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November 24, 2010 There's A Feeling In The Season by Sandra Sladkey It's A Christmas Carol time again! The Julian Stage Company production of the beloved story by Charles Dickens is in full swing, with an ultra-talented, enthusiastic cast of 40, including a live band and octet of minstrels. The play has become a Julian tradition for many, and as director of the play, I have found myself wondering why people enjoy seeing the same production over and over again. I ponder what it was that drew me, before I became involved in the play as an actress and, ultimately, as director. I've decided it's something about a feeling. There is something about the feeling you get when you walk into the town hall and take in the mid-1800s, old-English setting on the stage, with its intimate lighting and warm colors. The play evokes laughter and tears. There is something about the range of emotion in the story that makes us feel our humanity. We chuckle at sour, stingy Scrooge and laugh out loud with those whose patience with him has run thin. We weep tears of sadness with the Cratchit family as they share the grief of losing Tiny Tim, and weep a different kind of tears as Scrooge has his epiphany and realizes there is more to life than chasing wealth. We walk out of the theatre feeling newly inspired to count what is meaningful in our own lives. A Christmas Carol was written in Victoria era Britain during a time of renewed interest in forgotten Christmas traditions. The tale caught on instantly, and remains well loved today. There is something about connecting with the familiar as experienced in tradition that seems to evoke a feeling of comfort and hope. If you'd like to make A Christmas Carol part of your Christmas tradition, tickets for the play are selling now. Seating is reserved. Last year the huge response to the play was unexpected and delightful--though we were disappointed to have to turn away people at the door. There are still good seats available the first weekend. Evening performances (7 P.M.) are Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. Matinees (1:30 P.M.) are Dec. 11, 18, and 19. Adults are $10; children 12 and under, $5. For information and reservations, call 760-765-3789. Realistic Relativity by Rowlynda Moretti Home is where the heart is and success is where happiness is. The ideal of the "American Dream" has been infectious since early settlers, during the roaring twenties, throughout the Great Depression, and even still today. We are constantly in search of our "American Dream." Some may mistake this dream as a quest for money or fame. That might be some individuals' "American Dream," but that is a shallow interpretation of happiness. After all isn't happiness what we dream about and what we are constantly in search of? Happiness is right there for the taking, but individuals can't see that until they understand that happiness comes from knowing who you are. Of course my aspirations are to go to college and enter a competitive career. My "American Dream" is to constantly adapt my understanding of maybe not who I will be, but who I am, therefore allowing me to grasp the happiness that is right there for the taking. Dream are life's way of showing us our potential. Many individuals have chased impossible dreams until they ultimately meet their fate. These individuals did not truly know who they were, and therefore they didn't know what was truly important to them. Such was the case with the character Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. For example, as the author stated, "Gatsby Women's Club Home Tour Is Selling Out Get Your Tickets Now by Diana Garrett Tickets for the morning tour have sold out. There are tickets left for the afternoon tour! So get your ticket soon! The Julian Woman's Club is hosting their annual Holiday Home Tour on Friday, December 10, 2010. There will be two tours on Dec. 10th. We will meet at the United Methodist Church on Hwy 78. At the Church you will have the opportunity to purchase gifts for Christmas from our wonderful crafters & quilters. Baked goods will also be available to buy. Refreshments will be served before each tour begins. The cost of this tour is $20.00. The Sold Out first tour leaves promptly at 9 AM, so those who have tickets will need to be at the church at 8:30. The second tour leaves the church at 1 PM, so be there at 12:30 PM. Come earlier if you wish to shop. The craft shop & baked goods sales will be closed after the second tour. Reservations can be made at Julian Tea and Cottage Arts-760- 765-0832. Each guest will be assigned to a car with a driver that knows the route to each home on the tour. No guest will drive on the tour on their own. We will tour five fabulous homes, two in Pine Hills, one in the Hoskings Ranch area, one in the Lake Cuyamaca area and a Bed & Breakfast in town. The homes this year are amazing as always. If you have any questions about the tour or about anything relating to the tour please call 760-765-3647 cell- 760-221- 9608 Diana Garrett. Generous Gift From Chamber Launches Parade Fund Drive The Julian Chamber of Commerce board voted to spend $1250 to sponsor one of the vintage airplanes that will fly over the Fourth of July Parade next year. The board responded to Dana Pettersen's request at its regular meeting held on Nov. 18. She told them that the parade was moving into a new direction to create a stable source of funds that will be available to present the parade from year to year. The newly organized Development Committee is asking for support in the form of sponsorships for specific parade needs, according to chair Bobbi Zane. These include the bands, all of which have fees, the vintage airplanes, that have fuel and other expenses that must be reimbursed, and some invited entries. The goal is to supplement the Parade Committee's budget, most of which comes from TOT funds. Parade sponsors receive star treatment from the committee. They will see their Iogos and/or names on parade advertising, publicity, banners and website. Those who sponsor parade entries will see their organization names on a banner identifying them as the sponsor of that entry. "We're grateful to the Chamber of Commerce for being the first community organization to come forward to support next year's Zane says. "Everyone in Julian has an opportunity to support the Fourth of July parade, which is considered the best little town parade in America," according to Zane. To find out more, contact me at 760/765-1224 or Dudley's Breads Now At Costco Dudley's Bakery, Inc. today announced its Date Nut Raisin bread is now available in all COSTCO's in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial Counties. We're excited to introduce Dudley's famous Date Nut Raisin bread to the area Costco consumers," said Barry Brunye, co-owner. "Offering the Date Nut Raisin bread through Costco's convenient shopping locations will make it that much easier for consumers to obtain fresh local bread from Dudley's." Delicious, Local Bread At Dudley's, unique breads are the company's top selling items, and bread has long been a staple in American diets. By adding distribution through_ Costco, Dudley's bread is now available at nearly a 100 locations throughout California. "We are pleased