By Pam Fitzpatrick
As I write this last column of the year, my mind is occupied with details of this Thursday’s New Year’s Eve on Myrtle event. Although it is our fifth annual (thanks to Blaze Pizza, our event sponsor), somehow the details and planning do not get any easier. Maybe that means we will never be boring …
So here is what is new for New Year’s Eve: the band is Night Owl, and it is the best of Night Owl. The band is trendy, professional, and absolutely wonderful. The family-friendly area has totally free games, crafts, and rides: including a rock climbing wall, inflatables, and other cool adventures – oh, and did I say totally free? Thank you Santa Anita YMCA and Kiwanis of Monrovia! And our M.C. is the amazing Karen McNair from the YMCA who will be supported by the ever-popular Kerri Zessau from the City of Monrovia. You cannot beat that.
Although both of our street banners were destroyed in the wind, it looks like social media has saved the day. Thank you Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Al Gore for the World Wide Web. I am getting calls from literally everywhere asking about hotels, restaurants, and parking. That is a good thing. And, did I mention parking is always free in Old Town?
Then, when it is all over and the holidays are but a memory, what is left? Well, Friday, Jan. 8 is Street Fair; Feb. 1 kicks off the Valentine’s Day drawing entry; March 1 begins Spring Fling; April 30 is the Cinco de Mayo event … so it never really ends in Old Town Monrovia, does it?
As for the promised 2015 Old Town grand openings, at least we got Le Gourmand, Stan’s Vac and Sew, 38 Degrees, Lemon Drop Cookies, Namaste Beauty, 3 Beauty Bar, and Sauté Culinary Academy. We are still waiting for Bottega, The Saltner, Copper Still Grill, Press Café, Frost My Cake, and the mystery businesses said to replace Bull Taco on East Lemon Avenue and Los Guerros on the 400 block of West Myrtle Avenue. The Saltner and Bottega plan to open during the first quarter of 2016.
With all the change, one thing remains certain for 2016: the heart of Monrovia will still be Old Town.
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