Concert at the Lakes in Santee set for June 30

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation and the Santee Lakes Foundation will present a fundraising BBQ dinner from Phil’s BBQ and concert starting at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at Santee Lakes Preserve. Performing will be the “Fossil Fuel Band” and “Monsoon” with Dave Scott, weathercaster with KUSI-TV. Admission tickets are $40 per person. All proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation, including projects at the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. To RSVP, send an e-mail to, or contact Sandy Pugliese, club president, (619) 740-4406.