Today is the 193rd birthday of General John Bidwell. He was born August 5, 1819, in Chautauqua County, New York. The Bidwell Mansion Association celebrated his birthday at Bidwell Mansion with a community party this evening, and judging by the amount of cake eaten, we had over 150 attendees.
Music was provided by the Chico Community Band and folksinger Don Sacks, who led us in a rendition of the Happy Birthday song.
Community participants included the Chico Cat Coalition, North State Symphony, Sounds of the Valley, Youth for Change, City of Chico Parks and Recreation, and the Chico Visual Arts Alliance.
Here’s hoping that John Bidwell sees many more happy birthday events!