Publisher’s Message

Bee Boppin’ Around…

October has to be one of my favorite months of the year. I love Fall and all it has to offer with Harvest Festivals, the Northern California Renaissance Faire, the big pumpkin patch down the road at Uesugi and the crazy maze at Swank Farms. We live in an amazingly rich agricultural area and it’s bounty has spoiled us with fresh vegetables of all varieties with farmer’s markets in every town. On October 11, Bolado Park in Hollister will host the second San Benito County Olive Festival. We are so fortunate to have this new festival in our area and I encourage you all to check it out as it will soon be as big as the Mushroom Mardi Gras and Garlic Festival! And down in Salinas, also on October 11, you can spend the day strolling Oldtown at the Salinas Valley Food &?Wine Festival.

The wineries are currently harvesting, and by early November we can enjoy their offerings at the Fall Passport Weekend historically in October, but this year it’s the second weekend of November. If you’re a beer drinker, downtown Gilroy is hosting their first-time Beer Crawl on October 25, where they encourage you to dress up in your Halloween costume.

As we’ve done for the past nine years, included in your October issue is the Wine & Dine Guide. Snap this puppy out and keep it in your car or by your phone book (say what?). Yes, some of us still keep the phone book handy for looking up a restaurant in case the WI-FI isn’t working.

September was Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and recently I was “fluttered” by my friends Melissa and Izzy. I just learned about the program, “Unravel Pediatric Cancer,” created by local Gilroy resident Libby Kranz who lost her young daughter, Jennifer, to pediatric cancer. Please see page 23 to learn about this program and consider helping out.

As always, we hope you have fun out there in Out & About Country. And, most of all, thank you for being an Out & About reader and advertiser. You are the ones who keep our labor of love thriving!

~ Bobbi Jo Palmer
A proud member of the Gilroy Rotary