Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bass Lake 2016


You can kiss your family and friends good-bye 
and put miles between you, 
but at the same time
you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach,
because you do not just live in a world 
but a world lives in you.
~Frederick Buechner


It's a place we used to go when I was growing up. It feels like we went every summer, because we made so many memories and those memories had such an impact, but it was more like 3 or 4 times.

It was my mom's side of the family that went and stayed at the lake but my dad's side lived up near there, in Mariposa, and sometimes they'd come visit us at the campsite. Anyway, the last time we went up there was 1988!

My cousin Jeff has been on a mission to get the same kind of boat they'd had when we were kids and as soon as that happened, the planning began!

Bass Lake 
2016


Our first couple (few?) trips, we'd camp. Then in 1988 we all rented a big house. But now with the cousins all having kids ... there were too many to stay in one large place, so most of stayed at the Pines Lodge ...


A few stayed in the main building but most got these little cabins ...




I never got in the pool but I did jump in the lake every chance I got! It felt amazing! And, it was fun to walk around with crazy wild lake hair! That's my sister waving in the floating raft, below, with my dad, nephew, 2 cousins and brother in law.

I jumped in and got on after the picture was taken!




Above, looking toward where we used to camp. The bark beetles have attacked thousands of trees (millions in California) which is really sad. It's going to be strange when they clear them out eventually.

The drought is what has weakened the trees and made them susceptible to those destructive little creatures which make Swiss cheese out of the trees. For now, though, it was still beautiful being on the lake with the wind on my face!


When I was maybe ... 10 or 11, we found Willow Lagoon. We anchored the boat, and swung from this huge tree, taking a running start on the land and letting go over the lake, flailing about and landing with a splash! Such a fun and funny memory. Especially watching the aunties do it!

Willow Lagoon is still a great spot to stop for a swim! And, while I was floating in a tube, a dragonfly kept landing on my toe! It was so beautiful! Maybe it was because he was an iridescent turquoise that he liked my toenail polish?


There was a bit of water skiing but the kids loved being pulled on the raft!



And it doesn't feel like a Harris Family reunion without some singing around the campfire! Music has always been a huge part of our family. My great grandma wrote lullabies that she sang to us when we were little, my grandma still sings and performs and my mom and aunties sound like the Lennon sisters. 


All I have to do is hear the songs they used to sing and I'm transported.  Vaya Con Dios, There's a Long Long Trail Awinding, Somebody Loves Me .... Let the rest of the world go by ...

Here's Let the Rest of the World Go By ... please press play! 



We had a big family dinner one night at the lodge. That's my grandma o the middle left with the blond hair and turquoise blouse giving a toast. She's 94.


While I was sitting on the boat next to my grandma, she quietly said, "It's just overwhelming." 
I asked her what she meant. "I was an only child ... and I look around at all these ... It's overwhelming." And then she said quietly, almost to herself, "I'm so lucky."



In every conceivable manner,
the family is a link to our past
bridge to our future.
~Alex Haley



Me, enjoying the sun, but all covered up! 


Rejoice with your family the beautiful land of life.
~Albert Einstein


The next generation (above) standing by the first letter of their name!

And, all of us below. A few of us missing ... my cousin Colin's family, my brother in law and nieces, and my cousin Scott's daughters who were there earlier in the week. There's a gang of us!


My cousins and me, with my great grandmother, Bass Lake 1980 
Scott, Colin, Penny, Jen, Kate, Gongie (our nickname for my Great-Grandma) Jeff, Me and Polly.


Bass Lake 
1988


I may be a year or so off on the dates but there you have it! It brought back so many memories and it's amazing getting to share those memories with those whom you have so much history, as well as creating new memories with the younger generation that wasn't here yet!

I'm busy getting ready for my art show, thus the lack of posting, but I hope everyone has had a beautiful summer!

Blessings and light
Lucinda

With someone like you, 
a pal good and true I'd like to leave it all behind and go and find Some place that's known to God alone Just a spot to call our own We'll Find perfect peace, where joys never cease Out there beneath a kindly sky We'll build a sweet little nest somewhere in the west And let the rest of the world go by

~ Ernest Ball and J Keirn Brennan







Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bob Baker Marionette Theater




This is a place I used to drive past often, when I lived in Los Feliz and would drive to downtown L.A. 

