I’ve lived in Pacifica for more than a year now and I love it. Our swingin ’70s pad (shag carpet and all), which is a five-minute walk from the beach, amazing sunsets, and truly lovely neighbors have made me fall for this town. OK yes it’s foggy, I HEAR YOU! But probably not as much as you think. All the other good stuff makes up for the misty days (which I’ve actually grown to find romantic). In any case, the forecast says it will be 80 degrees and sunny this Saturday!
If you’d like to get a little taste of what I’m talking about you should come visit this weekend for Fogfest. It’s happening along Palmetto road this Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 6pm. There will be food, drink, crafts, and 25 bands on three stages! Check out how much fun I had last year.
One of the highlights will be just up the hill from Palmetto where my lovely and amazing neighbor Candace (superstar babysitter in a major pinch, we love you Candace!!) will host the “Beachstring Public Boutique.” She’ll be offering up her beachy-cool mobiles, wine stoppers, vintage-y bottles and jewelry (see above!). Four other majorly talented local artists will be joining her: Beemee’s by Lisa (hand knit scarves, hats, etc.); Pufferfish Press (prints, porcelain and paintings); Stephanie Hamilton Designs (knitted metal + semi-precious stone jewelry); and Umi Baby (yay for baby wares!).
Candace has been collecting sea glass, seashells and driftwood since she was a kid who not only grew up in Pacifica, but also spent three weeks in Hawaii every summer (lucky girl!). She fell in love with Hawaiian culture and participated in the local activities: surfing, kayaking, hiking, treasure hunting and making seashell jewelry. Beachstring grew out of those summertime interests, and what started as a small hobby is now a home-based business. Candace sifts the beach for every piece of driftwood and sea glass you see in her work. She even drills all the holes herself! She hopes that might change as the business grows: “I hope that Beachstring catches a big wave and rides it into more communities and retail shops throughout the states! I would love to become a fair trade company, creating American jobs, helping youth and giving back to communities. That would be amazing!” I’m rooting for her bigtime, and won’t be a bit surprised if her dream comes true. Who doesn’t want to bring a little beach chic home?
Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica (take the Manor or Francisco/Paloma exits)
September 29 & 30, 10am until 6pm.
Beachstring Public Boutique
86 Frances Avenue (take the Francisco/Paloma exit)
September 29 & 30 from 9am until 6pm.