Speaking as a daughter of Orange CountyExecutive Director ’s MessageWhen I was 8 years old, I lived in Santa Ana. Fromthat perspective San Juan Capistrano seemed along way away. But my folks made the trek toSouth Orange County (which wasn’t even called that then)past Lion Country Safari through the new City of Irvine,past the unincorporated territory of what would becomethe City of Mission Viejo to visit the Mission. We weren’tCatholic. However, my parents looked for budget-friendlytrips and as a result made a routine of coming south to enjoythe Dana Point Harbor, Mission, and Aliso Creek Pier.Our visits to the Mission meant my little brother kickingup the gravel along the rock-bordered walkways, climbingupon old chairs (which later I would discover wereconfessionals) and walking into the Serra Chapel, whichsmelled of candles. We were worried about covering ourheads and shoulders as we quietly entered the space.On what would be one of the few times my working mothercould volunteer for my school, I got to come to the Missionon my fourth grade field trip. It was a special day for me. Ibought a swallow pin to commemorate the day (a pin thatis still sold from the Gift Shop and looks more like a bluebird).I recall my visits vividly as they continued even after myparents relocated to Anaheim, Hacienda Heights, and SealBeach. Later, as a college student at Cal State Fullerton Ibrought a prospective boyfriend to the Mission to capturethe memories of my youth and look at the old buildings.Many years later, and just prior to working here, I led myson’s fourth grade class on a history hunt on the Mission’sgrounds.In my mid 30s, the opportunity to serve as ExecutiveDirector came about, a privilege I am still grateful forevery day. I believe I had been prepared somehow for thisjob as I had the chance to see the Mission from “an OrangeCounty resident” perspective.Even though I was on my own personal journey of faith,my experience in visiting the Mission and seeing it throughthe eyes of a student, child and parent, gave me a chance tosee how others saw the Mission.And now, I have been working here for nearly eight years.The time has flown, and the team has grown. The Mission ismy home away from home. In this role I get to meet manypeople from all over the world who have enthusiasticallyplanned their visit to California and specifically includedthe Mission as one of their vacation stops.1THE JEWEL FALL 2011In contrast to this worldwide appreciation of the Mission,there are few Orange County residents coming to theMission. It seems that some people might take the Missionfor granted, thinking it will always be here. I think aboutthat frequently and recall that when I was a child there wereno annual passes to anywhere, which meant a paid visit toanywhere was a big deal, and something you saved for andremembered. Maybe some OC residents specifically don’tthink to come here because they are too busy getting theirset number of visits out of their theme park passes.Speaking as a daughter of Orange County my message ismeant to go through you, our committed supporter of theMission, to those around you that might fit the descriptionof having a benign awareness. You are among a distinctgroup of individuals who appreciate the value of this oasisof the past. Because of that appreciation, I invite you toshare the good news about all that is going on here, fromeducation, to arts, museum and cultural events, the Missionoffers so much value on so many levels.Who knows, perhaps your reminder or advocacy willgenerate a memorable visit for a son or daughter of OrangeCounty who then one day might grow up to be a steward ofhistory. It’s worth taking a chance on.I hope to see you on the path,Mechelle Lawrence- AdamsExecutive DirectorChief Preservation Officer

PreservationGate House Building Undergoes RehabilitationOne of the critical elements of the forthcoming Gate HousePreservation Project includes the much-needed rehabilitationof the 1916 gate house buildinglocated in the front of the Mission.This tiny, yet historically-significantbuilding that once served as a ticket boothwhen Father O’Sullivan was the pastorof the Mission (1910-1933), will now besaved for future generations to enjoy. Thebuilding is in dire need of care.As a result of private funding, theMission’s Preservation Team will carryout the following work over the nextseveral months:*Fumigation of the building*Removal of trees and root systems surrounding the building*New roof to prevent water coming into the space*Repair and patch failing plasters inside and out*Stabilize the building’s foundation*Conserve interior finishes*Stabilize failing wood*Removal of outdated