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4th Annual Whalefest Monterey to be held at Old Fisherman’s Wharf

 4th Annual Whalefest Monterey to be held at Old Fisherman’s Wharf 

 Whale Watching Capital of the World! ™

 Inspire - Educate - Explore - Empower

Protect Our Beautiful Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

 December, 2013. Hundreds of humpback whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans have been feasting recently on an amazing invasion of anchovies in the Monterey Bay, in Monterey, California to the delight of thousands of whale watchers. A very special festival celebrates its 4th year in Monterey building more awareness about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, helping to educate, inspire, empower and protect it. Don't miss a free fun family event for all ages that celebrates the Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and whales, while benefiting many local and national marine organizations.whalefest_flyer

 On Saturday, January 25 and 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association ( will hold the 4th Annual WHALEFEST MONTEREY at and around Fisherman’s Wharf, 1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CA. This popular event celebrates the migration of the gray whales. It is designed to educate and inspire the public about many of the outstanding marine organizations that are involved in the Monterey Bay area and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Among the highlights will be lectures related to ocean and marine life conservation presented at the Museum of Monterey (MoM) Theater, documentary films sponsored by BLUE Ocean Festival organizers and book signings by some of the participating authors. There will be musical and theatrical performances with a maritime theme, and many educational displays by participating organizations. Thousands of attendees are expected again this year that range from local families and school children who want to learn more about our maritime environment to visitors from near and far who want to explore the annual whale migration. The event will also feature a science credit program for students from university level to schoolchildren. The merchants on the Wharf will be serving a variety of small bites.

 The two days will feature a wide array of fun and informative activities including:

 A 60-foot model gray whale  (attendees can climb inside)

  • Live musical performances including Barbara Joy and A Children's Chorus - La Mesa Tech Center Chorus Club - Salvation Army on Saturday, January 25th and Peggy Stap of Marine Life Studies with Whiskie the Whale Spotter™ at 1:30 PM
  • Whale watching trips on Monterey Bay will run all day from the wharf, weather permitting including an American Cetacean Society Benefit Whale Watching Cruise at 8:00 am on Sunday, January 26th
  • A remote-controlled model sailing regatta by the Monterey  Yacht Club 
  • Award-winning documentaries sponsored by BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Dr. Carol Reeb, and Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association on topics that range from squid to whales
  • Lectures by world renowned scientists including:
    • Dr. Steve Palumbi , Director of Hopkins Marine Station
    • Dr. Carol Reeb, Research Scientist at Hopkins Marine Station
    • Mr. William Douros, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA
    • Dr. Michael Vincent McGinnis of Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Expert panelists including scientists and business leaders
  • American Cetacean Society Benefit Whale Watch cruise on Sunday, January 26th at 8:00 am
  •  “Sea creatures” from Save the Whales will be interacting with attendees and providing marine and event information
  • Beach and street cleanups by The Wahine Project on Saturday, January 25thMarine Life Studies, and Save Our Shores on Sunday, January 26th
  • Shark and Humbolt Squid will be dissected
  • Mock Whale Disentanglement demonstrations
  • Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) demonstrations
  • Historic walking tours by maritime historian, Tim Thomas
  • Monterey’s Fire boat will provide a water display
  • U.S. Coast Guard will display Coastie the Tug Boat, its rescue boat
  • Underwater remote camera from MAOS controlled by attendees
  • Remote controlled model sailing regatta
  • Local marine photography fundraiser exhibit and drawing at Museum of Monterey (MoM), 5 Custom House Plaza.
  • And much, much more!


Participating Marine Conservation Organizations:

 The participating local, national and international marine conservation organizations that will line the Causeway at Old Fisherman’s Wharf will include the following:


American Cetacean Society

BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit

California Coastal Commission

California State Parks

Camp SEA Lab

City of Monterey Environmental Program

Friends of Moss Landing Marine Lab

Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

Marine Life Studies

Marine Mammal Center

Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation

Monterey Green Action

Monterey History and Art Association

Monterey Public Library

Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority

Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club


National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Pacific Grove Museum

Pacific Shark Research Center


Save Our Shores

Save the Whales

Surfrider Foundation – Monterey Chapter

The Marine Mammal Center

The Otter Project

U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary

Wahine Project

(Note: Participating organizations subject to change)


In addition to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association, sponsors include BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science, California State Parks, and more.


For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Bob Massaro at (831) 649-6544 or email Bob at and check out the website at





Burns Night at the Museum


Online Ticket purchases available here


Mystic Adventures in Big Sur


The Three Historians – Museum Theater

5 Custom House Plaza

  • 6:30 – 8:00 Spend a lively evening with historians Cameron Binkley, Dennis Copeland, and Tim Thomas as they answer your questions about Monterey’s history – the facts, legends, misconceptions, and outright scandals!  Also historic photos and a bit of show and tell from the historical collections will also be featured. Refreshments will be provided.  Admission:  Free.

Joe Is Back In Town!!! Saturday, September 21, 2013, 3 p.m.


Mark Baer's 

Joe Cupcake Chronicles 

Continue at MoM! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 3 p.m.
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
$8 museum admission; film free
Running time 75 minutes; Q & A to follow


As part of our ongoing Film & Filmmaker Series, Mark Baer,
writer, filmmaker and executive director of the Museum of Monterey presents the first public screening of Part Five: Sisyphus Rocks: The Discreet Charm of Bourgeois Joe 

of his five-part, long-awaited Joe Cupcake Chronicles.

Joe Cupcake, existential everyman, cosmic seeker, flawed individual, and convivial creature of the zeitgeist, conjures up the ghost of Luis Buñuel to contemplate God, sex, art and guilt. Every Joe a Cupcake. Every Cupcake a King. 

Poems Set to Music Saturday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Museum of Monterey Presents:



Poems Set to Music


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Featuring Vocalist Jaqui Hope,


Bassist Heath Proskin, and Bill Minor on Piano and Reading

Come enjoy an evening reading from the best of Bill Minor’s new book

The Inherited Heart: An American Memoir—selection based on favorites from

two previous “Launch Parties”—and new poems and prose set to music performed by Bill (piano), Jaqui Hope (vocals) and Heath Proskin (bass). Poems, new prose and

short lyric portions from the book are mixed with original recently composed pieces and songs (“standards”) from the era depicted, the music providing an added dimension to and enhancing the words.


Saturday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.


$5 for MHAA members; $10 for non-member 

The Museum of Monterey

5 Custom House Plaza

Monterey, California 93940



Hands on History and Art August 25 at 1.00 p.m

 The Museum of Monterey presents “Hands on History and Art” program for kids at the age from 7 to12 years. Kids are welcome to learn about the history of Maritime, Monterey and Art. They will practice crafts and create their own masterpieces.


