Dave and Claire Hodgin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with more than 100 family and friends Saturday, July 20 in Scotts Valley.
Both native New Yorkers, Dave and Claire met while students at University of California, Santa Barbara while cast in a Russian comedy titled “Squaring the Circle.”
Dave served two years in the army and Claire earned teaching credentials and created the first speech correction system in Santa Barbara County Public schools. Their first two children were born in Santa Barbara before Dave attended Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Ariz. where he earned an additional degree and Claire set up the first speech correction program in the Glendale public schools.
The following years took them to Buenos Aires, Argentina, New York City, and Bogota, Colombia and Toledo, Ohio before moving west with their four children.
The family settled in Walnut Creek and Dave began consulting in RV Park development and management. He managed Holiday Inn Trav-L-Park in Scotts Valley and bought the park in 1977. They changed the name to Holiday Host Travel Park. By 1979, the old Frapwell barn on the property was transformed to the Holiday Barn Dinner Theater, which produced six Broadway musicals a year, each running two months. The theater closed in December 1982 and the couple found a 42 acre site for Rancho Antojo where they began breeding and training Paso Fino horses.
In 1999 the couple retired to the Montevalle community in Scotts Valley.
Now, Dave is active with the Exchange Club of Scotts Valley, is the treasurer for MusicalMe Inc. and the Valley Gardens Golf Club, serves on the Board of Directors for the Scotts Valley Water District, Chairs the Central Coast Region for the Association of California Water Agencies, and serves on the Executive Committee of the statewide Joint Powers Insurance Authority.
Claire performs theater now and again, teaches voice to a few students, provided the impetus for community art on Scotts Valley Drive and created the Mural in a Day project. She serves as Chair of the Scotts Valley Arts Commission and continues to act.