Posts Tagged ‘Melinda McCoy’s Flowers’

Back to Cool Month for First Fridays

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Long Beaches biggest, baddest art walk was back in full force this First Friday!  The ranger renewed the wedding vows of a delightful couple outside Melinda McCoy’s Flowers.  Jazz, swing, and brass bands milled about making merry music!  There was shopping, strolling, eating, classic cars and graffiti art.  See for yourself!

Feeling Foolish on a Friday First

Friday, April 1st, 2011

The First Friday of every month, Bixby Knoll’s and it’s manifold businesses are open late and inviting artists to come play!  Truly a unique event in Long Beach First Fridays is second only to the LA Art Walk in scale and magnitude, and it’s growing every month.  What follows is but a mere peek into April’s First Friday!

As a legally ordained minister, I renewed the vows of Wade and Laura Ashley at Melinda McCoy's Flowers

The Potential Lunatics played to stunned street crowds

A Youth from Long Beach Clothing Company wrangles a reptile from Reptile's Unlimited

Khmer dancer's wow audiences at the Long Beach Historical Society

Live Artists find their muse at the Expo Furniture Warehouse

Hua Dancers outisde Hawaiian BBQ Festival

And multiple Elvii (the plural of Elvis) roamed the streets. The one pictured here was the one not on stilts.

Be sure and join us on Atlantic between Del Amo and Wardlow, May 6th from 6 to 10 PM for imporv comedy, jazz musicians, bluegrass, pirate book readings, Marx Brothers film screenings, the ranger’s antics, and more.

Hearken, A Great First Friday Is Come!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Feelin' the First Friday Funk

Please pardon the archaic English in this articles title Bixby blogsmiths, but the Knolls Ranger is old school about his joy for First Fridays!  In fact, back in 1949 (the year it was established) my grammar teacher at Hughes Middle School made me stay in class writing “I will not use the word come as an unaccusative intransitive verb.” indefinitely while all the other kids were cutting rugs over at the sockhop.  (Thanks a lot Mrs. McMurphy!)

School was tough for bean-pods

But anyway true believers, this, as always, is The Knolls Ranger, champion of the community, brave boy of Bixby, and one time Yak herdsmen in Tibet (I’m full of stories!).

And let me tell you of all the things I love in Bixby Knolls (baby gecko’s in Reptiles Unlimited, Sunday strolls with the royalty, Mike Mora’s facial hair, etc.) I think I just might love First Fridays the most.

Best Beard in Town

Now granted asking a ranger to choose his favorite BKBIA program is a bit like asking my old friend Papa Steve which one of his 14 children he loves the most, but First Fridays is unique in Bixby Knolls.  Heck, it’s unique in Long Beach!  Hey, it’s unique in CA!  Higgeldy piggeldy, it’s unique in the USA!  You know what, I can’t think of an arts and business event like it in the entire solar system!  (There is one very similar in a neighboring galaxy however, but instead of calling it First Fridays the bizarre denizens of that celestial system simply call it BLEESNAX 7)

What makes First Fridays so darn tootin’ unique is it’s successful merging of two worlds (business and art) by promoting and supporting the local actors, crafters, and music makers that make this city vibrant while drawing attention to all of our favorite local watering holes as well.   Every month due to the concerted efforts of folks like former child actor Victoria Wells, Picasso-legged magic man Blair Cohn, dog Annie, the lovely Ms. Morgan Wraight, and the always amicable Krista Leaders  we see more and more businesses open late housing galleries, bands, and performance artists!

As always I was there to give you the good word and shake my tail feathers.  And as always the paparazzi was there documenting my actions and slinging barbed queries at me demanding to know details about my weekend trip to Barbados with Branjelina among other things.  (“I don’t know how many times I have to tell you people, Nothing happened!  We JUST ranged ok?!”)

Check it out:

I had them in stitches at Roy Robbin’s Gifts and Stationary!

Roy Robbins Gifts and Stationary

Hardcore band The Gunslingers burst ear drums (in a good way) over at the Richard Goad Theatre before actors from the Long Beach Shakespeare Company took to the stage with their production of the ribald Greek comedy, Lysistrata.

The Gunslingers

Stylists from Salon Medusa were doing live painting and hair art to compliment their gallery, The Times focusing on the medias hold on us.  Woah!  Red spray!

A Touch of Color

Korean students of design, and flight attendance were having a party!


The Sultans were out enjoying the car art on display outside of Melinda McCoy’s Flowers.

The Sultans

Elises Tea Room was serving the finest!

Elises Tea Room

Plus I got to hang out with Long Beaches finest!  Folks like Rabbi Dov Gartenberg!

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

And Hearty Love!

Getting ready for that flugtag!

First Fridays kicks off on the first friday of every month all along the Atlantic Cooridor at 6:45.  Check back here for a near comprehensive listing of next month’s events!

March On First Fridays

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Kidnapped by Imperial Storm Troopers

My bevy of Bixby buddies will be relieved to know that I once again manned the streets at the last First Friday.  Spreading good cheer, shouting out sunshine, and shaking my groove thing!  Allow me to guide you through the action of a typical Bixby Knolls First Friday.  Please keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times!

A Ranger Rides in Style

Early on in the evening I spied the classic Chryslers, Chevys , and Rivieras parked outside both Melinda McCoy’s Flowers and Georgie’s Place!  After losing my beloved horse Chromium due to an altercation with the local fuzz, I’ve been looking for a new means of transportation.  Could a vintage 1961 Cadillac be the answer?  Do the owners accept pod currency?

The Do-Si-Do's Are My Favorites!

The Girl Scouts were out in full force slinging their wares and supporting the cookie habit of millions.  I bought a box of Do-Si-Dos (of course).

Hula Hoop-Off

Averyboo Arts was celebrating their anniversary and the tykes were throwing a dance party to END all dance parties.  DJ Dave Skott was bumping all the aviation themed chart toppers, I heard both the Chicken Dance song AND the Tiki Room song in just the short time I was there.  Everything got serious however when little Avery challenged me, The Knolls Ranger, to a hula hoop competition.  Uh, oh…

We Jammin'

Jammin’ Music held a recital chock-full of cello wunderkinds.  The pianists, and guitarists were great as well!  I ran into Tommy Fleming playing some mean music!  I presided over his Birthday last November! It’s a small small Bixby world.

The Ukettes

I danced to the melodies provided by The Ukettes at Free Spirit Yoga!

Karaoke Dokey!

I sang a song or twelve during the Karaoke party in Vangie Ogg Photography!

Please Accept This Wholly Inappropriate Gift Heather

Heather over at Pixie Toys wasn’t up for the rangers antics.  So I tried to win her heart with a gift of a lion feasting on it’s young.  Who says I don’t know a thing about romancing!

Tang Soo Do

This is where we train the incoming rangers!

Attacked by Bixby Bandits

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!  Where are those rangers-in-training when you need them?!

The Majesty of Art

Elise’s Tea Room held everything from soft steaks to sumptious art!

Elise's Tea Room


The Ranger As Model

I did some art modeling over at the Expo Furniture warehouse!

Hug It Out Michelle

And got some hugs from Michelle Mangioni!

The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Elise's Tea

All in all, it was an exceptional First Fridays! Photos courtesy of Jonathan David Lewis.