Although this photo was not taken locally this is what the local webby stuff looks like.
It's September! Although we might be enjoying our warmest summer days, fall is in the air. But there's more than fall in the air. At this time of year when the wind and weather are right you might notice strands of what I call "spider webby stuff" clinging to fences and tree branches or floating freely in the air. This webby white stuff is more than a single spider web—it's like a fuzzy group of fibers (see photo). The strands can be long or short and most often they appear thick and thin or puffy.
I first saw these webs as a youngster with my grandfather at San Gregorio. Overnight, strands of material floated in, the long waving streamers lodged on the barbed wire fence. My grandfather grew up in the mountains of Monterey County and he recalled the sight of these spider webby streamers in the fall of the year when he was a boy. He was impressed by their size and number that year. I have been watching for them ever since, seeing some almost every year.
My dad was fascinated by UFOs and he shared a book with me that claimed the webby material was of alien origin and that it often disappears without a trace when gathered for study.
The webs have been seen in various parts of the world. They have been linked to chemtrails and supernatural events. A more down-to-earth explanation is that spiders spin the threads and float away on them as a method of dispersal.
My present location, in a basin below a ridgeline, is the ideal place for wind currents to deposit floating items—you would be amazed at the number of deflated party balloons that have found their way onto our rural land, lodging in tree branches or finally resting right out in the grassy field. So during the webby season I know just where the currents are apt to deposit the webby stuff and when the time is right I may spot some on my morning walk.
Take time to look around this month and see if you can spot some of the webby stuff. Then stay tuned for part two of this article...
Another successful Pescadero Art and Fun Festival was held this last month. I have reviewed the La Honda Fair in the past but not the PAFF. The La Honda Fair is a bit more of a traditional festival setting with tarps, coolers, lawn chairs spread out on the huge lawn. PAFF is a bit more condensed with seating provided with hay bales and some tables and chairs. Tony Bueker has taken over the music side of the festival and had a great line up as usual. Bands on Saturday included Andrew Bentz, Lighthouse, Cryin Shame, L & K, Pathetic Honey and Blue. Sunday’s line up consisted of Paula Brisker and Scott Bell, Jack and the Hitchhikers, Bundy & Friends, Mariachi Los Cachorros, DB Walker and The Gary Gates Band. Friday night was the traditional art show with many local artists showing all kinds of their craft. Wood carvings, oil paintings, photography and more were featured. The weekend featured great food, a mix of great music, tons of local artisans showing their wares, and lot’s of social interaction with lot’s of locals mixed in with many tourists just passing through. Once again Bo Putnam and crew did an awesome job with sound and I am hearing that the recordings Bo gave the bands were super high quality so maybe a live album or two from the event? Thanks to all the volunteers that make the PAFF the special event and let us hope it continues on for many more years.
Joe watching Lisa at Songwriter Roulette
I love being able to write a review of a musical event I put on….On August 6th at Alice’s Restaurant the greatest musical event of all time took place…Well, it was at least a good time. Together with three other performers we put on Songwriter Roulette. Once again the Kerr Brothers show their support for the local music scene by allowing us to put on this event. Songwriter Roulette involves a colorful roulette wheel (the best wheel possible with parts from Home Depot) with four names spread evenly around it. Things started out with the first spin. Whichever name comes up is the next act. That Thursday night we had Joe Barker, Lisa Edberg, Reid Dennis and myself. Sometimes the wheel picks the same person too many times and we have to step in and make adjustments so everyone ends up playing the same number of songs. For some reason Reid was the choice way more times than the rest of us. All four players are familiar in our area and yet they currently don’t play with a band so Roulette is a great venue for solo performers to get out and share their original songs. Lisa actually changed her set list to include a song about rain as it started raining during the show! Good thing I didn’t do my song about floods. Reid’s songs were a bit on the rock folk/rock vein. Joe is a bluesy/country finger picking player. Lisa performed her mix of folky/country and I mixed it up with a bit of Rock, Blues, and Zydeco. Thanks to Dave Barrow who booked us at Alice’s. I hope to be able to do another Roulette before the end of the year. The one thing I need to figure out is how to find more women performers. We seem to be short of performing women in our local scene. If you are interested in being included in the next event and you are a performing woman please get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org