It was one of those “you had to have been there moments.” Dozens of West Hollywood residents turned out at a ceremony at Plummer Park’s Great Hall / Long Hall last night for an annual celebration of the city’s efforts at preserving its historic buildings. There were speeches by elected officials such as Councilmember Lauren Meister and by former members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission such as Marc Yeber. Attendees admired the plaque newly attached to the front of Great Hall / Long Hall claiming its designation as historically significant on the National Register of Historic Places.
But what really sparked cheers and applause was an unanticipated serenade by John Duran, a member of the West Hollywood City Council and the L.A. Gay Men’s Chorus. Surrounded by a mariachi band, Duran sang in Spanish, with the audience cheering and clapping. There is no official video of the performance, but Stephanie Harker quickly moved to capture part of it on her iPad and generously shared it with WEHOville.com and our readers. Jon Viscott also photographed Duran’s performance and other aspects of the event.