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Events in October
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Free lecture & cooking demonstration at Santa Ysabel

Centennial Exhibitions at the Marston House Museum
SOHO is participating in Archtoberfest San Diego 2015, the second year for this month-long celebration of architecture, art, and design. Join us in celebrating Archtoberfest at these SOHO events!
The Art Traveler Guide: A Portrait of Balboa Park

Walking Tours

Silent Screams at the Whaley House
Join us for the second annual Silent Screams at the Whaley House, a series of seriously scary silent movies just in time for Halloween. Screened in San Diego's first commercial theater, these historic horror films will add an extra level of fright to the darkened, haunted setting.

Group Tours
Did you know you can arrange to take a group of friends and family on your own VIP private tour of the Marston House and its four centennial exhibitions any day of the week? We offer this for all our walking tours too! Groups must be a minimum of 12 guests. More information
Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos
SOHO turns over successful annual celebration to
Old Town business community
The elaborate Day of the Dead celebration that Save Our Heritage Organisation initiated in 2010 and developed into an annual regional and national attraction for Old Town San Diego is so successful that the non-profit group is transferring the impresario role to the Old Town business community. 

With last year's attendance estimated at 75,000, the colorful, authentic festivities of November 1 and 2 in Old Town have followed and expanded upon the hallowed Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. It honors deceased...(Read
45th Annual Meeting & Election
   (Top to bottom) SOHO president Jaye MacAskill; member and former SOHO Lady recipient Dionné Carlson
A special thanks to the over 75 members who braved the tremendous 95-degree heat and attended the 46th annual membership meeting in the beautiful Marston House formal gardens, where George and Anna Marston celebrated their 50th anniversary. We were delighted and honored to share this historic location, and lots of delicious food and delightful conversation with old and new SOHO friends.

We held our election of board members and officers and welcomed returning members and are pleased to introduce new board member John Rush, who with his wife Bonnie have been some of SOHO's staunchest supporters.

Members took the opportunity to see the last exhibition day for Art of the Park: 100 Years of Art in Balboa Park (1915-2015), which coincided with the last art in the garden show with simply some of San Diego's...(Read more)
The annual membership party also includes a 45-year-old tradition of the passing of the SOHO Lady. A table lamp of unique beauty, which is given each year in honor of volunteerism, from one volunteer to the next.

Last year's recipient, Dionné Carlson, was on hand to officially reward this year's volunteer to SOHO board member Elizabeth Weems. Dionné spoke eloquently about the many events that Liz has given her valuable time to, aside from her volunteer role as a director and especially...(Read more)
Laura Lover
   L-R Robin Weaver,
Laura Lover, Amie Hayes
Laura Lover is excited to join the SOHO team as the Curatorial Affairs & Programming Coordinator. She has experience in museums in New York, San Diego, and Miami, and loves digging through history in archival collections. Laura has an MA in Museum Studies from Marist College at Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici, in Florence, Italy. She also holds an MA in English Literary Studies from the University of York in England, a BA from Fordham University, and spent a year studying at Oxford University. It was her combined love of history and culture that led her to pursue a career path dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. As a San Diego native, SOHO couldn't be a more perfect fit! As the new Curatorial Affairs & Programming Coordinator, Laura will focus her efforts on engaging exhibits, assisting with programming and events and managing the archives.
Tiles to Treasure
Acclaimed ceramic artist Stephani Stevenson may be the best there is at reproducing Batchelder Arts & Crafts-style tile. Also a longtime SOHO supporter, she was commissioned to create 100 limited-edition relief tiles to commemorate the 1915 Panama-California Exposition centennial and to benefit SOHO.
The design portrays a much-loved view of Cabrillo Bridge and the California Building in colors that mysteriously vary from tile to tile. "Cabrillo Bridge is such an important part of Balboa Park," said Stephani, whose inspiration was a hand-tinted, 1915 Exposition post card. She applies clay slip coatings in greens and blues with a brush, fires the tiles, sands off some color, adds a sepia slip coat for definition, and fires again. The final step is a wax finish.
"I use the same process for all the tiles, but I swear not two of them are alike," she said. This makes each tile a unique work of art. Available at the Marston House Museum Shop, the tiles make great holiday, housewarming, and special occasion gifts, as well as handsome centennial keepsakes and future heirlooms.
SOHO Centennial Tiles
By Stephani Stephenson of Revival TileWorks
6" x 9" - $75 each