Friday, June 3, 2011

Lots of Fun in the Forecast for Redwood Mountain Faire in Felton

While we certainly prefer a more normal June weather forecast the threat of showers should not keep you from attending the Redwood Mountain Faire, Saturday and Sunday at Roaring Camp in Felton.  The rewards are too great to miss the annual Faire that this year runs two days and features 22 musical acts, over 30 arts and crafts vendors and nearly a dozen food, wine and micro brewery stands.

An overnight rain storm is forecast to end Saturday morning and be followed by intermittent showers the rest of the weekend.  Locals understand this as “sunshine and showers”  as the clouds roll over the mountains drop some precipitation and move on providing a stunning and ever changing spectacle.   There is plenty of shelter including covered areas in front of each stage and the open meadow affords a beautiful view to the west so you can anticipate any rainfall in plenty of time to open your umbrella.  Winds will be light and temperatures mild.  

To ensure maximum enjoyment plan ahead and follow some of these tips:

1. Purchase tickets online or at one of these outlets:  

Scarborough Lumber & Building Supply in Boulder Creek
12990 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9118
Scarborough Lumber & Building Supply in Ben Lomond
9470 Highway 9
Ben Lomond, CA 95005-9228
Scarborough Ace Hardware in Scotts Valley
(Kings Village Store)
218 Mt. Hermon Road
Scotts Valley, California 95066
Liberty Bank in Felton
6230 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018-9713
Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz
939 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4429

2.  Arrive early.  The Faire Gates open at 10.  There is plenty of parking ($5) but you can also take the Metro to the Felton Fair shopping center and walk to Roaring Camp.  

3.  Dress sensibly and in layers.  A poncho, or hat and an umbrella would be wise.  A small ground cover would also make sense.  (No coolers or pets though.)

4.  Keep moving. The music will keep most people on the move but be sure and dance around the whole venue.  With two stages, rows of arts, crafts and food vendors and acres of beautiful property at Roaring Camp and the adjacent Henry Cowell Redwood State Park to wander you’ll want to check it all out.  Plus your guaranteed to run into old and new friends.    

5.  Keep smiling.  This should be easy.  Beautiful surroundings, great music, unique arts and crafts; award winning food, wine and beer and the company of the colorful local San Lorenzo Valley and Santa Cruz Mountain residents and knowing that the whole event benefits dozens of diverse, local non-profits should keep everybody feeling good about themselves and their community.

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