Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Brew at the Zoo" Event at the Living Desert

It's been awhile since I've written about anything local in the Palm Springs area- mainly because I've been traveling extensively. Yesterday I attended the "Brew at the Zoo" fundraiser event at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, just down the road from me in Palm Springs. I've been a member of the Living Desert for ages, it is a fine animal reserve and sanctuary. Events such as this one help raise funds from private citizens in the local community who can re-engage with the zoo. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few photos from the event.
Camel rides were a nice touch- memorable too.
The "Brew at the Zoo" featured booths of multiple micro breweries and local restaurants serving sample size portions as people milled about. At the start of the evening, it was still quite hot, in the 90's but as the sun set, temperatures dropped and it was quite pleasant.
a great band kept everyone entertained
I always enjoy live music, it adds atmosphere and sets the mood of the evening. I forgot to catch the name of the band playing, but they were fun- the crowd seemed to enjoy it. I paused for a few minutes, focusing on that lion sitting on the stage...
people roamed around booths tasting food from local restaurants and breweries.

















look closely at the moon, just over the ridge. I love the desert
The Living Desert has a great reputation for conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. Its grounds are exceptional examples of the Colorado desert, this photo alone exemplifies the natural beauty of desert life in this part of the Southwest United State deserts. Incidentally the spindly plant in the center is called an Ocotillo plant, and has beautiful flowers when it blooms.
the VIP tent had a nice setting to relax and enjoy drinks




















a great selection of really delicious cheeses too.
my favorite part of the night...desserts!
It turned out to be a great evening, and a lot of fun too. I really enjoyed being outside at the zoo. It was a tremendous opportunity to truly relax and enjoy the unique views of Palm Desert. For those of you living in the Coachella Valley, I'd strongly recommend attending next year. First- do yourself a favor, sign up to be a member of The Living Desert. For a small donation, you can visit the zoo anytime. Even for any snowbirds who visit our fair desert community, I'd suggest a visitor pass. You will enjoy the time viewing the extensive collection of plants and cactus, exhibits like Hummingbirds and Butterflies, reptiles, big cats and other all sorts of other creatures. Or if you happen to just like to support preservation of wild animals, you can make a contribution from this link.

2 comments:

KathyA said...

Somehow we missed your wonderful zoo!!

Those desserts in the desert look wonderful!!

© Karelian Blonde said...

What brilliant idea for a fundraiser! Beer and desserts with beautiful animals to look at. Good stuff Mr Rockhill!

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