Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What the Flowers Know

I came across this little tunnel of Crepe Myrtle (also, according to Dictionary.com, Crape Myrtle) on a walk recently.  Initially, I took several dozen photos of the bright pink one blooming spectacularly in my yard, but wasn't satisfied with any of them.  After that, I set out into the neighborhood and kept trying, but was just never happy with what I had. 

As my frenzy for the perfect shot of a vibrant pink tree was building, I never noticed this variety with the quiet, lovely, white blooms. I just had to be in the right place - in more ways than one - to see it.  This one pretty much reached down from the sky to pat me gently on the head, which I thought was quite helpful. 

As it turns out, according to this color poster from the United States National Arboretum, there are at least 25 varieties, and it appears that they introduce new ones on a fairly regular basis.  Not only that, but they spell it "crapemyrtle."  I am mildly offended by that spelling, but will bow to the experts.  And the lessons just keep on coming. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Chairmen of the Yard

They sit, They wait, They anticipate
One big, Two small
It's no trouble at all

They're ready for fun,
With the littles, and the tall one
Who'll read, and rest,
Because summer's the best

But while they stand guard,
They're the Chairmen of the Yard

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Breakfast in the Canyon

One Sunday awhile back, my husband and I rode our bikes to Mary's Market, in the Sierra Madre Canyon.  If you are local, and are not now, nor have you ever been, an Olympian, please feel free to be impressed.  That ride was HARD! 

Anywho, after I completed a hearty round of coughing and wheezing, we settled down to this delicious breakfast.  If you are in the area (they take people who have walked or come by car, as well), you might want to give it a try. 

This great little place is very simple, very casual, and very inexpensive.  In fact, that pile of money you see on the table was our change from a $20.  They've even had very nice reviews on Yelp

Overall, there's just a good vibe to Mary's Market.  Plus, if it is your first time, they give you a free cookie!  Can you beat that? I didn't think so...  You're welcome!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Decker House

This is the Decker House, originally the home of Almarin Decker, who came to Sierra Madre in 1890, while suffering from tuberculosis. 

Mr. Decker was an electrical engineer, and invented a device that allowed electrical current to be carried over long distances.  In spite of his poor health, he was able to work on the Mt. Lowe Incline Railway, by being carried on a cot up the incline each morning.

Sadly, following Mr. Decker's death, his home went through a succession of owners, and ultimately fell into neglect.  According to a 1989 article in the the L.A. Times, when nearby Jameson Court was created, the fate of the home was the subject of much controversy.  Ultimately, the home's original facade was moved to the its present location, and the remainder of the current home was completed in 1990, to be enjoyed by families for generations to come. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lessons from the Blogiverse: What Not To Do

This is an early picture of the J.C. Pegler home (which I wrote about yesterday).  At the time this photo was taken, the house was part of a 14-acre ranch.  Today, it sits elegantly in a standard suburban neighborhood, with several homes on the block.  

Now, just in case you are wondering, I didn't actually take this photo, which is likely from the late 1800's.  I hope that this post doesn't break any Fight-Club Style Rules (You Do Not Blog About Blogging!), but yesterday was a bust, in terms of Blog Photography. 

It started out well enough.  Armed with some juicy addresses and interesting history of local homes - two designed by famous architects, and one belonging to an early Sierra Madre family - as well as my trusty point-and-shoot and a happy heart, I ventured forth into the city.  (I'm sure you can see where this is going...)

Unfortunately, my giddiness quickly dissipated, as I wound up with photos of exactly zero of the three homes.  The stumbling block was that I have trouble busting onto people's property to get to homes that are on a private street, hidden by pretty foliage, and/or behind another house on a lot. (But I'm assuming the homeowners will applaud my no-trespassing choice...)  To salvage the thing, I took photos of some lovely, and obviously historic, homes, but I know little or nothing about them yet.  (Weird, though.  I still had a good time!)

Upon reflection, the Big Problem was that I researched the homes before I got the photos. Way to put the cart before the horse, eh?  Really, all I can say about my organizational plan is Duh.  Lesson learned, though.

That's when I remembered that I've been wanting y'all to see this cool photo that I found in the "Annals of Early Sierra Madre," but have hesitated because I didn't take it myself (and don't even know who did).  But, just for today, let us throw caution to the wind! 

