Heritage Fresno invites you to tour the sanctuary of the Greek Orthodox Church

February 09, 2016

Hi !   Details regarding our H. F. tour have been finalized.  This will be a special day with a tour of the  St. George Greek Orthodox Church Sanctuary led by Father Pappas followed by a delicious Greek lunch.  In addition, Chrysante Pappas will entertain us with vocal selections.

Tour :    April 9th, 10:30 am.  Led by Fr. Jim Pappas
Greek lunch served following tour,  $15.00
Church address : 2219 North Orchard St.  93703
Reservations made by check to H.F.    2930 North West Ave. Fresno, Ca. 93705
For additional information contact Midge Barrett at (559)436-8338
Reservation deadline, Friday April 1st.

Please invite your friends now to enjoy this fun day!



Heritage Fresno is cosponsoring the relocation and restoration of Bob Wills’ historic ranch house.

Bob Wills, the “King of Western Swing” moved his family to the 80-acre Triple B Ranch – –named for Bob, his wife Betty and son Bob Jr.—in 1945. Wills was a master of synthezising styles and melded jazz, hillbilly, boogie, blues, and Mexican music into a new genre that was wildly popular across the United States and particularly so with California’s Dust Bowl migrants. Wills was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1968), is in the Jazz Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was awarded posthumously a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He and his band appeared in numerous Western-themed films during the 1940s including Take Me Back to Oklahoma, with Tex Ritter. Bob Wills is also one of four country musicians featured on a U.S. postage stamp issued in 1993.

Wills’ tenure in Fresno coincided with additional success in music and films. His biggest hit, “New Spanish Two Step” topped the country charts for 16 weeks in 1946. The band also began making radio transcriptions for Tiffany Music, Incorporated in Oakland. These live broadcasts were recorded at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and included extended improvisational work by any number of the band’s instrumentalists, many of whom were residents of Clovis and Fresno. Although Wills hoped to retire to the Triple B, financial reversals led to the sale of the property in 1950 to local rodeo star Lex Connelly.

The one story ranch house located on E. Clinton in Fresno was threatened with demolition. Thanks to a consortium of country music lovers the home is being relocated to a 20-acre parcel near Prather where it will serve as the headquarters for the non- profit Central California Music Association and as a Bob Wills Museum. Funds, however, are needed for moving expenses and for the foundation and new roof.

Tickets for “Raise the Roof for the King of Western Swing” are $20 and are available for 21 years and over through or at the door. Wine, beer and food will be available for purchase.

For more information, please contact: [email protected], Lance Tullis (559) 593-0108