August 9, 2017

Old yellow house opens to public for fourth Fandango for Moraga Adobe

By Sora O'Doherty

Architect James Wright
Architect James Wright in the upstairs hall of the Old Yellow House, which he has renovated to be a net-zero energy use building. The "wallpaper" is old newspapers found under the flooring dated back to pre-WWII days. Photo Sora O'Doherty

Supporters of the historic structure, the Joaquin Moraga Adobe in Orinda, will be treated to tours of another historic building, known as the Old Yellow House in Orinda on Moraga Road. The Yellow House will be the site of the fourth annual Fandango at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

Ticketholders will be offered 20-minute tours of the renovated 1890 structure, a gourmet barbecue dinner and an evening of music including a historical musical, staged on the surprisingly extensive grounds of the house. Although no parking is available at the house, shuttle vans will be provided from St. Mark's United Methodist Church at 451 Moraga Way, and will run continuously from 4:45 to 9:30 p.m.

August 2017

Historical Musical Highlights Fandango Fundraiser in August

Assistant Editor

Yellow House

The Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe (FJMA) are holding their 4th annual Fandango fundraiser on Aug. 26. Traditional fandangos were celebrations of music, dance and good company held during California’s Rancho era (1769-1848). The equivalent of neighborhood parties, fandangos often lasted for days. The FJMA Fandango includes an evening of music, a historical musical, gourmet BBQ dinner and a tour of Orinda’s Old Yellow House. Proceeds raised go towards restoration of the Moraga Adobe.


We will have a display of arts and crafts to celebrate Old California including a wonderful display of quilts.


From CA-24 west take exit 7B, continue to the right, over the freeway and continue onto Wilder Road, make a left into the parking area for the ball fields. From CA-24 east take exit 7B to Wilder Road.