ESLT Spreads the Word in Southern California!

Here at ESLT, we are always looking for new ways to spread the news of our work to those who love the Eastern Sierra but might not know about our organization. One great way to do this is through “house parties” hosted by friends away from our home base in Inyo & Mono counties. These provide an opportunity to connect with supporters who can’t always attend our events in the Eastern Sierra. Kay, our Executive Director, and Lesley, our Outreach & Development Director, just returned from a weekend in Southern California, where they attended house parties hosted by two very gracious and generous couples who are special friends of ESLT.

Elaine and Doug Muchmore's lovely garden made the perfect location for a summer soirée to benefit ESLT.

Elaine and Doug Muchmore’s beautiful, blooming backyard made the perfect location for a summer garden concert to benefit ESLT.

Elaine and Doug Muchmore organized a Saturday afternoon chamber music concert in their lovely garden overlooking the Pacific in La Jolla. Guests were greeted with champagne and Elaine’s delicious homemade appetizers, featuring fresh tomatoes and herbs from her garden. Surrounded by fragrant roses and fig trees heavy with ripening fruit, guests sat in terraces and listened to an exclusive performance by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians Teresa Stanislav, Trevor Handy, and Robert Brophy.  Board Members Sid Tyler and Bob Gardner also attended, and everyone enjoyed the music of Mozart, Boccherini and Kodaly while watching the sun drop into the sea. To top the afternoon off, Elaine treated everyone to her home-made specialty desserts at the close of the concert.

On Sunday, Kay, Bob, and Lesley visited the home of Fred and Wendy Salter in Corona del Mar for another house party, once again in a garden overlooking the ocean. It was a perfect afternoon, with the summer haze lifting as the day progressed. A wine aficionado, Fred brought out a nice selection from his cellar to share with guests, and Wendy went all out in the kitchen with a fabulous array of crudités and cheese plates, as well as her homemade cookies. Later, the group of old and new friends assembled in the den for a special showing of our ESLT film, “Valleys and Vistas.” Kay fielded a variety of questions from the engaged group, and everyone seemed eager to learn more about our work preserving lands in the Eastern Sierra.

We’re incredibly grateful for the hospitality of the Muchmores and Salters, and also appreciate that guests took time out of their busy weekend to visit and learn a little more about ESLT.  Thank you!

If you are interested in helping us spread the word about ESLT’s mission and would like to host a house party in your neighborhood, give us a call at the office. House parties are a fun way to share your support, and can be as simple as pizza and beer in your living room! Together, we can preserve even more vital lands for the people and wildlife of the Eastern Sierra.