What a splendiferous night it was in South Pasadena for the Fall Arts Crawl. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather combined with a genuine feeling of bonhomie among neighbors as they enjoyed a fun filled night on the town full of art, shopping, music and great food brought to you by SPACE and the Chamber of Commerce. There were amazing pop-up activities going on from Fair Oaks, down Mission, throughout the library district and up through the Gold Line intersection.
Starting at our beautifully restored Historical Museum where Preservation Foundation members were on hand to introduce folks to all kinds of interesting South Pasadena history and where SPPF partnered up with the indefatigable D.U.D.E.S for our city’s inaugural OKTOBERFEST. The strains of the oompah band could be heard throughout the area, adding a festive soundtrack to all the various proceedings. Families and neighbors of all ages could be found at the photo booth and chowing down on some authentic German faire.
All around the Walking Man statue were the gorgeous wares offered by the Artisans’ Corner where Art Crawlers could indulge in some fantastic shopping. There was a line out the door at Hotbox Vintage for pumpkin decorating while the beautiful Retreat boutique featured music by Jackson Mankowsi and the cutest “live” scarecrow ever.
SPARC hosted an artist’s reception for Colin Glasgow whose show “Simularca” runs through November 17 at the SPARC gallery at the Chamber. The library was buzzing with the music of our City Finance Director, David Batt, who records albums under the name Yrsan Daro! The library also held an artist’s reception for Jimi Martinez who showcased several of his pop culture acrylic works.
Up and down the streets, shops were offering fun, free crafts like the making of “Urban Scarecrows” at City Hall, festive flower crowns at the beautiful Fremont location of Vave Studios and the interactive slime factory and cloud chamber at Mosaic. The talented young musicians of Pascale Music played for adoring crowds on Fremont Avenue while Kaldi hosted singer Annika Saige.
Videotheque was holding one of their weekly outdoor screenings, which was “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” while South Pasadena Music hosted a live music marathon that was a party unto itself. For a real festival feel, Mission Street Music Club with Kelly Kidd and Redd Carter, set the blacktop on fire behind The Dinosaur Farm and had the place rocking into the night.
There was literally too much fun to name! Just cool, fun happenings throughout the city all night long. It doesn’t get any better than that.