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    March 1, 2014

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    The community is invited to Save the Date for two very special community events! The 100th Anniversary Celebration of Monterey Civic Club’s purchase of The House of the Four Winds historic adobe a hundred years ago will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  The “Tardeada Afternoon Party” will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the The House of the Four Winds, 540 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940. It will include a light buffet, no host bar, entertainment, presentations and traditional Cascaron ceremonies. Tickets are $40.

    Later that evening, also at The House of the Four Winds, the “El Baile de Los Cascarones” Ball (Cascaron Ball) will be held from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight. The event will include a light buffet, no host bar, ballroom dancing, Grand March, and the attire is Spanish/Early California costume and black tie. Tickets are $40.

    The sale of the tickets benefit the Monterey Civic Club and The House of The Four Winds Foundation, a tax exempt 501c(3) non-profit corporation #26-2565205, whose purpose is to maintain The House of the Four Winds historic building and the Monterey Civic Club, who makes yearly donations to local charities.

    For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase tickets, call Angela Brown at (831) 333- 0116 or email Check out for additional information about the Monterey Civic Club.

    About The House of the Four Winds

    The Monterey Civic Club’s adobe, The House of the Four Winds, was named by local Native Americans after the hand-wrought weathervane on its unique hip roof. It was the first wind directional device to appear in Monterey.

    Built in the 1830’s by Thomas Oliver Larkin, who was the first and only American consul to Alta California, it has endured many uses. Not only was it a private residence, it also became a store under Governor Alvarado during the American occupation. The building had the distinction of being the headquarters for Secretary of State H.W. Halleck. In addition, it was the first Hall of Records in the newly formed State of California until that department was moved to el Cuartel. The House of the Four Winds also served as the office of the first Monterey County Recorder, W.C. Johnson, who made his home there. Its adobe walls could speak of much history.

    The Monterey Civic Club was founded in 1906 for the purpose of working to improve, beautify and promote the welfare of Monterey and to help preserve its history. In 1914, the Monterey Civic Club purchased the historical adobe and restored it. Myron Oliver, noted artist and authority on early Monterey homes, guided the choice of furnishing and appointments in keeping with style of the mid-19th century. Among its treasures is a desk used in Colton Hall during the First Constitutional Convention in 1849, leading to California statehood.

    In keeping with its goals, the Civic Club revived the delightful Spanish tradition of “El Baile de Los Cascarones”, the pre-Lenten “Cascaron Ball” in 1939. Scheduled for the last Saturday before Ash Wednesday, it has been held nearly every year, with the exception of two years during World War II. The sales of tickets benefit local charities and help toward the maintenance of the adobe.

    In 1953, a large room was added to the back of The House of the Four Winds to provide space for meetings of the growing membership and for social events. It is known as the “Sala de Amistad” or “Friendship Room” and it was built on property facing Pacific Street that was purchased by the Civic Club in 1917. Its walls are covered with paintings of Monterey adobes presented to the organization by prominent local artists.

    The House of the Four Winds is believed to be one of the oldest women’s clubhouses in continuous use in the United States. Certainly, it is one of great historical significance.

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        House of Four Winds

        540 Celle Principal
        Monterey, CA 93940

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        $40 each event

        Info Phone: 831-333-0116

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        March 1, 2014


        2:00 - 5:00 PM 8:00 PM - Midnight

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