Posted by paulrivas on:
Rivas Cultural Services - my life as a business name - occasionally contracts with Ambient Event Design. This weekend I was on the take-down crew for a Best Buddies fundraiser at Hearst Castle. Best Buddies is a charity run by Maria Shriver's brother. The Black Eyed Peas played. The party was down on the Rancho Piedras Blancas, but the VIP reception was up at the castle. The Ambient crew had installed lights on Thursday and Friday for the event. A guy who worked on-site for Ambient Saturday night got to jump into the Neptune pool.
It was the first time I'd ever been to Hearst Castle, although I didn't check really it out other than the area around the pool and the taxidermy in the ranchhouse. Nevertheless I left fully satisfied. Working on that landscape made me feel very California Royale. We first struck the lights around the pool and VIP tent, then went down to the ranch and struck those lights. The party rental and stage rental companies were still going strong when we left at 6 pm.
We had a filling dinner at El Chorlito in San Simeon afterwards. El chorlito is Spanish for "snowy plover".