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Culture and Entertainment

Culture and Entertainment

From history and theatre to highly anticipated community events, the Patterson-Westley area is bursting with avenues to enjoy local culture and entertainment.

History buffs enjoy perusing the Patterson Township Historical Society Museum, while theatre-goers take pleasure in the offerings of the Patterson Repertory Theatre. This nonprofit troupe presents high quality live theatre to audiences of all ages, as well as a number of community-based classes, workshops and outreach programs. The annual Patterson Art & Wine Gala, held at the Patterson Community Complex each April, supports the programming of the theatre and promotes the works of local artists.

In addition to this great gathering, the area hosts an assortment of exciting events that draw community members from Patterson, Westley and the surrounding area. Downtown Patterson is bustling with festivities, including summertime Movies in the Park and the Fall Family Festival held the last Saturday in October. But one of the biggest draws to the area is no doubt the Patterson Apricot Fiesta. Recognized by the Chamber as the Apricot Capital of the World, Patterson’s Apricot Fiesta has been a part of the community for 42 years (in 2012). It has grown into one of the area’s favorites, featuring everything from a parade, an arts & crafts show and food booths to an arm wrestling competition, a baking contest and pageants.

No matter the time of year, there’s always something happening around Patterson and Westley. Check out up-to-date calendars of community events through the Patterson-Westley Chamber website (chamber95363.wordpress.com) and the City of Patterson website (www.ci.patterson.ca.us).

Patterson Township Historical Society’s Museum

Editorial submitted by Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce

Historical Society’s Museum

Preserving Patterson’s rich historical founding and enlightening future generations about our past has been the goal of the Patterson Township Historical Society since its organization in 1969.

In cooperation with the City of Patterson, which owns and maintains the Center Building, the PTHS has operated a museum in the century-old structure since 1978. The Center Building, as well as the Del Puerto Hotel, was designed by noted Los Angeles architect Arthur Burnett Benton, a promoter of the Mission Revival style. It came under city ownership in the 1940s and was used sparingly after 1960 until the museum opened. The building is now on the registry of the National Trust for Historical Preservation in recognition of its historical importance. That listing assures its exterior protection.

Most recently, the Historical Society established a Research Center. Many filing cabinets containing historical records, more than 5,000 photographs and numerous videoed interviews are available for historical research.

The Patterson Township Historical Society has grown to over 280 members and appreciates the continued support of the community.

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