Sunday, July 24, 2011

Curtain Time at PMH

If you've got a hankering for something to do today, it's a Free Day from 1:00-4:00pm at the Pasadena Museum of History.

Free music, free ice cream and a free play reading of "History Lit" from Unbound Productions (starting at 2:00pm) all make this a good day to be on the Museum grounds.

They're probably not going to let you inside the Fenyes Mansion where I took this photo (yikes) three years ago. Soon, however, the refurbishment will be finished. The mansion was already glorious. Just imagine how much moreso it's going be.


Julie said...

But ... is it air-conditioned???

dive said...

Sounds like a great day out, Petrea. Have fun!

Petrea Burchard said...

Julie, har! I can only guess. But I'm going to assume they've attended to that anachronistic detail. And outside it's expected to be pleasant today. We used to be the warm part of the country but this year that's the Midwest.

Will do, Dive.

Kate said...

A very formal but highly appealing setting. Adore art museums and this looks like a great one.

TheChieftess said...

Lovely!!! You're a great advertisement/promoter of all things Pasadena!!!

One of the nice things about those old mansions, is that they were so well constructed with thought to things like heating and cooling that even if it doesn't have air conditioning, it most likely is quite comfortable!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Hi Kate,
Mrs. Fenyes, the original owner of this mansion, was a painter and patron of the arts, so plenty of art is displayed there. Yet it's a history museum, with many of Pasadena's historical archives stored there.

Chieftess, thanks. And you're right about that. I'm sure I'd be comfortable living there, even without A/C!

RuneE said...

I like your sense of the ALMOST totla symmetry - the small differences gives the photo extra life.

Thank you so much for your condolences and kind words. They were highly appreciated.

altadenahiker said...

But check out the Finnish Folk Art Museum.

Bellis said...

Stunning photo! I've only been in the mansion once, 10 years ago, and was struck by the fact the Feynes family had both electric and gas lighting. When the house was built, no-one was sure that electricity would catch on, and it was unreliable.

The Finnish house is fascinating, but I've never been inside. I wonder if it'll be open today?

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, RuneE. There is so much to say.

RuneE's blog is "Visual Norway."

I hope the Finnish Folks Art museum will be open today, that would be a bonus. It's tiny and unexpected.

Yes, the gas/electric thing is cool! You've never seen fixtures like that anywhere else.

Susan Campisi said...

You really are a great promoter of all things Pasadena. I won't make it today but it's on my Dena list.

Definitely no A/C needed today. The weather is perfect.

Margaret said...

I think they are still showing their great hat collection. Hope you see it.

Ms M said...

You'll have to tell us what you did during Free Day. Hope you're having fun :-)

The photo looks so elegant with the drapery and the curving chair backs. It looks like a marvelous place to visit. I really enjoy walking through museums. I would take part if I was in your area.

Petrea Burchard said...

I ended up getting a chance to go to Mount Wilson, so I took it. Too much to do around here! (pics later this week)

I hope that doesn't feel like a betrayal. I'm a big fan of the Museum. That hat collection is wild.

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