One of my favorite places to go is the woods, specifically the redwoods. It’s one of the reasons I moved to Northern California in the first place. The redwoods take my breath away, they are simply majestic.
If there is one thing that could make it more beautiful, it would be to add art into the mix, and that's just what they do with the Kings Mountain Art Fair in Woodside. I had the fortunate experience to attend last year and it was an experience I'll never forget.
I carpooled with my friends, which is always fun since I get to play DJ. We parked about of a half mile
from the event and enjoyed the beautiful trees along the road as we walked to the venue. When we got to the event I was in awe. There were art booths set up along winding paths threaded through these giant, beautiful trees. There were oil paintings, sculptures, photographs, crafts and more. My eyes were bouncing between the beautiful forest and the amazing artwork. I really don’t know which I enjoyed more.
The artists were from all over the country and amazingly talented. I wanted to buy everything, but this
girl is trying to live a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget! I finally decided on a poster of a beautiful
photograph from Yosemite National Park (my favorite place on earth) that had a dash of pink in it to
match my apartment...and my hair! One of my friends came home with five framed prints! It really is amazing.
You can’t go and not bring something home. I dare you!
This art fair has been going on for over 50 years and never disappoints. It’s a wonderful way to spend a
day with the family. They have a kid’s area called Kiddie Hallow where kids can make their own art.
They’ve got food and drink to get you through the day. All proceeds go to support the local volunteer fire brigade and Kings Mountain Elementary School. Parking and admission are free!!
I wish I could visit this year, unfortunately I'll just have to wait a year for the in-person experience. The good news is that the event isn't cancelled, like just about everything else, it's gone virtual. You can virtually walk the event and visit the artists booths, and click on a link to purchase their art. Not quite the same as being under the redwoods, but the art makes it worth attending. I'll see how far my beer budget takes me, in the meantime I'm starting a pool to see how many prints my friend ends up with this year. Care to participate?
Mikael is a coast side resident with a passion for all things Half Moon Bay
A Perfect Wineday Afternoon in Downtown Half Moon Bay
I honestly was never a wine drinker. Then why, do you ask, am I writing about wine? Because wine tasting with friends is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon in downtown Half Moon Bay! Last summer I RSVP’d to a “Sip n’ Stroll” in Half Moon Bay through a meet up group. As I said, I never really liked wine, but I thought it would be a great way to meet people. Everybody seems to like wine and bond over it. I even found a few wines that I enjoyed!