The is a free event that takes place on Saturday and Sunday in Memorial Park. Quite a few artists participate in this event which makes it really nice to check out some original artwork. Sierra Madre has a decent size residential community but the town area is quite small. I guess the word quaint can be used but I would say more like in a time warp of the 60's and 70's era. If you happen to be in the area, it's a cool thing to check out.
“The Howard Whalen Sculpture Garden is a permanent living memorial exhibition. The largest single collection of works by Howard Whalen, who exhibited nationally, and lived and worked in Sierra Madre. His studio is part of the garden, and exhibits many of his works and models. Throughout the garden are major examples of his terra cotta and other ceramic sculptures. The garden was created on the location of Whalen's original garden by a volunteer group of friends and admirers to keep his work alive and establish a permanent place of natural beauty.”
“The Howard Whalen Sculpture Garden, a non-profit organization, is truly unique. Nothing like it or its contents exist elsewhere. In our age of huge institutions and vast multi-national corporations investing billions in arrays of art, The Howard Whalen Sculpture Garden represents an antidote: The lasting truth and power of one individual artist...an idea which held complete conviction for Howard Whalen.“
Saturdays, 10 am – Noon.
Update Feb 2008: closed for renovations
The annual Wistaria Vine Festival brings thousands each year to Sierra Madre to see the world’s largest blooming plant (Guinness Book of Records, 1990 edition). The Art and Garden Faire, held in town, feature nearly 200 artisans. Held in March, advance tickets required to visit Wistaria vine.
‘At the foot of the Old Mt. Wilson Trail, what is now called Mt. Wilson Trail Park was once the center of activity for the pack trains that hauled everything up and down the trail. Don Benito Wilson used this as the starting point to revamp an old Indian trail in 1864.
From 1864 to about 1905, this was the access route, both to the top of Mt. Wilson and to several camps and resorts which developed for recreation. Thousands would hike up the trails each weekend, and you had to either hire a pack train to haul your supplies, or carry them yourself. The pack trains also hauled the supplies needed for the resorts and camps. Mules, burros and horses hauled everything from food and water to tents, pianos, telephone poles and even the materials for Mt. Wilson's first 13" telescope.
Lizzie's was known not only for good food and supplies, but during the prohibition years, it was known for a still in the northwest room. This room is presently the restored dining room of the Richardson House. Lizzie's was raided on more than one occasion. On Oct. 2nd, 1926, Sierra Madre City Marshall A.M. Udell requested a search warrant because there was “just and reasonable cause to believe there is intoxicating liquor intended for use in violation of Ordinance 269.” On October 7, 1926, Lizzie pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a rather sizable (for the time) $200 fine.
In 1976, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society began a restoration of the structure, and with the help of numerous volunteers and contributions is turning it into a Historical Learning Center and Museum, where all are invited to learn about the pack trains, trails and mountain camps of early Sierra Madre. Lizzie's Trail Inn is usually open from 10 a.m. - 12 noon every Saturday morning. It also opens for special occasions such as the Mt. Wilson Trail Race each Memorial Weekend Saturday, Pioneer Days, and 4th of July Weekend.
Historic information provided by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society’
‘The Bailey Canyon Wilderness area is a tract with approximately 1,100 truly spectacular acres, including the Live Oak Natural Trail and the Mt. Wilson Trail, which hosts the state's second-oldest race. Sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and overseen by the Mt. Wilson Trail Race Committee, this annual 8.6-mile run hosts hundreds of racers who welcome the challenge that the mountain poses. The canyon area is also an excellent and unique nature study park, and is a registered bird sanctuary.“
Hike along the Chantry Flat's trail.
Very rustic hike, overing scenic views of the valley below. This pictures shows one of the many man-made waterfalls, I lost count after seeing 5 or 6 of these waterfalls.