Solemn celebration


Three days' worth of Memorial Day activities have something for everyone.

June 03, 2010|By Megan O'Neil and Andrew Shortall
(Libby Cline/Valley…)

The city of La Cañada was awash in red, white and blue last weekend as thousands of foothill residents turned out to participate in the 37th annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days celebration.

"We don't have attendance figures yet," said Fiesta Days Chairman Barbara Marshall. "But it looked to equal if not exceed last year in terms of participation. We are thrilled."

Three days of activities included some of the city's longest-running traditions, including fireworks in Memorial Park, the Fiesta Days Run and the Memorial Day parade.

The celebration kicked off Saturday with the French toast and strawberries breakfast, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada-A.M., and the accompanying vintage car show.

"It's fun to see families come to the breakfast and see all the other generations interacting with one another," said Rosemary Hook, a member of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada-A.M. and chair of the Community Breakfast. "Fiesta Days just re-emphasizes the reason why so many people move to La Cañada. There's such a strong sense of community, and people are so giving of their time and money."


Families returned to Memorial Park on Saturday night for a free screening of the movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," sponsored by Barbara Marshall and State Farm Insurance.

Sunday was highlighted by the Lanterman Museum's open house, which has been working alongside Fiesta Days for 15 years.

"Fiesta Days is a hometown celebration that highlights old-fashioned things, and that is what we do here at the Lanterman House," said Executive Director Melissa Patton. "We are the only historic house or history museum here, and it's our mission to teach people of all ages about the history of their community."

Sunday was the only day of the year the public could tour the Lanterman House for free.

"Fiesta Days is a fantastic tradition that symbolizes La Cañada's small-town feel," La Cañada City Council member Stephen Del Guercio said. "The Lanterman House is the main way people can learn more about their community."

The second day of Fiesta Days wrapped up with a family barbecue. Hundreds of families lined the grass of Memorial Park as they relaxed, ate dinner and listened to La Cañada High School's jazz band while they waited for the sun to set. Once it was dark enough, everyone was treated to a fireworks show as Sunday came to a close.

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