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Pilates Party a Success

April 2 turned out to be a bright, sunny day at the Lower Presidio Historic Park and the Pilates Party with Bagpipes, Fusion and Serra was a great success.  An estimated 80 people attended during the 2 hour event and the order of the day was enthusiasm for development of the Park and its recreational opportunities.

PILATES MONTEREY was the main attraction with a display of new equipment and classes for beginners and seasoned players.

Spread out on mattes and tarps on the knoll overlooking the Monterey Harbor, participants were challenged by expert instructors to stretch their limits in three sessions spread over the two hour event.

Master Bagpiper MICHEL d’AVENAS entertained those in attendance, together with passerbys on the Recreation Trail, with traditional Scottish music and a virtuoso performance.  Refreshments were provided by FUSION, with its unique blend of Asian healthy food for sale.


And there were plenty of visitors in attendance just to see what was going on at the Lower Presidio Historic Park.  Board members of the Old Monterey Foundation manned an informational table to explain plans and prospects for the Park.

Several interested citizens purchased memberships in the Friends of Lower Presidio, making this a most worthwhile day on our calendar.



Pilates Event at Lower Presidio

Old Monterey Foundation will hold the first ever “Pilates Party in the Park: Bagpipes, Serra and Fusian” on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Lower Presidio Historic Park.

LPHP_Logo_blueFebruary 2016. Monterey, CA. Save the Date! The community is invited to the first ever “Pilates Party in the Park: Bagpipes, Serra and Fusian” at the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey, CA. This special free event will be coordinated by the Old Monterey Foundation on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of this beautiful park. “Pilates Party in the Park: Bagpipes, Serra and Fusian” will feature a Pilates demonstration and 30 minute classes by Pilates Monterey, a performance by the award-winning Pipe Major Michel d’Avenas, plus delicious food for purchase from the popular Fusian Street Food Truck. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mat for Pilates, towel or folding chair for watching the demos and listening to the bagpipe performances.

Event Schedule:

11:30 a.m. – Noon  Welcome and Introductions, Demos on the Wunda Chair (Pilates Apparatus) and a bagpipe performance by Pipe Major Michel d’Avenas

Noon – 12:30 p.m.  A 30 minute mat Pilates class, beginner/restorative class for all levels

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Break to enjoy Fusian Street Food Truck, Bagpipe performance by Pipe Major Michel d’Avenas, Wunda Chair demos

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.  – 30 min class – Power Pilates (a little more fast paced)sierra_ship web

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Bagpipe performance by Pipe Major Michel d’Avenas, Drawing for a Free Pilates Session, Fusian Street Food Truck, Wrap Up

Directions to the Lower Presidio Historic Park and Presidio of Monterey Museum: 

From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road,IMG_1044 turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, turn right on Private Bolio Road, quickly turn left on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.

About The Lower Presidio Historic Park

The Lower Presidio Historic Park, described as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast” and “One of the Most Beautiful Places in Monterey” is on its way to becoming a true historic public park to be enjoyed by locals and visitors. Old Monterey Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Monterey and Department of the Army, has raised initial funds to begin Phase One of the project to enhance and restore this historic 25.3-acre site and is now seeking public donations to help complete Phase One of the $680,000 project. Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become members of “Friends of the Lower Presidio”

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and make tax-deductible donations to more quickly restore the park. They are also raising funds to restore the historic Father Serra statue.

The Lower Presidio Historic Park is one of the least-visited historic parks in the area due to some confusion about whether the public is allowed in the area.   Situated in a “hidden in plain sight” location, the Park can be found on Corporal Ewing Drive above Pacific Street at the Lighthouse Curve in Downtown Monterey. The park features spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Harbor and will become a jewel of the City of Monterey’s park system.

About Pilates Monterey

Specializing in post-rehabilitative Pilates training, Pilates Monterey is a private Pilates Studio that offers private, semi-private and small group Pilates instruction as well as comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training. There is something for everyone at any level at Pilates Monterey. Learn Pilates with expert guidance and address your personal goals in their fully-equipped studio.  You can also work one-on-one in a private session, experience an equipment group, or try a mat class. pilatesequipThey also have the Peninsula Pilates Project which is a not-for-profit organization devoted to restorative Pilates classes for survivors of cancer or other debilitating diseases.  The trained professionals at Pilates Monterey offer, free of charge, 4 weeks of classes and guide women and men recovering from cancer, enduring chemotherapy and/or radiation through a gentle and effective Pilates method mat exercises. For more information, go to

About  Pipe Major Michel d’Avenas

Monterey bagpiper and instructor of the Great Highland bagpipes, Michel d’Avenas, has been teaching in the greater Monterey, California area for over 40 years. He performs weekly at the Inn at Spanish Bay, Pipe Major Michel d'Avenasand is a full time professional bagpiper for weddings, funerals, and other events in the area. He is the Piper Major of the Monterey Bay Pipe Band and the leading bagpipe instructor in Monterey County. He is also a piping competition judge at Scottish Festivals and other events.  A Monterey County native, Michel’s family came from both Great Britain and France, and he has a musical heritage that extends through many generations. After graduating from Robert Louis Stevenson School, he served in the U.S. Army Military Police during the Vietnam War era as part of the European Command Honor Guard. He then attended U.C. Berkeley where he studied music theory and composition. For more information, go to

