Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Holidays From The Studio Chapter!

On Saturday December 16th we’ll be meeting for an informal lunch at San Antonio Winery outside of Downtown Los Angeles. Details are at the bottom of this post. We hope you can make it but if you can’t, have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Also, our chapter member Annick has written a review of the wonderful film ‘Coco’. You can read this and other reviews at her blog here: https://annickjdownhower.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/family-is-forever-in-coco/ .

December Holiday Lunch
  • Saturday 12/16 11:30 AM (Try to be there no later than 11:30 so we can get in line together.)
  • Holiday lunch at San Antonio Winery – Maddalena restaurant. 737 Lamar Street Los Angeles. Website: https://sanantoniowinery.com/restaurant/  .
  • They do not take reservations however will do their best to seat us together. At San Antonio Winery you order and pay for your food then they seat you and bring the food to your table.
  • You do not need to RSVP but if you know you are going to make it you can reply so we can get an approximate head count.
  • San Antonio Winery also has wine tasting and a nice gift shop. There are no tours during the month of December unfortunately. Plenty of free parking. We will also have a few ‘door’ prizes and will do a gift exchange for those who want to participate. Since we do not have a separate room and only table space, gifts should be on the smallish size with a value of $10 -$20.
  • Optionally for those who wish to we’ll head down to Knott’s Merry Farm after the lunch. (Time will depend on how long the lunch goes but we’ll meet up by the old school house in Ghost Town between the wood carver and Bird Cage theater.)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Halloween and Updates from The Studio Chapter

Hello Everyone and Happy Halloween!
Apologies for being lite on communication. Following is info on upcoming meetings/outings. We have had a number of necessary changes recently however the Christmas lunch at San Antonio Winery is firm. Hopefully you can join us. If you have any questions please let us know. Thanks!

  • Saturday 10/21
  • Road Trip to Solvang
  • Carpool/supply your own transportation.
  • Meet @ The Red Viking Restaurant for lunch at between 11-11:30 AM. (Allow at least 2 hours for the drive, longer from the OC/IE.) They offer a variety of American and Danish items and also have an all you can eat smorgasbord to choose what you want if you prefer that. 1684 Copenhagen Drive. Website: http://www.theredvikingrestaurant.com/dinner.html
  • Spend the rest of the day walking around Solvang, enjoy the shops, bakeries and fall decorations, wineries and visiting Mission Santa Inez with the group. http://www.solvangusa.com/events/santa-ynez-valley-scarecrow-fest/
  • On the way back stop at Andersons to fuel up for dinner, get those last minute goodies and then head home. Plan on getting home between 9-10PM.
  • If you plan on going please let us know so we can look out for you and give you a phone number to text/call.
  • Saturday 12/16 11:30 AM (Try to be there by 11:30 so we can get in line together.)
  • Holiday lunch at San Antonio Winery – Maddalena restaurant. 737 Lamar Street Los Angeles. Website: https://sanantoniowinery.com/restaurant/
  • They do not take reservations however will do their best to seat us together.
  • SAW also has wine tasting and a really nice gift shop. No tours during the month of December unfortunately. Plenty of free parking. We will also have a few ‘door’ prizes and will do a gift exchange for those who want to participate. (Gifts should be on the smallish size with a value of $10 -$20)
  • Optionally, after lunch we’ll either head over to Olvera Street to see La Posada or head down to Knott’s Merry Farm. Details on this will follow. (Parking on opening night of La Posada may be a challenge so we may opt for Knott’s instead for those who want to extend the day.)
  • Saturday 1/20 Departure time will be around 9AM.
  • Another road trip. This time via train to Oceanside to see the Rolly Crump exhibit. We’ll also find a place to eat and use that for our planning meeting. (You can drive or take the train-whichever is easier. We’ll provide details on another email.)
  • Museum website: http://oma-online.org/crump/
  • No meeting – DFC activities this month
  • No date yet confirmed but we are trying to secure David Koenig as guest speaker.
  • Either way the meeting will be at Coco’s in Arcadia.
  • We will attempt to have more actual meetings in 2018 with the Arcadia Coco’s as our meeting location.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July Meeting - Dinner and a Movie!

Hello Studio Chapter family and friends – following is some detailed information on our next meeting which is this Saturday July 22nd. We will meet a Coco’s Arcadia for a late lunch/early dinner, chat about club and chapter news and try to fit in some D23 discussion plus have a raffle. Then we’ll make our way to the Arcadia Heritage Museum to watch the movie Seabiscuit preceded with a talk about the film and filming location by our own chapter member and movie historian AJ Downhower. Before the talk and movie starts we should have some time to enjoy the museum as well.  Make sure to bring your own lawn chair!! With the craziness of D23 now over and Comic Con coming up we hope you’ll be able to squeeze in some time to join us. Full information is below. See you real soon!

