Pasadena’s B-Day; Colorado Bridge Turns 100

Jun 17, 2013
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Colorado Street Bridge by Russell Hobbs

Colorado Street Bridge by Russell Hobbs

Pasadena’s 127th birthday party has a theme: bridges.

Besides celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city’s notable landmark, the Colorado Street Bridge, the day will highlight all the bridges we drive over, as well as the bridges we forge in our lives, within our community, and around the world.

On the grounds of the Pasadena Museum of History, Kidspace will have a hands-on bridge-building workshop with different types of materials available. Why do some structures work and others collapse? Build a bridge and learn physics!

Sidestreet Projects will have biodegradable materials so children can tap into their imaginations while building a bridge, contemplating such monumental questions as how would a fish design a bridge or what would a butterfly use? Using the format of a suspension bridge, kids will create a combination 2D/3D project inspired by the Arroyo Seco wildlife below the Colorado Street Bridge.

We Tell Stories will present 3 storytelling productions with bridges (literal and figurative) as the themes. We Tell Stories blends storytelling and audience participation, bringing to life folklore, fairy tales, literature, legends, and mythology. (Do we have Pasadena legends and myths?)

This year, the concept of bridging is being used to “explore other facets of our City’s vibrant lifestyle.”

  • Bridges to Community: meet the bloggers who promote, witness, report on, photograph, and extol every nook and cranny of our city.
  • Bridges of Understanding: the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee will feature the city’s relationships with Ludwigshafen, Germany; Mishima, Japan; Jarvenpaa, Finland; Vanadzor, Armenia, and Xicheng District, Beijing, China.
  • Bridges to Exploration: you can’t have a “bridge” concept without inviting JPL!
  • Bridges to History: Pasadena Heritage will present displays and photographs celebrating the Colorado Street Bridge as well as all of the physical bridges around the city.
"The Bridge Again" by Linda Brown (courtesy of Segil Fine Art Source)

“The Bridge Again” by Linda Brown (Segil Fine Art Source)

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will be performing and inviting attendees to participate in their demonstrations, though you’ll find us watching appreciatively and safely from the sidelines (we’d rather our two left feet not cause any havoc on such a lovely occasion).

Some fantastic examples of wedding dresses from between 1850 and 1950 from the Pasadena Museum of History’s exhibit I Do! I Do! Pasadena Ties the Knot will be on display (don’t miss it!). Pie ‘n Burger and Trattoria Neapolis will have their food trucks in place and “Let them eat cake” will happen around 3:45 p.m.

Make sure not to miss the world’s smallest motor. Literally. You have to look at it through a microscope. It’s fully functional. An amazing story.

City of Pasadena’s 127th Birthday Party
Saturday, June 22nd, 1-5 p.m.
Location: Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena 91103
For complete info, visit or call 626.577.1660

"Through the Arches" by R. Jay Ewing (courtesy of Segil Fine Art Source)

“Through the Arches” by R. Jay Ewing (courtesy of Segil Fine Art Source)




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