By DAVID DIERKS
The Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe (FJMA) are holding their 4th annual Fandango fundraiser on Aug. 26. Traditional fandangos were celebrations of music, dance and good company held during California’s Rancho era (1769-1848). The equivalent of neighborhood parties, fandangos often lasted for days. The FJMA Fandango includes an evening of music, a historical musical, gourmet BBQ dinner and a tour of Orinda’s Old Yellow House. Proceeds raised go towards restoration of the Moraga Adobe.
The Old Yellow House, built in 1890 by Captain Jenkins, was bought and restored by architect James P. Wright in 2012. Wright, a specialist in Passive Houses, renovated and did a complete energy overhaul of the building, bringing its energy consumption down to zero. During the remodel, Wright made ample use of interior and exterior materials, preserving and restoring where possible. Wright will give 20-minute tours during the fund-raiser.
FJMA is a non-profit organization working to restore the family home of Don Joaquin Moraga, located above Del Rey Elementary School. Built in 1841, the adobe is the oldest surviving building in Contra Costa County.
The FJMA Fandango starts at 5 p.m. Since there is no parking available at the Old Yellow House, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is providing parking, and shuttle vans will run between St. Mark’s and the Old Yellow House from 4:45 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Participants should dress for an outdoor event with flat shoes recommended. Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact Bobbie Landers at 925-254-8260 before Aug. 22.
For more information, email
925-254-8260. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased at moragaadobe.nationbuilder.com/fandango_2017.