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Go Back to the 50's with Chet Getz Cool


Sunday, July 26, from 5:30 - 7 pm - FREE

To commemorate the Rancho’s transfer from the Bixby family to the City of Long Beach in 1955, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is presenting Back To The 50’s, a celebration of American Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, and Country Music. The series takes place on the forth Sunday of the month between May and August, and is completely free. Guests are welcome to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnicking in the beautiful backyard lawn. Music begins at 5:30 and continues until 7 p.m.

In July, the series continues with Chet Getz Cool. Chet Baker helped define the West Coast Cool sound. As a trumpet player, he was a fan favorite in Down Beat magazine’s reader poll, beating Miles Davis two years in a row, and earning the Best Jazz Vocalist award in 1956. Stan Getz, known as ‘The Sound’ for the soft tone of his tenor saxophone, also advanced the West Coast Cool sound, and is best known for his mid-60’s forays into Bossa Nova. Baker and Getz played together early in their careers, and reconnected much later.

Chet Getz Cool, then, is a tribute to these two artists, organized by Anthony Shadduck, a bassist and band leader who’s been working professionally for many years in Southern California. He’s assembled a team of top notch players, including Tim Gil as Baker and Alex Sadnik as Getz. They’ll be joined by Adam Bravo on piano and Sam Webster on drums.

On August 23, The Walking Phoenixes will resurrect the spirit of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and low beach-style chairs. High backed chairs are not allowed. Pets, and smoking, are not allowed anywhere on the site. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is limited handicapped parking on site, and additional parking is available in an adjacent lot, and on the street.

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Overview of 2015 Events

Summer Concert Series

4th Sundays from May through August
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Free concerts in the Rancho’s beautiful backyard.
July 26: Chet Getz Cool - A Celebration of West Coast Cool Jazz
August 23: The Walking Phoenixes - A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Gate opens at 4:30 for pre-concert picknicing

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Summer Adventure Day Camp

Kids ages 6-10 enjoy fun crafts, games and activities with just a bit of history thrown in.

July 13-16 - Vaquero Adventures
July 20-24 - Old Time Adventures
July 27-31 - Adobe Adventures

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New For 2015!

August 3-7 - Middle School Adventure Week! (Ages 11-13)

Developed specifically for preteens ages 11-13, the program will help young people develop team-building and interpersonal communication skills. They will also spend the week discovering a variety of historic activities, and explore Victorian era technology and entertainment.

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All sessions run from 10 AM – 2 PM
$100 per session, per child. Reservations Required

Mud Mania! A Celebration of Adobe

Sunday, August 16
12:30 – 4:30 PM
Learn about our local adobe soil and its many uses throughout history at one of the muddiest, wackiest events in Southern California! Guests can make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall with mud, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, throw a clay pot, explore archaeology, and even examine critters that live in the soil. There are also plenty of “clean” activities, and live bluegrass music will be featured throughout the afternoon courtesy of the Grasslands Bluegrass Band. Food will be available for purchase from the B&R Old Fashioned Burgers food truck. [Vegetarian options will be available.]
$7 - Adults, $5 Children 4-12.

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Creation Station

First Saturdays from 1-4 PM
A free drop-in program of seasonally themed craft activities
Themes are: April 4 (Cool Blues), May 2 (Sunny Yellow), June 6 (Rainbow Surprise), Oct 3 (Outrageous Orange), Nov 7 (Brilliant Brown), and Dec 5 (Gorgeous Green).

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Victorian Magic Show

Saturday, October 24
Two Shows: 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.

In the Victorian era, popular stage magicians began to create illusions that seemed to blur the boundaries between the natural and supernatural worlds. Join us as Victor Ian Elan presents a spellbinding demonstration of prestidigitation, legerdemain, and mind reading. You may even assist him in a brave attempt to make contact with spirits.

Seating is extremely limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
Price $45 per person.

Holiday Tea

Tuesday, December 8
11:30 a.m.
At our annual Holiday Tea, you will experience Victorian-era Christmas celebrations and traditions, brought to life by our volunteer costumed docents. The tea includes scones, sandwiches and other treats, amidst the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe home that is the centerpiece of Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Guests will enjoy seasonal music and may tour the home, showcasing many of the museum’s holiday-themed collections in lavishly decorated rooms.

The Holiday Tea takes place on Tuesday, December 8, at 11:30 a.m.. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
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Old Time Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 13
1 - 7 PM
The festival begins with music, storytellers, crafts and activities, and even a visit from Santa, amidst the lavishly decorated adobe home. Once the sun goes down, the Rancho will be lit by candles and oil lamps, and costumed living history docents will share their memories of Victorian-era holidays at the Rancho.
Light refreshments will be served.
No reservations needed.
Admission is payable at the entrance.

Cocoa With Santa

Tuesday, December 15
4-5:30 PM
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is being visited by a very special guest on Tuesday, December 15. At 4 p.m., children are invited to have Cocoa With Santa. Kids will enjoy delicious cocoa and marshmallows, make holiday crafts, enjoy stories, tour the beautifully decorated 171 year old adobe house and learn how Victorian era kids celebrated the holidays. Parents are welcome to take photos.

Admission is $10 per person, which includes a photo with Santa. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required. Call (562) 206-2040 to reserve a spot.
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