Throwback Thursday | Evening at the Garfield House

Local author Chip Jacobs appears at the Garfield House for a reading and discussion of his new novel “Arroyo” 

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | News | The iconic Colorado Street Bridge overlooking the Arroyo

Tomorrow night (Friday, November 15th at 7 pm), the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will host a rare event at the historic Green and Green home of the late First Lady, Lucretia “Crete” Garfield. The evening includes a reading from the novel “Arroyo” by the author Chip Jacobs followed by a few words about the Garfield House, and then a lively discussion with the author on the making his whimsical novel.

PHOTO: Chip Jacobs | News | The Novel “Arroyo” by Chip Jacobs

The iconic Colorado Street Bridge is the central character of local author Chip Jacobs’ newly-released novel “Arroyo.” Set in the year 1913, Chip’s fascinating romp of historical-fiction profiles the life of a young inventor and his sometimes-clairvoyant dog who gets a bad case of reincarnation which propels the story to the year 1993. You do not want to miss learning about that!

Immediately following the event, copies of Chip Jacobs’ novel “Arroyo” are available for purchase and signing by the author – this beautifully-designed hardcover book makes a fabulous holiday gift!

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There will also be a free raffle of souvenirs from a few Southern California amusement parks that went out of business, including Marineland, Lion Country Safari, and little-known Japanese Village and Deer Park (compliments of the Rick Thomas Collection).

PHOTO: South Pasadena Preservation Foundation | News | Special Event information


Please join us – Evening at the Garfield House

Friday, November 15th at 7 pm

1001 Buena Vista Street

South Pasadena

Purchase your $30 ticket at

Your admission price for this once-in-a-lifetime event helps to fund local preservation efforts by South Pasadena Preservation Foundation.

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas


Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.