More than 130 people gathered at the distinctive Green Man Lodge on May 21 for Altadena Heritage’s 13th annual Golden Poppy Spring Garden Celebration and Awards. Steve Pribyl provided shimmering live music on his uilleann pipes, an Irish folk woodwind related to bagpipes. The usual abundance of food came with wine and bubbly supplied by board member Gail Casburn of the Altadena Ale & Wine House, and beer donated by member Mark Jilg of the Craftsman Brewing Company.
Learn how to nominate a historic place for local landmark designation in unincorporated communities of Los Angeles County during the “Landmark THIS!” workshop presented on Saturday, February 4, by the Los Angeles Conservancy in partnership with Altadena Heritage and the County of Los Angeles.
Guests will be entertained by Robert S. Hilton and Breeze Smith, who perform improvisational music on an array of instruments, both conventional and unique. Robert plays creations of his own design, which he builds from repurposed materials, and Breeze is an expressive percussionist who can coax just the right sounds out of almost anything!
Acting on encouragement from Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office, park partners Altadena Heritage and Amigos de los Rios applied for and received Prop A (Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District) funding to improve the little park behind El Patron Restaurant on the southwest corner of Lake Avenue and Altadena Drive.
This AH “Third Thursday” presentation will feature a panel of experts with expertise in the recently adopted Los Angeles County Historic Preservation Ordinance and the Landmarking process. The program continues from where our very popular Mills Act Program event left off in March.
AltaDitty was held at Camp Honeypot in the lovely and eccentric garden belonging to AH members Michelle Huneven and Jim Potter. The event was free and open to AH members only, many of whom brought delicacies to share and participated enthusiastically in the singalongs.
Limited seating is still available for AltaDitty, an evening of Altadena-related songs and poems performed by residents and fans … including you, if you’d like! This Altadena Heritage event will be curated and emceed by Altadena’s own Bill Burnett, singer/songwriter extraordinaire, who’s already assembled a stellar line-up of pros and amateurs to help us celebrate our community, and is looking to add more.
A celebration of festive food, luscious libations, mellow music, captivating conviviality … and, of course, AH’s 2016 Golden Poppy Awards, which honor Altadena residents whose water-wise street-oriented gardens enhance our neighborhoods.
Docent-led tours of the new Waldorf School campus next door, featuring its preschool and biodynamic gardens were conducted.