Tag archives: Fiesta Finale

Fiesta Finale Gala
By Montecito Journal   |   August 8, 2023

The Profant Foundation’s Fiesta Finale Gala will be held on Sunday, August 6 starting at 5:30 pm at the historic open-air El Paseo Restaurant; included is a delicious gourmet dinner, a dazzling professional performance, a live auction led by Erin Graffy, a costume contest, and dancing under the stars. It was those same stars and […]

Fiesta Finale Fun
By Richard Mineards   |   August 23, 2022

The John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts hosted its 22nd annual Fiesta Finale gala for 144 guests at the historic El Paseo restaurant, raising around $100,000. The fun fête featured myriad entertainers, including the Martinez Brothers, Marco Labastida, Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan, soprano Camila Lima and pianist Ruy Folguera, and flamenco dancers […]

Fiesta Finale: A Courthouse Romance Felt for Generations
By Profant Family   |   July 19, 2022

It is a warm summer afternoon in 1950, and you are resting in the shadow of the Courthouse Clock Tower. Your gaze lights upon two well-dressed young ladies as they follow a docent into the cool entry of the Grand Archway. Intrigued by the history lesson unfolding, you mount the staircase and join the group […]

Fiesta Finale 
By Montecito Journal   |   June 21, 2022

The upcoming Fiesta celebrations will officially come to a close with the lively Fiesta Finale festivities, held at the historic El Paseo Restaurant. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts. Profant himself was an active member in Fiesta celebrations and Santa Barbara’s artistic community as a […]

‘Artwork that Comes to Life’: A Look at the Profant Foundation’s Fiesta Finale Gala
By Nick Masuda   |   August 5, 2021

After 61 years, Gil Rosas will return to the El Paseo Restaurant    on August 8 to recreate a photo made in 1960, helping the Profant Foundation host the Fiesta Finale Gala that has created hundreds of scholarships for artists of all ages over the past 21 years. The gala, organized by Musette Profant, includes […]

Fiesta Finale
By Lynda Millner   |   August 15, 2019

The John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts just held their 20th Fiesta Finale in the historic El Paseo Restaurant. That was the epicenter of Fiesta in the olden days so it’s a perfect venue. John Edward Profant was born in Santa Barbara in 1928. His parents, Dr. Henry J and Mabel Profant were very […]

The Girl from the Lighthouse
By Lynda Millner   |   July 18, 2019

Friends and fans gathered at the Tecolote Book Shop in Montecito’s upper village for a book signing of Willard Thompson’s latest novel, The Girl from the Lighthouse. His wife, Jo, had treats for us with rosé wine and finger sandwiches. This is not Willard’s first historical novel. He has written a trilogy with Dream Helper, […]

Delightful Debbie
By James Buckley   |   July 11, 2019

Debbie (Bruce) Saucedo sold her company, Debbie’s Delights, some time ago, but she has never left our sunny enclave. She and her husband, Mike Bruce, are big supporters of local non-profits and charities, including especially Fiesta Finale, which takes place on the Sunday at the tail end of Fiesta. Debbie and Mike offered a catered […]

Fiesta Finale 2018
By Lynda Millner   |   August 23, 2018

One last “Viva” and one last cascaron happened on August 12 at the end of Fiesta. It’s the Fiesta Finale given by the Profant Foundation at the El Paseo Restaurant – the perfect venue. This was the center of the celebration at one time. Rita Hayworth danced here in her father’s troupe. This is where […]