June 2013 Annual Dinner – Program: The Big Red Cars in Orange County – Speakers: Steve Crise & Michael A. Patris

Pacific Electric Railway Car, Santa Ana Line, circa 1943

The Society’s Annual Dinner is Friday, June 21, 2013 at the Santa Ana Ebell Clubhouse (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) on 625 N. French Street in Santa Ana. This year’s topic “The Big Red Cars in Orange County” will be presented by speakers Steve Crise and Michael A. Patris, co-authors of Pacific Electric Railway: Then & Now.

The event commences with Social Hour (including a no-host bar) at 5:30 p.m. and walking tours of an historic Santa Ana neighborhood, courtesy the French Park Neighborhood Association. The buffet dinner at 6:30 includes baron of beef, poached salmon, chicken picatta, butter parsley new potatoes, glazed carrots, baby green beans, bread and rolls, dessert, and a vegetarian entrée (the latter by reservation request).

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. Steve Crise and Michael A. Patris will give a colorful and enlightening presentation on the P.E.’s “Big Red Cars” which were once as much a part of Southern California life as freeways are today. Rare footage of the Red Cars traveling through Orange County will be shown.

Additionally, attendees will enjoy a raffle and great music of the 1920s, courtesy Josh McIntosh and his outstanding historical record collection.

This event is open to OCHS members and non-members alike, so bring your friends.
Reservations are a must, so please RSVP by June 11 to Lynne Yauger. Confirmation will be made by email.

Cost: $35 OCHS members; $40 non-members.