Muir Beach Quilters History & Holiday Arts Fair
In a community where you can’t even buy a quart of milk comes the two festive days of merrymaking at the Muir Beach Quilters (and now knitters!) Holiday Arts Fair. Artists and cooks have been working harder than Santa’s elves to fill the booths at Muir Beach Community Center with special delights in a swirl of color and texture, fragrance, and fabulous flavors.
When the community center opened in 1978 the fair moved from the living rooms of local homes to its spectacular home on the hill. Proceeds from the annual event have helped fund programs and building projects at the community center; and as the fair has evolved and grown, donations through the Quilters’ Vision Project have provided funds to organizations including Marin Organic, Senior Access, and Drawbridge, an arts program for homeless children. In addition in the last two years donations were made to organizations helping victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, and to Marin Community Foodbank.
The fair puts focus on some key Muir Beach volunteer groups. The Muir Beach Garden Club works year round planning, planting, and maintaining the graceful gardens that complement the natural beauty of the community center location. The Garden Club booth is always a treat with wreaths made from evergreens, herbs, and succulents you can enjoy year round, small live decorated trees, wooden boxes, seasoned salts, paper whites, and succulent gardens, some in abalone shells. Every front door or table needs something from the Garden Club.
Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department gear is front and center these two days, so pick up your favorite item printed with the popular Muir Beach Dog logo...T-shirts, hoodies, yoga wear, ball caps, mugs, and vests. Tees for tots and other children’s clothing are also on sale...start ‘em young!
by Pam McCosker, reprinted from the Muir Beach "Beachcomber"