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Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Mindful and Merry Del Ray

Mindful and Merry Del Ray

From trees and garlands to window murals and light displays, anywhere you walk along Mt Vernon Ave. in Del Ray, you are reminded to be “mindful and merry” this holiday season. The Del Ray Business Association chose the “Mindful and Merry” theme this year and it is thoughtfully and creatively executed on every block. Local businesses sponsored the trees decorated by non-profits (you can vote for your favorite tree on the DRBA website before December 25). Several windows have been painted with winter wonderland scenes — some are still being painted and if you are lucky you may just catch an artist in action. It wouldn’t be Del Ray without something out of the ordinary as well. A stand-out this year is the custom-made “Be the Light” display, the work of Del Ray resident Nancy Belmont (more on this project later this week). And it’s all capped off with the giant tree at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, one of the merriest spots in...

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

There’s no shortage of holiday spirit this time of year in Del Ray. Understated or over-the-top, Del Ray loves to decorate. Here’s a few of our favorite outdoor holiday decorations: Yard Cards: We discovered the hand-painted yard cards on Del Ray’s “Christmas Card Lane” (aka Luray Ave.) last year. They are borrowed from a tradition in Michigan and can be viewed by day and night. Christmas Orbs: If you haven’t seen the orbs on Rosecrest Ave., make plans to drive by at night sometime this month. They are nothing short of magical. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own. Del Ray Business Association Holiday Trees: Starting this weekend, there will be a tree on every block along Mt Vernon Avenue decorated by a local non-profit and sponsored by a local business. Each tree has a theme and residents get to vote on their favorite. We still hold a special place in our hearts for the yarn-bombed tree from two years ago. Window Murals: As we shared earlier this...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Amy’s Handmade Holiday Wreaths

Amy’s Handmade Holiday Wreaths

We’ve always loved the look of Amy DeGood’s floral arrangements (we featured her Del Ray business Good Gardener last year). Now that the season for locally grown flowers has passed, Amy’s transitioning to the use of evergreens to create simple, elegant and natural wreaths. You can buy them at an open house in Del Ray this Sunday. Amy makes a variety of sizes and style wreaths. She mixes branches of evergreen, boxwood and magnolia from her farm (and collected around the region) with dried flowers and curly willow branches to create an elegant layered design. Amy says the key to keeping a natural wreath looking good well into the holiday season is to keep it cool, protect it from the rain/wind and give its branches a squirt of water if temperatures are unseasonably warm. Amy will be selling her wreaths at a sale this Sunday, November 20 from 1-3 pm at 415 E. Windsor in Del Ray. Quantities are limited, so the earlier you come to the sale, the...

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 | 2 comments

A Hamantaschen How-To

A Hamantaschen How-To

Growing up, hamantaschen were my favorite cookies. I lived close to Holy Bagel on Masonic and Haight in San Francisco (this fabulous institution no longer exists). On my way to school most mornings, I would pick up one of their giant apricot hamantaschen and a cup of coffee at Holy Bagel. This was such a heavenly combination. Hamantaschen is a popular cookie during Purim, a Jewish holiday. This year, Purim begins Wednesday and ends on Thursday – don’t worry, you still have time to make these delicious treats. My mom usually sends me a box of home made Hamantaschen every year for Purim. This year, I asked her to send me the recipe, so I could learn to make them. I love baking and enjoy adding new cookies to my repertoire. The ingredients are pretty basic. Dry ingredients first: 4 cups of flour 1/2 cup of sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 teaspoon salt Wet ingredients: 4 eggs 1/2 cup of oil 1/4 cup fresh...

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 | 5 comments

Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane

Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane

There is no lack of creative holiday spirit in Del Ray, and one of my favorite displays has got to be the over-sized Christmas yard cards on Luray Ave. Whether you view them during the day or at night (each has its own spotlight), they are guaranteed to impress. The cards are the work of several neighbors, led by Becky VanZoeren, inspired by a 40+ year old tradition from Becky’s home town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Growing up in Kalamazoo, Becky’s dad would take her and her family to see the magnificent display of cards on the now famous Lauderdale Drive, appropriately nicknamed “Christmas Card Lane.” Since 1965, at least 40 houses on the street have decorated their yards with hand-painted plywood cards, lit up at night for people to enjoy. In 1969, the cards made the local news and today they have a Facebook page. Last year, while chatting with an old friend from Kalamazoo about the cards, Becky decided to bring the tradition to Del Ray. Becky and...

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