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Topanga Rough Riders in Monument Valley, Arizona

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Topanga Rough Riders Club on horseback in Monument Valley, Arizona

Arlis Wilhelim, Mary Hall, and the "GOP Smilemobile"

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Arlis Wilhelim and Mary Hall at the West Hills Republican Women's mobile headquarters, known as the "GOP Smilemobile."

Topanga Lions Club

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Topanga Lions Club members: Archie Lennan, Sy Prewitt, Dick Olsen, Albert Hoyt, Harry Rose, Tom Vickers, Melvin Penny, and Dean Penny.

Topanga Strawberry Festival News Release, 1977

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14th Annual Topanga Strawberry Festival News Release, June 29, 1977.

The Topanga Community Improvement Association (TCIA) was formed in 1959 with Cyril C. Wood as provisional president. They helped create the Resource Conservation District of the…

Dovid Weiss, Nechama Dina, and their children

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Rabbi Dovid Weiss, wife Nechama Dina, and their two children. Weiss brought a Chabad to Topanga in 2003.

Mohana and David Shapiro at Pyramid Center

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Hare Krishna devotees Mohana and David Shapiro at Pyramid Center.

Saint Jarlath's Catholic Church Altar Society tea

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Saint Jarlath's Catholic Church Altar Society tea: Elinor Covington, Lillian McCarter, Winnie Watkins, Dora Bruyere, Mae Conners, two unknowns, Ann Allen, Nora Collins, two unknowns, Father Gallagher, and Mrs. Shaw (seated).

Topanga Christian Fellowship Church

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Topanga Christian Fellowship Church board members: BACK: Patricia Moore-Joshi, Larry Dunn, Bruce Boyle. FRONT: Pastor R. G. Murray, Janice Murray, Ellie Carroll, Luisa Dunn, Karen Moran, Nancy and John Williams.

Topanga Community Church group

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Topanga Community Church group. Pastor John Utterback (white shirt) and wife Florence are at center, Camp Wildwood owner Julia Stewart is at right.

Christian Science Society

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The Christian Science Society, the first denomination to build a church in Topanga, meets at Adelaide Gibbon's home. FRONT: Mrs. Tremullen, May Kneen, Cecilia Johnston, four unknowns, Adelaide Gibbon, Cora Trippet, Mrs. Cilker. BACK: Mr. Cilker,…

Christian Science Church

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Members park their car on Topanga Highway for Christian Science Church services.

Topanga Historical Society leaders

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Topanga Historical Society Presidents Ken York, Gerry Haigh, and Buz Tarlow with "The Topanga Story" author Louise York.

Roberta Kirby and Ami Kirby at Earth Day

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Roberta Kirby and Topanga Historical Society Librarian Ami Kirby at the Community House's Earth Day celebration.

Rose Wiley and Julia Stewart mark Trujillo boundary

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Rose Trujillo Wiley and Topanga Historical Society Julia Stewart place a plaque on an oak tree marking the Trujillo homestead boundary.

Topanga Community House Makeover Team

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The Topanga Community House Makeover Team made the bathroom baby-friendly: Tile-Layer Joe Stanley with new baby Sophia, Project Manager Cynthia Scott, Technician Andy Williams, Electrician Shawn Rhodes, Topanga Community Club President Randy Just,…

Community House caretakers Lee and Richard Kelly

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Long-time Topanga Community House caretakers Lee and Richard Kelly became Citizens of the Year in 1991.

Jack Runnell at the Chili Cook-Off

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Jack Runnell tastes spicy chili at the Topanga Community House Swap Meet and Chili Cook-Off.

Woman's Club former presidents

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Topanga Community Woman's Club former presidents at the 50th Anniversary Tea Party: Linda Hinrichs, Rebecca Andrews, Kathy Briles, Harriet Swenson, Julie Du Bois, Julia Shugerman, Ellen Mills, and Terry Valente.

Kathryn Penny receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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For her "unwavering" help in establishing the Community House, Kathryn Penny receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Topanga Community Woman's Club 1992 Friendship Luncheon.

Topanga Community House Ball Field Committee

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The Topanga Community House Ball Field Committee admires their handiwork: John Morrison, Richard and Lee Kelly, Joe Valente, Arthur Nissman, Ole Gunst, Andy Wallace, Ellen Mills.

