Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge by Sunny Runnells,  Lantzville, B.C., Canada

Golden Gate Bridge by Sunny Runnells, Lantzville, B.C., Canada

Golden Gate Bridge
Location: Marin Headlands
Sunny Runnells, Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada

The Golden Gate Bridge is California’s most famous icon and is special in so many ways–it is a structure of beauty and transports thousands of people across San Francisco Bay daily.

Sunny Runnells shares her families’ history with the Golden Gate Bridge…

Golden Gate Bridge is just beautiful. My mother and grandmother drove across it on the day it opened (May 28, 1937). I first walked across it when I was 13 and again with my youngest daughter when she was a teenager.

The Catch

The Catch by Larry Clark, Lincoln, CA

The Catch by Larry Clark, Lincoln, CA

The Catch
By Larry Clark
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco

This is from Wikipedia but it says it all. The Catch refers to the winning touchdown reception by Dwight Clark [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_Clark] off a Joe Montana pass in the January 10, 1982 NFC Championship Game [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Montana] between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. The Catch is widely regarded as one of the most memorable events in NFL [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Football_League] history. The game represented the end of Dallas’ domination in the NFC since its inception in 1971, and the beginning of San Francisco’s rise as both an NFC and Super Bowl power in the 1980s. Larry Clark, Lincoln, California

More information about Candlestick Park gleaned from reading its Wikipedia page…..

Candlestick Park was originally built as the home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park) in 2000. It is currently the home field of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League, who moved in for the 1971 season. The 49ers are scheduled to move to Santa Clara Stadium, currently under construction, at the beginning of the 2014 NFL season.

The Beatles played their last live commercial concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

Candlestick Park was also home to dozens of commercial shoots as well as the location for the climatic scene in both the 1962 thriller Experiment in Terror and the 1973 Richard Rush comedy Freebie and the Bean. In February, 2011 scenes for Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law, were filmed at the stadium.

On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake (measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale) struck San Francisco, minutes before Game 3 of the World Series was to begin at Candlestick. Remarkably, no one within the stadium was injured, although minor structural damage was incurred to the stadium. Al Michaels and Tim McCarver, who called the game for ABC, later credited the stadium’s design for saving thousands of lives.

California Strawberries

California Strawberries hooked and designed by Michele Wise, Seabeck, Washington.

California Strawberries hooked and designed by Michele Wise, Seabeck, Washington.

Wool and beads on Monks cloth

One of the first things I think about California is the first strawberries that show up in the grocery stores during springtime. These berries are bigger than Washington’s strawberries. The man carrying the giant berry in the wheelbarrow shows the pride of the farmer. I used beads for the berries. Fun project. Michele Wise

For those of you interested in more information about California strawberries, please read or listen to “The Secret Life of California’s World-Class Strawberries,” by Dan Charles, NPR News.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/17/152522900/the-secret-life-of-californias-world-class-strawberries