It all started with a shipwreck party and a cup of tea.
In 1948, a Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee was formed at a tea in the home of Mrs. John Callery, Jr. To raise money for the Continuance Fund—later the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association—they put on the aforementioned shipwreck party, as well a casino night, bridge tournaments, and a television party where guests dressed up as their favorite TV stars (remember, television was still a novelty at that time; it was only in 1948-1949 that television sets became a “must have” for American families).
The idea of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design came about in 1965. The current goal is to “provide funding to programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, to programs that provide music as a vehicle towards health and healing, to programs that offer music education knowing that the study of music enhances other academic subjects as well as cultural enrichment and to programs that ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences.” For a complete picture of who benefits, visit pasadenashowcase.org.
Besides the Showcase house tour, there are also The Shops with a variety of merchandise and a caterer is selected to set up The Restaurant.
Pasadena Showcase House 2013
Sunday, April 21st-May 19th
Tickets: $35-$40; tickets go on sale February 4th
Free parking at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia with complimentary shuttle service to the House
To enjoy more photos from last year’s Showcase, click here.