Twilight on the Terrace, June 4th, 2016
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Exhibition Opening Reception
May 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm

New Display at Hearst Castle Visitor Center Shines Spotlight on W. R. Hearst’s Mother

SAN SIMEON, CA – April 1, 2016 – Phoebe Apperson Hearst—mother of W. R. Hearst—never set foot in Hearst Castle, but in many ways she was its inspiration. A new display at Hearst Castle Visitor Center will open to the public, free of charge, on May 22, 2016 to highlight Phoebe's remarkable life and her "castle" connections.
A special reception to preview the show on Saturday, May 21 will include a multi-media lecture by musicologist Leta Miller and musical performances coordinated by Opera San Luis Obispo in the spirit of the musicales that Phoebe Hearst hosted.
Phoebe Hearst was an educator, a philanthropist, devoted mother, and a supporter and collector of the arts. She built two "castles" of her own and was the first patron and lifelong friend of Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle. The exhibition features rarely seen images and objects from public and private collections. It is presented in partnership with the History Center of San Luis Obispo County and funded by Friends of Hearst Castle.

Exhibition Opening Reception
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Hearst Castle Visitor Center
Time: 5:30 – 8 PM (Remarks and performance at 6:30)
Tickets: Free to members of Friends of Hearst Castle / $35 for non-members
Description: Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, champagne and wine from Hearst Ranch Winery before a lecture and musical performance that captures the spirit of Phoebe Hearst's elegant musicales.

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Twilight on the Terrace - June 4, 2016

Twilight on the TerraceThe ever popular Twilight on the Terrace gets better each year. Don't miss the opportunity to join all your 'Friends' strolling the gardens and enjoying samples from local food & beverage artisans. Live music, photobooth and silent auction!

$125 for FHC members
$200 non members
More details coming soon!

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All proceeds support Friends of Hearst Castle in their continued efforts for the preservation, conservation and interpretation of Hearst Castle®.

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Indigo Moon
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School of Culinary Arts at West Hills College
Del Monte Café
Catering By Chef Charlie
Linns Fruit Bin
Enoteca Resaurant & Bar at La Bellasera Hotel La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
Cayucos Sausage Co. Cayucos Sausage Company
Mojo's Village Bean Mojo's Village Bean
Bliss Cafe Bliss Cafe
The Chocolate Stache The Chocolate Stache
Little Red Hen Bread Little Red Hen Bread Facebook Page
Niner Wines - Chef Megan Loring Niner Wines - Chef Megan Loring
Featured Vendors - Wineries
Chateau Margene
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Black Hand Cellars
Vista Del Rey Vineyards
Red Soles Winery
Hearst Ranch Winery
Talley Vineyards
Full Moon Wine Bar & Bistro
Summerwood Winery
Ancient Peaks
Adelaida Cellars
Broken Earth Winery
Lone Madrone
J & J Cellars
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Harmony Cellars
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Moonstone Cellars
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Featured Vendors - Breweries
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
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Friends Annual Meeting - February 21, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join us for our annual membership meeting and get updated on what your support of Friends is helping us to do! A reception with light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided with a recap of FHC projects in 2014-15.

Free to FHC members
RSVP by Feb. 12th at
(805) 927-2138
Hearst Castle Theater
6:00 to 7:30 pm

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Corporate Member Orientation - April 6, 2016

Corporate level FHC members are invited to bring all their Castle questions to this special complimentary tour! Information on tours, tickets the movie, FHC projects and Castle updates to help answer daily questions from clients and visitors. Refreshments provided, followed by movie.

Call Tracy for more details at (805) 927-2025

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Colonial Crafts Tour & Dinner - August 12, 2016

In the style of Mr. Hearst's guests... a luxury private parlor car brings a handful of guests from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo for a central coast adventure. A special tour of Hearst Castle and a sunset dinner on the hilltop included!

Contact Colonial Crafts
(877) 224 - 1150
Proceeds benefit Friends of Hearst Castle

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Arthur Byne Book Signing & Lecture - August 14, 2016
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Author Jody Brotherston will be signing her book Arthur Byne's Diplomatic Legacy at Hearst Castle Gift Shop from 4 to 6 pm. Arthur Byne was one of Hearst's major art dealers, the source of much of the Spanish art. Her lecture will follow in the Visitor Center Exhibit Building.

Open to the public.

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Family Movie Night - October 1, 2016

Kick off the fall season with the film Rise of the Giants, following a race to grow the world's largest pumpkin. The man who broke the world record grew a pumpkin to 2032 lbs! It grew 52 lbs A DAY at its peak! The movie was created by documentry filmmaker and Cal Poly Professor Daria Matza.

Ticket information coming soon!

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Masquerade at the Castle - October 30, 2016
A first time event for Friends!

A Halloween tour through the Castle and gardens leads guests to a costumed gala in the East Courtyard. Check our website for further details in the coming months!

Stay tuned for more details!

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Elegant Evening - November 13, 2016

Special guests enjoy a reception on the Main Terrace and a very customized tour. See the holiday decor, hear and share fun Castle stories and enjoy a newsreel in Mr. Hearst's hilltop theater.

$150 for FHC members
$200 for non members
Space is VERY limited.

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Friends Annual Meeting
February 21, 2016
Corporate Member Orientation
April 6, 2016
Twilight on the Terrace
June 4, 2016
Colonial Crafts Tour & Dinner
August 12, 2016
Arthur Byne Book Signing & Lecture
August 14, 2016
Family Movie Night
October 1, 2016
Masquerade at the Castle
October 30, 2016
Elegant Evening
November 13, 2016
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