August 25 at 1.00 p.m. the first workshop “Kids Hoist the Sails” will be held in the Museum of Monterey at 5 Custom House plaza.


A short story of the oldest tall ship in the world still afloat will be shown in the museum movie theatre, kids will see the models of the famous tall ships in the museum, go on a virtual tour to the historical ship USS Constitution, learn about main parts of the tall ship and make a simple wooden model with their own hands. The masterpieces will be taken home together with knowledge and fun.


Admission $18 per kid including tall ship kit, the number of kids in a group is limited. Please, call 831-372-2608  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or send an email to Victoria Carter at  to register before August 24.





Lecture by Theresa Levitt, author of A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse

August 3, 2013 at 1pm

At The Museum of Monterey , 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Learn about the fascinating history of Augustin Fresnel, (1788–1827), who shocked the scientific elite with his ingenious breakthrough in the physics of light. The lens he invented was a brilliant feat of engineering that would make lighthouses blaze many times brighter, farther, and more efficiently and would save countless lives from death by shipwreck. But Fresnel had to battle the establishment, his own poor health, and the limited technology of the time to achieve his goal of illuminating the entire French coast. Levitt’s scientific and historical account, rich in anecdote and personality, brings to life the untold story of Augustin Fresnel and his powerful invention that would change the world and shape history.

A q&a and author signing will follow the lecture.

About the Author: Theresa Levitt   is an associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has a master’s degree in history from Iowa State University and a PhD from Harvard University. Levitt is the recipient of the Fulbright and National Science Foundation Awards.



Movie Night at the Museum!

mom The Monterey History & Art Association & MoM are pleased to announce an exciting new program: Movie Night at the Museum!



 Three Tuesdays a month, The Museum will host a movie in our wonderfully comfortable theater, followed by conversation and discussion moderated by local video artist Fred Nelson. The goal of this ongoing event is to increase media literacy by exposing audiences young and old to well-made, intelligent films that define exceptional craftsmanship and style.


Come be part of this fantastic new offering at the Museum! Coming up are:

July 30th, 2013: The Fly

Potentially David Cronenberg’s most accessible film sees it’s main character slowly and horrifyingly transformed into a monster. The Fly is a perfect introduction to Cronenberg’s “Body Horror” and examines the horror that dwells within our own biology.

August 6th, 2013: The Lord of the Flies

The series next looks at character development on a larger scale in Lord of the Flies, a perfect adaption of William Golding’s famous novel of the same name.  Without the boundaries of civilization, a group of marooned children slowly divide into competing factions.

August 13th, 2013: 8 1/2

The character series concludes with a unique comedy by Federico Fellini. Faced with the pressure that comes with a successful film career, a famous Italian director assembles a cast and crew to begin work a film he hasn’t written yet. 8 1/2 is a hilarious but bizarre and sometimes surreal look at one man’s chaotic mid-life crisis.


The Film Noir Series


August 20th, 2013: Killer’s Kiss

This very early Stanley Kubrick film perfectly defines the genre. A tough as nails protagonist, a femme fatale, stunning dark imagery ... Killer’s Kiss is a perfect way to start down the dark and mysterious path of Film Noir.

September 3rd, 2013: Chinatown

Jack Nicholson plays a private detective on a case that takes him deeper and deeper into a dark conspiracy shaping the future of Los Angeles. Chinatown is a great early lead in our Film Noir series, allowing us to examine the tropes normally associated with the genre

September 17th, 2013: Stray Dog

Although Akira Kurosawa was known for his many samurai movies, he also had a knack for Film Noir, and one of the many great examples of his talent is Stray Dog. On a hot summer day a detective loses his gun. Overwhelmed with guilt, he sets out on a journey through the criminal underground to find it, and on the way uncovers the life of the culprit. Kurosawa's detective story isn’t just a smart Noir, it’s a clever look at life in Japan after World War II.


Horror Series


October 1st, 2013: The Birds

In The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock slowly lays the groundwork for a snarky romantic comedy before turning the whole thing on its head by horrifically attacking it’s characters with common birds.

October 8th, 2013: Hour of the Wolf

Ingmar Bergman directs this bizarre and quite surreal film about marriage and relationships. Hour of the Wolf uniquely examines horror as a psychological and interpersonal phenomenon.

October 15th, 2013: Kuroneko

Kuroneko uses striking cinematography and excellent use of lighting to portray a decidedly feminist ghost story. After being brutally murdered by a wayward group of soldiers, two women take revenge by luring men into a similar fate.


Beautiful Whale Presentation and Book Signing Event by Bryant Austin – June 22nd

Date: June 22nd, 2013 Time: 2pm to 4pm Beautiful Whale Presentation and Book Signing Event by Bryant Austin

bryant2"Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin's breathtaking photographic project Beautiful Whale ($50.00) is the first of its kind: chronicles his fearless attempts to reach out to whales as fellow sentient beings. Featuring Austin's intimate images--some as detailed as a single haunting eye--that result from encounters based oBeautiful_Whale_covern mutual trust, this work captures the grace and intelligence of these magnificent creatures. Austin spent days at a time submerged, motionless, in the waters of remote spawning grounds waiting for humpback, sperm, and minke whales to seek him out.

As oceanographer Sylvia A. Earle says in her foreword to the book, "As an ambassador from the ocean--and to the ocean--Bryant Austin is not only a source of inspiration. He is cause for hope."










The Shifty Sailors Cruise into Monterey! Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Shifty Sailors Cruise into Monterey! 


Friday, June 28th, 2013

Reception at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.

$5 for MHAA members; $10 for non-members sailors1


Fancy a shanty or two?  How about some tunes that harken back to the days of lantern-lit lighthouses, wrecks and storms, and fishing and drinking on the high seas and tall ships of yore? 


The Museum of Monterey is pleased to announce a very special night of maritime tradition with the Shifty Sailors, an all-male singing group from Whidbey Island, Washington currently on a tour of West Coast cities. 

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The troupe has traveled extensively in Europe and the United States, sharing their repertoire of songs to ensure maritime communities understand their nautical heritage. Formed in 1993, this is the group's 20th year in existence, and to date they've recorded five popular CDs. "I was smitten," said one reviewer of their performance. "There they were in their striped glory, young and old, barrel-chested and thin, gray of hair and not, bushy-faced and shorn, their energy and humor was contagious, their ebullience enchanting."


Refreshments including wine and beer as well as copies of their CDs will be available for purchase at the event. Don't miss the chance to experience this wonderful evening of nautical nostalgia!


