“For me Pacific Grove is like a magnet. I don’t live there. But I visit all the time. I buy take out food at Grove Market. I stand in line at Pavel’s and talk with strangers. I visit Germain Hatcher at her lovely Imagine Art Supplies. I shop at Pacific Grove Hardware with their outstanding service. I pick up my cleaning at Pacific Grove Cleaners while chatting with Randy. I go to Joe or Laura for my travel needs at Pacific Grove Travel. I watch the musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” at PG High. I walk at Lovers Point. I talk to Dave Laredo at the Good Old Days’ Pancake Breakfast. In short I feel I am part of the community. Although I am not. Wherever I go I breathe PG’s love and laughter. Children. Adults. Strollers. Dogs. I may not live there. But someday I might.” Hans Lehmann, long time Carmel resident.This article first appeared in the P.G. Cedar Street Times, 4-28-2017.
That Hometown Feeling
Here are a few of our recent experiences as we invite our local businesses, churches, and nonprofits to submit stories for “Life in Pacific Grove,” the 444-page book to benefit our beloved PG Library—stories that weave their personal and business lives in P.G.
At Back Porch Fabrics, owner Gail has taken her love of textiles and quilting far beyond utilitarian pioneer bedding and into a high art form for aprons, clothing, wall hangings, tote bags, potholders, and more.
Stefanna at Crack Pot Studio, surrounded by quilt-like ceramic pieces of her own making, wants to submit a purely personal story—and that’s okay by us too!
To Tell—or Not to Tell?
Piper, a Realtor at Sotheby’s and a retired teacher from PG High, said he had plenty of stories but wasn’t sure he should write them. “Those are the ones we want!” we assured him.
Barbara at Tessuti Zoo said owner Emily knows about the book, thinks it’s a wonderful project for the PG Library, and will definitely write about herself as a PG businesswoman.
Nancy at Nancy’s Attic loves Pacific Grove and will write her story about moving here and opening this shop—five years ago! How time flies.
At the PG Art Center, we found Elizabeth as she was adjusting a poster on the door. She took our flyer and said she would ask the director, Theresa, to write a story about the art center. “We want your story too!” we urged her.
Educate and Entertain
Daniel Ericksen at the Animal Friends Rescue Project has a deep love and understanding of animals. The work this nonprofit does is invaluable to our animal-loving community. In P.G. it’s fashionable to adopt rather than buy your “Best Friend.” Daniel is concerned about the over breeding of AKC breeds, which often results in genetic weaknesses. “Boxers could be great dogs if they were bred with just one other type of dog,” Daniel said, “but people who buy from breeders don’t want to hear things like that.” “We do!” we replied. “Please put such facts into your story—it’s important to educate as well as entertain.”
Stories of Then and Now
In a consignment shop on Grand between Lighthouse and Central, an elderly lady heard us telling the clerk about our project and began talking about her family’s 100-plus years in Pacific Grove, starting with the fishing industry. She said she couldn’t wait to get started writing her story.
At Marina Patina, a customer began telling us about a male relative who was pictured in a book written several decades ago about the Butterfly Parade and whose children are attending the same PG schools and learning from the same PG teachers who taught him so many years ago. She’s going to encourage the now-adult boy from the butterfly book to write a contribution to “Life in Pacific Grove.”
Leave Your Mark on History
Businesses may pick up a fill-in-the-blank form at the Chamber office or download it from our website lifeinpacificgrove.com. Don’t miss out—the June 1 deadline to submit personal and business stories will arrive before you know it! Our website also features a form and simple directions for submitting your story. For more information, contact Patricia Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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