Saturday July 22nd.
Meeting/Meal at Coco’s 3:30 PM. We’ll start making our way to the museum about 6:15 PM. Museum will open around 6:30 PM to enjoy. Talk is at 7:30 PM and Movie will start around 8:30 PM.
Meeting: Coco’s 1150 Colorado St, Arcadia, CA 91007
Movie: Arcadia Heritage Museum 380 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
For the meeting Coco’s is providing the room for free. You will be required to order from the regular menu at minimum an appetizer and beverage. Separate checks will be provided.
For the Movie Seabiscuit please bring your own folding lawn chair. Movie is on the patio of the museum with very limited bench seats. They provide popcorn but please bring your own drink (or just order a to-go drink from Coco’s.) We’ll have from about 6:30-7:30 to look around the museum. Restroom facilities will remain open until after the movie is over. Museum, parking and movie are free!
Questions – please email info@thestudiochapter.org

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Update Regarding Our June Meet-up
At Downtown Disney

Hello All – Enjoying the heat yet?? The AMC Downtown Disney finally posted show times for this Saturday, June 24th. For those of you planning on meeting up please see the times below. You are welcome to attend all or part of the fun. Just show up! If you are planning on coming and want a contact phone send and email to info@thestudiochapter.org and we’ll give you Ron and/or Steve’s number so you can text us should you need to. No need to contact us otherwise. If we don’t see you Saturday then hopefully we’ll see you at our July meeting on Saturday July 22nd. In the meantime—stay cool!

Cars III at AMC Downtown Disney:
Meet at 10 AM in front of the theater. Buy your ticket when you get there or in advance. We don’t believe it’s reserved seating so it shouldn’t be an issue. Showtime is at 11AM. (Reserved seating for this theater appears to only be for the IMAX screen.)

Lunch at Rainforest Café Downtown Disney:
Meet at 1:30 PM in front of Rainforest. If you come for lunch but not the movie please be on time so we have a head count. We’ll be putting our name in at 1:30 so will need to know for how many. Please bring cash to make it easier to pay the bill. Some of us plan on browsing Downtown Disney after lunch.

Trader Sams Disneyland Hotel:
Meet at 6:30 PM at Trader Sams for a tropical drink. To make up the cancelled luau, we’re planning on finding a table (wish us luck) on the patio of Trader Sams to relax and enjoy something refreshing. Time is approximate. (Note: if it’s insanely crowded then we’ll find some place to gather at Tangaroa Terrace.)

For information on the July meeting and our previous blog post please visit: http://thestudiochapter.blogspot.com/2017/06/junejuly-meeting-update-june-24-th.html

As always if you want to receive our emails and join the chapter (no fees!) please just email your name and contact information to info@thestudiochapter.org

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June/July Meeting Update

June 24th – Schedule Change
  • ·         Due to circumstance beyond our control we will NOT be having the Luau. (Sigh) We will do it in the future but not this year.  Instead we’ll be meeting at Downtown Disney to watch Cars III with lunch at Rainforest after the movie. Consider this a meet-up so no RSVP needed. Just show up. We’ll send out movie time as the date approaches but we’ll be aiming for an 11 AM showing with lunch afterwards. Later in the day we’ll probably meet up at Trader Sam’s to make up for the cancellation of our Luau. J

July 22nd – Meeting and a Movie!
  • ·         Were still meeting at Coco’s in Arcadia for our meeting and a late lunch/early dinner at 3:30. Room has been reserved. We’re trying to obtain a guest speaker for the meeting portion. Will update soon. We’ll also have a raffle and chapter updates. About 6:30 we’ll head over to the Arcadia historical museum to watch the 2003 movie Seabiscuit. Our own movie historian Annick Downhower will talk about the movie and filming locations beforehand. We expect this to be especially interesting and enlightening since she is not only a film historian but has in depth knowledge of Santa Anita and horse-racing in general. This is a free event. We’ll send details before the day of the meeting.

