Instead of St. Nick, this December is beginning to feel like one big White Rabbit -- I'm late, I'm late . .
Too much to do, so little time to do it in. So, here's a small list of upcoming, current Swell Stuff.
The Cambria Christmas Market (see previous posting.) That's not to be missed. Also, best hustle to get tickets to the SLO Little Theatre (http://slolittletheatre.org) for their wonderful production of, "Miracle on 34th St." It's a great production, great cast, beautifully staged and directed, a great way to get in a holiday mood.
Ditto for the grand spectacle at the PCPA in Santa Maria for their production of "Mary Poppins." (http://PCPA.ORG ) They've pulled out all the stops on this one. Fabulous sets, costumes, dance numbers, and, being Mary Poppins, lots of flying overhead and acrobatic high-wire work. The high degree of professionalism at the PCPA never ceases to amaze and this production is no exception.
Both plays run until Dec. 22, so there's no time to lose.
And no time to lose since the Winter Concert by the Vocal Arts Ensemble choral group is coming up this Saturday, Dec. 7 in the SLO Mission (http://vocalarts.org ) Their Christmas Concert is always a high point of my holiday plans.
Also on Dec 7, from 12 - 4, SLO Roast Coffee is having another coffee-tasting --sample different coffees paired with yummy, decadent desserts -- and watch a coffee roasting demonstration. Plus a chance to buy some of their coffees which are a great addition to your Christmas list, especially for friends and family living out of state -- a little taste of our home town coffee roasters.
Also another local product to go on the list, the new "Banjo Babes 2014 Calendar and Compilation CD." ( http://banjobabescalendar.com), for all your friends who are banjo fans. This wonderful item was cooked up by talented musician, Erin Inglish (her dad's part of Cafe Musique). (You can also contact her via FaceBook as well). And, as long as you're making out a Christmas List, add Coalesce Bookstore (Morro Bay) and their second publishing venture, a book of poetry by four local poets, "Where our palms rest . . . Beverly Boyd, Carol Alma McPhee, Joann Rusch, Bonnie Young."
And, Sunday Dec 8, from 11-4, the Central Coast Glass Cottage will be holding an open house "Art Glass 2013 Holiday Glass Showcase" at 1279 2nd St. There'll be demonstrations of glass work, and a chance to see the beautiful work being created in the lovely workspace/gallery right here in downtown Baywood. Also, a portion of all sales will be donated to Woods Humane Society and Soles4souls ("Changing the world 1 pair of shoes at a time.") And if you get peckish, Noi's (another Baywood treasure) is right across the street.)
And finally, don't forget our own loving-hands-at-home Los Osos Christmas Parade here in Los Osos, Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. This is followed, at the Community Center, by the 8th Annual "Needs 'N Wishes" Holiday Fundraiser", sponsored by South Bay Seniors People Helping People -- a fundraiser for the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter (for the homeless), Transitional Food and Shelter (for homeless after leaving the hospital) and the SLO Noor Clinic (free health clinic for uninsured folk).
The Holiday Fundraiser at 2180 Palisades Ave, Los Osos, at the Community Center, runs from 10 a.m. to 7 pm. and features food, music, raffles, and most important of all, a chance to dump all your loose change (and more) into the big 5-gallon water jugs, all monies raised going to help people less fortunate. Which is what a good deal of the Christmas Spirit is all about.
Too little December, too many wonderful things to do. Yes, it's White Rabbit time . . . .