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Tom's Farms - Encore

A lot of folks thought it would be too hot on August 25 (it actually turned out very nice though) but wanted to try this again, so here we go on Sunday, September 15.  The weather should be somewhat cooler and we're sure to have a great time with a good crowd.

This will be a "meet-and-greet" for two sister groups to unite and mingle with both new friends and old.  Some of you are already members of the South Inland Empire Triangle (the 91/15/215 freeways, Corona to Moreno Valley to Temecula) but we all have one thing in common: enjoying fun events in our area with great people!

Let's share a relaxing afternoon with friends and live music at Tom's Farms.  (If you can't make it at noon, come at 1 or 2... or whenever. Music is from 12:30 to 5:00)   It's nice to sit around the little lake and sip something cool or have a bite to eat from one of several food options there (we'll get there early to grab a good spot).

Feel free to bring your friends and family, even the family dog!  This is a great kid-friendly place.  We should be able to get a table, but bring lawn chairs or a blanket if you can. Last time we had a pretty good size group show up, but there's plenty of room for everyone.  We'll be on the south side of the pond, and there's usually lots of parking available in the dirt lot on that side.

They always have good bands playing, plus there's all kinds of food available, from Senior Tom's for Mexican, pizza at the wine & cheese shop, to a variety of selections from the burger joint.  They also have a flea market, produce stand, candy shop, antique store, and more.  For the kids there is a train ride, carousel, magic show, and other activities.

From their web site, tomsfarms.com:

"His parents said that Tom wanted to be a farmer from the day he was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When he turned five, they let him work at his father's produce stand. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Tom moved west in the early 70's and leased some land in Lake Elsinore to house his first produce stand. He did so well that the owner of the land decided to covet it for himself, and sent Tom packing. Driving home to Anaheim, slightly brokenhearted, but with his boundless energy, strong work ethic, and unwavering integrity still intact, he found an idyllic spot in Temescal Canyon, right below the Cleveland National Forest. He named his place Tom's Farms. The produce was fresh and the people were friendly. People came from miles away, and Tom's Farms became a favorite destination stop for travelers.

Tom eventually bought the land, and the place grew and grew. In 1974, Tom opened a 3,500 square foot produce stand. In 1977, a hamburger restaurant was added, and the opening of Interstate 15 in 1978 provided easy access for visiting tourists. Today, the property has grown to include a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions for family entertainment. "

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  • Melissa (.

    Early October can still reach high temps. Can't speak for others here but I'm not a "weather naysayer". I actually become sick in the heat. Close to passing out. And being a mom of a very active child I don't have the luxury to sit in the shade and enjoy a breeze. My son runs me all around Tom's Farms, this ride, that ride, let's go here, go there. Non stop! LOL. So this is why I avoid outdoor events during hot weather!

    September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      we need to go when they decorate for xmas. i dont know how much of a cool breeze you can have in 98 degrees. damn us new yorkers.

      1 · September 16, 2013

    • Melissa (.

      Some people are temperature sensitive, such as myself. What some people view as nice and cool others perceive it as too hot (it doesn't make you right or wrong, it just is what it is). Just because it's nice to one person doesn't mean it is to another. Example: my mother can take up to 95 degree heat, I on other hand, can't stand anything above 85 F! And I can't take humidity either. Breeze or no breeze when it's humid I won't venture outdoors.

      September 17, 2013

  • Anna R.

    I was there, said hi. The granddaughter was afraid of the bees so asked us to eat inside. Did't meet Lonnie but did see him walk into the hamburger shop. The weather was not really bad nice shade. Hope to see more and stay longer next time.

    September 16, 2013

  • Danita

    Nice, breezy day. Not too hot or humid and good conversations.

    September 16, 2013

  • Melissa (.

    Sorry to miss it, sounds like those who went had a great time. I took my son to the discovery science center in Santa Ana, enjoyed the A/C all day there! It was over 100 in OC, can only imagine how awful it was in the IE!

    September 16, 2013

  • Veronique M.

    I so sorry I didn't make it. it was too, too hot.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • LARRY L.

    Pat you are correct tooooo hot out. I will hit the gym instead. nice and cool. weather will break soon .then its beautiful here

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may go if it is cooler than they say it will be...Sad about the Hot weather ....

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Melissa (.

    Sorry I missed out on this last time, indeed it was way too hot and humid for my liking. This weekend is not looking any better, we're going back up in temps and humidity. Bummer I miss all these outdoor events in summer. My son and I love this place too. We usually go in cooler, nicer weather. (Mid Oct thru early May).
    Have a great time y'all!

    September 9, 2013

    • Melissa (.

      Actually I heard a high of 104! Way too hot, yes, contrary to what someone thought back in August about it being cooler this month, we are indeed having a heatwave in Sept! Nothing new here.

      September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, I feel the same, HOT is not my Joy, maybe I can try again another sunday soon..or just make it a Sunday meet for a while ... Not sure when music stops for the year...but can still meet up anyway.....when it cools down.

      1 · September 14, 2013

  • Anna R.

    Liz do you still need a ride?

    September 13, 2013

  • Dina

    I'll b in Laughlin

    September 9, 2013

  • Liz

    Ontario Ave is the exit off the 15 where WalMart, Sams Club and am/pm is....last exit into Corona.

    September 8, 2013

  • Liz

    Looking for a ride from am/pm at the Ontario Ave off the. [masked] my cell.

    September 8, 2013

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