Tag archives: Denise Sanford

ACS Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   September 26, 2019

After hosting annual evening events, the Santa Barbara branch of the American Cancer Society threw a lunch this year in the Hilton’s Reagan Room for nearly 100 guests, which raised around $100,000 for the popular organization, which helps more than 100,000 people in the western region annually. Chairwoman Denise Sanford emceed the fete which honored […]

La Presidenta Reception
By Lynda Millner   |   August 16, 2018

One of the Old Spanish Days traditions is the president’s reception, and this year was no exception. It’s usually held in the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, which always brings to mind what the rotunda used to be in the old days – the train turntable and roundhouse. The great earthquake in 1925 destroyed the […]

Life’s a Beach
By Richard Mineards   |   August 9, 2018

A plethora of presidentes, past and present, descended on the Hilton Beachfront Resort for the sold-out 70th annual La Reception del Presidentes, kicking off Fiesta week in grand style. The fun fete, short on speeches and long on tradition with dancing and music, attracted more than 300 local dignitaries, including current La Presidente Denise Sanford […]

Fiesta 2018 Celebrates Traditions
By Joanne A Calitri   |   July 12, 2018

The 94th edition of Old Spanish Days [OSD] Fiesta is nearly upon us.  This year’s theme is “Tradition and Celebration”, noted by La Presidenta Denise Sanford, who declares, “Traditions are the very foundation by which individuals and families construct their identities, creating the bonds of community. To celebrate our community’s traditions,” she says, “is to […]

La Primavera 2018
By Lynda Millner   |   June 14, 2018

La Primavera means “spring” in Spanish, and in Santa Barbara it means the beginning of Old Spanish Days (OSD). There’s always a Fiesta party to unveil the poster and pin that will be the symbol of this year’s celebration. Fiesteros gathered at the Carriage & Western Art Museum in costumes for margaritas, wine, food, and […]

Old Spanish Days
By Lynda Millner   |   March 15, 2018

Old Spanish Days recently announced the theme for Santa Barbara Fiesta 2018. Meet La Presidenta Denise Sanford, (another lady president) who stood in front of the great arch at the courthouse and told us, “I chose the theme Celebrate Traditions. It is the privilege of the president to choose a theme of their choice.” Denise […]