This week, my wife and I made our annual trek to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Canyon. It’s a tradition in our family and we love strolling past the artists and viewing their crafts. It’s always fun!
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ve always enjoyed creating things. I still remember the delight of finger painting in preschool. However, I didn’t impress my junior high school art teacher who thought I had plenty of room for improvement. I won’t blame her for my lack of enthusiasm. But, my top choice of elective classes in junior high was the Drama Club.
The picture above is the famous Sawdust clock tower, sitting next to the high-rise performance stage that always offers a delightful musician or group. Good music, smiling faces and tasty foods. They have several snack bars, offering desserts, drinks and food for the hungriest of appetites?
But, the real stars of the canyon are the artists and their work. It never ceases to amaze me. Where do they get the ideas for some of the things that they create? There’s everything from sculptures and paintings to purses and toe rings. Hey, I don’t get the toe ring thing, but then I’m a guy.
The summer festival runs in conjunction with Pageant of the Masters down the street. There’s a long story behind the history of both events. Let’s just say, the two have learned to love each other over the past several decades. The Sawdust Festival runs through early September and tickets are available daily at the box office. Check the festival website for free community days. Simply show a valid I.D. on your city’s day and you get in to the event for free. (See festival web site for full details and exclusions). It sounds like great fun and it’s a day in Laguna Beach. So, how could you go wrong?