EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
It’s all good. The first time I heard that phrase was about eight
years ago. It was in reference to a Thanksgiving dinner being served
and the expression of a guy seated at the table with a huge smile on
his face and him saying “It’s all good,” with a drawn out emphasis on
the all and good.
Since then it has been in my repertoire of everyday speak. Though,
in the past year or so, it’s become so common that it has lost its
original zest. But in my mind, to this day, it remains a symbol of a
chipper grin synonymous with happy contentment.
I think it pretty much sums up the scene in Laguna. Walking around
Downtown in November and December, especially with all the trees
decked in their holiday best with the store fronts decorated too --
it gives that “It’s all good” feeling.
SAWDUST WINTER FANTASY
The opening day of the Sawdust Winter Fantasy was a huge success.
There was a contest for the best decorated booth by an artist and the
best community tree by a community organization. For the best
decorated booth, Ket Youngstead won first, Karen Joy won second
place, James Koch won third and honorary mention went to Madeline
In tree decorating, Girl Scout Troop 57a won second, the Laguna
Beach PTA Council won third and honorable mention went to the
Festival of Arts.
“It was really humming along and is expected to surpass last
year,” said Rebecca Meekma, festival media relations. “We really
thank the Laguna Beach community for coming out in full force on
Mayor Wayne Baglin lighted the Community Tree after the crowd did
a countdown. The Top of the World Honors Choir sang some holiday
favorites during the ceremony and invited everyone to join in a
The artists commented how the festival has grown over the years
with this year being impressive -- about as big as the summer show.
“I was thrilled with Laguna Beach residents for their attendance
at community night,” said Lynne Powell, events coordinator.
The Winter Fantasy continues Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14
and 15 at the Sawdust grounds, 935 Laguna Canyon Road. For more
information, call 494-3030 or visit www.sawdustartfestival.org.
HOSPITALITY NIGHT IS DEC. 6
Don’t miss out on one of Laguna Beach’s best community events --
Hospitality Night from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6. It’s a huge holiday
celebration where Forest Avenue is closed for everyone to enjoy the
downtown festivities and shopping. Bands and choirs will perform
holiday music, and at 6 p.m., Mayor Baglin will light the historic
Pepper Tree in front of City Hall. Joining everyone at the lighting
will be Santa Claus, who will arrive on a fire truck and encourage
children to follow him and his reindeer to Santa’s House.
Hospitality Night is hosted by Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call the chamber at 494-1018, ext. 1.
FIRST THURSDAY’S ART WALK
Don’t forget that next Thursday in the First Thursday’s Art Walk
from 6 to 9 p.m. and free post-party from 9 to 11 p.m. at Laguna College of Art & Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, complete with live
music by Steve Copeland and Raging Sun. There will also be some
special artist openings and events for the holidays including a
holiday exhibition at Richard MacDonald Fine Art and a Dr. Seuss Show
with a guest lecturer at Fingerhut Gallery. For more information
about this and other events, visit www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com.
COMMUNITY CULTURAL PLAN ON TARGET
The city of Laguna Beach’s Community Cultural was implemented by
the Arts Commission as a tool to promote arts in Laguna Beach through
the utilization of different vehicles.
Some of the highlights thus far include: The establishment of
First Thursday’s Art Walk, the installation of nine public
sculptures, the creation of the Cultural Arts Celebration Evening
celebrating the achievements of the arts organizations in Laguna
Beach, increasing the number of concerts in the park, producing a
quarterly four color Cultural Arts calendar distributed to every home
in Laguna Beach and through the Visitor’s Bureau, the creation of an
annual artist-designed bench competition, with six installed so far,
the establishment of the Laguna Beach Alliance of Arts -- an
organization of 22 local arts organizations -- receiving the Arts
Orange County Award for Excellence as an Outstanding Arts Patron
among other achievements.
WOODY’S HELPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Woody’s at the Beach has a lot going on for the holidays. On
Monday, Dec. 2, Woody’s will host its fifth annual wreath auction
benefiting Laguna Shanti. The event will include a three course
dinner -- served from 6 to 8 p.m. with the silent wreath auction at 9
p.m. $10 of the $30 dinner will go to Laguna Shanti, and 100% of the
proceeds from both auctions will be donated.
Last year, they raised $17,000, and they hope to raise $20,000
this year. For reservations or information, call 376-8809 or go
online to www.woodysatthebeach.com. Woody’s is at 1305 S. Coast
* SUZIE HARRISON is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.