Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens looks forward to an exciting 2017! Find out what plans and events will impact you, and plan to celebrate art, culture,and education often.
1. D. Yoder Family Sundays
Beginning on Sunday , January 8 and continuing on the first Sunday of every month in 2017, D. Yoder Family Sundays invites visitors from all over southern California – and beyond – to visit Casa Romantica on a free admission day. Each D. Yoder Family Sunday will feature thematic events based on our Casa Captivating series.
2. Great Reads
Many blockbuster books are expected to be released in 2017, including our own Casa Romantica Historical Tour book and other period gems. Discover vibrant literature at our new Casa Romantica Book Club, beginning on January 31, 2017.
3. Casa Kinetic: Contemporary Dance Collective
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens has commissioned a site-specific performance by three well-known contemporary dance companies in Los Angeles and Orange County. This ambitious event will include both walking performances and a traditional recital.
4. Native Wildflowers in Bloom
Southern California is finally seeing some relief from the drought this winter, while northern California is experiencing healthy rainfall. In 2017, expect to see El Camino Real in San Clemente and the Highway 1 drive blossom with native wildflowers all along the coastline.
5. Casa Coastal: Rebecca Louise Law
One internationally-renowned artist, 8,000 blooms, and the assistance of hundreds of individuals all over Orange County to grow plants for a stunning summer 2017 exhibition. The specially commissioned installation will feature California native and drought-tolerant blooms, and is the first major art and horticulture project of its kind in southern California.
6. Amphitheater by the Sea
The Amphitheater by the Sea, conceived as an update to our institution’s performance space, will make Casa Romantica more accessible and allow it to become an even more valuable cultural resource in south Orange County. Construction on the new amphitheater will begin in spring 2017 with the completion of our Legacy Seating campaign.
7. The 90th anniversary of Casa Romantica, the historical home
Ole Hanson, the founder of the City of San Clemente, commissioned architect Carl Lindbom to design his dream home in 1927. This beloved landmark, now known as Casa Romantica, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Expect several events celebrating the history of the home.
8. The 15th anniversary of Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens opened to the public in 2002 as a nonprofit cultural center following an anonymous $1M donation from an individual who felt that south Orange County lacked an artistic and educational center. We are proud to celebrate 15 ambitious and fruitful years!
9. Toast to the Casa 2017: The Crystal Ball
Traditionally, the 15th anniversary is symbolized by crystal. Casa Romantica’s annual gala, Toast to the Casa, will honor our legacy and its future with an elegant and immersive gala.
10. Virtual Access to Casa Romantica
Soon, you’ll be able visit Casa Romantica from anywhere in the world. With VR headsets becoming a popular reality, you can visit us on Google Maps for a tour of our entire grounds. We’ll also be posting a virtual tour on our website. (3D photography image: RTGit.com)