You have to know where you come from to know where you are going in life...
The Salon is an informal gathering of people from all walks of life who come together and take turns at the head of the table telling a family story. Some compelling, some with historical and social relevance and others just plain delightful - sparking recognition, discussion and a bird's eye view into people from different cultures and walks of life. If you would like to participate come on down and join us around the table. As we move into the chilly Winter months, we move to the heart of my home and we take a look at Love - What makes a family - Born or Chosen.
SCENES FROM JANUARY'S SALON
January explored home, cultural identity and migration stories... An author's story of identity and his people's long road to winning Miss Universe ...A Chicana reconciles with the feudal past of her Mexican ancestors... The daughter of a Schmatta Dealer and an Eastern Airline stewardess....The tale of a family achieving the American Dream and their Death Racer son... and the globe trotting journey of a family from the Pyrenees to Russia to Argentina and finally to California in the 1950's...
February's Storytellers Are...
YOUR HOST AND CURATOR
was raised since the age of ten by her Step-father, a Texas-born Czechoslovakian. She lived in New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Nebraska and Florida before the age of 14.
Born Juán Cándido Washington y Landrón in Puerto Rico, Jack grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts and was a major part of the folk music scene in the 1960s - releasing four albums on Vanguard Records.
LYNDA LA ROSE
although American-born, her parents were born in Guyana and St Vincent.
DR. ROBERTA MARTINEZ
is a prominent member of the Latino community and is the author of the historical book "Latinos In Pasadena".
REVEREND CHRISTY J. WAREHAM
leaves to join the Peace Corps in the country of Georgia in April 2016.