ONE NITE, ONE MOVIE—Ah, summer is here. Kick back and enjoy the balmy evening. This Saturday (June 2) is Community Movie Night in North Park on the McKinley School lawn 3045 Felton Street. This is a free event, open to the public, so spread the word, spread your picnic blanket and come early (8ish) to reserve your place on the lawn. The school will be selling hotdogs, nachos, chips, soda, candy, and water. The movie is the new Karate Kid movie, which begins at sunset around 8:30 pm. Info: 619-282-7694.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
OUT AND ABOUT—A house sitting gig for friends landed us in Poway for a long weekend and being North Park based, the 20-mile journey up 1-15 was an unexpected getaway.
All of Poway will not be covered here. There’s lots to see and do in this community just beyond the northeast city limits of San Diego.
For that go to www.poway.org
What we saw was small town Americana. It seems the larger our cities become the more small town our neighborhoods aspire to be. Poway is an example. And, nothing is more homespun and enjoyable than Old Poway Park’s main stage gazebo during the upcoming Sam Hinton Folk Festival, next Saturday, June 2 from 11 – 5 pm, 14134 Midland Rd. Details: www.folkheritage.org
The festival is free. Bring the tots because the Old Poway Park’s railroad is a vintage version of the San Diego Zoo choo-choo. Kids love it. And, you won’t miss a song because the train circles the stage. (www.powaymidlandrr.org).
Nearby is the 1890s Nelson House, run by the www.powayhistoricalsociety.org. Turn of the century residential charm amid a park that is a slice of mom, apple pie and the 4th of July.
Café Lily, a bit of France across from Old Poway Park, is a mom & son coffee and sandwich shop. Bottom line. I’m back there in a heartbeat next time I’m in Poway. Bit off the beaten path, but everyone knows where Old Poway Park is.
[I-15 to Poway Road to north on Midland Road). The pressed turkey and roast beef Panini’s were amazing as were the coffee drinks. Large portions. Nice table on the front patio. Sean and Lily treat you like family here. Café Lily, 14045 Midland Rd., www.cafe-lily.com.
We’ll be back, especially if we take in the free Sam Hinton Folk Festival next Saturday.
Images: Our table at Café Lily; Folk singer on same stage where Sam Hinton Folk Festival will take place. Poway Midland RR’s Gondola #3 is adaptable for handicap/wheelchair use. Portions of the bench seats can be quickly removed.
NOVEL TEA IDEA—Downtown’s venerable Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, 619-238-1818) is offering a ladies’ literary tea, Saturday, June 2 from 2:30 to 5 pm in the grand lobby. While enjoying a traditional afternoon tea, share the poignant and complicated story of New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hodgkinson, who recently published her debut novel “22 Britannia Road.”
Tugging at heart strings, the work takes place during WWII depicting the effect the war had on families, especially one couple who in the aftermath of the war tried to create a home when neither can quite remember what home is.
New York Times said of her novel: "...It is Hodgkinson’s portrait of the primal bond between mother and child, her visceral understanding of the gorgeous, terrible weight of love mothers must carry, war or no war, secret or no secret, that leaves an indelible impression..."
Hodgkinson’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Tea is $40 per person, not including a copy of the novel, tax or gratuity for the wait staff.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012