Worth A Look


Celebrate Labor Day weekend right with fine art in the Redwoods at the Kings Mountain Art Fair in Woodside, music from beloved Bay Area pop/soul band Pride and Joy at the final Music on the Square event in Redwood City and more. In Worth A Look this week:

Festival: Kings Mountain Art Fair

There's no shortage of fine art fairs in California, but few of them can claim a redwood forest as their home. Now celebrating its 50th year, the popular Kings Mountain Art Fair takes place Labor Day weekend in the hills above Woodside, California. Running Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, the fair features the work of over 150 juried artists working in a wide range of media. In addition to paintings, jewelry, ceramics, fiber arts, you'll find works made from leather, wood, and re-purposed books.

Fans of handmade goods will enjoy the fair's Mountain Folk Art section, featuring the work of local artists and craftspeople.

All that fresh mountain air has a way of stoking the appetite. Luckily, each day begins with a hearty mountain breakfast served each morning from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; a full menu is available on the website.

The Kings Mountain Art Fair also caters to the younger crowd: kids of all ages can hang out at supervised art-making booths while their parents shop. Vendor stalls are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; admission is free. For more information, go to kingsmountainartfair.org or call 650-851-2710.

Workshop: Hand Papermaking

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Got a penchant for camouflage? Ok with getting a little messy? Check out the free, drop-in papermaking workshop at the Palo Alto Arts Center next Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor Drew Cameron of Combat Paper will guide students of all ages through the process of transforming recycled military uniforms into handmade paper, step-by-step. Come prepared to cut camos into rags and beat those rags to a pulp -- you won't want to wear your Sunday best.

In addition to teaching the process, Cameron will teach the history of hand papermaking, which dates back nearly 2,000 years to China's Han Dynasty.

Aspiring paper makers are invited to drop in for any portion of the day, and avid students can stick around for a second session on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. To reserve a space, email artcenter@cityofpaloalto.org or call 650-329-2366. To learn more about Combat Paper, visit combatpaper.org.

Music: Pride and Joy

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and you know what that means: It's time to pack up the beach towels for another year. It's not easy saying goodbye to summer, but it's a whole lot easier when Pride and Joy is playing. The beloved Bay Area pop/soul band closes out Redwood City's Music on the Square series tonight, Aug. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Courthouse Square. Strap on your dancing shoes, and come prepared to boogie down to your favorite covers at this all ages, feel good outdoor concert.

The party is free, and it's BYOB (no glass, please). Pack a picnic, or plan to pick up dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. Music on the Square is a kid friendly event, but pets aren't recommended -- your dog will probably be happier celebrating Labor Day at home.

It may be fall, but for one more night you'll be dancing like summer's just begun. For more on the band, check out pridejoy.com.

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