Maryjane, Joan Del Monte and Rita Friedman tell their tales in Marina del Rey

Maryjane in the late 1960s, wearing a white linen garden dress she purchased from Joan Del Monte’s vintage shop in 1967

Maryjane in the late 1960s, wearing a white linen garden dress she purchased from Joan Del Monte’s vintage shop in 1967

Some people become so involved in the fabric of a neighborhood that they eventually become part of what defines its sense of place.

So goes the tale of Maryjane, a single mom with the soul of an artist who showed up in Venice sometime around the Summer of Love and has since earned the right to go by only one name.

For Venice’s 2005 centennial, Maryjane published “A Sea Shore Memoir” — a 250-page collection of memories, illustrations, photographs and poetry that relates the history of Venice as she experienced it.

On Saturday, Maryjane joins two other Venice women involved in her Theatre Faire workshop at Pacific Resident Theatre for a special reading event at the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library.

Joan Del Monte — a fixture of Venice in her own right — operated a vintage clothing shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard decades before it was even called Abbot Kinney Boulevard. She’s penned four mystery novels and is currently at work on a pictorial of notable Venice locals.

Rita Friedman, meanwhile, reads from tales of her youth chasing the dream of musical theater and crisscrossing the country in the 1970s.

— Joe Piasecki

 

Maryjane, Joan Del Monte and Rita Friedman read at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Free. Call (310) 821-2415 for info.