Old Riverside Foundation maintains a busy schedule of dinners, tours, and meetings throughout the year. Check the main page for the latest information on upcoming events. For general information on ORF’s signature events, select from the list below:
Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire — An all-day open house of delightfully decorated, beautifully intact historic homes, plus an open-air bazaar surrounding the Peter J. Weber House. Click the link for more information.
Awards Presentation & Reception — An afternoon event that showcases some of the year’s best public, commercial and private historic preservation projects in Riverside County. Every year, the Old Riverside Foundation honors painstaking restoration, diligent maintenance, and good adaptive reuse through its annual Awards Presentation & Reception. Anyone can nominate a preservation project for an ORF Award. Click the link for more information.
Annual Meeting — Open only to ORF members, this important afternoon meeting is where members hear a report on the Foundation’s activities, hear a featured speaker, and vote on the Board of Directors. Click the link for more information.
Other Events — From time to time, ORF holds special events related to current preservation issues and special occasions. These will be listed on the main page as they are planned.
Twelfth Night - 2015
Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and sponsored our 2015 event this past January. Be sure to keep an eye out later this year (October 2015) for ticket information for the January 2016 event.
In the meantime, check out our photo gallery from the 2015 Twelfth Night Celebration & Progressive Dinner event here.
2015 Event Sponsors
About the Event
Twelfth Night is a traditional Christmas celebration, steeped in history and tradition in many European countries. The early European settlers of the United States naturally brought many of the traditions of their home countries with them, including all the celebrations of the winter and Christmas season. In the same manner, early residents of Riverside (incorporated in 1883) established the traditions of their day, so a Victorian Twelfth Night became one of Riverside's early celebrations. Ironically, back in the 1870's era Victorian England, Queen Victoria had banned Twelfth Night as a feast day because it had become a time of mischief and over indulgence rather than a religious celebration.
The Old Riverside Foundation has brought back the tradition with some of the old feel and some newer ideas. Traditionally, Twelfth Night is on January 5th (the 12th day after Christmas), and has for centuries been the culmination of the 12-day Christmas season (thus the Twelve Days of Christmas holiday song). Guests are encouraged to join in the spirit of Riverside's original Twelfth Night Celebrations by wearing period dress or semi-formal attire.
Home Tour 2015: May 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Each year, Old Riverside Foundation features fine examples of the many styles of architecture prevalent in Riverside at the height of its prosperity. Different homes are open each year to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Riversiders from different eras. The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day.
In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's freshly restored headquarters — the Peter J. Weber House — and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.
24th Annual Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 | Time: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Tickets: $18 (pre-sale); ($20 day of tour at Weber House - 1510 University Avenue, Riverside)
Download the flyer for more info and other ticket locations.
Download the map for tour locations.
Awards 2014: November 16, 2014 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. - California Citrus State Historic Park (in conjunction with Annual Meeting)
An afternoon event that showcases some of the year's best public, commercial and private historic preservation projects in Riverside County. Every year, the Old Riverside Foundation honors painstaking restoration, diligent maintenance, and good adaptive reuse through its annual Awards Presentation & Reception.Winners
Annual Meeting 2014: November 16, 2014 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. - California Citrus State Historic Park (in conjunction with Awards Presentation)
Open to ORF members, this important afternoon lunch meeting is where members hear a report of the Foundation's activities, hear a featured speaker, and vote on the Board of Directors.
Photos: 2013 Annual Meeting
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