For more on the group and their tour schedule, visit


Mark Baer’s Joe Cupcake Chronicles Premiere at the Museum of Monterey! Sunday, June 9, 2013,

Mark Baer's  Joe Cupcake Chronicles Premiere at the Museum of Monterey! 
Sunday, June 9,  2013, 
Part II, 1 p.m.; Part III, 3 p.m. joe
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
$5 museum admission; 
film free

As part of our ongoing Film & Filmmaker Series, Mark Baer, writer, filmmaker and executive director of the Museum of Monterey presents the first public screening of parts two ( Summer was Drunken ) and three ( Raw Deal ) of his five-part, nearly completed and long-awaited J oe Cupcake Chronicles.

Joe Cupcake, existential everyman and creature of the zeitgeist, ponders God, sex, art and guilt in these highly-original feature length videos comprised of music, collage, photography, video art and spoken word






SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013    11 am – 3 pmlady

Bring your Children and Grandchildren (ages 5-12) to

La Merienda para los Ninos for a fabulous heritage experience!


Step back in time! Children will enjoy their own special La Merienda celebration at the Museum of Monterey patio in downtown Monterey. They’ll enjoy…

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Picnic Lunch under the trees
  • Music and Games
  • Colorful procession of La Favorita’s court
  • Ceremonial Cake Cutting of 243rd birthday cake for the City of Monterey
  • Special program with musician Juan Sanchez
  • Goody Bags with Treats

Monterey History and Art Association is offering a special package to new families interested in Monterey’s heritage.  A family package for $150 includes a family membership in Monterey History and Art Association and the Museum of Monterey, two adult tickets to La Merienda, and two children’s tickets to La Merienda para los Ninos.  Children and grandchildren of current members of MHAA/MOM are $10.00 a child for the celebration.

Adult ticket cost:

MHAA Member: $55  

Non-Member: $75 (includes 1st year MHAA/MOM Museum Membership!)


For tickets or more information, call Carol Todd at (831) 372-4445 or go to





Our Fabulous Friends are throwing a party! May 16th 5 to 7pm


and you thought MOM was just about Apple Pie ...

Hosting our next community mixer is one of Cannery Rows newest and most outrageously successful shops, " More than Caviar " kate
May 16th 5 to 7pm 
This gathering is going to be a surprise for even us but we're promised food and entertainment we'll not forget soon.  Come join us, meet your neighbors and see what unfolds. 


Indulge in a membership and be automatically entered into a fabulous drawing!

May 16th & June 28th, yet more Fabulous Parties, for one of four autographed, " Beautiful Whale, " books by Bryant Austin . We will also have some really fun entertainment, "The Shifty Sailors,"June 28th.   I hear there is entertainment planned for May 16th as well... 

Drawing rules:  You must be in possession of the winning ticket. You must purchase a membership to obtain a ticket.  Memberships may be purchased at our retail store any time and up to the date of the drawing.  You must also be at the drawing to win.  If you are unable to come in to purchase you membership you may call in and our retail store will process your membership over the phone, give you your ticket number and hold your ticket for pickup the day of the drawing.  Staff is not eligible to enter the drawing.

MHAA Events Museum of Monterey
P: (831) 372-2608 ext. 28

If you would like to host a community mixer give us a call.  It's all about working together and staying strong as a community and have we got the perfect location.




Mission Paintings of Will Sparks May 10th – July 28th

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La Merienda 2013 Tickets are on Sale Now!



Tickets may be purchased here


para los Ninos tickets here


La Merienda 2013, Celebrate the City of Monterey's 243rd birthday with a barbecue, mariachis, pinatas & a festive "Californio" party in the historic Memory Gardens, on Custom House Plaza, Saturday, June 1st, 11am to 3:00pm. Children and grandchildren of Merienda attendees 12 years and under may celebrate with their very own La Merienda para los Ninos held concurrently at the MHAA/Stanton Center, featuring entertainer Juan Sanchez, and a full program of activities including participation in the cake ceremony.

Come one, come all! Join our city council, military leaders, and other dignitaries in this magnificent fiesta. Monterey History & Art has hosted this party for the last 83 years and all proceeds go for the support of Monterey's history and arts programs. Tickets are $55 for Monterey History & Art members, $75 for non-members which includes a first time year membership, and $10 for children attending La Merienda para los Ninos. Family packages are available.

To Purchase Tickets and further information please visit our website at . Tickets are officially on sale now .

If you have any questions regarding times, seating or change in meal selection please contact Carol Todd at or (831)372-4445.

Festivities will include a raffle and live auction. Those wanting to contribute a tax deductible gift certificate, item, or service to the La Merienda raffle or live auction please contact Annamarie Della Sala Stanton at or (831)375-1598


Kids Create: Color and Architecture Saturday, May 18, 2013 (12:00-1:30 p.m.)


Green-Door-with-Arch Kids Create workshops, for children ages 7-12, encourage learning about the visual arts, maritime, historical and cultural traditions.

In this workshop, we will take a close look at Jeffrey Becom’s Since Before the Moon Appeared: The Painted Legacy of Latin America exhibition. This vibrant exhibition features 22 large color photographs, chronicles the artist’s two decades of travels through Latin America, documents painted color and reveals its cultural significance.

We will discuss the stories that go along with each photograph and talk about architecture -façades, arches, columns, lintels and more. Kids will use what they have learned through visual observation and discussion to create oil pastel on board masterpieces, inspired by Jeffrey Becom’s exhibition. All materials are provided.


Sign up for Kids Create Workshop




Filoli Estate and Gardens May 7th 2013

Los Amigos of Monterey History & Art Association Present:

Everything Is Coming Up Roses AT FILOLI


filoliMONTEREY, CALIFORNIA –March 22, 2013…Los Amigos de Monterey History & Art Association (MHAA) present a special field trip to Filoli Estate and Gardens on Tuesday, May 7th.  The tour will includes entry to Filoli Estate, 2-hour docent led tour, roundtrip transportation via Discovery bus, and box lunch.  Event takes place rain or shine.

“Recognized as one of the finest remaining Country estates of the early 20th century. Filoli welcomes the public to this remarkable 654 acre property, including the 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden.”


Los Amigos are a dedicated group of volunteers who oversee the interests and advocate for the historic Casa Serrano Adobe & Gardens in Monterey.

Where and When:

Depart from Crossroads Shopping Center

Carmel, CA

$60. per person; reservations required; fee non-refundable.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013, board bus at 9:45am and return at 6pm.


Contact: Kathi DeMaria at 831-375-0818

RSVP Deadline:  April 26, 2013


About the Monterey History & Art Association

The Monterey History & Art Association (MHAA) was incorporated in 1931, with its mission to preserve the artifacts of Monterey’s historic and artistic influences. The Museum of Monterey (MoM), managed by MHAA, was originally constructed as a maritime and history museum in 1992. MoM has expanded its scope to include local history and art. 

