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Casa Romantica Opened Gardens to Public on Friday, May 22

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning Southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, opened their gardens to the public on Friday, May 22, in accordance with social distancing and safety guidelines provided by the state of California.

Amy Behrens, the executive director, explained that gardens like Casa Romantica's are indispensable to community healing, offering much-needed places for respite with nature and inspiration. "We look forward to welcoming guests back to our beautiful setting where they can enjoy self-care or family time among our springtime blooms and ocean vistas."

San Clemente is a popular Southern California seaside community. Casa Romantica's gardens, with cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean and pier, have traditionally been a 'must-see' for tourists during the summer months. Casa Romantica is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and American Horticultural Society. Its gardens include several different themes, such as herbs, succulents, native plants, and a registered Monarch Waystation Butterfly Garden.

At this time only the gardens will be open, and the house remains closed for the safety of our guests. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 40 visitors per hour, with a maximum of 20 guests at any one time on Casa Romantica's 2.5-acre property to ensure safe social distancing.

Complimentary take home maps are available at the front entrance so that visitors may take self-guided tours through Casa Romantica's seaside gardens. The one-way route includes marked hand sanitizer stations. The complete course includes some stairs, but a modified route is fully accessible for visitors with special mobility needs.

The suggested donation for admission is $5, and self-service and/or non-touch methods of donation by card or cash are available at the front entrance. All proceeds support the 501(c)(3) nonprofit's preservation and programs.

While subject to current government health and safety guidelines, Casa Romantica anticipates re-opening its historic home later this summer and resuming its award-winning programming onsite for the 20-21 season. The upcoming season includes both onsite and remote modalities for participation, enabling the nonprofit to fulfill its mission for people of all ages in a manner that fits each individual's needs.

For those visiting the gardens in the coming days, masks and personal hand sanitizer will be available for purchase at the front entrance. Visit casaromantica.org for a complete listing of protocols to protect our staff and guests before visiting the gardens.

Learn more at: https://www.casaromantica.org/

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Caption: A view of the native garden and butterfly sculpture at Casa Romantica. The gardens overlook the San Clemente beach and pier, toward the
Pacific Ocean.

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Casa Romantica Shares the Beauty of Place in New Exhibit at John Wayne Airport

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning southern California 501(c)(3) nonprofit, celebrated the opening of its new exhibit on display at John Wayne Airport on Saturday, February 8. "Our hope is that the 6 million people traveling through John Wayne Airport during the next several months will see the images in the exhibit and be encouraged to visit Casa Romantica in San Clemente," said Amy Behrens, Executive Director. "It is the convergence of art and place that makes Casa Romantica so unique."

The exhibit is located on the upper level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in the walkway between Terminal-B and Terminal-C, before security screening, and is visible to anyone traveling through the Airport through June 2020.

Casa Romantica past Executive Director Berenika Palys secured the exhibition for the institution. Palys, Behrens, and Board President Ruth DeNault presided over a private dedication ceremony with local officials on February 8 at the airport.

The exhibit features Casa Romantica's commissioned works and site-specific adaptations in the visual and performing arts that highlight its location perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as its arts education programs for children and adults, at the historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate of San Clemente's City founder Ole Hanson.

Built in 1927, the Ole Hanson home, its gallery and 2.5 acres of botanical gardens are open to the public daily for self-guided or docent-led tours as well as private events. Visitors to Casa Romantica can enjoy wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County.

Free arts education programs for children are offered year-round, including its acclaimed Music Festival Academy, Summer Dance Workshop, STEAM-based field trips and more.

For additional information about Casa Romantica, visit https://www.casaromantica.org/.

To learn more about JWA's Art Programs, visit https://www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits/default.

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CAPTION: Casa Romantica and City leaders pose in front of one of the panels of the exhibit at John Wayne Airport (Left to right: Ruth DeNault, Casa Romantica Board President; Bonnie Koch, Casa Romantica Board member; Amy Behrens, Casa Romantica Executive Director; Kathy Ward, City of San Clemente Councilmember.

Related link: https://www.casaromantica.org/

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