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Gaiser Conservatory Holiday Lights, Manito Park, Spokane, WA

Wow, I had no idea I hadn’t posted in so long.  My life has been quite stressful and I’m not really connecting to Spokane.  I’ve only been here for two months, but during that time I’ve had two cataract surgeries, along with the stressful living situation I moved into. So needless to say, I have zero sense of belonging here.  I need to be here until late Jan. at least so I’m attempting to get out more and explore.

A local friend mentioned Manito Park, so I decided to check it out.  I’ll post a few photos I took of the park in another post. I wanted to focus this post on the beautiful display at Gaiser Conservatory.  I happily stumbled upon it on Dec. 12th, while walking around the park. I went back to see it again on the 16th as that was its last day.

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Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys

It is located on the southern tip of the park.  Just walking through the doors was heavenly as it was warm and humid, quite the change from the almost freezing temperatures of Spokane.  There was a main little area with a display in the middle, a fountain flowing on the left, plants to the right and ahead.  Then, there is a long room to each side with a middle display row and rows on each side.  All the plants were lit up with holiday lights, along with well placed holiday decorations and statues.  Below are some photos. If you’d like a more detailed look, just click on the photo and it will be enlarged for you.

 

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Manito park is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd. in Spokane, WA.  Here is the website link: http://www.manitopark.org/     So if you are in Spokane, come check it out!

Thanks for visiting my blog and hanging with me through my changes 🙂

Love, katelon

Car Show At Chicano Park Day Celebration – Part Two.

I could have taken many, many more photos of beautiful and detailed cars, but I narrowed it down.  Here are photos of ten more stunning cars.  You can read part One here: https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/05/car-show-at-chicano-park-day-celebration-part-one/  If you want to see more detail, just click on the photo.
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In the top photo you can see those awning gatherings I spoke of in my previous posts.  It was great for me to see the support these car owners had, with food, family, friends gathered round to enjoy the festival and support the car owner.

You can read my first post about the celebration here:  https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/48th-annual-chicano-park-festival/  In the first post you will find links to previous posts I’ve shared that have photos of all the beautiful murals painted all around Chicano Parks.

Car Show At Chicano Park Day Celebration – Part One

Hello Friends!

In my post yesterday, https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/48th-annual-chicano-park-festival/ , I talked about all the beautiful low-rider and other refurbished cars shown at the celebration.

I noticed that most of the cars were Chevrolet’s.  I had had a beautiful red and white 1956 Ford Convertible, when I was sixteen, so had hoped to see one there.  I finally asked a Latino Man if there were any Ford cars there that day.  His son mentioned that there were a few but that Mexicans had always like Chevrolet – that had been their car. (his words).  So I didn’t see a 56 Ford but did see many wonderful cars. 

As I mentioned yesterday, next to each car was usually chairs filled with family and friends, enjoying the car and supporting the owner. 

Here are photos of 10 of the cars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.  Each car was so beautifully detailed, from the tires and rims to the upholstery and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the cars!  Thank you for visiting my blog!  If you like this post, please share a comment, a “like”, and sign up to follow and join in the adventures!
Love, katelon

48th Annual Chicano Park Festival

On April 21, 2018, I attended the annual Chicano Park Festival, in Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA. I had read about it a couple years ago and wanted to attend.  I love the artwork there, so wanted to see the additional activities at the festival. 

I spent quite a bit of time walking around the area looking at all the amazing low rider and old cars. This post will be followed up with two posts of photos of cars that were there.

It was quite the family affair with chairs set out next to each car, awnings and other gathering accoutrements, as family and friends showed up to support the car owner.  As you can see from my photos there were many food, clothing and other kinds of vendors.

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There were various groups preforming all day.  The Aztec Dancers were performing while I was there but I couldn’t get up close enough to see them other than the feathers showing up above the crowd, and a dancer walking ahead of me, heading to get ready for his event. I did enjoy the drumming though 🙂

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I noticed this woman dressed up in a wedding gown but with a painted skull face. I don’t know if she was going to perform later or whether she just came that way to the festival.

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Here are three more photos of beautiful murals in the area.  You can click on any photo to enlarge it to see more detail.

I have three older posts you might enjoy, posts about Chicano park and photos of many of the murals.  All photos were taken by me with my Samsung phone camera.

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/chicano-park-barrio-logan-san-diego-ca/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2014/03/02/murals-from-san-diegos-famous-chicano-park/

https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/more-chicano-park-area-photos/

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Come check out Barrio Logan and Chicano park if you are in the area. They have a monthly art walk, with local galleries and eateries participating.  If you want to go to the yearly festival, you can do a search and find out next years date.  http://chicano-park.com/

Please click “like”  if you like this post,  leave a comment and sign up to follow and receive more! I’ll be posting the next two posts in the next few days.  So heads up for some great looking cars! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. Hope you enjoyed it!

