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July 6, 1987 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
A small enclave where nature, the arts and quaint bits of history formed an odd alliance against the march of development became a part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on Sunday.
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August 7, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Generations of dreamers have had grand plans for the place. So why is it that Lake Enchanto remains an enigma for nearly everyone who touches it? For 16 years the oak- and sycamore-shaded glen next to Triunfo Creek in Agoura has been a 64-acre federal park called the Peter Strauss Ranch. But it is one of the National Park Service's least-used California treasures. And least understood. Only one visitor was there last Saturday afternoon.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1998 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The word is out, though it was never really a secret. The Peter Strauss Ranch, an estate-turned-tourist attraction-turned-park tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains near Agoura Hills, is getting a lot more foot traffic these days. Free concerts and regular guided walks have boosted awareness of this out-of-the-way spot. And a new summer music series opens Sunday in the park's intimate stone-terraced amphitheater.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1998 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The word is out, though it was never really a secret. The Peter Strauss Ranch, an estate-turned-tourist attraction-turned-park tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains near Agoura Hills, is getting a lot more foot traffic these days. Free concerts and regular guided walks have boosted awareness of this out-of-the-way spot. And a new summer music series opens Sunday in the park's intimate stone-terraced amphitheater.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1998 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The word is out, though it was never really a secret. The Peter Strauss Ranch, an estate-turned-tourist attraction-turned-park tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains near Agoura Hills, is getting a lot more foot traffic these days. Free concerts and regular guided walks have boosted awareness of this out-of-the-way spot. And a new summer music series opens Sunday in the park's intimate stone-terraced amphitheater.
NEWS
May 5, 1994 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The lake is gone, and the vast swimming pool that once held 3,000 swimmers is anempty pit, but the Peter Strauss Ranch--called Lake Enchanto in its heyday--will be rocking Sunday. The National Park Service, now owner of the ranch, is offering a free concert of Beatles music--billed as a Mother's Day special--on the grounds. The two-hour Beatles nostalgia trip will be performed by John Wood's group, J. P. Nightingale.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 1991 | HEATHER W. MORGAN
For parents and children, the music of J. P. Nightingale is a familiar sound. For 19 years the duo--John and Pam Woods on guitar, mandolin, flute, spoons and vocals--has made several albums, toured Southern California schools, and, since 1985, produced the popular Theater Arts Festival for Youth, or TAFFY festival, at the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura. Following the success of the early TAFFY festivals, J. P. Nightingale decided to expand its programs to feature family-oriented ethnic music.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | RODNEY BOSCH
The rolling meadows of the Peter Strauss Ranch should provide the perfect backdrop for this weekend's fifth annual Golden State Sculpture Assn., All Sculpture Show. The juried exhibition, featuring the works of about 100 artists, will be nestled among the oak and sycamore trees of the ranch in Agoura. The public can enjoy a wide range of representational and abstract sculptures crafted from a variety of mediums, including stone, wood, concrete, glass, iron and steel.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1991 | HEATHER MORGAN
In 1985, John Woods went to the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura to perform at the outdoor theater, and he experienced more than just a sense of awe at the sight's natural beauty: He experienced deja vu . "This was the place that had come to me in a dream one night," said Woods, a Canoga Park resident who is half of the children's singing duo J. P. Nightingale, along with his wife, Pam.
NEWS
October 15, 1988 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
Theater Arts Festival for Youth takes over Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura this weekend, filling the country air with opera for kids, poetry, storytelling and songs from Africa, Asia, Mexico and more. Children's entertainers will cast the spells, and families should plan to spend a full day listening, participating and picnicking. Two stages, at the amphitheater and at the marble dance floor, will feature different programs each hour. Today's schedule begins with singer/songwriter J. P.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1998 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The word is out, though it was never really a secret. The Peter Strauss Ranch, an estate-turned-tourist attraction-turned-park tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains near Agoura Hills, is getting a lot more foot traffic these days. Free concerts and regular guided walks have boosted awareness of this out-of-the-way spot. And a new summer music series opens Sunday in the park's intimate stone-terraced amphitheater.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1997 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"We sing in T-shirts and jeans," says Julianne Mandell, production coordinator for the Angel City Chorale, which will perform Sunday at the Peter Strauss Ranch, a facility operated by the National Park Service. "And the kids [in the audience] get up and dance," she says, alluding to the chorale's most recent outdoor performance this summer at the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest. These goings-on may not seem to fit the usual idea of a choral-music ensemble.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1997 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you're tired of fretting over what to do on Father's Day, this year just tell dear old dad to take a hike--literally--and then tell him you'll go along. Breakfast in bed and the traditional giving of the gifts are dad pleasers. But maybe what he really wants is a little quality time out on the trail. Throw in a waterfall, a wildflower or two, and you'll make his day.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1994 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started in 1985 with just a handful of veteran children's performers and a few amateur groups putting on a show at the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura. That year, a scant 800 people found their way to the first Theatre Arts Festival for Youth--TAFFY for short--for an outdoor family day of songs, stories and puppetry.
NEWS
May 5, 1994 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The lake is gone, and the vast swimming pool that once held 3,000 swimmers is anempty pit, but the Peter Strauss Ranch--called Lake Enchanto in its heyday--will be rocking Sunday. The National Park Service, now owner of the ranch, is offering a free concert of Beatles music--billed as a Mother's Day special--on the grounds. The two-hour Beatles nostalgia trip will be performed by John Wood's group, J. P. Nightingale.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1991 | HEATHER MORGAN
In 1985, John Woods went to the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura to perform at the outdoor theater, and he experienced more than just a sense of awe at the sight's natural beauty: He experienced deja vu . "This was the place that had come to me in a dream one night," said Woods, a Canoga Park resident who is half of the children's singing duo J. P. Nightingale, along with his wife, Pam.
NEWS
July 4, 1987 | ELLEN MELINKOFF
Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura will be officially turned over to the National Park Service on Sunday. In addition to the ceremonies, there's a ranger-led walk in the morning and a folk music concert in the afternoon. With its broad lawn and shady hiking paths, the ranch has been a favorite family picnicking spot in past years. The drawback has been its limited hours: two weekends a month. Beginning Aug. 1, the ranch will be open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday's festivities will begin at 9 a.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1997 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you're tired of fretting over what to do on Father's Day, this year just tell dear old dad to take a hike--literally--and then tell him you'll go along. Breakfast in bed and the traditional giving of the gifts are dad pleasers. But maybe what he really wants is a little quality time out on the trail. Throw in a waterfall, a wildflower or two, and you'll make his day.
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | RODNEY BOSCH
The rolling meadows of the Peter Strauss Ranch should provide the perfect backdrop for this weekend's fifth annual Golden State Sculpture Assn., All Sculpture Show. The juried exhibition, featuring the works of about 100 artists, will be nestled among the oak and sycamore trees of the ranch in Agoura. The public can enjoy a wide range of representational and abstract sculptures crafted from a variety of mediums, including stone, wood, concrete, glass, iron and steel.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 1991 | LISBET NILSON, Lisbet Nilson writes regularly about art for Westside/Valley Calendar.
"Great things are done when men and mountains meet," the poet William Blake wrote. "This is not done by jostling in the street." Over the past year or so, hundreds of artists from seven art associations ringing the Santa Monica Mountains have left the bustle of their streets and headed for the hills to produce work for a two-stage juried art competition that culminates this weekend at the Peter Strauss Ranch (Lake Enchanto) in Agoura Hills.
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