And now that my tedious tale of mistakes-made and lessons-learned has come to an end, I bring you:

The J.C. Pegler Home
(circa, I-don't-know-what-year-because-the-book-didn't-say)

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

J.C. Pegler House

This is the home of one of our pioneer families: John Carlton Pegler, his wife Mary Bullock Pegler, and their three sons.  Built in 1894, the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Mr. Pegler was born in England in 1847.  He was married to Mary Bullock in 1871 and the Peglers' three sons were all born in England.  In 1880 the family travelled to the United States on the Guion Line steamer "Arizona," and subsequently resided in Laurens, Iowa, for the next nine years.  Next, they moved to Salem, Oregon, where they lived for two years, during which time Mr. Pegler became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

The family arrived in Sierra Madre in 1893, purchased fourteen acres of land, and planted an orange grove.  During their second summer on their ranch, water was scarce for all of Sierra Madre, and there was no water available for the Peglers' orchard.  Mr. Pegler decided to develop his own water and dug a 235-foot well.  The project was a success and, in addition to providing water for his own property, he was able to provide water to the southwest portion of the town for the following two years. 

The Peglers were very involved in the growth of the community.  Not only was Mr. Pegler one of the first trustees when the city of Sierra Madre was incorporated, Mrs. Pegler was one of the 54 founding members of the Woman's Club.  It is also noteworthy that one of the Peglers' sons, Carlton, was married to Mabel Eva Robinson, the daughter of William Robinson, proprietor of our town's first grocery store, which he started in his home on Baldwin (now the home of Lunch Salon).  

Mr. Pegler passed away in 1915, at the age of 68.  Mrs. Pegler lived until her 85th year, passing away in 1932. 

When I was taking this photo (quite some time ago), members of the family that own the house were outside picking flowers, and I spoke with them briefly.  They seem very happy to be living in this historic home, and I'm sure the Peglers would be glad to see that their home is still beautiful, well cared for, and loved.

Source:  Annals of Early Sierra Madre, Published in 1950 by the Sierra Madre Historical Society 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Relaxin' and Book Readin'

This guy has a great job.  He sits around all day, reading books.  Occasionally he has to accept the mail and, later in the day, give it up.  Except on Sundays.  He gets to read, uninterrupted, on Sundays.

Speaking of uninterrupted reading time, I've just come back from a mini-vacation with a friend.  It is an annual tradition, where we have but one goal in mind, which is to have a day much like the one pictured above.  Mission Accomplished!

I hope you all find a bit of relaxation in your day today. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sierra Madre Public Library

We are looking at part of the reading/study area in the Friends Library Garden, located at the front of one of my very favorite places in town, the Sierra Madre Public Library.  The library is the 4th oldest library in Los Angeles County, and the 10th oldest in the state. 

The Sierra Madre Public Library was established in 1886, through the generosity of Mrs. R.E. Ross, who donated the land for the site as well as $2,000, as a memorial to her husband.  In addition to this generous gift, the commuty raised an additional $1,041, and the Sierra Madre Public Library Project was underway.  Many of the citizens of the town donated books from their own libraries, and the library opened in 1887.

In order to purchase periodicals and books, library patrons paid a $2.00 per year subscription.  The chairman of the Library Board was J.G. Blumer, and he supervised the operation of the library, including covering all of the books himself, for safety and cleanliness.  In order to staff the library, young women of the community volunteered at the library for one month per year, and the men were responsible for stocking the furnace, as well as other janitorial duties.

The original library building was used until 1955, at which time it was determined that a larger and more modern space was needed, and the present building (currently 8,762 square feet) replaced the original, while maintaining much of the landscaping.  The new Rotary Children's Library room opened on June 7 of this year with, among other things, new furniture, bookshelves, carpet and paint.   

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library, established in 1953, is the organization that provides support, both financially and in volunteer hours, to our library. The "Friends" holds several major fundraisers each year. These include the Annual Art Fair in May and the Wine and Cuisine Tasting (held in February this last year). Coming up next is the Best Used Books Sale on Friday, August 3rd, from 3:00 til 7:00, and Saturday, August 4th, from 10:00 til 2:00.

