Benicia’s historical buildings, including the State Capitol, Guard and Engine House, Clock Tower and Commanding Officer’s Quarters, set amongst tree lined streets and waterfront charm, help tell its present-day story.
A slice of Americana, the county fair is a centuries old cultural icon. The annual Solano county fair, July 27-31, 2016, celebrates the best of county offerings in food, music, animals, crafts and more, along with fine entertainment and family fun.
Benicia’s Carquinez Village Project, a neighbor-to-neighbor support network that includes transportation, programs and services, and a social network for aging seniors to age in place, launches in the first quarter of 2017.
A historic Benicia photograph of a July 4, 1914 celebration sparks patriotism as we approach Benicia’s robust Independence Day activities. Although the parade and other activities are still intact today, an annual essay contest was part of the early 20th century festivities.
Postcards are still a hit in the City of Light, and especially so after the 2015 terrorist attacks. Although Paris is still Paris, with all its history and iconic buildings, security has been stepped up and fashion has been scaled down.
Fary Koh exemplifies the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Trying to learn English as a child escaped Fary, but she went on to study at a Canadian Boarding School and received a full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University and has had a distinguished career, including her current business as owner of Benicia BrickSpace. She has a passion for working with kids.
Benicia’s Jerry Hayes, former mayor, is the president of the Benicia Historical Society and is pursuing the restoration of the Von Pfister General Store, one of the oldest buildings in California. It’s a three-phase project, with stabilization of the building being the first phase.
In addition to the history of beer brewing in Benicia, craft beer makes a strong comeback with micro breweries throughout the Bay Area. Benicia pubs and wine bars are specializing in craft brews on tap and in the bottle.
Benicia’s Wheels in Motion bike and sports shop is still going strong after 25 years, helping locals and area riders fix their bikes, give advice and doing custom fittings for customers to ensure they their bikes are properly set up, along with hosting an unofficial bike club.