With the exception of the Tiki-themed rose float I will have the honor and joy of riding on January 2nd, in the 123rd annual Tournament of Roses Parade, this big giant piece of cherry pie has got to be my favorite rose float of all time!CLICK FOR MORE!
Presented By Modernism Week
501 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA
Experience Palm Springs with the Ambassador of Americana! Humorist and tour guide extraordinaire, Charles Phoenix, will lead you on an entertaining adventure atop a double-decker, open-air bus.
With his unbridled enthusiasm, delightful design expertise, and keen eye for oddball detail, Charles’ spirited tour highlights exterior views of dozens of spectacular mid-century modern estates and homes, commercial and civic buildings, retro neighborhoods and other treasures that have made Palm Springs world famous.
Peer over the walls and hedges of landmark homes and hotels in legendary neighborhoods, including Vista Las Palmas, The Movie Colony, Twin Palms and more. Marvel at Elvis’ “House of Tomorrow” and the famed “Twin Palms” estate of Frank Sinatra. Charles also shares his favorite local restaurants, resorts, bars, boutiques, and other not to be missed local attractions.
AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – GET YOUR TIX NOW!
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style + Book Signing And Ice Cream Social
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Hosted by the California Automobile Museum and presented by SacMod … Prepare for your patriotic pride to swell when the Ambassador of Americana launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, Charles unleashes his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, amazing attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, festive fashions, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. Your imagination will be inspired and your American spirit will soar!
Come for the show…stay for the Addicted to Americana book signing, classic cars and ice cream social!
Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected).
6:30pm – Doors open – California Automobile Museum is opne- join us for a “no host bar.”
7:30pm – Performance – Addicted to Americana.
9:00pm – Book Signing and Ice Cream Social – After the show Charles will sign copies of his new book, Addicted to Americana, while the Museum serves ice cream and root beer floats
Live Comedy Slide Show Performance Celebrating Classic And Kitschy American Life And Style & Book Signing Party
Johnson County Museum
8788 Metcalf Ave
Kansas City, KS, 66212
Presented by Johnson County Museum … the Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix, launches retro pop culture into the stratosphere! With unbridled enthusiasm and keen expertise, he shares his stories and glories of spectacular space-age style, vintage attractions, local landmarks, roadside wonders, fun foods, crazy car culture, futuristic transportation and more galore. American spirit will soar!
Come for the show … stay for the Addicted to Americana and book signing party.
Festive dress is encouraged (but not expected)
Last week I was invited to share some of my vintage Rose Parade slides on KTLA’s live Rose Parade pre-show. My segment was scheduled at 6:10am. Frankly, I’m not used to getting up that early and I was worried my 1977 SEARS alarm clock that I got while still in high school, wouldn’t go off. Sure enough it didn’t. Thankfully I managed to wake up just in the nick of time. Nearly in a panic, I raced in the dark to Pasadena and found my way to “the set,” on the front lawn of the Tournament of Roses Mansion, the Former Wrigley Chewing Gum Estate. Before I knew it the segment was over and I was free to go.CLICK FOR MORE!
In the kingdom of Southern Californialand we don’t have a king, but we do have a queen - the Rose Queen. Her reign is brief - just a year. The Queen and her court work their way up through the charm schools and debutant balls of the San Gabriel Valley. The highest call of duty for the bevy of beauties is waving very properly to their subjects and cradling a super-sized bouquet of red roses like a baby while being strapped on a flower covered barge-like vehicle riding toward the morning sunshine of the New Year. Palm trees and crystal clear blue sky provide the picture perfect backdrop.CLICK FOR MORE!
Happy New Year!!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!! Hard to believe it’s Two Thousand FOUR!!! We are living beyond the future!!!
For those of you who attended the Rose Parade I certainly hope that you had a GREAT time!
Speaking of the Rose Parade, last week’s SLIDE OF THE WEEK was one of the most unusual Rose Floats ever, “OUR FIRST QUARREL.” This week’s is the most pitiful rose float ever “The Frost That Kills the Pumpkin!” Can you believe it? Those big ears, that big red nose and all those missing teeth? Orange Gerber daisies have never looked SO bad! It was sponsored by the city of Van Nuys in 1957. And they even misspelled Pumpkin!
GOD BLESS AMERICANA and ROSE PARADEIANA!!