Monday, February 27, 2012

Lotus Land Opens for Spring-Summer Season

Ganna Walska's Lotusland

Ganna Walska's memorabilia to be on display at
Lotusland in Montecito

Madame Walska's personal residence
"The Pavillion" will be open
for a special showing of
The Diva's personal possessions until April 21.

Martha Stewart is featured in Madame's Garden
on the Cover of her March Issue!

for a tour of this amazing "garden" and Madame's
personal collections, call 969-9990

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

FREE Community Celebration
Sunday, February 26, 1 – 4 pm

The community is invited to celebrate SBMA's participation in the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative with the exhibition Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951–1969 in an interactive afternoon of art, performance, exhibition-inspired art activities, food, music, and creative play.
$5 Student, $10/Members/Non-Members
Tickets available at the door
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

William Dole, Tower of Babel, 1962. Watercolor and collage on board. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Dean Valentine and Amy Adelson, Los Angeles

Following the Community Celebration, don't miss a public lecture at 4 pm by Peter Plagens and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp: On Pacific Standard Time.
To purchase tickets for this lecture:

(information and photo from SBMA website)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Exclusive Paris Guided Shopping Tour

 ~Every Girl’s Paris Dream…
~Paris Shopping Party~

Jermaine Chastain of the popular blog,

has finally been persuaded to launch a
Guided Tour…and so here you have it:
Paris Shopping Spree~Antiques & Fashion~

2012 Spring Tours
May 4 - 7 and May 19 - 22
Only 5 lucky shoppers per tour…
escorted by 2 of your favorite bloggers and a handsome Parisian
through the Flea Markets, Brocantes, Fashion Houses,
Famous Shops and Hidden Gems of Paris…

The perfect blend of
Old and New
Fashion and Home
Luxury and Bargains
Iconic and Best Kept Secrets…
Your Car,  Driver and your knowledgeable Guides await…
this luxurious excursion includes
all the Shopping one can manage in 4 brilliant days,
“Ladies Who Lunch”  interludes at fabulous restaurants
and tea salons, capped off each afternoon

with an indulgent and fascinating glimpse into the romantic
and intriguing café culture
of Paris!
Goodness…maybe we should call it a
“Shopping Party”…

for details on how to sign up, click here

(all information and photos with permission from French-Kissed blog)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 16th, Chocolates and Champagne

Love Chocolate?
Every Third Thursday of the Month
6 pm
Chef Jean-Michel Carre's
Tour of  Chocolate Factory
Chocolates du Calibressan

Tour the chocolaterie for 
a look at how chocolates are made 
a bit of history
a taste of  amazing chocolates
accompanied by a glass of Champagne

reservations required

Chocolats du Calibressan
4193 Carpinteria Avenue, #4
Carpinteria, CA

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Be My Valentine!

Wishes for a Happy Valentine's Day
with all your Valentines....
young or older...!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Win A Million Dollar Home

8th Annual Million Dollar Home Raffle
Benefiting the Teacher's Fund!

The Village Teacher's Fund once again is proud to be a community partner
with the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum's
8th Annual Million Dollar Home Raffle.

For every $150 ticket sold, the Teacher's Fund will receive $50! Last year the Teacher's Fund raised over $13,000 with each and every dollar raised through this great event going directly to the Teacher's Fund.

Purchase a ticket today or simply help us
spread the news of this great community partnership.

Click here for the Drawing, Cash and Prize Schedule.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Murder Mystery Tea

Who murdered Sir William Luytens-Greene,
head groundskeeper at Kew Gardens???

Lady Shirley Lock-Holmes (left) and Ms Jane Marpel (right)
were asked to solve yet another murder!

Sir William Luytens-Greene, the head groundskeeper at Kew Gardens, was found dead at The Garden.  Sir William was fond of dialliances in his potting shed.  It was rumored that one of his lady hor-ticultural friends in a pique of jealousy, brewed him the lethal pot of tea, allegedly made from Oleander leaves.

Twrnty acquaintance-suspects of Sir William were asked to tea at the
Royal Horticultural Society,
which was most eager to get at the root of this dirty deed.

The tea was held at the appointed hour at the ancestral home of Ms Jane Marpel of SB. 
The murderess was indeed outed. 
However it was found that the anyone of the twenty
Ladies could and would have done it gladly. 
The scoundrell met his just demise. 

After an intensive investigation, the tea was a most welcome and proper respite!

Ms Marpel pouring tea!
The ladies shared horticultural tips and a decision was
made to rid all gardens of  Oleander!

The Suspects!

 This was a self supported social event by and for ladies from
 the Assistance League of Santa Barbara.
volunteering is a fabulous way of giving back to the community
and making friends!