HISTORIC TENT CITY
Colony Days Historic Tent City is fully-operated by community volunteers — we couldn’t do it without you
Atascadero Colony Days’ Tent City arose from an idea to bring Atascadero’s 1914-1916 Tent City period to life. The historic Tent City re-enactment is peopled with exhibitors from the community, each sharing part of the early Atascadero story. The 2018 event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Tent City re-enactment will be held in the Sunken Gardens for the second year.
Tent City grew from nine small tents and two large ones — showing residential camp life and a school and a land office — to a teeming little community that includes the Land Office, Ice Cream Parlor, a working Blacksmith, John J. Roth (architect), Atascadero Mutual Water Company (first business in Atascadero), Agriculture/Apples, Mercantile, Atascadero News outlet, Diner, Red Cross, Barbershop, and Federated church (heart of service for the community). It also boasts a stage, residences, and a very active games area.
Tent City Acting Classes
To get actors of all ages ready for the 45th annual Colony Days re-enactment, acting classes will be held at 6100 El Camino Real in Atascadero, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and taking place every Tuesday through Oct. 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
Some ways to help with Tent City
- Be a historical re-enactor (free acting classes take place before the event)
- Strong volunteers to help move heavy items in and out of Sunken Gardens
- Helpers to pick up and move costumes, accessories and clothing racks from storage to the Tent City warehouse
- A truck to transport the items between storage and the warehouse
- Returning costumes to storage after the event
- An assistant to attend each acting class and make sure all required forms are completed and collected from all actors and/or parents for those under 18
- An assistant to attend each acting class and get participants’ measurements and collect any costume fees
- One or two assistants to assist and coordinate all costuming appointments and/or fittings for actors and others needing costumes
- One or two helpers to help organize, iron and/or help with mending or costume adjustments
- Volunteers to perform light shoe cleaning and labeling shoes with sizes