Whether it was the Malibu Arts Festival, film screenings, Big Wednesdays at Duke’s, veggie burgers on the beach or the Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off at the Civic Center, locals had a laid back summer at festivities large and small.
Malibu’s Dick and Terry Wolf enjoyed days of sun and fun on the sand and in town. Both are longtime supporters of the Concern Foundation, which aims to “CONquer canCER Now.” If you looked closely, you’d be sure to spot them at the annual Concern Foundation Block Party, hosted every year at Paramount Studios.
The 40th annual bash drew 3,500 people who opened their hearts and their wallets. This year’s theme was “Fiesta Grande – Celebración de Vida.” Nick Segal, F. Ron Smith, Richard Sterns and Hugh Evans of Partners Trust were all honored, as well as “Charlie’s Angels” actress and businesswoman, Jaclyn Smith. The 1970s icon was joined on the Honorary Committee, along with old pals Cheryl Ladd and Malibu’s Ryan O’Neal. All told, they helped raise $1.7 million to make cancer a thing of the past.
BUT THERE’S MORE…
Summer holidays may be over, but there’s still plenty of family fun to be had. On Sept. 14, the California Wildlife Center (CWC) is hosting its annual “The Wild Brunch” fundraiser. Animal lovers are in store for all kinds of festivities at Gull’s Way Estate. One of the traditional highlights will be the release of just one of the many critters cared for by the CWC.
If Malibu history is your thing, swing by the Adamson House that same day and check out its 1930s style Adamson House Country Faire. This year’s event is extra special and celebrates the unique tile mecca’s 85th birthday, as well as the 150th anniversary of California State Parks.
The period style get-together features live music, a barbershop quartet, a cowboy trick roper, food trucks and activities to keep the little ones active. Large or small, kids of all ages can take in the beauty of the original house as well as its breathtaking butterfly and flower-filled grounds. Best of all, it’s free to the public!
The Adamson House’s story is the story of Malibu. From early maps and photos to vintage clothing and even an old time Monopoly board game, you’ll step back in time and take a blast to the past.
This 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival gem has fascinated visitors from near and far. The historic 13-acre beachfront property is a stone’s throw from the Malibu Pier and is considered one of the area’s best kept secrets. From the moment you enter, you find yourself in days gone by. Throw in five bucks for a good cause, and this “friend-raiser” will even let you explore the home’s one-of-a kind interior, including its buzzed about Persian tile carpet. The home is almost entirely preserved, complete with family’s belongings and furniture, just as it was when Rhoda and Merritt Adamson lived there with their three children in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. It is a National Historic Site and a sight to behold. As you take it in, you’ll appreciate the fact that his beautiful property narrowly escaped becoming a parking lot.
There’s no amount of money you can put on the value of Malibu’s history as well as its precious wildlife.
So whether it’s preserving Malibu’s hidden past or keeping our precious wildlife creatures safe for the future, both events promise to be an unforgettable last taste of summer.
Can’t decide? Do both and enjoy!