Posts Tagged ‘people’

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.

Day131 Riverside Street Jam

Riverside Street Jam

Riverside Street Jam

The Riverside Downtown Partnership is doing its part to bring the community together with its annual Riverside Downtown Street Jam.

Featuring art, entertainment, autos, and events, this years Jam brought a large turnout.

Even with the cooler than normal July weather, the pedestrian walks new fountain features proved to be popular in cooling off the attending residents.

Day122 Arts Walk

Riverside ArtsWalk

Riverside ArtsWalk

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!

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)

Day97 Human Art

Deviant Art

Deviant Art

Today Shutter Stories, a relatively new photo studio rental facility in Riverside, hosted the photography event of the year: “The Deviant Art Shootout”.

From tattoos to piercings, gymnasts to acrobats, there was more than enough photo opportunities for any photographer, new or seasoned. the event also featured free “breakout sessions” (or short classes) covering everything from posing techniques to use of lighting and advanced camera settings.

Seven diverse indoor sets as well as ongoing outdoor activities/vendors made up the venue. Sponsors from Canon, Samy’s Camera, and others were also on hand to help answer any questions and show all the latest “gear”.

This is sure to be one of the “must attend” photo events in southern California.