History Comes ALIVE !
For the Eighteenth consecutive year,
the Friends of the Big Bear Valley Library will present Chautauqua as part of
the Old Miners Days Celebration. The open to the public production will be Saturday
afternoon July 22nd, at Summit Christian Fellowship Church in Big Bear Lake, located
across the street from the Library at 41965 Garstin Drive. The Chautauqua
begins at 2:00 P.M., featuring Eliza Tibbets, one of the founders of the City
of Riverside and pioneer of the California's citrus industry.
Eliza Tibbets is portrayed by former
Big Bear Lake resident, Sandra Petterson a docent at the historical Mission Inn
in Riverside. Patterson portrays Eliza during the Festival of Lights in
Chautauqua guests will each be
offered a ticket to enter the opportunity drawings. The grand prize is a brunch
and tour of the Mission Inn and Library.
Several other prizes include a Fire Kindle tablet.
Following Eliza Tibbets’ Chautauqua presentation,
the Friends of the Big Bear Valley Library invite guests to the Chautauqua Reception
at the Library.
Friends of the Big Bear Valley
Library remind guests, reservations are not required, but seating is limited; early
arrival is recommended. For more information, call the Library at 909.866-5571.
... was among Early American settlers and founders of Riverside,
California. Tibbets was an activist in
Washington, D.C., for progressive social causes, including freedmen’s rights
and universal suffrage before heading west. Once there, she became the pioneer
of California’s citrus industry where she successfully cultivated Riversides
first two Washington Naval Orange trees. A free spirit, Tibbets was a spiritualist and frequently
held séances in Riverside.
Sandra Petterson, a longtime Big Bear Lake resident, Petterson graduated from Big Bear High in 1981, shortly
after, followed in her father’s footsteps, enlisted in the military. Petterson
joined the U.S. Navy, then later served in the Navy Reserves for 20 years, with
whom she recently retired in June of 2016. Petterson holds an Associate
Degree in accounting from SBVC, Bachelor Degree in interior design from The Art
Institute of California, and is working towards her Masters in Interior
Architecture. She is currently a partner in an Advertising Agency in Riverside
where she currently lives.
Petterson is currently a docent at the Historic Mission Inn and during
the Annual Festival of Lights, portrays Eliza Tibbets during frequent
tours throughout the Hotel. She is also a board member and acting secretary
with the Riverside Dickens Festival.
As a Veteran, Sandra Petterson is involved with the Dive Warriors
non-profit organization, whose mission
is to build confidence and self-esteem in America’s Veterans with disabilities
through scuba diving.