After a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, members of First Century Families (FCF) reunited for their 82nd annual luncheon at the California Club on November 3.
Founded in 1939 by Los Angeles’ first librarian, Emily Foy, the group includes descendants of Los Angeles pioneers who came to Southern California before or during the first 100 years after the city was founded on September 4, 1781.
Its purpose is twofold: an annual gathering to renew friendships and promote the preservation of family records for scholars who study the growth and progress of Southland from its days as a dusty little pueblo. The archives are now stored at USC’s Doheny Library.
Past CWF events have focused on the history of newspapers, baseball, hospitals, outdoor artists, the entertainment industry, horse racing and the Los Angeles Olympics.
The theme for this year’s event was “Los Angeles and the Civil War: The Drum Barracks in Wilmington,” featuring Tara Fansler, director of the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington.
She recounted the unique role of Southern Californians in the early days of the Civil War, including the establishment of the barracks in 1862. The area became the U.S. military garrison for the Southwest region, a base of supply and headquarters of the US Camel Corps. The site was abandoned in 1866 and the camels were auctioned off. The Drum Barracks has been preserved as a significant California Civil War-era landmark.
Henry Linn Hilty chaired this year’s lunch committee, which included Ann Babcock, Thomas Blumenthal, James Ciccolo, Hilary Crahan, Diane Elder, Linda Fletcher, Katrina Moiso Lamkin, Ynez Viole O’Neil, Harlan Thompson, Alison Washburn, John Welborne and Claude Zachary.
Locals spotted included Kathy Aicher, Susan Aicher, Betsy Bogue, Suzanne Coulter, Claire Slaught, Richard Patterson, Jan Clayton, Jean Bruce Poole, Melinda Woodruff and members of the Pellissier clan: Jeffrey, Marianna and Michelle.
Before the program ended, Welborne reminded everyone that new generations of pioneer descendants are encouraged to participate. If your loved ones arrived in Southern California in 1881 or earlier, he would love to hear from you. Contact him at [email protected]
More than 350 Art Center College of Design alumni, faculty and friends turned out on October 26 to welcome Karen Hofmann as the sixth president. Hofmann served the 92-year-old Pasadena College for 20 years.
The event was held in a large tent on campus in the hills above the Rose Bowl at sunset. Hofmann spoke about his vision for the college.
“I come into this role with the goal of being here as a student, teacher, department chair and provost,” she said. “While these experiences influence my approach, what really drives me is the desire to empower the next generation of creatives who will shape our world.”
After the ceremony, a reception was held under the stars, where guests celebrated with beer, bubbles and specialty Pie ‘n Burger and Dina’s Dumplings.
STORY OF GHOSTS
I have always loved mysteries. My enchantment with whodunits and things that hustle in the night probably started many moons ago when binge reading “Nancy Drew.” That’s why I couldn’t miss “2:22: A Ghost Story”. The hyped-up thriller that broke London box office records opened at the Ahmanson Theater on November 4.
The plot, punctuated by shrill sound effects, revolves around a new mother’s belief that her new home is haunted after something strange happened in the baby’s room a few nights before, at 2:22 a.m. Her husband has none of it, and an argument breaks out with their first guests, who sink into drunken palaver reminiscent of the strident dialogue of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. The two couples decide to stay up until 2:22 a.m. and see what happens. That’s when the fun begins, so if you’re in the mood for a mega-dose of jeeper-creepers — topped off with a weird twist — “2:22: A Ghost Story” is up to the Ahmanson. to December 4.
TUESDAY: “Invincible – The Musical” with music by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills. Performances continue until December 17.
DEC. 3: Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” A Noise Within Theater in Pasadena, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances continue through December 23.
DEC. 3: The Burbank Chorale presents its holiday concert with “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1920 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. 7:30 p.m. burbankchorale.org
DEC. 3 and DEC. 7: Pacific Chorale presents “Carols by Candlelight”. Our Lady Queen of the Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach, 8 p.m.
DEC. 6: Mardi Musicale presents a free concert. Altadena Baptist Church, 701 E. Calaveras, Altadena. 12:30 p.m.
DEC. 11: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents the world premiere of “Lucha Libre!” by Juan Pablo Contreras! a tribute to Mexican masked wrestling and Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A minor Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, 8 p.m.
DEC. 15: Center Theater Group presents “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations”. Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center. Performances continue through January 1, 2023. CenterTheatreGroup.org.
DEC. 18: Pacific Chorale presents “Tis the Season”. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, 5 p.m.
DEC. 19: Pacific Chorale presents “Tis the Season”. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, 7:30 p.m.
JAN. 11 and 12: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Los Angeles premiere of Wise Children’s theatrical production ‘Wuthering Heights’, based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. TheWalllis.org
JAN. 22: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents a Baroque Concert, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, 7:30 p.m. TheWallis.org.
* Attending indoor arts and entertainment events during the COVID-19 pandemic carries risks. Remember to follow the rules prescribed by the CDC and local health authorities.
Patt Diroll writes a bi-weekly social column for the Pasadena Star-News. She can be contacted at [email protected]