July 29th ‘bonus’!
·         Monrovia will be presenting a Disney tribute band as part of the summer concert series. This is not an official chapter event but we wanted to pass on this information in case you are interested.
  • ·         Disney Tribute Band
  • ·         Saturday, July 29 - 7:00-8:30
  • ·         Station Square Park Amphitheater
  • ·         1601 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia, Ca. 91016
  • ·         Concerts are bring your own chair
  • ·         Parking is in parking lot just off Myrtle, adjacent to the park. The lot is small. You can also park at the nearby Metro Goldline Parking Structure. Park is at Monrovia Gold Line Station. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Knott's Boysenberry Festival 
& 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

Our first Meet-up is fast approaching! It’s almost Boysenberry Festival time at Knott’s Berry Farm! We are going to ‘meet-up’ on the first day of the festival Saturday April 1st to enjoy the park and maybe taste a few boysenberry goodies. Then later in the day meet to have dinner at Mrs. Knott’s for chicken dinner. We do want an RSVP for the dinner only just so we can try and reserve a table. (They don’t normally do this but we may be able to get a table set aside for our group.) So please get back to us as soon as possible but no later than March 29th. Further down in this blog is an announcement about a special showing of Walt Disney’s 20,000 leagues Under The Sea at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro. Enjoy the rest of your March everyone and we hope to see you on April 1st. No April Fools here, just lots of Boysenberries!! J

Knott’s Meet-up Details:
When: Saturday April 1st
What: Get together to explore Knott’s Boysenberry Festival together and maybe grab a few Boysenberry snacks on the way and ride the Mine Train or catch a show. No agenda—we’ll just play it by ear.
Time: 11 AM by the Chainsaw Wood Carvers booth. We’ll stick around there for about 15 min before we wander off to explore. If you think you might come a bit later let us know and we’ll get you a phone number to text to find out where we are.
Admission: You will need an admission ticket or AP for this. Info on this and parking can be found at the link below. (Knott’s AP prices are a very good deal!)

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner:
When: Saturday April 1st
What: Get together to enjoy Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner. Yes, it’s a bit pricy now but most of you will bring home leftovers. The full meal with non-alcoholic drink plus tax and tip minus a discount is $30. Please bring cash for ease of paying the check. No admission needed if you are only attending the dinner.
Time: Meet starting at 3:30 in the restaurant lobby. Dinner is at 4PM.
RSVP: Please send an email to info@thestudiochapter.org with how many will attend by Wednesday March 29th.

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Information: https://www.knotts.com/boysenberry

LA Conservancy Last Remaining Seats at the historic Warner Theater in San Pedro!

This is not a chapter event but we wanted to pass along this information as it may be of interest to many of you. The Last Remaining Seats event for the LA Conservancy will be showing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the historic Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro on Saturday June 10th at 2PM. Tickets go on sale for conservancy members March 29th and non-members April 5th. Tickets for these events sell out fast. Seating is not reserved so if you want to buy tickets and try to all sit together that is certainly a possibility.

You can find more info, order tickets and/or join the conservancy here:  https://www.laconservancy.org/events/20000-leagues-under-sea-warner-grand-theatre

For questions please email: info@thestudiochapter.org 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fun times at the Disneyana Fan Club 'mini-convention' over the president's day weekend.

The DFC held a 'mini-convention' over the recent holiday weekend to partially make up for the lack of a regular convention this July due to the D23 and Comic Con expos which are happening during the normal convention time frame. If you were able to make the two events and show and sale this past weekend you surely had a great time and possibly picked up a few new additions to your Disney collection. We know many of you couldn't make it and there are sure to be full details about the weekend in up-coming copies of the Disneyana Dispatch newsletter. But, in the meantime please enjoy a few photos of the two meal events. Also, more info. on the Studio Chapter's Pixar field trip will be posted soon. However there is still space available if you want to attend. See our previous post for details. See you real soon!

First up on Saturday evening was The Happiest Millionaire dinner event. We even got to take home our very own alligator.
This not so little guy was part of a photo op. And in case he looks familiar, you may have seen him in The World of Motion attraction at EPCOT.
After dinner 'The Four Gentlemen' started off the evening with several songs including our very own Disneyana theme song.
After that, there was a fantastic panel to discuss and reminisce about the movie. From the left--Caryl Carothers, Paul Petersen, Joyce Bulifant, Stacia Martin, Leslie Ann Warren and moderator Allan Halcrow. And in the front, just visible, another alligator prop. 
Paul Petersen and Leslie Ann Warren signing the poster. After the panel several items were auctioned off  (including this poster) with proceeds to benefit Ryman Arts and the DFC. It was a wonderful evening with great food, entertainment and lots of stories and information. If you have never seen or haven't seen The Happiest Millionaire in a while, check it out. It will also explain the alligators! 
The next meal event on Monday afternoon was a celebration of Don DeFore's Silver Banjo BBQ restaurant in Frontierland. We all walked away with and awesome Silver Banjo BBQ pin. (And we have an extra we'll be giving away at the Luau in June.)
The table decorations were wonderful as usual.
More decorations.
The Silver Banjo BBQ Restaurant was located between the current Riverbelle Terrace and Stage Door Cafe. The entrance is still there but is now used for storage.
The food, THE FOOD!! It was fantastic. They recreated the BBQ sauce used at the restaurant. If you had ever eaten at Loves BBQ (unfortunately now long gone too) you would recognize the sauce--very similar. Selections included baked beans, coleslaw, BBQ ribs and chicken, mini BBQ pulled pork sliders and an assortment of desserts. 
We started off the presentation by hearing from author Marcy Smothers who has a new cookbook coming out called 'Eat Like Walt' which contains many Disney related recipes including the BBQ sauce used at The Silver Banjo. (It's available for pre-order from Amazon if you are interested) Brothers Ron and David DeFore then took the stage and talked about the restaurant, its history and some of their adventures spending many days in Disneyland all accompanied by numerous photos. If you ever get a chance to see their presentation its well worth your time. A big thank you to all the DFC board members and volunteers who provided a very enjoyable weekend!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Studio Chapter

