Guests attend Mission San Antonio de Padua’s “Enchanting Afternoon in the Garden” on Nov. 6 to celebrate its 250th anniversary. (David Mascorro/Contributed)

JOLON — More than 200 guests attended Mission San Antonio de Padua’s “Enchanting Afternoon in the Garden” last Saturday to celebrate its 250th anniversary.

“It was a wonderful event,” said Mission Administrator Joan Steele about the Nov. 6 celebration, which coincided with the Holiday Open House at the Mission’s Gift Shop.

The special event provided an opportunity for the community to sample local wines while enjoying appetizers among the Mission’s newly restored garden and experience first-hand the results of its seven-year retrofit/restoration project.

Founded by Junipero Serra in 1771, Mission San Antonio de Padua is the third oldest Spanish mission in California and remains an active Catholic parish and retreat center, located at 1 Mission Road in Jolon.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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