The Silent Auction held at the Grand Salon on May 31 offered an extensive choice of tours, parties and get-togethers. Lucky winners enjoyed their first outings this week with tours of two historic venues—the Hollywood Bowl and Rancho Los Alamitos.
Hollywood Bowl Backstage Tour
The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the US, and is a 59 acre county park and picnic ground. The LA Phil inaugurated the first official Hollywood Bowl season, “Symphonies Under the Stars,” on July 11, 1922, and it’s still going strong with 75 summer concerts, including 14 with fireworks. Hostesses Jane Beseda, Carol Hart, and Marilyn Hoffman treated a group of 10 to a backstage and museum tour, and in true Hollywood Bowl tradition, a picnic at the Volunteer Cottage. The group also made their singing debut at the Bowl with “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, led by our own Carol Hart, who performed at the Bowl when she sang with the LA Master Chorale.
The current shell of 2003 brought much needed acoustical improvements, replacing the 1929 shell that had stood for 74 years.
The “Peninsula Committee Singers” ready to make their debut…
Rancho Los Alamitos Tour
Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach is on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance as a sacred village of the Tongva people, and its evolution through the Spanish and Mexican periods, the ranching and farming era, and 20th century development. It is a rare remnant of the original 300,000 acre Spanish land grant given to Manuel Nieto in 1790. The Rancho includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca. 1800, four acres of historic gardens, and a meticulously restored working ranch barnyard. The barnyard is home to chickens, bunnies, and Preston the Shire horse, whose shoes are big enough to put your head through! Thanks to hostesses Marian Duntley, Karen Gottlieb, and Cheryl Graue for this great tour.