Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Street Painting Festival, I Madonnari, Memorial Weekend

Italian Street Painting Festival
May 28, 29, 30, 2011

Madonnari, or street painters, transform the Mission plaza using pastels on
pavement to create 150 vibrant and colorful large scale images.
The I Madonnari Festival of Santa Barbara is proud to be the first
to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from
Santa Barbara's Sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy.

The festival benefits the Children's Creative Project, a non profit arts
education program of the Santa Barbara County Education Office.
The Project serves 50,000 children in more than 100 schools with visual and
 performing arts workshops and performances throughout Santa Barbara
and San Luis Obispo counties.

 Festival hours are 10-6 daily.  Admission is free.

( information and photos from the imadonarifestival website)  

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Favorite Native Flower

Matilija Poppies in my Garden!

this has been their best year...since planted...
you can see these beauties waiving in the breeze all over our area

I love these flowers so much....
we have two gorgeous paintings by local artist
Jevine Karys

hope you are enjoying Spring...where ever you may be!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Goleta Valley Heritage Tree & History Tour

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Santa Barbara Zoo

Mother's Day at the Zoo!

A beautiful walk through memory lane

 Flamencos are pink because of their diet of shrimp...
we learned that when son, Jon was at Zoo Camp as a youngster
and his troop that summer were Flamencos

 our elephants came as babies to our Zoo and they are right at home here
and love putting on a show!
 the Gibbons were in fine form...putting on a show of
hooting, hollering and swinging through the trees

There were 4 Condors in their sanctuary...amazing birds!

The Silver Back Apes were amazing...
this fellow was dragging his burlap blanket with him till he found
something to eat...he spread the blanket down, sat on it
and had his lunch!

King Lion was sound asleep!

This new Giraffe arrived at our Zoo with a surprise...
she was pregnant...and here she is with her new baby!

Our trip today brought many memories of the many visits we made to this
wonderful Santa Barbara treasure as our son was growing...

and then he called to wish me Happy Mother's Day!

Hope your Mother's Day was a wonderful as mine....

Friday, May 6, 2011

Music Academy Auxiliary's Annual Monster Sale

A Spectacular Sale of Donated Treasures

– A Santa Barbara Tradition!

This year's May Madness sale will take place
9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 7
at the
Music Academy of the West
1070 Fairway Road in Santa Barbara.

Items for sale will include:
Furniture · Rugs · Small Appliances · Kitchenware
· Garden Accessories · Fine Linens · Antiques · Silver · Crystal
· China · Art · Hardcover Books · Board Games · Music & Movies
· Electronics · Jewelry · Men’s & Women’s Clothing · Luggage
· Sports Equipment

Plus, local high-end retailer Cabana Home has donated new indoor and
outdoor furnishings and accessories valued in excess of $100,000,
including sofas, tables, chairs, and lamps!
Check out Cabana's merchandise at

Merchandise will be arrayed by type throughout the Academy's beautiful grounds.
See the map below

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summerland, California

 The bucolic seaside town of Summerland is nestled between Carpinteria to the south and Montecito to the north.


Founded in 1883 by Spiritualist and real estate speculator H.L. Williams. In 1888 Williams divided his land tract, on a moderately sloping hill facing the ocean, into numerous parcels. Fellow spiritualists purchased them and move to the area. The houses they built included unusual features such as doors which opened to walls, and stairways ascending to nowhere.  The spiritual center of the town was a community seance room, demolished when Highway 101 was put through in the 1950's

Tar from natural oil seeps in the Summerland area was used by both the native Chumash peoples and the Spanish builders of Mission Santa Barbara.

In the 1890s oil development began in the coastal area of Summerland, at the Summerland Oil Field. The world's first offshore oil well, drilled into the sea floor, was at this location.  Production at this beach area peaked before 1910.

In January 1969, a blowout at the Dos Cuadras Field, about 5 miles offshore, produced the infamous Santa Barbara Oil Spill, a formative event for the modern environmental movement.

Population of Summerland is approximately 1700.  Town includes a School, Church, Postoffice and has become known as a antique and vintage oriented enclave, along with beach oriented boutiques, health and beauty spas, fabulous little eateries and some great wine tasting.  A legendary ghost has supposedly been a resident in Summerland since the time of the Spiritualist movement. Summerland also has a wonderful beach and park.

Summerland has been a favorite beach community for locals for young and not so young, and a wonderful spot to visit.

(much of the above information extrapolated from the Wikepedia Page on Summerland)

Great Eateries 

The Famous Nugget, visited by former President Bill Clinton, offers
great hamburgers and a variety of Amerian style fare

Summerland Beach Cafe serving breakfast and lunch
all day every day from 7 am to 3 pm (4pm on weekends)
with a great outdoor patio

Stacky's Seaside, told to have the best Hamburgers and Tacos

great Wine Tasting Boutique located next door to
Rooms...a wonderful home decor shop featuring
upscale furniture, decor, books, etc. much of it
with a sophisticated beach flavor
 Botanik is one of my favorite Boutiques in the greater Santa Barbara area
featuring fabulous interior and exterior plants, books, shells, furniture and decor

View of Botanik's charming interior..
Next door is the newest member of the Botanik
exceptional children's store

 The Sacred Space is a Must See!

Two handcarved wooden elephants from Thailand mark the entrance 
A surreal experience including many enchanted rooms
 filled with imports from Thailand, Nepal, India, Indonesia and China
collected by the owners during their world travels
The scents, sounds and visions are heavenly.  The outside consists of a magical
landscape of tropical plants, flowers and waterfalls including a genuine teahouse.
The owners welcome browsers....but it will be hard to leave empty-handed! 

Summerland Antique Cooperative is chock full of gorgeous
antiques, vintage items, jewelry and more!
This is one of numerous antique store in Summerland, including
some very serious ones!

There are several charming clothing boutiques: Indian Summers, a women's clothing store featuring "Santa Barbara Feeling Clothes", and The Bikini Factory a local mainstay for decades, features "custom made suits to fit any body type under the sun!"

Who lives in Summerland?  Surfers, locals and tourists who stay!
Summerland's building boom of the 80's provided some wonderful homes.  The residential
area of Summerland is mostly built on a hill above the main street so most homes
feature views of the Ocean on the other side of Highway 101.  As noise travels uphill,
 many homes do experience traffic noise.  There are some homes on the beach bluff but these don't often come on the market.

Here's a home listed with my Broker, Village Properties, with our Montecito Office..

located high on the hill on Calle Culebra this residence is well protected from
traffic noise.  A very sophisticated contemporary residence of just over
2000 sf, it offers stunning Ocean views. Two levels includes a separate guest unit.

imagine enjoying a glass of local wine on this porch/balcony!
Voted the Best Buy of the week at $1,049,000.
(photos from the SB MLS)