Friday night wine tastings at Barnsdall co-hosted with Silverlake Wine, those lively and joyous, if not somewhat kid-raucous gatherings, that have infused Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark Hollyhock House with fresh vitality begin again on June 17th. YAY! Even though this is only the third year, the weekly party has become an integral part of our summer social life and of so-called Eastside hipster parenthood. It’s some of the most stressful fun any parent in L.A. can have.
But according to the notification, some changes are afoot this year, including an increased $25 admission price and:
• The musical styling of featured guest DJs from KCRW
• Take home a limited edition collectible wine glass from each event
• Enjoying food from specialty and eclectic food trucks
• Special access to LAMAGA’s art gallery exhibitions
Here’s what really caught my attention:
In addition, please be sure to review the new policies related to children attending the event. Due to the capacity of the event area, children over the age of 2 will now require tickets ($5) to attend. Please note that these tickets are limited…
This development is hardly surprising. Complaints about too many or poorly supervised kids aren’t new, and those small stomping feet can be hard on the property.
So Barnsdall regulars, what do you think? Will these new restrictions discourage you from bringing your whole family? Do you think the event will be improved overall? Is this a form of economic discrimination? (Although there’s always been a suggested $5 donation for non-drinkers to attend.) If you don’t have kids and have been turned off in the past by the tenor of the Barnsdall Fridays, are you now MORE likely to go knowing the single-digit age presence will be capped?