Friday, June 24, 2016

Calendar of Upcoming Events Carmel by the Sea - June 25, 2016 to July 9, 2016

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A quick rundown of the events for the next two weeks: 

1. Annual Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour – June 25, 2016 (1pm to 5pm)

Have you ever wanted to go behind the gates of some of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s historic homes?  This is your opportunity.  Eight homes will be open.  The Dune’s, built in 1846, The First Brick House built in 1898, The Charles Sumner Greene Studio, Villa Scimmia build by M. J. Murphy, Curtain Calls built by Hugh Comstock, the Frank Lloyd Wright House built in 1952, the Church of the Wayfarer, and First Murphy House which showcases the brand new exhibit Carmel Then/Now.  Tickets are available on line at Carmel Heritage or at First Murphy House at Lincoln and 6th the day of the event.  

2. Rock and Rod Show at Custom House Plaza, Monterey -  June 25, 2016 (10am to 6:30pm)

Rock ‘n’ roll and hot rods come together at the Custom House Plaza next to Fisherman’s Wharf.  This is a show of classic cars manufactured before 1975 and is free for spectators.   

3. Bacon Fest Monterey June 25, 2016 and June 26, 2016 - 11am to 6pm  (Monterey County Fair and Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road)

It is all about bacon as vendors at the Bacon Fest feature food made with bacon as the main ingredient and the BaconBar serves Bacon Margaritas and Bacon Bloody Marys. Chef Todd Fisher of Tarpy’s Roadhouse and host of TV’s United States of Bacon as well as Chef Tony Baker of Bakers Bacon will be serving up bacon culinary masterpieces all day.  There will also be a great line up of bands and performers at the Garden Stage.   For more information visit Monterey Bacon Fest

4.  Mary Poppins at the Golden Bough Theater Carmel-by-the-Sea (Monte Verde between 8th and 9th)

Pac Rep is presenting the always fun and entertaining stage show, Mary Poppins. For dates, times, and ticket prices visit Pacific Repertory Theater .

5. Evenings By The Bay - Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row

Take advantage of extended hours at the Monterey Aquarium while enjoying wine, food, music and more on Saturdays and Sundays from July 2 to September 4.  Aquarium admission includes the extended hours till 8pm, but note that not all exhibits will be open during those extended hours. Locals receive reduced admission price after 6pm. For more information call 831/648-4800 or visit

Featured entertainment includes:
Saturday July 2 – Derek Smith – Caribbean music
Sunday July 3 – Kenny Stahl – Jazz
Saturday July 9 – Wharf Rats – Classic Rock & Blues

6. California State University Summer Arts Program at CSUMB, World Theater, 5260 6th Avenue, Seaside, CA

June 27, 2016 - Stage Combat Fight Choreography Lecture and Demonstration 7pm ($13 students, $15 regular) 
June 28, 2016 - Barry Underwood Photography Lecture 7pm ($8 students, $10 regular)
June 29, 2016 - Vinton Heuck and Christopher Notbusch Animation, Media, and Sculpture Lecture 7pm ( $8 students, $10 regular)
July 1, 2016 - David Goetsch Writing and Media Lecture 7pm ($8 students, $10 regular) 

7. Local Fourth of July Celebrations – July 4, 2016 

Carmel-by-the-Sea 12 to 4 pm in Devendorf Park – An old-fashioned, family-style celebration with entertainment, food and lots of games for the kids.  Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy the afternoon in the park.  All food and festivities are FREE! 

City of Monterey 
Pancake Breakfast at the Firehouse 600 Pacific Street from 7 - 11am ($10)
Parade 10am down Alvarado and Calle Principal
Lawn Party 11am -Colton Hall 570 Pacific Street Monterey Country Pops! Golden State Theater 417 Alvarado Street - Free doors open at 6pm, concert begins at 7pm.   


Lot's to keep us all busy!  Until next time Happy Adventures!

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Photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright House and 4th of July in Devendorf Park by LA Momboisse others courtesy of event web sites. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Carmel Heritage Society Centennial Year House and Garden Tour June 25, 2015 - Seven Historic Homes Open!

