Los Angeles experienced only partial darkness during the Great American Solar Eclipse. Still, the city celebrated with its usual festive community spirit. There were free viewing parties at the Griffith Observatory and the Glendale Community College Planetarium, at the physics and astronomy centers of UCLA, Cal State Long Beach and the University of California at Riverside. National Park Services Rangers led hikes at the LA State Historic Park in Downtown LA and at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. The Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society set up telescopes at Swim Beach. You could ride the gondola to the 11,000-foot summit at Mammoth Mountain or take the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) where the Mount San Jacinto State Park provided NASA-approved solar-viewing glasses and a telescope fitted with a solar filter.

And, of course, people gathered in backyards and gardens and rooftops everywhere, including at the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, where the drinks menu included charcoal-activated Bloody Marys, Cosmic Mimosas and Total Eclipse Mai Tais.

The next total solar eclipse won’t be visible in the United Sates until April 24, 2024. But you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy a Solar Eclipse cocktail. Here, courtesy of Jose Cuervo Tequila is a recipe.

Total Especial Eclipse

2 oz. Jose Cuervo Especial
2 oz. orange juice
1 tsp. grenadine
1/2 oz. charcoal lemonade (available at juice shops)

Shake tequila and orange juice and pour into a rocks glass over ice. Mix charcoal lemonade and grenadine and slowly pour into the cocktail. Garnish with lime wedge.

After many delays and budget overruns, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has finally opened. It’s a blockbuster, with enough dazzle, beauty and innovation to, arguably, justify its $484 million cost. And, in good news for meeting planners, the event space here is gorgeous!

 

Fellow, a gorgeous new restaurant and private event venue (capacity 650) in West Los Angeles, takes a sustainable and serious approach to its cocktail program. Bar director Adam Fournier, the  2021 U.S. World Class Bartender of the Year, repurposes kitchen and bar produce into cordials and kitchen stocks.

 

The smiling faces say it all: it’s great to be together again! In late June, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority welcomed 18 executive meeting planners from across the country to the destination, marking the first assembly of a new customer advisory board (CAB) focused on meetings, conventions and trade shows.