Sunday, March 25, 2012

Another Rainy Night

It's been a chilly, rainy day here in Southern California and our internet service at home was interrupted due to the storm.  At this late hour, we've just got the internet back up and running, so this will be a short post tonight.

There are many events coming up at WFS in the next few weeks.  Our annual Spring Holiday Coloring Contest starts tomorrow, so bring your kids in to pick out their favorite scene to color and return for a chance at winning one of three special prizes.  The artwork will be displayed in store for all to admire!  Prizes will be awarded at our traditional Spring Open House in April, so be sure to look for our event notification.  Fancy Food Truck Friday makes its return on April 13th, with the following gourmet food truck line up:

Nom Nom Truck
Bool BBQ
Sweet E's "the mini bake shop"

More later on events yet to be scheduled next week - until then, have a great week and wish for sun tomorrow!

Lori and Scott

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Not A Ghost Of A Chance....

Photo Credit: Dan Abendschein

Many people refer to the land around the old Cobb Estate in Altadena as "The Haunted Forest".  Located  on the east side of the street at the top of Lake Avenue, the iron gates to the estate still stand.  Further in lies the remains of the old foundation of the property and the steps eerily leading to nowhere.  You can see it in this video, made by erstwhile "ghost hunters", here , and there are several more at that link.

I lived up there, smack dab in the middle of the Las Flores Canyon, for many years and never realized I was living in ghost country.  I never "felt" anything weird up there, nor did anyone else who came up there, but here you have some documented evidence of paranormal activity going on.  I've hiked the trail up to Echo Mountain a lot, but I'll tell you, I didn't do it at night.  It's probably a good thing I didn't - I don't want to personally verify these ghost hunter videos.

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Altadena is a pretty interesting place, whether you're looking for ghosts, hiking, great gelato or wonderful shops.  It's not a place that's easy to forget.....kind of like us.  Drop by sometime soon, we've got new artists added to our mix and we'd love to show you their creations!  Remember, Fancy Food Truck Friday begins its monthly appearance on April 13th - maybe we'll arrange a ghost sighting for you.

Have a great week, friends, and we'll talk next week!

Lori and Scott

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Which Way Did He Go, George?

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t want to go but ought to be." — Rosalynn Carter, First Lady

I ran across this post yesterday while going through my email and loved it so much, I thought we'd talk about it tonight.

Sure, a leader will take people where they want to go - they're whom we follow most eagerly.  What happens, though, when someone challenges the status quo, who makes people think and maybe become a bit uncomfortable doing so?  Are they followed as eagerly as the leader taking people where they want to go?

Of course they're not.  But think about this quote for a moment, I beg, and see how it applies to your life.  To take a phrase that's overused greatly these days, are you thinking outside the box?  Now apply this quote to your community.  Do you know someone who's thinking outside that box, working toward something that's not so easy or popular?  I'll bet you do.

On that note, I'd like to tell you that community visioning meetings are coming up as a part of the re-designing of our Community Standards here in Altadena.  Information about these meetings will be found in our local news blog soon.  I recommend watching for the information, making plans to attend, and giving us your ideas.  Ideas are good, even if they make some uncomfortable.

Have a wonderful week, friends, we'll talk next week!

Lori and Scott

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Signs Of Spring!

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March 3, 2012
Dear Friends of WFS,

The sun is staying out later and later these days - are you
anticipatingthe spring season as much as we are?
Goodbye to achingly cold weather and hello to beautiful
skies and fluffy white clouds, flowers in the  yard and,
of course, the return of outdoor fun and activities!
Daylight Savings starts on March 11th this year and
 that gives us plenty of reasons to  celebrate.
Read on to find out what's on our calendar these
next few weeks so  you won't miss these fun-filled events!                                                          
Center Table Spring 2012

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Real Irish At WFS!

On Friday, March 9th, WFS is pulling all the
stops out for an early celebration of St.
Patrick's Day!  Join us for our monthly 
wine pairing event, hosted by's Michael Holland.   
Starting at 4:30 pm, taste some lovely 
Chardonnays with Irish-inspired
finger foods. 

  Anne Louise Bannon and Michael Holland            Petrea Burchard
At 5:30 pm, local authors Anne Bannon, 
wife of Michael Holland, and Petrea Burchard, of
Pasadena Daily Photo Blog ,will read selec-
tions of Irish and Celtic literature.  You won't
want to miss this humorous and  lightly ribald
collection of prose and poetry, read by two of
our area's most fascinating ladies!   Anne is 
pictured above left with her husband, Michael,
and that's Petrea next to them on the right.

Following the reading, we'll stay and welcome
local artist Scot Schneir and his art, newly
exhibited on our walls.  WFS will stay open
until 8:00 pm, so feel free to come by and
say hello, have a glass of wine, delight in the
Irish readings, sample some tasty appetizers,
and view some amazing art!   

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Put The Fork In Hunger
Food Drive For Union Station


Great Music and Food For A Cause

 Food drive 8:00am to 10:00pm, Wednesday, March 7, 2012
 Fundraiser starts at 6:00pm
The infamous Fork In The Road Gang are up to  great things
again. In conjunction with THE Magazine and THE Weekly
Insider, thisgrassroots volunteer group is hosting a day-long
fundraiser and canned food drive on Wednesday, March 7th
with the theme,"Put The Fork In Hunger."  

The community is being asked to donate canned food
that day in front of Eden Garden Restaurant on Holly
Street in Old  Pasadenabetween 8 AM and 6 PM. 
Following the food drive a fundraiser will take place
inside Eden Garden. Tickets for this special event
including Mediterranean dishes, desserts and special
live entertainment from just released bands, are $25. 
*Space is limited. We encourage you to purchase
 tickets in advance. (see link)
WFS will be collecting food for this event - please drop your
canned or  packaged food donations into the box at the rear
entrance of the store and receive a 10% discount off all purchases
made at the store.  If you have any questions, please ask a WFS
crew member!

Fancy Food Truck Friday Returns!

Fancy Food Truck Friday Aug 2011

Be sure to mark your calendars for the return of our hugely
popular Fancy Food Truck Fridays at 5:00 pm on April 13th!
Webster's Community Pharmacy, Webster's Liquor and WFS
collaborate to bring you this community centered monthly event
where the emphasis is on fun, food and friends!  Visit one of
several gourmet food trucks that prepare the freshest, most
critically acclaimed dishes in town - but save room for dessert!
We've had the Grilled Cheese Truck, The Nom Nom Truck,
Sweet-Es, The Border Grill Truck, The No Reservations
Truck and Greenz On Wheelz - let us know your favorite and
we'll see if we can get them here!

Look for the trucks on every 2nd Friday of the month through
December, 2012 and watch our Facebook page to find out
which trucks are coming!

This  is the latest WFS newsletter - we hope you enjoy it!  We have many 
more events and items of interest on the horizon - stay tuned for news of 
our April wine pairing, a multi-artist reception and our next seminar 
tentatively called "Business Websites, Social Media and You"! 
 That's all for now - have a great week, friends!

Lori and Scott