I mean, for years I would drive past it and I was always curious but somehow never made it inside. It's funny how that happens. Time flies by and we can so easily miss the treasures in our midst! 

Well, after living in L.A. for more than 2 decades, I was invited to a birthday party at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and I was so excited to finally be going! 


I'd heard something about developers turning the property into condos and that the theater would be closing at some point. Then I heard maybe they would have the theater somehow incorporated into the condos or apartments. At another point, I read that there was perhaps going to be a little "dedication" to the theater, somewhere in the new development. Hmm.


I know they have another show up right now and hopefully they are still trying to save it. And save it they should! In June of 2009 the Los Angeles City Council gave it its historic monument designation. 

Bob Baker himself passed in 2014 at the age of 90. So much joy and laughter he's given to our city since 1963!

Inside, the birthday boy Jacamo, mesmerized before the show ... So sweet!


One of the virtues of being very young 
is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
~Sam Levenson




This is the birthday party room! So fun!


At the beginning of the show, they called the birthday kids on stage. This sweet boy had no problem going up in front of everyone! "How old are you turning?" Clear and loud enough for the audience to hear, he said "2!"

Here he is on stage (in front of a huge crowd of people) in his cute overalls, checking out the puppets!



The show was funny and cute, with lots of funny tongue in cheek humor for the adults in the audience.


These are some great short videos about the Theater and the puppeteers!




This particular show's theme was about the history of Los Angeles and was called "Hurray L.A." I guess they bring back certain shows.  The hand crafted puppets pretty incredible!


Here's one more video with some cute clips from the shows, some of the history of the theater, and a peak back in the storage area where all the puppets hang out when their not being ... puppeted? 


Isn't she cute?!


Jacamo had a great 2nd birthday celebration, at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, although now what do you do for your 3rd birthday?! Maybe go back!



For more information about the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, click here.

I've gotten so busy painting and running around I haven't been posting or visiting my blogging friends but I'll make it around soon! Hope everyone is having a lovely summer and surviving the heat!

Many blessing and light!

In every real man a child is hidden
that wants to play.
~Friedrich Nietzsche 

Bob Baker Marionette Theater




This is a place I used to drive past often, when I lived in Los Feliz and would drive to downtown L.A. 

I mean, for years I would drive past it and I was always curious but somehow never made it inside. It's funny how that happens. Time flies by and we can so easily miss the treasures in our midst! 

Well, after living in L.A. for more than 2 decades, I was invited to a birthday party at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and I was so excited to finally be going! 


I'd heard something about developers turning the property into condos and that the theater would be closing at some point. Then I heard maybe they would have the theater somehow incorporated into the condos or apartments. At another point, I read that there was perhaps going to be a little "dedication" to the theater, somewhere in the new development. Hmm.


I know they have another show up right now and hopefully they are still trying to save it. And save it they should! In June of 2009 the Los Angeles City Council gave it its historic monument designation. 

Bob Baker himself passed in 2014 at the age of 90. So much joy and laughter he's given to our city since 1963!

Inside, the birthday boy Jacamo, mesmerized before the show ... So sweet!


One of the virtues of being very young 
is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
~Sam Levenson




This is the birthday party room! So fun!


At the beginning of the show, they called the birthday kids on stage. This sweet boy had no problem going up in front of everyone! "How old are you turning?" Clear and loud enough for the audience to hear, he said "2!"

Here he is on stage (in front of a huge crowd of people) in his cute overalls, checking out the puppets!



The show was funny and cute, with lots of funny tongue in cheek humor for the adults in the audience.


These are some great short videos about the Theater and the puppeteers!




This particular show's theme was about the history of Los Angeles and was called "Hurray L.A." I guess they bring back certain shows.  The hand crafted puppets pretty incredible!


Here's one more video with some cute clips from the shows, some of the history of the theater, and a peak back in the storage area where all the puppets hang out when their not being ... puppeted? 


Isn't she cute?!


Jacamo had a great 2nd birthday celebration, at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, although now what do you do for your 3rd birthday?! Maybe go back!

For more information about the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, click here.

I've gotten so busy painting and running around I haven't been posting or visiting my blogging friends but I'll make it around soon! Hope everyone is having a lovely summer and surviving the heat!

Many blessing and light!

In every real man a child is hidden
that wants to play.
~Friedrich Nietzsche