The local art and wine festival in Boulder Creek benefitted local artists, musicians and even students. This Labor Day Weekend benefit was held to support Boulder Creek Elementary School’s Art Masterpiece program and the I.O.O.F (Independent of Odd Fellows) scholarship; a scholarship for high school students. The I.O.O.F scholarship is a fund for qualified students based on scholarship, leadership and financial need. At Garrahan Park in Boulder Creek across from the restaurant Burger 9, the festival hosted fourteen bands both Saturday and Sunday. The featured performers included: Oatmeal Cookie, Vito and Friends and Who’s Holdin. One member of the band Oatmeal Cookie, Mark, nicknamed “Beatle” said, “We are here to support local music and to help out a close friend, but mostly support local music.” Other bands at the festival were Acoustic Shadows, Sound Reasoning, Take 1, Dead Man Rockin, Chas C Music, BCBC, Funkranomicon and the Kevin Hamm Band; all of which rocked the house, and supported a great cause.
Supporting local art and music was what this event was really about; and Wendy Sigmund was almost solely responsible for it. When asked about it she said, “This is the first event of its kind- many events hopefully, but this will be a first annual and I hope it continues to get bigger and better each year.” Her favorite part of putting this event together was the end reality, all of the fun that came together in the festival. This event was fun for all ages and many students from SLV attended. Sophomore Paris Andersen said, “This was my first real art and wine festival and I had such a great time…The bands were amazing both days and I was glad that I could support local activities in my community… I had a great time at the Santa Cruz Mountain Art and Wine Festival.”
Even though the park where the festival was held at wasn’t the largest around, they made good use of the space they had. Booths on display included Filthy Farmgirl Handmade Soap and the Santa Cruz Mountain Clothing Wear. Pat’s BBQ and Wood-Fired Pizza was available for hungry visitors. Despite the hot weather everyone kept cool with natural and festival was entirely put together by Beneath the Redwoods Event Planning and volunteers from throughout the area.
This event was certainly very fun for all ages, including bands, art, food, wine, and even face paint for the little ones! The best part of this event was the support it gave to local artists and students. As the weekend came to an end, all of the local artisans shared their products and supported the local students of the San Lorenzo Valley.