December 31, 2013 – Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens – New Year’s Eve

The major event of the morning was having a service pump our black and gray water tanks.

Shortly after lunch, we took a bus to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Front façade designed by and for Henry Huntington

Front façade designed by and for Henry Huntington

Rear facade overlooking lawns designed for Arabella Huntington

Rear facade overlooking lawns designed for Arabella Huntington

It is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington, a railroad magnet who played a large role in the late 19th and early 20th century development of Southern California. 

LIbrary (a), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31In addition to the library with its collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature (one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States) … the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. There are a number of very famous pieces we were aware of

Thomas Gainsboough's 'The Blue Boy' (1740)

Thomas Gainsboough’s ‘The Blue Boy’ (1740)

Sir Thomas Lawrence's 'Pinkie' (1794)

Sir Thomas Lawrence’s ‘Pinkie’ (1794)

 as well as others we’d never heard of, such as …

Edward Hooper's 'The Long Leg' (ca 1940)

Edward Hooper’s ‘The Long Leg’ (ca 1940)

Fredric Edwin Church's 'Chimborazo' (1864)

Fredric Edwin Church’s ‘Chimborazo’ (1864)

 Mary Cassatt's 'Breakfast in Bed'' (189

Mary Cassatt’s ‘Breakfast in Bed” (1897)

There were also many sculptures, both inside and on the grounds

Leonard Volk Bust of Abraham Lincoln (05-18-1860), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Diana the Huntress, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Statues (a), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Statue of a Woman, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Fountain, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31Then, there were some others which stretch the definition of “art”.  BRILLOThe collection also included many incredible period pieces of furniture, exquisite chandeliers and tapestries.

Furniture and Tapestry (a), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Furniture (d), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Furniture (c), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Furniture (a), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Furniture (b), Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical gardens, most notably the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, the Chinese Garden, Desert Garden and Conservatory.  Unfortunately, time only permitted us to see the first three.

ROSE GARDEN

Note the Prying Mantis

Note the Prying Mantis

Rose - Orange, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31 Rose - Red, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA - 2013-01-31JAPANESE GARDEN

Refection of crescent bridge in pond

Refection of crescent bridge in pond

Dry Water Garden

Dry Water Garden

Bonsai Silhouettes

Bonsai Silhouettes

Lantern (if it has one leg, it is for a shrine and if more than one leg it is a residential lantern)

Lantern (if it has one leg, it is for a shrine and if more than one leg it is a residential lantern)

CHINESE GARDEN

Exterior Wall of the Gardens

Exterior Wall of the Gardens

Formal Tea Room

Formal Tea Room

Tea Room Walls and Windows

Tea Room Walls and Windows

Pond for Contemplation

Pond for Contemplation

 The gardens have been frequently used as a filming location for movies (including; Mame, Midway, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Indecent Proposal, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Planner, Memoirs of a Geisha and GI Joe – The Rise of the Cobra) and television shows (CSI Miami).

 

This evening the Rally staff put on a really nice New Year’s Eve party for our group.  The food was great, wine and other beverages complimentary, the live Dixieland band music enjoyable … and new friends terrific!

Debbie, Janis & Terry, Gary & Dee and Eleanor and Ron

Debbie, Janis & Terry, Gary & Dee and Eleanor and Ron

As part of the celebrations, there was a Crazy Hat contest.  Our creations were upside-down bowls decorated with roses and topped with an RV ornament.

2013-12-31 - Dick and Debbie (Crazy Hats - a), New Year's Eve at Santa Anita Race Track, Arcadia, CAApparently the judges loved them as we ended up among the winners and won us a bottle of Champagne

2013-12-31 - Dick and Debbie (Crazy Hats - c), New Year's Eve at Santa Anita Race Track, Arcadia, CAAs our group ranges from the mid-60s and up … and because we had to catch a 6:00 AM bus to the Rose Parade, we rang the New Year in New York time and everyone was likely in bed by 10:00 PMHappy New Year.

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