2018 Don Quijote Read-a-Thon: Saturday, February 24, 2018 Between 10 AM and 4 PM is the annual Don Quijote Read-a-Thon when we gather in Balboa Park to honor the most celebrated Spanish author of the 17th century and father of the modern novel, Miguel de Cervantes. On this day, his immortal work, Don Quijote de La Mancha, with the unforgettable characters, Don Quijote and Sancho Panza, is read in a public forum by San Diego middle and high school students and members of the community who wish to participate. We complement the public reading of the novel with the Spanish dish par excellence, paella, Spanish music, dance and art.
It is a lovely day to celebrate Spanish culture and literature. The Read-a-Thon is organized and sponsored by the San Diego /Alcalá Sister Cities Society with the collaboration of the House of Spain. Of the 16 sister cities to San Diego, Alcalá de Henares is San Diego´s sister city in Spain and is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes. On this day we celebrate both our sister city and its favorite son whose contribution to western literature is unsurpassed. Click here to see details about the event!
The Battle of San Diego Bay: Saturday, April 14, 2018 The 215th Anniversary of the Battle of San Diego Bay will be commemorated on April 14, 2018 from 11:30 PM until 3:00 PM at Ballast Point Naval Base Point Loma which is at the south end of Rosecrans Street.
The San Diego Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has been invited to participate in the anniversary celebration. The picture to the right shows the San Diego Maritime Museum Californian reenacting the firing of the Lelia Byrd’s broadside in 2017.
Registration is required in order to attend this event. Please click here to register and scroll down the page to the RSVP form for the event.
On March 17, 1803 Captain William Shaler and Captain Richard Cleveland sailed into San Diego Bay on the American Brig Lelia Byrd to buy sea otter pelts, although such trading was forbidden by Spain. On the morning of March 22nd, Spanish soldados captured members of the ship’s crew on the beach. Captain Cleveland rowed ashore, released his sailors, and captured a few soldados. As the ship departed, the soldados were tied to the masts in plain view of the shore. Fort Guijarros’ nine-pound cannons opened fire to prevent the Americans’ escape. The Lelia Byrd crew fired two broadsides at the fort with its six three-pound swivel guns. A hat was waved and both parties ceased firing, with no injuries except to pride and rigging. This is the only known ship-to-shore cannon battle to have occurred on the Pacific Coast between an American merchant ship and Spanish forts. The Fort Guijarros site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 69 in 1982.