Ebell readying to put out welcome mat

| September 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

THIS YEAR’S open house promises to be unlike any other.
Photo courtesy of the Ebell of Los Angeles

Family events, musical performances at event

After three years of closed doors and online programming, the Ebell of Los Angeles is gearing up for its membership drive and an Open House like no other in the club’s rich and long history.

Neighbors and friends will be greeted with live musical performances, and family-fun events for all ages will be offered throughout the day.

The Open House will be on Sun., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ebell, 4400 Wilshire Blvd.

“We’re excited to have our historic building welcome them back [since the pandemic],” said LaToya Hearns, director of the Ebell membership committee.

“This is a family-fun event. That’s why we’re holding it on a Sunday. Don’t be shy about bringing your kids. There will be treats and activities they can take away and have a memory.”

Visitors will be able to tour the clubhouse building, the 1,270-seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre and the gardens, as well as learn about the cultural, community service and membership opportunities offered at the Ebell.

Different musical performances will be performed every 30 minutes, “So no matter when they arrive they should be able to catch a performance,” Hearns said.

COSTUME collection will be on display. Photo by Aya Mac

The Ebell’s vast costume collection and other historical artifacts will be on display, and live performances by local high school students and others will be on stage at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Visitors can also learn about the Club’s many committees, including its philanthropic service and Rest Cottage, which services charities that aid the elderly, youth and others. A fair will feature its local community partners.

Founded in 1894, the nonprofit club stays true to its mission, which is “to interest women in the study of all branches of literature, art and science and the advancement of women in every branch of culture.”

The 500-member group offers a varied program year-round, from wine pairings and art shows to guest speakers. It has hosted a number of dignitaries over the years, Amelia Earhart and Michelle Obama among them. It also offers a scholarship program for students.

While the Ebell closed its doors in 2020 because of the pandemic, it remained a lifeline online, where its varied programming continued, Hearns said.

The Ebell moved into its current Sumner Hunt-designed Italianate clubhouse in 1927. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Free parking is available on Lucerne Boulevard. The event is free. RSVP at ebellofla.com.

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