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June 29, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a most unlikely place for Hollywood glitz: a former apple orchard surrounded by vineyards in the drowsy depths of wine country. Yet if Hollywood had an attic, this would be it. This tiny farm town is home to a remarkable collection of props and costumes and classic cars--all of it assembled by a retired landscaper whose biggest claim to motion picture fame was his $3-a-day role as a dead soldier in "Gone With the Wind." The man is George H. Smith. The collection, he calls Georgetown.
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NEWS
June 29, 1997 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a most unlikely place for Hollywood glitz: a former apple orchard surrounded by vineyards in the drowsy depths of wine country. Yet if Hollywood had an attic, this would be it. This tiny farm town is home to a remarkable collection of props and costumes and classic cars--all of it assembled by a retired landscaper whose biggest claim to motion picture fame was his $3-a-day role as a dead soldier in "Gone With the Wind." The man is George H. Smith. The collection, he calls Georgetown.
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NEWS
December 30, 1999 | ROBERT SMAUS
Some of the favorite roses are easy to find;, others might be a challenge. Several local nurseries specialize in bare-root roses at this time of the year, or try two mail-order sources recommended by our experts: Arena Rose Co., P.O. Box 3096, Paso Robles, (805) 227-4094 (http://www.arenarose.com). They have a catalog ($5) but also sell to retail nurseries, which can be located by calling Arena. Vintage Gardens, 2833 Old Gravenstein Highway South, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (http://www.vintagegardens.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1997
While the article about Sister Karen Boccalero ("In Praise of Art and Dedication," July 1) was good, more can be said to convey the depth and complexity of this extraordinary person. Sister Karen was, above all, a peerless motivator of talent--teaching and inspiring new artists to soar beyond their dreams, to create more and more beautiful work. Her highly regarded Atelier program produced some stunningly wonderful art. She was a reluctant administrator--but managed to do more with less than any nonprofit we've ever known.
NEWS
September 2, 1999 | ROBERT SMAUS
On Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, Pat Sherman will talk about the sweet peas she's grown for her Fragrant Garden Nursery, a mail-order source mentioned on Page 2 of Southern California Living on Aug. 12. Her talks at Hortus Nursery in Pasadena will be at 2 p.m. both days. Hortus is located at 284 E. Orange Grove Blvd. ([626] 792-8255). Several Southland nurseries, including Hortus, stock her seed.
FOOD
August 5, 1998 | CHARLES PERRY
Nothing helps you understand wine like good, detailed wine country maps. Hugh Johnson has made a career of providing them, but his "World Atlas of Wine" gives only a fraction of the detail shown in these five gorgeous maps of the Sonoma County wine country (Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, Russian River, Knights Valley and Sonoma Valley).
TRAVEL
February 6, 2000 | SUSAN SPANO, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
I like to think of travel as a cure for everything. But there is at least one problem it cannot correct: the death of a beloved partner. For the 2.6 million American men and 11 million American women who have been widowed, time is the true healer. Yet supportive families, hobbies and work often play a role, and I'd add travel to that list as well. Many widows have found that travel helps them redefine who they are, makes them feel strong and accomplished, and gets them out in the world.
MAGAZINE
March 10, 1996 | Robert Smaus
One sniff of a venerable Bourbon rose named 'Honorine de Brabant' and Sandy Gaal was hooked. "I'd never smelled anything like it before," she recalls, the scent lingering in her memory. "It was heavenly." Intoxicated by the fragrance of antique roses, intrigued with their histories and entranced with their beauty, Gaal began searching for old roses, eventually finding many of them through mail-order catalogs. The timing was perfect.
NEWS
September 14, 2000 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
Myths and legends surround the sowing and growing of sweet peas. Many were first spun when showing sweet pea blooms was almost a competitive sport in England, with gardeners fiercely competing for flower show awards. That's where farfetched ideas like pruning sweet peas to a single stem came from. Or the advice to dig a trench as deep as "the bottom button of your waistcoat" when you're standing in it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2000 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Luis Felipe Baptista, a widely respected ornithologist who could literally sing the languages and even dialects of birds from Alaska to Costa Rica, has died at the age of 58. Colleagues at San Francisco's California Academy of Science said the curator apparently suffered a heart attack while feeding birds in Golden Gate Park. He died Monday at his home in Sebastopol in Sonoma County.
TRAVEL
January 21, 2001 | SUSAN SPANO, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Martha Lindt's son and Carol Rivendell's daughter were high school sweethearts. The kids didn't get married, but their moms stayed together as business partners in Wild Women Adventures, a Northern California tour company for women that offers about 20 small, escorted trips a year to places such as Egypt and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Their Egypt trip is called "Queens of the Nile," and the one to San Miguel de Allende is "Red Hot Mamas."
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