Woman's Club installations, 1950s

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Topanga Community Woman's Club installations: Kay Olson, Betty Niklas, Mary Griffith, Mary Belle Alexander, Julia Butler, Georgia Collamer, unknown, Dorothy Boehme, Mildred Buerckel, unknown, Maxine Carnes, Hazel Talbot, Helene Pervine, May Lewis.

Zev Yaroslavsky, Frank Andrews, and Equine Response Team

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County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Frank Andrews of Animal Care & Control present a check for $25,000 to Equine Response Team while volunteers Alli Acker (third from right) and Stephanie Abramson beam their thanks.

T-CEP founders Pat and Jack Mac Neil

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Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness founders Pat and Jack Mac Neil in their hard-won Emergency Operations Center.

Dale Robinette and Vic Richards lead a clean-up crew

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Topanga Canyon Town Council President Dale Robinette (back row, right) and Board Member Vic Richards (left) lead a Topanga Canyon Blvd. clean-up crew.

Town Council President Gary Davis and founder Jan Moore

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First official Topanga Canyon Town Council President Gary Davis and founder Jan Moore square dance at Topanga Days.

TASC board members stand above Summit Valley

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Topanga Association for a Scenic Community board members stand above Summit Valley. FRONT: Rabyn Blake, David Totheroh, Andrew Sheldon, Herbert Petermann. BACK: Ken Mazur and son, Ron Fomalont, Dan Larson, Steve Hoye, Roger Pugliese, Kay Austen, Joan…

TASC leader Bob Bates

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Topanga Association for a Scenic Community (TASC) leader Bob Bates bares his congratulatory T-shirt at the Summit Valley Park dedication.

Topanga School Booster Club President Lynne Haigh

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Since Lynne Haigh became its first president in 1983, the Topanga School Booster Club (later Topanga Enrichment Program, TEP) has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for enrichment programs.

Past PTA presidents at Canyon Capers

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Past presidents of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Canyon Capers variety show: Hetty Haeggquist, Nelle Upham, Kathryn Penny, Carol Marshburn, Pearl Sloan, Julia Stewart (who organized the first Topanga PTA in 1937), and Jean Methven.

Topanga Labor Exchange

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People Assisting Topanga Canyon with Helping Hands (PATCH) co-chairs Michele Johnson (right) and Maryana Kuretski (second from left with her twins Devon and Kia) opened Topanga Labor Exchange in the early 1990s, on a site donated by Steve and Leslie…

Ruth Gerson, Wild Bill Speer, and Joe Edmiston

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Wild Bill Speer, flanked by activist Ruth Gerson and Joe Edmiston of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, is the first to ride over the bridge on Viewridge Trail, sponsored by Viewridge Owners Involved in the Community and the Environment (VOICE).

Tom Cheney and Topanga Chamber of Commerce

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Tom Cheney gives a presentation to the Topanga Chamber of Commerce. FROM RIGHT: longtime leaders Art Piner, Hal Rolfe, and Jim Buerckel.

Officers being sworn into American Legion Post 796

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Officers being sworn into American Legion Post 796: Wally Blaufus, David "Blackie" Lamoreaux, Norman Karlin, Judy Bell, Bill Rhodes, and Commander Jon Swenson.

Bob Wiley, John Penner, and Jon Swenson

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American Legion leaders Bob Wiley, John Penner, and Jon Swenson at Froggy's restaurant. The Legion had leased Prier Hall to the restaurant but still held meetings there.

Snow on Prier Hall, home of American Legion Post 796

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Snow on Prier Hall, home of American Legion Post 796. Walter Prier deeded the building to the American Legion on August 2, 1954.

Brownie Scout Troop 1667, led by Kay Saltman (Queen K.)

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Brownie Scout Troop 1667, led by Kay Saltman (Queen K.), at Topanga Beach.

Mariner Scouts from Topanga and Malibu

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Mariner Scouts from Topanga and Malibu.

Front: Jean Thompson, Carol Esparza, Candy Clark, Lea Armstrong, unknown, Connie Clark, Judy Piner.

Middle: Toni Loudon, Diane Foster, unknown, Judy Tucker, Lynn Haines, unknown, unknown, Marge…

Mariner Scouts head for Catalina Island

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Mariner Scouts head for Catalina Island on the boat Resolute.

