This 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.
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.
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.
In Claremontography’s last report of Pomona College Fountains, it was lamented that the ballet fountain was no longer there. But, joy of joys, it has returned! Not quite as a fountain, but the lovely dancing sculpture is back.
It remains the centerpiece in the courtyard between the Art Museum and the Thatcher Music Building, along with these other works of art.
Walker Wall at Pomona College started out completely whitewashed, ready for new news. I don’t think that Banksy really Wuz Here, though.
Art at the Last Drop Cafe
Another Little Free Library popped up on 10th Street.
Claremont UCC celebrated 23 years of becoming an Open and Affirming Congregation.
Rocco the Raccoon at Trader Joe’s is already showing of his Halloween Costume.
We’ve had lots of construction on the streets lately.
And a cloud photo, just because.
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.
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….
It is entirely possible that I have missed a fountain, or two. If and when I find one, I will add them.
Bridges 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.
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.
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.
Walker Wall at Pomona College
In 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a bill to create a state day of recognition for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician of a major city.
Claremont United Methodist Church