This particular photo, to me, represents the true heart and soul of Riverside!
Sure Riverside has a robust history.
Sure it has beautiful buildings.
But what truly makes Riverside is its people!
Growing up here, I have established many relationships.
Some come and go, others last a lifetime.
This particular picture represents that friendship. A night camping with a group of close friends- All 20 of us ( We have known each other since 7th grade. That is about 33 years to you and me!).
We talk often (usually daily), and regularly hold “posse” events.
If that doesn’t represent the heart and soul of Riverside, than I don’t know what does!
Lounge33, though newcomer on the block as far as Riverside’s night life is concerned, has developed quite a following with it’s hip upscale decor, lighted bar tops, and martinis, martinis, martinis.
The night that I passed by the place was alive with classic rock music, from DJ Tom Edison.
Though not specific to Riverside, the recent weather and photo shoots have drawn me more outside these days.
In Riverside we have many historic buildings that serve as reminders of the past, links to our history. What also makes Riverside what it is, is the natural beauty that surrounds the area.
Though most of the area these days has been developed, leaving little of the natural landscape, the remote barren fields and preserves give us a peek at what used to be.
Sycamore Park (near the top of Central Ave) has a great view of Riverside and the surrounding cities.
This is the same location that the fireworks photos from yesterday were taken.
With lush green grass, covered picnic areas, basketball courts, and playgrounds, it is a great place for some family time.
On a clear day you can almost see to LA!
Here is another photo from the same park:
Each year the streets, fields, parking lots, and even roof tops around Mt Rubidoux are lined with local residents and friends waiting to see the fireworks show.
This year was no exception.
Even as I drove down Brockton around 6pm, people were already marking there domain.
The one tradition that has in the past set Riverside apart: the Annual “Burning of the Mound”.
In the past, it was just as much of a tradition to watch the hill burn afterwards as were the fireworks.
How times have changed! 🙂
I had a chance to visit the new California Museum of Photography today. What a beautiful place!
This particular room is dedicated to “the masters”.
Works from Ansel Adam, and an amazing collection of camera history fill the place.
As part of the University of California, Riverside, the museum is more than just a showcase of photo history.
An ongoing array of classes, workshops, events, and a state of the are computer lab are available to both students and public.
UCR California Museum of Photography
3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501
Though I must admit that I have never eaten at the Tamale Factory, the architecture there is fantastic!
Owned and operated by Josie Hornback & Naomi Avila (a mother and daughter team), the place is a favorite among the local business people.
Designed and built by Avila’s husband, the building is meant to appear ageless and blend with surrounding businesses.
The Tamale Factory also features the spacious and elegant Avila Terrace. Set atop the Tamale Factory with open air terrace and formal dining room, Avila Terrace hosts private events plus an award winning Mystery Dinner Theater program on Friday and Saturday Nights!
The Tamale Factory is located in the pedestrian walk (Main St), across from the Mission Inn.
The first Thursday of each month brings the community of Riverside (and neighboring areas) out to celebrate Arts Walk.
Officially from 6pm-9pm, visitors can browse through more than 20 galleries, studios, and museums; entertain themselves with street performers; and share in the cultural and artistic diversification of the Inland Empire.
I have met some really great people and artists out here.
If you haven’t been, come out, look around, and enjoy the community spirit!
Perhaps the most eclectic place in Riverside is Tio’s Tacos on Mission Inn Ave.
Overly ornate with carvings, sculptures, and just about any other object that you could imagine, the environment is one that you won’t soon forget.
Martin Sanchez has been constructing his utopia over the past 10 years.
Every corner has something to see, from fountains to antiques, recyclables to ???, but definitely not how or where you would expect to see them.
A continuing work in progress, there is always something new to see.
And how about the food?
Authentic Mexican food, juices, fruits, and desserts. You won’t leave hungry!
If you are ever in the area, you should check this place out.
Ever see a chapel made out of soda bottles? or a man made of milk jugs???
PS: Don’t forget to bring your camera!