Some of my very favorite wacky tacky entries are the drive-bys - the ones where a quick five minutes does the trick before you have to hit the trail again. The truth is that roadside attractions are in necessity in breaking up the monotony of a lengthy road trip or even just a morning commute. Sometimes, when you're on the road, you just need a small dose of wacky tacky to recharge your own wacky tacky battery; when that little bit of wacky tacky is teamed with a little bit of the spiritual, then all we can say is "Hallelujah!"
Like an celestial island in the middle of a bottomless sea of iniquity, stands The Little Tree Church in Tustin, CA. Sitting serenely, if diminutively, in the parking lot of the Jamestown Village Shopping Center, The Little Tree Church has only been in existence since the 1960's, but its roots are planted far more deeply in the rich soil that is Orange County history (the full history of TLTC can be found here). The tiny church was built as a tribute to the landowner's grandmother's childhood church and was originally built around an existing oak tree. The tree has subsequently died and been removed, but fortunately, the church remains.
From what we understand, The Little Tree Church has a maximum capacity of eight people - six congregants, preacher, and organist. The inside of the chapel is available for viewing, but we arrived on a whim (after business hours) so we just had to envision the inside. It's traditional New England styling led my thoughts directly to the chapel in Pollyanna. Indeed, Hayley Mills is never far from my mind, but can't you just see self-righteous Aunt Polly telling Pollyanna not to stare at the orphans while Reverend Ford "sermonizes something fierce?"
Reverend Ford's (Karl Malden) sermon from Pollyanna
If you're driving on the 5 freeway through Tustin and you need a wacky tacky fix, or just a moment of reflection, stop by and see The Little Tree Church.
The Little Tree Church