Monterey History and Art Association (MHAA) and Museum of Monterey (MoM)

5 Custom House Plaza

Monterey, CA 93940

office: 831-372-2608                    


J.W. WINSLOW Book Signing May 5th







 6a00e54ed776408833017c387912d3970bApril  2013 (Pebble Beach, CA) – A special “Mystic Adventures in Big Sur”  Book Launch Party for the debut of J.W. Winslow’s Big Sur Trilogy will be held on Sunday, May 5th  at 1:00 PM at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 372-2608). The event celebrates the release of the Big Sur Trilogy that introduces Winslow’s latest book, Jade Beach (Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume III. The new book joins Jade Beach (Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume II and series opener Jasmine Dogs(Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume I. Guests will also be treated to a first look at the new enhanced eBook of Volume III with 50 special links of music and visual beauty.
About J.W. Winslow’s Mystic Adventures in Big Sur Book Launch Party
The Big Sur Trilogy, delivered with a custom slipcover, will be available for the book signing, as well as the individual copies of Jasmine Dogs, Jade Beach Volume II and the new Volume III  J.W. Winslow will perform a reading in the theater followed by  Q&A , and featuring the cover art from Big Sur’s own Erin Lee Gafill. Guests will savor the fabulous Hahn Family Wines and Chef Janet Melac’s unique Small Green Bites (it’s not only Cinco de Mayo , but J.W. is a green publisher).
The celebration debuts the beautiful retrospective of J.W. Winslow’s paintings called DYANNA’S COLLECTION, which will be on display in the Marine Gallery area next to the lobby. There will be demos of the enhanced e-books on an iPad Mini, with instructions on how to access all features. Twenty Nine pieces of music written by local guitar legend Tom Ayres for the books will be introduced during the celebration! The new suite of music will be available for download  at, along with all three enhanced e-books!
Tom Ayres and J.W. Winslow are planning a MYSTIC ADVENTURES IN BIG SUR show in the Fall, to perform the music and words from the BIG SUR TRILOGY!
About Mystic Adventures in Big Sur
Love, death, nature, and Hollywood all play a major role in the exciting trilogy, Mystic Adventures in Big Sur, penned by J.W. Winslow, the daughter of screen legend Dick Winslow. Winslow, an internationally-respected artist who hosts a California-based television show about the art world, was inspired in her writings by real-life events and insights to create a dynamic heroine, Dyanna Falconer. Her powerful character is a world-traveling screenwriter who separates lust from love in order to find her soul mate while healing from a near-death accident.
The author writes in the tradition of Carmel’s legendary artists of the 20th century and fashions herself as a Bohemian Chic Renaissance woman. As a writer/artist/poet, Winslow has crafted a trilogy filled with adventure in the fast-paced, cut-throat world of Hollywood and the mystical, nurturing, beautiful escape of Big Sur.
The tale of Jasmine Dogs: Mystic Adventures in Big Sur (Vol. 1) and Jade Beach: Mystic Adventures in Big Sur (Vol. II and III) reveals one of self-discovery amidst tragedy, murder, sexual conquests, and the testing of the bonds of friendship and family. Her sweeping story takes us to Paris, Sicily, Los Angeles, and New York, but it always returns to the magical allure of the California coast.
 “Everything is not what it seems in my books,” reveals Winslow.  “I tackle some lofty subjects – love and war between the sexes and the eternal struggle for power between men and women; money as an aphrodisiac and tool in business and love; the struggles of single women in the business world; the trappings of fame; the power of sex and the influence of beauty on others; the sweetness of revenge and the glory of redemption, and the surprises of death and the power of loss.”
The books feature many themes:
  • How a strong-minded, successful woman can mistake passionate sex for true love.
  • How a woman can be wild, carefree, even reckless – and find true happiness.
  • The role privacy – or a lack of it – plays in the social lives of celebrities.
  • How one overcomes the loss of a close love or friend.
  • How our surroundings can heal or poison us.
  • How greed can push people to do violent or crazy things.
  • How you really can’t change the essence of who someone is.
“The reader comes to appreciate that manipulation and scheming to get your way is dangerous and deadly,” says Winslow.
Winslow’s character-driven, action-filled drama centers around Dyanna, who recovers from the tragic death of her fiancée while being romanced by his best friend (Jacob), a billionaire playboy who bankrolls her films. She is ambushed by a catastrophic accident, plunging 400 feet off a cliff but miraculously is nursed back to health by Native Americans in a secret cave, tended to by a doctor (Hawk) that she secretly longs for.  Meanwhile others are plotting against her and Jacob -- not to mention the pesky paparazzi that follow Dyanna – leaving her to live out a soap opera-like life. The story’s climax surprises readers with an ending that spurs a new beginning.
The series of books provides a multi-media experience. A musical score is composed by Monterey native-turned-New Yorker Tom Ayres. The cover art for the books was created by Big Sur artist Erin Lee Gafill, depicting the beautiful vistas of the coast.  Photographic images also bring the beauty of Big Sur to the reader. There are links to Web cameras and digital content for further exploration. Winslow’s Fresh Art Green books are printed on recycled components, including the cover and book pages, using soy ink, and linseed binding glue. In addition to an e-book version, there is also an audio book edition read by Winslow, who draws on her acting experience to deliver a passionate rendition.
About J.W. Winslow
6a00e54ed776408833017eea1c552a970d J.W. Winslow, the daughter of actor Dick Winslow, is a creative talent in her own right. She has been active in the artistic community for several decades as an artist, writer, poet, and green publisher.
Her latest books, a trilogy entitled Mystic Adventures in Big Sur, debut May, 2013. Jasmine Dogs (Vol. I) and Jade Beach (Vol.II and III) collectively engage the reader with a powerful depiction inside the life of a Hollywood screenwriter, where murder, lust, a near-death accident, love, and nature take center stage.
Winslow released her first FRESH ART book entitled Sensual Indigo: Memoir of a Renaissance Woman in 1998. She continues to publish her Websongs Poems  each month  on her website:
Winslow was influenced heavily by her dad’s 50+ year career in film, television, and stage as an actor and entertainer. He appeared in legendary movies that included Mutiny on the Bounty, Funny Girl, Jailhouse Rock, and The Benny Goodman Story, as well as television shows that included Rawhide, The Red Skelton Show, I Love Lucy, Maude, and Dallas.
She hosts two live television programs, produced in Monterey, California. WinslowArt offers a taste of artisan television about the arts and features a weekly visit with local and visiting artists, showcasing gifted, young artists. WinslowArt  podcasts are archived on iTunes as well as her website. Her popular TV show, Your Town, is on public TV for Monterey Country.
As an artist, the many facets of Winslow include paintings, sculpture, assemblage, and painted glass. The FreshArt brand derives from recycled materials and non-toxic mediums. Her work as an abstract colorist is included in collections around the world.
Winslow is available to discuss:
  • The influence of her Hollywood experiences as the daughter of actor Dick Winslow.
  • Why Hollywood draws creative, passionate, and sometimes self-obsessed individuals.
  • The mystique and allure of Big Sur, California.
  • The role and impact of art on her creative writing style.
J.W. Winslow resides in Pebble Beach, California. For more information, please consult: You can also see:
Publication Data:
The Big Sur Trilogy in a Slipcover containing all 3 books
ISBN: 978-0-9658182-9-2  $60.00
Jade Beach (Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume III
Trade Paper 382 pages ISBN: 978-0-9658182-4-7  $24.95; e-book $9.99  ISBN: 978-0-9658182-7-8
Jade Beach (Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume II
Trade Paper 354 pages  $24.95 ISBN: 9780965818230; e-book $9.99  ISBN: 978-0-9658182-5-4
Jasmine Dogs(Mystic Adventures in Big Sur) Volume I
Trade Paper 324 pages  $19.95 ISBN:  9870578015361; e-book $9.99 ISBN:  9780965818216
All Trade books by FRESH ART are distributed by Atlas/Bookmasters
The Audio book of Jasmine Dogs is available exclusively form


