The Winchester Mystery House has been given permission to one day allow people to spend the night on the mansion grounds, immediately conjuring up images of the Winchester Mystery Hotel.
But my dreams were dashed when I learned that the mansion bedrooms aren't included in the special-use permit just approved by the city. The century-old rooms probably don't have much in the way of modern amenities, anyway.
Instead, the sleepovers -- which are still in the very early planning stages -- would happen in the buildings that surround the sprawling Victorian mansion, like the Foreman's House -- a two-story home that was occupied by John Hanson, Sarah Winchester's foreman for 30 years -- the Pump House and a caretaker's apartment.
Potentially more interesting are the other developments that went along with the permit: The cafe in the mansion's gift shop has approval to be converted into a full-service restaurant that will be open to the public, and alcohol is now allowed to be consumed throughout the estate.
That opens the possibility for events like wine and whiskey tastings in the gardens or cocktails in the formal Venetian Dining Room. And after a couple of glasses of chardonnay, those doors that open into walls could be a lot more interesting!
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen has selected Los Gatos resident AnnMarie Zimmermann, who recently left Agilent Technologies after a successful career, to be its new executive director, replacing the outgoing Christina Egan.
Meanwhile, the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative -- better known as BAWSI -- is searching for a new leader after founding CEO Marlene Bjornsrud announced last month that she'll be retiring in June. Bjornsrud started the group in 2005 with soccer stars Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy to empower female athletes of all ages.
"With the conviction that BAWSI is here to stay, it is time to pass the baton to the next leader who will build on this strong foundation," Bjornsrud said in a statement.
REMEMBERING A DANCE TEACHER: Friends and family of Carol Anne Fisher Haws, a choreographer who was a dance professor at San Jose State for 27 years, will celebrate her life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saratoga Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Haws, who passed away at age 80 in Farr West, Utah, on Jan. 14, also choreographed for Bay Area theater companies including Tabard Theatre Company.