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This Saturday, June 25, 2015, from 1 to 5pm Carmel Heritage Society  is once again hosting its annual House and Garden Tour, this year featuring seven really special homes for your viewing pleasure.  Tickets can now be ordered online at, and can be picked up at First Murphy House starting at 11am the day of the tour.

In the meantime, we thought we'd give a quick preview of this year's featured homes:

First Murphy Circa 2015
First Murphy House

First Murphy House, located at Lincoln and Sixth was built by M. J. Murphy in 1902. It has undergone quite a change over the last few months. If you haven't been by lately you won't recognize the inside. 

First Murphy House Today

Take some time either before or after the tour to enjoy Carmel Heritage Society's Centennial Exhibit Carmel Then/Now featuring one hundred years of Carmel history in photographs, text, and video. The exhibit is free to the public and open Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 3pm.  

After enjoying the tour, return to First Murphy House from 3 to 6pm for a reception featuring light refreshments sponsored by Village Corner and Thomas Bateman Hood Architecture

Author Kathryn Gualtieri will be in the garden behind First Murphy House signing her novel A Brush With Death, the latest in her mystery series which highlights the adventures of journalist Nora Finnegan in Carmel during the 1920s. 

And don't forget to pick up a flyer that entitles you to free shipping (if you order through Carmel Heritage) for the soon to be released book Historic Homes and Inns of Carmel-by-the-Sea, co-authored by Alissandra Dramov and Lynn A. Momboisse. This book features 150 of Carmel's charming and distinctive homes and inns.  It is the first time that such a vast number of these beloved homes and inns have been photographed, mapped and published in a single book.  Pre-orders at benefit Carmel Heritage Society.  

After picking up your tour ticket, enjoy going behind the gates of five other historic homes and one church. 

Curtain Calls

Curtain Calls was built in 1929 by Hugh Comstock, who is known for his storybook-style homes.  It was lovingly restored in 2011.

Curtain Calls

After touring the main house, wander the grounds and take a look inside Second Act the Carmel Stone guest house completed in 2012. 

Second Act

Villa Scimmia

Villa Scimmia was built by M. J. Murphy in 1926 for $7,100. This home has been beautifully remodeled over the years, all the while keeping intact many of M. J. Murphy's original elements of the California adobe and Spanish Eclectic styles.

Villa Scimmia

Make sure to enjoy the beautiful French doors and windows and the well appointed decorations and fixtures before wandering the expansive terraced garden area. 

Greene Studio

Charles Sumner Greene arrived in Carmel in 1916 with his wife and five children.  He quickly built a board and batten house for his family.  In the 1920's Greene began work on his brick Studio which would sit to the east of the family home on Lincoln, and accessed through the teak wood front door hand carved by Greene himself. 

Green studio

Inside, be sure to notice the imprinted designs in the wall plaster surrounding the windows and archways.  These were created by Greene using a carved mold pressed into the wet plaster.  Pay particular attention to the wood carvings. These too were all hand crafted by Greene.  

Greene Studio Front Door
The Dunes

The Dunes is Carmel's oldest house, built in 1846 by sea captain Matthew M. Murphy (no relation to M. J. Murphy) on the sand dunes just south of Pescadero Canyon. 

The Dunes

Between 1904 and 1920 this was the home of Frank and Jane Powers. Frank Powers and James Franklin Devendorf are considered the co-founders of Carmel-by-the-Sea. 

This house has been lovingly restored following historical guidelines.  Note the original Dutch door entry with a quatrefoil window.  The inside fireplace, which was originally used for cooking as well as heating, still has the iron cookware attachments on display.  The lumber used on the interior (including the ceiling) is redwood. Note the circular saw marks on the wall wood. 

When you are done taking in the interior, walk the expansive grounds with towering 150 year old eucalyptus and imagine what it would have been like to live on this incredible piece of land at the turn of the 20th century.  

The First Brick House

The First Brick House, located on Monte Verde between 5th and 6th, was built in Carmel City by Benjamin Turner in 1898.  Mr. Turner is considered the first brick mason of Carmel, having also been responsible for the stonework on the Christian Jorgensen Tower (La Playa Carmel) and the Highlands Inn.  

