When I arrived 10 minutes later, the street lights were still on and a heavy fog blanketed Main Street, keeping the temperatures down to a cool 47 degrees. At least I had the foresight to bring a travel mug filled with hot Earl Grey until the doors opened at the Coastside Land Trust.
Shortly after Staff Member Eric Rutledge arrived, we went to work on set-up and banners. Their supply of pumpkin cookies nearly sold out on Saturday, so the banners had to be quickly changed to read "Seeds" instead of "Cookies." I was on the floor with markers and oil pastels, drawing letters in the ever popular 70's style. The banners were then brought over to the Family Fun Zone where volunteers were already stocking the seed baskets.
When finished, I made another hot cup of tea and began my shift as a greeter from 9 to 11:00 a.m. I enjoyed being a volunteer and the fact that I could spend most of that time people-watching and taking photographs for future figure paintings.
When my replacement arrived, I retrieved my camera and zoom lens to begin a journey down Main Street. By that time, the streets were packed, music filled the air and the smell of hot food made my mouth water. But once the camera came out, I didn't focus on food. My mission was to take as many reference photos as possible for studio work.
I still don't know how I managed not to have pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin macaroni & cheese, pumpkin beer. . . and steaming chowder bread bowls. Even these guys from the Rotary Club offered to deliver me a bowl!
While making my way down Main, Filbert, Correas and Miramontes, my hunger was satisfied by all the free food and drinks that were offered by vendors. The San Mateo Harbor District gave away mugs and pencils, something every artist needs in a studio.
I spent some time (all of one minute) watching today's NFL game at the LED TV Lounge where many spirited fans cheered on their team with a glass of beer in hand.
But for me, the main attraction of the day was the Town of Half Moon Bay decorated for this amazing festival.
Despite the recent Government shut- down, an American flag proclaimed loudly that we can still buy "Gifts Made In America."
Besides the advertising signs in front of the Coastside Land Trust, my favorite artisan displays were of the plush pumpkins made of velvet. I thought about the sugar pumpkins that are still growing in our garden since summer and realized that those stems could be put to good use.
Pumpkins and art . . . a winning combination. -- Artist Anna Jacke
|Standing near my 2 watercolor paintings at the Coastside Land Trust.|