This rally wasn’t just about the parade although that would have been enough! Besides the Get Acquainted Social, float decorating event, Showcase of Floats and the Parade itself there was a lot organized to keep us busy.
- We had 3 and 1/2 hours to quickly tour the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens located in San Marino, CA.
For qualified scholars, the Huntington Library is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the US in the fields of British and American history and literature. For the general public, the Library has on display some of the finest rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization. Altogether, there are about 9 million items.
More than a dozen gardens cover 120 acres of the 207-acre grounds. Among the most beautiful are the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden and the Chinese Garden.
You could spend 3 days here and not see it all! It was beautiful!
- We had a great dinner at the San Antonio Winery in downtown L.A. where we toured, wine tasted, ate and shopped. The San Antonio Winery remains the last producing winery in L.A. with over 97 years of winemaking under its belt.
- We went to the Rose Bowl Festival Grounds (located near the Rose Bowl Stadium) where we viewed two of the major float barns. This was the final stages of preparation. We roamed the grounds and shopped at the kiosks selling official Rose Bowl licensed goods and memorabilia.
- We went to Bandfest at Pasadena City College to catch a sneak peak of the 2015 Rose Parade bands as they performed their award -winning field shows that led to their parade selection. Unfortunately this was the only afternoon that it poured!
- We had lunch at the Santa Anita Park’s Club Court Restaurant for a special luncheon and a day at the horse races. Didn’t walk away with any winnings – my lunch & afternoon at the races cost me $6!
- New Year’s Eve dinner & dance to the sounds of the Crown City Dixieland Band in the Rally tent. The funniest thing was we celebrated on “New York time” so at 9 p.m. PST we were watching the ball drop in NY, singing Auld Lang Syne and drinking champagne! There was also a “Crazy Hat” contest – which we didn’t participate in… Back at our coaches by 9:30!
- All meals, transportation, event tickets, rally parking, water top-up, electricity, were included in the price. Priceless were the people we met, new friends we made, invitations to park in driveways, recommended RV destinations, memories and 1 off the bucket list!
… 2nd part of this sky writing message –Geez – never a missed marketing opportunity! Happy New Year Everyone!