electrical system including safety upgrades toensure compliance with City building codesIn addition to rehabilitation of the historic gate house, the projectincludes removing the wall in front of the building, creating a safer entryplaza outside of the Mission with new seating and landscapes, ultimatelyconstructing the new gift shop and ticket area.Upon its completion and conservation, the building will be gently usedfor back house operations as it was used historically. For information onhow you can get involved in this important project, contact Mission staffat 234-1311 or 234-1323.Mission PreservationFoundationThe following individuals lend time, talent,and financial support by serving asFoundation Board members:PresidentGeorge O’ConnellO’Connell Family FoundationSecretary/TreasurerWilliam CvengrosChairmanNational Retirement PartnersWylie A. Aitken, Esq.Aitken, Aitken & CohnArthur B. BirtcherCo-ChairmanBirtcher Anderson Realty, LLCMichael HaganFuron Corporation ret.Lula HalfacreChief Executive OfficerTraditional JewelersReverend Monsignor Arthur A. HolquinRector/ PastorMission Basilica San Juan CapistranoAnthony R. MoisoPresident and Chief Executive OfficerRancho Mission ViejoMichael J. PuntorieroManaging Director and Chief Financial OfficerAllianz Global Investors LPConnie SpenuzzaVice ChairImperial Manufacturing CompanyMadeline SwindenFounding Chair Mission Benefit GalaGretchen Stroscher ThomsonPresidentStroscher Capistrano, LLCEJ TracyTracy IndustriesMechelle Lawrence-AdamsExecutive DirectorMission San Juan CapistranoFALL 2011 THE JEWEL2

Mission Treasures Exhibit Permanently on displayDid you see the Lincoln Document? Howabout Father Serra’s Vestment? Anybodytell you about actress Mary Pickford’ssecret wedding at the Mission, captured in vivid coloron canvas by a remarkable artist?If you missed some of these incredible pieces ofhistory on display at Mission San Juan Capistrano aspart of the “Mission Treasures: Historical CollectionRevealed” exhibit, not to worry. Because of populardemand, the exhibit’s scheduled end date has beencancelled and it will now be a permanent exhibit. Forthose who haven’t seen the breathtaking exhibit, aswell as those who already have and would like to seeit again, the exhibit’s doors are open daily.The exhibit features rare paintings, precious religiousand historic artifacts, and documents related to theMission’s history dating back to the 1700s.Awarded Orange County’s Most Important Heritage SiteOn the heels of the Mission’s benefit gala, Mission San Juan Capistrano was recognized as OrangeCounty’s Most Important Heritage Site when it was honored with a Helena Modjeska Cultural LegacyAward for lifetime achievement at Arts Orange County’s 12th Annual Orange County Arts Awards.Also honored for lifetime achievementwas Rod Gilfry, who performed at theMission’s benefit gala this year.The award was presented on September20th at the Samueli Theater, SegerstromCenter for the Arts in Costa Mesa.Mission San Juan Capistrano ExecutiveDirector Mechelle Lawrence-Adamsaccepted the award presented by theCalifornia Arts Council as appointed bythe governor and state legislature.“I couldn’t be more proud of theMission,” said Aitken, a MissionPreservation Foundation Board memberand a founding partner of Orange Countylaw firm Aitken, Aitken and Cohn. “As alegacy, Arts Orange County recognition is significant not only as it relates to individual artists, but also as it relatesto institutions, institutions that promote historical culture. This jewel of the missions has never sparkled so brightas it has in recent years. “The Mission is a spiritual place, but it’s not exclusive in a religious sense. It’s relevantto the histories of Spain, of Mexico, and of the U.S. It brings us back to where we come from, where we are andwhere we can go.”Arts Orange County is the county’s official arts council and local partner for the California Arts Council.3THE JEWEL FALL 2011

2011 Romance of the Mission Benefit GalaHosted by the Mission Preservation Foundation, the 2011 Romance of the Mission held on Friday,September 16th, was a magical evening for over 400 guests who gathered on the grounds of HistoricMission San Juan Capistrano, and raised over 210,000 in support of the Gate House PreservationProject. Mission Preservation Foundation President, George O’Connell, welcomed guests and introduced theevening’s honorary chair Reverend Monsignor Arthur A. Holquin prior to a concert in the Ruins of the GreatStone Church that featured two-time Grammy-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry.After the concert, guests were treatedto a four-course plated candlelightdinner thanks to the