Posts Tagged ‘Bay Area weekend events’

Saturday June 9th

The first in a three part series of ‘Preschoolers on the Farm’ starts at Hidden Villa, at 9.30am. Advance registration required.

It’s ‘sheep to shawl’ day at Elkus Ranch, Half Moon Bay, 10am-2pm, $7.50 per person.  A visit to Elkus makes a fun day trip when combined with an afternoon on the beach. Find the event flyer here.

9am-2pm it’s the Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest at Crown Memorial State Beach. Judging takes place at noon, and prizes are awarded at 1pm. It’s a free event, although there is a $5 fee to park.

Sunday June 10th

There’s still space on Hidden Villa’s 1pm farm tour. See here to reserve a spot.

From 1-4pm kids can help with the Historic Hay Harvest at Ardenwood Farm.

It’s the 5th Annual Silicon Valley Duck Race, 11am at Vasona Lake Park. See here for more information.

It’s the 13th Annual Butterfly and Bird Festival at Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont. 10am-3.30pm. See here for details.


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As an Englishwoman and an historian it was with some trepidation that I attended Ardenwood Farm’s Tartan Day, for such US events are often historically inaccurate and offensively anti-English.  And indeed it was both: there was the usual concentration of interest in three Scots eras–Picts, Mary Queen of Scots, and Bonnie Prince Charlie–all heavily romanticized, and a fair bit of nonsense about those evil men and women south of the border. But it was also jolly good fun.  Scots-Americans from all over the area met up with their clans to celebrate their shared, distant heritage.  There were bagpipe bands and highland games and some pretty good British fish and chips.  Several Mary Queen of Scots wandered around amongst highland warriors and Pictish encampments, while visitors could browse the stores, inspect weaponry or try their hand at shinty.

The first Mary Queen of Scots of the morning


Nice swords.


I was only partly tempted to set up a stall selling The Invention of Tradition at next year’s event…..

and if one had enough of all things Scots, there were always animals to pet, historic trains to ride and tractors to inspect.

Few things can compete with a John Deere

A fun day out in the sunshine with lots for little ones to see and do.



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Saturday 31st March

Sheep to Shawl event at our beloved CSA Live Earth Farm. Info here.

Daniels Nature Center Open Weekend (Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve), noon-5pm both days. More info here.

Los Altos Easter Egg Hunt, starts 10am. See here.

Sunday 1st April

Tour of Hidden Villa Farm — all ages welcome. Starts 11am. $10 a person. See here to register.

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