Sit back on a warm Sunday afternoon and hear the church bells ring from across the street; smell the fresh oregano, basil and rosemary growing nearby mingling with bread baking in an outdoor brick oven. It’s reminiscent of a Florentine alfresco patio, at least that’s the way Frank and Lori Ferro envision the old-world “mozzafiato” (breathtaking) atmosphere on the back patio of their soon-to-come FERRO Restaurant.
With a distinctive French accent and long white hair and beard, by all appearances Hubert Halkin, owner of Café Aroma is every bit as bohemian as the many artists and musicians that frequent the popular café. Hubert has been at the helm of Café Aroma for 13 years. But, appearances aside, he is about as unlikely a restaurant owner as you might find – Hubert enjoyed a 40-year career as Professor Emeritus and Department Chair of Mathematics at UC San Diego.
The Idyllwild 4th of July parade has been a time-honored tradition since the 1960s. It started with a boy in a Red Radio Flyer wagon bearing an American flag being led by his parents. It has become so much more over the years. On the morning of July 4th, the entries begin lining up at the top of North Circle Drive at Fern Valley Corners.
Over the last several years, Neil and I have been in the Kennedy Meadows area in the Southern Sierras in early summer. We came across many Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers. Their eyes would light up and a big smile would cross their face when we mentioned that we are from Idyllwild. I expect this reaction from Idyllwild residents, but how about those just passing through? I wanted to find out why.
Eartha Kitt and Goldie Hawn are hosting quite the cocktail party at the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and you’re invited. By the way, Eartha is a sweet, squishy, pit bull mix and Goldie is a ten year-old fabulous feline who loves lounging in the sun. Both ladies and many more are available for adoption at The Palm Springs Animal Shelter. And with adoption fees starting at $60, you’d better hurry!