The wait is over!
Come celebrate Picnic en Blanc on the beautiful grounds of Filoli! We hope you'll forgive us for hosting the event outside of Redwood City, but we thought you wouldn't mind it.
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As many of you know, Filoli is an amazing and special venue! We are excited to be able to host Picnic en Blanc in this lovely historic venue. During Picnic en Blanc you are welcome to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens.
Built more than sixty years after the California Gold Rush which inspired massive migration to Northern California, and ten years after the devastating 1906 earthquake and fires in San Francisco, Filoli (pronounced “Fie-low-lee”) represented a desire to create a magnificent and enduring country estate. Its eclecticism reflects a Golden Age in California’s history, free from the conventional rules of design, and exuding a pride in creativity and expression.
Filoli was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II, prominent San Franciscans at the turn of the twentieth century. Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the key words of his personal credo: “FIght for a just cause; LOve your fellow man; LIve a good life.”
Construction of Filoli began in 1915, and the Bourns moved into the House in 1917. Filoli’s extensive formal garden was built between 1917 and 1929. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bourn died in 1936. In 1937, the estate was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth, owners of the San-Francisco-based Matson Navigation Company. Under the Roths’ supervision, the property was maintained, and the formal garden gained worldwide recognition. Mrs. Roth made Filoli her home until 1975, when she donated the House and formal garden to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for the enjoyment and inspiration of future generations. The remaining acreage was later given to Filoli Center. For more than forty years, the two nonprofits have co-stewarded the historic estate.
Currently, on display at Filoli is a summer exhibition that celebrates the Colors of California and presents a bright perspective on art in all forms. Glass art will be displayed throughout the Garden. The way that glass plays with sunlight, is reflected in water, and its interplay with natural forms is a perfect pairing for Filoli’s Garden. This exhibition features Cristy Aloysi and Scott Graham of Viscosity Studios, who exhibited in the Sunken and Walled Garden ponds in the 2016 Sculpture exhibition. They, along with California artists Kim Webster and April Zilber, will display both vignettes and impactful individual pieces throughout the Garden, from the High Place to the north side of the mansion. To learn more about Filoli see https://filoli.org
ABOUT PICNIC EN BLANC:
Picnic en Blanc is inspired by the whimsical Diner en Blanc tradition of friends meeting to dine and dance in a non-traditional, outdoor, public location. Diner en Blanc started in France in 1988 with attendees dressed in white so they could locate one another; now, the tradition has been recreated in over seventy cities across the world. The Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation invites you to join us for a similarly-styled picnic experience.
In addition to serving as a fundraiser to develop a new programming fund for Magical Bridge Playground Redwood City, scheduled to open in Red Morton Park in 2019, Picnic en Blanc is an opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. We hope you enjoy this private dining and dancing experience.
The picturesque venue will be transformed by a sea of tables draped in white linen and topped with umbrellas. Bring your picnic dinner to enjoy and share, toast with our complimentary beverage in your signature Parks and Arts Foundation glass and visit with friends old and new. After dinner, dance to the music of The Peelers as night falls and the stars light up the sky.
TIME SENSITIVE INFO: CATERING ORDERS OPEN UNTIL 4PM TODAY:
If you’d like to order your food from Crystal Springs Catering, they’d be delighted to make dinner for you and deliver it to the event. They offer a variety of platter options (charcuterie, cheese and fruit, veggie), sandwich and salad options. You may place an order online at https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/Mzg0NDY=/28934
until 4pm today.
TIME SENSITIVE INFO: TICKET SALES CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, OR WHEN WE SELL OUT – WHICHEVER HAPPENS FIRST.
Your friends are welcome to join you if they purchase a ticket online TODAY at www.rwcpaf.org Ticket sales CLOSE at midnight TONIGHT or sooner if we sell out. Please note: We do not offer ticket sales at the door.
DATE: Saturday, August 25, 2018
LOCATION: Filoli (tennis courts)
ADDRESS: 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062
FROM NORTH OF FILOLI: Drive south on Highway 280; Take the Edgewood Road exit; Turn right on Edgewood Road until it ends at Cañada Road; Turn right on Cañada Road; Go 1.25 miles; Turn left into Filoli’s north entrance; Proceed to Gate House
FROM SOUTH OF FILOLI: Drive north on Highway 280; Take the Edgewood Road exit; Turn left on Edgewood Road until it ends at Cañada Road; Turn right on Cañada Road; go 1.25 miles; Turn left into Filoli’s north entrance; Proceed to Gate House
FILOLI PROPERTY MAP:
See the attached Filoli Property map to locate parking, the entrance and the tennis courts. Guests will walk through the grounds to get from the parking lot to the tennis courts, so please take that into consideration when preparing the items that you will carry in with you.
