Allie MacPhail: Montecito Mama and Influencer
By Dalina Michaels   |   April 15, 2021

Allie MacPhail is a jack-of-all-trades sort of person. A mom of four kids, three dogs, chickens, cats, and a husband. This is not to mention that she is a talented photographer, an influencer, and now a store owner of an adorable new children’s store – not in Montecito, but in Martha’s Vineyard.  So how does […]

Timing is Everything
By Calla Corner   |   April 8, 2021

If you saw John Sant’Ambrogio walking down Coast Village Road, you might mistake him for Larry David. On the other hand, if you saw Larry David walking down Coast Village Road, you might mistake him for John Sant’Ambrogio, the world renowned cellist. That is, if you’ve been the beneficiary of a private birthday concert given […]

 

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Capturing the Bronze: Sculptor Susan Read Cronin Brings Whimsy to Montecito
By Zach Rosen   |   April 1, 2021

Whether it is painting, sculpting, or writing, the creative arts offer an opportunity to express oneself.  For Susan Read Cronin, or Susie as she prefers to be called, her extensive body of whimsical bronze sculptures have led to a lifetime of play. She was born on the north shore of Long Island, and her parents […]

Dear Montecito: Corinne Yungling
By Stella Haffner   |   April 1, 2021

Welcome to the second half of our Olders-Youngers, Dear Montecito double-feature! Last week we heard from volleyball star and my former Older, Anika Wilson, and this week we’re hearing from my former Younger and current student at Lake Travis High School, Corinne Yungling. I am especially happy to share Corinne’s letter with you not only […]

Dear Montecito: Anika Wilson
By Stella Haffner   |   March 25, 2021

I was in Ms. Balch’s first grade class when Anika Wilson was my Older. Anyone who attended MUS remembers the Olders-Youngers system. This program paired up students from different years, introducing younger students to a new upperclassman friend every year and eventually becoming a mentor to the next generation. I loved this program and remember […]

Senior Portrait: Trish Davis
By Zach Rosen   |   March 25, 2021

History is always in the making. Our actions today become the history of tomorrow. As Chair of the Montecito Association’s History Committee, and through her 50 or so years of community involvement, Trish Davis is helping preserve the history of the area while also helping contribute to it. Trish originally grew up in the San […]

Dear Montecito: Bella Venable
By Stella Haffner   |   March 18, 2021

If I know one fact about the Visual Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School, it’s that VADA is home to many talented students. If I know one fact about Santa Barbara in general, it’s that State Street has experienced a serious decline in quality since all the cool, independent shops have been […]

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Arts in Lockdown #22: Bi-Racial Arts Champion Entrepreneur & Mom Ashley Woods Hollister
By Joanne Calitri   |   March 11, 2021

The multi-faceted bi-racial Ashley Woods Hollister is an arts champion and curator, and supporter of the Santa Barbara nonprofit community. She’s served on the boards of Explore Ecology, on the Santa Barbara Mental Wellness Center since 2007, and just joined the board of the Foundation for Climate Change Action. She is the co-founder of T.W. […]

Dear Montecito: Jack Moller
By Stella Haffner   |   March 4, 2021

I’m excited to share today’s story with you for a couple of reasons. First, the author of this letter is Jack Moller, a kid with whom I’ve not only shared the same high school but also at the same preschool, elementary school, and middle school. Second, I can appreciate the fact that most of us […]

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Dear Montecito: Frankie Fairweather
By Stella Haffner   |   February 25, 2021

Among the reasons I enjoy managing this column must be those moments when I read someone’s letter and think, “yes! I know exactly what you’re talking about.” From Walker Kemp and his desire for a change of scenery to Hope Saxon and her farm cake, I often get the feeling that our Montecito bubble affords […]

Senior Portrait: Stan Roden
By Zach Rosen   |   February 25, 2021

Oftentimes community awareness is the first step to enacting change, but for progress to take place there must also be the right legal framework in place and those who will uphold it. Stan Roden has supported the community by bringing both community awareness and legal knowledge to his career as a district attorney, trial and […]

Summerland Neighbors: Kevin Frank + Family
By Leslie Westbrook   |   February 25, 2021

Kevin Frank and his wife, Katie, owners of K. Frank, the Montecito men and women’s luxury and designer clothing store on Coast Village Road, moved to Summerland six years ago after being attracted by the “small town charm and walkability.” It wasn’t until they toured their house that they became gob smacked by the incredible […]

Dear Montecito: Shelagh Morphy
By Stella Haffner   |   February 18, 2021

The letters in this column often remind me how young we are when we’re asked to make big decisions. We’ve heard from so many people who had chosen their path before they even reached legal autonomy. Evidently, a third of students change their major at least once and as many as one in ten change […]

Senior Portrait: Dorothy Vendrame
By Zach Rosen   |   February 18, 2021

We are social beings, and the stretches of isolation can be challenging. For seniors who are at higher risk of COVID and may be facing limited mobility, even the recent reopenings do not offer the same opportunity to rejoin a distanced social life. Many do not have the same social outlets to keep them active […]

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