Mission’s longtimecommunity partner, The Ritz-Carlton,Laguna Niguel. During the evening,The Ritz-Carlton was recognized forthe resort’s steadfast support over theyears and gala committee membersDiana Arrigoni, Barb Beier, GeorgiannaHales, Mozelle Sukut, and MadelineSwinden were introduced and thankedby Board member Bill Cvengros. Visitthe slideshow on the Date for the 2012 Romance ofthe Mission benefit gala scheduled forFriday, September 14th.WelcomeNew EmployeesHelp fund low incomestudent field trips!Visit our website forinformation about ourAdopt-A-Classscholarship program.The Jewel is published quarterly by Mission San Juan CapistranoEditor: Mechelle Lawrence-Adams Administrative Assistant: Brenda MummaDesign & Production: JUVE Creative, Inc.For feedback, corrections or comments on the newsletter, please email:[email protected] are included with membership in the Mission Preservation Society.Mission San Juan Capistrano26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675(949)234-1300 www.missionsjc.comPlease remember Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in your Planned Giving.Join the Landmarks Club. Membership is your gift to the future of the Mission.501 (c) (3) ID# 95-1904079 For more information contactDevelopment Manager Barb Beier at (949) 234-1323FALL 2011 THE JEWEL4

First Fruits of the HarvestMostAmericansdonotrealizeSpain “Primicias”(Spanish for first fruits) is along held tradition of the NativeAmericans of the missions. “Acu”or Jose de Gracia Cruz, the lastfull-blooded Native Acjachemen,(Ah-hawsh-eh-men),is seenin this photograph continuingthe tradition of his forefatherspresenting the first fruits to FatherJohn O’Sullivan in the fall of1916.The practice of presenting“Primicias” most likely occurredfor the first time at Mission SanJuan Capistrano in the early1780s. We know a shipment ofvines arrived in 1779, and wereplanted right away, making thefirst harvest most likely in 1781.After the founding in 1776,Mission San Juan Capistrano,like all other California missionsimported their wine. However,becausethequantitiesofwine coming into Californiawere insufficient Father Serrapersonally requested each missionplant grape vines to produce winefor the Roman Catholic celebrationof Mass, but also for table use forthe Franciscan padres.The “Mission Grape” origin(s),or genetics are unclear. Manyscholars debate whether it is adescendent of the European grapeVitis Vinfera, or the sub variety ofthe Chilean grape Pais. Yet, otherscholars believe the “MissionGrape” to be hybrid of NativeCalifornia grapes with Europeanvarieties. Despite not having aclear understanding of the grape’sorigin(s), we do know it is a hardygrape.Visit the west garden at the Missionto see the “Mission Grape”.Serving Education Donations and ResourcesCongratulations to Mission PreservationFoundation Board Member, ConnieSpenuzza, also known as author CeciliaVelástegui on the release of her first novel. Gatheringthe Indigo Maidens takes the reader on an exhilaratingjourney through time,languages and culturesas Paloma searches forthe indigo maidens of herpersonal and historicalpast. Proceeds from herbook signing on October4th will be donated tothe Mission’s AdoptA-Classscholarshipprogram.For more information onhow you can help AdoptA-Class, please JEWEL FALL 2011For parents, students and teachers, two perfect guides!All 21 California Missions Report Workbook isrecommended forstudying any ofthe 21 Californiamissions for aschoolmissionreport.AlsoavailableisMission San JuanCapistrano ReportWorkbook, whichis recommendedforstudyingMission San JuanCapistrano for aschoolmissionreport. Both workbooks are available for purchaseonline at our gift shop at Alsovisit our on-site California Mission Resources Studio,open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thank YouAnonymous-In Memory ofAurora “ChaCha” BelardesAnonymous-In Honor of the Tassinaris,the Millers, the Woods, and the CrittendensBarb and Don Beier-In Memory of FredrickWilliam Beier and Waldo L. BoehnerAlice and Charles Di Iorio-In Memory ofZachary, grandson of Carol and Mel ClisbeeJoy and Rudy Horsch-In Memory ofZachary, grandson of Carol and Mel ClisbeeSue and Sam Khalaf-In Memory ofZachary, grandson of Carol and Mel ClisbeeMSJC Docent Society-In Honor ofGardening AngelsLee Stafford-In Memory ofDouglas StaffordGilbert AguirreElizabeth and Wylie AitkenAll American ClassicsMartha and John AltieriPat and Don AlvesJoan and Paul AmortAnonymousAnonymousAnonymousAnonymousSylvia and Felicisimo ApostaMercedes ArellanoDiana and Robert ArrigoniLolita M. AzeroBarnard VenturesDennis BeanGaye and Arthur BirtcherSandra and Forrest BloodBradford Renaissance PortraitsDiana and Rudolf BrutocoVicky and Michael CarabiniKaren K. CarlsonCedar Creek InnChildren of the American RevolutionCitizens Business BankClassic Party RentalsSue and Edmond ConnorCorwin D. Denney FoundationCottage Home and GardenElba and Gonzalo CovarrubiasCrevier BMWJoan and William CvengrosHeather and Milton DailyCarmella and Bill DeCarrCarol and Don DorkowskiEl Adobe de CapistranoArnelia EspirituRachel and Jim EverettChristopher FeltonMaria and Gabriel FerrucciWe regret any misspelling or errors.Names are published as records indicate.