Published : Monday, October 23, 2017 | 12:51 PM
Julia Long, founder and tour guide for Pasadena Walking Tours, will lead members of the Pasadena Senior Center on virtual strolls through Pasadena’s history the third Fridays in November, December and January.
Each month will feature a new theme as Long uses photographs and stories to enhance the virtual tour, followed by an actual tour of a well-known local institution. The cost for each virtual tour is only $10. Reservations can be made at the Welcome Desk at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Members are responsible for paying entry fees to museums.
Women Artists in Pasadena – Friday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. Since its founding in the late 19th century, Pasadena has been a favorite home to artisans attracted to its proximity to nature and special quality of light. This virtual tour will focus on some of the artistic communities in Pasadena, particularly the female artists who lived here or were inspired by the area to create their art. The tour will be followed by a visit to the Pasadena Museum of California Art to view “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit,” an exhibition about the trailblazing California impressionist whose works made her well-known in 20th century art circles.
New Year’s Day in Pasadena: A Look Inside the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game – Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Pasadena is best known worldwide as the home of the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. This virtual tour will provide a brief overview of the parade and its history as well as a look into some of the lesser known stories about New Year’s Day in Pasadena and how it shaped the city and its people. The tour will be followed by a visit to the Pasadena Museum of History to view the exhibition “Royals of Pasadena: Rose Queen and Royal Court.”
The Effect of the Transcontinental Railroad on Pasadena Homes – Friday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Much of the stained glass in historic Pasadena homes was designed and created at the Tiffany Studios in New York and then transported to the west coast on the transcontinental railroad. This virtual tour will take a look at decorative arts in Pasadena in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how the railroad and other forms of transportation during that period helped shape the landscape and connect early Pasadenans to the rest of the world. The tour will be followed by a visit to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens to view the exhibition “Tiffany Favrile Glass.”
Born and raised in Pasadena, Long studied art history at the University of Toronto and the University of Oxford in England. In addition to managing Pasadena Walking Tours, she writes and does historical research for the National Trust in England, which oversees one of the world’s largest art and heritage collections.
For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.