New ED of SB Education Foundation
By Richard Mineards   |   August 9, 2022

Pedro Paz has been named executive director of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation. Paz joins the organization after working for the Santa Barbara Foundation as Director of Policy and External Affairs, and First 5 in Santa Barbara and Merced counties. Raised in our Eden by the Beach and attending Dos Pueblos High, he holds a […]

Artist Edward Borein
By Lynda Millner   |   August 9, 2022

The Art Foundation held an MClub Lunch and Learn at the Santa Barbara Club with a program about all things Borein. He was the famous cowboy artist who really lived the part and had a gallery in El Paseo. To enlighten us was Jeremy Tessmer, who is the curator of vintage American art at Sullivan […]


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One805 Live! The Bash is Back
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 9, 2022

One805’s original Kick Ash Bash was a legendary gathering that will forever be etched in the community’s consciousness. This huge star-studded event and concert in early 2018 was held at Bella Vista Ranch and Polo Club in Summerland to celebrate our community’s first responders after the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flows. But the event’s […]

A Historical Fiesta Fête
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

Fiesta fever was palpable when the Santa Barbara Historical Museum hosted its La Fiesta del Museo, chaired by Sharon Bradford, for the first time in two years with 300 traditionally garbed guests helping raise 10% of the popular institution’s annual budget. A colorful variety of musical acts kept the fiesta fans entertained including Juan Zaragoza […]

Fiesta and Fun at the Polo Fields
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

It was a very in-tents occasion when Teresa Kuskey, the bubbly founder of the La Boheme dance company, and social gadabout Rick Oshay hosted their annual fiesta bash at the Santa Barbara Polo Club for 175 guests. The fun fête in a giant marquee featured Teresa’s colorful dancers, who led our Eden by the Beach’s […]

Montecito Motor Classic to Honor Car Legend
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

American automotive designer, author, and photojournalist Peter Brock will be the honoree this year at the Montecito Motor Classic at the Santa Barbara Polo Club in October, I can exclusively reveal. Brock is best known for his work on the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe and the Corvette Stingray. His accomplishments have been honored with numerous […]

Bon Anniversaire Mineards
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

It wasn’t quite the exotic Moroccan city of Marrakech where I had been scheduled to celebrate the 19th anniversary of my half century, but our rarefied enclave’s newest eatery Local on Coast Village Road served as a suitable replacement locale to celebrate. I joined good friends, animal activist Gretchen Lieff and her fiancée Miles Hartfeld, […]

New OSB Chair Appointed
By Richard Mineards   |   August 2, 2022

Nicholas Burlett is the new chair of Opera Santa Barbara replacing Joan Rutkowski after a four-year reign. Burlett, a graduate of Cornell University, New York, is a director of engineering for an international safety and security software firm and moved to our Eden by the Beach in 2004. “We must be willing to look for […]

Reina del Mar Parlor Number 126 Tea
By Lynda Millner   |   July 26, 2022

The Casa de la Guerra Adobe came to life the other Sunday when the Reina del Mar Parlor No. 126 Native daughters of the Golden West gave their annual Pre-Fiesta Tea. Master of Ceremonies Thea Palencia told us, “The Tea had been a part of every Old Spanish Days celebration since the 1920s except for […]


A Magical Farewell
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

Montecito’s Magic Castle, after five years as a club, is closing its doors. Dynamic duo Milt and Arlene Larsen, who bought the former Cafe del Sol eatery owned by Jack and Emilie Sears, a tiara’s toss from the 42-acre Andree Clark Bird Refuge, in 2016 hosted a farewell bash with 130 club members and friends […]

Seeking a New Tune
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

Patricia Westley, daughter of the Santa Barbara Polo Club’s John Westley, who used to manage the polo training school, had just scored the experience of a lifetime two months before Russia invaded Ukraine. The Kiwi-American opera singer had won an Atkins Foundation fellowship to work at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, finding an […]

Onegin a Win
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

We were all clearly in the right aria when the Music Academy staged Tchaikovsky’s classic Eugene Onegin at the Granada, directed by Peter Kazaras, head of Opera UCLA. With the orchestra under Slovenian-born conductor Daniela Candillari, Yale-educated baritone Samuel Kidd as Onegin, and soprano Johanna Will as his lover, they were absolutely superb in the […]

New Board Member Appointed
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

Santa Barbara’s Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation has elected Erin Bonski-Evans to its board. A prolific pianist and collaborative artist, serving on the faculties of Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College, Erin is the resident coach and répétiteur for Ensemble Theatre Company and assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Master Chorale. She frequently works with […]

Ivana Trump Remembered
By Richard Mineards   |   July 26, 2022

On a personal note, I remember Ivana Trump, a friend of many years and a former Upper Eastside neighbor, when I lived in Manhattan. Ivana, who died at her East 64th Street townhouse, opposite the home of the late Italian designer Gianni Versace, at the age of 73 was a partner at many social events, […]