Seminars: Friday, April 24 2020
Hotel Valley Ho Magical History Tour w/ACE BAILEY
Designed by architect Edward Varney and Associates, Valley Ho is considered one of the best-preserved mid-century-modern hotels in the country. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of the buildings and grounds while exploring the hotel’s classic design elements. Did you know that Hotel Valley Ho was a true Hollywood hideaway? In its heyday, host to Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Natalie Wood and Zsa Zsa Gabor, among others!
Ace Bailey has worked in the arts and tourism fields for 20 years. Prior to establishing Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours she designed and conducted art tours both locally and throughout the Southwest, Seattle, and the Northwest coast. In 2010, Ace was appointed to the Scottsdale Tourism Development Commission. Currently she hosts the Magical Mystery Tour at the Hotel Valley Ho. | website
Tiki 101: The Rise, The Fall, The Resurrection, The Redemption w/ Brother Cleve
A “history in a mug” that follows the evolution of tropical drinks, the folks who made them, and the places that served them, beginning with its roots in the 1920s, filled with photos, music, movies, all told from Brother Cleves unique perspective as a Tiki lover since the 1960s, and a participant in its 90s revival.
Musician/DJ/Bartender Brother Cleve discovered Tiki in 1972 at The Kowloon, outside of Boston, and has enjoyed tropical cocktails from that day forward. He helped lead the Lounge Music and Cocktail revivals in the ’90s, performing with exotic music artist Combustible Edison and creating cocktails for DJ events.
You Can’t Spell Beachcomber without M-O-B. w/ Jason T. Smith
In 2018 Jason T. Smith acquired the business ledgers of Don The Beachcomber, Chicago starting in 1940. The books tell an incredible story of how Cora Sunny Sund, a powerful and shrewd business woman built the Don The Beachcomber Empire, in conjunction with the Chicago Mob. Donn Beach was only a paid employee at the company that bore his name. This seminar will focus on the years 1940-1953.
Jason T. Smith visited his first Tiki bar at 4 1/2 but didn’t really fall in love with Tiki until he was 30. His day job is professional thrifter so in making up for lost time, he has built an entire Tiki museum inside of his house from all the Tiki/Polynesian/Hawaiian gems he has found while thrifting. | website
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Tiki w/ Mike Skinner
Join your host, Prof. Ludwig Von Drake, as he showcases the leisure-lifestyle of the tropic isles. Explore the mysterious world of Tiki, including Walt Disney’s travels thru the far Pacific, lost concept art for a Hawaiian ‘Disneyland’ and how Walt brought the fantasy of Polynesia to his Magic Kingdoms. Join us for this ALL NEW voyage into the enchanted land of the Tiki.
Mike Skinner lives in Denver, Colorado where he is a Professional Engineer, but his passion is researching and sharing Polynesian Pop culture stories. He is a Tiki Oasis veteran having presented popular symposiums including; Wild West Tiki; SeaWorld – San Diego’s Exotic Masterpiece; Waltah Clarke and the World of Aloha Fashion; and AHOY! Exploring Mid-Century Nautical Tiki. | website
Fashion and Travel from the Golden Age of Transportation w/ Dave Temple
Many today bemoan the ordeal (and corresponding wardrobe choices) of modern travel. Look back at the glory days of transportation, from early transcontinental railway journeys to sumptuous transatlantic cruises to the miracle of Mid Century jet travel – see what people wore, and how they packed, to arrive in style.
Fashion Historian, Dave Temple, has exhibited from his collection, Clever Vintage Clothing, for over 30 years. He has produced fashion shows, vintage expos, and illustrated presentations from coast to coast. He and his husband, Sabino Gutierrez, supply wardrobe for your favorite film and television productions. They have been vendors at Tiki Oasis since 2012. | website
Uncovering the Legend of Stella Bodey w/ Pam Kueber
Stella Bodey Tiki mugs are among the rarest, early “crypto” tiki mugs and featured prominently in Oceanic Arts’ “Holy Grail” case. But who was this woman and her company, Spurlin Ceramics? Pam Kueber shares never-known-before details of Stella Bodey and her Tiki mugs that were featured in several places, including The Islander and The Tahitian in Los Angeles and the Mahi Mahi in Tennessee. See the last few known photos of this mystery woman of Tiki, learn about her company, and learn how her very distinctive mugs fit into the early history of Tiki.
Pam Kueber is the creator and publisher of RetroRenovation.com, a website focused on helping owners of mid-century homes find resources and inspiration to renovate them in period style. The New York Times in 2011 called the site “the go-to destination for enthusiasts who want to restore houses built during the post-World War II boom.” Kueber launched the site in October 2007, after she had struggled to find resources to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms in her own 1951 colonial-ranch house. She uncovered many hard-to-find products and, after she was done, she decided to share her research with others. | website
Hip Historian Marshall Shore Tiki Tour
Hop aboard the Marshall Shore bus for hip historian tour on what makes the Valley of the Sun a unique destination. Explore unique architecture, music, Tiki-Polynesian culture, and music history.
Marshall Shore, a.k.a. Arizona’s Hip Historian, is librarian turned hipstorian. When moving to Arizona 18 years ago, he often heard the cry “there is no history here,” but that was simply not true. Following his passion for uncovering the weird, the wonderful, and the obscure treasures from our past, Shore celebrates those semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. He has developed an almost cult-like following for sharing history through trivia, tours, and lectures