June 11, 1998 |
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.
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August 7, 2003 |
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.
May 5, 1994 |
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.
May 10, 1991 |
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.
June 13, 1991 |
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.
October 11, 1991 |
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.