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Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival 2003
Sunday, March 23, 2002

After months of preparation by the Wistaria Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, and its new co-chairs, Maria Murray and Sue Levoe, the Wistaria Festival took place under bright blue skies on a sunny Sunday, March 23. The town welcomed thousands who came to see the world's largest blossoming plant, visit the arts/crafts booths, and enjoy shopping and dining in downtown Sierra Madre's business district.  Unfortunately, the vine was fooled by the January warm spell, and bloomed a little early this year.  Coupled with the downpours we've received on several occasions the last few weeks, there was a scarcity of blooms, but the vine was strong and green.  The docents were knowledgeable and helpful, and the turnout downtown at the arts and craft festival seemed to be the best in a while, though it's hard to say since the new layout of the booths gave the downtown a whole new look, so comparisons to past years were difficult.  Click on the thumbnails below to see a full size photo.   Videos

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The lull before the storm, looking up Baldwin, about 6am

Looking west on Sierra Madre, about 6am

Kersting Court, 6am, main reason I took this pic was to get the new brewery sign up

Glenn Putnam prepares the crowd control line

The first people in line didn't wait for a bus

The 2003 T-shirt

Docent, in yellow, welcomes visitors, warns to watch your step

The bus just got  here

Docent Amy Putnam answers questions

Under the vine

Perennial docent Phyllis Chapman poses at the request of a visitor

That's Colleen McKernan "docenting" in the blue shirt

Crowds gather around the signs to read the history


Family poses

Harpist Ron Longo provided musical atmosphere

Budding entrepreneurs across the street from the vine

One of our newer merchants had a booth in the park

SM Rose Float Assn. sold food, t-shirts, and displayed the top from this year's floats

Friends of the Library

Arlene Decker-Jones of the SM Historical Preservation Society sells pie to Nan and Jerry Carlson

SMHPS had historic items on display and for sale, as well.

Big band in the park

Playhouse Board president Ward Calaway promotes the current show with a "sandwich" board

Young enough for balloon hats, old enough to want weapons for toys

Crowd shot looking west towards the park from the boulevard

The restaurants were quite busy

Crowd shot looking west


Ham radio operators helped with emergency preparedness, communication

Looking north on Baldwin


Looking south on Baldwin

Looking west at Kersting Court in a rare uncrowded moment

Some businesses stayed busy

Guitarist wa quite popular

Another busy restaurant

Another band shot

Congregational Church had an appropriate marquee

Kiwanians at work


As always, the Pergolas raised money for the Playhouse

Rotary was selling tri-tip sandwiches

That's Ward Calaway, who lost his "sandwich" to eat a sandwich.  Don't know the lady.

Rotary Pres. Dan Alle

Judy Webb-Martin greets John Grijalva


Downloadable .mpg video files, all under 1 mb, except the Deglados. Not the best quality, just for fun really.
The Delgados perform (about a minute)
Crowd shot on the boulevard  Delgados playing in the background (snippet)
Former postal worker Michael Deak plays keyboards, not sure what the singer's name is. (Snippet)

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