This quote by the author, who’s been cited in my Reading Log posts, decorates a display case at Some Crust Bakery in Claremont.
This is a rare view of the usually busy bakery with no one in the way. Within seconds, people entered from all sides.
The Nebraska-raised Cather never visited Claremont, but she did visit Los Angeles once, and hated it. Perhaps she would have been more kindly disposed if she had come out to Claremont.
Happy 80th birthday to Dan Sauter, the man who founded The Danson restaurant in Claremont (1973-2005, now operating as Espiau’s). More importantly, his restaurant established new criteria for how to run a restaurant in downtown Claremont: Sunday hours, outdoor seating, beer and wine. He’s the subject of Sunday’s column.
Above, an early menu for The Danson. Click on the image for a larger view.
Enough feedback on my recent John Stewart item came in that I wrote a new, longer item on the gruff-voiced singer who spent his teen years in Claremont. After that comes a visit to two art museums, also in Claremont, and a Valley Vignette, not from Claremont, all in Sunday’s column.
Norma Tanega, 80, is a longtime Claremont resident and musician (“Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” etc.). Her art is the subject of a Claremont Heritage exhibit that opens Saturday. I sat down with Tanega, a true original, for an amusing, awkward interview. That’s my Friday column.
I remember the Claremont civic leader and former mayor, as well as telling the story of the 1987 explosion at an Upland apartment complex recently in the news again, in Friday’s column.
You’ve probably seen Sumner House even if you don’t know its name; it’s the Victorian on a slight rise at First and College in Claremont. Don Pattison has been the host at the Pomona College-owned guest house, greeting visitors and living on the premises for 26 years. On his way out, he gave me a tour. Tag along in Sunday’s column.
Wait, a column on a Monday? Well, after hearing from three heartbroken readers that the Marie Callender’s in Claremont had closed after 45 years, I stopped by the restaurant Friday morning, thinking that if they’d lost their lease, and that was the last day of the month, that might be the last day I could find someone on the premises.
The owner happened to be there, answered all my questions and posed for a photo. I already had a Sunday column mostly done, which couldn’t wait, and have a column planned for Wednesday. What to do?
So, after filing Sunday’s column Friday and breaking for lunch, I returned to the office and cranked out a Callender’s column, with photo gallery, in a breakneck 90 minutes. Bonus! I wish they were all this easy.
In Claremont, I attended a very interesting panel talk last week about the darker side of the citrus industry, related to an equally interesting exhibit full of recently donated items of citrus memorabilia. The whole thing, including the donation, became Friday’s column.
Few things in Claremont are more Claremonty than the Folk Music Center, home to instruments, classes, workshops, live performances and living history. I write about this local institution, founded in 1958, in Friday’s column.
Tucked away on the Pomona College campus is a James Turrell Skyspace, a plaza where watching the people is as enjoyable as watching the heavens. I visit, repeatedly, and Stan Lim takes photos for Wednesday’s column.
I wrote this prior to vacation while the material was fresh in my mind. And now I’m back.