Antonia Martin, Scott Gilmore's great granddaughter, at the former Gilmore property. Photo by Robert Eliason.

History & Profiles

BL Longform: The exodus of former slaves from Arkansas to Cienega Valley

The Gilmore Colony settles briefly in the Hollister Hills.

Rain dance ceremony in San Juan Bautista on Oct. 10. Photo by Jonathan Crowther.

Art & Culture

Locals celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

People speak about their sacred site known as Juristac.

Connie Lopez and Lele doll. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Folk art from Guatemala and Mexico finds a home in San Juan Bautista

Claudia Lopez returns to her roots to stock her Guatemala Boutique.

Street Festival and Car Show. Photos by Juliana Luna.

Art & Culture

Car show features over 200 vehicles

Hollister Downtown Association’s Street Festival hosts car show, performances and raffles.

Hollister native, Les Pierce (and former student of Mr. O's), performing a saxophone solo with the Pacific Pop 'n' Jazz Band. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Art & Culture

Pacific Pop ‘n’ Jazz Band honors former director Mr. O

Now 17 strong, the group is looking to fill vacancies.

Marcos Vizcaino with prop horse used in "Vertigo." Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

‘Vertigo’ returns to San Juan Bautista

The town’s claim to movie immortality is being screened for free on Sept. 25.

Itzel and Frida. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Art & Culture

Hollister celebrates Mexico’s independence

The event featured performances and a raffle drawing.

Cannon crew. Photo by Robert Eliason

History & Profiles

Annual Civil War Days comes to San Benito County Historical Park

Reenactors bring the reality of conflict to school groups and spectators.

San Benito County Fair. Photo by Robert Eliason.


San Benito County Fair plans a three-day run- with a few restrictions

The deadline for competition entries is coming up on Sept 9.

News Release

SBC Arts Council announces Open Studios Art Tour and preview exhibit

Local residents, students and visitors are invited to participate in a self-guided tour of artists’ studios throughout San Benito County.

Cindy Couling. Courtesy of Cindy Couling.

Art & Culture

Local artist prepares for her first post-shutdown art show

Vertigo Coffee Roasters will host her ceramics and crafts on August 28.

Linda and Bill Nicholson. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Over 25 Model A Fords visit San Benito County Historical Park

Drivers feast on lunches cooked on their engines.

Bill Mifsud Jr, Owner of Bill's Bullpen. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Hollister comic book store Bill’s Bullpen inspires literacy and loyalty

Owner Bill Mifsud looks forward to Free Comic Book Day on Aug. 14.

Sonne and Laynee Reyna with Rain Dancers. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Rain dances return to San Juan Bautista in a time of drought

Local Native elders invite the community to join in prayers.

Students working on HDLA's mural. Photo courtesy of SBC Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Colorful murals enliven Hollister Schools

Summer school program pushes art to the walls.