truly a once in a lifetime trip! The MClub (Montecito Bank & Trust travel club) was invited by executive director/CEO David Bolton of the California Missions Foundation (CMF) to join him on a special overnight tour to Mission San Antonio de Padua and tours of Mission San Miguel and Mission San Luis Obispo […]

What a Knight
By Richard Mineards   |   May 2, 2019

Pride, pomp and pageantry, ceremonial and color marked the moment David Bolton, Santa Barbara-based executive director of the California Missions Foundation, was installed with one of Spain’s highest civilian orders at the Presidio by the country’s Los Angeles consul-general Javier Vallaure. The Royal Order of Isabel la Catolica, a red-enameled cross in a gold frame […]

Incandela Exhibition
By Richard Mineards   |   January 31, 2019

Davis & Taft, the upper village antiques store, was socially gridlocked when Summerland artist Gerald Incandela staged his latest exhibition, including benches clad in astroturf and a number of his innovative works of art. Tunisian Gerald, a good friend for many years, has works in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of […]