Source: Sierra Madre Vistas, Published in 1976 by the Sierra Madre Historical Society

Monday, July 23, 2012

British Invasion


Last night brought a very popular group back to the City's Concert in the Park Series, "The Silver Beatles."  Sponsored by the Senior Community Commission, the concert filled Memorial Park with Beatles fans of the past, present, and future.  I was lucky enough to sit with some great friends who set up chairs at 7:00 yesterday morning (while I was still getting my beauty sleep). 

As you can see in the photo above, there were countless concert-goers enjoying the evening.  The adults talked, ate, relaxed, and shared Beatles memories. (For instance, one of my friends attended the legendary Beatles Concert at Dodger Stadium when she was 13 years old - a previously-unknown fun fact.)  The kids danced and ran, hung out with their friends, and ate a lot of free popsicles.  Even the many dogs in attendance had a good time.  As one person in our group so aptly put it, "Dogs love The Beatles." 

The Silver Beatles played hits from all eras, and ended with "Got To Get You Into My Life," and "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which got people up and dancing, and ended the night on a high-note (so to speak). 

The Concert in the Park Series runs every Sunday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00, through August 26.  Next week's concert, sponsored by the Sierra Madre Civic Club, will be "Aluminum Marshmallow," a Classic Rock band which originated right here in Sierra Madre. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pioneer Cemetery

In 1881, when Nathaniel C. Carter purchased the 1100-plus acres for the town, he set aside 2.3 acres for the cemetery he later established.  The first person buried here was Carter's servant, Civil War veteran John Richardson, in 1884.  According to the cemetery's website, members of twelve of of Sierra Madre's seventeen founding families are buried here, as well as veterans from the Civil War through the Vietnam War.

There was no formal caretaking operation at the cemetery until 1911.  At that time, the Sierra Madre Cemetery Association was established and funds for the upkeep were generated by gravesite sales, as well as through sales of stock in the cemetery.  Official records of those buried in the cemetery began being recorded for the first time.  

Most available plots were sold by 1938, and the Cemetery Association had become all but nonexistent.  Cemetery plot records were turned over to a mortuary in the area and sadly, the cemetery fell into neglect.  The exception to this were the efforts of a few locals, including family members, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, and the City of Sierra Madre.

Luckily, a new Cemetery Association was started in 1961, to protect and maintain the Pioneer Cemetery, and this local treasure has been more consistently cared for since that time.  One of the most notable improvements is a Memorial "cottage" which has a computerized touch-screen display, allowing visitors to search for specific plots.  This was created using donated funds.

Memorial and Veteran's Day Services are held annually, and the VFW and Boy Scout Troop 373 decorate the graves of veterans for these ceremonies.

The two most famous people buried in our cemetery were a Louis Van Iersel, a World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, and legendary horse trainer Charles Whittingham.  When Whittingham's 1999 death at the age of 86 was announced during the races at Santa Anita, a respectful crowd stood and observed a moment of silence.

The Pioneer Cemetery is also somewhat famous in its own right, having appeared in several movies and television shows, including Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) and the original Halloween movie (1978), as well as an episode of the popular television show Twin Peaks.  (For a fun write-up, with lots of photos of the cemetery from the Twin Peaks episode, please take a look at the IAmNotAStalker Blog - here.)

If you'd like to learn about another local cemetery, check out these posts about the Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, here and here, from the interesting and fun Karin Bugge (aka Altadena Hiker).

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Blue Skies Smiling At Me

I'd like to know why it is that "blue," in addition to being a color, can mean low, sad, or depressed.  I look at this photo of blue sky, taken on a morning walk earlier this week, and I can only think happy, pleasant thoughts. 

Now if you, too, would like to feel happy and pleasant, stop by the place where I took this photo.  It's a short (but kind of strenuous) walk from the main part of town.  Go straight up Baldwin and right where it meets Carter, look north at the mountains.  Guaranteed to chase your blues away!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dapper Field of Dreams

I can just imagine what it would be like to play Little League here on Dapper Field, with its beautiful mountain backdrop, and dream of playing in the Big Leagues.  Of course, since I was a girl, I didn't play Little League (and I'm lousy at softball, anyway).  But still...  I can dream, can't I?

