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Thursday paintsites

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Thursday Paintsites


Thursday, October 11:  Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont 94555 map

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood/

Pumpkins, plants, animals, Patterson House, and more! This historic farm always has a lot to offer. There is a farm stand at the entrance. $6 entrance fee to the farm on Thursdays, $5 for seniors (62+).  We’ll meet in the main parking lot near the entrance kiosk at around 10 am before deciding where to paint. This is a big site so call one of the coordinators if you can’t find us.

Directions:  From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 exit. Go west on Highway 84 toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd. exit and turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd. The park entrance is on the right.

From the Peninsula, cross the Bay on the Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84.  In Fremont take the Newark Blvd/Ardenwood Blvd exit, turn left onto Ardenwood Blvd, go 0.7 miles, and the park entrance is on the right.


Thursday, October 18: Mountain View Main Library / Pioneer Memorial Park, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View map 

https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/library/default.asp

The entire block containing the library has interesting things to paint: the Mountain View Main Library, pieces of the Berlin Wall in front of the library, statues of “Wind in the Willows” characters behind the library, beautiful old trees in Pioneer Memorial Park behind the library, and City Hall and the Center for Performing Arts which face Castro St.  Meet behind the library at the statues.

Directions:  From the south, take 101 north, exit onto CA-237 W toward Mountain View, right onto El Camino Real, right onto Castro St, left onto Church St, right onto Franklin St.  From the north, take 101 south, take N Shoreline Blvd exit, right onto Shoreline Blvd, left onto California St, right onto Franklin St. Parking at the library or on the street.


Thursday, October 25:  Clos LaChance Winery, 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin, CA 95046 map

https://www.clos.com/

A beautiful vineyard in the rolling hills west of San Martin.  The attractive mansion with tasting room has a Grand Terrace with glorious views.  We hope that the vines will be decked in fall colors.  The tasting room is open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; however, only non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the picnic area.

Directions: Take 101 to San Martin, take the Tennant Ave exit, go west on Tennant Ave.  Very soon turn left onto Butterfield Blvd which turns into Watsonville Rd.  Go 3.5 miles, then turn left onto Hummingbird Lane.  Drive 0.8 miles past vineyards on your right.  Just before you pass wine making production buildings on your left, turn left on the lane that leads to the mansion.  Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged.


Thursday, November 1, Crissy Field West Bluff, 983 Marine Drive, San Francisco map

https://www.presidio.gov/places/west-bluff-picnic-area

After viewing the Golden Gate Bridge from the west on several occasions, this will be our chance to view the bridge from the east looking out to sea.  From Crissy Field West Bluff we also have views of the San Francisco skyline.  The West Bluff area includes the Warming Hut café and connector paths and trails to the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point.

The land that Crissy Field resides on is an ancient salt marsh and estuary which was filled in for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.  The site was recognized as desirable for air coast defense during World War I, was opened as an Army Airfield in 1921, and air operations continued until the 1970s.  In 1994 the National Park Service took over the Presidio including Crissy Field and the field was opened to the public as a park in 2001.  The following website has an interactive display which shows Crissy Field “then and now”:

http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/newsletters/park-e-ventures/2018/crissy-field-then-and-now.html

Directions: Drive north to San Francisco on 280, then Hwy 1 toward the Gold Gate Bridge.  Hwy 1 becomes 19th Ave. Stay on 19th Ave. until it enters Golden Gate Park and becomes Crossover Dr, then Park Presidio Bypass, then Park Presidio Blvd, then Veterans Blvd.  Follow signs to Golden Gate Bridge, merge onto North US-101, and just before you cross the bridge exit at “Exit 439, Last SF Exit”.  Turn left onto Lincoln Blvd and go 0.6 miles.  At a stop sign turn left to stay on Lincoln Blvd and go 0.2 miles, turn left onto McDowell Ave and go 0.2 miles, McDowell Ave turns slightly left and becomes Crissy Field Ave and go 0.1 miles, turn left onto Mason St and go 0.2 miles.  At the traffic circle, continue straight onto Marine Dr., and park near the Warming Hut, the first red roofed building after the traffic circle.  Meet at the picnic tables by the Warming Hut. Carpools suggested due to distance from San Jose area and to have a navigator to follow these complex directions.

Return Directions from Crissy Field to southbound route via 19th Ave:  South on Marine Dr through traffic circle, Marine Drive turns right and becomes Mason St, go 1.3 miles on Mason St, turn right onto Marina Blvd and go 0.2 miles, use the right lane to take the US-101 N ramp, go 0.8 miles on US-101, use the right lane to take “Exit 438, 1 South, 19th Ave”.

