Blessed are the olives
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The annual Olive Season officially begins on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Blessing of the Olives. At 11 a.m., olive growers and purveyors are invited to bring their salty offerings to the Mission San Francisco Solano to be blessed by the Rev. Michael Kelly (pictured). The day will also include live music, refreshments and speeches from olive experts such as Ed Stolman and Deborah Rogers of the Olive Press and Paul Vossen of the Mission Olive Preservation, Restoration, and Education Project. There is no charge to attend. To see a full list of Olive Season events, go to olivefestival.com.