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Memorial Day Weekend – Make New Memories in Fort Bragg, California
—Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 am—
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It’s not too soon to start making your Memorial Day weekend plans. Our suggestion: make the Atrium your home base for an exciting weekend that features kayaking, a quilt show, great food and music — even a sea glass festival!

This special weekend will be here before you know it, and rooms fill up fast. We’ve got the welcome mat out, and hope to see you!

Here are some Memorial Day weekend highlights:

•May 25-27: Fort Bragg Quilt Show, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm, Town Hall and Masonic Hall. Admission $7, children under 11 free. Preview party Fri. May 25, $12 (includes admission for entire weekend show). Fabulous quilts, quilting demos, quilts for sale. Contact: Susan Bivins,

•May 25-28: Mendocino Waves and Caves Kayak Weekend. Experience camping and exploring along the Mendocino Coast. For novice through advanced paddlers. $395/person (early registration discounts available). Contact:707-962-1623;

•May 26: Starry Night: Symphony of the Redwoods Annual Pops Fundraiser Concert, 7 pm, Eagles Hall. $40 for concert and buffet, $20 concert only. A Starry Night of great music, singing and surprises, fantastic food and silent auction items, no host bar, and the Visual Violins drawing. Tickets at; 707-964-0898.

Chris Hillman Concert at Fort Bragg, California's Cotton Auditorium•May 26: Chris Hillman-Herb Pederson Concert, Saturday, May 26, 8 pm, Cotton Auditorium. Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Chris Hillman (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas) with long-time singer and instrumentalist Herb Pedersen. Advance tickets:

•May 26: Pre-Chris Hillman Concert Mexican Dinner at the Fort Bragg Senior Center (adjacent to the Cotton). For information call 707-964-0443.

Sea Glass from Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California•May 26-27: Fourth Annual Fort Bragg Sea Glass Festival, 10 am – 6pm, Sea Glass Museum, 1701 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. The highest concentration of sea glass in the world is in Fort Bragg. Marvel at what artists create with it. Information: 707-357-1585;



Our Glass Beaches … Where Mounds of Trash Turned to Treasure
—Posted Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 7:36 pm—
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Sea Glass from Fort Bragg's Glass Beach 2

Sea Glass from Fort Bragg's Glass Beach 2

We talk about Glass Beach, singular, but there are actually three. Each operated as a trash dump for the city during a different time: Glass Beach 1 – 1906-1946, Glass Beach 2 – 1946-49, and Glass Beach 3 in the state park – 1949-1967.

Just a few blocks north of the Atrium is the sign for just plain Glass Beach (actually Glass Beach 3), which is now part of MacKerricher State Park. A few years ago, all the old cars, batteries and other items were removed. Only beautiful sea glass and pristine tide pools were left behind.

Guests often ask if there is any glass left? There is … plenty.  However, because so many people visit Glass Beach 3 and remove buckets of glass, it is no longer ankle-deep like it once was.

So, first off we want to encourage you to hunt glass until your heart’s desire, but leave it behind for others to find. Actually, because it is considered a “cultural resource” by State Parks, it is against park regulations to remove it.

Just south, a couple of coves over from the State Park is Glass Beach 2. Because is hasn’t been plundered and fewer people visit (mostly accessible during low tides or by climbing down a steep cliff), your can literally swim in sea glass.

What To Do: Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto trail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover. Instead, go see all the great glass treasures assembled by Capt. Cass Forington’s Sea Glass Museum, on Highway 1, about a mile south of the Fort Bragg City Limits. Capt. Cass has created wonderful displays of sea glass and sells jewelry made mostly from discoveries he made at Glass Beach 1, which is accessible by kayak.

The Guest House Museum in downtown Fort Bragg is also working on a sea glass exhibit to capture this piece of Fort Bragg heritage.