Today I found lots of smiles, fun and beauty as I walked around Balboa Park! But what else is new? Every visit is wonderful!
Three days until Thanksgiving!
During my walk yesterday through Balboa Park, I saw signs everywhere of the coming holiday season. It seems everyone in the park is getting ready!
I even saw Santa Claus! Perhaps he dropped on by to see whether people were being naughty or nice!
Yesterday I stepped into the Senior Lounge in Balboa Park and was immediately drawn to a wall covered with colorful art!
I learned that the City of San Diego has a special Art Program for Seniors right here in the park! And that participants can have their artwork publicly displayed in the Senior Lounge! That’s pretty cool!
The Senior Lounge, located in the Case del Prado, is open to anyone age 55 or over. I’m not quite there yet, but the friendly folks welcomed me in anyway! The lounge looks like a great place to kick back, get a cup of coffee, read, have a bite to eat and just relax. And perhaps even meet some new or old friends!
Would you like to have your art exhibited in Balboa Park? I took a photo of the flyer that provides details about the art program. Check it out if this interests you! And if you know someone who might be interested, feel free to share!
Personally, I love the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. The massive train layouts and their realistic landscapes, tiny scale buildings, streets and fun details make me feel like a kid again.
During a recent visit, I was excited to see the museum had a fine exhibit concerning the history of railroad lamps and lanterns.
I took a few photos for you to enjoy and I added descriptive captions, but I suggest a visit in person. There’s so much to absorb, so much history and sheer fun!
You can see photos of the museum’s gigantic model train layouts here!
I enjoyed my walk today through the First Annual Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park. The event was sponsored by the House of Chamorros, member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Those who spent the day had much to experience, including Chamorro food, music, dance, crafts and cultural demonstrations.
I personally enjoyed listening to a talk about the outrigger canoe Sakman Chamorro and its crew of misfits. This traditional Chamorro canoe, built from a northern California redwood tree, used to be based in San Diego’s South Bay, but is now in Guam. I remember seeing the vessel docked by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and also at the 2015 Pacific Islander Festival in Mission Bay, which I blogged about here.
It appeared to me that everyone at today’s event was having a lot of fun! Hopefully this is the first of many Chamorro festivals in Balboa Park!
Here are some random photos of fun artwork around Balboa Park. Mind you, the park is jammed with beautiful art from one end to the other. New discoveries await around every corner.
These few glances I happen to like. I hope you enjoy them, too!
To read a short story that I wrote about how to paint angels, click here!