Any community can be bike-friendly, but how about horse-friendly?
Horses trotted out and joined in the fun at the First Fridays art walk in Bixby Knolls last week. Children were able to pet and feed the animals after reading books about them as part of the monthly reading that Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson hosts at the Dana Branch Library. “Horses know what everybody else is finding out– First Fridays in Bixby Knolls is one of the best arts and cultural events in Southern California,” Johnson said.
Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), which organizes First Fridays, explained that Johnson had arranged to get the horses to First Fridays. “His original intention was to have the horses show up at his ‘First Books at First Fridays,’ but they got stuck in traffic,” said Cohn. “We had them come to Expo as part of our ‘surrealism’ display for the night: art, music, salsa dancing, Girl Scout cookies, horses.”
Cohn says that each month the BKBIA notifies attendees to expect the unexpected. “We’ve had fire dancers, poets, stilt walkers, musicians and artists of all sorts, so why not a horse? Someone just finishing up their dinner on Atlantic and taking a stroll may see all types of fun sights, and a horse sighting was the most surreal thing we have come up with so far. People go home after having a great time and have stories to tell and look forward to what the next month will bring.”