About the Fusian Food Truck

Founded in 2015, the Fusian Street Food Truck specializes in Asian Fusion food and also owns the Bubble Tea Shop located in North Salinas. Laos-born Toun Ray moved to Salinas in 1989. At the event, they will offer Vegetarian Spring rolls wrapped in rice paper (with mandarin orange sweet chili sauce, Fusian tacos (tri-tip on a corn tortilla with a mango salsa), Pho Vietnamese Noodle Soup (beef broth, tri-tip, rice noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, onions, jalapeno and a squeeze of lime with hoisin sauce and siracha hot sauce). fusiantruckThey will also feature six flavors of Bubble Tea, a tea-based flavored drink that uses sugar in the raw syrup or stevia, low fat dairy creamer and Jasmine green tea. The flavors will include Thai tea, horchata, mocha tea, mango, green tea, and taro. For more information, go to

To arrange an interview with Bill McCrone, Secretary of Old Monterey Foundation, please contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email For more information and directions, to donate and become a member of the Friends of the Lower Presidio, to volunteer and learn about future Old Monterey Foundation events, go to


Our fundraiser to restore the historic “Monterey Christmas Angels” on December 5, 2015 was a resounding success. Attendance was estimated to be 120 Angel patrons, including a majority of the Monterey City Council (one of whose children submitted a new Angel for auction). Angels_07Twenty newly painted Angels were displayed around the gathering room at the Museum of Monterey on the Custom House Plaza, and lively interest was displayed in the Angels and in the biographies posted next to each one. All had the same shape and dimensions, but each presented the unique artistic vision of the Artist who graciously donated each Angel. The crowd enjoyed hors d’oeurves, wine and beer amid the lively discussion of individual artistic merits during the Reception preceding the auction.Angels_03Angels_04

Promptly at 7:30 pm, our auctioneer Mike Tryon called attention to the podium for the first piece to be bid on, and the auction was on. Mike is a professional auctioneer from Temecula who volunteered his services to enhance our auction experience, and we are most grateful for his contribution. Angels_06Bidding started a bit slowly but the crowd soon warmed to the spirit of evening. Some favorites quickly appeared and precipitated lively bidding for the rest of the evening. The first bid to go over $500 was the Christmas Angel painted by renowned artist Erin Lee Gadfill, Angels_02which topped out at $750. Continue reading CHRISTMAS ANGEL AUCTION IS RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Sneak a peek at the angels

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Here are the 20 angels painted by renowned local artists that will be auctioned at the “Save the Angels” fundraiser. Proceeds will go towards restoration of the original historic “Monterey Christmas Angels” painted in 1956 by Erica Franke.

The “Save the Angels” Auction & Reception will be held Saturday, December 5, 6–9 p.m. at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza.

Continue reading Sneak a peek at the angels


We are pleased to report that our annual Artist event, Art in the Gardens 2015, was an excellent success in line with our past four years of “ART –in-the-ADOBES” programs. The number of participating artists increased this year, as did attendance at the three-day event.

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The event kicked off on the evening of Friday, September 11 when twenty-two local painters gathered at Venture Gallery to have blank canvases and papers stamped as untouched. A small reception with wine sent them off to paint.

Saturday they scattered among the ten historic gardens of Old Monterey to capture their charms in oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Volunteer docents stationed in each garden space explained the history and horticulture of each unique space.

The drought-challenged plantings in many areas provided a challenge to the painters, leading to some “artistic license” to bring the flowers back to vibrant life.

On Sunday September 13 the artists gathered in the Sensory Garden to exhibit their new paintings for judging. Volunteer judges John Greenwald, Susan Klusmire, and Patrick O’Dowd deliberated carefully with difficult selections. Awards were announced by noon.


“Save the Angels” Auction & Reception: December 5

A fundraiser to restore the historic
“Monterey Christmas Angels”

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Reception: 6–9 p.m.; Auction: 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza
Free admission

Wind, water and sun have battered the Angels that grace downtown Monterey each holiday season and we need your help to restore them. To raise funds for the restoration, Old Monterey Foundation and The Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Commission have joined forces to host a “Save the Angels” Auction. Inspired by the historic Angels, 20 renowned local artists have created new Angels, each six-feet tall, in their own distinct styles that will be auctioned to benefit the restoration.

To see all 20 angels, search for “Sneak a Peek” on this website. Or see them on display at the Museum of Monterey starting December 2.

For more Angel information please call (831) 346-3030

Click the button below to make a tax deductible donation
towards restoration of the Monterey Angels

Enjoy Plein Air Painting at Art in the Gardens – September 12 and 13, 2015

The Monterey Peninsula has long been known as source of inspiration for artists of all types and mediums. From the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson and John Steinbeck to the prose of Robinson Jeffers, fans of the written word can walk the same trails and fields that inspired some of literature and poetry’s great masters. While the great names in painting may have called other places home, they, like countless other artists have used this beautiful landscape as their muse.

Carol Gray - artist and instructor Barbara Norton at work

Continue reading Enjoy Plein Air Painting at Art in the Gardens – September 12 and 13, 2015

The 2015 Marcia Devoe Fund Lecture Series: Armin Hansen, November 13


Continuing our well received lecture program from last year, Old Monterey  Foundation is pleased to announce our 2015 Marcia F. DeVoe lectures for July 23, August 7, and November 13,  2015.  All lectures are at 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street,  Monterey.  Admission is free but plan to come early as we were standing room only during our 2014 lecture series. Continue reading The 2015 Marcia Devoe Fund Lecture Series: Armin Hansen, November 13


The Old Monterey Foundation is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival on May 2 and 3, 2015.  The event was organized by the City of Monterey to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural history of Monterey and the expert array of educational institutions in Monterey dedicated to language learning.  The two day event began with a parade/procession down Alvarado Street to the Custom House Plaza, where the remainder of the Festival took place.  This first Festival was a great success and will be promoted into the future. Continue reading LANGUAGE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD CULTURAL FESTIVAL