Topanga Brownie Scout Troop 74

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Topanga Brownie Scout Troop 74. SEATED: Janice Fitzgerald, Florine Smith, Karin Fester, Jolene Thomson, Barbara Hard. STANDING: Wise Owl Mrs. Worley, Norma Dowding, Judy Charlton, Marion Mannelion, Carol Worley, Kay Hansen.

Building Camp Adelaide for Girl Scout overnights

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Building Camp Adelaide for Girl Scout overnights, across from School Road.

Topanga Explorers, Kelp Devils at Topanga Beach

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Topanga Scout Post 220: Topanga Explorers, Kelp Devils, go skin diving in homemade wetsuits at Topanga Beach. STANDING: Bill Sloan, George Schreder, Jon Sloan, Rick Hass, Tom Lennan, Star Soderstrom, Mark Squiers, Eugene Conners, Ray Hoover.…

Topanga Sea Scouts

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In 1947, Topanga Sea Scouts were awarded the ship "Pelete" for winning the scout regatta. Co-skippers Chuck Russell, Fireman Robert Etz, and Fire Captain Desmond Barton stand uniformed in foreground.

Jack Rice sits on the hearth of a fireplace he built

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Stonemason Jack Rice sits on the hearth of a fireplace he built for Carl and Leta Malone on Amy Way in 1981.

"Topanga Threads" painted by Gordon Butcher

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"Topanga Threads" painted by Gordon Butcher. This clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle was owned by J. R. Ball.

Lannis Wood and her horse Sunday

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Lannis Wood and her horse Sunday in Hondo Canyon. Sunday was on the small side and crazy wild. Lannis was the only one who could ride her.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out

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Topanga Canyon Boulevard gets washed out in a flood near the AmeriGas office. This photo appears to be shot from the patio of the Topanga Fish Market.

Riding horses in Topanga Creek

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Riding horses in Topanga Creek, in the Rodeo Grounds.

Three Dolphin Inn

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The Three Dolphin Inn restaurant was in the former building of The Discovery Inn. Owner Allen Emerson stands at right.

J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads

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J. R. Ball, owner of Topanga Threads clothing store in the Pine Tree Circle.

Dan Mazur's Canyon Comix

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Stephen Stills, Neil Young, and Eric Clapton were arrested in Old Topanga Canyon. "Sadly, the incident marked the end of Buffalo Springfield... after the Topanga drug bust they split up for good."

Fred Tackett and Little Feat

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Fred Tackett and Little Feat play music at a TASC fundraiser at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Writer Al Martinez in his home office

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Writer Al Martinez in his home office. He moved to Topanga in 1972, and became a popular columnist for the "Los Angeles Times."

Carolyn See, John Espey, and Lisa See Kendall are honored

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Carolyn See, John Espey, and Lisa See Kendall receive commendations from Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley for "outstanding achievements in the writing of 'Lotus Land,' detailing the history of L.A."

The historic property at 154-156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

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The historic property at 154-156 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. was developed in the 1930s by druggist Henry L. Wilson and his novelist wife Louise Stinetorf. In the 1960s, it was home to folk musician Rich Dehr, his wife Marge, and their Discovery Inn…

Journalist Louise Larsen

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Journalist Louise Larsen was probably the first Chinese-American woman to report for a major newspaper in the USA. She worked at the "Los Angeles Record," "San Francisco Times," "Chicago Times," "Los Angeles Daily News," and "Evening Outlook." Her…

Vance Hoyt and his gray fox

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Vance Hoyt wrote his popular novel "Silver Boy" about the wild gray fox that learned to sleep by the hearth of his Bonnell Park home.

The Topanga Community Players in "Jesus Christ Superstar"

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Jane MacAllister leads the Topanga Community Players in the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar," performed at Topanga Days.

Ellen Geer and mother Herta Ware

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Ellen Geer, artistic director of the Theatricum Botanicum, and mother Herta Ware stand by "Woody's Shack," once home to Woody Guthrie.

The Geer sisters: Melora, Ellen, and Kate

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The Geer sisters: Melora, Ellen (standing), and Kate in Anton Chekhov's play "Three Sisters," performed at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and Ellen Geer in "The Tempest"

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Actors Will Geer and Ellen Geer as Prospero and Miranda in William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," performed at the Theatricum Botanicum.

The Theatricum Botanicum company

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The Theatricum Botanicum company. Actor and founder Will Geer stands at center.

The Geer family

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The Geer family: Melora Marshall, Herta Ware, Ellen's baby Megan Geer-Alsop, Kate's daughter Kelly, Ellen, Kate, and Will Geer.

