Big Sur River Run

A quick reminder that tomorrow morning is the Big Sur River Run

Race day registration is from 8:00 to 9:30 am and we still have room for plenty of runners and walkers. Bring cash or check and the fees are 10k adult- $45 5k adult- $35 and children under 12 are $20 for either. See you there- gonna be a super nice day!

Join us on October 26th, 2013 for the 33nd Annual Big Sur River Run! This 5K/10K race follows a beautiful loop course alongside the Big Sur River through towering redwood trees and oak groves. Register online: (online registration is now closed but there is plenty room and you can register on race day)

October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am sharp
Start line is in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

This race has been a fun community-oriented fundraiser for the Big Sur Volunteer Brigade and Health Center for 32 years. The 5K/10K is limited to 1,000 participants, so register online early.

Registration fee includes a long-sleeve t-shirt.

See website for additional race information and description of prizes.

Birdhouse Benefit

I have been trying to get these photos of River Inn‘s Birdhouse Benefit up for a week, but it has been a busy news week for the coast. Here they are at long last. Enjoy.

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Last night it took two hours to upload two photographs. Today, it took one hour to upload five photos. That is just the way internet works for me with cellular wifi. I am very portable, so during emergencies, if I have to, I go find a better signal.

Speaking of benefits, there is a benefit for Jeffrey “Wildman” Downs Saturday, March 24th, 2012 from 1 to 4 PM at Ripplewood. Jeffrey is the tenant from the Long House who got out with nothing but his dogs and the clothes he was wearing. Also, Jeffrey REALLY needs low-cost housing in Big Sur.

Sunday Night in Big Sur

The gates opened at 6 pm. Guests arrived as early as 5:30 pm. Parking is a challenge at the HML, but so many wanted to come to support the guest of honor, Don Case, and his family. So, we came early, got good spots to park, and waited, chatting among ourselves.

When the gates opened, the lights were already twinkling, even though it was not yet dark. The line wound down the lighted path, where our names were either checked off, or donations made, and we were offered a copy of a water color painted by Don Case of the grassy field and redwoods which surround the HML.


The buffet, provided by the Big Sur Bakery and SLOW Foods Buffet, led by event orgainizer Mike Gilson, CPOA, provided wonderful food for our enjoyment.
Also of CPOA, Jeannie Ford’s children, Emily and Joe performed beautifully on violin and cello for the attendees.
Magnus Toren, curator of the HML, met and greeted all, as well as oversaw the venue and its preparation.

The number of attendees was astounding, and gratefully appreciated by Don and his family. It was so wonderful to see so many Big Surians in attendance, giving hope to Don and his family that replacement of his long-time home was truly a reality.

One of Don’s old friends came down from Sonoma, probably more old friends, but this gentleman I spoke with at dinner. He helped raise the roof on the original house 40 years ago.

I did not stay for the showing of Food, Inc. as it was dark and the road home requires significant attention, particularly as it was foggy, and I had a long way to go. Driving slowly to fit the conditions, I marveled at the community of which I have become a part. The love, joy, and sharing which permeated this gathering warmed me all the way down the coast.
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Don Case, you are well and truly loved, my friend.

And to bring this post to a close, a few words from Joyce Duffy: “I cannot put into words the tremendous jolt of love energy that we all got from last night.
Today when I left the Case home, Neva was resting in a lounge chair on the slab of the old house … Josh and Don were at a table in front of the old hearth trying to teach Oceana and Kiana to play dominoes … there is lightheartedness and peace and relaxation and a for-sure-now knowing that someday there will be a house around surrounding the family. We are all a bit speechless in reaction to the overwhelming shower of love and help.”

Save the date! 9/27/09

Yes, there is going to be a benefit for Don Case, who lost his home and all it contained in the Basin Fire, but not his many friends and family. The event will be held at the Henry Miller Library. It will include: a 200 person, $50 dollar per ticket evening of food, wine, film, music. Mike Gilson of CPOA is leading the charge, with the marvelous support and organizational talent of Patte Kronlund. I’ve already got my tickets reserved.

Mike has promised to get back to me with the details of the event, and I will, of course, share them here. I also will post how you can donate, if you are unable to attend the event. Stay tuned …