Spending a sunny Sunday listening to traditional folk music at Leonis Adobe in Calabasas was a sweet pleasure. The historic land was a great setting for the musicians among the oaks, the authentic costumed characters, and the farm animals. The event was a benefit for the Jennifer Diamond Foundation to fight cancer.
A working ranch on a small scale, Leonis Adobe is home to long horned cattle who dwell next door to two large handsome Percherons, a white turkey, and assortment of sheep, goats and chickens. Set in Calabasas, the ranch preserves a bit of Los Angeles history – just a smidgeon in this urban density.
The stage music was a nice mix of vocals, banjos, flutes, guitars, and of course fiddles. Wandering around you could hear jam sessions, blow bubbles, get your face painted, and tour the buildings. It was enlightening to learn the story of the matriarch Espiritu Chujilla who originally owned the land and was taken advantage of by Leonis, treated like a housekeeper, and had to fight even after his death to gain her rightful property. For more of her story, go to http://www.leonisadobemuseum.org. Of note is the distinction that Leonis Adobe is also known as one of the most haunted sites in Los Angeles County, and it was profiled in the British paranormal television series “Most Haunted” in 2005.
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