Alternate Return Directions from Crissy Field to southbound route via 19th Ave:  South on Marine Dr through traffic circle, Marine Drive turns right and becomes Mason St, turn right onto Crissy Field Ave, changes name to McDowell Ave, changes name to Park Blvd, turn right onto Washington Blvd and go 0.4 miles, turn left onto Battery Caulfield Rd and go 0.3 miles, continue onto Wedemeyer St and go 0.2 miles, turn right onto N 15th Ave and go 0.1 miles, turn left onto Lake St and go 482 ft, turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Park Presidio Blvd, continue as street changes name to Park Presidio Bypass, Crossover Dr, 19th Ave.


Thursday, November 8, Sunnyvale Baylands Park, 999 E. Caribbean Dr, Sunnyvale map

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/Pages/SunnyvaleBaylands.aspx

This developed city park has grassy fields, many types of trees, tree-lined paths, a test garden, geometric sculptures, and panoramic views of the East Bay Hills.  There probably will not be water in the seasonal wetlands.

Directions:  From 101 take the Lawrence Expressway exit and drive north.  After it crosses over Hwy 237, turn right at the first stoplight into the park.  Watch out for the speed bump just before the entrance station.  No fees are collected at this time of the year. Park in the first parking lot on your right.


Thursday, November 15, Paintsite at Alum Rock Park, 16260 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose, map

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/?nid=2819

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Alum-Rock-Park-176

This historic park has wonderful oaks, maples, and sycamores, active mineral springs and grottos, plus Penitencia Creek which is crossed by several quaint stone bridges.  Unlike some previous visits, our 2018 outing will be a paintsite.  Carpools suggested due to $6/vehicle parking fee.

Directions: From 680 take the McKee exit east and drive on McKee Rd toward the East Bay Hills about 1.3 miles.  Turn left onto Toyon Ave and go 0.9 miles.  Turn right onto Penitencia Creek Rd and go 1.6 miles into Alum Rock Park until you reach the large parking lot near Youth Science Institute. 


Thursday, November 29, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park, 372 Manila Dr, Jan Jose map

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Activities/Cultural-Venues/Pages/Bernal-Gulnac-Joice-Ranch.aspx

There is a restored historic ranch house, garden, farm buildings and barns, plus farm machinery and equipment, with shaded areas to sit and paint. Santa Teresa hills form a backdrop and beautiful setting.  This wonderful historic site was added to Santa Teresa Park a few years ago.

Directions: From highway 85 take Cottle south. Turn left on Santa Teresa Blvd, first right on Camino Verde. Continue on through residential area until the road dead-ends on Manilla Drive. The park is just ahead of you and car parking is on Manilla Drive alongside the park.

Old Barn at Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch by Joe Ribera

“Old Barn at Bernal Gulnac-Joice Ranch” by Joe Ribera


  Weekend Paintsites  


Saturday November 17, Clos LaChance Winery 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin, CA 95046 map 

Weekend painters have the same opportunity as the Thursday painters (or a return trip for Thursday painters!) A beautiful vineyard in the rolling hills west of San Martin.  The attractive mansion with tasting room has a Grand Terrace with glorious views.  The tasting room is open from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m and then closed for a private event; however, only non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in the picnic area. Our painting session is from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Directions: Take 101 to San Martin, take the Tennant Ave exit, go west on Tennant Ave.  Very soon turn left onto Butterfield Blvd which turns into Watsonville Rd.  Go 3.5 miles, then turn left onto Hummingbird Lane.  Drive 0.8 miles past vineyards on your right.  Just before you pass wine making production buildings on your left, turn left on the lane that leads to the mansion.  Parking is limited, carpooling is encouraged.


 Saturday, December 8  Yamagami's Nursery 1361 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 

Yamagami's Garden Center and Nursery has a rich history and deep sense of community dating back to 1948 when the original owner and visionary Taro Yamagami started Yamagami’s Nursery. The site has many varieties of plants and shrubs for us to enjoy. They will also feature special holiday collections. Painting from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Directions: From Highway 85, turn south toward Saratoga on De Anza Blvd. The Nursery is on the right about 1/4 mile from the exit. 


 

 General Information

The usual start time for the paint sites is flexible.  The organizers will be there from around 10:00 a.m. and will always carry cell phones (numbers in Member Directory for Marilyn Perry, Brad Santos, Jane Saltman) if you have trouble locating the group at the site.  Often people stay until early afternoon, having taken a packed lunch to eat at the site.  After lunch we share our paintings and pictures are taken (if desired) for posting on the paintsite blog.

In case of rain or other unforeseen events:  Cancellation will be announced on http://www.scvws.org/ and on the home page by 8 AM on the day of the event.  Cancellation will also be announced by email to members, but the timing of SCVWS paintsite email cannot be guaranteed.