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Busch Gardens Pasadena: Sleuthing

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Sleuthing

I’ve enjoyed showing you some of the traces of Pasadena’s Busch Gardens we discovered on our tour last weekend. This was a special event to benefit Pasadena Heritage, a worthy organization that works to safeguard traces of Pasadena’s history. This fencepost and other traces like it might have remained lost if not for the enthusiastic [...]

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Traces

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Traces

Why are we gazing across a parking lot at the back of a building? Isn’t this Busch Gardens Traces Week on PDP? Why, yes it is. And this is the biggest trace of Busch Gardens, or actually of the Adolphus and Lilly Busch homestead, still standing in Pasadena. This building, on Arlington Drive near Fair [...]

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Gateway

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Gateway

If you ever get a chance to hear Michael Logan speak about Pasadena’s Busch Gardens, go listen and enjoy yourself. He’s got a great collection of photos and post cards, he’s knowledgeable, and best of all he loves his subject. Last Saturday Logan spoke to a crowded auditorium at Westridge School before we headed out [...]

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Decor

Busch Gardens Pasadena: Decor

You’ve probably heard about Busch Gardens. There’s a Busch Gardens theme park in St. Louis (Grant’s Farm), one in Williamsburg and one in Tampa Bay. There was even at one time a Busch Gardens in Van Nuys, California. But the original Busch Gardens was here in Pasadena. It wasn’t a theme park. There were no [...]

Saturday

Saturday

Yesterday I did what you’re supposed to do on a Saturday: something fun, with friends. First we enjoyed a lecture about Pasadena’s historic Busch Gardens (1904-1938), given by Michael Logan as a fundraiser for Pasadena Heritage. Later, as part of the event, we toured Busch Gardens sites in west Pasadena, some of which were on [...]

Jonesing for a Good Read

Jonesing for a Good Read

I never seem to have my laptop with me when I stop by Jones Coffee Roasters on South Raymond Avenue, so I’ve never done a Quest-type review of the place. There’s a small seating area in the cavernous space, the rest of which seems to be devoted to what the folks at Jones are devoted [...]

Going Vertical

Going Vertical

The skylight and dangling bulbs above the stairway leading to Vertical Wine Bistro make for an intriguing entryway. Ever since the place opened I’ve wondered what it was like inside. I found out Tuesday night when I attended a get-together to celebrate the success of Hometown Pasadena, the go-to blog for what’s happening here in [...]

Foothill Fountain Yard and Garden Decor

Foothill Fountain Yard and Garden Decor

When I drive by this funky “outdoor store” where the 210 freeway flies over Foothill Blvd. I wonder what they’ve got and if I want it. So John and I finally checked out Foothill Fountain Yard and Garden Decor to find out. It was raining Monday–the perfect time to shop outdoors!–and owner Paul Moreno’s shop [...]

Kay Mouradian

Kay Mouradian

I love writers of all kinds. I love journalists, novelists, humorists, essayists and anyone who works hard to make the words meaningful when they put pen to paper or fingers to keys. And Kay Mouradian is particularly easy to like, because she’s Kay. This photo of her with a fan at the Los Angeles Times [...]

Zen Monday: #96

Zen Monday: #96

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo’s about. There’s no right or wrong. It means what you think it means, or what you want it to mean. I look for a photo worth contemplating or, failing that, something [...]

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