The free 'n friendly social? Where neighbors and friends are invited to come-one-come-all? It's greeting-card-sweet, yep yep, and it tends to take place inside private homes, corner shops, and community halls.
But in Movieland, USA, we like to do it up with a truckload of pizzazz, meaning that our neighborhood socials are sometimes held on studio lots. Exhibit A: Warner Bros. is doing the come-one-come-all thing on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Warner Bros. VIP Tour Center in its "first-ever free holiday social for area residents."
Burbankians, clear your calendars.
But that goes for any SoCaler who adores Hollywood history. And if you like Hollywood history, and we'll just assume you do, because that's pretty much a prereq for studio lot entry, is this: Author and historian Marc Wanamaker will speak. Know those "Images of America" books, with all the old photographs? Mr. Wanamaker's name is very often on the front.
Carolers, holiday-type treats, and a salute to AVIVA Family Services are in store for the afternoon shindig. Afternoon=3 to 6 p.m.
And here's the most movie-iest part of this merry happening: Attendees are invited to make and bring an ornament "decorated with your favorite Warner Bros. movie star" to hang during the tree trimming.
Oh boy. Choices. Could we go not with a movie star but a character? Like Professor Harold Hill, from "The Music Man"? You know practically the whole Warner backlot was transformed into River City, Iowa back in '62?
Dang it, movie magic, we just love you, is all. And that we can enjoy a neighborhood social on studio lot is, indeed, part of the SoCal season.