Morgan Hill Historical Society

Morgan Hill Historical Society

History

Conversations

Join us monthly for a conversation with a notable contributor to our community and heritage.  This is a monthly interactive series where you can participate in the conversation or just listen and learn. These events are free and no reservations are required. Check our website, sign up for our email list and/or follow us on Facebook for detailed program topics and speakers each month.

 

The Flying Lady Restaurant - History Conversations hosted by the Morgan Hill Historical Society every first Saturday of the Month

 

 

Saturday, April 7th

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required. 

 

The Story of the Flying Lady Restaurant

Presenter: Julie Perch Belanger: daughter of Irv and Jan Perch, owners of the Flying Lady Restaurant.

Built on a grand scale by Irv Perch and named for his wife, Jan, the Flying Lady Restaurant was a landmark in Morgan Hill from 1971 – 1994.  There were actually two Flying Lady restaurants: the first was a small restaurant with seating for about 200 people opened in 1971.  Not satisfied with the small quarters, Perch built the Flying Lady II, which in 1981 was one of the largest restaurants in the world with seating for nearly 2000.  The Flying Lady was also one of the most unusual restaurants in the world with seven full sized antique aircraft hanging from the ceiling and more than 100 scale model aircraft “flying” over the heads of the diners on a moving track.  But why would anyone build a huge restaurant out in the rural foothills of Santa Clara County? What made the Flying Lady a success and what happened to it?

Julie will share haring treasured family photographs and movies. You will learn the fascinating story of the Flying Lady, how Julie met her husband, Pat Belanger, there and how they were married at the restaurant (in an airplane, of course).  

You will enjoy this rare peek into a landmark that, sadly, no longer exists, but one that has left a legacy that will live on in the family’s memories and in anyone who remembers the great Flying Lady.

Sun, May 6th

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required.

 

History of the Mushroom Mardi Gras

Presenter:Ron Woolf

Have you ever wondered how Morgan Hill's Mushroom Mardi Gras got started? If you're curious, come join us for a conversation with Ron Woolf about how this event began and how it grew to become what it is today.

Ron is a retired Morgan Hill teacher, Activities Director at Britton Middle School, and former Principal of the Morgan Hill Community Adult School. Ron is currently a Trustee on the Morgan Hill Board of Education.  Ron’s involvement with the Mushroom Mardi Gras goes back to the very early days of the event; and for 2018, he is the Chairman of the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Scholarship Committee. 

Also, we are in search of a 1998 Mushroom Mardi Gras wine glass. If you have one that you can donate, you will have a chance to win a copy of the book, Hiram Morgan Hill, by Beth Wyman. The 1998 glass is the only year missing from our collection, which will be on exhibit throughout May. Speaking of wine, be sure to stay after the talk for wine tasting (12 PM to 5 PM) with Mann Cellars and Paradise Valley Vineyards. Tastings are $5 per person, applied to any wine purchase.