Kids Create: Whale Works Series! Saturday, April 27, 2013 (12:00-1:30 p.m.)


MHAA/MOM presents Kids Create: Whale Works Series!


Kids Create workshops, for children ages 7-12, encourage learning about the visual arts, maritime and historical traditions. This special series of workshops celebrates Bryant Austin’s Beautiful Whale exhibition and the wonder of whales! Each workshop includes a thoughtful discussion and a hands-on art project. Kids will use what they have learned through visual observation and discussion to create exciting and original whale works! Children will experiment with drawing, sculpting and printing techniques, and learn about line, shape, color value, 3-D forms and more. All materials are provided.


  Fee: $15



whaleprint Kids Create: Whale Prints

Saturday, April 27, 2013 (12:00-1:30 p.m.)  Register



North America’s Mission Trail Sunday, April 13, 2013

Second Sunday Film Series:

North America's Mission Trail 

Sunday, April 13, 2013


Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
Screening at 2 p.m.; 

reception to follow.

$5 museum admission;

film free.


As part of the Year of the Missions Second Sunday Film Series, the Museum of Monterey is proud to present a screening of North America's Mission Trail on Sunday, April 13, 2013, at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion and refreshments.
North America's Mission Trail gives a comprehensive history of Spanish settlement from Florida across Mexico to Texas, New Mexico, and the two Californias.
Themes of the wide-ranging Second Sunday documentaries relate to the four rotating exhibitions in the Year of the Missions series. Currently on view is "Riding the Mission Trail in 1903 with Artist Jo Mora - Sketches, Watercolors, Diary Entries," organized by Guest Curator Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal. The next installment-"Missions of California and the Southwest: The 1930s Series by 'Mission Painter' Will Sparks"- begins on May 10.

MoM & Apple Pie Party! March 21st 5-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21st glass-of-wine

5-7:30 p.m.

Museum of Monterey

5 Custom House Plaza 

Free admission


Monterey History & Art Association and The Museum of Monterey (MoM) presents a special evening where arts patrons, young professionals, students and out-of -town visitors can enjoy wine, light hors d'oeuvres and apple pie in a stimulating and lively atmosphere. Featured wines will be provided by Sycamore Cellars, and fantastic apple pie by Sweet Elena's Bakery & Café.


Menu11_16_12 Visitors will have the opportunity stroll through the museum and view the current exhibitions and permanent collections on both floors, including "Beautiful Whale," an extraordinary show by Bryant Austin featuring life-size photographs; "Since Before the Moon Appeared: The Painted Legacy of Latin America," by Pacific Grove-based artist Jeffrey Becom in the Atrium; "The Art and Journals of Jo Mora" in the second floor Mountain View Gallery; and the permanent collection exhibits encompassing history, art and culture and Monterey's vast maritime legacy.

 Bryant Austin will be available to answer questions about his exhibit, "Beautiful Whale," and we're hoping that our Guest-Curator  Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal, will also be able to join us.

Don't miss this chance to have a bite and some vino amidst our stunning collections and riveting current exhibitions!


Sycamore Cellars





Beautiful Whale Reception at: 5:00pm February 2nd, 2013

The Beautiful whale reception was a GIANT Success but when has MOM every had a problem throwing a party?  We  hope everyone will  visit the exhibit again and bring their family and friends to spend a little quiet time with Mr Austin's Beautiful Whales.  It is truly an amazing exhibit.  Check in periodically because we will be adding images and possibly a video of the evenings event.  Also be sure to ask about Mr Austin's book coming available soon.  We hope to have a book signing in the months to come so you will  have another chance to meet the author. 

-Staff Review


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Reception at: 5:00pm February 2nd, 2013

Sponsored by Oceana

Exhibit runs from:

February 1st - September 2nd, 2013


Bryant Austin Lecture : Sat, January 26, 2013, 2pm – 3pm

Bryant Austin is an experimental multi-media artist whose life-long passion has been exploring the depths of possibility in connecting with the greatest minds in the waters. The impetus behind his work is the thought of losing over five million years of evolving culture and communication in the largest brain ever to exist on Earth; to n ot only lose it, but to never understand what we’ve lost.

His journey and challenge to recreate the transcendent sensation one experiences floating an arm’s length away from the eye of an inquisitive whale, has compelled him to create breath-taking photo mosaics at “whale scale”- both in terms of size and in the level of detail witnessed in ‘real life’.

This inspiration was brought to light in 2004 when, floating motionless, he felt a gentle tap on his shoulder, one that felt too solid to originate from a dive companion. As he slowly turned to investigate the tap’s source, he became eye-to-eye with a 45 ton female humpback whale. She had reached out with her two ton, 15 foot long pectoral fin to gently touch him, letting him know that she was behind him.

Her eye was fully illuminated from the late afternoon sun scintillating over his shoulder. Looking into her eye, he saw for the first time the calm mindful expression of a whale peering into his own eyes. In that instant he saw clearly what had been missing in the four decade effort to visually communicate the reality of whales - moments like these documented on their terms, at their scale.

To read more please visit Bryant's website by clicking here .

