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Cocktails and Moonlight at the Mountain View Mausoleum

Please Note: Read the direction carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate. I am also helping put together this event for Atlas Obscura.

2) You MUST be 21 and over to attend this event - ID's will be checked at the entrance.

3) You MUST prepurchase your ticket in advance BEFORE you can RSVP 'Yes' for this event. To purchase tickets online, go here. If you buy your tickets early you get a discount:

4) Dinner will not be served at this event, only drinks, so I strongly suggest eating an early dinner BEFORE you arrive at 7:30 PM.

5) Doors will open at 7:30 pm. I strongly suggest arriving promptly to enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows before the sunsets at 8:08pm. June 21st is the summer solstice and, therefore, the longest day of the year. There will be a few extra moments of sunshine! 

6) The mausoleum is 90 years old, along with much of its furniture. So, please act in a respectful and careful manner. 

7) Pictures are allowed, but please none of the individual crypts. 

8) Cocktail attire is strongly encouraged, though comfortable shoes are recommended. Please don't come in shorts and sandals. Dress up and look classy for this event.

9) The entire grounds of the mausoleum will be open for exploring!

10) When you arrive at the venue, call me at:[masked] so that I can meet and greet you. Do not text me.

I have hosted a couple of Wicked Lit (thanks to PP member Kathleen Campbell) events at the Mountain View Mausoleum these past years. I have heard about some dinners and parties held there, but never had the chance to appreciate the details and haunting beauty of mausoleum outside of Wicked Lit. So working with Atlas Obscura, I will finally be able to experience this magnificent place with a cocktail party and more. Come join me in the hills of Altadena and experience the Summer Solstice in a cemetery!

From Atlas Obscura:

"The Obscura Society LA warmly welcomes you into one of  Los Angeles' most beautiful and undiscovered wonders for a evening of exuberant jazz age gypsy music and classic cocktails within the astonishingly beautiful, historic Mountain View Mausoleum.

Mountain View Cemetery first opened its gates in 1882, making it one of the oldest official cemeteries in the city of Los Angeles.  Originally founded by California pioneer Levi W. Giddings, and relative of the famed anti-slavery Ohio Congressmen Joshua Reed Giddings, the cemetery is still owned and operated today by a fifth-generation Giddings, Jay Giddings.

With the passing decades, the carefully tended grounds have become the final resting place of an impressive array of notable Los Angelenos, including former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, physicist and Noble Prize winner Richard Feynman and the original Superman, George Reeves.

A disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, Cecil E. Bryan began construction on the Mountain View Mausoleum in 1923 and considered it to be the crown jewel of the more than 80 mausoleums he built nationwide. Taking pride in Mountain View as a true work of art, Bryan included a series of grandiose features and add-ons to demonstrate his craftsmanship and to create what he proudly believed was a "model mausoleum," in which later both he and his wife were interred.

The night will feature Caitlin Dougherty and the Order of the Good Death,  LA's iconic Judson Studios, the Southern California Gravers, and several of Mountain View's own historians along with the vintage sounds of the Hot Club of LA for your learning and discovering pleasure. With the enormous mausoleum and the grounds also open for exploring, this is going to be a moonlit affair worth taking to the grave. 

Come spend a night with us where others rest eternally."

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    A former member

    I so wanted to go to this, I'm super curious, how was it??

    June 24, 2014

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