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Sunday Fun

Sunday started out with a great breakfast @ Jackie’s Cafe with my family of four. Have you ever eaten there? They have a great menu with one of the BEST breakfast selections. For the first time, since my husband and I became parents, our daughters actually paid the bill for us. A monumental occasion for us! Dennis said he could get used to that very easily. They said, “Don’t, Dad!.” Ha ha…

We made our way to the Poppy Festival, got there early, and the crowds were already there. Saw Mark Bozigian and Bob Greene right away. I teased them about the piano being “stolen” from the front of the Graphic Experience, said I almost called the police. Fortunately, I found it here with some kids happily playing on it.

It’s very rare that my family of four does anything together,as we all live busy lives. It was nice to be walking around, looking at everything the Festival has to offer. Have a friend that was part of the dog sheepherding show. She is great at what she does. Saw lots of people I know, some had booths, some were enjoying the day as I was. I ended up buying a new, cool, corian cutting board and some great, exotic pastas. Do you get the idea that I love to cook?

After a few hours, one daughter said she had a headache, the other had to go to work, my husband was itching to get back to a painting he’s been working on.. My family said they were ready to leave. I wasn’t!  I told them, “so long, I’ll see ya later.” They asked what was I going to do?  Keep having fun, I said to them. They know better than to worry about me. Besides, I wanted to hear the Eagles tribute band. Off they went.

I hung out with Nick West and his museum “posse” for a little while, even sold some raffle tickets. Visited with Donna Termeer for a bit, hung out with Bob Alvis in his booth and did one of my favorite hobbies – people watching ! I also visited with Jeff as he watched over the Palmdale Learning Plaza plane. I even climbed in. Made me want to go flying in something again, whether it’s a small plane or a hot-air balloon. Even a helicopter is fun.

Then, it was time for the music to start !  Made my way over to the main stage, got a good seat, and enjoyed listening to the long list of songs by the fabulous Eagles. The band did a great job of just that – paying tribute to them. I did note that it took 6 guys to try to imitate the great original 4. It was very entertaining with some great guitar players. I never tire of good musicians.

My day there ended chatting with Dan Munz, a another great guy I’m lucky to count as a friend. What a fun day I had. It was another day that reminded me of how blessed I really am….

April 18, 2011 Posted by | antelope valley custom frames, av best framing, frames lancaster ca, lancaster poppy festival, palmdale custom framing | , , , , | Leave a comment

California Poppy Festival Information R. Rex Parris Talks Poppy Festival / Family / Technology At the City of Lancaster press conference The Mayor talks with ilivetodayav about the upcoming event.


Date: April 16th & 17th, 2011. Rain or shine!
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Place: Lancaster City Park – 43011 N. 10th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534
Presented by: City of Lancaster 

Tickets, Admission and Parking

Tickets are available onsite during the event, and may be purchased with cash only.
Two ATMs are available near the entrance/exit and two more near the TOT LOT.Adults (13-61): $8.00
Children (6-12): $5.00
Children (5 & under): FREE
Seniors (62+): $5.00
Wheelchair Rentals: $10 for 4 hours (located at the Information Booth)

Group Ticket Sales:
Groups of 20 or more may purchase non-refundable tickets in advance by calling (661) 723-6075.

Parking is free. Free trams circulate between the entrance/exit and the parking lots.

Pre-sale Ticket Discounts

Pre-sale Poppy Festival tickets will be available for a limited time in April (exact date TBA)! These special offer tickets cannot be mailed or held at “will call”. If four or more are purchased at one time, tickets will be discounted $1 each and cost $7 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Pre-sale tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable.

This limited time offer is available at the City of Lancaster Parks, Recreation & Arts Counter for purchase in person only. City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave, Lancaster, CA 93534. Hours of Operation: Mon-Thu, 8am-6pm and Fri, 8am-5pm. For more information please call (661) 723-6077.

California Poppy Festival History

Lancaster boasts one of California’s most abundant crops of the vibrant poppies that are California’s state flower. For several years, the City of Lancaster co-sponsored the Wildflower Information Center with the Lancaster Woman’s Club to cater the interests of thousands of visitors who flocked to the Antelope Valley for a glimpse of these brilliant, beautiful flowers. Held at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, visitors could pick up free wildflower maps and learn about the best viewing locations before heading out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

It seemed only natural to create an even larger event to welcome and introduce visitors to the Lancaster area. The annual Festival plays host to the colorful poppies, which are an Antelope Valley springtime attraction.

The California Poppy Festival also began as part of the Earth Day celebration. Since the Golden California Poppy blooms each year around the time of Earth Day, it seemed appropriate for Lancaster to combine the two events into the California Poppy Festival. The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970 with an estimated 20 million people participating worldwide. Through the years, the annual Earth Day celebration has grown in popularity; in 1990 an estimated 200 million people in 141 countries participated in different celebrations. The California Poppy Festival carries on the Earth Day tradition of concern and caring for the environment.

Maximize Your Experience

With hundreds of exhibits and not-to-be-missed performances, you’ll want to make the most of your time at the Poppy Festival. We’ve compiled the expertise of seasoned festival-goers to let you know the tips for getting the most from your visit.

Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. With more than 55 acres of activities, you are definitely going to get your fair share of exercise as you explore the Festival. While we hope for sunny warm skies, spring weather can be unpredictable, and it is good to be prepared for brisk breezes and stormy skies.

Sunscreen and sunglasses. While the sun is responsible for our beautiful, blooming poppies it can be harmful to your skin and eyes, so cover up!

Eat, drink and relax. While you are probably eager to take in everything the festival has to offer, pace yourself. Family-fun is at the heart of the Poppy Festival, and that means taking time to sit down, enjoy performers and mouth-watering delicacies. Antelope Valley visitors often forget that we live in a desert environment, so be sure to drink a lot of water.

Things to Remember

So that the festival is safe and fun for everyone it is a must that you leave pets, alcoholic beverages, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, radios, roller-blades, frisbees, tables and coolers at home. For your safety, bags are subject to inspection by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Unauthorized sales, solicitations and distributions are prohibited. Springtime weather in the Antelope Valley is very unpredicable – please dress accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen.

April 12, 2011 Posted by | lancaster poppy festival, poppy festival | | Leave a comment

Lancaster Poppy Festival

Lancaster’s favorite flower the poppy , is celebrated @ this year’s 20th  Lancaster poppy festival.  This festival brings 1000s of locals and tourists into the high desert. This is exactly why AV Florist developed the AV wildflower map, see . There will be wildflowers in all the AV zip codes, esp 93551, 93550, and 93534. Come and see what nature will deliver.   These Poppies are Simply beautiful.  Lancaster flowers are what everyone is searching for, the next few weeks will have the best showing. This year you will see primrose, Wildrose , rhubarb, coreopsis, and more.  Check if you need flowers delivered during the Spring holidays, or Easter and Admin Professionals Week, we have been serving you since 1953, AV Florist 888.948.6006

ANTELOPE VALLEY FLORIST 661.948.6006 California Wild Flower Maps pick one up or Download Here


April 6, 2011 Posted by | lancaster poppies, lancaster poppy festival, palmdale florist | , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster Florist 2011 Poppy Festival California 888.948.6006 Chris Spicher of Antelope Valley Forist interviews Joe and Perry Winkle at the City of Lancaster press conference about the 2011 Poppy Festival

ANTELOPE VALLEY FLORIST California Wild Flower Maps pick one up or Download Here


March 30, 2011 Posted by | california wildflowers, lancaster florist, lancaster flowers, lancaster poppies, lancaster poppy festival | , , , , | Leave a comment