Modesto Things to Do

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    McClatchy Square-A Respite for the Public

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    This peaceful little park sat across the street from the McHenry Mansion and was nicely landscaped with hedging and rose bushes. It looked like the perfect spot to settle onto a bench to read a good book.

    When we travel, we often find a town park that begs to be visited. I love the fact that they are ideal meeting places or just small, welcoming spaces in which kids can be kids.

    This quarter acre plot contains the Gallo Rose Garden, placed here to honor the late Julio and Aileen Gallo (E & J Gallo Winery). You'll also find a bronze statue depicting a paper boy and his dog, delivering The Modesto Bee newspaper. This is local sculptor Betty Saletta's work.

    FYI: McClatchy Newspapers donated the land for this garden and Modesto residents helped bring the idea to fruition.

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    American Graffiti--Portrait of the Early Sixties

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    Tribute to the early Sixties

    This playful bronze statue portrays two teens from the early 1960's hanging out by a '57 Chevy. This piece is meant to be a tribute to those fun-lovin' days.

    It 's located in George Lucas Plaza at the busy intersection known as "Five Points": Downey, 17th Street, McHenry Avenue, J Street and Needham Avenue.

    Modesto is film director/producer George Lucas's home town and his movie, American Graffiti, was based on his years as a teenager here. How well he captured the spirit of the times!

    Although the movie was meant to portray Modesto, it was actually filmed in the town of Petaluma, which has some of the same features as Modesto.

    Modesto brings that spirit back each June with a street fair, classic car parade, concerts and the American Graffiti movie. Doesn't it sound like alot of fun!

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    The McHenry Mansion

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    A Lovely Victorian
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    We really enjoy touring historic homes, so the McHenry Mansion was top on our list of things "to do".

    We arrived a half hour before closing. Despite the time constraint, the docent graciously led us from room to room explaining the history of this beautiful mansion

    The mansion sits on a shady street, surrounded by trees and across from a small town park. The windows were shaded to protect the furnishings from the sun, so most of my photos were too dark to see detail. The rooms were arrayed with lovely antiques from the period and decorated with appropriate Victorian-style wallpaper, so popular in the 1800's.

    This Victorian Italianate home was built by Robert McHenry in 1883. Mr. McHenry was a wealthy rancher and banker. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1976, the Julio R. Gallo Foundation bought it and gave it to the city of Modesto. The city in return, restored it.

    picture #2 The front etched-glass door
    picture #3 A small courtyard

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    McHenry Mansion--Another Look

    by VeronicaG Updated Sep 7, 2007

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    A Child's Bedroom

    This upstairs bedroom was filled with light, so photographed better than other rooms. It's set up to look as if one of the McHenry children has stepped out of the room and will be back to play any minute!

    A gift shop, stocked with 'dainties' is located upstairs, too--if you see anything to your liking, they'll ship it to you.

    We stayed beyond the closing time in order to look over the gift shop and were encouraged to take our time.

    Afterwards, we realized that all of the docents had stayed behind in order to lock up together. When we apologized for keeping them, we were told 'not to worry' for they were pleased that we had come to see the mansion. Modesto is a very friendly town!

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    Modesto Calendar of Events

    by 100ACRE Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    Modesto Calendar of Events

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  • See a play at the Prospect...

    by ginjointgirl Written Oct 5, 2002

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    See a play at the Prospect Theater Project
    This is a small, independent theater that produces 5 plays a year. Sometimes they have poetry readings and musical events, too. Tickets are cheap, acting quality excellent, and they tend to pick provacative plays. There is a small art gallery in the lobby. $2 beer and wine! Don't miss it.

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  • WE USUALLY HAVE LIVE...

    by CaliPrinces Written Oct 4, 2002

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    WE USUALLY HAVE LIVE PERFORMANCES HAPPENING, SMALL TOWN ATMOSPHERE WITH BIG CITY ATTRACTIONS.
    WELL THE BANDS ARE PRETTY GOOD THEY'RE STARTING OFF I MEAN NO DOUBT WAS HERE BEFORE HER RELEASE OF I'M JUST A GIRL AND WHY NOT TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN YOU MIGHT LIKE IT.

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