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 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Old Riverside Foundation's 2016 Twelfth Night Celebration will take place Saturday, January 2, 2016. This holiday event supports preservation while highlighting Riverside’s historic neighborhoods.
ORF's Twelfth Night Celebration is a progressive dinner, with the meal's courses hosted at three different historic homes. This year we are offering our customary Carriage Ride as well as a Walking Tour. Don't worry, the walking tour houses are close together.
Guests are encouraged to dress in attire from Riverside's early days in the late 1800s. Many of our guests attend with groups of friends and neighbors. If you are attending with a group, be sure to purchase tickets to the same tour and seating time.
Once you've purchased your ticket(s) you will receive a confirmation letter with arrival instructions that will include directions, parking, and arrival time.
Tickets are available online via PayPal (at right) and may be purchased with any credit card (PayPal account is not necessary). To purchase tickets by postal mail, please fill out the ticket form and mail it with your check to:Old Riverside Foundation
c/o Carol McDoniel
3739 Elmwood Court
Riverside, CA 92506
Dinner Times: 5:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Selection: Beef, Chicken, or Vegetarian
This year, there are two arrival options: Carriage Ride or Walking Tour.
Carriage Ride option: (purchase tickets early for the best price!)
- $110 (Early-bird Price: Thru Nov. 30)
- $125 (Regular Price: Dec. 1-Dec. 26)
- $65 (Early-bird Price: Thru Nov. 30)
- $75 (Regular Price: Dec. 1-Dec. 26)
Questions: email TwelfthNight@oldriverside.org or call (951) 683-2725. For general event info, please click Event Invitation (PDF)
2015 Event Sponsors
About Twelfth Night
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, 2015 - 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 2015: October 25, 2015 (in conjunction with Annual Meeting)
2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Hole Mansion (11316 Cypress Avenue, Riverside)
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.
Annual Meeting 2015: October 25, 2015 (in conjunction with Awards Presentation)
2 p.m. - 4p.m., Hole Mansion (11316 Cypress Avenue, Riverside)
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.
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