Baseball is a language of very simple words that tell unbelievably magic tales.
Baseball is three brothers in the same uniform
on the same team for one brief summer
Captured forever in a black and white photo
on a table by the couch.
Baseball is a glove on a shelf, oiled and tightly wrapped,
Slumbering through the stark winter months.
Baseball is a breast pocket bulging with a transistor radio.
Baseball is the reason there are transistor radios.
Baseball is a voice in a box describing men you've never met,
In a place you've never been,
Doing things you'll never have the chance to do.
Baseball is a dream that you never really give up on.
Baseball is precious.
Baseball is timeless.
Baseball is forever.

~~From "Baseball Is," by Greg Hall

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Little Piece of History

This is a bit of detail from the new mosaic-style bench that sits in front of St. Rita's School, on Baldwin.  I'm assuming it was a gift from a recent graduating class.  Here is the rest of what's written on the bench:

Together We Learn, Together We Grow

Our Hearts Have Been Shaped
By The People We Know

Thank You St. Rita's For Our
Wonderful Years Together

What a nice way to be remembered.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer Evenings

Last Friday we were out walking and came across this beautifully-decorated fence.  There is nothing better than walking on a summer evening.  Nothing beats being out with a friend or two, walking and visiting until the evening cools, and it's just about too dark to see.  (Then realizing that maybe next time you should bring a flashlight on the walk, because "one" of you is a bit night-blind, and prone to tripping...) 

On this particular night, we followed the walk with a spontaneous dinner at Sierra Madre Thai, effectively wiping out any caloric reduction that the walk may have given us.  But, summer is also about happiness.  So, there you have it.  Summer at its best: Time with friends, spontaneity, good food - Happiness!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Something is Amiss

I believe there is a valuable saying, in the world of construction: "Measure twice, cut once." Apparently, if you don't do this, there can be consequences. 

This hand rail (located near Baldwin and Highland) seems to have come from a different school of measurement: "Measure never, be sorry for always."

Any thoughts on what may have happened here? (I like how the pipe seems periscope-like, peering around the corner to see who's coming...)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Just Around The Corner

Some days you walk around town and it seems like there is something fun or pretty around every corner.  In this case, a pretty garage.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sierra Madre Woman's Club

This is the Essick House, also known as the Sierra Madre Woman's Club

In 1907, as local men were meeting to incorporate the city, the ladies formed the Club to take care of the cultural, social, and civic life of our new community.  The first Woman's Club met for two years in the Town Hall (located at what is now Sierra Madre and Baldwin).  In 1909, they moved into their own clubhouse, ultimately moving into the Essick House in 1972. 

The house was designed by one of the Club's early members, Mrs. Newman Essick, and built in 1914.  It was a private home until the Club purchased it in 1972.  At that time, it was in very bad condition, and facing demolition, but the members felt it could be saved.  Through a community-wide effort, including help from 50 different clubs, organizations, and institutions, and hundreds of volunteers (from ages 7 to 70), the beautiful building was restored to its former glory. 

In addition to using it for their own meetings and activities, the Club rents out the space for events, using the funds for continued restoration and upkeep of the house and grounds. 

As a philanthropic organization, the Woman's Club supports many local charities through activities and fundraisers held throughout the year.  They also run a very successful thrift store on the premises, the Wistaria Shop.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Silver Linings

We have had some pretty ugly weather for the last couple of days.  Namely, humidity, which is not something we So Cal residents are accustomed to.  I, for one, have been willing to jump right in there and complain about the situation in World Champion style. 

Yet, starting yesterday afternoon, the Weather Gods began to reward us for our suffering, by sending us some very pretty skies.  As the saying goes, "Every cloud has a silver lining."  If you look very closely, I think you can see a few of those Silver Linings in this photo.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Looking Forward To Many More

Well, I just realized that today, good old Friday the 13th, marks my 100th post.  An anniversary of sorts. 

In terms of Daily Photo Blogs, 100 posts is not a very long time
But, I can't help being just a teeny bit excited.  If nothing else, I'm pleased to have done just about anything consistently for 100 days.

Also, I've "met" some really fun and supportive people in the blogging community - some with blogs, and some without.  It has been a great experience, and one that has definitely made my life better. 

So much to see.  So much to learn.  As I look forward to many more blogging adventures, I'd like to leave you with this Very Serious Thought:

Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs.
~~Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Parade Within A Parade

Taken at the 4th of July Parade

This fascinating piece of business is the chassis for Sierra Madre's Rose Parade float (all dolled up for Independence Day). 

