The venerable Claremont Club shut its doors Friday. Of course its doors were already shut due to coronavirus, which was the problem. With no revenue coming in, owners decided to shutter for good and sell the 19-acre property. I write about that in Sunday’s column.
You might like knowing that I’d written a draft of a column about “The Twilight Zone” Thursday afternoon, intending to finish that on Friday. But news had broken about the club’s closing, the Courier had a short story online, and I thought I might as well drop by the club Friday morning on my way into work and see if I could snag enough people to turn a column around quickly. Sure enough, I spoke to a couple of people in the parking lot and the club’s CEO let me in for an interview and photos.
Sorry, “TZ” fans, but your day will come, maybe next Sunday. In the meantime, it was kind of fun to report and write a column from scratch, and take photos, all in a few hours.
Local angles to football movies starring the Marx Brothers and Red Grange and an episode of Columbo, plus a man’s website tribute to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre grows more elaborate, and a survey of young people regarding John Wayne and Elton John has dismaying (but not unexpected) results, all in Wednesday’s column.
This is all Inland Valley-focused research done earlier this year, largely in March and April, but not compiled or written up until now. Figured I oughta get it all cleared out while my new Press-Enterprise readers are more forgiving.
The latest around Claremont’s independent movie house is that, closed during coronavirus, it’s also on the market. As a fan of the theater, the only consistent place to see indie and foreign films in the 909, I write about the possibility of its being sold for Friday’s column.
Barbara Cheatley’s boutique in the Claremont Village has a cute poster in the window about masking up. That’s the first of seven (!) items in Wednesday’s column.
I’ve been walking more during the pandemic, and you probably have too. I write about walking in Claremont while also sharing your routes and thoughts. “What a great way to become more acquainted with your neighborhood,” one walker enthuses. That’s the subject of Friday’s pedestrian-friendly, but hopefully not pedestrian, column.
In Sunday’s column, I write about a Claremont Starbucks that has closed permanently, and also was a favorite spot of mine.
I started writing this last Monday as a potential secondary item to appear after the lead item Wednesday about Trudi Blair’s birthday celebration. But as I wrapped up I realized I had enough to make a column and set it aside. Maybe a Starbucks closing isn’t column-worthy, I don’t know, but it’s a place I liked, and I’m sure others liked it too.
I took a walk Tuesday afternoon around Claremont’s downtown, where a longtime store owner was about the close for two weeks, a bakery had sold out of bread and an ex-Byrd was trying to return a library book. The result of my ramble is a casual, observational Friday column.
A sad start to Sunday’s column, as the man I wrote about last October died while crossing the street in Claremont. Also, I vote at the LA County Fairgrounds, and Claremont’s Shakespeare Festival is imperiled.
Podge’s Claremont Juice Co. in the Village is closing Saturday. Thinking it’d be nice to get an item into my column prior to that, I dropped in to inquire and found not only the owner but the previous owner as well. Also, a Pomona man will be on “Wheel of Fortune” Friday and the Pomona Christmas parade is Saturday. All this is in Friday’s up-to-the-minute column.
Ripped from last week’s headlines, impeachment witness David Holmes attended college in Claremont. Also: more about the old stone wall in Claremont, Ontario council meetings are recommended to time-pressed students and more, all in Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving column.