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Join Field Trip in Old Pasadena for an afternoon exploration of the area's secrets

Take Field Trip with us as we explore the city that gave us the Mars Rover Landing, Scientology, Jackie Robinson, the Occult of Jack Parsons, and the Tournament of Roses - Pasadena, California. 

Just north of Los Angeles, the picturesque Southern California city of Pasadena is nestled at the base of the San Gabriel mountains. For decades, train tracks criss-crossed the city allowing layman and celebrity alike to escape the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for a day of shopping, hiking, and entertainment. 

Beyond this beauty, though, there's always been a darker, magical, more rebellious side of Pasadena: a place where religion, magic, and rocket science collided; a haven for free thinkers, outcasts, and eccentrics; a stomping ground for the likes of Albert Einstein, Jack Parsons, Julia Child, and Tennessee Williams, and a home for millionaires like William Wrigley Jr. and Adolphus Busch. Pasadena's landscapes have also stood in for all parts of the world in legendary Hollywood movies and television shows such as Gone With the Wind, Back to the Future, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, and The Sting. 

Field Trip Day is an afternoon of local discovery, challenges, one-day-only opportunities, and hidden surprises. Armed with the Field Trip app and your wits, an afternoon's adventure will reveal Pasadena’s secrets - from rocket launches to peanut butter soda, from the man who broke baseball's color barrier to the man who revolutionized chewing gum, from auditioning for the role of Stanley in "Streetcar Named Desire" to learning the truth about a religious cult... explore Pasadena like never before. 

DETAILS: Wear your walking shoes and bring your water! The event is nearly 4 miles if you want to hit every unique location!

TIME: 3pm, Sunday, September 15th, 2013

START: Mercantile Alleyway -- Between Fair Oaks Ave. and Raymond Ave., look for the signs! We'll be right behind Lucky Baldwin's British Pub! 

Field Trip Day's starting location is in the Mercantile Alley, right in the heart of Old Pasadena and behind Lucky Baldwin's, a British pub named after a prominent California businessman named for being "lucky" in his mining investments as well as horse racing.  

This is where you will get a start package that will send you off on the day's adventure. For those who want to use public transportation, the Gold Line is conveniently located two blocks from the starting location. 

END: Your afternoon of exploration will end at The Romanesque Room at the Hotel Green at 6:00! (50 East Green Street, Pasadena, California 91105) Built in 1903 and a national historic landmark, where all will enjoy a celebration worthy of the turn of the century high society that stayed there - complete with music, magic, wine, and clowns! 

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Field Trip Day will be best enjoyed with the Field Trip App as your virtual tour guide. Available for Android and iOS.

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