Mark Baer, MHAA Executive Director, interviews Bryant Austin on: Your Town Television



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studio: cosmos
P.O. Box 5782
Carmel, CA 93921

phone: 888.633.7542
















Los Primeros: The First Vaqueros

Second Sunday Film Series:

Los Primeros: The First Vaqueros

 Sunday, February 10, 2013
Los Primeros
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
Screening at 2 p.m.; 
reception to follow
$5, free to members
The Museum of Monterey is proud to present Los Primeros: The First Vaqueros as part of the "More About The Missions" Second Sunday Film Series.

The third installment in this year-long monthly documentary film series celebrates the early California origins of Western horse-and-cattle culture. Accomplished filmmakers Susan Jensen and Paul Singer of J&S Productions in Santa Barbara will be on hand to screen a specially edited version of the film, which follows the evolution of the California vaquero culture from Spain through Mexico to California.

TheMission film will be followed by a reception in the 2nd floor gallery from 3-5 p.m. The filmmakers will display DVDs of the dozen films they have produced to date on myriad aspects of ranch culture and horse-and-cattle-centered customs across the American West and Southwest. Also featured will be expert historian and master craftsman John Grafton, lender and maker of much of the horse-riding gear on display as part of the "Riding the Mission Trail in 1903 with Artist Jo Mora: Sketches, Watercolors, Diary Entries" exhibition.



Robert Williams – Mr. Bitchin’ – Friday, February 15, 2013, 7 p.m.

MrBitchin Friday, February 15, 2013, 7 p.m.
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
$5 for members; $10 for non-members


Monterey History & Art Association is proud to announce the screening of a very unique film and the opportunity to meet Doug Blake, one of the film's producers.  Mr. Bitchin'  documents Robert Williams emergence from his Kustom Kulture (Von Dutch, Big Daddy Roth) and Zap Comix (R. Crumb, etc.) roots to Blake 2
his place as a celebrated artist the world over. 
An irreverent and hilarious view of what is so right (and wrong) about contemporary art in America, Williams, the founder of Juxtapoz magazine, was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2010 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and was recently the subject of a show entitled "Conceptual Realism in Service of the Hypothetical" at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. 
Shafrazi has called Williams the "William S. Burroughs of the art world," and others have credited him with bringing the seminal elements of West Coast Outlaw Culture to the international scene. Of his own work, Williams has said "low brow and alternative art are the crack in the dam and with this leak the art world should never be the same."
The feature documentary, which premiered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June 2010, was directed and edited by Mary C. Reese and co-directed by Nancye Ferguson and Doug Blake, Stephen Nemeth and Michael LaFetra. Ferguson, Blake and LaFetra also served as producers and Nemeth executive produced.
In 2011 producer, writer and co-director Doug Blake executive produced and production managed The Sessions starring Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, and William H. Macy. The Audience Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, it also received a Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. 
Don't miss this truly engaging artistic and documentary experience!


WHALEFEST MONTEREY Another Big Two Days for MOM!

"Whale Watching Capital of the World"
WHEN: Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2013 -- 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
WHERE: Old Fisherman's Wharf, #1 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California
CONTACT: Bob Massaro at (831) 649-6544 or email and check out the website at
DESCRIPTION: The Old Fisherman's Wharf Association in Monterey is again sponsoring WHALEFEST MONTEREY.

WHALEFEST MONTEREY is a free 2-day fun family event for all ages that celebrates the Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and whales, while benefiting many local marine conservation non-profit organizations.

WHALEFEST MONTEREY is held in January during the migration of the gray whales, although whales are spotted in the Monterey Bay year-round.
The two-day event will feature a wide array of fun activities at Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey near the Custom House, whale watching excursions, a 60’ gray whale, Monterey Bay Yacht Club Remote-Controlled Sailing Regatta, Monterey ‘s Fire Boat, and other entertainment including live musical performances by The Whales and Nick Fettis, a special marine-themed concert with Barbara Joy and a Community Children's Chorus, Tim Thomas will conduct “Wharf Walks” both days, MAOS (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science) will bring a Remote Operated Vehicle, Hopkins Marine Station’s Bill Gilly, “ King of the Humboldt Squid”, will bring his “Squid for Kids” program, a beach clean-up by the Wahine Project, and the “Take It to the Streets Clean-Up” will be organized by Marine Life Studies, Monterey History and Art Association will present at MOM Bryant Austin’s photography exhibit “Beautiful Whale”, hands-on interactive presentations (for all ages) by Save The Whales including costumed marine life, squid and fish painting, chalk art, literary participation by local maritime authors, lectures by world renowned marine specialists, informative and educational exhibits by marine organizations, face painting, documentaries presented by BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, and much, much more. WHALEFEST MONTEREY is sponsored by Old Fisherman's Wharf Association, California State Parks, BLUE, A Global Oceans Film & Conservation Summit, MAOS (Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science), and Monterey History and Art Association. An information concierge desk will be staffed by the Monterey Library. The mission of WHALEFEST MONTEREY is to bring public awareness to the dynamic marine organizations that affect Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Easy Rider Jan 25th & 26th


Easy Rider


Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nickolson
January 25th, 7p.m.

January 26th, 2 p.m.

Admission: $5 
(MHAA Members Free)

5 Custom House Plaza

MoM wraps up its nine-film series marking 1967 with one of the most memorable movies of the decade starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as free-spirited bikers seeking adventure and danger on the open road.







Music, Love & Flowers prepares to strike the stage – January 21st.

It’s been eight months since the Museum of Monterey’s extraordinary tribute to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival was debuted to wild acclaim. And in that time tens of thousands of visitors—some with tears in their eyes and smiles in their hearts—browsed through the stellar exhibit, reliving those days of glory and helping introduce a new generation to a watershed moment in the musical and societal history of the country.

And somewhat poetically, in December 2012 the world lost one of the great musical visionaries and a performing highlight of the Monterey Pop Festival: Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar passed away at age 92 at home near San Diego, a man famous not only for bringing the traditional “raga” style music of his country to the forefront of world culture but also for mentoring legions of artists over five decades, most notably Beatle George Harrison.

On January 20 th , Music, Love and Flowers goes the way of the 60s, as some of the most profound figures of the era file through our doors to take repossession of the myriad jewels they so graciously donated for the exhibit. Gone will be Janis Joplin’s table, Jefferson Airplane’s amps and dozens of original concert posters, books, photographs and memorabilia.

Don’t miss your last chance to step into the past and feel the love. Peace!


Announcing the California premiere of – Junipero Serra: His Life, His Legacy

Junipero Serra: His Life, His Legacy, and the Missions at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza.

Sunday December 16th at 2:00 pm.

Free admission – all ages welcome.

The Santa Barbara-based Cultural Global Media team, under the direction of founding producer David Bolton, has been creating videos on the history of the Spanish-era mission complexes of California and North America for two decades.

Their latest production – Junipero Serra: His Life, His Legacy, and the Missions – will have its California premiere in the MUSEUM OF MONTEREY Auditorium on Sunday afternoon December 16th at 2pm.

