by Patricia Frischer
It is always thrilling each year, even if the weather does not let us know, when fall comes and the season of Halloween is upon us starting the whole holiday season. Living in southern California means Dia de los Muertos with all the wonderful customs and traditions are celebrated all over the county. The 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos was the best ever for the Encinitas Latino community. Held at the community center, it offered a very safe environment for the whole family and even though there were thousands of people attending everything was beautifully organized. Naimeh Tahna and the Encinitas Friends of the Arts and the huge committee which puts on this event are to be congratulation. From vintage low rider alters, to a new banner, wonderful raffle prizes, face painting, flower and sugar skull making, and an entire line up of performers, this was 4 hours of non-stop fun. There is an alter at the Encinitas Library as well as this themed sculpture exhibition by Luis Murguia which sets the tone. Happy Dia de los Muertos and a Spooky Halloween to one and all.
|A squirmy little chap enjoys his reflection after struggling to stay still.|
|Fun is not just for the young but for the young at heart!|
|Yours truly scaring herself!|
While at the library we also enjoyed the photography of the 24 Annual North County Photographic Society exhibition. There were winners in many of the numerous category and here is a selection of just three favorites.
|Dan Mayberry: Making Smores|
|Sally Reis Vogt, Sheer Delight|
|Dick Harden: Sunlit Bowls|
Traveling further afield, our first trip to Coronado Historical Association and Museum featured an informative display about The League of Women: Vietnam POW/MIA Allies and Advocates. This amazing group of local women joined together in the late 1960's. They were military wives led by Sybil Stockdale on the west coast. Joining with the east coast, a National League of POW/MIA Families was formed. the women during the Nixon administration. These women were courageous and organized by the six stages of being a POW wife written by Stockdale: Shock, Confusion, Learning, Assessment, Planning, Action. On view to March 2020.
|Detail: Chandelier made of POW Bracelets|
If you missed The Talmadge show in Del Mar, you can catch it again at the NTC at Liberty Station on Nov 17th. Everyone needs gifts and giving something hand made and unique is always high on our list.