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January 2015

Tom Spellman
Tom Spellman

Happy New Year to all! Hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season. And, hoping you all received that special label you’ve been looking for. I know I did.

Looks like the Citrus Label Society will be in store for some real changes this year. We have been informed by the new owners of the Sunkist building that this January will definitely be our last opportunity to meet there. By the end of this month, all of their tenants will have relocated and they will begin their remodeling activities. The entire building and property will be converted to new residential and retail space. Fortunately, it will maintain the historic exterior architectural look it has had for decades. We sure thank Sunkist for the opportunity to have our label meetings there for more than 30 years.

We were also recently informed that our meeting location in Riverside (The California Southern Law School) will no longer be available as meeting space. So we’re losing two great meeting locations at the same time. If anyone has a potential meeting space available, be sure to let us know. We would like to stay in the L.A./ San Fernando Valley area for our January, April, July and October meetings and in the Riverside / Redlands area for March, June, September and December meetings. (But even that is flexible.) We are working on a couple of potential new locations but nothing firmed up yet. We are good for our Fullerton meetings scheduled for February, May, August and November.

Our January meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Sunkist building: 14130 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, California. As is tradition, I will be setting up our citrus fruit display and tasting featuring 30 to 40 varieties of fresh, tree ripened citrus fruits. Some of the varieties will include Oranges, Grapefruit, Mandarins, Pomelos, Lemons, Limes, Tangelos, Kumquats, Limequats, Citron and other assorted citrus hybrids. The display will be up from 10:00 a.m. to noon and the tasting will run from noon to 1:00 p.m. If you have never attended one of my tastings, this is a great opportunity to sample some of California’s best citrus fruits. Bring a friend—all are welcome. And as mentioned, this will be an historic opportunity to attend our last Sunkist meeting.

If for some reason you cannot attend the Sunkist meeting and want to taste fruit, I will be hosting a similar citrus fruit tasting for the San Dimas Historical Society the following Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This will be at the historic Walker House located at 121 North San Dimas Ave., San Dimas, California. For information go to www.sandimashistorical.org .

Our February meeting will be at the usual Fullerton Community Center on Monday evening, February 16, 2015. Our March meeting location has yet to be determined.

Now, I have something very cool set up for our April meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be meeting at the Ventura County Agricultural Museum located at 926 Railroad St. Santa Paula, California. This museum is dedicated to preserving Ventura County’s rich agricultural history. They have some wonderful displays celebrating their local citrus culture as well as other types of agriculture. They have a good sized space set up for our meeting and we will be incorporating a presentation on Ventura County Citrus Labels, presented by CLS member’s Jim and Valerie Campos. More information to come in a future message on this exciting event.

Have you been to www.citrusroots.com lately? The Citrus Roots Preserving Citrus Heritage Society, chaired by Richard Barker has recently produced and posted a 17-minute YouTube video titled “The Boom Of 1887.” The video goes into detail on the “movers and shakers” of early California citrus and is beautifully illustrated with historic maps and photos. Well worth checking out.

Have you been to the citrus label gallery lately? www.citruslabelgallery.com CLS member Jim Campos has been busy adding label images from the late Loren Allmon collection. Loren specialized in labels from Riverside County and amassed a fine grouping. His collection is now housed in the Riverside Metropolitan Museum across the street from the historic Mission Inn, in Riverside, California. Jim currently has well over 5000 California citrus label images posted to the gallery. Definitely worth checking out.

Please visit our home web site often for updated articles and meeting information. www.citruslabelsociety.com . It’s a whole new world out there. Information is being exchanged, posted and traveling at record speeds on the World Wide Web. Some folks say it’s no longer important to attend meetings. I admit I use the Internet daily, but keeping that personal “face-to-face” interaction with friends, family and business contacts is far more important. So plan on attending a meeting soon and visit your friends.

Best in 2015.

- Tom Spellman, CLS president

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