WAHA E-News 11-09-2006

Last Call for Early Bird Prices on WAHA's Holiday Tour, Demonstration Day, and more!

By Laura Meyers

Friday, November 10 (Tomorrow!)

This year marks WAHA's 20th Holiday Tour, and we are celebrating with "A Holiday to Remember in Victoria Park." See the full details and the invitation/reply form below, but tomorrow is the last day to postmark your requests if you want to receive early bird prices. (SEE BELOW)

Saturday, November 18 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Garden and Paint Contest winners to be announced at 1 p.m.)

Please join WAHA for a free, hands-on workshop/tutorial on old house restoration techniques. Stacy Anthony has graciously offered her 1908 Craftsman home at 1655 South Oxford in Harvard Heights for this information-packed event. We plan to offer (among other workshop sessions):

* How to strip paint off woodwork and doors
* The dangers of working around lead based paint and dust
* How to repair windows and broken sash cords
* How to repair leaded glass windows
* Typical door and cabinet hardware repairs

Plus, we'll talk about how to determine what is and what is not original to your house. Please bring photos, and questions about your historic house, to this educational workshop.

If you have any questions about the Demonstration Day event, please contact Eric Bronson, darberic@sbcglobal.net.

In addition, we will announce the winners of WAHA's paint and garden contest. One of West Adams Heritage Association's longstanding traditions has been to acknowledge hardworking members and neighbors' efforts to improve our community by improving their properties. Please do come and congratulate them.

For questions about the contest, please contact us at paintandgarden@yahoo.com.

Thursday, November 16 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dorsey High School Auditorium, 3537 Farmdale Avenue

The Exposition Construction Authority invites you to a design presentation and project update meeting for the new 8.5-mile Exposition Light Rail Line. Staff will be highlighting key design elements proposed for the project, including:

o canopy design o wall treatments o landscaping o art opportunities

Your input is valuable, so please do attend. Street parking is available along Farmdale and adjacent streets. For more information about the Exposition Light Rail Line, please visit BuildExpo.org or call 213-922-3976.

Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 Dinner tours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (see specific times below) Walking tours Sunday afternoon

It will certainly be A Holiday to Remember in Historic West Adams. Please join us for a champagne toast and sumptuous progressive dinner as we celebrate WAHA's milestone 20th Holiday Tour in grand fashion by visiting a half-dozen elegant residences in Victoria Park, a handsome and historic neighborhood established a century ago on the northwestern edge of the West Adams District.

The original residences are impressive examples of Arts & Crafts style, and the special homes on this year's tour feature an abundance of period touches, including massive hearths, antique light fixtures, carved woodwork, and many fine examples of stained and leaded glass windows that evoke William Morris and the pre-Raphaelite art movement.

Among the beautifully-restored and festively-decorated landmark homes on this year's tour are:

o A stunning Gothic Revival residence with Tiffany-style stained glass
o An Arts & Crafts mansion built for a relative of Oliver Wendell Holmes
o A classic Craftsman Bungalow engineered to perfection by its first owner

This year we are also scheduling a Sunday afternoon walking tour, without the food. (Advance ticket sales only -- no walk-ins!)

Please join us in a salute to 20 years of Holiday Tours, and a century of style, in lovely Victoria Park!

Tickets: Docent-led Tour & Progressive Dinner *Early Bird Prices: General Admission, $75 per person, WAHA Members, $65 *Must be postmarked by November 10 All requests dated after November 10 are $85 per person

The Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner lasts about three hours. Saturday, December 2: tours are on the half-hour from 3 p.m. through 6 p.m. Sunday, December 3: tours on the half-hour from 4 p.m. through 6 p.m.

Self-guided Holiday Walking Tour (Sunday afternoon only): $40 Timed tours depart Noon through 2 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, or to confirm reservations: Call 323-732-4223, e-mail wahaholiday@aol.com

Please print this page and fill out the form below, and mail it along with a check made payable to WAHA to:

WAHA Holiday Tour 2209 Virginia Road Los Angeles, CA 90016

************************* WAHA presents "A Holiday to Remember in Victoria Park: The 20th Annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour & Progressive Dinner"


Full Mailing Address:

E-mail Address Phone:

Number of tickets: ____

Indicate with a 1, 2, and 3 your first, second, and third choice tour time from those listed below:

Saturday Progressive Dinner: _____ 3:00 p.m. _____ 3:30 p.m. SOLD OUT _____ 4:00 p.m. _____ 4:30 p.m. _____ 5:00 p.m. _____ 5:30 p.m. _____ 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Progressive Dinner: _____ 4:00 p.m. _____ 4:30 p.m. _____ 5:00 p.m. _____ 5:30 p.m. _____ 6:00 p.m.

***************** Sunday Self-Guided Walking Tour: _____ 12:00 p.m. _____ 12:30 p.m. _____ 1:00 p.m. _____ 1:30 p.m. _____ 2:00 p.m.


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