San Anselmo’s annual Art and Wine Festival filled the street on June 21 and 22nd with merchants and merriment. The quaint section of town between Woodland and Magnolia Ave. became home to 150 artists and musicians who shared their music and vision with those who chose to venture out.
One of the vendors was Baltic Amber. The owner is Polish and brings his stones in from his homeland. They are a stunning array of colors that I never knew amber could be! Of course there are some really interesting inclusions, like bugs, in some of the stones and some are intricately carved into cameos or pieced mosaic style to create a more interesting design. There were silver settings in many styles from modern to deco to suit every taste. Some were very dainty while others were show stoppers. He even had stings of amber for babies to assist with teething.
American Holistic Products was showing their health enhancing Buckwheat pillows, too. They had a free demo of the product that helped people to feel the way the pillows would soothe their aches and pains. One family had one for each family member already and purchased additional pillows for their RV.
The man with the hats must have sold one to everyone that waked past: the weather was warm and sunny! One customer kept returning to buy more hats they were so unique.
“Adoribles” was there, too. They’ve been at the fair for three years in the same spot. Dori creates beautiful art pieces using a special decoupage and crackle technique that gives vintage charm to her images. She is located directly in front of Hilda’s on San Anselmo Ave. and the scent from their kitchen is mouthwatering. George Lucas has reportedly found this a delightful spot for lunch on occasion as well.
Down the street there is another spot named Marin Coffee Roaster that sells delicious sandwiches. I confess the BLT was highly recommended as being the most heavenly BLT ever, causing the young man describing it to salivate. It lived up to his description, so I’ll pass along that glowing recommendation. If you find yourself in town, be sure to sample it.
Coffee is king in this little town, there seem to be coffee shops everywhere and everyone had their favorite. I only tried a Marin Coffee, but the Bagel shop also served a great brew according to the vendors nearby. Their bagels were delicious too. I did get a chance to try those: freshly baked!
It was a great time to be in San Anselmo, I’m looking forward to returning when there are fewer folks enjoying the town so that I can see the stores and wander the sidewalks when the town has returned to normal.
Enjoy the Stroll!