"Wil Geer," a drawing by Bob DeWitt

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"Wil Geer," a drawing of the actor and Theatricum Botanicum founder by Bob DeWitt.

Norm Karlin rents out his place for film shoots

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Norm Karlin rents out his place for film shoots. (He often lets students use it for free.)

Billy Portman, Sara Baur, and Urs Baur

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Emcee Billy Portman, Sara Baur, and Urs Baur. The Baurs founded the Topanga Film Festival in 2004.

Director of photography John Penner

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Director of photography John Penner holds a clapperboard on the set of the mystery/medical drama TV show "Quincy." Penner probably worked longer in film and TV than any other Topangan.

Producer Agi Orsi

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Producer Agi Orsi's film "Dogtown and Z-Boys" became a critical favorite in 2001.

Filmmakers Barbara Trent and David Kasper

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Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Trent and director David Kasper.

Performance artist Kedric Wolfe

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Performance artist Kedric Wolfe, wearing angel wings, took a leading role in Topanga, on and offstage.

Frank Lloyd's house on Colina Drive

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Director/producer Frank Lloyd's house and property on Colina Drive, part of the old Joe Robison homestead.

Charlie Chaplin with Topanga cameraman Roland Totheroh

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Charlie Chaplin with Topanga cinematographer Roland Totheroh (far right) and assistant cameraman Jack Wilson on the set of the silent film Gold Rush in Truckee, CA.

Roland Totheroh, Charlie Chaplin's cameraman

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Cinematographer Roland Totheroh built a two-room cabin next to the creek on South Topanga Canyon Blvd. in 1923, while working on silent films with actor Charlie Chaplin.

Western Saloon movie set at Topanga Summit

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A father and son pose in front of the Western Saloon movie set at Topanga Summit.

Actors read Ziff's Magazine at the Topanga Post Office

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Cowboy actors pose in an apparent advertisement for Ziff's Magazine (March 1925 issue) at the Topanga Post Office. Ziff's Magazine was an irreverent joke book published in Chicago, IL from 1923-1926. The cover always displayed a shapely young woman…

Richard Dix's house on Saddle Peak

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Western movie star Richard Dix's house, a 15-room mansion with an ocean view built in 1929.

Sugar Plum Fairies in "The Nutcracker"

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Sugar Plum Fairies dance in the 20th anniversary performance of the "Topanga Nutcracker" ballet.

Sherry and Bob Jason dancing in "The Nutcracker"

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Sherry and Bob Jason, founders of the "Topanga Nutcracker" ballet.

Chevy Metal

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The Chevy Metal band at Abuelitas restaurant: Taylor Hawkins (also in the Foo Fighters), Achim "Dange" St. Dangersfield, and Wiley Hodgden.

Mystic Journey

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The Mystic Journey band: Gary Coleman, Suzanne Teng, Aziz Paige, Michael Dwyer, dancer Katyia, Howard.

Colin Hay and Cecilia Noel at Froggy's

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Colin Hay (of the band Men at Work) and Cecilia Noel play music at a benefit for Children's Corner at Froggy's restaurant.

The Grateful Dads

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The Grateful Dads band, composed of local dads: unknown, Herb Engelhardt, Tom Mitchell, Wally High.

Billy Preston

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Musician Billy Preston often donated his services for local fundraisers.

Fred Tackett plays at The Corral

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Fred Tackett plays at The Corral. He joined Little Feat after the death of Lowell George.

Neil Young

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Neil Young lived in Topanga with his band Buffalo Springfield.

Linda Ronstadt in Hondo Canyon

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Linda Ronstadt in Hondo Canyon, at artists Cy and Vera Wood's stone house.

Bob "Bear" Hite and Spanky McFarlane at The Corral

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Canned Heat singer Bob "Bear" Hite and Spanky McFarlane at The Corral nightclub.

Peter Alsop plays Pied Piper

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Children's music star Peter Alsop plays Pied Piper at the Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and Herta Ware

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Will Geer and Herta Ware sing at their Theatricum Botanicum.

Will Geer and his family

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Will Geer and his family at the Theatricum Botanicum: Herta Ware, Peter Alsop, Melora Marshall, Will Geer, Ellen Geer

Folk musician Burl Ives

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Folk musician Burl Ives was a regular at the Theatricum Botanicum.