What does art, craft, music, volunteering and fun have to do with fiber? Well, directly, not much. But because it has a whole lot to do with me, and what’s going on in my life right now, it has everything to do with Ms. Fiberdazed.
June 16th & 17th is coming up quick and that is when our annual La Honda Fair and Music Festival happens. A benefit for La Honda Elementary School’s art and music programs, it is a great way for locals and visitors to La Honda to get together, decompress and welcome the summer.
Since I volunteered for the job of Fair Coordinator twenty years ago our little gathering of artists, crafters, musicians has grown. We started out as a one day event, with 6 bands, to a two day with 6 bands per day. We also had only 15 vendors, and even though we have only 25 now, they are all excellent artists and crafters.
This is the time of year when the mental lists of what I need to do next, actually become physical lists. Could you imagine forgetting to order porta-potties. That would be disastrous. The vendors have been notified of acceptance, the trash containers are ordered, T-shirts are in the works and once again it’s coming down to the wire. I’m just glad I don’t have to do everything alone!
I have a great partners in Craig Eddy and Jeff Ring who do the other part of the job. Craig does the music part of this event. He figures out which bands will be playing and when they will be playing. He also does our promotion and is the master of ceremonies. Jeff helps out with putting up signs, musician wrangling and keeps track of the money.
We have a great location in La Honda Gardens and property owner Charlie Catania has donated it’s use for these 20 years. Charlie does a great job of keeping the gardens in tip top shape.
The parents of La Honda Elementary School and local residents round out our group of volunteers. Without them, this event wouldn’t run as smoothly, nor would we have such great activities for the kids.
La Honda Fair is a great event with a small town flavor. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area please consider coming out to La Honda on June 16 or 17th (or both days) and have an enjoyable day in the redwoods. Here are the particulars:
Gates open at 10 am, music starts at 11:00 and goes until 6:00 p.m.
Even though this is an outdoor event, the only dogs that are allowed are service dogs on a leash.
There are lots of activities for kids, food from La Honda Country Market and Cuesta Cafe. Coolers are allowed as are low back chairs.
Bring your sunscreen, and layers of clothes as we often have the fog roll in.
We also have commemorative T-shirts and raffle tickets on sale to help with our fund raising efforts.