The Associates of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation are celebrating 50 years of giving! Better known as simply the Associates, the non-profit organization was founded in January 1968 with the mission of supporting the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.

With a lot to celebrate, you are invited to join the Associates on May 26, 2018 at 5 PM on the Idyllwild Arts Campus in Idyllwild, California. The festivities will include beverages, dinner, music, a silent auction, dancing, and the inaugural Chairs for Charity exhibit and auction. Tickets for the Associates 50th Anniversary Celebration are just $45 per person and can be purchased here or by mailing a check to the Associates 50th, PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

Our 50th Anniversary is a fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program Scholarship Fund. Cannot join us in May? Please consider making a donation.

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Start your Holiday Season off with the Associates and join us Saturday December 9, 2017. The activities begin at 11:00 AM and include a presentation from Pamela Jordan, President and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts plus a presentation to Idyllwild Arts from the Associates. All of this while ticket sales for our basket raffle continue all morning. We have 8 custom baskets created with the generous donations of our general and business members. Plus entertainment, brunch, and holiday punch. All to support the Associates and the Scholarship Funds of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. See you there!


LOVE LETTERS, a play by A. R. Gurney starring televison, stage, and motion picture actors Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria. Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?

Wendie Malick has appeared in several stage productions and motion pictures.   A few of her televsion credits include: FRASIER, BIG DAY, MOM, JUST SHOT ME, and HOT IN CLEVELAND.   Dan Lauria played the role of Vince Lombardi in the Broadway show:  LOMBARDI.   He has also appeared in the television series PITCH and the WONDER YEARS.

LOVE LETTERS is presented by the Associates of Idyllwild Arts as a fundraiser for the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program Scholarship Fund.

Saturday November 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Idyllwild Arts Theatre, Idyllwild Arts Campus,. 52500 Temecula Dr, Idyllwild, CA

Ticketing options:

$25 General Admission available here or at the door

$50 VIP: SOLD OUT!  Preferred seating at front of house and a  reception with Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria following the performance in the Parks Exhibition Gallery.


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Or you may mail a check payable to the Associates of IAF, PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549.




The Associates present an afternoon of beautiful classical music at the Ponderosa Concert Hall in mountain high Idyllwild.  Music will be performed by friends and members of the Speltz and Levy families.  Appetizers, desserts, and champagne will be served before and after the performance.

Musicale will be performed Sunday September 3, 2017 from 3 to 5 PM.  Location of the Ponderosa Concert Hall will be sent to all ticket holders prior to the event.

Because of the generosity of the Spletz and Levy families, all proceeds will support the Scholarship Fund of the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.   Your ticket purchase does make a difference.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased two ways; but buy early as this event is always a sell out!

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Or by mailing a check payable to the Associates/Musicale to PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549.




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2017 VOLUNTEER of the YEAR

Annamarie Padula, the Associates of Idyllwild Arts 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

The Volunteer of the Year award was given at our Annual Meeting on Sunday June 11, 2017, and was presented by last years recipients Diana and Terry Kurr.   Annamarie was recognized for her role as our Recording Secretary, her commitment to Jazz in the Pines, and her continued involvement with so many Associate functions and performances.  Please join us in congratulating Annamarie Padula.


The Associates of Idyllwild Arts’ 49th Annual Meeting is Sunday June 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM, in the Fireside Room in Nelson Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus. All Associates and their guests are welcome to attend. Mingle with friends and enjoy a brunch. It is time to vote for your Board of Directors and Officers. Who will be our volunteer of the year? Learn what’s instore for our next year, our 50th Anniversary year. We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Pam Goldwasser

Our Vice-President Pamela Goldwasser passed away on April 25, 2017. Pam was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 5, 1956 and the world was never the same. As a child, she made life long friends, as an adult, everyone she met became a friend. Pam’s passions were many including Temple Har Shalom in Idyllwild and the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation. She joined the Associates in April 2011 and served as Vice-President under both Anne Erikson and Michael Slocum. As an Associate, Pam’s passion was Jazz in the Pines; she was active in planning the Patron’s Dinner until days before she passed away. Her attention to detail will never be forgotten.

Pam and her husband Tim Wurtz were part of the community of Idyllwild. She will be missed by so many on and off the hill.


The ASSOCIATES of IAF present our annual APPRECIATION NIGHT. It is our time to thank the people at Idyllwild Arts for their hard work and dedication.  This event is open to all current Associates and the faculty, leadership, administration, and invited guests of the Idyllwild Arts Academy & Summer Program.  Not a member but would like to attend?   Join by following the MEMBERSHIP tab above.

MAGICIAN DEAN APPLE – tickets now on sale

The Associates present a very special fundraiser, an evening with Magician Dean Apple.  Hailed as “Palm Springs Premier International Man of Magic,” Dean Apple is equally comfortable performing close-up magic for an intimate gathering or on stage for performing comedy magic for 1000.

Featuring his awarding winning illusion “The Time Machine,” which is currently in auditions for America’s Got Talent, he also has an award-winning assistant in his wife, Debbie Apple, aka Pinky.   He has performed at celebrity events featuring stars as diverse as Magic Johnson, Jay Leno, Congressman Raul Ruiz, and RG III and has appeared on TV’s Criminal Minds, Turning Point, and CBS News.

Dean started performing magic at the age of seven, for family and neighborhood kids.  His passion today remains the same: to entertain audiences, altering reality one trick at a time, by making each moment magical! He resides in La Quinta, CA with his wife Debbie, their yellow lab Bailey, and of course, Tickles the bunny.

The Associates present this family friendly fundraiser on Saturday January 28, 2017 at 7 PM in the IAF Theater (Bowman Hall) on the Idyllwild Arts Campus.  Tickets are reasonably priced at $20 per adult and $5 for students/children under 18 years of age.  Tickets are available here or by mailing a check to:

The Associates of IAF/Magic, PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549.   Please indicate names of all guests.


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Become a sponsor of this exciting event. See our sponsorship levels below.  Contact or mail check to the Associates, PO Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549 – Marked Sponsorship.

$500 Abracadabra Level:  8 reserved seats at front of house, recognition in event’s program, recognition from stage, personal introduction to Dean Apple.

$250 Hocus Pocus Level:  6 reserved seats at front of house, recognition in event’s program, personal introduction to Dean Apple.

$100 Voila Level:  2 reserved seats at front of house, recognition in event’s program.

$50 Presto Level: Recognition in event’s program



Proceeds from this event, as with all Associate produced events, support the Scholarship Fund of Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program.