?The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society presents an evening celebrating the life of Polonia Montanez. Born in 1829, Polonia was married three times and lived a fascinating life as an herbal medicine healer, religious teacher to San Juan's children, a midwife as well as "rainmaker" during one of San Juan's worst droughts in history. The evenings program is split in three segments, C.J Devins of the Mission and Historical Society will portray Polonia in an interview. Following Polonia, lifelong San Juan resident, Juaneno Leader and Preservationist Jerry Nieblas, will continue the story of the Montanez after her death in 1917, as well as narrate stories about its more contemporary inhabitants and architectural features of the adobe today and future plans. Lastly, Marianne Taylor, resident of Los Rios Street and founder of the organization "Goin Native" will describe the current gardens and medicinal herbs that would have been used by Polonia surrounding the Montanez Adobe. She will share the story of the "Los Rios Garden Angels" and the Certified Butterfly Gardens which brings hundreds of people flocking around the Adobe gardens every weekend.
Photo enthusiasts have enjoyed the Montanez adobe gardens in every season while children run and play to capture the butterflies. Be entertained while you learn more about the important historical adobe and the fascinating lady that once lived there.
Save the Date: Thursday November 13 at 7:00pm at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion SJC 92675