2017 Meeting & Activity Calendar

It's Here! – following is the schedule of meetings and activities for 2017. You will notice this year we are not sticking to a specific schedule to allow better flexibility for our various meetings and activities. Many of the meetings and activities are on Saturdays and times may vary as noted. Dates as noted are firm as of today so please mark your calendars so you don't miss out on the fun. If you are not receiving our emails please email your name and email to info@thestudiochapter.org and we'll add you to our email list. This way you'll get the most up to date information so you won't miss out on the fun.

For the ‘off months’ this year we are doing what we’ll call ‘Studio Chapter Meet-Ups!’. Generally these will be casual and unstructured with no set agenda other than a set time to ‘meet-up’. We have always considered our chapter a group of friends--old and new--and hope these will allow those who want to a chance to get together during the non-meeting months.

  • Pixar Exhibit and Endeavor @ California Science Center Exposition park.
  • Saturday March 11th
  • Pixar Exhibit entry at 10AM, Lunch at Noon, Endeavor entry at 2PM (Note these are timed entry events so no late-comers!)
  • Group tickets $10.50. RSVP with check by 2/28 however please don’t wait. We have a limited number of tickets available.
  • Send payment to:
    • PayPal - steve.Lombard@live.com and note this is for the Pixar Event. Follow up with an email that payment was sent. Send email to info@thestudiochapter.org.
    • By Mail – send check to Steve Lombard / Pixar Event (reply for address if you prefer to mail a check vs. PayPal).
  • Studio Chapter Meet-Up!  – Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner.
  • Saturday April 1st. Meet-Up time and location to enjoy the Boysenberry Festival in the park will be announced closer to the date but will be around noon. Knott’s admission is required.
  • Mrs. Knott’s for dinner at 4PM. RSVP required for the dinner (so we can reserve a table) and cost will be about $30 for the complete meal with non-alcoholic beverage. This includes tax and tip after discount. RSVP by sending an email to info@thestudiochapter.org. Admission not required for the dinner only.
  • Studio Chapter Meet-Up! – Fullerton Railroad Days with lunch at The Old Spaghetti factory.
  • Saturday May 6th at 10AM. Meet on the track side of the depot.
  • Start of Summer Luau & Movie ‘under the stars’.
  • Saturday June 24th 2 to 10 PM
  • Catered Hawaiian food, Raffle, Movie* under the stars after dark, door prizes, Hawaiian music and decorations. Guest speaker tentative.
  • $5 donation requested.
  • *Movie to be determined and announced at a later date.
  • Ron King’s house in Norwalk.
  • Meeting then a movie and talk with our very own film historian Annick Downhower.
  • Saturday July 22nd. Meeting at Arcadia Coco’s at 3:30 PM. Dinner (menu price) and raffle.
  • Movie Night at the Arcadia Heritage museum at 7:30 PM. This will be the first of two movie nights presented by the Arcadia Heritage museum with a talk about the movie beforehand with film historian Annick Downhower. A couple of us attended these last summer and had a fantastic time. Details on the film will be provided at a later date. Note: this event is free and is part of the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage slate of annual events. http://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=8916
  • Studio Chapter Meet-Up! – Disneyland member birthday get together.
  • Sunday August 13th. Time and meet-up location TBD.
  • Studio Chapter Outing – Huell Howser & California Scene Painting exhibit at Chapman University and Great Wolf Lodge tour with lunch.
  • Sunday September 17th. Time TBD
  • Return of our Halloween Party!
  • Saturday October 21st from 4 to 10PM @ Ron’s House in Norwalk
  • Pot Luck, Bingo, Raffle, decorations and Pumpkin Cookie decorating contest! J
  • No meetings this month. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Holiday brunch or dinner at San Antonio Winery & Winery tour.
  • We may also head over to Olvera Street for the Las Posadas pageant in the evening.
  • Saturday December 16th.
  • Note: The date of this is firm but the time is TBD. We’ll be sending out more info on this early so we can start planning out reservations, etc.