Calling All Hearts & Minds Who Love Our Gaviota Coast

Important public fundraiser for GCC

Recently I was hired to work on an event for a local environmental/conservation non-profit that I have admired for many years – The Gaviota Coast Conservancy (GCC) has been doggedly protecting the last 20 miles of rural coastline in Southern California for more than 20 years.  My first brush with the people who volunteer at Gaviota Coast Conservancy was through a local painters group that donated 40% of all its sales for a show dedicated to showing people the incredible landscapes we have in our backyard called “Visions of the Gaviota Coast.”

My heart beats loud and strong for environmental and conservation causes – like Audubon and the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  Now that last group has become a part of the fabric of Santa Barbara county with its’ stewardship of The Jack & Laura Dangermond Reserve – better know as The Bixby Ranch to most who live here.  It’s a hot bed of bio-diversity.  The Dangermond’s plopped down $165 million for the parcel and then donated it to TNC. Their personal story to this land is the thread that brought them back after 50 years to do something so generous and lasting.  On their honeymoon they camped on the Gaviota Coast and never forgot the beauty of the land.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llZcin6AulU

Come join us at the Coastal Legacy 2019 event on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21 at the Music Academy of the West.

Here’s the details:

You are invited to the Gaviota Coast Conservancy special event on Saturday afternoon, September 21stat Santa Barbara’s gorgeous Music Academy of the West

Gaviota Coast Conservancy(GCC) is a Santa Barbara based conservation organization that has been actively protecting 76 miles of coast stretching from Coal Oil Point Reserve to Point Conception for more than 20 years.  The Gaviota Coast is a globally significant bioregion with features qualifying it as a National Seashore.

In 2017 the biggest privately-owned ranch on the Gaviota Coast was preserved in perpetuity by philanthropists Jack and Laura Dangermond. The Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve, now under the direction of Michael Bell, protects 24,500 acresof the Cojo-Jalama Ranches (aka Bixby Ranch), with spectacular, undeveloped and largely undisturbed lands. We are thrilled to be honoring these two outstanding conservation heroes at our upcoming September event with the Coastal Legacy 2019Award. Michael Bell, Director of The Dangermond Preserve, will be accepting the award in their honor.

GCC has been holding the line on Gaviota Coast development since our inception in 1996, working with farm and ranch owners to keep land in productive agriculture, and keeping the coast open for the public to explore and enjoy for generations to come.

Join us at this fabulous event to protect the last rural stretch of undeveloped SoCal coastline.

Live and Silent Auction items so far:  Chris Potter original painting, “El Capitan Panorama,”;Jack Johnson personally signed Ukuleleand songbook; three nights in San Francisco Pied-a-terre; Plethora of Patagonia gear; GCC Guided Hike for eight;Dogtown-The Legend of the Z-Boysby CR Stecyk III, Glen Friedman, signed by alumni Zephyr Skate Team, donated by Team Member Peggy Oki; and more.

Follow us on Facebook to discover more auction items and other announcements as they come in.

http://www.GaviotaCoastConservancy.org/2019legacy

 

Abbott & Costello at Big Buy. Lou Needs a Computer…

I always got a kick out of Abbott & Costello from the movies to their infamous Who’s on First. This is an homage to that routine by someone much more clever than I am!

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, ‘Who’s on First?’ might have turned out something like this:
COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

ABBOTT: Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue ‘W’.

COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue ‘W’ if you don’t start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? Do you have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. At no extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on ‘START.’
If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, ‘Who’s on First?’ might have turned out something like this:
COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?

ABBOTT: Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue ‘W’.

COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue ‘W’ if you don’t start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? Do you have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. At no extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you? COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on ‘START.’

 

 

When Trigger Had Pop Culture Status

End of workday yesterday, I went into the parking gargage to go home.  Two young men in their 20s were walking away from their car, an SUV of some nondescript make.  The owner of the car pushed the auto lock and it beeped.  No surprise there, I’ve used that beeping lock sound to find my car in a lot when I can’t recall exactly where I parked.  I’ve often called the lock beep my personal Trigger.  Well, the next thing that happened is why I titled this post what it is…the SUV started up!  I laughed and the guys looked at me.  I said “it’s just like Trigger, it’s ready to ride!”  That’s when the blank look on their faces clued me in.  I said, “you aren’t familiar with who Trigger was or Roy Rogers?”  And went on to explain how the Roy only had to whistle and his horse Trigger would be there.

I used to fantasize I was in harm’s way – usually stranded in some desert complete with the saguarro cacti on the landscape –  Roy would come in and swoop me onto his horse, Trigger, to save me when that show was in its heyday.  His wife Dale could ride as well as her man Roy.  She would, of course, welcome me into their ranch home to recuperate.

Maybe the exchange made those guys search for more info on Trigger but probably not.

The name Trigger always brings a smile to my face and I bet more than a few horses must’ve been named after him. If I had a palomino it’d be my first choice.

Do you have a special memory about that TV show?  I’d like to hear from you.

 

2017 Marks 25 Years for McFadden & McFadden Entertainment PR

Time flies when you’re having fun and it sure has flown by for me looking back on 25 years in business here in Santa Barbara.  Where it all began, my office location at El Centro building is coming to an end I’m sorry to say.  It’s the only address I’ve had in SB that has not changed over the years.

The Lippincott Family who owned it since 1948 went and sold it to a land baron and his investors for …$8 million dollars.  Do ya think the rent will go up?  Oh yeah.  Mine is increasing nearly four-fold.

Top shot is Siam Carving Academy work in Bangkok, Thailand – friends who make my business logo look delicious!

