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Buck Owens’ Ghost Is Alive After Seven Years

4 May
BUCK OWENS' MAUSOLEUM

BUCK OWENS’ MAUSOLEUM

PHOTO BY: WANDA WINKLER

  March 25 was the seven-year anniversary of the death of Buck Owens. So where is the country western music legend? He is buried in The Buck Owens Family mausoleum in Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield. The mausoleum, also named  “Buck’s Place,” is the largest structure in the graveyard except for the Georgian mansion used for the office and mortuary building. He is interred in the mausoleum which also contains his mother and the ashes of his first wife, Bonnie Campbell Owens. Some people go to the graveyard looking for Buck. Others write books about his ghost. “The Ghost of Buck Owens: And Other Tales From the San Joaquin,” by Steve Sorensen was released in 2011.                                                 

  Chris Porfiri, 47, who works at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery said, “there have been a couple of times when folks will stop into the park and ask where they can find Buck Owens’s grave– so we direct them to the mausoleum.” For more details on finding his grave go to http://www.findagrave.com.

  Bakersfield’s most popular entertainer, Owens was born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., in Sherman, Texas, to a sharecropping family and moved to Bakersfield when he was 21 years old. He signed a recording contract with Los Angeles music giant Capital Records in 1957, and his career took off from there. He became one of America’s top country western musicians, singers, writers, and entrepreneurs. The Crystal Palace, his legacy museum located at 2800 Buck Owens Blvd., is a unique masterpiece exhibiting exquisite western charm, history, and hometown hospitality. Owens left a sensational mark on this city, including his last No.1 hit song titled, “The Streets of Bakersfield.” For more information go to http://www.buckowens.com.

  Dave Lyman, 55, from the Bakersfield Convention and Visitors Bureau said he’s never been asked about Owens’ grave site. However, “large numbers of tour buses stop here on their way to someplace else, like Fresno, Yosemite, or Sequoia National Park. They are not making a pilgrimage to Bakersfield to see the Crystal Palace specifically or to go to Buck Owens’ grave,” Lyman said.

  “The bus drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours a day, so they stop in Bakersfield because it is the midway point between several locations. Fortunately, the Crystal Palace is conveniently located and because they serve great meals, it’s a favorite location for the bus drivers and the passengers,” Lyman said.

  Buck Owens made his mark in life as a composer, singer, entrepreneur, and publisher, and in death with his majestic burial site. His mausoleum is original and available to the public free of charge at Greenlawn Cemetery. “After all,” Lyman said, “it’s not like you have a Crystal Palace or Buck Owens in every town.”

 

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My Three Thai’s Offer Steamy Delights

30 Apr

Some of the best food in Bakersfield is found at “The Blue Elephant, Finest Authentic Thai Cuisine,”  located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy, Suite M-1.  Their food delights new customers,and old customers alike. You can order online for pick up at http://www.blue-elephant.net or call order to go at (661) 833-8190.

Located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy Suite M-1, Bakersfield CA 93311.

Located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy Suite M-1, Bakersfield CA 93311. (661) 833-8190

The aroma from  Garlic,Yellow Curry with Tofu, and Chicken Fried Rice fills the air.

                                           The aroma of Yellow Curry with Tofu, and Chicken, Garlic Fried Rice fills the air.
 
Mango Sticky Rice is Succulent Summer Hit

Mango Sticky Rice is a Succulent Summer Delight

Steve and Birdie Del Papa enjoy Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Basil. A glass of Merlot wine and Mango Sticky Rice for Dessert topped the evening meal.

Great wine, food and atmosphere.

Great wine, food and atmosphere.

Another fine Thai Restaurant is The Orchid Thai Restaurant. Located at 5550 California Avenue, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309. They have been in this new location for just over one year. Their specialties include Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, Roasted Scottish Salmon, and Seafood Inferno. Orders can be placed online at: http://www.orchidfusioncuisine.com.

New location is 5550 California Ave, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309

New location is 5550 California Ave, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 864-7979

Chicken Pad Thai is a favorite at most Thai Restaurants. Pad Thai consists of glass noodles, seasoned with delicate herbs and delicious peanut sauce.

