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Gum Tree Girls

Tuesday, June 28 – 7:00pm – Preview of the Gum Tree Girls Festival with Evelyn Rose

In the mid-1960s, the Gum Tree Girls and prior, Minnie Straub Baxter in 1958, saved Glen Canyon from sporting a freeway to the other side of Twin Peaks! Can you imagine??

Now, the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project is Celebrating Moxie! by throwing the Glen Park Gum Tree Girls Festival, a festive, all-day picnic and celebration in Glen Canyon Park with music, food, children’s art and games, history presentation with video of the Gum Tree Girls’ oral history, the Glen Park Women Hall of Fame, and community camaraderie to celebrate their feat of great common sense and fierce resistance to the outrageous nonsense that was to be called the Circumferential Freeway. Other Glen Park women in the 20th century who strove to make a difference will also be recognized! And, there will also be a solemn remembrance of those we’ve lost to COVID. So, mark your calendar for July 10, 10:30am to 3:30pm!

Come out to Bird & Beckett Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm to hear the plans for the party, find out how you can be involved and support the cause!

Evelyn Rose, the power behind the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project and the Gum Tree Girls Festival (itself conceived by Mark Theriault), will be on hand to fill us in and tantalize with delightful details of our neighborhood’s story!

Do come! Bring snacks and drinks to share, if you like!

You’re up in the playground in the shopping center in Diamond Heights, with a Safeway and a Wallgreens and a post office and mailing business at your back, along with a few other human-scale businesses, thankfully…looking out over Glen Canyon. Here’s a photo. Picture the houses of Miraloma park above the chert alongside Bosworth across the way, about where that tree line is. So be it. Now picture a freeway. Nah, wipe it out of your vision. It’s not there. That took moxie, Gum Tree Girl moxie!

Join us June 28 at the bookshop to contemplate July 10 in the canyon, and the Gum Tree Girls Festival!


Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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