Pride weekend at Filoi Gardens planned

Ed Walsh

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The famed Filoli Gardens in San Mateo County, the mansion featured in the LGBT-popular Dynasty TV series, is hosting a Pride Weekend. Pride at Filoli will be held June fifth and June sixth from 10am to 5pm.

Filoli states: "Celebrate who you are as Filoli celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with history, beauty, and fun. Go on a Rainbow Hike with your family or a friend and learn the meaning of the colors in the LGBTQ+ flag. Enjoy a floral takeover on the property. Reflect on your own history and that of others important to the LGBTQ+ movement."

Also included is a Dynasty Tour. The ABC TV series popular in the 1980s was known for its groundbreaking portrayal of a gay character.

This is how Filoli describes the tour:

:Join Interpretation Manager, Willa Brock (and a surprise guest), on a tour of Filoli's historic House – AKA the Dynasty Mansion! 2021 marks 40 years since Dynasty entered prime time. We celebrate Filoli’s role as a backdrop to a show that helped pioneer compelling narratives around gender inequality and featured prime time’s first openly gay character and first Black female lead. Numerous scenes of the #1 series were filmed at Filoli, including the pilot when Steven Carrington comes out to his father Blake Carrington in Filoli’s Library. On your next visit to Filoli see the exhibit Decades of Entertainment, where photos and screenshots in the House bring to life all the Dynasty drama!"

Other highlights of the Pride weekend"

Rainbow Walk:

"Embark on a colorful journey through the Pride rainbow flag on Filoli's Estate Trail. At each station, learn the meaning of each color of the flag and reflect on how it relates to you."

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Nigella Floral Takeover

"Learn more about the Nigella team's connection to Pride and its central ideas of community, inclusivity and hope. They'll be creating stunning works of floral art on display across the property."

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Pride Sound Scape

"Pride offers an opportunity to celebrate how much progress has been made, remember who helped drive that progress, consider what’s left to be done, and who needs to be included. Hear the sounds of history on the Garden House lawn. "

Summer Nights/Dynasty Dress up night

But you can celebrate Dynasty all summer long Filoli advises:

"This summer, come to Filoli to experience the unique serenity and beauty of California evenings. The Garden will be open every Thursday until 8pm from May 27 through September 23.

"Save the date, Dynasty fans! On Thursday, June 3, from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, come dressed in your most extravagant Dynasty lookalike outfit. Strike a pose on the Grand Staircase or reenact your favorite scene in the Garden– just no catfights in the pond!"

Filoli is located 30 miles south of San Francisco and is nestled on a slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains and surrounded by more than 23,000 acres of the protected Peninsula watershed. Two families lived in the home. To them, Filoli represented a wish to create a magnificent and enduring country estate. Now Filoli says its mission is to connect our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature, and shared stories.

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