Love, katelon

Dia de los Muertos at Old Town, San Diego

On November 2nd, I headed over to Old Town San Diego to walk around and take in the celebration of Dia de los Muertos. This celebration takes place on Nov. 1 and 2, and honors the deceased.  Some traditions believe that the veil is thinnest between the worlds during this time.  So this day is called The Day of the Dead.  Altars are placed around Old Town, some in front of stores, some in the plazas, some in restaurants, some inside the old historic buildings and one in the old cemetery. 

Here are some photos I took of various altars. You can click on a photo to enlarge it.

Here is one for Adam West, the TV Batman. All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys.

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Here is one where visitors were invited to take a blank colored wooden stick and write the name of a deceased loved one and place it in the altar.

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Most altars included skulls, photos of loved ones, flowers, items that represented the deceased, and treats for the deceased.

Also, placed around Old Town were many elegantly attired skeletons.  Here is one lovely “lady”.

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There were several people there that would paint your whole face or half a face with the skull decoration.  Several groups were performing music and dances.  On the evening of the 2nd, there was a procession that visited several of the altars and ended at the cemetery.

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of Old Town.  Here is the website that lists events, history, and various businesses.    http://www.oldtownsandiego.org/

Thanks for taking the time to visit and read my blog.  And if you’ve enjoyed it, “like: it, leave a comment, and follow my blog to come back for more !

Fall Stroll Through Old Town, San Diego

A week ago I decided to stroll through Old Town and see what interesting sights I could find.  In several places altars were starting to be created for their Dio De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration which starts Oct. 29th and goes through Nov. 2nd. http://www.dayofthedeadsd.com/index.html.  Decorated skulls are seen all year in many stores in Old Town. If you are interested in skull jewelry, handbags, back packs, pens, or many other skull items, this is the place to shop 🙂

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But as Dio De Los Muertos decorations start to arrive, you will see more decorated skeletons.  Here is a Mariachi Band dressed for the holiday, welcoming you into an area called Fiesta de Reyes, a group of shops, a restaurant and a stage for various acts throughout the year.

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Here is an elegant “lady” skeleton outside the entrance to Fiesta de Reyes.

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And a couple well dressed “ladies” to welcome you to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and restaurant.

Here is another brightly dressed “lady” in a display in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, near this lovely painted wooden bench.

I loved this large wooden horse sculpture outside one of the stores in Fiesta de Reyes.

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Walking outside of Fiesta de Reyes, I spotted this large painted skull, sitting in an old wooden wagon.

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And this lovely fall display set in front of Seeley Stables, a museum that displays old wagons, and other items that are from the era when Old Town was a thriving new town.

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Lastly, on my way back from strolling through other parts of Old Town, I walked through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and was intrigued by this huge gnarled tree and this sweet yellow blossom on another tree.

I hope you have enjoyed your walk with me and the photos I took.  If you are in the area, come check out Old Town, and see all the history, and/or come and join the celebration of Dio de Los Muertos.

Balboa Park December Nights …the lights!

On Dec. 5, and Dec. 6, Balboa park held their 38th annual December Nights celebration. It started at 3 on Friday and noon on Sat. I first read about it while visiting San Diego in 2003. I couldn’t figure out how to get there at the time so didn’t go. Since I was in town last year, I attempted to go but again couldn’t figure out parking and ended up driving home. This year, I researched it so that I could find parking.

I was up early at 4:30 that morning, so kind of sleepy all day but I’m glad I went. I arrived early at 10:30, to park in the free Zoo parking, which put me only a short walk to the main festivities. As I arrived so early, I just walked around to watch the set up, and since I wanted to see the lights, I stayed until after dark to see the park lit up. I walked around for about 5 hours, sat or stood and watched some of the performances, ate some junk (hot dog wrapped in bacon with Mexican style sauteed veggies with it, kettle corn) and some healthy fruit snacks I took, too. I’m glad I went and glad I had the stamina to keep going all day.

I saw so much that I decided to divide my posts into 5 posts. If you are ever in San Diego for this event, check it out!

I’m starting with the lights!

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I started walking west toward the plaza at sunset. On both sides of the avenue, the buildings had trees out of lights on top.

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Here is the sun setting lighting the California Tower and casting a beautiful glow on the Plaza.

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The main plaza had these lights strung across it and this lit up tower.

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I loved this snowflake cast on the California Tower, and the lit up street welcoming the thousands of visitors. People were pouring into the park for the night activities.

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Here are some lovely snowflakes shining on the Botanical building.

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The organ pavilion looked magical lit up in lights.

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These were light displays set up on the east side of the zoo. I walked past them on my way back to my car.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these photos! Thanks for joining me.

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