Monday, June 11, 2007

Bakersberg on the Kern

It was a beautiful, hot weekend in Bakersfield. Larry and I drove up Saturday morning and got there by noon. We had lunch at the 24th St. Cafe, downtown. I'd read a review of this place in Bakotopia, which is sort of a hip, alternative site for the area. The 24th St. Cafe is a typical, retro coffeeshop. It was recommended for breakfast. The breakfast menu is huge! I had the chef salad and Larry had an omlette. Both were delicious.
24th St. Coffee Shop - Interior

Our next stop was Front Porch Music, also downtown Bakersfield. This is a really great, funky place. They have a very large selection of classice Mosrite Guitars, drum sets, all stringed instruments, horns, amplifiers and even a nice selection of ukuleles. Larry was most impressed by this place and had fun browsing.

Vintage Amplifiers

Larry in Front Porch Music's Workshop

We checked into our motel and got gussied up for Lisa's and Rich's wedding. The party site was about a 30 minute drive thru desolate oil fields.

We finally saw some trees and a hint of the Kern River. Lisa's family's place is lush and beautiful. A creek runs through it....very charming. We met up with some of our friends from L.A. and enjoyed a lovely ceremony, dinner, music and dancing. We're so happy for Rich and Lisa and wish them a marvelous life together.

Jeff, Janiva, Lenise, Brian

Lisa and Rich

Reception in the Garden

Sunday morning we had breakfast at our hotel and took a tiny detour to the Double Tree Hotel, next door. We had seen an advertisement for an art show with oil paintings starting at $19.99. Well, of course we had to check it out. Who couldn't resist seeing "sofa" paintings for the kitsch value alone? More about that in tomorrow's post.

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At 1:18 PM PDT, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Oh, gawd. That was me - upside down on the trampoline! Yeee-haw!!

At 6:50 PM PDT, Blogger Yarnartist said...

You know you've been knitting too much when you read 24th St. Cafe as 24 STITCH Cafe

At 7:00 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Oh are soooo funny! 24 STITCH Cafe...if only!

I have been to the LYS, Creative Pursuits in Bakersfield and it is a very nice shop, but we just didn't have the chance to get over there this time.

I did plenty of knitting and crocheting in the car, to and from B-field though.

At 10:33 PM PDT, Blogger mehitabel said...

Ah, Bakersfield--been there! Of course. My friend's parents lived there and we'd take the kids up to visit for the day--always fun going over the grapevine, especially when the kidlets are prone to carsickness. Luckily the roads are better nowadays! And speaking of kitsch--did you ever manage to get to the Bakersfield Business Conference? I should write a book...

At 2:27 PM PDT, Blogger Madge said...

Yee haw! Sounds like a wonderful weekend getaway.


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