On August 30, Elaine and Doug Muchmore hosted their third annual Garden Concert to benefit Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Held outdoors in their beautiful backyard in La Jolla, CA, the evening was truly exquisite – we cannot thank Elaine and Doug enough for their remarkable hospitality! From start to finish, the party was such a lovely gathering of friends. We are delighted to share here with you a bit of the magic that was felt on that special night.


As guests arrived, they were welcomed with flutes of sparkling wine: an ideal treat to set the tone for the remainder of the evening. And with an assortment of delicious dishes prepared by Elaine – including vegetables picked from her garden, homemade jams, freshly baked bread, and pizzas prepared in their outdoor oven – the menu was perfect for an elegant backyard soiree.

Musicians perform at Elaine and Doug's Garden ConcertGuests relished the spread of appetizers, then proceeded to mingle and learn more about the important work ESLT accomplishes in the Eastern Sierra from ESLT Vice President Tony Taylor. As the time approached for the concert to begin, everyone took a seat in Elaine and Doug’s terraced garden to enjoy the musical talents of two world-renowned Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians, Kate Hatmaker (violin) and Trevor Handy (cello). Their duet performance was simply marvelous!

Following Kate and Trevor’s rendition of the music of Maurice Ravel, Erwin Schulhoff and other greats, the evening ended with an assortment of wonderful homemade desserts and conversation. I shared incredible and in-depth discussions with some folks who had been attending the Muchmore’s annual gathering since 2013, as well as with others who were new to the experience and unfamiliar with our work. We left that night with the warmth felt from connecting with friends and supporters, both old and new – and all proceeds contributed during the event went to support our work to save the rural valleys and mountain vistas we all treasure.

We are incredibly grateful for Doug and Elaine’s generosity in hosting such a marvelous evening in our honor, and were delighted by the enthusiasm we encountered from all guests. Our thanks go to Doug and Elaine, and to all who joined us on that special evening: your contributions help protect the Eastern Sierra’s most cherished landscapes, and your dedication to our region’s identity and future inspires us deeply, each and every day.