Feature: Peninsula Art Fair, A Local Treat

Last Sunday morning the parents of Peninsula School hosted the school's annual Craft Fair, a fundraiser for the local private school. Parents of Peninsula School children host two other fundraising events throughout the school year, the Auction and the Spring Fair, with the goals of raising money for the school and reaching out to the local community. The Craft Fair hosted numerous vendors, who for the most part had some connection to the school. Additionally, students had the opportunity to operate their own tables provided they sell a product they made. The event also featured several live musicians. Below are snapshots of several vendors at the fair.

Jole and Caleb, 7th graders at Peninsula School, sold three different flavors of granola bars, each of which had the option of being dipped in chocolate. A random conversation about their ancestors eating bark sparked this idea as it eventually led to the subject of granola bars.

Rusty Hopewell, a father of a student at Peninsula School, helped to heat up soup to sell to those who attend the fair. Families from the school each brought pots of soup to donate to the cause, and the soups were mixed in large pots then transported to the fair. Hopewell sold four different kinds of soup, vegetarian lentil, chicken noodle,butternut squash, and white bean sausage soup.

Lisa Spencer has moonlighted as a milliner (hat maker) since 2009. This was her third year selling at the Peninsula Art Fair.  She sews, shapes and crafts her hats by hand. She uses felt for fall and winter and straw for spring and summer.

5th graders Hannah and Carlyle sold popcorn. They had the spontaneous idea to sell these sweet treats from combined online recipes to make their caramel and nutella popcorn. They made all of the popcorn themselves and their idea was a big hit, lots of people were seen walking around with popcorn bags.

Karen Ferguson ran One-Of-A-Kind Tie-Dyed Clothing. “I've been doing the tie-dyed clothes for twenty-three years”. The Peninsula Art Fair was one of the first art fairs she had ever participated in, and she has been selling her tie-dye every year since.

Maura Palmer sold succulent wreaths and handmade vintage redwood boxes filled with succulents as well. As a landscaper, she has time off during the winter and was inspired to support her daughter's school by selling succulents. This was her second year potting and selling succulents at the art fair.

Beekeeper Mike, who operates his beehive locally, sold homemade honey along with handmade wax candles. The candles came in various shapes including corn stalks, bee hives, light houses, Buddhas, and turkeys. He helps take care of about 600 colonies of bees that are now located in Half Moon Bay for the winter. He is a father of a student at Peninsula School and this was his first time selling at the fair.

Sani Bergman designs earring, necklaces, rings and bracelets and uses a variety of metals as well as semi-precious stones. “I like organic and something that looks like it comes from the earth”. This was her fourth year selling at the fair, but she has been making jewelry for about 15 years. She was inspired to make her own jewelry because her love for fashion, wearing jewelry and her background of fine arts.

Karyssa Miller graduated from Peninsula school in 1994. She learned to weave at Peninsula and now pursues her love and passion for weaving through her small business Interwoven, which she operates in her free time. “I've been weaving since I was five… I'm a master hand weaver, I've got my degrees in it”.