Homeland Security At Four Seasons Biltmore

IF you were stuck in traffic on Channel Drive Friday, June 8 and wondered what the heavy-duty armored truck, the black German Shepherd dogs, and militarily attired gun-toting guards holding up the large red Stop signs were up to, well, so were we. You may have heard about Italy’s first-ever U.S.-launched satellite that went up from Vandenberg? Apparently, Homeland Security decided the group of Italians that came to watch the blast-off at Vandenberg – and who gathered at the Biltmore – were in need of some serious protection…

Gossip, Rumor, and Innuendo

David Florimbi isn’t sure whether to be angry or flattered. During a break-in at a Contemporary Arts Forum exhibit in April, the only thing stolen was one of David’s paintings. He had hoped it would be retrieved, but the painting remains MIA… Gene Montesano, owner of two of Montecito’s most popular eateries – Lucky’s and Tre Lune – has closed the venerable Joe’s in downtown Santa Barbara and is in the process of a complete and radical makeover… Carpinteria’s Tee Time driving range and practice facility golf instructor Michael Wolseley just turned 50, but celebration of that momentous occasion is not the reason he hasn’t been seen at Tee Time of late; Michael qualified for the European Senior Tour last summer and has gone to England to prepare for his tour debut. Qualifying rounds begin when a golfer turns 49, although he isn’t able to compete until the age of 50. Michael has high hopes of entering as many as six tournaments this season… In case you missed it, MJ Society columnist Lynda Millner reports that Four Seasons Biltmore owner Ty Warner has donated furniture culled from his various hotel and resort properties around the world to CALM; they’ll be for sale at the upcoming Antique Show at Earl Warren Showgrounds at the end of September.

Art Faire At Cold Spring School

By Sunnie Robertson

Cold Spring School celebrated its 42nd Annual Art Faire on Thursday, May 31st. The Faire is Cold Spring's version of I Madonnari where students use chalk to draw on the blacktop. Along with drawing one-dimensional art, students created "edible" art to be eaten at the Faire. Some of this year's favorites were a cookie garden, a woven fruit roll-up purse and, of course, the Black Pearl pirate ship made simply of chocolate bars. Ginny Speirs, a Cold Spring parent and local artist chaired the event.

Each classroom was given a theme based on a famous artist. A few of the themes were Jim Dine's Hearts, Kandinsky's Circles and Magritte's surrealist images. Classrooms were also filled with art that had been created throughout the year. Students spent a portion of the day creating their images on the blacktop, and later that afternoon the Faire opened to families and neighbors for all to enjoy.

Cold Spring School Superintendent Dr. Bryan McCabe thanked Cold Spring's art teacher Pam Kaganoff “for her passion and dedication to the students.” On hand too was the band "Grateful Dads" (Jason Campbell, David Lafond and David Moseley), which provided event entertainment.

Flooding in Summerland

Although Pictures In A Row free-lance producer Katherine Kennedy informed us she was “not authorized to talk about” what the commercial was they were shooting on Lillie Avenue in Summerland that prompted her production company to flood a portion of the street, we couldn’t help noticing the handsome Land Rover (LR3) that glided through over two feet of water, passing cars nearly inundated by the flooding.

The water wasn’t quite deep enough to swim in, but it did serve to illustrate how dependable the LR3 is, and that it is imbued with the ability to drive through a fast-flooding area with impertinence.

Los Angeles-based Pictures In A Row chose the Lillie Avenue location after the company spent ten days searching for an upscale community and a road they could flood with up to 27 inches of water. Katherine Kennedy, in charge of the shoot explained: “We looked in Texas; we looked in Missouri; we looked in Washington and Oregon. We needed to have a certain topographical situation with the road; we needed good drainage. This road was like [finding] a needle in a haystack, but Bill [Williams] found it for us."

We wondered about the permit process, which Ms Kennedy called “elaborate.” Jim Norris at the County Film Commissioner’s office “pushed things through quickly”; he told them exactly what they needed to do; for example, they had to seal and protect the road before being allowed to flood it.

“Was it easy?

"No, but was it smooth? I would say so.”

As for Summerland, Ms Kennedy noted she was pleased to have found a location so close to Los Angeles and that the town proved to be “a lovely setting and the people here have been fantastic, so it’s a good thing.”