How do you bid a proper farewell to favorite visitors whove been here since March and are now winging their 6,000-plus mile journey back home? If youre the city of San Juan Capistrano, you declare open house and invite the neighbors overabout 800 of them last yearand lay on the wine, beer, food and music for a major blowout. To mark the annual departure of the citys famed cliff swallows for their winter home in Goya, Argentina, the inner courtyard at Mission San Juan Capistrano will be converted into a Little Italy, devoted to SJCs Italian sister city, Capestrano. In a beautiful setting under the stars, therell be generous tastings from 25 restaurants and 25 wineries, gaming tables and dancing to the music of Grammy-nominated Greg Adams and band. Should be a real, um, wingding.
Sat., Oct. 17, 6-10 p.m., 2009