Save Our Station

Claremont Metroklink Meeting

The room after 1 ½ hours when some people had left

When word got out that a study was being done about closing the Claremont Metrolink station, Claremonters showed up in force at the informational meeting on Monday night at the Hughes Community Center. 300 people filled the room to overflowing, and citizens, young and old, spilled out the doors into chairs that were set up outside with speakers set up to hear the discussion.

People were visibly and audibly concerned about the many issues of reducing public transportation options, and with many questions raised, there were a number of answers claiming, “we don’t know.”

Claremont in action. We expect nothing less. Read more at David Allen’s column in the Daily Bulletin.

 

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Kindred Natures: Casanova and Fuller

The Claremont Museum of Art is celebrating one Claremont Depotyear in it’s new home at the Claremont Depot. At last Friday’s Art Walk the museum opened a new show – Kindred Natures: Aldo Casanova and James Fuller. The show runs through March 25.

Both Casanova and Fuller taught art at Scripps College, and the show features sculptures and watercolors of nature. Claremontography has enjoyed all the exhibits this past year, but this one stands out as a favorite.

 

 

 

Claremont Art Museum

 

 

October 2017 Photo Round-Up

We’re still waiting for fall weather, after what seems like an unseasonably warm October. That didn’t stop traditional autumnal activities.

There was homecoming at CHS.

A morning at Cal State Northridge with clear blue skies showed off the matador mascot. The car got a washing which offered an artistic moment through the windshield, and fall break at the colleges had lights on in the library for two students catching up.

There was the usual decorating of homes for Halloween.

And, a very warm Village Venture.

Rose Valley Falls

IMG_7241This is fall break at the Claremont Colleges, the weekend chosen to inaugurate Pomona College’s 10th president, Gabrielle Starr. I don’t have a post about the event, as we choose the weekend to get away. I’m sure it was one for the books.

You can read about it at my friend’s blog here.

 

 

Instead, we spent the day in and near Ojai, with a short hike (a stroll, really) in the Los Padres National Forest. Perusing a number of choices for hiking, we chose the one with the most shade as California weather has been hot and dry with the Santa Ana winds blowing.

Driving past Ojai, the coastal mountains were clear.

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Around a bend we saw the smallest post office in the US. Aside from the closed antiques store next door, I didn’t see anything that might be called Wheeler Springs. We didn’t investigate, but I’m sure there’s civilization somewhere nearby.

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The Rose Valley Falls Trailhead starts in a campground and traverses over a few small streams and through some shaded areas, enjoying what passes for fall colors in Southern California.

 

The falls were not large, but offered a cool spot on a hot day. I would certainly recommend it for families.

 

 

College Fountains: Pomona

Pomona College, the oldest and largest of the Claremont Consortium, has the most fountains.

The biggest one in Bixby Plaza doesn’t have water in it right now. I learned from this website that it is called the Bosbyshell Fountain.

This fountain in the Stanley Quad has the prettiest blue tiles.

These are (l to r) at the Coop, in front of Frank Dining Hall, and at the new dorm.

But I think my favorite one is at the Turrell. It’s not really a fountain, but a great water feature.

Turrell Fontain Pomona College

There used to be what we called the ballet fountain between the music building and art museum, but someone told me that the ballet sculpture fell off or broke, so it looks like a big cement hole now. This is what it used to look like:

Then there is also the Lebus Courtyard fountain, with this photo taken in January….

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It is entirely possible that I have missed a fountain, or two. If and when I find one, I will add them.

 

Little Bridges Organ Loft

IMG_6101Bridges Hall of Music (aka Little Bridges) on the Pomona College Campus draws audiences for concerts throughout the academic year. The beautiful venue also hosts weddings. Last month while playing for a wedding, I got to view the hall from the organ loft, a perspective not everybody gets to see.

Many times have I sat in the balcony, admiring the ceiling, and now I enjoyed this particular view of the intricate woodwork above.

 

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The Hill Memorial Organ was dedicated in 2002, many years after the opening of the hall in 1915.

As long as I was walking around upstairs, I enjoyed the views out of the second-story windows.