Friday, November 19, 2010

PDP/PPM Books Contest, week 5

Hey! I've just found out that my newest piece is up at South Pasadena Patch. It's a short history of the Cawston Ostrich Farm, one of the most unusual places ever. I loved finding out about it, and searching out traces of where it once stood.

Now, on to today's important business, about a fascinating place that is very much still standing: What famous San Marino institution just received a $100 million gift?

That's this week's contest question, and in that sentence there's enough information to Google the answer. You might also recognize the institution in today's photo.

Why are we having a contest, you ask? Because it's the holiday season and you need books to give as presents. Because Colleen Dunn Bates, publisher at Prospect Park Media, gave me books to give to you as presents. Because why not?

Here's how we do it:

1. Email the contest question answer to me. There's a link to my email in my profile at the upper left. You have until midnight tonight, Pasadena (Pacific) time. Answers received after that time will be discarded (I got two late ones last week.) Answers in the comments section will be rudely ignored.

2. That's all you have to do.

3. Tomorrow I'll ask--well, whomever's wandering around my neighborhood, to draw the winning name from a hat. I'll announce the winner in Sunday's post.

4. PRIZES!
Today I'm giving away my last copy of Hometown Pasadena 2009-2010.
Next week we're going to give away my one and only copy of Prospect Park Media's first foray into novel publishing, Helen of Pasadena by our very own local Satellite Sister, Lian Dolan. Whet your Helen appetite by reading chapter one here and check out Lian's list of appearances here. Go get her to sign your book!

More giveaways after that, believe it or not, because we have a copy of At Home Pasadena, the lovely, hardcover coffee table book about beautiful living in our beautiful town.

Big thanks to Colleen, Lian and everyone at Prospect Park Media!

19 comments:

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Don't know the answer to the question but do love the photo!

Shell Sherree said...

The greenery's looking very luscious there. A lovely restful photo, Petrea!

Petrea said...

Thanks, you two! It's such a nice place to hang out and take pictures.

Katie said...

Fabulous photo! It does look amazingly lush and (thanks Shell) luscious. Do you think they'd mind if I brought a lounge chair and someone to peel me grapes when I next visit this lovely location?

Petrea said...

Katie, my dear, I'm afraid they would. But if you visit the tea room a server will bring you tea and you can get tarts and cute little sandwiches. Perhaps even grapes.

Bellis said...

I heard the $100 million is going toward a pay rise for the gardeners.

Mister Earl said...

I think I know the owner.

Petrea said...

They are talking raises, Bellis, if you saw the article in the Pasadena Star-News (hint hint).

Mister Earl, introduce me.

Petrea said...

And thank you, Ben Wideman, for emailing me and reminding me that the institution in question is in San Marino, not Pasadena.

Bellis said...

I guess the test will be if its featured in "Hometown Pasadena". It's VERY close to the border - Pasadena should have poked one of its fingers up there.

I hope some of the millions are used to give the volunteer garden docents a HUGE Xmas bonus!

Speedway said...

It's nice to see a place so lush and green. The wind brought clouds and brushed away nearly all the leaves. In a few weeks, I'll begin my countdown to spring. It's nice to have such wonderful pictures to tide me over 'til then.

Margaret said...

Hmm.. I am starting to feel like a spot of tea.

altadenahiker said...

And to capture this wonderful view required some gymnastics, right P?

Petrea said...

I'll bet Speedway feels like a spot of tea. It sounds like it's getting cold in Indiana. Not exactly warm here today.

This one didn't require gymnastics, Hiker. Unless you call kneeling 'gymnastics,' which--okay, yeah, it's starting to feel that way.

Jack said...

Very nicely composed photo of a very beautiful location, Petrea. Enjoy your weekend.

Virginia said...

I love this. Thought it was Huntington Gardens. I can't play Dena games but I love me some Denas anyway. I can't wait to get back out there!
V

Petrea said...

Hi Jack! Thank you very much and thanks for your visit!

Virginia, I don't know why you can't play Dena games. Did I say it wasn't the Huntington? Did anyone say that? I didn't say that.

Susan Campisi said...

Now that the contest deadline has passed I can say I need to pay a visit to the Huntington soon. Such a lovely photo.

Off to read your article on Patch...

Petrea said...

Susan, you may notice that I say "answers in the comments section will be rudely ignored." I don't say they'll be deleted. You all have been playing much more nicely than you have to.