Doins Shirt is included in The Rub if received by 10/01/22

14-15-16 October 6027

Our noble Grand Humbugs Hardie Phillip and Kevin Phelan “The Semi-Wise” sound the Hewgag for yet another unforgettable 3 days and 2 nights of fraternal gesticulation among the bibulous brotherhood of equal indignity. You are heretofore encouraged to partake in this exceptional affair to clamp amidst canyons of ancient oaks high above the headwaters of Lopez Lake, experience hypnagogic visions over one of California’s earliest wine grape regions, and to perpetuate the rituals of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus

BRIEF HISTORY

The Spanish Mission System laid the foundation for grape growing and wine production in the California. The Franciscans used indigenous labor to plant a variety of agricultural products and raise livestock. This included cattle, sheep, orchards, grains and vineyards. In 1779, the first vines were planted by Father Junipero Serra at Mission San Juan Capistrano. The black-skinned grapes produced by these initial vines are appropriately named Mission grapes. Vineyards were eventually planted at all the California missions, where the wines produced were used for both religious and everyday purposes. Simple table wines were made using the Criolla varietal (also known as the Mission varietal). At one time, wine produced at Mission San Luis Obispo was the most prized in Alta California.


After Mexico secularized the California missions in the 1830s, the mission vineyards were abandoned until European immigrant farmers started to arrive in the mid 1850s. The first to farm wine grapes in San Luis Obispo was a Frenchman, Pierre Hypolite Dallidet, who arrived in 1853, and planted a seven acre vineyard and later added a winery. Eventually the vineyard grew to 16 acres and included some of the original mission plantings. More Europeans emigrated to the area, including Englishman Henry Ditmas, who began the area’s first vineyard with imported Zinfandel and Muscat grapes from France and Spain on his 560 acre Rancho Saucelito in nearby Arroyo Grande.


The remote Ditmas vineyard allegedly produced wine throughout Prohibition despite the best efforts of federal agents, who were unable to find it. Faced with the difficulties of running a winery by herself during Prohibition, the widder Rosa Ditmas eventually closed the winery and leased the Rancho Saucelito property to tenants who maintained the vineyard and wine production into the 1940s, after which it was abandoned.
In the spring of 1974, Bill Greenough camped out at the remote property he was considering purchasing: the abandoned Rancho Saucelito in the upper Arroyo Grande Valley. Surrounding him were the gnarled crowns of old Zinfandel vines. A few were completely covered, piquing Bill’s curiosity. When he pulled the overgrowth back, he made a startling discovery—little grape clusters. Sure enough, the vines that were protected from the elements and wildlife were actually still producing grapes nearly a century since they had been planted. At that moment, Bill realized that the vineyard didn’t need to be replaced. Rather, it could be restored to its original glory.

DOINS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

11:55 Check in at the gate, confirm Gold Dustworthiness, and receive the badge-of-the-day, historic keepsake, and your pre-orderedOfficial Doins Shirt.

12:00 Stake your Clampsite. Prepare your distinctive Hospitality Hooch.

2:07 The beer Keg is tapped. Roger’s Bar is erected soon thereafter.

4:27 ChapterMercantile selling amultitude of Clampermerchandise.

4:31 Be on the lookout for the Raffle Ticket Hawker.

4:43 Cast Iron Poticipants notify the Chief Judge, and get cooking.

5:30 Beans and Bread for allwilling and able.

5:41 Cast Iron Cook-off served to Grub Stub holders.

6:27 Sunset, 260° NW. Let the howling begin.

SATURDAY

7:00 Sunrise, 100° SE,

7:50 Clamp-luck breakfast

8:36 PBCs report to the hangman.

9:22 Be on the lookout for the Raffle Ticket hawker.

10:22 Mercantile opens, selling lastOfficial Doins Shirts, first-cove, first-served.

12:11 Humbug’sWeenie servedwith all the fixin’s.

4:13 The Hall of ComparativeOvations commences.

6:03 Grand Clampbanquet served.

6:26 Sunset, 259°NW.

SUNDAY

8:32 Breakfast served followed by Raffle Drawing

12:01 Clean up andmove on to the next diggins. Pack-Up trash and recyclables

FUNCTIONARIES

Hardie Phillip/Kevin Phelan
NOBLE GRAND HUMBUGS

Steve Chaves
GOLD DUST RECEIVER

Tim Mason
GRAND NOBLE RECORDER

Rudy Castillo, Steve Chaves, Dustin DeBrum, Jason Haines, Thad Haines, Greg Hawkins, Tad Hillier, Mark Jorgeson, Pete Kelly, Dennis Philbin, Craig Shannon
BROTHERS OF THE BOARD

Maddux Family Ranch
CLAMPSITE HOSTS

Dave Holmes
NOBLE GRAND HISTORIAN

Bruno Moore
BEER & ICE

Hugo First
GRILL MASTERS

Rush Inuit
HUMBUG’S WEENIE

Moe Mentum
HISTORIAN

Jason Haines
CHAPTER HAWKER

Saul Wellingood
CAST IRON COOK-OFF JUDGES

Joaquin D’Planque
FACILITIES

Lou Segusi
RAFFLEMEISTER

Dale Neverknow
WAYFINDING

Dustin DeBrum
GUARDIAN OF THE LIST

Emile Initself
FRIDAY NIGHT BEANS & BREAD

Turner Luce
HANGMAN

Ben Thayer, Don Thatt
FIREMEN

Lou Pole
BAR MIXMASTER

HEWGAG BRAYS

Heed the call of the Hewgag! Step up to help out with the doins. The humbug is looking for a few good clampers whose talents will fulfill the rewarding duties of ClampFunctionaries. Email or Call Kevin Phelan at: KEVIEPHE@GMAIL.COM or (805) 441-1111

THE RUB

This spectacular event now includes the Official Doins Shirt if your GoldDust is in the mail by 9/23!
It also gets you your very own“badge of the day”, a generous supply of premium beers, an exceptional gastronomic experience (Friday night Beans and Bread; Saturday HumbugsWeenie, Grand Banquet with wine and dessert; Sunday breakfast, tables, chairs, ice, firewood, toilets, a fully-illustrated historic keepsake, printing &mailing of this informative proclamation, and the collective funding of an historic plaque.

THE FINE PRINT

BYOB: Hospitality Hooch Hosted at Individual “Diggins”. No RVs over 64 feet due to terrain. No vehicles off-road (2- or 4-wheel). No orphans (2- or 4-leg). No guns, knives, explosives, or weapons of any kind. No illegal or controlled substances. The presence of prohibited items jeopardizes our chapter charter, enforcement will be by all officers of the chapter and violators will be escorted off the premises. Let a brother of sobriety take the reins.

THERE’S MORE

Widders’Winter Fandango : Saturday 3 December 6027 – San LuisYacht Club, Avila Beach

Candlelight Initiation: Saturday 18 March 6028 – CarriageMuseum, Santa Barbara

Spring Doin’s: 14-16 April 6028 – Cuesta Ranch, San Luis Obispo