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American Bohemia: The Cats Estate in Los Gatos
In 1924, writer and lawyer C.E.S. Wood and poet and suffragist Sara Bard Field built an estate in the hills above Los Gatos. This now 75-acre estate, dubbed “the Cats” after the 8-foot cat sculptures that graced the front entrance, served as a creative retreat and home for Wood and Field until the mid-1950s. American Bohemia explores the storied lives of Wood and Field, acclaimed literary figures and intellectuals, and their home, which became a gathering place for some of America’s most significant artists and writers including Robinson Jeffers, Ansel Adams, John Steinbeck, Ralph Stackpole, and Lincoln Steffens.
- Home movies of C.E.S. Wood, Sara Bard Field and their families at the Cats Estate
- Artifacts, books, and letters from the Cats Estate and Wood Family
- Rarely seen photographs of the Cats Estate
3pm – 5pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Film screening of C.E.S. Wood. An Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary produced by Oregon filmmakers Laurence Cotton and John deGraaf.
7pm – 9pm
First public reading of Wood’s personal Christmas letters to family and friends. Reproductions of the letters will be available for sale.
7pm – 9pm
A theatrical performance by Bonda Lewis as Sara Bard Field and a dramatic reading of C.E.S. Wood’s satirical masterpiece Heavenly Discourse.
7pm – 9pm
A salon-style evening of conversation, food, and drink with scholars of the lives of Sara Bard Field and C.E.S. Wood and their time in California.
11am – 1pm
A Celebration of Poetry by Sara Bard Field with Los Gatos Poet Laureate, Erica Goss. Bring a picnic lunch, and blankets or chairs. Seating is limited. Admission is free, donations appreciated.
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