It was certainly a red, white and blue night at Hutchins Street Square on July 3rd – perhaps one of the most memorable Celebrate America’s ever according to our appreciative crowd.  Gary Don Ricks opened the evening with his rendition of the Raggedy Ol’ Flag as George Juelch of the Lodi Fire Department coordinated the raising of the American flag.


A welcome was provided by Mayor Susan Hitchcock and patriotic songs were soloed by Adrienne Reynolds and Jacob Inman.  The Lodi Community Band and the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast provided the music.


But perhaps most poignant was a speech by our neighbor on Rose Street, Major Jeff Williamson.  Williamson recently returned from active duty in Iraq and fought as one of only three reserve infantry companies in the U.S. Marine Corps during operation “Iraqi Freedom”.  His was one of the first units to liberate the Eastern portions of the capital city of Baghdad. 


Major Williamson addressed the crowd of 2,000 friends with stories of his tour of Baghdad and the personal commitment his troops had made.  He talked about the importance of community, security and freedom – and he related how the Iraqi people are rebuilding their communities and families with our assistance.  He connected his words with the community of Lodi and thanked us all for the support of his fellow service men and women.   In his civilian life he is an operations manager for General Mills, Inc.


Bravo to all the folks who are in the military service.  Bravo to those who have sent care packages and thoughts to these young men and women.  And, welcome home Major Jeff Williamson!  We’re proud to have you, your wife Tanja and daughter Avery in our community!


Major Williamson led one of the first units to liberate the eastern portions of the capital city of Baghdad in March 2003.



Lodi Fire Department unfurled the traditional flag at Celebrate America.



Red, white and blue was the uniform of choice for these enthusiastic young ladies at Hutchins Street Square.





Don’t forget to sign up as a member with Hutchins Street Square!  As we continue to grow and prosper, we can certainly use friends as members of the Square.  Applications are available by calling Linda at 333-6782. The benefits of having such a great place as the Square smack dab in the middle of town are endless!







in “Love Letters”

Thursday, October 2, 8 p.m.

Hal’s back!  His third trip to the Square in four years; and audiences can expect another dramatic and intimate performance from this veteran stage and screen actor as he joins his wife Dixie in the production of “Love Letters”.


He is best known for his portrayal of Mark Twain, which he has been performing as a one-man stage show on and off since 1954.  In 1966 he earned a Tony Award for the Broadway run.  You’ll recognize Hal from a variety of television and movie roles including  the sitcom “Evening Shade” as Burt Reynold’s father-in-law; “All the President’s Men” (as Deep Throat); and in 1993 in “The Firm”.


Most recently Hal made a guest appearance on “The West Wing” , his character describes the fate of the USS Pueblo, an intelligence gathering surface vessel caught spying by North Korea; in 1973 for TV he also portrayed the lead character in “Pueblo”.


We are honored to have the opportunity to host both of them in Lodi!


Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter will headline our stage on Thursday, October 2, with their rendition of A. R. Gurney’s acclaimed “Love Letters”.  This production will be Hal’s third trip in as many years to the Lodi stage.  His previous performances were as Mark Twain to sell out audiences and boisterous standing ovations.


This year he answers the question most asked of him in Lodi:  “When are you going to bring Dixie?”


Hal’s just a great guy, with affection for our small town - and he’s bringing Dixie!  She’s the “Designing Woman” that gives him a run for his money!  A fixture on the New York cabaret scene, she also plays on Broadway, has had multiple successes with television series including Family Law, Designing Women and Diff’rent Strokes. 


She has released her own CD, “Dixie Carter Sings John Wallowitch Live at the Carlyle”, and she travels extensively as a public speaker and member of the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities.


Hal and Dixie live in Los Angeles, but Dixie is passionate about her hometown of McLemoresville, where she, Hal and her father have restored the family home.



John Mills Salutes


Friday, October 17, 8 p.m.

“. . . crowds singing along with familiar songs, rising to their feet and cheering!”


For more than 75 uninterrupted years, the magical appeal of the eloquent music of The Mills Brothers has attracted adoring audiences worldwide.


The magic continues today under the leadership of John Mills ― son, grandson and nephew of the original group’s members ― who recreates the inimitable sounds of The Mills Brothers while vocalizing the songs that made them famous.


John Mills had performed with his father, Donald, the last surviving original, since 1982, and now brings to stage the newest generation of The Mills Brothers.  The new duo includes and highlights the beautiful voice and compelling stage presence of the talented Elmer Hopper, who spent 21 years with the renowned Platters.


