Season 2 Episode 6 – Location Info
Carrick-on-Suir, is a medieval town set in the south east of Ireland, surrounded to the south by the Comeragh Mountains of Co. Waterford. Sliabh na mBan keeps a watchful eye from high upon the 800 years old town nestling in the Suir Valley. Downstream on the Suir to the southeast region we can view the Walsh Mountains from where it is thought by historians that the first inhabitants of the town originated.
Carrick-on-Suir or Carrick Mac Griffin so called by association with the Anglo Norman landowner family of Fitzgriffin, was from its foundation up to the early 19th Century, an island settlement. From the early 14th Century, the governmental affairs of the town were overseen by the overlords “The Butlers of Ormond”, who had been granted the lands of Carrick by virtue of being declared the Chief Butlers of Ireland. From an era of commerce and trade, of employment and prosperity amongst a 1799 population census of nearly 11,000 persons, the town’s economy went into freefall as a result of British taxes and levies imposed on imports to protect its own industry at home.
1st Duke of Ormond, Earl James Butler started up the woollen industry in Carrick-on-Suir in the mid 17th Century it became obvious that the success of the venture with its ensuing rewards guaranteed his town of Carrick and its people prosperity hitherto unbeknown. The town would enjoy prominence comparable to its neighbours Clonmel and Waterford.
In 1756, a sum of £1500 was sought from government to build a towpath suitable for horsepower rather than manpower to assist in transporting goods upriver. In 1830, the quaysides were made to their present state by the creation of a new quay named after its financiers, the Sausse family after whom the berthing place would be referred to in the future as Sausse’s Quay.
In 1877, Ernest Grubb, son of John Grubb who came to Carrick in 1843 to extend his coal, grain and goods business, founded the Suir Steam Navigation Company, thus improving the commercial usage of the river. Boats carried extensively to Waterford and returned with coal and other accessories of the age.
By 1930 The golden age of the river trade was over. The vast stores of Dowleys’, once filled to the rafters with grain, corn, fertilisers and other agricultural necessities and with the sounds of hard working labourers was now empty and silent.
Carrick-on-Suir is a thriving town of 8,000 inhabitants serving a local community of some 12,000 people. It has an abundance of retail, service and commercial activities that continue to grow and prosper. Excellent housing, superb educational facilities and an advanced infrastructure make it an ideal location in the South East. It combines the best quality of life and commercial potential for inward investment and relocation.
LA city and county began with a Colonial Mexican town that was founded by 11 Mexican families which were known as ” Los Pobladores” that established a settlement in Southern California that changed little in the three decades after 1848, when California became part of the United States.
Much greater changes came from the completion of the Santa Fe railroad line from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1885. Emigrants flooded in, especially white Protestants from the Midwest. Los Angeles had a strong economic base in farming, oil, tourism, real estate and movies. It grew rapidly with many suburban areas inside and outside the city limits. Hollywood made the city world-famous, and World War II brought new industry, especially high-tech aircraft construction. Politically the city was moderately conservative, with a weak labor union sector.
Since the 1960s growth has slowed—and traffic delays have become famous. LA was a pioneer in freeway development as the public transit system deteriorated. New arrivals, especially from Mexico and Asia, have transformed the demographic base since the 1960s. Old industries have declined, including farming, oil, military and aircraft, but tourism, entertainment and high tech remain strong. (source Wikipedia )
Hollywood has been synonymous worldwide with the film industry for over a hundred years. It was incorporated as the City of Hollywood in 1903 but merged into LA in 1910. In the 1900s Jewish movie makers from New York found the sunny, temperate weather more suitable for year-round location shooting. It boomed into the cinematic heart of the United States, and has been the home and workplace of actors, directors and singers that range from small and independent to world-famous, leading to the development of related television and music industries. ( source Wikipedia )
Thousand Oaks is a city in Ventura County. It is situated in the Conejo Valley. It is in the northwestern part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, approximately 35 miles from Downtown Los Angeles and is less than 15 miles from the Los Angeles city neighbourhood of Woodland Hills. It was named after the many oak trees that grow in the area, and the city seal is adorned with an oak.
Thousand Oaks area is a more suburban part of LA, away from all the glitz and glamour that we’re familiar with that’s attached to Los Angeles. It has many farms in the surrounding areas growing all types of fresh produce. In this episode, we visit The Abundant Table and look at the many different crops they grow this time of year from a variety of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and many other types of fruits. As we are in the wine region, Catherine visits a wine tasting room to sample some local wines that have a taste of Italy also incorporated into them, as the owner is Italian. Located close to Malibu, we visit the famous Malibu Beach and a seafood shack that’s located right on the beach selling the best fish and chips in town. To really get immersed in American culture, Cormac asks Catherine join him and some of his friends in playing baseball, so she tries her hand at the sport.