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Famous for their decadent desserts, Red Velvet Cake is a favorite at The Thai Orchid.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Last but not least is The Thai Kitchen located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312

(661) 589-8678

Thai Kitchen serves authentic Thai cuisine.

Thai Kitchen serves authentic Thai cuisine. Located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312

Steamed Veggies and Tofu.

Steamed Veggies and Tofu

Carlos A. Hernandez enjoys his favorite Chicken Pad Thai.

Carlos A. Hernandez enjoys his favorite Chicken Pad Thai.

The restaurant is open for Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

A great selection of red or white wine is available.

A great selection of red or white wine is available.

“The Good, The Bad and The Judges,” Tour at Historic Union Cemetery Fascinates Public

28 Apr
"THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE JUDGES," TOUR AT HISTORIC UNION CEMETERY FACINATES ALL AGES.

“THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE JUDGES,” TOUR AT HISTORIC UNION CEMETERY FASCINATES ALL AGES.

Tours of the Historic Union Cemetery and more information on their events can be found at http://www.UnionCemetery1872.com

COL. THOMAS BAKER'S OBELISK EXEMPLIFIES HIS DEDICATION TO MAKING BAKERSFIELD LIVE FOR ETERNITY.

COL. THOMAS BAKER’S OBELISK EXEMPLIFIES HIS DEDICATION TO MAKING BAKERSFIELD LIVE FOR ETERNITY.

Judge Banjamin Brundage (1834-1911) was instrumental in relocating Kern County's seat from Havilah to Bakersfield.

Judge Benjamin Brundage (1834-1911) was instrumental in relocating Kern County’s seat from Havilah to Bakersfield.

A stroll through the emerald golf course grounds of Union Cemetery Saturday morning, April 27, for “The Good, The Bad, and The Judges,” tour was fascinating. It was a special tour of the Pioneers Section where Bakersfield’s founding fathers are buried.The City of Bakersfield is named after Col. Thomas Baker, who was an attorney, a judge, and served as a senator from Fresno and Tulare counties 1861-1862. He loved the land and with Harvey Brown, bought swamp land in 1863 that is now Bakersfield.  He is one of ‘The Good,” as well as one of “The Judges”. His profound knowledge and foresight was instrumental in the creation and promotion of Bakersfield and the welfare if it’s residents.

Benjamin Brundage, (1834-1911) was Bakersfield’s first Superior Court Judge. The original Kern County seat of government was in Havilah, but Brundage fought hard to have the seat of government permanently moved to Bakersfield.  Brundage Lane is named in his honor.

Ralph shot Horace Montague December 1, 1915. He was hanged to death at San Quentin January, 1, 1915.RALPH M. FARISS, IS ONE OF THE “BAD” (1889-1915).

Peggy Schrader tells tour group about the infamy of one of  Bakersfield’s trouble makers, Ralph M. Ferris (1889-1915). Ralph, a resident of Bakersfield, was hanged in San Quentin in 1915 after he committed a train robbery in which  he shot and killed Horace E. Montague, December 1, 1913 near El Monte, CA. 
        VICK DOCENT DESCRIBES SHOOT OUT BETWEEN PERCY DOUGLAS AND CHIEF EDWIN L. WILLOW.

VICKI SCHALLOCK DESCRIBES SHOOT OUT BETWEEN ANOTHER “BAD”– PERCY DOUGLAS AND THE “GOOD” CHIEF EDWIN L. WILLOW.
 
EDWIN L. WILLOW WAS A MAN WHO WORE MANY HATS--OWNER OF WILLOW FURNITURE, DEPUTY SHERIFF, AND FIRE CHIEF

EDWIN L. WILLOW WAS A MAN WHO WORE MANY HATS–OWNER OF WILLOW FURNITURE, DEPUTY SHERIFF, AND FIRE CHIEF.

UNION CEMETERY IS 141 YEARS OLD, AND PRESENTLY UNDERGOING RECONSTRUCTION

UNION CEMETERY IS 141 YEARS OLD, AND PRESENTLY UNDERGOING RECONSTRUCTION.

LAST YEAR THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD DECLARED UNION CEMETERY A HISTORIC SITE--RENOVATIONS ARE UNDERWAY

LAST YEAR THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD DECLARED UNION CEMETERY A HISTORIC SITE–RENOVATIONS ARE UNDERWAY.