(Gifts given from May 18, 2011 - September 6, 2011)to Our Generous Supporters!Stacey and David FittsSierra Soil Products, Inc.Carolyn and Juan ForsterSilky Sullivan’s Restaurant & Irish PubGloria FrielloBarbara SmithFrome Family FoundationConnie and Peter SpenuzzaMary and Walter FromePatricia and Richard SpenuzzaTierra GainesLisa and Craig SpringerMaria and Arturo GalindoShirley and William StannardFrancisco Gateb and Zosima Carino-GatebLarry StueflotenMary and Gilbert GonzalesMary SusaGreen Effect Event FoliageSusan and James TeccaMichael HaganTennis FriendsAnita HenningThe Gas CompanyHidden House CoffeeThe Paragon AgencyMelinda HolquinTheParentEssentials.comIn Grace PhotographyThomas J. and Erma Jean TracyJack Randall Photography & Video, Inc.Family FoundationJoan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. ClarkeTrinity Online LLCFoundationKaren and Luis TungolJohn Curci Family FoundationDonna and Gary UrbanElisa LacsonLee and Ernest VelardiMechelle Lawrence-Adams and Joe AdamsVito’s Pizza and Italian RistoranteDhana and Yawapa LeenabanchongWildflower LinensLorin Backe PhotographyCarole and Edward WongLos Ninos SocietyZax Studios of Martial Arts,Gayle and Jose LucianoMusic and MagicJohanna MakZen Dojos- Martial Arts StudiosSheila and Gordon MannZoomars Petting ZooSara MayeJulie and Tom McDormanMemories of MeMicrosemi CorporationSuzi and Paul MikosMission Basilica SchoolMelinda and Anthony MoisoMollie’s Famous CafeArillyn Moran-LawrenceHamideh MovahediMP Urban MarketingRalphs is giving up to 3,000,000 to nonMSJC Women’s Guildprofit organizations this year, and with yourSue Ann Nesshelp, Historic Mission San Juan CapistranoO’Connell Family Foundation Trustcan earn a share of it for preservation.Ortega’s Mission Gift Shops, Inc.Rebecca and Michael OsmunEvery time you shop for groceriesKathy and Sam Perriconeand swipe your card, the Mission willYolanda and Raymond Ponceautomatically start earning.PRP Wine International, Inc.Adriane and Michael PuntorieroAn important note: Due to a changeoverMaria Quilarioin the Ralphs online system, beginningValerie Rafferty9/1/2011, participants who registered beforeRalph’s Grocery Company8/1/2011 must re-register for the new termClaudia and Robert Redwitzat or in-store for theTeeter Marie Romerocommunity contribution program to remainCarl Schulkinactive.Shine Lighting, Inc.Kevin ShortFor any other questions visit www.Jan and Warren 2011 THE JEWEL6

Non Profit OrgUS POSTAGEPAIDHunt. Bch, CAPermit # 43826801 Ortega HighwaySan Juan Capistrano, CA 92675UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIESMembers Appreciation DayComplimentary Hotdogs & LemonadeNovember 5 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Celebrating Communities2 for 1 AdmissionNovember 4, 2011: 92688December 2, 2011: 92637Teacher Appreciation DayFree Admission 2nd Saturdayof the MonthChristmas at the MissionSaturday December 3, 20115:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Award Winning Audio TourAvailable in English, Spanish, German,French, Italian and VietnameseAudio Tour for ChildrenAvailable in English and SpanishPanning for GoldSaturdays 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.(Free for members)Guided ToursMonday - Friday 1:00 p.m.Saturdays & Sundays11:15 a.m., 1:00, 2:15, & 3:45 p.m.California Missions Resource StudioOpen Daily 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.Koi Fishing FeedingDaily 12:45 p.m.Curiosity Carts (Hands On Learning)Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.Garden ToursWednesdays 10:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.Native American Basket WeavingWednesdays 1st & 3rd of each month10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Mariachis at the MissionSaturdays 10:00 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.For Discounts, Tickets & InformationEvent Hotline (949) 234-1315 orwww.missionsjc.comNF6K1011

the City of Mission Viejo to visit the Mission. We weren’t Catholic. However, my parents looked for budget-friendly trips and as a result made a routine of coming south to enjoy . *Fumigation of the building *r