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March 29, 2011 > Crab feed for restoration of Mission San Jose

Crab feed for restoration of Mission San Jose

By Alissa Gwynn

Are you feeling crabby? Then come to the Committee for the Restoration of the Old Mission San Jose's crab feed on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Fremont. Proceeds from the event, which include all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and drinks, will go toward preserving and restoring our community's historical landmark.

Andrew Galvan, President of the committee and Ohlone Indian descendant, says, "We are attempting to jumpstart the [Mission restoration] project again. We actually have architectural design plans for the next steps in construction." Much to contrary belief, the Mission that can be seen today is not the original Mission that was first built on June 11, 1797. In fact, the original adobe church was destroyed in an earthquake in the late 17th century, and was only rebuilt by the Committee for the Restoration of the Old Mission San Jose from 1982 to 1985.

Currently, the Committee is working on Phase III of the restoration of Old Mission San Jose: the reconstruction of the missing rooms between the Mission Church and the present museum. They have already completed phases I and II, which involved the reconstruction of the adobe church (completed in 1985 with help from the Diocese of Oakland) and the seismic retrofitting of the museum building.

The crab feed, which offers a traditional, pre-Mission period meal (crab is a native species to the Bay Area) is open to all, and tickets are $40 each. To purchase tickets, either: call (510) 648-5432, email, or mail a check made out to "crmsj" to P.O. box 3314, Fremont CA 94539.

Crab feed
Saturday, April 2
6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish Hall
43323 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 648-5432

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