to offer another way to enjoy Dudley's bread" said Laurie Brunye, co- owner. "Now people who haven't had time to come up and visit us have more options to buy closer to home. We appreciate the desire for many of our consumers to buy locally, and we hope that by partnering with Costco, we've made that even easier for them." Dudley's Bakery's fruit bars are also available at participating COSTCOs. Dudley's Bakery, 30218 Highway 78, PO Box 67, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070 Phone: (760) 765-0488, Fax: (760) 765-1565, Email: sales@ JHS Student Receives Award for Essay by Cara Couvillion, Principal On November 9, Rowlynda Moretti, a senior at Julian High School, was honored at a Freedom's Foundation Luncheon at the Admiral Baker clubhouse in San Diego. Rowlynda attended the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge's Youth Leadership Symposium, which took students on a week long tour of historical sites on the East coast last spring. The students were asked to write an essay describing their idea of the "American Dream". Of all the entries, Rowlynda had the winning essay! Her essay centered around her main theme, "My 'American Dream' is to constantly adapt my understanding of maybe not who I will be, but who I am, therefore allowing me to grasp the happiness that is right there for the taking." The luncheon was a wonderful honor as she was recognized along with 10 other people who' had been nominated for Citizenship Awards for their outstanding accomplishments. These honorees ranged from Rowlynda and her sponsor Virginia Severson War Veterans to a local woman who started a foundation to feed the homeless to another high school student who set up an organization to fulfill the dreams of hospice patients. It was an honor to be in the presence of such amazing people, and to watch one of our own students receive recognition.and a medal. Congratulations, Rowlynda. believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--to- morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning--." ..."So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." This shows that no matter how unattainable Gatsby's dream was, he never paused long enough to realize that his success would not guarantee happiness; in fact it had the opposite effect. The "American Dream" is centered on achieving success, although the definition may vary for each individual. Success is attaining happiness, and happiness is in the eye of the beholder. This is the case with the character Biff in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman. Biff was pressured into following his father's dreams. He realizes before it is too late that he must follow his own dreams and understand who he is before he will ever find happiness. For instance, as Biff explains, "1 saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and the time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and I thought, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be... when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am." This shows that in order to be happy, one must know who they are and that allows one to know what is honestly important to them. The "American Dream" consists of fulfilling one's "pursuit of happiness" and therefore attaining success. A lot of people lose their way, and unfortunately it takes them a lifetime to find their way back to happiness. Happiness is taking each day for what it is and making the best of it. You will never get that day back, just as you will never get some chances at happiness back. I consider even the worst days to be priceless. I was born with a disease called "Group B Strep." I was given a two percent chance of living. My parents were told that I would be blind, deaf, mentally delayed, and physically impaired. They were told I would lose all my fingers and all my toes. Fortunately, none of these predictions came even remotely true. I'm a straight "A" student and a varsity athlete with all of my senses and body parts intact. My "American Dream" is to make the most out of each day, because for me it truly is a gift. As Jason Mraz, a singer and song writer, has stated, "1 reckon again its my turn to win some or learn some." Yet in order to take advantage of what is in front of me, I must understand who I really am. My "American Dream" consists of realizing that "one man's trash is anther man's treasure." By this I mean that my dream is to know who I am and to be happy. EBT Accepted Here The Julian News 3 Monday -- Saturday 9 am - 6 pm Sunday 9am-Spin 760 765 3200 N0w Available Cleaning ' In by Tuesday, Back by Friday Price List in the store Service through Ramona Cleaners 2117 Main Street BBBIt, WINB & 8PmlTS II POPE TREE SERVICEll All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial o Julian Merchants Association Provides Town Site With Ash Cans The Julian Merchants Association realized a need for ashcans for our town site quite some time ago. Being aware of our special atmosphere, the ashcans needed to be appropriate so as not to stand out terribly, but be noticeable enough for smokers to use to discard their cigarettes. The JMA spent a great deal of time and put a great deal of thought into what would be appropriate for our town. Marta Kendall (Rongbranch Restaurant), board member, was put in charge of the endeavor. She brought to the board options that would be appropriate and "Viola," ashcans (8) are now on Main Street. The JMA purchased six cans and located them at (or near) Jacks Grocery, Julian Market, Julian Cafe, Stonewall building, Town Hall and the Cider Mill. The Julian Garage on Main St. purchased two additional cans that sit in front of their location along with the new benches (very nice, by the way). The JMA feels these ashcans will help keep a cleaner Julian for all of us to enjoy. To never be blinded by the thirst of success, but to realize that success is simply deciding to be happy. A rich man can be extremely lonely and unhappy, while a poor man can be on top of the world. It is all in the eye of the beholder. One must look at the glass as being half full and not half empty. We each define success for ourselves, but our perceptions change as our lives do. Sometimes life's outcomes are better than our dreams were, the key it to realize what you have and not what you don't. For me, it's not "about what's waiting on the other side, it's the climb" (Miley Cyrus). My "American Dream" is to have all experiences I can, and learn everything I can from them, therefore, defining who I am, so that I can accept the happiness that is consistently right under my nose. Country Christmas continued from page 1 Julian's Country Christmas festivities begin at 4:00pm on Saturday, November 27th with a Tree Lighting Celebration at 6:00pm of the towns huge living Christmas tree. This popular annual event draws hundreds of visitors who gather at Pioneer Park to watch the tree lighting, drink hot cider, and visit with Santa. There will be warming stations throughout the town offering hot cider or cocoa, pastries, candies, and other holiday treats. The entire town has been decorated with Christmas wreaths and garlands and most businesses will be open extended hours. Entertainment includes the Julian Victorian Carolers, a Living Nativity scene, continued on page 10