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This year many members have again been messaging or texting wondering if we were going to host a 2019 Academy Awards viewing party and the answer is finally YES, but the decision was not without trials and tribulations. As many know, we started hosting these viewing parties at Hamburger Mary's in Weho, but they were not easy to work with in advance and driving through Hollywood with numerous road closures and street traffic was a concern. We then moved to the outdoor rooftop of the historic Formosa Cafe (when we were hoping to be in their warmer private semi-enclosed downstairs event space). Everyone loved the Formosa, but complained about traffic and how cold it was at times even with their glass sand fire pits. It is not an easy process to find a sports bar-type venue that will accommodate a large group, serves food and is willing to change most of their TV monitors from sports to the AA. Last year we finally found the more traditional, but quaint SAN FRANCISCO SALOON & GRILLE in West L.A. who were very accommodating, but a few members groused about the audio quality not being up to par (not the volume, but acoustics). So our group had been searching for the past couple of weeks without success. We were contemplating Marix Mexican Restaurant in Weho that was finally willing to host us and allow us to take over most of their dining room for the entire 4-5 hour time period, but they were only offering two smaller flat screen TVs near the upper bar. So we will be be returning to the non-hipster SAN FRANCISCO SALOON & GRILLE with its 1970's quaint wooden tables, stained glass Tiffany-style lamps and a traditional sports bar-type menu. The main dining room has 5 large flat screen TVs facing three different directions. Their management has said they will try to improve the sound quality. They do traditional comfort food well and affordably. This site is away from many of the road closures (and extreme traffic) of the greater Hollywood area; is on Pico Boulevard just west of the 405 freeway; they have a large, FREE PARKING LOT nearby; free wi-fi and are walking distance from the Metro Expo Line's Sepulveda Boulevard rail station. We will have a CONTEST for the member who dresses in the most creative San Fransciso movie-themed attire in whatever way you wish to interpret that theme . Perhaps inspired by the films "San Francisco" (1938), "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), "What's Up Doc" (1972), "Escape From Alcatraz" (1979), "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993) or of course the Hitchcock films "Vertigo" (1958) or "The Birds" (1963). There is no cover charge, but PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO ORDER ANY FOOD AND BEVERAGES (in past years there have always been one or two members who did not order any items for the long duration of the show--which is cheap and tacky). Please add 9% tax and 20% tip. So we can have an accurate seating count for the accommodating restaurant, please RSVP ASAP and avoid changing it at the last minute (sorry again about the late notice). DO NOT DISCUSS PERSONAL POLITICS (last year two members had a big catfight over Donald Trump). You are welcome to bring friends, family members or co-workers--the more the merrier and we have enough seating to accommodate a decent sized crowd. The actual ABC-TV awards telecast begins at 5pm, but we recommend you arrive EARLY between 3:30-4pm to enjoy the pre-show and mingle. • Lyfting/Ubering Uber and Lyft will likely be at surge pricing this entire afternoon, BUT if you reserve online your ride to the bar on the night before, it should be at base price and not be subject to those higher surge prices (and if you reserve your ride BEFORE the end of the show that return fare should be lower). • Important Please honor your RSVP and do not be a no-show. Don't forget our "San Francisco" movie-themed dress up contest for special prizes! And please don't argue over the White House--let's enjoy our time together!
This will be very rare opportunity for classic movie buffs to visit Barbara Stanwyck's historic Marwyck Ranch that she and then husband Robert Taylor had built at the pinnacle of her career in 1937. Stanwyck hired renowned architect Paul R. Williams, one of the first prominent African American architects on the West Coast, to build a 6,000 square foot Irish farmhouse-style estate on a hilltop in Chatsworth, California. From this site were breathtaking views of the entire San Fernando Valley and her adjacent 130 acre thoroughbred farm that was co-owned with next door neighbors Zeppo Marx and his wife Marion (pictured with Stanwyck in one of the main event announcement photos). Comedic actor Jack Oakie later purchased Stanwyck's house in 1941 and it remained the Oakie family home for over six decades. The actor renamed the property Oakridge after his last name. Then a year later actress Janet Gaynor and her then husband famed MGM wardrobe designer Adrian also bought and moved into the adjacent former Marx family home. In recent years the surviving, downsized property was threatened with redevelopment so the City of Los Angeles acquired it in 2009, but for that reason it is now only open to the public on special occasions such as this tour which will be presented by the Friends Of Oakridge volunteer support group. At the time of this announcement only about 10 tickets remained--so buy one immediately if you are interested before they sell out. Attendance is restricted due to the limited parking situation. Note: The first actual announced available tour date of Saturday, February 17 immediately sold out so our Saturday, March 16 will be the second overflow and final tour date of the estate for this season. LUNCH: A nearby TBA post-tour lunch location will be announced to members before the date of the event. TICKETS: Advance $15 tickets must be purchased online at the below weblink for admittance to the property https://www-151q.bookeo.com/bookeo/b_oakridge_start.html?ctlsrc2=Z8AkSJOFywKZ97X8R%2BlJhEfzwWgxmXdYMXFHBAZEU3o%3D&src=03b&type=3151PX9THX153DB1D8F51 PARKING: Parking on the actual property is FREE, but requires an advance purchased admission ticket. Street parking will not be available because this is a gated property. Carpooling is encouraged due to the limited parking situation.