Redlands City Councilwoman Toni Momberger will challenge her guests on the history of Redlands

Redlands City Councilwoman Toni Momberger will host the “Tales of Two Redlands” cocktail party on March 7.

Eighteen intriguing, enchanting, fascinating and enlightening parties are on the docket for Redlands Conservancy's 2020 Parties for the Necklace Collection. Reservations for the new parties will be available starting Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the annual Parties for the Necklace kickoff event at the Mitten Building's Summerbell Room in downtown Redlands.  

Party hosts and the party crew have met and created an offering of events that include some regular parties, some new, some adventuresome and some tame, all to generate substantial funds to support the conservancy's Emerald Necklace projects and programs.

“This is the earliest we have offered the kickoff event,” said co-coordinator Dorothea Hackenberg. “There was a lot of interest in starting the parties earlier in the year so our party supporters can plan their activities.”

At the kickoff event, which is free and open to the public, partygoers will be able to talk to the hosts for each of the 18 parties to learn what each party involves.

Once they have “shopped,” they fill out their order form and go to the cashiers who process their orders. Party reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, Once a party is sold out, a wait list for that party is kept. Cashiers then enter the reservations on, so on the next day, the reservations are open to the public to purchase online.  

Already the Parties for the Necklace 2020 Collection Catalog is on the conservancy's website at  

“These next few days before the kickoff event are a good time to scan the catalog for the parties you want to attend,” said Redlands Conservancy Executive Director Sherli Leonard. “Then, you are ready to go right to the cashiers on Feb. 19 and buy the parties you want.”

First on the calendar is the March 7 afternoon cocktail party featuring Tales of Two Redlands. City Councilwoman and Redlands history aficionado Toni Momberger has a stockpile of trivia about Redlands past and present, and she will share these stories and test the party guests' mettle while guests enjoy hors d'oeuvres and libations at a private pool garden in Redlands. This party will take 30 reservations at $45 per person, $35 for members. People wanting this party should be prepared to buy a reservation as soon as the doors open on Feb. 19.

The next weekend will offer Starshine and Wine, Tenth Edi

tion on Saturday, March 14. The party will return to Three Sisters Farm in San Timoteo Canyon for the darkest sky in the area so guests will be able to search for galaxies, the Big Dipper, the constellation Leo and maybe some star clusters, according to amateur astronomer Jim Sommer.

Wizard of the Stars Dave Maupin will enthrall guests with stories about the wonder of the skies, and guests will taste surprise wines from the Southern California region. Forty guests can enjoy this party at $55, $45 per member.  

Several new parties are being offered, including a tour of a historic home and Redlands art with mimosas and brunch, a fine-jewelry-making demonstration at a local jewelers', a totally civilized brunch on the porch for Soiree en Blanc, an Italian lunch before, during and after a rigorous bocce ball competition, the Retro Cocktail Party at one of Redlands' fine midcentury modern homes, a wine-pairing dinner with local winery Wildwood Oak Winery, an 8-mile hike in San Gorgonio Wilderness for the hale and hardy, and Barn-Raising at Gateway Ranch with barbecue dinner.

In addition to Starshine and Wine Tenth Edition, returning favorite parties are one Local Food Local Chef dinner, Pasta-Making Party, Summer Bowl Picnic and Fireworks, LA Urban Hike, Christmas at the Asistencia, and Chocoholics United!.  

“We are very fortunate to have so many people be willing to host a Party for the Necklace,” said Leonard.  “It means we can continue to do the Emerald Necklace projects and programs that make a difference for the community.”

Parties for the Necklace kickoff

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Where: Mitten Building, 345 Fifth St., Redlands.

Also: Preceding the party the Redlands Conservancy's annual meeting will be held;

Cost: Both events are free and open to the public.

More information: Visit or call (909) 782-6208.