Fright on the Mountain
History and historical fiction will both come to life at Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark in Piru on Sunday, Oct. 4, as the famous rancho hosts Ramona Days. While the location offers a glimpse into history on any day, on this particular day the fictional story of Ramona, from the 1884 novel of the same name, will be reenacted. (Many believe that Rancho Camulos served as the inspiration for the rancho depicted in the novel.)
Fans of local live music (and/or karaoke and/or good beer) all mourned the closing of the Londoner pub in Canyon Country recently. And it came at a really bad time - just as the SCV's summer outdoor concerts concluded. But those truly in the know, know, that local music lives on - in a wide variety of genres and in a diverse array of venues.
It's Comedy Tonight!
Most of you desiring to travel over the Labor Day weekend probably made your plans long ago. If not, you'll most likely find hotels, campsites and the like booked solid now.
While most residents of the Santa Clarita Valley probably know about William S. Hart and his ranch, many of them might be surprised to learn there was another Western movie star who had a local ranch - actor Harry Carey. And, as with Hart's property, Carey's ranch has also become a park and museum.
Newhall residents Frank and Charlotte Kleeman took their first cruise in 1977 and they never stopped. They have now cruised the Caribbean three times, Alaska once, the Mexican Riviera once, the Tahitian Islands once, and several cruises in Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. With all that experience, they prefer smaller cruise ships where they get to know people better.
Where is your favorite place to stand in the Santa Clarita Valley? Escape asked that question of readers and we received several thoughtful replies. The inspiration for this week's cover story comes from the Web site www.stoodthere.com, where visitors are encouraged to post photos and share the "greatest place on Earth" with others. Currently the Web site is holding a contest to find (in their words) "100 of the most wondrous, inspiring, or thought-provoking locations" in the United States. Visitors to the site can vote for the Greatest Place to Stand in the United States 2009. Here ...
It's hot now, but experience tells us the rest of the summer will be even hotter. And maybe you've already run out of keep-cool activities for your family. Well, here, just in time, the Escape team offers you our suggestions. Some are traditional and others you may not have considered. And these ideas may spark some of your own. So get out there and keep cool!
They hang in the air silently, majestically, almost too colorful to belong, and yet at peace. They move slowly with the breeze and those below might be unaware save for the intermittent roar of the propane flames. They are hot air balloons, and they've come to the second annual Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival, which lifts off in Santa Paula tonight at 5 p.m.
Jealousy, intrigue, betrayal, crime, punishment, redemption and forgiveness - all set to tuneful styles ranging from pop to calypso - "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" has it all. The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice,
They didn't coin the term "ice cream headache" for nothing. Though you can avoid this pain if you have willpower, there is something so irresistible about ice cream on a hot summer's day that most of us tend to gorge ourselves - and hence, suffer the aforementoned distress. But it's worth it. Summer time is ice cream time, day or night, with the only difference being how fast your treat begins to drip. In the Santa Clarita Valley you have a host of "ice cream" options, which include ice cream cakes, cookies and frozen yogurt. You can choose ...
It's summer and the heat is kicking in. But never fear, even if you don't have your own pool, there are numerous "swimmin' holes" available. These experiences range from public pools, such as those at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and local parks, to swimming beaches at Castaic Lake, to wet and wild water parks. And never fear, even if you have to work, and summer fun is only a dim memory, your kids can stay cool and have fun without you. It's time to get wet!
You can't go wrong with the Fourth of July festivities available locally. We've got a pancake breakfast, a 5K run, a parade, barbecues, picnics and a couple great fireworks shows. But if you want to branch out a bit, there are many other slants on the holiday celebration. Some offer cool activities and entertainment and some offer that plus cooler temperatures. You've got fireworks extravaganzas in the San Fernando Valley, concerts at the Starlight Bowl and Hollywood Bowl, celebrations near the ocean (including at the Aquarium of the Pacific) and theme parks. If you've never done ...
"Pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone goes, 'cause everyone knows...." With apologies to Neil Diamond, that line from "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" sums up summer nights in the SCV. Everyone goes 'cause everyone knows there are good times and great music aplenty, with a free concert around nearly every corner. Hallelujah.