McKinley School Mural Restoration

It’s been a “few weeks” since I last wrote from the Café Pasadena.  So you can surmise I have something important or good to say.  You’re correct! Here’s a short piece…

Pasadena, California is known chiefly for being America’s annual welcome to the New Year with its Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl game. But look a little closer and you’ll discover more to admire.

For example, Art.  Did you know that in 2015 Sunset Magazine named our town as the Best Town for the Arts in the western USA!   Continue this short read here for just one example why we’re considered a major  “artsy” kinda place:   McKinely School Mural Restoration




1942 Mural in the McKinley Library


Support the mural restoration!


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Beginning this Friday is the start of one of the big weekends in Pasadena.


Craftsman Weekend!


Presented annually by Pasadena Heritage (PH), one of the oldest, largest, and very best preservation groups in the world.   Without PH, many of the historic homes, architecture, landmarks, and neighborhoods would no longer exist in Pasadena!  Just two examples: without PH there probably wouldn’t be any OLD left in Old Town Pasadena nor would the Colorado Street Bridge still be standing!




Craftsman Weekend is the biggest event PH puts on, with bus, drive to, & walking tours of Craftsman era homes. Plus, special receptions at historic sites, lectures, workshops, and related exhibitors show their stuff at the Pasadena Convention Center.

If you live in Pasadena, or care about architectural or history, I recommend you attend – especially if you’ve never done so! 

Limited time this weekend?  Then of all the events in Craftsman Weekend I would suggest the Craftsman House Tour on Sunday.  Or, the Myron Hunt home tour & reception.  The only downside with the Hunt is it’s the most expensive event of the CW.  But you can participate in a CW event for as little as $10 if you’re a member/$15 if not.

Today I was breaking Pizza with a couple of Pizza lovebirds from Altadena. They love Craftsman architecture, yet were unaware of this Craftsman Weekend event!  I gave them a brochure, which sparked their interest and now they’re planning to go.  But I told them, “it starts in a couple of days – Don’t Wait!”   I’m telling my loyal readers also: “Don’t wait!”  For instance, tickets for the South Grand Avenue neighborhood tour are already sold out.


Here are links for more details, ticket info:

Craftsman Weekend 2014

You can purchase tickets at the Pasadena Heritage office or Online:

Purchase Tickets



Gotta Go! Gotta Work. Stay Thirsty My Friends

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Craftsman Weekend @ Pasadena Heritage


I’m not much of a volunteer member, certainly not a docent, of Pasadena Heritage (or any organization!), but in my small way I help spread the world out to the community. It’s time to remind y’all it’s that time of the year again…

The 22nd annual CRAFTSMAN WEEKEND from Pasadena Heritage!


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For 1st timers I hear you: “Pasadena Heritage?”,… “Craftsman Weekend???

Pasadena Heritage is, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Pasadena’s architectural & cultural resources. Pasadena Heritage is one of the oldest historic preservation groups in Southern California and the second largest in California. Its three goals, Awareness, Assistance and Action, have been dubbed the three A’s of preservation and have been adopted by many other groups over the years.The mission of Pasadena Heritage is to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories.  Without Pasadena Heritage many historic homes, landmarks (such as the Colorado Street Bridge) and neighborhoods would no longer exist.”

The annual Craftsman Weekend (Oct. 18-20) is “a tribute to Pasadena’s unique contributions to the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Craftsman Weekend is the largest & most comprehensive celebration of the Craftsman Movement in the western USA. The Craftsman Weekend’s offerings include a tour of significant Craftsman-era houses, a variety of bus & walking tours, evening receptions at historic sites, and exposition show & sale, presentations, & workshops.”

Although this is the 22nd annual CW, each year it’s mostly comprised of new tours, presentations, and historic architecture. For example, an excursion to the historic California Club in Los Angeles is a new tour, and unfortunately, sold out!  So, if you’ve attended before, there’s reasons to come again!  While most events of CW are still available, don’t wait if you plan to attend.

Here’s where you can find all that’s going on with the Craftsman Weekend,

and, here: Download the pdf Craftsman Weekend brochure w/ticket order form at this LINK to Brochure!

I think from this short blog story on PH & the annual Craftsman Weekend you can get a feel of its positive vibes & importance. Those readers it should interest in particular are the following, imho:

  • Pasadena workers & past/present residents
  • Architecture buffs
  • History buffs
  • Preservationists
  • Those looking for something to do this weekend
  • Everyone else reading this!


Ok,you wanna go this weekend, but what do you have to do?

1st, I would Download the pdf Craftsman Weekend brochure at the link above. (You may be able to find a brochure around town, for example I left a few at the Pasadena Star News, or at the Pasadena Museum of History)  It will give you a list of the various workshops/tours/lectures you can register for. (Become a PH member, if you’re not, to receive a discount)

Then, once you know what you want to sign up for, place your order by either calling PH at (626) 441-6333, OR, online via the PH Craftsman Weekend page.  You can then print your ticket(s) after you place your order.

If I’ve failed in answering all your questions above, please call Pasadena Heritage at (626)441-6333 for more answers. But, time is short, I repeat, don’t wait!


PS: Spread the word to friends who may be interested


Gotta Go! Stay Thirsty My Friends

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