MAXIMIZE YOUR HOLIDAY WITH A DAY TRIP TO BEAUTIFUL IDYLLWILD!!!
Pictured above is the illustrious Mayor of Idyllwild, Maximus Muller. This handsome dignitary won his campaign to become the first ever mayor of Idyllwild in July 2012. He spends his days attending charity events and visiting those who could use a nice warm visit. A friendly retired service-dog, Max endeavors to promote his mountain community and protect all animals. You can read all about Max and his wonderful life on his website.
The idea to elect an animal as mayor was created by the members of Animal Rescue Friends (ARF). ARF is a non-profit volunteer rescue for lost, abandoned, injured or unwanted pets. Mayor Max’s chief of staff, Phyllis Mueller, informed me that there is a lot of animal abandonment in mountain communities. ARF along with Living Free Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter, work tirelessly to save and care for 100’s of animals in need. Relying heavily on charitable donations, the funds generated by the election and the charitable events that the Mayor now supports help the shelter to continue doing it’s great work. You can also go to their websites and make donations to help!
Many don’t realize that Idyllwild is only a 30 minute drive from Palm Springs. In the Fall there is snow on the ground and the scent of beautiful pine trees in the air. Their quaint town has lovely shops & restaurants, and plenty to do including hiking, camping, mountain biking and rock climbing. With it’s stunning scenery, crisp cool air, and eclectic history, from Native American homeland to Aritst community, Idyllwild is one of my favorite places to visit!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24th, is Idyllwild’s 52nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony….”An Olde-Fashioned Christmas”. The all-day holiday festivities include Santa’s Workshop where everyone is welcome to come meet Santa & Mrs. Clause, Christmas Carolers, live Christmas Music, Holiday Shopping, Holiday foods, and much more. The tree lighting begins at 4:15pm. The 100-foot tall Christmas Tree will remain lit until January 7th.
The entire event is sponsored by the merchants of Idyllwild and paid for with tax-deductible charitable donations. You can place a donation in the red cans marked “donations” at any of the non-profit booths.
This event will be an amazing kick off to your holiday season, you can bring your whole family and it’s free. Not to mention Mayor Max will be there!!! You can’t be that!
**UPDATE: This photo of Mayor Max was snapped at the event by yours truly. He is wonderfully handsome and sweet!
P.S…. I LOVE YOUR STYLE!!
I stopped in to a reception at the Stephen Archdeacon Gallery to check out the work of brilliant artist Eric Nash. Working primarily with oil and charcoal, Eric’s art is dark, moody, sexy and fabulous! Eric has lived in the desert for 12 years, since purchasing a Wexler home in El Rancho Vista Estates sight unseen!
Eric can be seen in the photo standing in front of a stunning painting that my friend Brandon Hoskins actually purchased on the spot! Brandon has impeccable taste, he does architectural restoration and interior design, and I can’t wait to see where he places this incredible piece.
865 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
An entertaining excerpt from an article titled “Palm Springs Weekends” ….the entire article is a great read!
Marilyn Monroe was discovered here. Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned here. General Patton rehearsed World War II battles in the desert here. Patty Hearst, people say, recuperated from her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army at her uncle George Randolph Hearst’s house here. Cesar Romero allegedly had an affair with Tyrone Power here. Jack Benny and “Amos and Andy” broadcast their radio shows from here. John and Maureen Dean, of Watergate fame, owned a condominium here. Darryl Strawberry detoxed at the Betty Ford Center here. Truman Capote fell in love with an air-conditioner repairman here. Liberace died here. Darryl Zanuck won a house from Joseph Schenck in a poker game here. Jolie Gabor, the mother of Magda, Zsa Zsa, and Eva, played bridge until she was over 100 here. West German chancellor Konrad Adenauer golfed with Dwight D. Eisenhower here. Busby Berkeley is buried here. Tammy Faye Baker lives here. The U.S. Navy tests weapons at the Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range here. Carol Channing is coping with her sensational divorce here. Ronald Reagan celebrated every New Year’s Eve of his presidency here. Norman Mailer’s 1955 novel, The Deer Park, was set here. He disguised Palm Springs as Desert D’Or.