What Shakes in Bakes


One of my favorites from my visit to the Bakersfield Museum of Art yesterday. This is an untitled piece by Samuel Hyde Harris. He came from England and painted in California quite a bit.

The Bakersfield Art Museum has such interestingly curated exhibits. Sometimes you learn about the community as much as anything else. This was part of an exhibit of works collected by locals, Local Visions,  which included stories of how the owners found the art. One painting (not this one) was bought just across the Texas/Mexico border in 1957. The couple had crossed to buy $35 worth of booze, but came back with art work instead.

One of the most interesting exhibits was of art collected by East Bakersfield High School. Decades ago, a principal at the high school began a tradition that the senior class would donate 1-3 works of art to the high school as a parting gift. How amazing is that?!  They don’t say that the tradition continues today, unfortunately, but the school collected some wonderful work for a while.


Sweet display of vintage kids’ clothing in the window at the old Woolworth’s building which is now an antiques mall.


The shop across the street from the Woolworths featured some fun murals on the walls, including this one in the basement. There was also a mock theater display in one hall, with a set of silk curtains that led only to a wall inscribed with, “What made you look?”


Hydra indulging in 100 year old ice cream at Dewar’s. One of the places we found years ago thanks to Huell Howser.


The drive there and back was breathtakingly gorgeous!  Green hills, blue sky, even some rain. It was all good.


Woolies Lives!


We drove out to Bakersfield a couple of weekends ago, for Basque food and to poke around the junk shops. There are a couple of areas of 19th Street that have clusters of antiques shops. We hadn’t been to this one before. Nice to see them celebrating the old place!

It’s now officially called Five & Dime Antiques Mall.


There’s a working diner inside. Looks like they serve classic diner food at the Woolworth Diner. But, as I said, we were on our way to The Wool Growers for lunch. Still Wooly!

I just get the set up, which is very filling. Family style cabbage soup, beans, salsa, lettuce salad, tomato salad, bread. All very simple and delicious!


Three floors of old stuff at the Five & Dime. I neglected to take a photo of the terrazo stairs. They really reminded us of what it must have been like to pass from floor to floor when this place was in its hey day.




What Shakes in Bakes


We’re just having mad fun at the antiques shops in downtown Bakersfield, aka “Bakes.”  Took a leisurely drive up there because Hydra had a hankering for Basque food. I filled up on cabbage soup, beans and salad at The Wool Growers Restaurant


Yes, it gets hot out here in the San Joaquin Valley.


I agree, the squirrel must be restrained.


Sometimes the juxtaposition of stuff is amusing.


Doot, doot, doot.  Just one of the guys.


Hydra used to use one of these during a stint as a night watchman.  A clock and key device that would prove he’d made his rounds all over the factory.


One shop has a full sized stuffed grizzly bear. Another has a full sized stuffed bison.  This is the classy version of all that, a little further up 19th Street.