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The Pajama Game Musical comes to Phelan in the High Desert

My husband, John, loves the theater. For an early Father’s Day present, I treated him to dinner at Mexico Lindo Mexican restaurant in Phelan and then to The Pajama Game, a Musical Comedy, Friday night at Serrano High School Performing Arts Center in Phelan in the High Desert. The Snowline Players did a marvelous job. What a wonderful cast of characters and very diversified. Some are even members of the same family. They are a non-profit organization dedicated since 1961 to providing quality entertainment, learning experiences, and scholarships in the theater arts to people of all ages in the tri-community, here in the High Desert. It’s great to be able to enjoy going to the theater so close to home.

“The musical comedy, The Pajama Game, was based on Seven and a Half Cents, a comic novel about labor relations written by Richard Bissell.  The play takes place in 1954, in and around the Sleep Tite pajama factory in Cedar Rapids Iowa.”

For more details about The Pajama Game visit Marti Muses and Marvels.

There is still time to enjoy a night out or a matinee.  Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00PM and on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM for the Matinees – this weekend and next weekend. The last performance will be on Sunday June 24th at 2:00PM.

Seeing The Pajama Game Musical is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day and support our local community in the High Desert.  We look forward to going to more performances put on by The Snowline Players.

High Desert Home Show in Victorville, CA

 

There is still time to run on over to the High Desert Home Show today, Sunday April 15, 2012, at the Victorville Fairgrounds.  It’s open until 5:00 PM today!  John and I went for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon and it was fantastic.  Cindy Poore, our good friend that is a Landscape Specialist with Perfection Landscape in Phelan, CA gifted us with VIP tickets to come to the Home Show.  We had originally planned to go on Friday but with the high winds and pouring rain we decided to go Saturday instead.

There were lots of vendors and great educational displays that were so inspiring to us.  We are “chomping at the bit” to implement all the things that we learned about yesterday at the High Desert Home Show.  To read more about this great Home Show and some of the vendors there, visit Marti Muses and Marvels blog, another High Desert Blogger from Phelan.

Comments Welcome.

Victorville’s Old Town Walking Tour in the High Desert

Santa Fe Trading Company

Looking for a fun outing for the family? Join this exciting Old Town Walking Tour event planned by Santa Fe Trading Company on Saturday, March 17, 2012. READ MORE »

Darwin’s A-Team Improv Comedy of Victorville, High Desert

Guest Blogger: Andrew Block, Darwin’s A-Team Improv

Darwin's A Team Improv Comedy Group

March Madness!

It’s that time of the year! No… not THAT time of the year. It’s time for another spring show! After riding the horse named Sickness for the last couple weeks, I am back on the healthy pony and writing once again on behalf of my fellow performers in Darwin’s A-team.

Now, on to business; at the end of March, READ MORE »

Get Your Kicks On Route 66

The signs along the roadway invited you to “Get Your Kicks
On Route 66“ and even though the signs are gone…well… you can still find the retro
signs for sale in High Desert vintage shops and museums along the 2,248 miles
of history.

Route 66 Museum, Victorville, CA

http://califrt66museum.org/

 

The Mother Road, as it is also called, was built when travelers first packed up their Packards
and went gallivanting across the wide-open country. Most of the original miles
were dirt. Eventually, as motorists wanted roadways that gave them a more
comfortable tour, it was completely paved from Santa Monica, California to
Chicago, Illinois in 1937.

 

In the 1950s, families reconnecting after WWII were eager to
hit the road again. This time in convertibles and the newfangled travel
trailer. Life was good. Though not everyone owned trailers. But to keep motorists happy, motor hotels sprang up along the route…. hence the name “Motel”.

 

With travelers and their children, they got hungry, so more
rest stops and restaurants provided an amazing variety of menus for their
starving numbers. Many of these services and amusements along Route 66 are gone
but if you check out websites like http://www.historic66.com/
  you’ll get the feel for finding it the way it was… wind in your face at a slower pace.

