With the weather heating up and not giving us June Gloom for a while, it’s time to think about staying cool and maybe dipping feet into fountains.
Most of Scripps Colleges fountains don’t have water in them right now.
This one in the Margaret Fowler Garden does have water flowing.
The most iconic fountain at Scripps is in Seal Court where you will also find the popular Motley Coffee Shop (closed for the summer) and the Scripps Challah for Hunger (also closed until the fall).
You might not want to actually put your feet in here, but with all the surrounding greenery, it’s a cool place to escape the heat as well as the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Historic photos of the fountain can be seen here.
There’s a new coffee shop in town, so that means it needed to be checked out, of course. The Courier had a nice write-up about Sanctuary Coffee on Foothill across from Stater Bros. This non-profit venture donates all of its earnings to charity, including Inland Valley Hope Partners.
I had never been in the building before, when it was a clothing consignment shop, so I have no before photos, but the space inside is so welcoming, that you will probably enjoy these after photos.
Nice places to sit – inside and out.
Art on the walls.
The coffee was pretty good, too!
When our girls were young, we used to take a Fountain Tour of the colleges. We would ride our bikes through the five undergrad campuses and try to ride by every single fountain.
Harvey Mudd College has three fountains, all of which have water running right now. The main and biggest fountain is the Venus Fountain in Hixon Court. The Venus in the middle is from Italy and was made by Giovanni Bologna in the Renaissance. Years ago it was referred to as the ratio fountain because there was a ratio of four men per woman on campus. Times have changed, and it is much closer to 50:50.
For archival photos of the installation of this fountain, click here.
This fountain is more of a contemplative water piece and is tucked away on northwest end of campus. There are benches for quiet reflection.
The third fountain is in front of the Linde Activities Center (the LAC).
In the dark of night between Sunday and Monday, the Renwick House moved across College Ave. to make way for the new Pomona College art museum. There are photos of the move on Facebook, as well as this video from the Claremont Courier. David Allen wrote about it in his weekly column of the Daily Bulletin. Here are my before and after photos taken in the daylight.
View from Bonita Ave. looking south.
Here today. Gone tomorrow.
Ready for the house, and looking at the new west-facing Renwick House.
The sign on the door is a little understatement. It say’s We’ve Moved. I don’t think the letter carrier will be using that mail slot too soon.
Here is a past post with another before photo of the house. Here is the post about the removal of the cottages next door to the Renwick House.
It’s summer and Claremont life slows down, as it should. Claremontography is headed into summer mode – posts on Mondays and Thursdays until the fall.
Two of my favorite Claremont artists opened shows on Saturday, and even if you missed the opening reception, you can still see their work throughout June.
Paul Kittlaus has a show at the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center in Memorial Park. If you like red, you will enjoy that vibrant color in his Color Improvisation.
On Bonita at Bunny Gunner, Steve Comba shows some of his works which don’t look very much like his usual work, but also fabulous.
The house on Indian Hill and 12th St. sold without an open house, so I was unable to see inside. However, the second season of Vintage Flip on HGTV will allow us to see the transformation. I believe the show for this house will be next week, so set your DVRs because it will be on late at night. Or, if you don’t have cable, you can buy the episode on Amazon or iTunes when it becomes available.
See before pictures here.
Here are some “in process” photos.
Here is a recent photo of the finished front of the house.
During Finals we had the German and Chinese Language Residents and some German-speaking students over for a little cultural exchange. We made s’mores (definitely an American treat) and the German Language Resident made Spaghetti Ice which looks like spaghetti, but is really whipped cream with ice cream through a press that makes it look like pasta, topped with pureed strawberries and coconut flakes. Yummy.
We replaced our dying tangerine tree with a dwarf avocado. We choose a large size as we don’t want to wait 20 years to make homemade guacamole.
The store at the botanical gardens is closing for the season, so we had to go one last time before fall. And then we had to go check out the current exhibit in the one-room gallery.
The duck on the pillar at Harvey Mudd College is gone. I hope it’s because the pole has just been painted, and the duck might reappear.
Memorial Day was a perfect day to try out our new car bike-rack and take a ride around the Back Bay in Newport Beach.
Bring on June Gloom!