GROUNDS KEEPER, ROBERT GALAVIZ TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN RESTORING THE BEAUTY TO UNION CEMETERY.

GROUNDS KEEPER, ROBERT GALAVIZ TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN RESTORING THE BEAUTY TO UNION CEMETERY.

JIM DOCENT WELCOMES VISITORS TO UNION CEMETERY.

JIM MCCONNELL WELCOMES VISITORS TO UNION CEMETERY.

As one of the grave stones reads:

 “ Reader, Behold! As you pass by, As you are now, So once was I, As I am now, so you must be, Prepare for death and follow me.”

A Healthy and Fun Way to Spend Your Saturday!

19 Apr
Out of fun ideas to do on your weekend off? How about switching up your boring grocery shopping routine and making a fun afternoon out of it! Next time you are about to visit one of your local grocery stores, post pone that trip until every Saturday during the year to visit our Bakersfield Farmer’s Market! A Farmer’s Market is usually held outdoors, in public spaces, where farmers can sell produce directly to the public. This market is geared towards making a fun place for family members and friends to spend a relaxing afternoon getting healthy, fresh goods in the beautiful sunshine. Bakersfield’s Brimhall Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday on 9500 Brimhall Road starting at 9 a.m. and it doesn’t finish until 1 p.m.

This is a photo of the Bakersfield Farmer's Market open to public every Saturday afternoon. The Market is located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway. (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brimhallmarket)

This is a photo of the Bakersfield Farmer’s Market open to public every Saturday afternoon. The Market is located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway. (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brimhallmarket)

In Kern County our number of Farmer’s Markets has tripled since 2003 to last year’s count of 18. Nationwide there has been a steady upward climb to 7,175,  to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kern County’s Farmer’s Market is thriving, floundering and has been providing service to the public for 30 years now, and they are open to the public year round. The goods these market’s offer include a variety of items: fresh, honey, fish, poultry, okra, plums, tomatoes, black berries, cherries, blueberries, melons, peaches, cheeses, juices, jams, freshly made artisan bread, healthy snacks, and holistic dog treats. It is such a great atmosphere to come out even just to walk around and enjoy the afternoon. I personally love watching customers swapping recipes for their peach salsa or their grandma’s secret, fresh apple pie. The time slot on Saturday mornings is considered a prime slot for publicity and visibility to the public. Farmer’s are usually willing to make deals for buying in bulk and will heavily discount as the end of the market approaches. That is something you can’t do at your local grocery store and that helps keep the steady line of customers coming back every Saturday. “Government programs also encourage farmers’ market attendance among low-income residents. Each year, the USDA provides WIC with a limited number of checks that can be used like cash at markets with approved vendors.” (Kelli Schmitt, Bakersfield Californian) This helps ensure that the Farmer’s Market is readily available to anyone who is willing to spice up their grocery shopping and come out on a sunny afternoon on their weekend off to enjoy some authentic, locally grown veggies, produce, and more!

Bakersfield Fun for all but limited by age

14 Apr

Some say there is nothing to do in Bakersfield. This is true for some while there are things here for kids it is very limited. We have Game Show thought the marriage and family counselling center but this is a once a month event. We also have parks but not all parks have good people hanging out in them. We also have California Animal Living Museum but not everyone can afford to go there all the time. What we do lack is an amusement park and a water park. For people without kids or people who like to go to bars there are some bands that play at bars one of which I know is Deedra Patrick who will be performing during A Night of Blues. For those of us who enjoy a good play we have Stars Theater and the Empty Space theater. Yes we have a mall even if it is rather small. In Bakersfield we only have one small Museum located in downtown that is only open Thursday thru Saturday. We have bowling and movies but why people say there is nothing to do in Bakersfield it is because Bakersfield is slow to get anything new. While we do have the Fair every year it costs about the same as a trip to Magic Mountain which is more fun anyways and Magic Mountain has more rides than the Kern County Fair. While Bakersfield is half the size of Los Angeles we lack a lot of the thing that other cities have that we do not have. It is said that Bakersfield is a big city with a small town mentality and I believe it is time for Bakersfield to get some more fun stuff like a water park.