Saratoga's rich history, dating back more than 150 years when it was founded by William Campbell and Martin McCarty, was celebrated Saturday afternoon during Heritage Day at Blaney Plaza.
The event, which has been held for several years, included costumed Saratoga historical characters, music, historical walking tours, a lecture by Silicon Valley Patch history blogger and special exhibits.
More than 40 historical figures were introduced to the community by Saratoga Vice Mayor Jill Hunter. They then spent the afternoon strolling Big Basin Way and the Saratoga History Museum.
Musicians kept the celebration lively.
"What a wonderful day ... [We had] perfect weather," wrote Brian Berg, with the Saratoga Village Development Council, which sponsored the event.
Berg thanked the following participants for their service:
- Pianist Ken Johnson
- Harpist Ruthanne Adams
- Pat Fox for providing name tags
- Annette Stransky for having another history event simultaneously at the Saratoga History Museum
- Photographer Tom Soukup and wife Katie Alexander
- KSAR 15 for interviewing historical figures for "Saratoga Highlights."
The historical figures were:
- Martin McCarty-Jack Dunstan
- William Campbell- Chuck Erikson
- Hannah McCarty-Jenni Taylor
- Daniel McCarty-Jerry Campisi
- Mary Brown- Merna Thompson
- Sam Cloud- Max Artusy
- Dr. Robert Hogg-Don Shortt
- Charles Maclay-Chuck Schoppe
- James McWilliams-Ron Haglin
- Martha McWilliams-Peggy Schopp
- Miss Carrie Wooster-Tina Liddie
- Bill York-DickMiners
- Hazel Bargas-Annette Stransky
- Charles Blaney- Dick Angus
- Isabella Blaney-Phyllis Dunstan
- Mrs. Clara Buckley-Jennie Robinson
- Miss Florence Cunningham-Jill Hunter
- Olivia de Havilland-Laurel Perusa
- Joan Fontaine- Patricia Himel
- Miss Jenny Farwell-Nancy Kirk
- Sgt. Lou Sing Kee- Charles Li
- Paul Masson-Paul Hernandez
- Miss Lyra Mills-Diana Espinoza
- Miss Julia Morgan-Marilyn White
- Painless Parker-David Mantelli
- Senator James D. Phelan-Saratoga City Manager Dave Anderson
- Isabel Stine-Diantha Stunsrud
- Sunshine Williams-Jack Mallory
- Frances Williams-Sue Mallory
- Theodore Wores-John Kimball
- Burton Brazil-Howard Miller
- Melita Hogg Oden-Jackie Welch
- Betty Peck-herself
- Willys Peck-himself
- Mrs. Hatakeyama-Emily Lo
- Chuck Page-Current Saratoga Mayor