Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28, 2018

Rancho Linda Vista has turned 50!!

This year—in 2018—Rancho Linda Vista achieved its 50th year as a community of the arts. In celebration of this amazing experiment in creative community and art practice, we had a gathering of friends and family, near and far, over the course of the Memorial Day weekend.

All in all, the weekend proved a remarkable success, and in many ways served to acknowledge the many ways in which RLV has created longlasting connections

To recap, on Friday we kicked off with a poetry reading by the participants of our inaugural poetry workshop, Telling Lives. Participating poets included workshop leaders William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk, along with Angela La Voie, Jane Hipkins Sobie, Teri Hairston, Susan Foster, Larry Griffin, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Hellstern, Mary Jane White, Mark Lee, and Whitney Judd.

Saturday morning began with house tours and breakfast burros, followed by open studios and exhibit openings. At RLV Gallery one could find works by current Ranch residents and their family members. Down the road, at the Wilson Barn, works were gathered and displayed by RLV’s wide circle of friends—including former residents, shareholders, and those who have created deep ties to the Ranch over the years. And at Cook House, Chuck Sternberg opened his doors to a display of architectural drawings and historic (pre-1968) ranch photos.

In the evening, some 200 people enjoyed supper on the Lodge’s east and west patios, catered by Emily Nelson who grew up in the very same structure. Afterwards they kicked up their heels to the cumbia-klezmer-soul sounds of Jerusafunk and the Indie-world music of Los Puchos.

On Sunday, at a meeting in the barnyard stakeholders were able to share ideas about future directions and challenges. At 4, everyone regrouped at Triangle L, where an exhibit highlighting RLV’s many guest artists over the years is currently on display.

  • Throughout the Weekend
    A Story Telling booth will be set up to capture people’s memories and stories. These will then be uploaded into StoryCorps for the Library of Congress. You can get a head start:
    1. Link to archive.storycorps.org/account/communities/
    2. Search and join Rancho Linda Vista
    3. Be sure to insert Rancho Linda Vista at the beginning of your title
    4. Add your story or interview

    The RLV 50th Anniversary Art Catalog has been built around the Nelson Art Collection and the Lodge. Designed by Andrew Rush and Imo Baird, copies will be available for purchase.

  • Friday, May 25
    Evening (6 PM): Poetry Reading & Pot Luck.
    Bring a dish to share and enjoy readings from the attendees of the Telling Lives poetry intensive, led by William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk.

  • Saturday, May 26
    Morning (9 AM–12 PM): Open Houses—Visit Ranch friends, houses & art collections. Coffee will be served and breakfast burros sold in the Barnyard.

    Afternoon (1–4 PM): RLV Gallery & Wilson Barn receptions & Artist Open Studios.
    At RLV Gallery you'll find artworks by current residents and family. Down the road, the Wilson Barn will spotlight our large circle of former residents and long-time friends. At Cook House, Chuck Sternberg will display architectural drawings and historic ranch photos. The Guest Studio will feature RLV photos and memorabilia from '68 on.

    Evening (6 PM): Dinner at the Lodge & Dancing in the Barnyard
    Enjoy a sunset dinner on the Lodge patio catered by Emily Nelson and friends. Then dance under the stars to the funk and world-influenced sounds of Jerusafunk and Los Puchos.

  • Sunday, May 27
    Morning (10 AM): Ranch Stakeholders’ Meeting to discuss RLV business and future directions. (New/old residents, shareholders & family members only.)

    Afternoon (4 PM): Intersections – an Exhibit of RLV Guest Artists & 50th Wrap-Up Party at Triangle L Gallery.
    Cap off the weekend's celebrations with a spot of bubbly at an exhibit featuring RLV guest artists over the years. And at dusk, the sculpture garden lights up!

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Funding this weekend event is outside the Ranch’s operational budget, so please consider making a contribution. A suggestion is $50 per adult if you are attending the entire weekend, $20 per adult for dinner if you are only attending Saturday. More or less is welcome too! We accept cash or checks payable to Rancho Linda Vista. Thank you.