The Abundant Table
The Abundant Table is a sustainable working farm that provides land-based and farm-to-school experiential learning opportunities for school-aged children, youth, young adults and communities. We create greater access to sustainably grown foods for the benefit of all Ventura County residents, produced from a consciousness of ecological, social and spiritual well-being. Our mission seeks to change lives and systems by creating sustainable relationships to the land and local community.
Our farm produces a diverse yield of crops, grown using sustainable, organic principles, which we provide to local schools, sell as part of our community supported agriculture (CSA) program and donate to the local community through food banks and faith-based institutions. The Abundant Table offers innovative, farm-based programs for public schools and school-aged children to promote healthy eating, good nutrition and a greater connection to our diverse agricultural community, as well as youth development and leadership opportunities. A grassroots, farm church community nurtures and guides our social justice and community work. They will have the following crops available “hot-weather crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans available. In particular, our tomatoes would be a fun feature- we try to grow a variety of heirloom, purple, or other spunky fruits”. -Large red cherry tomato, “Mountain Magic” -Large orange cherry tomato, “Clementine” – Black Heirloom tomato, “Japanese Trifele” -San Marzano saucing tomato, “Pozzano”
-Red grape tomato, “Five Star Grape” -Summer squash, green zucchini -Summer squash, “Zephyr” (half yellow, half green) -Summer squash, “Magda” (speckled light green) -Summer squash, golden zucchini
Address: 1012 W Ventura Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93010 Phone No: +1 888-707-6513
Contact: Jeannette Ban Email: Jeannette@theabundanttable.org www.theabundanttable.org
Sunland Vintage Winery Tasting Room
The story begins in the early 1900’s when my grandfather, Giuseppe Giovinazzo, decided to break family tradition and pursue his own dreams. It’s quite ironic that, coming from a fishing village, he never did learn to swim in the ocean. Perhaps that is why he chose not to become a fisherman, like his father before him. Like all great Italians, he was a man of passion and his passion was to make wine. So he ventured north from the Puglia region in Italy to learn about the wine business. His searches took him to Abruzzo, where he learned about Montepulciano grapes, and to Piemonte, where he learned about Nebbiolo grapes, famous for Barolo and Barberesco wines and, of course, Barbera grapes. He did not need to go far to discover the wonderful Primitivo grapes from his own native Puglia region.
After World War One he decided to go to America, the land of opportunity, to pursue his dream. Unfortunately, the United States was in the midst of Prohibition, so he had to put his dreams on hold. He became a grave digger, saved his money, and later moved to Los Angeles. He got married and had children, and with the ever present thoughts of bottling and distributing his own wine, worked in the “wine transportation” business, always saving any extra money he earned. Finally, once Prohibition was repealed, he was able to start Sunland Vintage Company in Los Angeles, California, incorporating in February, 1935. My father would tell stories of how he would take road trips with my grandfather to Northern California to procure the grapes that reminded him most of his own homeland in Italy. And his business grew and prospered.
He became well known in the community and gave back in the form of his active membership in the Sons of Italy charitable organization. And as passionate as he was for his wine business, he was equally passionate about Thouroubred race horses. Unfortunately he could not apply the same magic and success to that passion as he did to his wine company.
However, his passion for horses was passed down to his oldest son, my father. Like his father before him, my father chose not to go into the family business, instead opting to become a teacher and a coach. With that background and an analytical mind, my father became moderately successful and well known for his handicapping skills at the local race tracks in Southern California. Over the years, my siblings and I were able to spend summers at the beach near Del Mar because of those handicapping skills. Going to the track with Dad, and especially when one of his horses was running, was a special treat for me.
So the inspiration for the logo comes from my grandfather’s original premium label, “Sunland”, and the passion for Thouroubred horses that passed from my grandfather to my father and then to me, as I also have been part-owner of four race horses at various times. And we named the youngest “Sunland Vintage”. Thus, we created the silhouette of horses racing neck-to-neck against the background of the setting sun to use as our logo.