Second is inside my suite – the great large red knot I rec’d from the Chinese Opera Co. for the great PR work I did for their show at the Lobero.  I gave the knot to Lovejoy’s Pickle Room when it opened in October 2013 for more good luck.  It looks even better in the new location.

Third down – Paul Wellman photographer for the SB Independent took this of me on the front steps of El Centro for a story on how I made it in SB a few years ago.

Fourth down – Back in the 90’s I was Communications Director for the Lobero Theatre. Santa Barbara Magazine wrote this little item up on me for it’s “Around Town” section.

Five & Six are Shots of the Lobero stage house, and shadows on the walls of the theatre on the dressing room side.

Last shot is the press and ads for the newly opened El Centro in 1929.  Caught with a Model T Ford of what might be the same year.  My good luck!

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I am going to relish the time I have left on my lease – through the end of February 2018.

If you’ve never seen my office, well, it’s not like any other pffice in SB.  Been described as a “Tin Pan Alley” office by which I take as a very high compliment.  Every inch of wall space is covered with posters from shows I have worked on or people I have worked with at the Lobero as well as other places.  Sweet sweet memories!

Even though my downtown era is coming to a close, I’ll still be working.   Ready to help you out.   Same phone number 805 689 5053 and same e-mail mcmpr101@gmail.com for business inquires.

 

Labor Day weekend – go inside SBSA Tour

(August 26, 2017)  Santa Barbara has always been both a refuge and an inspiration for artists from all over the world. The natural beauty drew famous artists such as Collin Campbell Cooper in the late 19th century, and has been drawing accomplished professionals ever since. According to the last census, Santa Barbara has the fifth largest population of artists in the country.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists is a nonprofit organization of visual artists who maintain working studios in Santa Barbara County, but whose work shows mainly in other places. Our purpose is to introduce great local artists to a new audience and to increase public awareness of Santa Barbara as an important destination for art and culture.

 

Karen Fedderson is just one of the 30 artists whose studio you can see – her painting of the pelicans flying over the waves is called “Freedom.”

Karen Fedderson

 

In addition to their good work, each participant is selected for their exhibition and sales history, and for their interesting studio space. Work ranges from quintessential California landscape to cutting edge abstraction, photography, and sculpture. There are many exciting new artists on the tour this year, so people who like to come every year will have some surprises. One doesn’t need to travel to New York or Santa Fe to discover a wealth of great art, one just have to know where to look.

This mosaic fish is by the award-winning Betsy Gallery.

Betsy Gallery - Roman Tunisian Fish web

This painting is by Diane Giles and is titled “What She Said”

Diane Giles - What She Said,web

Come to the 10 West Gallery at 10 W. Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara to see one piece from each participating artist on Labor Day weekend only.  Pick up your Tour Passes and Map this way, you can choose the artists you most want to visit, and use the map provided to seek out varied locations from the hills of Montecito to downtown neighborhoods out to the Santa Ynez Valley.  SBSA OST is a self-guided driving tour to the professional artists who call Santa Barbara home.

Look for the yellow flags displayed at each location.   Here SBSA President Dorothy Churchill-Johnson with the flags in front of one of her paintings.

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More info at : http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com 

Just the FactS:

WHO:            Santa Barbara Studio Artists

WHAT:          16th ANNUAL STUDIO TOUR

WHEN:       Labor Day Weekend  Saturday & Sunday: Sept. 2-3-4, 2017

SPECIAL: Opening Reception  5:00-8:00 PM on Friday, September 1 at 10 West Gallery, 10 W. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, 93101 

WHERE:     Various Private Studios in Santa Barbara County 

From Montecito to Goleta to Santa Ynez

COST:           General Admission: $20 for weekend available online

As of Friday Sept. 1 all tickets will be taken offline, and available only at 10 West Gallery.

Two or more: $15 each

http://www.santabarbarastudioartists.com

ABOUT:         More than 40 professional artists open their studios to the public for three  days on the Labor Day weekend. Talk with the artists in their private studios and learn more about their creative process. Everything from classic plein air landscapes, contemporary, figurative and abstract, to sculpture and assemblage will be on the three-day self-guided driving tour steering visitors to great art in interesting locations from the Funk Zone to beautiful estates in one of the most popular destinations in the world. The William Sansum Diabetes Center is the beneficiary this year.

www.mcfaddenpr.com        http://10WestGallery.com

The purpose of SBSA is to promote the interests of professional artists working in Santa Barbara and to increase public awareness of Santa Barbara as an important destination for art and culture.

Live Jazz @ Pickle Room Wed. March 18

For years, Willy Gilbert created one of the coolest soundtracks with his extensive collection of jazz CDs and coming in Wednesday night 6:30 – 11 pm, the soulful jazz duo of John Schnackenberg & Cougar Estrada are going to be “Willy’s live juke box” as Schnack said to me… they’ll be playing with vocalist Liz Barnitz too — she’s a jem of a singer.  Stop in and catch the jazz groove and enjoy a classic cocktail.

keyboard player Cougar Estrada and Sax player John Schnackenberg
keyboard player Cougar Estrada and Sax player John Schnackenberg

What a week!

Three events in five days that were as varied as could be. Lots of press breaks to advance the info – first up was a presentation by an expert in PTSD with a new book out, a luncheon/symposium on the 70th Anniversary of Iwo Jima and the public screening of the documentary on Jimmy’s where I was Mistress of Ceremonies.  Every event was so well-attended.  When I got to Sunday – and really had no idea of how many would show – walking into the house and seeing it full, put the cap on a powerful week for me.  I cried.  Happy tears.  Oh, and I got another client a TV news story as a new business in between the events that just aired tonight in 6pm news.  Not too shabby.