Turkey Queen Mural

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Mural #6

Turkey Day Queen

Sponsored by

Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project and County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program

Chris Anderson, Realtor

Hatfield Creek Winery

Law Offices of Krysak & Associates

Robert Lewallen

Richard & Judy Nachazel

Town & Country Real Estate & Home Loans

Donna Zick

October 2015

Ramona, famed for turkey production, celebrated Turkey Day from 1933 to 1941/ The unique event was discontinued because of World War II. Turkey Day queens and their attendants were a central part of the festivities. Pictured (photo below) is the 1938 Turkey Day, Dottie Richardson, looking splendid in royal crown and turkey feather robe. Beauty runs constant in this Ramona pioneer family: Dottie’s daughter, Linda Macintosh, was Miss Ramona 1956, and her granddaughter, Marjle Thomsen, held the honor in 1980. Robes and gowns worn during the event featured turkey feathers hand-sewn onto broadcloth-like fabric. One wearer, who found the clothes very warm, commented: “No wonder turkeys can’t stand the heat.”

Saratoga Sake, born in 1969 in El Paso, Texas, two-time EMMY award winning artist Sake, began his art career with inspiration from New York City’s subway graffiti. In 1982, Sake became one of the first graffiti artists in California. Sake, the last in a long line of nom de plume, with his stylized lettering and characters inspired hundreds of kids across San Diego County to pick up the spray can as a medium to create art. Sake’s reputation as a serious artist grew out of respect for his technical skill, creating his first portrait with spray painting 1986. In 1991 he won two EMMY awards for his spray paint work for the FOX network. Sake Recently had a mural in the San Diego Museum of Art that was displayed for 3 years. Sake has been featured in numerous magazines, TV appearances and newspapers around the globe. Sake has been recently featured in two books, History of American Graffiti and Skullface. The artist currently lives in East County with his two kids and wife Chef Stacey Poon-Kinney Star of Food Network.

Turkey Day Queen

Artist: Saratoga Sake email

Look for the H.E.A.R.T. icon in this mural!