By the time I was born Sunland Vintage Company no longer existed, so I was never given the opportunity to experience my grandfather’s wine business first-hand. I ended up following the newest tradition of our Italian family, which was to not follow your father into the family business. Instead, I used my inherited analytical skills and became an I.T. professional, enjoying my own moderate successes and partnering with my father and others in ownership of race horses. However, at age 55, I turned a page and began a new chapter in my life. And, to my surprise, I discovered that I also had an immense passion for winemaking as did my grandfather. Following my heart, and utilizing my business skills acquired over years of owning my own consulting firm, I started Sunland Vintage Winery in early 2010. Sunland Vintage Winery has been focused on providing high quality Italian varietals in modest numbers. Our inaugural wines were a 2009 Barbera, with grapes grown in Lodi, California, and a 2007 Nebbiolo from Santa Barbara County, reminiscent of those rich Italian Barolos.
My first year in the wine business was about learning all facets, from winemaking to bottling, to creation of labels, to working with the ABC and TTB for licensing. But most of the work and most of the fun was in gaining exposure. I proudly put my name on each bottle of the Barbera and Nebbiolo, we poured at event after event after event, and my learning experiences started to pay off in our second year as we established our signature branding. Giovinazzo wines from Sunland Vintage Winery are Italian varietals grown and bottled in California. We bring a taste of old Italy right in your own back yard.
In our third year we added several more wines to our “Giovinazzo” label and then, upon opening our Tasting Room in Thousand Oaks during our fourth year in business we added a second label, “SVI”. SVI wines from Sunland Vintage Winery are premium non-italian varietals and blends made for the discriminating wine palate. In the first four short years in business we have garnered many awards for our wines topped by a Double-Gold with American Wine Society for our Tre Ragazzi (Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Sangiovese) and Four-Star Gold with Orange County Fair for our 2008 Nebbiolo.
Please take a moment to visit our amazing Tasting Room and even more amazing wines.
Sunland Vintage Winery, located on Thousand Oaks Blvd, features a charming, rustic tasting room. As a local winery of the Ventura County Winery Association, they feature a multitude of wines that are some of the finest wines around. Sunland Vintage Winery proudly present two Sunland Vintage Brands: Giovinazzo Wines, as a taste of Italy in your own back garden, and SVI to suit refined wine palates. The unique varietals that they produce includes Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, and Dolcetto, along with special proprietary blends:
Tre Ragazzi, Delicate Princes, and The Goddess. At this tasting room there is a blend to suit everyone!
Address: Sunland Vintage Winery, 1321 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Contact Person: Debby Giovinazzo (0wner) Email Address: Sales@SunlandVintageWinery.com
Phone No: + 1 805-379-2250 (Tasting Room) www.sunlandvintagewinery.com/our-story
Malibu Seafood: Fresh Fish Market and Patio Café
Founded in 1972, Malibu Seafood is owned and operated by commercial fishermen intent on bringing you the finest seafood from around the world. Our fish market displays the highest quality fresh fillets and shellfish. In addition, we offer prepared seafood to enjoy on our spacious patio’s overlooking the ocean. Treat yourself to Malibu Seafood’s special hand battered Alaskan Cod with our famous tartar sauce. Don’t miss our homemade clam chowder, coleslaw, and other specialty items prepared fresh daily. Short on time, no worries, call in your order and we’ll package it to go.
Malibu Seafood is a favorite local restaurant. We are confident you will enjoy the high quality of our seafood, friendly customer service and reasonable prices. Let us show you why pleasing our customers and providing exceptional value has always been the basis of our success. We are proud of our legacy and look forward to serving our customers for years to come.
Address: Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Café, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265. Contact Person: Jon Christensen (Manager)
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone No: 310 456-6298 Web: http://www.malibuseafood.com/
ALL STARS ATHLETICS
All Stars Athletics is a 13,000 sq. ft indoor batting cage that provides training and instructions in baseball and softball. We have seven automated baseball and softball batting cages. All cages are equipped with Iron Mike pitching machines. The cages are suitable for use by all ages – 5 years thru adults. There is a wide choice of pitching speed – anywhere from 35 mph to 75 mph.Two adjacent cages are exclusively dedicated to ever-popular slow-pitch softball.
The automated pitching area offers a vertical ceiling clearance of about 18 ft. and the deck area has wall to wall coverage of 36 oz mono-filament, low-pile astro-turf with 5mm foam backing. This allows for a quieter batting cage experience. At All Stars Athletics, we are proud to have specialized coaches and trainers when it comes to baseball, softball and agility / fitness training and our coach was Darren Elliott
INDOOR BASEBALL/SOFTBALL BATTING CAGES SPORTS TRAINING FACILITY, 711 Rancho Conejo Boulevard, Newbury Park, CA 91320 Tel: (805) 498 6200, Email : email@example.com