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Re-opening of Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town to recall various religious denominations of 19th century San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– The grand opening of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be commemorated with a free public festival on Saturday, July 10, featuring an open-air night-time circus.

The day-long event will begin at 1 p.m. with live entertainment including strolling actors, musicians on stage, and more.  Circus performers will be throughout the park during the day to bring a festive, celebratory atmosphere to the center of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. There will be stagecoach rides, horse saddling and tacking lessons and other activities for the entire family.

At 4 p.m. merchants in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park have arranged for a multi-denominational blessing ceremony on the steps of The Cosmopolitan Hotel with a  Kumeyaay sage ceremony and blessings from religious institutions that were part of the history of Old Town San Diego.  The blessing ceremony will be followed by dignitaries from the California State Parks in Sacramento and others addressing the significance of the structure that was originally built in 1827 as the home of Don Juan Bandini.

Included among the presenters will be San Diego Jewish World editor Donald H. Harrison, who will discuss some of the Cosmopolitan’s historical connections to San Diego’s pioneer Jewish community.

Sponsored by Fiesta de Reyes, the Zirk Ubu circus will take the stage at 8 p.m. in the center of the state park, performing 19th century-inspired acts such as an aerial tissue dance, acrobatics, fire breathing, juggling and sword swallowing.

“This festival is commemorating the completion of a three-year, multimillion-dollar restoration,” explained Cosmopolitan proprietor Joseph Melluso. “We wanted to celebrate the hard work that everyone has put into this project with a festival that all of  San Diego will enjoy.  We hope everyone will come out and celebrate The Cosmopolitan’s return to glory.”

Visitors will be able to dine at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant that day and enjoy its American regional cuisine with a special menu for the grand opening.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant is part of Fiesta de Reyes, operated by Old Town Hospitality Corp. on behalf of California State Parks.  In addition to The Cosmopolitan, Fiesta de Reyes boasts the alfresco Casa de Reyes restaurant in a lush garden setting, Barra Barra Saloon, and 17 specialty stores.  For more information call (619) 297-3100 or visit www.FiestaDeReyes.com

The Cosmopolitan is the only hotel in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and is surrounded by museums, historic buildings and quaint shops, overlooking a central grassy plaza. The Cosmopolitan has both indoor and courtyard seating in its restaurant, 10 boutique hotel rooms on the second level, along with private dining rooms for special occasions.  The historic indoor saloon will feature 19th century recipes showcasing bourbon and whiskey and will soon be launching The Cosmopolitan Whiskey Club with priority access to special events, travel tours, discounts, history lessons and much more.

There is free parking available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town for this event.  For more information about Old Town’s Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, visit oldtowncosmopolitan.com.

Preceding provided by the Fiesta de Reyes

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