Representatives from Pacific Union College entered the Calistoga Fourth of July Parade this year aboard an authentic freight wagon that was once used to distribute milk from the school’s dairy (in operation from 1909 to 1986--and county champion in 1928!). Recently restored and painted in the school colors––green and gold––the milk wagon served as the perfect (and slightly bumpy) stage for PUC’s talented brass quintet. Under the direction of Ken Narducci, professor of music, the quintet serenaded the crowds with popular pieces including “She’s a Grand Old Flag.” Despite loud competition from three unruly motorcyclists to the rear, the quintet drew enthusiastic applause from the masses along Lincoln Street.
The prize-winning PUC float was made possible through the combined efforts of people across campus: from the skills of those at plant services and organization of the public relations staff, to the musical talent representing a variety of departments. Bob Paulson, assistant professor of exercise science, health, and nutrition, donated his time and his 1945 John Deer tractor to pull the wagon and quintet. Presidents past and present––Malcolm Maxwell and Richard Osborn––were also on hand to cheer for the float, which went on to receive a check and trophy for placing second in the commercial float category.