Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Day70 Big Boy Toys

Riverside Live Steamers

Riverside Live Steamers

Here in Riverside’s Hunter Park lies the home of the Riverside Live Steamers.

The “Steamers” is an organization of train enthusiasts, 1/8 scale to be more specific, who gather every few weeks to share their passion with each other and the community., providing free rides around the park.

Every train in this group is restricted to a steam power locomotive.
Many of the “purists” run coal power engines just like the real boys did many years ago.

Hunter Park is slated for renovation to improve the grounds, baseball and soccer fields, and hopefully longevity of this dying breed.

For more info on the Riverside Live Steamers, you can visit:
http://www.steamonly.org/

Day63 March Air Show

March Air Show

March Air Show

Each year the local Air Force Base holds an open house and air show.
Today was just such a day!

Though I didn’t get to see the full show, due to the big car show also going on today, what I did see was a lot of fun.

This particular aerial acrobat was pretty crazy!
Either he had a death wish or just a whole lot of talent and faith in his plane.

Day62 Riverside Show & Go

Riverside Show & Go

Riverside Show & Go

The Show & Go is a regular annual fundraiser here is Riverside.
Limited to the first 1000 classic cars, this show has grown considerably over the years, bringing in people from several surrounding states.

Nothing brings in summer like all of downtown blocked off and full of classic cars.

Day59 Riverside Plaza

Riverside Plaza

Riverside Plaza

Another view of the Riverside Plaza (Request Photo)

Day57 Van Buren Drive-In

Van Buren Drive-In

Van Buren Drive-In

One of the few Drive-In theaters still in use, this place has been around as long as dirt has!
In fact, I saw my first movie there (Peter Pan).

Somehow this place has managed to avoid being demolished with the recent growth in the area.

Day52 Lake Evans

Lake Evans

Lake Evans

Located in Fairmount Park, Lake Evans is bound to hold memories for any resident who has been in Riverside for a while.

Though events in the park seem to be picking up these days, the “attendance” is a far cry from earlier days (in my lifetime anyway).

The shoreline has always intrigued me with its gnarled exposed roots and old growth trees.

Looks more like something from the deep south than what one would expect in Riverside.

Day39 Andulka Park

Andulka Park

Andulka Park

Riverside’s newest Park and Recreation center featuring two new baseball fields, a tennis complex with pro-shop (nine regulation courts and one tournament court), two lighted basketball courts, restroom and concession facilities, children’s playground, picnic facilities, open meadow areas, onsite parking for approximately 200 vehicles, and a walking/jogging trail and native habitat area.

 

 

 

Day 18 Crescent Jewell

Crescent Jewell

Crescent Jewell

For great food, a great environment, and great people in Riverside, it is hard to beat Crescent Jewell.

The rustic brick, finished wood tones and metal really give this place a lot of class, yet keep it warm and inviting.

And………….
If you happen to enjoy cajun/creole food, the gumbo or jambalaya is the best you will ever have!

And no, Norman, the owner will not share his recipe.  Not even to his chef. He personally cuts, preps, and cooks it every day!

Day17 Fox Theater

Riverside Fox Theater

Riverside Fox Theater

Technically “The Riverside Fox Performing Arts Center”

Completed in 1929, the Fox Theater was host to early silent movies and premiered a sneak preview of Gone with the Wind in 1939. It is a grand Mission Revival building in the heart of downtown Riverside.

“The recently rehabilitated building paves the way for the introduction of national touring Broadway shows.”

Day2 The Cinema

Riverside Plaza

The Riverside Plaza has had many faces over the years.

Its latest, with a classy retro twist, is beautiful!

And another view: