SANDiego – Sandcastle Beach Magic

Art at the Water’s Edge

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

Part of the fun of going to the beach with family or friends is building sandcastles – from simple, sand pail-size mounds carved with a child’s shovel to elaborate fortresses made with architectural precision.

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A creative art form made out of nothing more than sand and water, these whimsical constructions have a universal appeal and can be seen on beaches from the sunny coast of Spain to the breezy Bahamas.

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Closer to home, on Labor Day Weekend each year the City of San Diego transforms itself into SANDiego when it hosts the US Sand Sculpting Challenge.

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Sand sculptors from around the world come out in force to amaze you with their artistic visions.

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Anything’s possible…from gothic castles to monster trucks, pirates and mermaids.

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Even Dr. Seuss, Letterman and Leno might take shape on the sand.

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Seeing the sculpting teams in action makes you realize that building sandcastles and other constructions isn’t always child’s play.

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At times the process can get downright squirrelly.

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Unlike marble, metal or wood, sculptures made from sand are ephemeral, lasting only as long as the incoming tides allow. Yet, we commit to making them anyway.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel remember the Ray Bradbury story about an art lover walking on an empty beach, who comes upon a man drawing incredible images on the shoreline with a stick. Following behind, he is struck by their beauty…and that the tide is erasing them.

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The artist finally strides away, leaving the man alone …with just the memories of the images he’s seen – memories that are priceless.

So, with the long holiday weekend stretching out, don’t miss this chance to see the sandcastles in SANDiego…before the tides take them away.

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Who knows what memories of your own you’ll make?

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From Oil Town to Surf City, USA

Huntington Beach Rides a Wave of Change!

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 Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 Huntington Beach, named for railroad magnate and real estate developer Henry Huntington, has come a long way from its tiny, coastal farming roots and 1920s oil boom days. Wintersburg farm workers 1900s Wintersburg early 1900s celery fields

The little SoCal town of less than 2,000 people tripled its population almost overnight when oil was discovered in the 20s, turning the sandy beaches into fields of oil wells pumping black gold. oil wells Huntington BeachA Historic Huntington Beach oil 1920 Holly-Oil-stock-certificate For the next half century oil would define the city until Orange County’s population growth and the increasing popularity of a sport called surfing transformed the city once more. HB Land for sale billboard

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With the arrival of Gordon Duane’s Gordie’s Surfboard Shop – the first in the city – in 1956, followed by the 60s surf music sounds of Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys, HB was well on its way to becoming Surf City, USA.      DSC03615 The beach would change, reflecting its new identity.

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 The boards would change – from long to short and from wood to polyurethane.

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The bathing suits would definitely change.

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But, the joy of surfing, once ignited, was here to stay in America’s surfing capital.

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Butterflies and Hummingbirds in Your Garden

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Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

 A beautiful garden can be a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world – a place for quiet contemplations and joyful celebrations.

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SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have written about Ocean Friendly Gardens, low-water use gardens, colorful gardens and gardens made up of native plants.  But, if you want to make your garden even more lush and vibrant, be sure to put out the welcome mat for butterflies and hummingbirds

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In addition to adding color and energy to the environment, they will help your garden to thrive by pollinating the plants and enabling fertilization and reproduction.

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If you fill your garden with blooming plants, you can attract butterflies and hummingbirds from the summer through late fall.

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Plants that attract butterflies include:

Asters, Delphiniums, Hollyhocks,

Lavender, Marigolds, Sages, Zinnias

 

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Plants that attract hummingbirds include:

Begonias, Dahlias,

Geraniums, impatiens,

Lilies, Petunias, Sages, Yuccas.

 

 

In addition to your choice of plants, other steps you can take to make your garden inviting include:

 

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A hummingbird feeder – just make sure the liquid mixture is right and that the feeder is kept clean.

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An assortment of plants – with overlapping blooming periods for a year-round source of nectar.

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A garden layout that provides shelter – shrubbery, walls and trees for your visitors to rest and nest.

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A minimal use of pesticides – to avoid endangering butterflies and birds and their food sources.

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With a little care and planning, you can add life to your garden…and enjoy the beauty that butterflies and hummingbirds bring.

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Josephine “Jay” Kishel

1916 – 2015

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She loved nature, whether it was stopping to smell a fragrant flower or eating a wild raspberry. A Pennsylvania miner’s wife and mother, she enjoyed family picnics at Harvey’s Lake and walking on the Atlantic City Boardwalk feeling the ocean breezes.

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