Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mission San Miguel

In August, Bill and I took a trip to the Central Coast, visiting friends plus a few places we had never been before. Mission San Miguel had been on our list for years--but it was damaged in an earthquake awhile back and was closed for some time. Renovations are now to the point where we didn't notice any damage.

The mission is located just north of Paso Robles in the town of San Miguel--a little corner of California that time forgot. Father Junipero Serra founded it in 1797.

The front courtyard has a number of relics from the olden time (e.g., an olive press) as well as many specimen plants and this lovely fountain.

The real treasure is the chapel with its original, unretouched paintings--over 200 years old. They say that the church artist drew some of his inspiration from pattern books--copying designs used in classical buildings. The columns are tree trunks painted to look like alabaster marble. (Thanks to Bill for this photo)

I especially like the pulpit, with the white dove in flight symbolizing the holy spirit.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Big Bear Renaissance Faire

This is my first post after a late-summer break. So the next few posts will be reports on our doings in August...

We took a spur-of-the-moment drive to Big Bear and went to the 12th Annual Renaissance Faire. It's a tiny fair, nothing like the gigantic Renaissance Fairs held elsewhere in California, which suited us to a T. And, we had FUN. Above: a band called Gallows Humor, which was holding forth on the NC-17 stage with bawdy, original tunes delivered with gusto!

Another highlight was the acrobats, who call themselves Titania's Glade Suspended Reality. They performed amazing feats, supporting themselves only by twisting the red drapery around their feet.

Then there was the jousting, featuring the Knights of Mayhem in full suits of armor, riding gigantic horses. Above: the Knights in between jousts. Below: The Quartermaster and Queen Elizabeth, who presided over the festivities.

The fair took place at the site of the old Pedersen Sawmill in Fawnskin. Other highlights included being accosted by members of the Gallows Guild as we walked around the fair ("the undead gypsies")!