If anyone wanted to spend a month in Paso Robles and not run out of things to see and do, May would be the month to come. I had a very busy day, beginning with my first stop at Farmers Market in Templeton. After I bought my broccoli and avocados from my favorite vendors, I stopped by the Grown from the Heart booth to buy some herbs from Serena Wyatt. Her plants are sustainably grown and always look healthy and ready to plant.
On the way home from Farmers Market I stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up the rest of the week’s food supply before heading home to fix lunch. It seemed too hot to really cook, so I made a Creamy Cucumber Salad very quickly to accompany the Boca Burgers I planned to fix and then mixed up my favorite avocado concoction to dip some chips in. By the time Kosta got home and we finished lunch it was about 3:30. Just enough time to change my shirt and head to Paso Robles, where the Wine Festival was starting to tear down and clean up. This is all I saw of it.
After taking these pictures, I continued to Studios on the Park, where Laure Carlisle had promised to take my picture in the shirt she had designed. Instead, a friend took a picture of the two of us in her studio. She still has some of these shirts for sale. I thought it was appropriate to wear the day of the wine festival, even if I didn’t go.
After saying goodbye to Laure and other friends at the Studios on the Park, I walked around the corner to the Phantom 2 “The View from Here” exhibit to look around for the second time and cast my vote for the People’s Choice Award. If you haven’t been there yet, do get there before it closes on June 2. You can preview part of it in my illustrated report on it and hear the winners of the ribbons announced in the video I made during the opening reception of Phantom 2. Here is one of the items I took a closer look at.
It was so crowded the night of the opening reception I hadn’t seen what was inside. This is something you must see in person. No photograph can do it justice. The more often I look at it, the more I see in it and the more I appreciate it.
I really expected the exhibit to be more crowded after the wine festival ended, but I think it was only over at the park. The people I passed on the sidewalk didn’t seem ready yet to look at the art respectfully, judging by the volume and substance of their conversations. They didn’t appear ready to get in their cars to drive home yet, either. I wondered if designated drivers had gotten in free.
When I got home, I started planting the herbs I bought in the morning, did the dishes, and came up to process the pictures and write this. I still need to go back to the article on Phantom 2 and update it with additional and / or better pictures than I took during the first visit. But I may not get that done tonight.