Those seeking to preserve a historic tree on the Scripps/Kellogg estate in Altadena got some good news on May 31 when Altadena Heritage recognized the 86-year-old Torrey pine as a winner of its inaugural Big Tree Contest.
Meanwhile, the family of the late Takeo and Fumiko Yuge continued to pack up decades of belongings from a cottage on the property that was built in the 1920s. Sisters Cindy Yuge, Joyce Yuge, Carolyn Yuge and Nadine Ishizu did not attend the event, saying they were trying to meet the deadline to vacate the house. Among the items to be packed were family heirlooms dating back to the prewar years as well as artifacts from the wartime camps.
About 110 people attended the 11th annual Golden Poppy Awards and Garden Celebration on the Old California style grounds of Ed Ellis’s home by Millard Canyon. Altadena Heritage served a groaning board of sandwiches, snacks, curry, and desserts. Mark Jilg of Craftsman Brewing Company graciously sponsored and poured his famous handcrafted Poppyfields Ale. Board member Gail Casburn presided over a selection of delicious French wines from her Altadena Wine and Ale House.
The great pioneers of Pasadena described the Hahamongna watershed and the Arroyo Seco as a place where trout swam in crisp waters, webs of flowery vines and oaks blotted out the sky and hunters scored bears and foxes for display in their Los Angeles homes. However, the connection between downtown L.A. and nearby, natural playlands has been severed by 100 years of county dam projects, concrete channelization of waterways and arsonist-fed wildfires.
The Altadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association has named a long-time planning and preservation activist as Altadena’s 2013 Citizen of the Year.
Altadena Heritage Chairman Mark Goldschmidt, a retired landscape architect, was named Altadena’s Citizen of the Year for his work on the town council’s Land Use Committee and as a board member and chairman of Altadena Heritage. Goldschmidt’s honor is notable in that he is married to last year’s Citizen of the Year, local historian Michele Zack.