This high-definition video includes footage from the island of Mallorca, Serra’s birthplace, and also Mexico’s Sierra Gorda, an isolated and resistant region where Serra and his companions worked with various Native groups to create five dazzling “folk-baroque” missions in the 1750s, nearly 20 years before they came to Alta California.

The premiere will be introduced by series Guest Curator Julianne Burton-Carvajal, and followed at 2:30pm by North America's Mission Trail, also created by Cultural Global Media.

Those mission complexes of central Mexico, collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, are the subject of a new exhibition at MUSEUM OF MONTEREY: Serra Before California, featuring photographs by Pacific Grove resident Jeffrey Becom and drawings by Richard Perry of Santa Barbara.

The 30-minute screening is part of an ongoing documentary series called More About the Missions, organized to accompany The Year of the Missions – a sequence of four exhibitions commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of mission-founder Friar Junipero Serra (November 24, 2013).

Every following second Sunday of the month in 2013, from 2-4pm, free of charge, the MUSEUM OF MONTEREY will offer a changing series of documentaries on a range of mission-related topics, including Mission San Javier del Bac (Tucson native Linda Ronstadt narrates the story of the expert restoration of the most glorious of all the surviving New World missions), People of the Missions/Gente de Razón (a National Park Service production on the Native American experience in the five Central Texas missions), An Island in Time, (a new production on nearby Mission San Antonio de Padua), as well as various documentaries on Western vaquero (cowboy) culture, which traces its origins to California’s mission era.

Direct questions and suggestions to exhibition guest curator and film series organizer Julianne Burton-Carvajal:, 831 915-4900

Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza (across from Fisherman’s Wharf) in Monterey. 831-372-2608,,

The Year of the Missions Reception

The Year of the Missions

Opening reception Saturday, November 24, 2012; 3-5 p.m.; free admission,

wine available for purchase
Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza
MHAA is excited to announce the opening of our "Year of the Missions" exhibition at the Museum of Monterey. Guest curated by Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal, the four-part series commemorates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra on November 24, 1713.

The first exhibit, "Junipero Serra Before California," features the photography of Jeffrey Becom taken at five World Heritage site churches in Mexico's Sierra Gorda and supplemented with drawings by Richard Perry.

Future exhibits include "Riding the Mission Trail with Artist Jo Mora" (February 1-April 28, 2013), "Missions of California & the Southwest" (May 10-July 28, 2013) and "Picturing California Missions in Ruin & Restoration" (August 10-November 24, 2013).

In addition, MHAA and MoM will host a wide variety of associated programs, including guest lecturers and gallery talks by artists, curators and historians.

A special Thank You to the following patrons for their generous donations to MHAA/MOM for this very special exhibit:


  • Karen Witmer-Gow
  • Christine Kemp
  • Carol Todd
  • Anne Burk
  • Yolanda Gurries

Coast for Coast – December 1st 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The Monterey History and Art Association is a proud sponsor of "Coast for Coast" fundraiser for hurricane Sandy victims. at the Museum of Monterey, 5 Custom House Plaza (across from Fisherman's Wharf) in Monterey December 1st from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm $25 at the door, all proceeds going to the American Red Cross to help with the damages from Sandy. The gigantic storm named Sandy caused an estimated $50 billion in damage as it inundated lower Manhattan with seawater, rearranged the New Jersey shore and Long Island, and tore up neighborhoods in far-flung areas of New York City's outer boroughs. "It's time to consign to history books a storm that reached 900 miles wide, carried winds speeds of more than 90 mph, caused billions of dollars in damage and claimed at least 55 lives...As far as storm strength, Sandy barely missed the record for hurricanes north of Cape Hatteras. Hurricane Gladys in 1977 has the lowest recorded atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm in that region. Gladys' barometric pressure was 27.73; Sandy's near-record low was 27.76. Category 4 hurricane Gladys wasn't nearly as broad as Sandy, however, and remained off the coast." -By Amy Hubbard October 31, 2012, 9:53 a.m. L.A. TIMES But we, the central coast, are here to help as a community with Domingo Rivera from 102.5 KDON's Morning Madhouse leading the way doing what he does best and that's throwing events. Partnered with the Museum of Monterey, located across from the Old Fisherman's Wharf on the plaza, they will be throwing a American Red Cross fundraiser in order to raise as much possible funding for the victims of the super storm Sandy. Domingo's American Red Cross "Coast for Coast" fundraiser will be on December 1st from 6pm-10pm. The $25 at the door includes: > Beer and Wine tastings from local breweries and wineries > Tequila Tasting (from Crystal Murphy -- Co-Founder of the Monterey Tequila Expo) > Hors d'oeuvres from some of your favorite local restaurants > Live music from Matt Masih and the Messangers > Dj, lighting, and sound from DNA Entertainment > The Grind Out Hunger organization will be there doing a food and fund drive (all food donations will be passed onto Food Bank Monterey County) > Pik Pok will be "Stitching for Sandy" and making shirts on-site to sell in which 50% of proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross event > Raffling of prizes and Silent auction items from Hotel stays, Spas, Land Rover Experience, Monterey Bay Surf Lessons, Dinners from local restaurants such as Allegros and more. > Photography, web design, and streaming footage will be handled by KOVR DESIGN You can find more information at: (831)-917-7645    

Christmas in the Adobes – 2012

Christmas in the Adobes 2012

Monterey's Signature Holiday Event- Dates: Friday December 7 & Saturday December 8 Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.each night

Stroll thought the streets of Historic Downtown Monterey and visit 19th C. adobes for fandango dance lessons at Custom House, or bagpipes and cookies at Robert Louis Stevenson House. Refreshments, games history and fun await the entire family during Monterey's signature holiday event.
  Tickets go on sale Oct 15, 2012 at Cooper Museum Store - 525 Polk Street at Alvarado in Historic Downtown Monterey or purchase now online using the link below. Ticket Prices - $20 Adult 18 and over; $2 Youth ages 6-17; Children 5-and-under free. Save $5 on one-night adult pass by purchasing ticket on or before October 31. Take your time and see all the buildings with a two-night Gold Pass for $30. NEW THIS YEAR! Buy tickets on-line and pick up at Pacific House Museum Will Call! - Located on Custom House Plaza near Fisherman's Wharf. Click to Buy Tickets On-line! Proceeds benefit Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs. Click to download Map of Building Location Christmas in the Adobes is supported by: Inns of Monterey, Fish Hopper Restaurant, Old Fisherman's Grotto, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, Crawford Annis Professional Offices and Wellness Center, Rock & Roll Experience, Finch and Prikle Financial Services, Olio "Vintage Fun," Kathy Miller, Mary Powell, Toy Bryant, City of Monterey, Copy King, Peet's Coffee, Whole Foods, Breakfast Club, Cardinale and Wright Christmas Trees, Jiquilpan Frutas y Aguas Frescas, Trader Joe's, Monterey History and Art Association, Big Sur Land Trust, Historic Garden League, Abrego Club, Pacheco Club, Casa Amesti, Monterey Hotel, Monterey Museum of Art, The Junior League of Monterey, Monterey State Historic Park Association, California State Parks..        

