May 12, 2009
It's that time of year
We're headed into what we believe is the sweetest time in the desert
- late spring and early summer. Yes, it's definitely getting warmer.
It's a dry, gentle warmth that starts with cool mornings, and pool
lounging and porch reading become the favored activities.
It feels great to be back in shorts and flip-flops. After a long
sunset, the desert quickly cools. A perfect time for being outside,
Come on out and join us.
Borrego Modern III - April 25th
Mid-Century Home Tour
A Perfect Day for Discovering Gems
Our friends at
Save our Heritage Organization
did an outstanding job promoting awareness about Borrego
Springs' mid-century architectural history and development.
Six homes, including the beautifully-restored Desert Club,
showcased desert modernism as it evolved in Borrego Springs.
The weekend began with a "house-tini" reception on Friday
night at Elizabeth Rodriguez' amazing mid-century gallery,
The House of Borrego Springs. A show there displayed
beautiful photographs, plans, and drawings of the featured
homes. On Saturday, more than 250 ticket holders headed out
for a beautiful day of visiting classic homes designed by
some of California's leading mid-century architects.
The event was capped by a luscious buffet & cocktail
reception at the Desert Club (built 1949), where sweeping
walls of glass reveal inspiring mountain and valley views.
There were more than 125 celebrants, plentiful food and
libations, and a great sound track!
SOHO collaborated with our Chamber of Commerce on this
event, and the two non-profits will split the proceeds.
Thanks, SOHO, for your interest in our community, the
expertise and care you bring to your endeavors, and your
appreciation of what makes for a GREAT party!
Congratulations, Mark Jorgensen!
Popular Long-Term Park Supt. Retires
After a distinguished, award-winning, 35-year career at the
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®, Superintendent Mark
Jorgensen is hanging up his radios and getting out of the
emergency search-and-rescue business. Over the years, Mark
developed impressive expertise, from chief naturalist to
park superintendent. He is a legendary leader who leaves a
vital legacy of progress and growth for the park he so
Nearly 300 fans celebrated Mark's retirement (and also that
of long-time colleague Ranger Bob Therriault) at a huge
party at the Park Visitor Center. In fact, it was such a big
occasion, that "The Governator" himself came by to present
Mark with a prestigious award!
Mark is a great contributor to the community, having served
two years as our Honorary Mayor, actively participating in
preparing our new Community Plan, and by serving on the
board of the Borrego Village Association. We wish Mark and
his family all the best as they embark on whatever comes
next. We have a hunch it will involve a lot of hiking!
Join us in welcoming incoming Superintendent Kathy Dice.
She, too, is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for the
Park, longtime ranger and supervising ranger, and an
Best wishes to you, Kathy - stop by for morning coffee!
Welcome, Steve and Jodie Forrest
Astrology Duo Moves to Borrego Springs
Respected astrological consultants, writers, and
husband-and-wife, Steve and Jodie Forrest (www.stevenforrest.com)
have recently moved from Chapel Hill, NC to Borrego Springs,
where they've built a straw-bale house and are full-time
residents (yes, even in the summer).
The Forrest approach to astrology assumes we're able to work
with astrological forces, not simply be pushed around by
them. They believe that astrology can help us live more
aligned with our higher purpose and make wiser choices in
our lives. In addition to their work with individual
clients, both Steve and Jodie are popular writers and
We welcome Steve and Jodie to Borrego Springs! They bring a
fresh perspective to life in the Valley, and we look forward
to welcoming their many friends from around the world, too.
Good News - Not Much!
There are a few activities going on, and things are quieting
down for the summer ahead. See the online Anza-Borrego
Foundation and Institute calendar at
And check in with ABDNHA at
for their summer schedule.
Other than that, how about a good book? Or a nap? Or a dip
in the pool? Or a margarita at Carmelita's?
Special Offers & Packages
Oh, No – Not May Gray!
Escape May Gray
We remember living on the Pacific coast and sometimes never
getting out of our sweats on foggy spring and summer days.
The inevitable chill and fog is downright cold and gray. And
who wants to be outside on damp foggy nights, with nary a
star to inspire? How about warmth, sun and the Milky Way
instead? Plan your escape now – with a great deal!
Come soak up the desert warmth by the pool. Jump-start your
summer under sunny skies and balmy starry nights!
Check out our lodging page for a variety of accommodations
in California's Secret Desert - Borrego Springs.
Gwenn Marie, president
Chamber of Commerce