Pasadena’s Annual Celebration of the Coziest Homes Ever Built Is This Week

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Now in its 26th year, Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend has grown into a three-and-a-half-day series of events that honor Pasadena’s contributions to arts and crafts. Craftsman Weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 26, and runs through Sunday, October 29. Highlights include a pub tour or wine walk through Old Pasadena on Thursday afternoon; classes in silk painting, hand embroidery, and window restoration; a screening of the documentary The Gamble House and reception with director/producer Don Hahn; and guided tours of Pasadena’s Craftsman houses and bungalows.

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Photo courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

If this is your first time at Craftsman Weekend, Patty Judy, education director at Pasadena Heritage, recommends starting at the Antiques and Contemporary Furnishings and Decorative Arts Sale at the Pasadena Convention Center. It’s open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it’s free to enter. She says, “That has exhibitors who represent both antique furniture and decorative art from the Craftsman movement, as well as people who are currently working in that same style, so you get a sense of the artistry of the Craftsman movement. And definitely go on the Sunday house tour, because the five open Craftsman houses will each have docents, and you really get to learn the details of the architecture.”

Photo by Dennis Hill/Courtesy of Pasadena Heritage

This year, the Craftsman Weekend includes its first cemetery walk, a lantern-lit tour of the San Gabriel Cemetery. “We’re going to go back to the turn-of-the-century time when cemeteries were used as parkland, and we’re going to have a picnic dinner and then an evening stroll through the cemetery, where our docents will point out some of the great architects and history-makers of the last century,” said Judy.

Tickets to Craftsman Weekend events are available online.

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