Ken Nieland, president of the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association, recently spoke at the Lodi American Association of University Women’s meeting about the history of the Lodi Crane Festival.
Nieland said that about 18 years ago, a small group of people wanted to promote both the wine business and ecotourism in the Lodi area. At that time, both of these industries were at the beginning of a boom in interest and financial growth.
Lodi High School was the venue for the first Crane Festival during the Columbus Day weekend. Everyone was surprised that the Crane Festival attracted large numbers of people from San Francisco, Sacramento and elsewhere in California. Today, the festival attracts people from all over the U.S., who are both wildlife novices as well as serious wildlife lovers.
The Festival then moved to Hutchins Street Square and has become a major showcase for Lodi. Hotels are full with visitors to Lodi who want to know where good places to eat might be, as well as other weekend entertainment.
The November meeting will feature a Soup/Salad Supper and Holiday Boutique to help fund the national AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund. The starting time is 5 p.m., at the United Christian Congregational Church on Vine and Hutchins Street. Please contact Bobbie Landau at 209-334-5711 regarding membership. For more information, visit www.aauwlodi.org or on Facebook by searching “AAUWLodi Branch.”
— Source: Suga Moriwaki