The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association designs and builds its own all-volunteer float, and has been doing so since 1917.  The 2013 theme for Sierra Madre's float is "The Sky's the Limit."  The Rose Parade's overall theme is "Oh, The Places You'll Go," and the Grand Marshall will be Jane Goodall.  Now, there's someone who has gone some interesting places! 

It was fun to see the chassis on July 4th, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again on January 1st, when it's covered in flowers.  They always do a phenomenal job.  Yes, I may be biased, but they have won a lot of awards, so I'm thinking there's a consensus.  I will, of course, share a picture with you when the time comes.

Meanwhile, here is a picture of the City's entry in the 1948 Rose Parade.  I found it on the Flickr Photostream put together by the Sierra Madre Public Library and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, and accessed through the Library's Website.  Lots of cool photos to see there.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Like Riding a Bicycle

(Taken last week, at the 4th of July Parade)
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"I thought of that while riding my bicycle."
~~Albert Einstein,
on the Theory of Relativity

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Big Restaurant News

Last week, during the Firecracker 5K, I stopped and took a picture of this sign on our old Cafe 322 building, saying the restaurant would soon be a branch of  T. Boyle's Tavern.  (For those of you who are old "vintage" like I am, T. Boyle's in Pasadena is located where Handlebars Saloon, and then Toes Tavern, used to be.)  The new Sierra Madre location is set to be a T. Boyles Sports Grille.

This morning, while standing in line at Starbucks, I met Troy, who is the T. in T. Boyle's. Troy told me that T. Boyle's is expected to be open by the end of this month. I can't wait!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Memorial in the Park

This pretty stand of trees sits at the south end of Memorial Park.  The plaque on the rock in front of the trees carries this message:

In Memory of
Jan Maddox
March 2, 1927 - July 23, 1991

Nature is the Earthly Expression of God

Trees Donated by
Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Passage

What a very nice tribute...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Proud As A Peacock

Can you see the bird in this photo? It's a peacock.  I know!!  How exciting is that??  A week or so ago, being a bit shy, he left all the neighbors in the dust as we ran around trying to get to our cameras in time, while he flew/hopped along roofs, and from tree to tree, to find a nesting place for the evening.  (They commonly roost in tall trees at night, to avoid predators.)  I finally captured this blurry photo when our new friend had chosen his bed for the night, just as dusk settled in.

This is the first time I've ever seen a peacock (or peahen either, for that matter) in Sierra Madre.  In the Arcadia neighborhoods that border The Arboretum (aka Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden), it is very common to see cars stopped in the middle of the road, while the very-comfortable peafowl take their time crossing the streets.  The males are a spectacular site, but the females are the more drab-looking gender, also to avoid predators. 

I have never seen one above Colorado Boulevard in Arcadia, which I had always assumed was a sort of boundary line for the local peacock population.  But this summer, I began to hear them in the evenings.  It's a pretty unmistakable sound.  Kind of like a very unhappy baby, or a cat, or I-don't-know-what.  But if you've ever heard one, you know what I mean.  And then we met this fellow.

But why are they in our area in the first place?  According to an L.A. Times article, the first several peafowl arrived when Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin picked them up on a trip to India in about 1880.  Not only were they considered status symbols, they made good watch dogs (sounding an alarm if, e.g., a bobcat came around), and were good at keeping the snail and snake populations down. 

Lucky Baldwin is said to have loved birds in general, and had a favorite parrot that would call "pa pa" when he would return to the ranch.  Supposedly, the only way someone would get fired from Baldwin's ranch would be to mistreat an animal.

Following Baldwin's death in 1909, at the age of 81, his ranch was parceled off by his daughter Anita. Harry Chandler, of the L.A. Times, bought most of what is now the Arboretum, and the state and county bought back 111 acres in 1947, and later purchased additional acreage to bring the Arboretum to its present size of 127 acres. 

Because the peafowl had always had a lot of land to roam, it is likely that this dividing-up of the ranch, and the ultimate creation of the Arboretum, was the point at which they started to wander onto adjacent property (which had previously been their home).  At this time, it is thought that there about 150 peafowl in and around the Arboretum. 

And at least one occasional visitor to Sierra Madre.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

Yesterday, I showed you the flowers that are in front of Sierra Juice.  I also mentioned that from what I understand, Norma, the owner of Sierra Juice, takes care of a beautiful flower bed on the corner as well. 