Dressy casual white or ivory clothing with a splash of color. Khaki is also acceptable.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
A photo I.D. (It’s a 21+ event)
A picnic dinner (If you placed a food order online, you will pick it up at the tennis courts after check in.)
Plates, napkins and cutlery. (If you placed an order online on our website paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery are available when you pick up your order, if you choose not to bring your own.)
Table décor such as commercially grown flowers only (No garden flowers on Filoli’s property.), battery-operated votives, etc. (optional)
Consider bringing sunglasses or a hat for the early evening and a wrap or light jacket for after sunset.
PLEASE LEAVE AT HOME:
Outside beverages (Remember: This is a fundraiser and all proceeds benefit the new programming fund for Magical Bridge Playground Redwood City, where people of all ages, all sizes, and all abilities can play! See Beverage Bar info. below.)
Candles or sparklers
Pets, except guide dogs
Smoking/vaping products (No smoking/vaping on the property).
Plants and flowers that have not been commercially grown or purchased (No garden flowers on Filoli’s property.)
GET THAT BASEBALL CAP:
Finally, if you're feeling "magical" and would like to make an additional $30 donation to this worthy cause to help us reach our goal of $20,000 for the new programming fund, we would like to give you a "Magical Bridge Redwood City" baseball cap as a way to say "thanks" for the added financial support. The hat will be available at Picnic en Blanc. We have a limited number of hats available. You can secure your baseball cap by making your gift online at www.rwcpaf.org
WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE:
Tables, chairs and umbrellas: As a general rule, it is open seating. We hope you take this opportunity to sit with strangers and leave as friends! There is reserved seating for Event Sponsors and Table Hosts.
One commemorative stemless wine glass per guest.
One drink ticket per guest for house wine, Prosecco, beer, soda or water. (Drink tickets CANNOT be used for premium wines.)
Beverage Bar (cash and credit cards accepted) (See Beverage Bar info. below.)
Selfie Photo Station
Live Musical Entertainment (David McLean, a flamenco guitarist, will play from 5:30pm-6:30pm and The Peelers, our dance band, will play from 7pm-9pm)
No lawn games this year, as you are welcome to explore the Filoli grounds between 5pm-9pm.
The main parking lot is just half a mile from the North Gate Entrance. There are accessible parking spaces closest to the Visitor and Education Center (VEC). See map below.
It takes a few minutes to walk from the parking lot to the tennis courts and there are a few steps along the route, and stairs up to the tennis courts. If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgASAP so we make other arrangements for you, if needed.
Check-in will take place just off the parking lot and begins at 5:00pm and will stay open until 6:30pm, so there’s no need to rush.
There are 2 check-in lines. Check-in at the table identified with the first initial of your last name. If you purchased tickets for other guests, please make sure we have their names as we are preparing name tags. To provide names of guests, email us at email@example.com.
NO TICKET OR RECEIPT REQUIRED FOR CHECK-IN:
You do not need a ticket or receipt to enter. Bring your photo ID for check-in.
NO TICKET SALES AT THE DOOR:
Your friends are welcome to join you if they purchase a ticket online TODAY at www.rwcpaf.org. Ticket sales CLOSE at midnight TONIGHT or sooner if we sell out.
SATURDAY’S WEATHER FORECAST:
A high of 70’F and low of 54’F. Mostly clear. Winds SW at 5-10 mph. Sunset is 7:47pm.
We want to express our gratitude to this year’s Event Partners: Box.org, and the Port of Redwood City, and our Event Sponsors: Towne Ford, Lyngso Garden Materials, and Old County Cellars.
We want to thank YOU for choosing to join us this year. And, finally, we want to thank the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept. and staff for their tremendous support of this event!
Please reply if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
President, Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation
Toni Trujillo Vian
Picnic en Blanc decor coordinator:
1. Filoli Property map
2. Beverage Bar Info.
House Wine – 1 red, 1 white and Prosecco - $6 per glass
Beer - $5 per bottle
Sodas – Limonata, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, LaCroix - $3 per can
Water – sparkling and flat - $5 per liter
You may use your complimentary drink ticket for one of any of the above items.
Old County Cellars will provide premium wines – 1 red at $12 per glass, and 1 white at $10 per glass.
Complimentary drink tickets cannot be used for premium wines.
This year we are allowed to sell wine by the bottle!