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HIGHLAND PARK ARROYO TIME TRAVEL TRIP (RICHARD’S BIRTHDAY)
November 19 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm$50.00
For years, one of the most popular excursions on the Esotouric tour calendar has been Richard’s unpredictable birthday bus adventure. While we’re not yet back “on the bus,” we are resuming this mid-November tradition with a very special walk back through time in one of our favorite historic neighborhoods: Highland Park, along the lower Arroyo.
We’ll begin the adventure at El Alisal, the Pueblo Revival / Craftsman style home of author, preservationist and civic booster Charles Fletcher Lummis. Following a tour of the house museum and tales of The Old Man’s advocacy for saving Southern California landmarks, documenting traditional foodways and folk songs, and recognizing Native American achievements in art and architecture, we’ll set out on a stroll around the lower Arroyo. Join us to hear tales of fascinating characters and visit remarkable buildings and places where the past is so very present you can almost kiss it.
We’re delighted to be able to take you inside the Arturo and Mabel Bilderrain House (1912) with California historian and neon sign maker Paul Greenstein. Paul has recently restored this unusual, transitional home that blends the then popular Craftsman and Mission Revival styles with elements that reflect the inward facing adobe culture of the Spanish Colonial-era.
We’ll stop at the one-time home of Florencio Morales, to honor the neighborhood hero folk artist whose wild holiday displays were a citywide sensation in the early 1990s.
And we’ll visit Heritage Square, the living history museum of rescued buildings, where historian Nathan Marsak and Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison will discuss the tragic fate of the two landmarked mansions, The Castle and The Salt Box, that belonged to Gordon’s family. And we’ll soothe our sadness with some much happier historic preservation success stories. Plus you’ll get to see Heritage Square’s vintage Los Angeles streetlight boneyard, packed with rare lamps awaiting future restoration.
All this and many more surprises are in store as we celebrate Richard’s birthday through good fellowship and discoveries that will forever change the way you see Highland Park and the Arroyo.
This walking tour is illustrated with rare photos you can view on your smartphone.
Tour begins at 10:30am sharp, with check-in time 10am at Lummis House, 200 East Avenue 43, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Please arrive on time to get signed in and logged in to the smartphone slideshow, and take a stroll around the grounds. Scroll down for tour rules and recommendations.
PARKING & PUBLIC TRANSIT:
There is ample unmetered street parking with no time restrictions along Carlota Boulevard, by the East gate of Lummis House. Please read any posted signs before parking. The nearest Metro stops are Heritage Square / Arroyo and Southwest Museum. If using public transit, this link can help you plan your trip.
LUNCH & BIRTHDAY CAKE
We will provide birthday cake and Richard’s famous cold brewed coffee around 12:30pm, and recommend that you pack a sack lunch to enjoy during this break.
TOUR RULES & RECOMMENDATIONS:
Our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our guests and guides on these outdoor walking tours. Because guides will not be masked when telling stories, and because different people have different levels of risk tolerance, we have strict mask policies for attendees. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated. These simple rules are being implemented for the benefit of all attending. Anybody not abiding by these rules will be given one chance to shape up, then asked to leave the tour if it happens again. There are no refunds or exchanges for anyone removed from a tour for violating the rules.
BE PREPARED: This is a walking hour lasting 3 1/2 to 4 hours, over mostly level ground moving at a casual pace. We’ll be walking about 3 1/2 miles. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and a medical-grade mask. Bring your smartphone so you can view the tour slide show. We will have a cooler with cold water, and you’re encouraged to bring a full water bottle. A restroom will be available at the start and end of the tour. If you need more information about what to expect, please email us.
MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING: Attendees must bring a medical-grade mask (i.e. N95, KN95, KF94) to wear when checking in, during those portions of the tour when the group is gathered together listening to the tour guides (who will not wear masks when telling stories), and when talking with the tour guides one-on-one. If you are more comfortable not wearing a mask while walking between tour stops, you’re free to remove it, while maintaining physical space from anyone not from your household. Masks must be worn properly, covering mouth and nose completely, and not have any exhalation valves, vents or holes of any kind. Thank you for working with us to keep guests and guides healthy, and please let us know if you have any questions about these policies.
ARGH, I FORGOT MY MASK: Wave to us from a healthy distance at the check in table and point to your cute face. We’ve got you.
CONTACTING US ON OR BEFORE TOUR DAY:
Emailing is the best way to communicate with us, but after 8am on tour day you can call or text Richard on his mobile phone, 213-915-8687.
CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:
If you feel like you’re getting sick, if you test positive for Covid-19, or if you have knowingly been in contact with a suspected or positive case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, please do not attend the tour. Let us know not to expect you. If notified at least 72 hours before tour departure, we can refund or reschedule your booking. If notified at least 24 hours before departure, we can honor the booking on a future date. You may also gift your ticket to someone else—we will need their name, email address and phone number to make this switch.