Welcome Fall with Pumpkin Ale Release Party in Half Moon Bay

September 13th, 2013


Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, known for award-winning, handcrafted beer, outdoor patio fire pits and live music, welcomes the fall season with special events and delectable menu offerings throughout the fall season.

Pumpkin Harvest Ale Release Party

Wednesday, September 25, 4-6 p.m., Mavericks Beer Garden (admission is free)

Brewmaster James Costa has created an amber ale that features over 120 pounds of Sugar Pie pumpkins. Although the Pumpkin Harvest Ale will be available starting mid-September, guests are invited to come celebrate this seasonal favorite at a special release party on September 25. Highlights of the Oktoberfest menu will be presented by Executive Chef Gaston Alfaro accompanied by Oktoberfest music by Big Lou, the Accordion Princess.

This Pumpkin Harvest Amber Ale is an amber ale made with more than 120 pounds of locally-grown, roasted and spiced Sugar Pie pumpkins which are added to the brew kettle, resulting in a subtle pumpkin pie flavor balanced by a biscuit maltiness.  Mavericks Harvest Pumpkin Ale will be available September through November at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Alcohol by volume is 5.5%.


Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company

September 12th, 2013



Collin Wenzell as Prince Hamlet; Julia Thollaug as Ophelia. Photo courtesy of Mathieu Simms.

by Kirk Moore

Opera, Shakespeare and the like are not my normal cups of tea,I usually prefer PARTICIPATING in activities (biking, skiing, trekking, etc). But the lead actor (yes, Hamlet himself) is a good friend of my son’s and he absolutely “killed it” (meaning he was fantastic). His stage presence was dynamic, dramatic, and yet charming; Colin Wenzel really owned the role.

As an added bonus, the play was held outdoors at Cameron’s Pub (excellent beer to go with the Bard), at the end of a sparkling, warm day of sunshine. However, as evening fell and the onstage treachery commenced, thick wisps of fog crept ominously into the scene, adding real theatrics (fortunately we’d brought requisite blankets and warm jackets). But even more amazing to me is how Colin flawlessly delivered his (more than 2,000) lines. How can ANYONE do that? It made me feel a bit old and feeble minded.

Forsooth! A fine coastal bike ride shall cureth my melancholy!

But I say, get thee to Cameron’s Pub to observe this production and relish in Colin’s flair and artistry; only one more weekend remains, so do not delay!

And rejoice because ALL the other actors provided SUPERB performances as well…Ophelia is outstanding…I can go on and on…..

Coastal Rep Special Event August 31, 2013

August 28th, 2013

 anne frank

The Diary of Anne Frank is the next play at the Coastal Rep.

Adapted from one of the best-selling books of all time, Anne’s story does not stand alone.

On August 31, a special evening will focus on exploring the power of shared cultural memories. Special guest speaker and holocaust survivor Jack Adler will tell his riveting story and remind attendees that we have the power to prevent a future holocaust.

A traveling exhibit developed by the Anne Frank Center, USA and the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam will formally open and you can be among the first locals to tour this beautiful and moving history of the Frank family. Read more …


Berry Picking at Phipps Country Store and Farm

July 7th, 2013


Phipps Country Store and Farm in Pescadero has a barnyard with a variety of animals and birds. From May through September you can pick your own berries at this Coastside ranch. Children under age 5 (and seniors age 60 and up) can visit for free; there’s a charge for others.

Each spring and summer there are two types of “u-pick” berries available — strawberries and olallieberries.

All berries are hand-planted and no pesticides are ever used.

The strawberry and olallieberry jams sold in the Country Store are made with these berries at the Phipps Country Store.

STRAWBERRIES are ripe and ready for picking from around late April or mid-May through the end of September, depending on seasonal weather patterns.

OLALLIEBERRIES are ripe and ready for picking from around mid-June through the end of July, depending on the weather.

Berries are delicious fresh, but can also be frozen for later use without losing their quality. To freeze berries, spread freshly-picked, unwashed berries on a baking or cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Using a spatula, remove them from the baking sheet and transfer to ziplock freezer storage bags and put in freezer.

Phipps Country Store and Farm


2700 Pescadero Rd., Pescadero. Call 650-879-1032 or visit www.phippscountry.com.


Half Moon Bay Take Back the Park

June 27th, 2013

bridge event

Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company to Adopt John L. Carter Memorial Park: Take Back the Park, JULY 27.

The Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company plans to adopt John L. Carter Memorial Park as their new Shakespeare-in-the-Park outdoor home. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer at Butano State Park in Pescadero

June 24th, 2013

redwood trees for cover

Junior Rangers Nature Club

Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Kids of all ages will find a variety of fun activities that include games, arts, crafts and hiking exploration. All activities are based on the plants, animals and history of Butano State Park. Kids ages 7-12 years of age will earn rewards for the Junior Rangers program. Programs and meeting locations may vary, so please refer to posted signs at entrance station. Read the rest of this entry »

Half Moon Bay Photographer Wins Best of Show

June 17th, 2013


Long time Coastside photographer Randie Marlow won Best of Show in Color Photography at the 2013 San Mateo County Fair. Marlow entered 11 images in 12 categories that won her eight ribbons. Read the rest of this entry »

Join Coastside Land Trust in Habitat Restoration

June 7th, 2013


Spend a day of habitat restoration this Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. – Noon. Check-in time is 9:45. Read the rest of this entry »

One-Man Show at Borsini Burr Gallery

May 29th, 2013

robert bissel

June 1 & 2, 2013 see this One-Man Show at Borsini Burr Gallery

Hand-Enhanced Canvas Editions and Sculptures Read the rest of this entry »

The Underpants at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay

May 29th, 2013


On the Coastside from May 31 to June 22, 2013 you can see The Underpants at Coastal Repertory Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »