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Celebrating Lodi's 100 years

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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2006 10:00 pm

It was quite a weekend as Lodi celebrated its 100th birthday with a host of centennial activities.

Lifelong Lodi resident Beverly Edalgo attended most of the events, which included opening ceremonies Saturday at Lodi Station, narrated trolley bus rides, a photographic exhibit at Hotel Lodi, a car show, a Victorian high tea and silent movies at Hutchins Street Square on Saturday.

"The high tea was beautifully done," Edalgo said, while enjoying Sunday evening's outdoor concert by the Lodi Community Band outside Hutchins Street Square. "The dresses on stage were from way back. They even had a piano player."

Edalgo enjoyed the bus trolley tour because she said the speaker did a good job describing historic sites. The air conditioning on the bus was also a plus, she added.

Her husband, Ralph Edalgo, isn't exactly a high-tea kind of guy. But he enjoyed the car show and silent movies.

Ralph Edalgo saw the models of three cars he once owned - a 1937 Ford, a 1950 Mercury and a 1950 Ford - which brought back enjoyable memories.

The silent movies on Saturday night included selections by Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, which Ralph Edalgo described as good, clean comedy.

Better yet, an organist performed during the three movies, which really added to the films, he said.

Dee Dupree, another lifetime Lodi resident, also enjoyed the high tea and the historical theme brought by the Lodi Woman's Club. Sunday's festivities included Lodi churches ringing their bells in unison at 1 p.m., an interdenominational church service in the afternoon at First United Methodist Church, an ice cream social and the Lodi Community Band concert, which also included selections by the U.S., Army 91st Division Band.

Sunday afternoon's church service spotlighted the seven Lodi churches that existed in 1906 - United Congregational Christian, St. Anne's Catholic, St. John's Episcopal, St. Peter Lutheran, First Baptist, First United Methodist and English Oaks Seventh-day Adventist churches.

Pastors or other representatives of the centennial churches spoke during the service about the history of their church while photos or drawings were shown on an overhead projection in the Methodist Church sanctuary.

Melissa Ortuna of Pittsburg offers her daughter Elisa, 2, a petite muffin while Elisa has her eye on another muffin at Saturday morning's Woman's Club of Lodi centennial high tea. The club celebrated its own as well as the city's 100 years of existence. Ortuna attended Lodi High School. (Jennifer M. Howell/News-Sentinel)

Pastor Bill Crabtree of Emanuel Lutheran Church discussed the importance of churches in Lodi today.

Other participants included Pastors Mike Abdollahzadeh of Lodi Avenue Baptist Church, David Hill of Grace Presbyterian Church and Perry Kallis of Temple Baptist Church.

Adrienne Reynolds, accompanied by Robert Tan, sang "Because He Lives."

Sunday evening at Hutchins Street Square park, patriotic music and marching standards were the theme as the Lodi Community and Army bands performed.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

First published: Monday, August 21, 2006

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