First Brick House

Mrs. Clinton Walker House 
by Frank Lloyd Wright

Mrs. Clinton Walker's Cabin on the Rocks at Scenic and Martin Way is open thanks to the Henderson Family who graciously allows this jewel of Carmel-by-the-Sea to be on the Carmel Heritage Tour once again. I have toured the Frank Lloyd Wright house countless times and it never grows old.  

 Church of the Wayfarer

James Franklin Devendorf donated land in 1904 to the First Methodist Episcopal Church.  After the original wooden building was found to be too small for the congregation, the first expansion of the church was completed in 1926.  A completely new building was built by Carmel architect Robert Stanton (husband of the first president of Carmel Heritage Society, Virginia Stanton) and now known as the Church of the Wayfarer Carmel's first Protestant Church came to be.

Take time to wander their lovely garden featuring plants that are mentioned in the Bible, then tour the interior of the sanctuary to view the incredible stained glass windows and 18th century wood wainscoting. 

Carmel Heritage Society's DVD on Carmel, Don't Pave Main Street, narrated by former Mayor Clint Eastwood, will be playing at the Church of the Wayfarer.  If you enjoy it, it's available for purchase either online at or in person at First Murphy House during open hours, Tuesday through Saturday 12 to 3pm. 

Hope to see you all at this year's Tour. 

Until next time Happy Adventures!

For an interactive map and guided walking tour covering many of our tours please be sure to download the GPSmyCity App from the iTunes store. The App covers an extensive library of articles and walking tours from over 470 cities worldwide, and now features articles from Adventures of a Home Town Tourist covering Carmel and Monterey (with more cities on the way).


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Run In The Name of Love 2016 - Carmel by the Sea, California

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The Run In The Name of Love Run/Walk event began in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2005 as a benefit race held in loving memory of Brian J. Love of Carmel.  Six years ago his mother, Susan Love, brought the run to Brian’s hometown.  The 5K and 2K events benefit Just Run, the Big Sur International Marathon’s Youth Fitness Program. 

Run In The Name of Love is a unique event where individual runners and walkers pay tribute to someone special in their life.  This Father’s Day, Mike and I are running for our family members who are living and those who have passed before us. 

The weather couldn't be better.  The course is beautiful and we look to see some very fast times (relatively speaking).

We are joined by our friend Jenny Rose and her family who are running in memory of Jenny's daughter Madison Rose. 

Local resident and four time Big Sur Marathon winner Adam Roach is expected to complete the 5K in 15 minutes.

The rest of us will take a bit longer. (Editor's Note: Major props to Adam Roach for being such a nice guy and putting up with us.  I challenged him to a race today and to his credit he was able to eek out a win right at the end by a scant 13 minutes.  I could tell he was worried.)

Our furry friends participate in the 2K and look forward to their treat at the finish line.

Some spend the time before the race catching up with friends they haven't seen since last year.

Some use the time to rest, knowing the course will be challenging.  

Mayor Steve Dallas opens the events, Susan Love reminds us why we run, Myles Williams sings the National Anthem, and we are off. 

The 5K heads south on San Carlos, turns left on Santa Lucia, right on Rio Road...

right on Lasuen and past the Carmel Mission. 

Lasuen turns into Dolores 

as it passes Mission Ranch.  

Left on 15th past River School.  

Then left on Carmelo past
Carmel River Wetlands 

to Carmel River Beach and
spectacular view of Point Lobos.

Carmel Point is about half way! 

Half Way!  I MADE IT!

Carmelo turns into Scenic. 

Past the "Butterfly House"

and the Henry Johnson House, both built by Frank Wynkoop  in the early 1950s. 

Round the corner to a view of the iconic house built by Frank Lloyd Wright and views of Carmel Beach and Pebble Beach.  

At Cooke's Cove (Scenic and 13th) 

we catch up with the 2K runners
 and their furry friends.  

Finally we finish at the parking lot at the base of Ocean Avenue.

Its not too early to register for next years race which takes place on June 18, 2017.  We'll be there and hope to see you too!

Until next time Happy Adventures!

For an interactive map and guided walking tour covering many of our tours please be sure to download the GPSmyCity App from the iTunes store. The App covers an extensive library of articles and walking tours from over 470 cities worldwide, and now features articles from Adventures of a Home Town Tourist covering Carmel and Monterey (with more cities on the way).


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Photography and Video by LA and RM Momboisse