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Growing along with Tent City: Local youth has 10-year streak of participation

Modified: Friday, Sep 20th, 2013


Ross Nielson


There are tons of interesting things to do in Tent City: you can make your own cider, join a bucket brigade to help haul water, play games, listen to music, hang out and watch the blacksmith, or buy an ice cream cone. But the thing I like best is to meet the people who have come from all around the country, to live here. It seems like everyone I’ve met had a different reason for being here, and I meet new folks every year. Last year I met a young fellow by the name of Ross Nielsen, and he told me all about growing up with the Atascadero Colony Days' Tent City.

Amazingly, Ross, has participated in the Tent City project for ten years now, ever since the day it opened in 2003. He originally heard about the project when he was a sophomore drama student at Atascadero High back in 2003, under the direction of Suzanne Culver. He created a character named “Felix O'Reilly”. His character eventually evolved and added a brother when a good buddy of his participated a couple of years later. They were the O'Reilly brothers, Felix and Martin. In their story, they arrived in 1916 Atascadero when they were just a couple of “whippersnappers”, better known to the rest of the gang as “Irish Trouble” due to their strong Irish accent and independent ways.

For the complete article see the 09-20-2013 issue.

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