Silents Under the Stars

The Friends Of Hart Park
and the
 William S. Hart Park & Museum


for joining us at 2018's:

Silents Under the Stars

on Saturday, August 11th

Click HERE to see photos from the event"

Silents Under the Stars 2018

by Bill Blowers

It's kind of ironic that we call it “Silents Under the Stars” Saturday evening, August 11, was anything but silent. The hall and patio at Hart Park were filled with the delightful sounds of people having a great time, greeting old friends, listening to the terrific country western music of the Grateful Dudes Cowboy Band, enjoying a cold drink, and especially the amazing sound of Ray Lowe at the keyboard as he took us back to a simpler time and place. Sherron Blowers and her small but very talented committee came through once again, providing us with an evening that all agreed was the best “Silents” ever. Why even Mother nature chipped in! She bestowed on the park a mild evening and gentle breeze, a much welcomed and appreciated break from the hot sticky weather.

The silent auction hit a new high with 95 items available for bid, including an American flag made from wine barrels, a patriotic basket from Representative Steve Knight, a one-of-a-kind collectible book of western art, numerous original paintings, unique women's western clothing, gift cards to many local eateries, and many more delightful items too numerous to mention.

This was Sherron's tenth year as chairperson for the event. Through her leadership and hard work, “Silents” has grown to become a major fund raiser for FOHP and from the comments heard Saturday evening, has become a highlight of the year at Hart Park. “Best Silents ever”, “What a great time”, “Can't wait till next year”, “That band was terrific” — a small sampling of the remarks coming from one and all.

Attending where several members of the City Council, representatives of Supervisor Kathryn Barger's office and many guests who return year after year as well as new guests that we look forward to welcoming back next year.

In the evenings silent movie, Toll Gate, Bill Hart portrayed Black Deering, the leader of a notorious gang of bandits. The film was co-written by Bill Hart with help from his sister, Mary Ellen Hart. In addition to the traditional silent film, attendees were treated to two short video presentations. Supervisor Kathryn Barger spoke through the magic of DVDs, thanking everyone for attending and for the ongoing tradition of Hart Park in its quest to preserve the western heritage roots of the Santa Clarita Valley. A second short video presentation was prepared by Phil Scorza, in coordination with SCVTV's Leon Worden, that linked together the histories of William S. Hart and the Newhall area.

Many thanks to all the volunteers that made the evening possible, and to the staff and management of Hart Park for your efforts on behalf of FOHP.

The Event

Silents Under the Stars:

Featuring William S. Hart starring in his own production, with a story co-written by his sister Mary Ellen Hart, also starring his favorite pinto pony Fritz, from 1920, “The Toll Gate.”

Did you catch the scene where Bill & Fritz nearly died during the production?

As always, our movie was accompanied LIVE by Mr. Ray Lowe at the keyboard.

What else?

This year we were proud to showcase the western/bluegrass sounds of

The Grateful Dudes Cowboy Band

From our own town of Newhall, CA!

But that's not all!...

Evening Mansion Tours & Patio Seating -- 6pm

Western Silent Auction

BBQ Dinner from Rattler’s -- 7pm


William. S. HART PARK



(formerly San Fernando Rd.)

Newhall, CA

From L.A. area, take I-5 North, Golden State Freeway, to I-14 North, Antelope Valley Freeway

Exit at Newhall Avenue (formerly San Fernando Road), which is the first off-ramp.

Turn right (North) on Newhall Avenue (the old San Fernando Road).

Travel about 1 miles and cross the railroad tracks.

Just after crossing the railroad tracks, the Park is on your left.

Once you have come through the main gate, park anywhere in the lower lot. Do not go up the hill in your vehicle.

Proceed to Hart Hall front entrance to check in.

Click here for a map

SCV In The Movies

Our event was hosted by “SCV In The Movies” hosts E.J. Stephens and Bill West


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