 

And, if we follow the snappy Route 66 song written by Bobby Troup,
you’ll be purchasing a road guide for Route 66 at a museum in San Bernardino,
Victorville or Barstow, and retracing the famous pavement across the southwest
states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, then up into the
Nation’s “Breadbasket” of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois.

 

And here’s the lyrics:

 

If you ever plan to motor west,

travel my way, take the highway that’s the best.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

It winds from Chicago to LA,

more than two thousand miles all the way.

Get your kicks on Route 66.

Now you go through Saint Looey

Joplin, Missouri,

and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty.

You see Amarillo,

Gallup, New Mexico,

Flagstaff, Arizona.

Don’t forget Winona,

Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino.

Won’t you get hip to this timely tip:

when you make that California trip

Get your kicks on Route 66.

 

 

The California Route 66 Museum is located on D Street, between Fifth Street and Sixth Street, in the heart of Old Town Victorville, CA.

Rusty LaGrange

 

 

So Cal Victorville Old Town Day Trip Recommended by High Desert Blogging

Old Town Victorville in So Cal offers interesting history and fun shopping. Museum enthusiasts will enjoy California Route 66 Museum. Southwestern and rustic home decorators will love the Old World accessories and furniture at the Santa Fe Trading Company located in the old town of Victorville, CA. A couple doors down from Santa fe Trading is the Chic Boutique where you’ll find antiques, vintage and Shabby Chic lovelies.

Santa Fe Trading Ice Cream History

Santa Fe Trading Company, Victorville, CA

Learn more about Victorville’s old-town history at this delightful shop. The Santa Fe Trading Company building used to be a service station back in the day and made Victorville’s first soft-serve ice cream! The ice cream was made in the little room behind the purple door shown in the photo. Old-town tours are provided by Santa Fe owner Steve.

Unique rustic Old World accessories are available at Santa Fe Trading Company. Especially interesting are the unique displays of handcrafted oil-drum steel art made by artisans in Haiti. The art includes crosses, hearts, candle wall sconces, butterflies, and other designs. Old World accessories available at Santa Fe Trading Company’s include colorful items such as the lovely rooster and custom-made adobe-crafted shelf.

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Butterfly

Santa Fe Steel Cross from Haiti

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Art

Santa Fe Trading Haiti Steel Art

Santa Fe Trading Custom Accessories

Santa Fe Trading Rooster

For more information on ordering the oil-drum steel Haitian handcrafted art, call Santa Fe Trading Company (760) 962-1290. Hours: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm daily.

Coming soon: Santa Fe Trading Company Lamp Display and Old Town Victorville article on Shabby Chic antiques and vintage treasures

Southern California Day Trips to Take from the High Desert

World's Tallest Thermometer - Baker, CA

New to the High Desert and looking for day trips to travel to and unique sites to see? Popular places like Knott’s Berry Farm or Disneyland are only one-and-a-half hours from the Victorville area. Try visiting off-the-beaten path, unique sites listed here.

Memorial of Will Herron, Builder of World's Tallest Thermometer

World’s Tallest Thermometer The thermometer is located in Baker, California, a small community for such a tall attraction. As of 2010 census, Baker’s population was 735. The builder of the thermometer was Will Herron whose memorial is near those of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Sunset Hills Memorial Park located in Apple Valley, California. Maybe as an entrepreneur Mr. Herron visioned that the thermometer would either help the little community grow or at least bring in extra revenue.

 

 

 

Memorials of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - Sunset Hills in Apple Valley, CA

Just down the road from Sunset Hills is another fascinating site, an old dinosaur park that was built with the intention of being a miniature golf park. The concrete dinosaurs are quite unusual, and they range from small to giant size. At the time of my visit bees were flying in and out of a giant dinosaur’s mouth. You can see the bee hive in one of the photos below.

