The Coast News Group

Old Town celebrates daring women of city’s history

SAN DIEGO — The seventh annual Ladies Day in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the everyday joys, activities and challenges of the women that lived in early San Diego from 1821 to 1872. This year’s event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12 and is named “Daring, Delightful & Determined Women: A Day with the Ladies of Old Town.”
“Ladies Day in Old Town will showcase activities that are educational as well as fun for both kids and adults,” said Deanna Turton, volunteer chair of the event. “People will walk away knowing what it was like to live in San Diego in the early to mid-1800s.”
The plaza will contain volunteers and decedents from Old Town performing living history demonstrations, such as a variety of 19th century games and crafts, historic hair dressing, historic dancing, soap making, basket weaving, crocheting and lace making. There will be a garden tour as well as live entertainment and free refreshments.
Volunteers will also be showing clothing from the time period and how to do laundry by hand. Throughout the day, there will be a silent auction to benefit Boosters of Old Town and its mission to support the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
Historic dancing will continue in the evening at the Barra Barra Saloon. The celebration takes place right outside Barra Barra, in the northeast section of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, at the corner of Wallace and Calhoun streets. Many of the shops and museums within the state park will have special activities as part of the Ladies Day celebration.
Free parking is available in the CalTrans headquarters on Taylor Street, one block from the event site.