Celebrating “Santa Barbara Beautiful”


Balmy evening at the garden party reception for the Santa Barbara Beautiful awards. (photo: Lisa Osborn)

Balmy evening at the garden party reception for the Santa Barbara Beautiful awards. (photo: Lisa Osborn)

There was a beautiful garden party and awards show Sunday night, just ahead of the full blood moon eclipse. Members of the Santa Barbara community who dedicate time toward making the “American Riviera” even more beautiful were honored at the Santa Barbara Beautiful annual awards presentation at Hahn Hall, Music Academy of the West.

Enjoying the reception were Gretchen Lieff (gold sponsor/wine sponsor), emcee John Palminteri of KEYT news and Jill Zachary.

Enjoying the reception were Gretchen Lieff (gold sponsor/wine sponsor), emcee John Palminteri of KEYT news and Jill Zachary with the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department. (photo: Lisa Osborn)

It was a balmy evening on the lawn outside Hahn Hall, even though clouds offered some relief from the blistering heatwave that apparently has not noticed that summer is over.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Gretchen Lieff of Lieff Wines (gold sponsor and wine sponsor) and “Mr. Santa Barbara News” John Palminteri (the evening’s emcee) of KEYT-TV were among the VIPs mingling during the reception.

This year’s honorees included the Bath Street Pocket Park (Public Open Space), Plaza Montecito, whose anchor tenant is “The Honor Bar” on Coast Village Road (Commercial Property), and The New Vic Theatre (Historic Revitalization).

One of my favorites of the evening was a single story adobe home with its spacious native landscaped courtyard on E. Canon Perdido St. (Single Family Residence). Hotel Indigo was honored with the ‘Business in Art Award.’ The blue-hued mural painted across one side of Hotel Indigo is hard to miss by anyone strolling along lower State Street near the new La Entrada de Santa Barbara development.

SB county supervisor Salud Carbajal presents Jean Kellogg Schuyler with the Griswold Award for Philanthropy at the Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards (photo: Lisa Osborn)

SB county supervisor Salud Carbajal presents Jean Kellogg Schuyler with the Griswold Award for Philanthropy at the Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards (photo: Lisa Osborn)

Local philanthropist Jean Kellogg Schuyler was honored for her life-long philanthropy and environmental conservation legacy along the South Coast. She took the stage with her family to receive Santa Barbara Beautiful’s Griswold Award for Philanthropy.

Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, shared a poem before the awards were handed out. Attendees received ‘swag bags’ filled with a book celebrating the Southern California art scene, a set of colorful postcards from the Santa Barbara Public Mural Project and admission passes to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.

Santa Barbara's Poet Laureate Sojourner K. Rolle shares a poem at Santa Barbara Beautiful 50th Awards (Photo Lisa Osborn).

Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate Sojourner K. Rolle shares a poem at Santa Barbara Beautiful 50th Awards (Photo Lisa Osborn).

Fun in the photo booth with (l-r) Lisa Osborn (me!), Gretchen Lieff, Jo Ann Mermis.

Fun in the photo booth with (l-r) Lisa Osborn (me!), Gretchen Lieff, Jo Ann Mermis.

Attendees received a nice 'swag bag' filled with fun treats. (photo Lisa Osborn)

Attendees received a nice ‘swag bag’ filled with fun treats. (photo Lisa Osborn)