Tuesday, October 8, 2013

History San José Hosts Heritage Holiday Tea and Tour at the Fallon House

High Tea on the Lower Level of the Fallon House at San Pedro Square Market
Former Manny’s Cellar to Serve Up Holiday Festivities - Saturday Dec. 7

San Jose, CA -- October 8, 2013 --- The tradition of History San José’s annual Heritage Holiday Tea and Tour will be held again this year in the area of the San Pedro Square Market at the Victorian-era Fallon House. The lower level, formerly Manny’s Cellar, and will again be transformed into a holiday tea room for the Saturday, December 7 event.

The Heritage Holiday Tea and Tour continues the annual tradition of tea and this year includes champagne and tours of the Fallon House, built in 1855. Located just a stroll across the street from San Pedro Square Market, there will be two seatings of tea, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Satori Tea Company will present special blends of tea especially for the Heritage Holiday event: English Breakfast, Sugar Plum, and Candy Cane Dream.The teas will accompany a gourmet catered light luncheon, also by Satori. Guglielmo Wines will provide the champagne served by Shady Shakespeare in the garden, and guests will be greeted by strolling carolers, who will also provide entertainment.

The $45 ticket price, (HSJ members $40) will include tours of the Fallon House, and validated parking will be provided. Guests will be eligible to win a ‘Tea for Two’ door prize, among other interesting gifts.

The Fallon House was built in 1855 by one of San José’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion showcases 15 fully-furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period. Thomas Fallon was a frontiersman in the John C. Fremont expedition, and Carmel Fallon was the daughter of one of the most prominent Mexican landowners in California. The Fallon House Historic Site is located at 175 West St. John Street in downtown San José.

Tea times are at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Ticket price includes tours of the Fallon House. Make checks payable to History San José and mail to 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95113 or call Juanita at 408 918 1045 or email her at jlara@historysanjose.org.

The Heritage Holiday Tea at the Fallon house is sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, Guglielmo Winery, and Satori Teas.

The holidays at History Park will continue as usual, and a Children’s Heritage Holidays at History Park will be Saturday, December 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Santa will be on-hand for photo opportunities. Children can ride the trolley with Santa Claus, and operate the hand car. There will be live music and entertainment of the winter season, holiday crafts for kids, and story time with the Snow Queen. History Park partners will host culturally diverse crafts.

Visit www.historysanjose.org for more details or call 408 918 1047.

As always HSJ members are free with a membership card. Non-members: admission is $8 per family of up to a total of four, $2 per additional person;

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About History San José:
History San José is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology.
History San José 1650 Senter Road San José, CA 95112 408.287.2290

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History Park at Kelley Park is located at 1650 Senter Road, between Phelan & Keyes in San Jose. For GPS mapping use 635 Phelan Avenue. City parking is available for $6. For more information visit historysanjose.org or call 408 287 2290.

It's Not Too Late for Yard Sale in the Park

History San José to Host Yard Sale in the Park
Partners with Goodwill of Silicon Valley
Free Admission to History Park
This Sunday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

San Jose, CA – October 8, 2013 --- The Yard Sale in the Park is Sunday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and History San José, in partnership with Goodwill of Silicon Valley, will host a park-wide yard sale. The best bargain at the Yard Sale in the Park is free admission to History Park.

Goodwill of Silicon Valley will be on hand throughout the event. The unsold items that don’t go home with their owners have the option of being donated to those people who may be able to use them.

"We're delighted to be a part of Yard Sale in the Park this Sunday," said Mike Fox, CEO of Goodwill of Silicon Valley. "We appreciate the opportunity to partner with History San José in this family friendly and fun event."

The public can browse of other people’s stuff: used lamps, grandma’s china, toys, and anything else taking up space at home, can be sold. History San José will also be offering history books, as well as other items.

"We are always thrilled to have History Park filled with people, but to include other nonprofit partners who do good works like Goodwill of Silicon Valley is an honor," stated Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José.

Trolley rides will be available, and of course, San Jose’s own Treat ice cream is available for purchase in O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor.

For more information call 408 287-2290 or visit www.historysanjose.org.