 

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Park with Bridge

Dinosaur with bee hive

 

Large Dinosaur

Old Dinosaur Miniature Golf Park

John Margotta Ferrara ROCKS!!

John Margotta Ferrara's Photography

Welcome High Desert enthusiast! What a wonderful treat to have such a great talented professional photographer in our High Desert midst, John Margotta Ferrara. Photographer for 60 years is displaying some of his works at the Eclipse Art Gallery. I call it his photo art because it reminds me of the art work of the great artist Salvador Dali. Mr. Dali’s art style became known as surrealism but based on dreams. Dali drew everyday items but changed them in odd ways. So the same is said about John Ferrara photo art. He would take a simple pickup truck and place it in the middle of a lake. And to think Mr. Ferrara was doing this type of work way before digital cameras were developed.

I own a Nikon Coolpix 5200 point-and-shoot camera, paid 500 bucks for it before I went to Iraq for a year and a half. My pocket-size camera does it all, landscape, sports, night portrait, and so on – you get the picture. Whatever I can’t do I have Photoshop which can do anything and everything, yet John Ferrara was doing the same things but only using 35 mm film and a dark room. He also photographed portraits, landscapes, and big 18-wheelers.

Tomorrow, January 21, 6 pm to 8 pm, John Ferrara is scheduled to be at the Eclipse Art Gallery, 18361 Bear Valley Rd., Apple Valley, right across the road from Victor Valley College to have a “conversation with the artist” time. All you High Desert folks, after you chase coyotes away from your pets, go clean up some and spend some time with a great professional photographer, John Margotta Ferrara.

Desert Beauty

Beauty is found in the desert in the most simplest ways that touch the senses. During this Christmas season I’ve been  privileged to see these simple desert beauties, treasures of a friend.


Relaxing in the desert takes you away from the fast pace of the city. Just a few hours spent in the desert with friends recently made me feel very aware of nature’s beauty. In the first photo I was taking in the contrast of desert sand and mountain snow. That gorgeous colorful rock in the second photo amazed me. I absolutely love natural colors like that. The swing in the next photo brings one word to mind: relaxing.  The cat and I quickly became friends. It’s a very loving cat that stands on its hind legs to be noticed.

Nature -whether desert sand, rocks, or a cat – brings joy to the heart, especially when one is not in a hurry. Sitting in a swing in the middle of the desert with your shoes kicked off brings a sense of relaxation. Well, maybe the shoes should stay on lest a snake notice the feet. However, snake skins do make nice pieces of art. But that’s another story we’ll save for a later date.

Find the beauty in your Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday after Thanksgiving in the High Desert

Ate too much turkey and sleepy? Or are you stuffed with too much dressing and pumpkin pie? Go watch Darwin’s A-Team, Victorville’s own Improv comedy troupe, this evening at 7:30 pm and they’ll wake you up. I can’t promise that the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie stuffed feeling will disappear, but it should make you laugh – or at least smile a bit. The post-Thanksgiving show will be held at:

15615 8th Street, Victorville, CA 92395

This is a family-oriented comedy troupe, so bring the whole family. I happen to know a few of these Improv performers. In fact, one of them, Karen, is the best gardener I know in the High Desert, a wonderful cook, and funny to boot. She and her husband make a hilarious Improv team even without the whole Darwin’s A-Team.

Interested in taking a class in Improv comedy? Learn more information by visiting http://darwinsateam.com/or the High Desert Center for the Arts website to view a map and contact information.

 AFTER THE COMEDY SHOW…

Darwin’s A-Team and two stand-up comedians were funny and even made the whole audience laugh. That’s saying something when your audience covers ages from little people up to the seniors.

Darwin’s A-Team with Guest Comedians

The following people who attended the post-Thanksgiving Improv performance last night say what they liked best:

Laura: I like they way the troupe worked together, the way they had fun.

Landon: When I went up on the stage.

Greg: I liked it all. It was great.

Thank you for visiting High Desert Blogging. Happy Holidays!

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