It is known as "The Jewel of the Missions." And it is surely one of Orange County's most significant cultural and religious landmarks. Mission San Juan Capistrano, the seventh in a chain of 21
It dates back to Nov. 1, 1776, which happens to be All Saints Day in the Catholic Church. It's remarkable that, at the same time, 13 former British colonies some 3,000 miles to the east were only months into having declared their independence from Great Britain. On the Pacific coast, which was under
This summer the Mission Preservation Foundation is again throwing a series of summer concerts under the stars, welcoming Orange County patrons to a unique summer experience. The foundation, the mission's fundraising arm, recently announced that the mission's membership, known as the Preservation Society, has reached an all-time high mark of 10,000 active members supporting the goals to protect the Orange County landmark's religious and historic significance. The support comes from all sectors of society in Orange County, including Newport-Mesa. This past Saturday evening the third in the series of six concerts and picnic dinners unfolded in the mission's rose garden courtyard.
Each of the six Saturday night concerts themed around a particular genre of music. The first summer concert was dedicated to the music of
The events bring in about $15,000 each in donations benefiting the Mission Preservation Foundation. Mission staff hopes to raise close to $100,000 from these evenings by the end of the summer. The remaining concerts take place on Aug. 7, which will be a tribute to
One final note on the mission this summer. There will be a special lecture at 11 a.m. this Saturday in the Soldier's Barracks Gallery about the relationship of the fictional character Zorro and Mission San Juan Capistrano. The mission opened a special presentation of "The Legend of Zorro: Myth or History" in June that will run through Aug. 31.
For more information on events, please call (949) 234-1315 or visit http://www.missionsjc.com.
There are a lot of talented writers in the Newport-Mesa community. Over the years many of you readers, as well as myself, have attended authors' lectures at The
In any event, let me cut to the chase and take advantage of your generous attention to self-promote a
For years I have resisted self-publishing online, telling myself it was not legitimate unless a book reached the public via a proper agent and recognized publishing house. Recently my son-in-law, Jeff, listened to me lamenting over the state of the publishing business and my bemoaning the fact that my book was sitting on a shelf and collecting dust, while I was waiting for yet another agent's rejection letter.
Jeff said: "Why don't you put the book on Amazon and the other sites?"
"I have been told over and over again that if you self publish you are 'dead' to a major publishing house in the future," I replied.
To which Jeff responded: "And which major publishing house is calling you to take your book?"