The Mllls Brothers were honored with a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1998 – their harmonies and unmistakable repertoire of hits still symbolize a legendary tradition to a new millennium of audiences.


Expect a memorable evening including “Tiger Rag”, “Cab Drier”, “Glow Worm, and “Lazy River” … and don’t forget “Paper Doll” which alone sold six million copies in its first release.


Call the Box Office, 333-5550, for tickets and additional information.






Lodi Youth Commission hosts a great dance on August 29th from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Kirst Hall with support from Omega Nu Sorority.


High School students only!  Please bring your student ID - $10 per person. 





We have a complete list of gift boxes available from Hutchins Street Square – all wrapped in a classic brown box with grosgrain ribbon and special LODI luggage tag.  You choose what kind of gift you want to send your friends – from $20 to $80.  The list of goodies are endless – all Lodi-area products!  Please call Toni at 333-6800, ext. 2465, to place your order today.





Even the explanatory “red” bathing caps were enough to catch folks off guard at the pool!  Our thanks to all the “victims” who helped us to test our lifeguards' skills.  We pulled Mike Areida, Mark Ensminger, Mike Heberle, Anne Heberle, Tory Sonstroem, Anna Villegas and Mark Zollo either out of the water or attended to their emergency on deck.  Bravo to our actors and kudos to our staff who, each time, followed their instructions, continued to learn new safety measures, and made us all proud. 





Is this the season of broken hips or are all our friends experiencing the same malady?  Lots of friendly faces in the water therapy and exercise classes lately – they are both good ways to rehabilitate recent surgery or broken bones.  We’re also pretty adamant about burning calories.  (Dr. E. Hereford says we all have to work a little bit harder in our exercise program to keep heart healthy!)


Currently we have 29 classes a week at the pool; no excuses are acceptable from anyone these days!  Choose from FLUID MOVES, CARDIO SPLASH, CONDITIONING, OR ARTHRITIS BASIS AND PLUS.  All ages are welcome – if you bring the children, just make sure they are accompanied by an adult and can follow the class format.


For more information call Tory Sonstroem, Aquatics Coordinator at 369-6921.





Don Phillips gives chess tips to Camp Hutchins Kids before the Senior Center Chess Club begins.  The Chess Club meets each Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Senior Center at Hutchins Street Square and is open to chess players of all ages.  Call 369-6921 for more information.






Lodi Memorial Hospital operates the Adult Day Services Center at the Square.  The program offers a safe, positive caring alternative to nursing home care for those who do not need 24-hour skilled nursing.  This program is designed to help people stay mentally and physically active, reduce isolation, improve their health and prevent a decline of their abilities.  Those inflicted with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, strokes are just a few examples of clients who attend the program.


Another option to remaining independent and in your own home is the Life Line Services.  This is the “Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up” button.  You can find more information about both the Adult Day Services and the Life Line units by calling 369-4443.  Lic. #390313117




WELCOME TO OUR NEW USHER COORDINATOR! Our newest addition at the Square is Terri Krantz, who is assuming the duties of recently retired Jayne Mulloy.  Terri is on staff at this time and working with all our great usher volunteers.


Terri was born and raised in Chico and has been married to Robert for the past 6½ years.  Robert also works with us part-time as a theatre technician.


Terri has two children, Nicholas, age 5, and Jessica, age 3.


Welcome Terri – we look forward to your support with our theatre programs!




Beginning August 1st, the First Friday arts shows expand to include venues across the city of Lodi, including the Lodi Public Library, the Lodi Community Art Center, and multiple locations in the downtown district.  Art patrons can “hop” from place to place on the first Friday evening of every month to experience a multitude of art forms—from visual arts to music, dance, and theatre.


Artists of all types and abilities are being sought and are encouraged to participate.  Sponsorships and new venues are also welcome.  For more information, please call the Lodi Arts Commission at 333-5550.



Bring your lunch and join us Thursdays through August 28 for the FREE outdoor noon-time concerts at the All Veterans’ Memorial Plaza (next to Lodi City Hall).



Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy it and the entertainment outdoors under the columns!  Scheduled to appear are:

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Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and shows begin at 6:30 p.m.  General seating is $7 per adult (ages 17 and over), $3 per child (ages 6 to 16); children under 5 will be admitted free.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through the Hutchins Street Square Box Office at 333-5550.  Sponsored by the Lodi Arts Project Fund in conjunction with the Lodi Arts Commission.





The new Community Arts Directory and class catalogue will be available the end of August or beginning of September.  Call 333-5511 for additional information or log on to www.lodiarts.org.