WHEN: Sunday, June 2, 2013, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
WHERE: Metro Gold Line Heritage Square Station, 3545 Pasadena Avenue (Park-and-Ride parking lot)
COST: $12, on-line: $10+service charge, $12 day-of tour
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Bailar entre Los Alisals/ Dancing Among the Sycamores in Highland Park
With local docent Yim Tam
Charles Lummis was the Angeleno’s Angeleno. His legacy looms large in Highland Park in his home, El Alisal (The Sycamore)and the Southwest Museum. To celebrate this revered figure — writer, cultural leader, artist and luminary — every year, the community hosts a day in his honor, Lummis Day: The Festival of Northeast Los Angeles. Yim Tam, our wonderful docent in the area, has a special walk in store for you to provide insight into this very colorful character before a visit to the celebration bearing his name with food, music, art and of course, dancing.
Yim’s tour offers a brief history of transportation, and how the natural beauty of the Arroyo Seco attracted people to the community of Highland Park. Participants will learn about the colorful history surrounding Sycamore Park, as well as the people, places and events that continue to shape the history of this community, including the Southwest Museum and the Audubon Center at Debs Park.
Tour participants will ride the Gold Line, walk on cemented sidewalks, on grass through the park and on dirty trails. This tour is partially uphill, and therefore closed toe shoes with good traction, water, sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended. The distance covered on this tour will be about 1.5 to 2 miles, but the uphill walk will make it difficult for some.
This tour will meet at the Gold Line Heritage Square Station and end at El Alisal, the home of Charles Lummis, Highland Park’s most noteable son. You are encouraged to continue your adventure by exploring the Lummis Home and Lummis days at Heritage Square (for a little music and dancing). A free shuttle bus is available to take you to Heritage Square or back to the Heritage Square Station.