For the past five years, Barbie Butz has been a bartender at her family’s Mexican restaurant and bar in Phoenix. Her father, who died before she was born, had always wanted to open a cantina — a kind of Mexican tavern with long communal tables and cheap drinks — but he never got around to it.
Barbie Butz is a columnist for The and the Paso Robles Press. She can be reached at [email protected]
Over 100 guests, including Charlotte and Mike Byrne, the 2021 King and Queen of Colony Days, and Joan Rexroth, the 2021 Grand Marshal of the Colony Days Parade, attended the Quota Colony Reception, which kicked off the week-long events of Colony Days last Sunday at ABC Church. Kent Kenney, Colony Days Royalty Chairman, introduced them.
While visiting and listening to tales about growing up in Atascadero, guests were given refreshments.
Dyann Shepard, the reception chairperson for the Quota of Atascadero, expressed her delight at the attendance, despite COVID limitations. She described the occasion as a wonderful day, and Quota members are delighted to be able to take part in Colony Days in this manner. “Celebrate Community” is the theme for Colony Days 2021.
Maggie Rice Vandergon created Colony Days in 1973. She attended the event and loved catching up with several old members of the Colony Days Committee.
We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero
The Colony Days Mixer will be held today (September 30) at 5:30 p.m. in the main building of the magnificent new La Plaza across from the Sunken Gardens, according to Karen McNamara, Chairman of the Colony Days Committee. She said that signage would be placed at the entrance to assist visitors in finding the spot.
The event is free and accessible to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Zappas family. This is another another chance to commemorate the Royalty. There will be refreshments available.
On Saturday, October 2, the Sunken Gardens will host a commemoration of Colony Days. At 10 a.m., the parade will begin. Visit colonydays.org for additional information.
The following recipes are from the Atascadero “Centennial Cookbook,” published in 2013, and “Great Recipes from the Colony,” published in 1993. I just happened to come upon recipes from Maggie Rice Vandergon and Joan Rexroth, our Parade Marshal.
Maggie’s Margarita recipe has already appeared in my column, but it is worth repeating!
The World’s Best Margarita
Maggie Rice Vandergon, founder of Colony Days in Atascadero
1 can frozen lemonade Ingredients: 1 can frozen lemonade (6 oz.) 1 limeade can (frozen) (6 oz.) (For the following steps, use an empty lemonade can.) 12 cans of beer 1 1/3 tequila can 14 to 12 ice cubes triple sec
In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients. Mix thoroughly. 2/3 fill a normal blender with ice. Over ice, pour the liquid ingredients. Using the frappe option, blend until the mixture achieves the desired consistency. Fill margarita glasses halfway with ice. It’s not necessary to salt the rim.
This recipe fills two blenders.
Squares of Caramel
Atascadero Colony Days 2021 Parade Marshal Joan Rexroth
Base 1 pound of butter 12 quarts flour 1 pound of sugar two eggs 2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup butter for the filling 12 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons flour 1 Eagle Brand milk can cornstarch (2 tblsp.)
1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips for the frosting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the first five ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spread out on a 10 x 14-inch baking sheet. 15 minutes in the oven Heat the following five ingredients until they are completely dissolved. Pour over the foundation. 25 minutes in the oven Remove the dish from the oven. Add chocolate chips on the top. Return to the oven to melt the chocolate. Remove the dish from the oven. Pour melted chocolate over the cake’s foundation. Cool. Cut the squares into 2 x 2 inch squares.
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