Posts Tagged ‘nostalgia’

Day133 La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

For the East Side of Riverside, there is nothing new about La Gran Fiesta Ranchera.

I can not tell you how many years that this festival, er um, fiesta has been going on, but I can say that I remember visiting it with friends back in Jr. High School.

The event, which is an annual fundraiser for Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine on Victoria Ave, draws an amazing crowd and some great musical talent.

And then there is the food…………
That is what this event is all about (okay, maybe that is just me!).
Carnitas, tamales, corn, jugos…….. and of coarse pizza!  Afterall, what would a fiesta be without pizza?

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

La Gran Fiesta Ranchera

Traditional carnival style games line one side of the venue and greet visitors as they enter.

Food, beverages, and entertainment fill the rest.

Day132 Riverside Airport

Bi-Plane

Bi-Plane

While running some morning errands, I noticed a “flock” of planes circling the Riverside Airport.

One of them happened to be this beautifully restored bi-plane.

I stopped by to take a look at what else might be part of the morning’s activities.

Filling the tarmac were old planes, stunt planes, you name it!

In talking with a few of the pilots, I learned that every Sunday a group of these weekend warriors get together for a little flight time.  Each week a different stop along their regular southern California path.

Day125 Happy Independence Day

4th of July, Mt Rubidoux

4th of July, Mt Rubidoux

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!  🙂

Day124 UCR Museum of Photography

UCR California Museum of Photography

UCR California Museum of Photography

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

Day120 Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Back to the Grind

Founded in 1996, Back to the Grind brought to Riverside the first community coffee shop that was an alternative to the old coffee gathering places of the past. Set in a Victorian cafe, the ambiance is conducive to conversation, meetings, entertainment and alternative lifestyles.

Still the gathering place for students, business people and anyone who just wants a really good experience with beverages. The Grind has grown to be the premiere place to associate and fraternize with your friends or yet to be friends. You are invited to experience the best in beverage enjoyment in the Inland Empire, in an atmosphere designed to make you comfortable regardless of your lifestyle.

The Grind plays host to a wide number of bands of every genre. From local vocalists, to touring bands seeking a lively venue, Back to the Grind provides a great location for artists seeking to get exposure.

There are scheduled meetings ranging from chess and yoga, to Ukelele lessons and support groups. You can also see special performances from burlesque dancing to themed parties.

3575 University Ave.
Riverside,
, CA , 92501
(951) 784-0800
Founded in 1996, Back to the Grind brought to Riverside the first community coffee shop that was an alternative to the old coffee gathering places of the past. Set in a Victorian cafe, the ambiance is conducive to conversation, meetings, entertainment and alternative lifestyles.

Still the gathering place for students, business people and anyone who just wants a really good experience with beverages. The Grind has grown to be the premiere place to associate and fraternize with your friends or yet to be friends. You are invited to experience the best in beverage enjoyment in the Inland Empire, in an atmosphere designed to make you comfortable regardless of your lifestyle.

Day117 Heritage House

Heritage House

Heritage House

Heritage House

8193 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA

Day116 Weber House (Circa. 1932-1938)

Riverside Historical Society

Riverside Historical Society

Peter J. Weber was chief designer for the architectural firm of G. Stanley Wilson. Ma. Weber applied his talents to the International rotunda at the Mission Inn, Redlands Post Office, and many other Wilson projects.

After a visit to North Africa, Weber began building his own house. Influenced by his travels, the Weber house is a unique blend of Moorish, Craftsman, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles.

Notable not only for its unique design, the Weber house features extraordinary handcrafted design details. Extensive interior woodwork is hand-carved and/or decoratively painted. Most ceilings are of pine planks, some carved and painted. All hinges are of wrought-iron and all doors and cabinets have decorative nail heads.

Ma. Weber installed a still operating solar water heater in 1935 with collector panels made of automobile windshields. All of the exterior brick was used and the broken tile which makes up the incredible bathroom mosaic was also recycled. Exterior woodwork was oiled and stained with used crankcase oil. Basement areas help to keep the house cool in the summer.

An early tower which would have unified the bedroom and bathroom with the living room, kitchen, and garage was designed but never built.

The nine acres of orange groves which originally surrounded the Weber house are now home to two modern hotels. Owners of the (then) Days Inn Hotel began a restoration of the house which is now being completed by the Old Riverside Foundation.

The Weber house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized locally as City Landmark #52.

(Courtesy Old Riverside Foundation)

Day114 Riverside Rancheros

Riverside Rancheros Barrel Racer

Riverside Rancheros

The year was 1959 when an idea was born. The city of Riverside should have an equestrian club to enhance horse related social activities. A parcel of land was purchased for a non-profit horse
club and the Riverside Rancheros was formed. The club was incorporated in 1960 and was established through family memberships.
The past and current members are proud of this facility, a facility completely maintained by the members through continuous hard work and participation. In 1961 a 300 foot arena was
constructed and a clubhouse was built. The facility was now equipped with an arena, clubhouse and horse corrals giving its members and guests a place to ride and enjoy their horses.

For nearly five decades, the Riverside Rancheros has been the headquarters for youth riding groups, mounted police and sheriffs’ training center, rodeos, horse shows, team roping, barrel racing and team sorting. It has allowed youth groups such as FFA, 4H, Cub Scouts, Y-Indian Guides and Junior Rodeo to use the club facilities for benefit dinners, fundraisers and therapeutic riding programs.

The Rancheros has its own Jr. Equestrian drill team performing in shows and parades throughout California. (Courtesy Riverside Rancheros)

Day112 Heritage

Riverside Heritage

Riverside Heritage

Riverside’s Heritage runs deep!

Back in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, Riverside’s population had the highest income per capita in the United States.

Citrus “plantation” homes, similar to this sprung up all around the region.

Today, many of these homes still exist, often times oddly found amongst the ocean of tract homes that surround them.

Day110 Gage Canal

Gage Canal

Gage Canal

Without Matthew Gage, there would be no Gage Canal.

Without the Gage Canal, Riverside’s citrus industry would not have flourished, and the city would not have prospered the way it did around the turn of the 20th century.

And without that prosperity, people would probably not still be arguing about the water coursing down the 130-year-old canal.

That the canal exists at all is notable. Gage, a jeweler who emigrated from Canada, had no background in water or engineering. And he had no money. Under a federal program at the time, he filed for claim on 640 acres of land, promising he could deliver water to irrigate the tract within three years.

Gage was sure he could bring water to the area along the base of the hills to the southeast of downtown. Although it seems counterintuitive, the water would come from the Santa Ana River in San Bernardino and flow downhill through what is now Grand Terrace and the Highgrove area into Riverside.

Through a series of clever cuts and minor tunnels in the hillsides between Loma Linda and Grand Terrace, the gravity-fed canal continued through the western edge of the current UC Riverside campus to its end between Harrison and McAllister streets, 20.13 miles from its origin.

It wasn’t long before citrus groves blanketed its route. Many of those groves are now gone. But the water is still flowing in the canal, feeding the remaining acres of citrus as well as commercial nurseries and the gardens of homes along its course. The land is part of Riverside’s greenbelt.

The canal is also a magnet for recreation. Joggers and cyclists regularly use the dirt paths along its edge. Old-timers tell stories of floating down the waterway during hot summer days long ago.

And while the open part of the canal between Arlington Avenue and its terminus is usually full of water, that water does not come from the original wells at the Santa Ana River. Those wells are still active, but their water is tapped for use by the Riverside Public Utilities.
(Courtesy The Press Enterprise Tuesday, July 29, 2008)