This afternoon’s official reopening of the López Adobe, held in gorgeous conditions that day after the start of Spring, attracted hundreds of visitors enjoying music and dancing, native Indian demonstrations, food and, of course, the first significant public access to the historic 1880s adobe in eight years.
Carefully coordinated by the City of San Fernando’s Parks and Recreation Department, the event began with a welcome by city officials, including three members of the city council, the city’s planning director, the parks department manager and its supervisor in charge of the adobe.
Demonstrations by the Tataviam tribe of native peoples and performances by mariachi groups and dancers, the latter sponsored by the John Anson Ford Theatre Foundation, continued throughout the afternoon.
López descendant and author, Catherine López Kurland, signed copies of her book on “Hotel Mariachi,” a historic 1880s structure built by her ancestors George Cummings and Sacramento López in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Self-guided tours of the adobe, featuring several dedicated volunteers from the San Fernando community, were available and the official count totaled 365 adults, but with children and others the estimated number of visitors was almost certainly pushing 500 people.
This is a remarkable turnout and a prime indicator of the success of event, as well as a testament to the hard work and planning of the city’s parks and recreation department as they invested a huge amount of time in making this event a reality and a shining success.
Another exciting component of the reopening was the presence of a number of López descendants from Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, Palmdale and Ms. Kurland, who came in from New Mexico, as well as locally.
With two of the docents in the house being direct descendants of its long-time owners, Gerónimo and Catalina López, having these relatives, many of which were meeting for the first time, excitedly share their connections and stories, was a major part of the day’s festivities.
For those who could not attend today’s reopening, the López Adobe will be open the fourth Sunday of each month from Noon to 4 p.m., staffed by a loyal cadre of docents. So, come down and visit on the next open date, which is Sunday, 26 April!
Many thanks for all who planned, executed, participated, performed, demonstrated, visited and toured at today’s grand reopening of the López Adobe. May the historic house continue to be an important fixture in the City of San Fernando and the region for many, many years to come!