Since I know you were dying to see that too, here it is!  (See, I am always thinking of you...)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Sierra Juice Company

These flowers are on display next to the door that leads into Sierra Juice Company.  The store's owner, Norma, tends to them along with a planter-area on the adjacent corner.

Sierra Juice sells smoothies, but they also sell ice cream, shakes, chips, and tasty/healthy sandwiches.  Plus, during Girl Scout Cookie Season, the owner has LOTS of boxes that you can buy (to support the Scouts, by way of her grandchildren).  I would tell you which of the smoothies is my favorite, but I create a new "recipe" each time I go in.

This is a small business that rivals anything the chains can dish up.  Verrrrrrrry smooth!

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Sierra Madre City College - A School of Thought

    Yesterday was our Fourth of July Parade and around here the parade is a Big Deal.  As has often been said of it: "Half of the town is in it, and the other half is watching."  The parade has everything from children on bicycles, to classic cars, to belly dancers.  Among the dignitaries this year, our Grand Marshalls were Nel and Bob Solt, the custodians of Sierra Madre's world-famous Wistaria Vine

    Pictured above is the practically-world-renowned Sierra Madre City College Band.  This particular band is distinguishable as the only College Band that has no actual College attached to it.  SMCC started as a lark in 1980.  Its "marching band" has no rehearsals and only the one "gig" each year.  This parade entry is always my personal favorite and, in my opinion, epitomizes the very best of what is Sierra Madre.

    According to an article on the Sierra Madre News.net site, Sierra Madre City College funding includes sales of Sierra Madre City College license plates and t-shirts, available at The Bottle Shop, as well as a yearly golf tournament.  Also, you can get a free degree from the College, but the mandatory frame will set you back twenty bucks or so. 

    All proceeds are donated back to the community.  SMCC has donated funds to several groups and projects, including the City's ambulance fund, our Search and Rescue Team, and a pergola area in Memorial Park.  They've also completely funded many projects in the community, including a concrete art patio for the Kinderarten students at Sierra Madre School, barbecue sets in Sierra Vista Park, and lighting at both Mt. Wilson Trail Park (aka Turtle Park), and Sierra Vista Park.

    Too Cool for School!

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    Happy Fourth of July

    "And so, my fellow Americans,
    ask not what your country can do for you,
    ask what you can do for your country."
    ~~John F. Kennedy

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Park House at Memorial Park

    The "Park House" in Memorial Park was once the winery of Professor John Jacob Hart, one of the city's founding fathers.  Along with his family, he arrived in Sierra Madre from Cleveland about 1884. 

    Although a music teacher, Professor Hart supplemented his income with his "Monte Vina" wines, grown on the winery on his property, which extended from Sierra Madre Boulevard down to Orange Grove, including the property which is now the Sierra Madre Memorial Park.  If you'd like more details on Professor Hart's life, I found a very interesting article, written by Matt Hormann, on the Sierra Madre Patch.

    The Hart Park House, which has been our Senior Center for 20+ years,  was renovated in 2011.  Being right in the middle of the park, it has been witness to a lot of community fun, including July Fourth celebrations. 

    While the vast majority of July 4th events will be down the street, at Sierra Vista Park this year, Memorial Park will have several events on July 3rd, from 5:00 to 10:00.  "Groovy Lemon Pie" will be playing from 7:00 to 9:30, and there will be an intriguing-sounding activity called Bubble Wrap Fireworks, at 8:00 p.m.  And the always-popular Dunk Tank (happening on Tuesday and Wednesday), will make its traditional appearance.  More info on the holiday festivities can be found here.

    Let the fun begin!!

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    A Walk in the Canyon - Part 4

    In Sierra Madre, we have elevated 4th of July celebration to a high art.  Later this week, our city will be having a 5K, a parade, a concert in the park, and a community picnic, among other festivities. 

    This house is one of many who are already starting to celebrate.

    Let the fun begin!

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    July Theme Day

    On the first of each month, the City Daily Photo Blogs have a Theme Day, which has been voted for by members of the Daily Photo Blog community.  This month's theme is "Chimney."   

    This beautiful stone chimney appears to have been made from some of our local river rock.  I can only imagine how amazing the accompanying fireplace must be!