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Tour of Grandma Prisbey's Bottle Village

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

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) You MUST prepurchase your tickets in advance. The tour will SELL OUT in advance.

3) To purchase your ticket, go to this link:

4) Then Donate $10.00 via PayPal to Bottle Village. The web page has a PayPal donate icon button on the lower left side.

5) Once you receive a confirmation from PayPal that your donation has been sent to bottle Village, then you can RSVP 'Yes' for the event.

6)Waiver of Liability Forms:

Each visitor must complete the Waiver of Liability forms. Please fill out forms in advance of the tour.

Link for waiver form:

7) Tour Limitations:

Bottle Village, as the name implies, is composed of glass bottles. Over the years and as a result of the extensive 1994 Northridge earthquake, bottles shattered throughout the site. As a consequence, glass shards remain in every nook and cranny. Additionally, the remaining structures have sustained structural damage and cannot be entered under any circumstance. Portions of the site are not accessible to the general public.

The fragile mosaic walkways necessitate that visitors wear soft-soled shoes and no pointed or hard heels. No open toed shoes, sandals or flip-flops. The site is not equipped for strollers and is not ADA accessible. Please be advised that no water or restroom facilities are available.

8) I will host a lunch at a local TBD restaurant immediately after the tour. Bring about $20 to $30 in CA$H for the lunch.

I love folk art, especially those that involve glass and ceramics. One of the places that I have been wanting to visit for several years is Bottle Village in Simi Valley. This place was damaged during the Northridge earthquake and it took a long time for it to be reopened to the public. Now a non profit group has taken over in restoring Bottle Village and are allowing limited docent led tours of this local gem. So come join me as we tour Bottle Village.

From their website:

"Beginning construction in 1956 at age 60, and working until 1981, Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey transformed her one-third acre rural lot into Bottle Village, a fantasyland of shrines, wishing wells, walkways, fountains, follies, plus 15 structures to house her collections - all made from found objects.

The name "Bottle Village" comes from the structures themselves - made of tens of thousands of discarded bottles retrieved by Grandma on her daily excursions to the nearby dump."


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