Despite wet weather, celebrations of Halloween and Día de los Muertos enlivened Point Reyes Station Saturday and Sunday in advance of Monday’s trick or treating.
Wendi Kallins (left), a candidate for county supervisor in the June primary election, and Constance Washburn as “Super Gaia” during the Day of the Dead party in the Dance Palace Saturday evening. The altar is decorated with memorials for deceased friends and relatives.
Toby’s Feed Barn also held a Halloween party with a Día de los Muertos altar Saturday night. Here Feed Barn owner Chris Giacomini enjoys the decorations.
On Sunday, the festivities continued across town.
In the firehouse, the annual pancake breakfast prepared by firefighters from Point Reyes Station and Inverness was held Sunday morning as a benefit for the Point Reyes Disaster Council.
Marty Frankel (left) and Eileen Connery selling tickets at the pancake breakfast. Lynn Axelrod (far right), coordinator of the Point Reyes Disaster Council, checks out the crowd at the breakfast.
For youngsters, one of the highlights of the pancake breakfast was a chance to take a firetruck ride around town.
Also on Sunday, Papermill Creek Children’s Corner preschool held a Halloween party in the Dance Palace.
Enthusiastic party goer at the Dance Palace takes a run between the rains that fell sporadically Sunday.
For the youngest children, the chance to ride a horse around the block was a special thrill.
Wearing tiger ears framing an exit sign, Lourdes Romo, executive director of the preschool, with three of her young charges.
Halloween costumes: Everywhere in town, many adults and children wore costumes all day Monday. The most realistic costumes I saw were worn by this group of trick or treaters, who showed up at our door that evening.
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….”