Oktoberfest at Casa Serrano

Come join us for an Oktoberfest celebration at the Casa Serrano Adobe at 412 Pacific Street. The fest will feature authentic music, dancing, food and fun!. Enjoy German beers and an authentic Bavarian cuisine while listening to the Mike Marotta, Jr. band performing traditional Oktoberfest tunes. Get a sneak preview of the band at The original German "Oktoberfest" commemorated Crown Prince and later King Ludwig l of Bavaria's marriage to Princess Theresa. The festival was so popular it has continued for more than 200 years. Originally celebrated on the marriage date of October 12, the continuing Oktober Fest had to be cancelled so many times due to snow that it was moved to September. Casa Seranno has hosted hundreds of parties and meals over it's 170 year existence, this may be a first - a German evening at the Casa! Tickets are $50 and are available on PayPal or by calling the Museum of Monterey at (831) 372-2608. Proceeds benefit the on-going maintenance and preservation of the historic Casa Serrano Adobe. Built in 1845, the house is named for its longtime resident, Florencio Serrano, an educator who served as the second alcalde (mayor) of Monterey, and was one of the first schools in California after the US flag was raised in 1846. Bring your stein, slip on the lederhosen and come celebrate this historic event. Oktoberfest - October 19th, 2012 - Casa Serrano - 412 Pacific Street - Starts at 5:30pm  Tickets are $50 each  

Annual Members’ Meeting 2011

Wednesday, September 12 - 4pm Location: The Museum of Monterey at Stanton Center

Our Annual Members' Meeting, which is open to all Members, will be held on Wednesday, September 12th. Please be sure to mark your calendars. A letter to members announcing the meeting with an agenda will follow. This is an important meeting in which we will discuss the past year's achievements and our upcoming projects. It is also the meeting where our new Board of Directors is selected. Please exercise your Member right to VOTE! For those of you who cannot attend the meeting in person, you may vote by proxy. Proxy letters will be included in the forthcoming announcement letter.

Immediately following the Annual Members' Meeting, we will have a meet and greet and fundraising opportunity where we will introduce an exciting array of projects for Casa Serrano, the Mayo Hayes O'Donnel Library, and Stanton Center. It will be a great time to get to know new members, the Board of Directors, and the staff of the MHAA. Find your passion and get involved! During difficult economic circumstances, non-profits have an even more-challenging time fundraising and keeping their doors open. We need your help! For a detailed list of current projects, please contact Maya Freedman, Business Manager, at (831)372-2608 ext. 12.

Gaucho Gypsy Jazz Band Trio with Tamar Korn of NYC

Friday, August 31st, 2012

$10.00 at the door, $5.00 museum members
Refreshments will be available. All ages welcome!

Gaucho began as a gypsy jazz trio in 2002, bringing together the styles of Klezmer, Brazilian Choros, Swing, New Orleans and Roots styles as well as modern day melodies of relevance. The band performs at least 3 times per week in their beloved hometown of San Francisco. They just released a new album last month entitled Part-Time Sweetheart.

Amy Tan, San Francisco resident and author of The Joy Luck Club, said, "There's a tiny bar in the Mission called Amnesia which is fantastic, especially on Wednesdays when a band called Gaucho plays gypsy jazz à la Django Reinhardt. Dancers dress in 1930s costumes and do wild dancing. You can watch or get on the floor and look ridiculous. Fortunately, it is dark."

Cheech Marin Lecture, Book Signing, and Reception

Cheech Marin Lecture, Book Signing, and Reception

Pre-register for this event now via PayPal below. ($10 ticket + $1 service fee)

Your printed PayPal receipt will be your admission ticket to the event. After registering, Members should e-mail Crystal at Once membership is confirmed, a $5 refund will be issued.

All sales are final. There are no refunds on ticket sales, unless a performance is cancelled and not rescheduled. Refunds are made to the original purchaser only. The Museum of Monterey will make every effort to contact ticket holders to advise them of replacement show dates.

Music, Love & Flowers – Opening Reception

April 13, 2012 6-9pm

Members: Free Non-Members: $10

Ruth Bolduan: Costume, Landscape and Memory in Monterey

January 21 - May 6, 2012

The ongoing continuum of fashion’s evolution is an influential presence in Ruth Bolduan’s work, incorporating aspects of history, feminism, and socio-political power. The “reading” of costume and the subsequent painting of costume have become Bolduan’s method for a re-examination of the past, incorporating aesthetic insight with contemporary global issues and ideas. The meaning of any costume collection is not always obvious without a grasp of its history. Through Ruth’s paintings, visitors to the Museum of Monterey will experience a fresh interpretation of the history and lives of the people in the Monterey area. Bolduan’s recent paintings of women clothed in 18th century attire will be exhibited this season at the Mount Clare Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The exhibition at the Museum of Monterey will further develop the theme of reading history through costume, based on the museum’s collection.  

December 10 – CHICANITAS Opening Reception with Cheech Marin

4-5pm - Members Reception and Walkthrough with Mr. Marin (Free for Museum members) 5-7pm - Public Reception with Mr. Marin, $10

An advocate and avid collector of Chicano art, Cheech Marin's most recent passion is collecting small paintings. Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection {size doesn't matter} is an exhibition of paintings - all under 16 x 16 inches - showcasing 26 artists and a wide variety of artistic media. Ranging from photo-realism, to abstractions, portraits to landscapes, Chicanitas offers the viewer an intimate sampling from both established and emerging Chicano artists.papelchicano Cheech Marin is our special guest for this event.

Second Floor Opening – Oct. 15, 2011


Join us as we open our second floor gallery with a bang!October 15, 12pm-4pm Mozzo Kush will be playing from 12pm-1pm.We will be opening the Ocean View Gallery with our History, Maritime and Permanent Collection, curated by Cristiano Colantoni. Our Mountain View Gallery will host an exhibit of vintage photographs from the Pat Hathaway Collection that tell the story of the Purse Seiners. We will also be unveiling our “Pirate Corner,” featuring Pirate Randy and a recreation of the Stillwell Hall Bar.

Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2608

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Noon-5pm, Sundays
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    • $5 - Military, Students, Seniors & Locals
    • $Free - Children 12 and under