Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Artist Chang Dai-Chien, 1972

Chinese artist Chang Dai-Chien, demonstrating his painting style in Pebble Beach in 1972.  Chang Dai-Chien or Zhang Daqian was one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the twentieth century. Originally known as a guohua painter, by the 1960s he was also renowned as a modern impressionist and expressionist painter.  (Monterey County Herald archives)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Big Sur Folk Festival at Monterey Fairgrounds, October, 1970

The Big Sur Folk Festival was a annual event that started as folk music seminars, and as they evolved into concerts, they became known as well-managed, small affairs that emphasized quality and atmosphere over publicity and commercial success. Even when big names like CSN&Y or the Beach Boys appeared, the audiences were limited to a few thousand to preserve an intimate atmosphere and human scale. Although Big Sur is now sometimes remembered as the anti-Woodstock, it was originally the anti-Newport.

Seventh Big Sur Folk Festival
Saturday, October 3, 1970
[Held at Monterey County Fairgrounds]
1:00pm Concert:
Beach Boys (Sloop John B, Riot in Cell Block 9, Good Vibrations)
John Phillips
Joan Baez
Merry Clayton and Love Ltd. (soul music; hour, with 25-minute instrumental set)
Kris Kristofferson (with Chris Gantry and Vince Matthews) (hour)
John Hartford (half hour)

8:00pm Concert:
Beach Boys
John Phillips
Linda Ronstadt, with Swamp Water
Mimi Fariña & Tom Jans
Mark Spoelstra
Country Joe McDonald ("drew the strongest support of the evening show")
Tom Ghent
Joan Baez
Finale: All sing "You Ain't Going Nowhere"

Joe Cocker and Leon Russell were scheduled but not announced in order to keep audience small. Both canceled.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

York School, May 4, 1963

A groundbreaking ceremony for the first unit of the new campus on Saturday, May 4, 1963 at the current site of York School in Monterey.  The school started in Pacific Grove in 1959 and moved to the present location in 1964.  (Monterey Herald Archives)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Betty Ford in Monterey, 1976

Mrs. Betty Ford attends the Merienda at the Memory Garden in Monterey on Saturday, June 5, 1976.  Mrs. Ford was in Monterey campaigning for her husband just three days before the Tuesday Primary.  During her three-hour stay, Mrs. Ford wished Monterey a happy birthday, lunched with friends at the Beach Club in Pebble Beach and delighted friends at a gathering at a ranch in Corral de Tierra.  (Monterey Herald archives)