Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by the Franciscians under the leadership of Father Junipero Serra. He was responsible for founding a group of 21 Franciscan missions during his lifetime in many sun-soaked cities in California. He was beatified in 1988.
The missions were all linked by El Camino Real; a road that enabled the missionaries to travel to different missions on horseback. Today this road runs close to the 1o1 Highway.
Junipero Sera moved to Mexico from Mallorca when he was 37. When Franciscan friar, Fra Jupipero Serra was 55 years old, he traveled for 6 weeks from Mexico to San Diego on a donkey to build his first mission in 1769. Today, that is San Diego de Alcala. The Junipero Serra Museum sits high on a hill near Old Town San Diego.
California was inhabited by more than 300,000 Native Americans from 105 separate nations. The missions were primarily designed to convert the native Americans.
Mission San Juan Capistrano is a ten acre site with furnished period rooms and a museum with interesting artifacts. It was founded on All Saints Day, November 1, 1776. It is the oldest building in California still in use for religious purposes; you can visit Serra’s Chapel where he celebrated mass at the mission. here.
The surviving chapel also serves as the final resting place for three padres who served at the Mission: Fathers José Barona, Vicente Fustér, and Vicente Pascual Oliva. They are all entombed beneath the sanctuary floor. There’s a daily walking tour at the Mission at 26801 Ortega Highway.
The mission is tied to some interesting facts and events: 1) “The Criolla or Mission grape,” was first planted at San Juan Capistrano in 1779; 2) In 1783, the first wine produced in Alta California emerged from the Mission’s winery” and 3) Last year, 2013, for the first time in a decade, the swallows returned to nest in San Juan Capistrano. This annual “Return of the Swallows” to their nest is traditionally observed every March 19 on Saint Joseph’s Day.
Today, California produces about 90% of American wine. It would be the 4th largest producer of wine in the world if it were an independent nation.
While you are there, visit the Basilica. The “Golden Altar” is a 42 foot high Baroque -style altarpiece covered in gold leaf. The focal point is the Trinity, Our Lady of Guadalupe and four saints: Saint Francis of Assisi, Junipero Serra, Saint Joseph and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. This spectacular altarpiece was created in Madrid.
The church’s design is patterned after the Mission’s original stone church, which was destroyed in an 1812 earthquake.” It was designed by architect John Bartlett and built by Joseph Byron, Jr. of Alex Sutherland Construction. The interior was designed by historian Norman Neuerberg, who painted much of the decorative and sacred art which adorns the walls. The church was granted the status of minor basilica in 2000, and that of national shrine in 2003.”
Get tickets for the 2014 Summer concert series”Music Under the Stars at www.missionsjc.com
EVENT INFORMATION from the website:
Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and museum. Music Under the Stars features a primarily tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission.
Concerts are held on Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Mission entrance gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.
The best way to stay up to date with Music Under the Stars is to become a Mission Member. You’ll receive all the latest information as the lineup is announced and tickets go on sale. Members receive discounted rates on concert tickets and a two-week presale prior to tickets going on sale to the public. Join the Mission today!
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2014 LINEUP ANNOUNCED! Here’s some of the entertainers:
SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
The Derek Bordeaux Group: Motown, Soul & R&B…The Right Way Band Website
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014 The Long Run, Experience the Eagles Band Website
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014 Cash’d Out: The Next Best Thing to Johnny Cash including June Carter Cash duets
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Early purchase is advised as concerts are routinely sold out.
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ON SALE DATES:
Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 5th: Season and Group Table Packages on Sale Pre-sale for those purchasing four or more tables for the series. Orders may be placed online beginning February 5th at 9:00 a.m. For more information, click here.
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Go to the Cedar Creek Inn across the street from the Mission and have lunch and a Margarita! Check the the Los Rios Historic DIstrinct; it is the oldest residential neighborhood in the state.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @http:// http://www.vino-con-vista.com