Bidwell Birthday Bash!


The Bidwell Mansion Association invites you to a PARTY! Help us celebrate John Bidwell’s 197th birthday. Tickets are $5 for adults and teens, $2 for children, and kids under 4 are free. Enjoy a concert by the Chico Community Concert Band, birthday cake and ice cream, games on the lawn, a cakewalk, entry to the ground floor of Bidwell Mansion and dramatic vignettes inside the mansion.

If you crave some dinner, the Madison Bear BBQ Wagon will be there with a burger and chips for $6, and a cool drink for $1.

John and Annie will be on hand to welcome guests. The program inside the mansion will feature:DSCF0262

John Bidwell reminiscing with his old trail mate Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson about their 1841 trip to California in his office.

Annie Bidwell and her friend Belle Royce in the library discussing women’s rights and women’s wiles.

kitchenFlorence Proud and Ruby English in the kitchen arguing over cream and cake.

All the vignettes are based on diary entries, letters, and recollections of the characters themselves. Take a trip back in time to see and hear Bidwell Mansion come alive!

It all happens this Sunday, August 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.  See you there!


About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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