Museum Director Musings: Victorian Fair, Day One

by Paul R. Spitzzeri

It was warm, but the heavy winds died down considerably, as we hosted the first day of the weekend’s Victorian Fair today.  Unfortunately, the offramp for Hacienda Boulevard from the westbound 60 Freeway was closed due to a fallen tree, which probably had something of an impact on our attendance.

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Still, we probably had about 1,300 guests, who enjoyed music, dancing, fashion shows, a tintype photographer, some excellent food trucks, shopped with merchants and vendors, visited with local historical societies and community organizations, heard presentations on the local Kizh-Gabrieleño Indians and about the Chinese Massacre of 1871, went on self-guided tours of the Workman House which featured artifacts on Victorian-era greater Los Angeles, and more.

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As museum director, I am particularly proud of the efforts our paid staff put in with all of the planning and execution that goes toward a large festival like this and to our dedicated volunteers for devoting their time to helping the event becone a success.

Finally, a big thank-you goes out to those 1,300 guests who came out and supported what we do.  We hope we entertained and educated you and that you’ll continue to support our programs.

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Typically, when it comes to these festivals Sundays are busier than Saturdays.  Presumably, the Hacienda offramp will be open again and forecasts predict cooler weather, so we hope to see a nice crowd tomorrow as we come back and do it all again.

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