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
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
Please visit our home web site often for updated articles and meeting
. 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