Tag Archive 'California'

Irvine Then and Now: Frances Packing House

In 1916, the orange groves were so bountiful on the Irvine Ranch that a 48,000 square foot packing house was built to process the fruit. The facility was located on the Santa Fe Railroad’s Venta Spur at Shop Road ( now Yale Ave.)    

New year…new camera

So I got this new camera for my birthday last month. Yesterday was such an extraordinary southern California day, that I decided to take it out for a spin. I headed to The Sherman Library in Corona del Mar to play with my new toy.   

Christmas Greetings from James H. Irvine

James H. Irvine (1867-1947) liked to be in charge of things. Very little left the Irvine Ranch without his fingerprints; including the annual Irvine Family Christmas cards. So poetry wasn’t his strong suit. 

What Dad Really Wants for Christmas

My good friend John Fabris is a good Dad. An excellent dad, actually.  As a member of the YMCA Adventure Princess organization,  he has devoted much of his precious free time to camp, hike and discover the Great Outdoors with his daughter Jenna. And he’s loved every minute of it.  John agreed to share his […]

Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival, my favorite summertime treat, is all dressed up and deck-out for the holidays. OK, so there are eucalyptus trees towering overhead instead of snowy pines and there’s sawdust underfoot instead of snow. It may be Christmas “California-Style,” but the 21st Annual Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy is sparkling with holiday spirit. I […]

Holiday Happenings: Friday, 12-2-11

Yes, I realize we just finished digesting our turkey dinners.  Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Here are a few festive favorites guaranteed to share the spirit of the season. In the city of Orange:    The 17th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession       Sunday, December 4, 2011 3:30 […]

Martha’s Bookstore: Balboa Island, CA

What would you do if you won the lottery? Open a bookstore? Perhaps.   Kathy Wales and her sister, Stephanie Thomas, didn’t have that elusive lottery ticket, but they have lived their lives as if they did. The two sisters from Kansas City followed their dreams 22 years ago- quite literally. As Kathy tells the […]

San Juan Capistrano: Los Rios Historic District

this piece was first published in Orange County Register Travel   San Juan Capistrano is the birthplace of Orange County history. Just ask any fourth grader who has visited the Mission on a school field trip. Since the city is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time for a day trip to this […]

Katie Wheeler Library Book Signing, November 5, 2011

It’s kind of a scary thing…writing a book. You spend a lot of time on your own, rifling through books, old newspaper clippings and grainy, black and white photos. You write down what your learning and fill note cards full of  historical tidbits and interesting anecdotes. You spend hours scanning old pictures until your eyes […]

Irvine-The Katie Wheeler Library

The last time you were shopping at the Irvine Marketplace, you probably didn’t even know it was there. If you were speeding down Jamboree westbound towards the 5 freeway, you might have missed it altogether.  But tucked away behind old eucalyptus and pine trees, on the corner of Irvine Blvd and Jamboree, sits the Irvine […]