Free family event - Wistaria Festival at Sierra Madre Playhouse

For one Sunday each year, the City of Sierra Madre celebrates a local landmark with a Festival that highlights its Wistaria Vine, the largest blooming vine in the world. Shuttles will carry passengers from downtown Sierra Madre to the historic vine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, March 18, 2018. There is a fee charged for the shuttles, and more information about that can be found at

            Meanwhile, Sierra Madre Playhouse is planning a full day of FREE events to enjoy at its beautiful venue at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 91024. The City of Sierra Madre is a quaint, charming, lovely town just east of Pasadena.

            Inside the Playhouse, starting at 9:00 a.m.  and continuing until 5:00 p.m., there will be silent movies all day long.

            In front of the Playhouse, on the Sidewalk Stage, performances will happen as follows:

            10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Jane Fuller, singer/songwriter/guitarist combines jazz-inflected pop with expressive lyrics.

            11:00 a.m.- Noon. Michelle Bloom and Co. Big Backyard. Original songs inspired by the music of the 1970s, classic children's books, and warm campfires.

            Noon- 1:00 p.m. Barry Schwam & Co. Have you ever heard music played on a Theremin?

            1:00-2:00 p.m. Alison Kalmus Theater Academy. Advanced Performance Students of the Academy will perform excerpts of the musical coming in late summer to the Playhouse, Peter and the Starcatcher.

            2:00-3:00 p.m. Michelle Bloom and Co. Big Backyard.

            3:00- 4:00 p.m. Alison Kalmus Theater Academy.

            4:00- 5:00 p.m. Jane Fuller, guitarist Mike Gallegos , and Barry Schwam.

            5:00 p.m. Prize drawings. Winners need not be present to win. Prizes include tickets to upcoming shows and other fun stuff, all worth winning.

            Some streets near the Playhouse will be closed off for the Festival, so look for signage for parking and plan to arrive early for your chosen event. There's an abundance of food choices available within a two-block radius of the Playhouse.

            For more information about Sierra Madre Playhouse, go to or call (626) 355-4318.

By Dena Burroughs  --  March 13, 2018