Sun 7 Dec 2014
Despite a drizzle that at times became a downpour, crowds turned out Friday evening in Point Reyes Station to celebrate the Yuletide.
It was a town-wide celebration: a Path of Lights on the main street, a Holiday Crafts Fair in the Dance Palace, a party with live music at Point Reyes Surf Shop, and a Christmas party including Santa Claus and carolers in Toby’s Feed Barn.
West Marin Senior Services sponsored a Lights of Life tree-lighting ceremony to honor loved ones who have passed away. The pine, which grows in the median between the Wells Fargo Bank and the Palace Market parking lots, each year takes on added significance as the town Christmas tree.
The Path of Lights is symbolized by a line of luminaria along the main street, and the luminaria unfortunately suffered from the wet weather. Luminaria, of course, are small lanterns consisting of candles standing in sand inside a paper bag. It took only a couple of downpours for the splash to extinguish several lights.
The crowd outside Wells Fargo Bank.
Strumming her guitar, Harmony Grisman again this year led a crowd in singing songs of the Yuletide.
The 44th annual Holiday Crafts Fair in the Dance Palace.
The obvious skill in the work of clay artist Molly Prier of Inverness inspired praise from fair-goers.
Dusty Rose Designs brightened a corner of the Dance Palace with tie-dye-style clothing.
Eden Clearbrook from the Garden of Eden sold herbal elixirs.
Ana Maria Ramirez (center) and Lourdes Romo sold handmade clothing and accessories.
The annual Christmas party in Toby’s Feed Barn.
Santa Claus spent the evening posing with families who wanted their kids photographed with him. Meanwhile, the line of parents and their children waiting to be photographed at times reached 15 to 20 feet long.
West Marin singer, composer, musician Tim Weed here performs ‘Oh Holy Night’ for the crowd in Toby’s. Earlier in the evening, the Common Voice Choir led caroling in Toby’s.
Part of what made the evening so enjoyable was its being so homespun: the crafts, the music, and the food. When I saw a young mother with a baby on her lap sitting on a bale of hay in the Feed Barn, my first thought was, “Away in a manger….”