Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Prairie Home Companion

Live broadcast from the Santa Barbara Bowl, Saturday, June 5th, at 2:45 p.m.  If you've wondered just what really happens at one of the Prairie Home Companion live shows, now's your chance to find out.  Garrison Keillor and company continue their 30 year tradition of music and stories from Lake Wobegon (and other famous locations!) right here in Santa Barbara.  Guest musician is Sara Watkins. Tickets range from $49.50 to $79.50. Make a fun weekend of it, we've still got rooms and would love to see you...

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Madonnari

One of my favorite Santa Barbara festivals happens over the Memorial Day holiday.  I Madonnari, the Italian Street Painting Festival, brings out chalk artists from near and far to create a wonderful tapestry of color, whimsy and beauty at the Old Mission.  The festival is a benefit for the Children's Creative Project where sponsors (businesses and individuals) purchase pavement squares on the Mission plaza to become the canvas for their chosen artists. The artists will begin on Saturday, May 29th this year, and almost of the works are complete by Sunday afternoon.  We still have rooms available for this holiday weekend, so come on over. How lovely to take evening stroll around the Mission,  watch the artists at work, and admire their paintings. Free.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Alice Keck Park

 The true name of this lovely one block park just a quick stroll from the Inn is the Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, but locals typically just call it Alice Keck Park.  Dedicated in May, 1980, it was the gift to the city by, you guessed it, Alice Keck Park. (Hence the Memorial Gardens in the name.)  Deborah decided to blog on this today having just taken a walk through this miniature gem of a botanic garden. On any given day, you will find folk doing Tai Chi, dozing, reading or painting on the lawn, accompanied by water sounds.  You are never far from one of several water features (some quite small) as you wander along meandering paths by hundreds of flowering shrubs and trees.  The koi and lotus pond and gazebo add a timeless quality to the center of the park, and the turtles are a favorite of parents with young children. You can find quiet benches scattered throughout for just sitting or maybe sharing lunch with a friend.  There are audio stations explaining the exotic and native plants and their environments for the horticulturally curious. The park features numerous drought tolerant and low water usage plants. This is a favorite location for weddings and elopement ceremonies. 

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Miniature Horses

Living in the 2 season climate of Santa Barbara, it's easy to see Spring in the flowering trees and greening mountains.  But in the horse country of the Santa Ynez Valley, just a 40 minute drive from Santa Barbara, Spring means the foaling season.  About a week ago, Marie and Deborah visited the Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch to see the newborn colts and fillies.  We learned that a miniature horse is not a pony, but a horse that has been bred for size over many generations - they cannot be taller than 34 inches from the base of their manes to the ground. So some dogs are bigger than these horses.  The ranch usually has about 30 foals born between April and June and we got to see twelve.  Two of them less than a week old.  Mostly they just sleep in the paddock near their moms but after a few minutes, suddenly a palomino colt jumped up and ran in circles as frisky as could be until mom chased him down.  Marie's comment? They are cute as the dickens. Quicksilver Ranch is open year round, from 10 am to 3 pm.  While you're in the area, take a look at the miniature donkeys in nearby Ballard at See In Spots Farm - they're open Wed through Sun 10 am - 3pm.. These little guys are personality plus.

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn