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Photos of Fiesta Hermosa 2013

Back in 1972, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce decided to put together “the largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California.” I have not visited all the arts and crafts fairs in Southern California so I cannot confirm whether or not they met their goal, but it has to be one of the longest running ones. Not only have they had this fair every year for more than 40 years, they do it twice a year, every year; Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. It definitely signals the beginning and end of summer in the South Bay.

While I have gone on numerous occasions, Tanya has never been able to go because of her Rheumatoid Disease (formerly known as Rheumatoid Arthritis/RA). Since she seems to be in remission at the moment, we took advantage of the lack of pain and the great weather to attend on Sunday. We parked by the Redondo Beach breakwater and walked along The Strand until we got to Pier Avenue and the fair itself. The event was packed, as usual, with aromas of good food in the air. Walking down the aisles of booths the senses are slammed with sights and sounds to meld with the aromas of food, teas and spices. It was a good time; if Tanya is still in remission we will have to come back in September. Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend at South Coast Botanic Garden

Saturday was the beginning of the long 2013 Memorial Day weekend and since Tanya has been working pretty hard getting her new book, Faces of Juicing, ready for publishing, we decided to take advantage of the great weather and pay another visit to the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The South Coast Botanic Garden is huge with over 40,000 trees and 200,000 plants, so we are able to return several times a year and it always looks at least a little different as different plants bloom at different times of the year. There are several species of birds there with hummingbirds that seem to enjoy toying with my thoughts of being able to get a good photo of one.

Tanya enjoys the time since she has been pain-free for the last few months, so we will take advantage of it while we can. The watermark on the photos is donated to the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation since it is the only charity looking out for those with Rheumatoid Disease and it is Tanya’s favorite charity. Continue reading

Mother’s Day at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Sunday was Mother’s Day and it was beautiful in Southern California. Since Tanya has been doing so much better and has been doing a lot of walking lately, I asked her if she wanted to go to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. At first she did not express much interest, but after our morning walk she indicated she wanted to go and we could take the bike. That was all I needed to hear; we were off in a flash.

I have been gone to the Renaissance Faire several times in the last 40 years, but I had not been in about 20 years. When I first went, it was held at Paramount Ranch in Agoura; I think that was the most realistic setting for a location. At some point it relocated to Glen Helen Park and recently was moved to Irwindale. I think Irwindale is the closest location, but I was not really impressed with the setup.

This was Tanya’s first Renaissance Faire, so she was not really sure what to expect. As she put it, “it is an arts and crafts fair to buy items that were popular hundreds of years ago.” That pretty much sums it up, except there are some entertaining shows to watch on the 13 stages as well as the many people strolling around in their period costumes. As hot as it was yesterday, I certainly did not envy them. Burlap is not really known as an easy breathing fabric. The fair food is better than your typical county fair food; there were no deep fried Snickers that I noticed. It is definitely something that is fun for the entire family. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire runs through next Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Tickets are $25 for adults, children ages 5-12 are $15 and children 4 and younger are free. Continue reading

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