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Shade Sails

Sunset Magazine always has a few of these sail cloth shades on display for their Celebration Weekends in June. It can be blistering hot, although once,  it poured rain! That’s the point, these shades are able to take it all!  You can make them (they won’t last as long as the industrially sewn shades) and replace each summer with a new look if you want. You can use tarps or other fabric remnants too. The look can be as colorful or demure as you wish!

Sleek shapes and taut surfaces give shade sails a dynamic presence that belies their practical mission. In the West, these tensioned fabric canopies represent the latest in backyard sun protection. The idea comes from Australia, where, years ago, canopies were made of sailcloth. Now architectural sails are made of high-tech synthetic knits that wear better and block out more UV rays-up to 95 percent with some fabrics.

Economy, not just style, will soon make shade sails more common in the United States, predicts John Reisinger of Reisinger Rigging www.reisingerrigging.com or 909/364-1705), which installed the project shown here. “Per foot, it’s the cheapest form of permanent shade there is,” he says. “Sails are also versatile enough to go with most architectural styles, and they’re a breeze to take care of. Just hose them off.”

Ready-made sails you install yourself start at about $130 for a 12-foot triangle. Large custom-designed sails and installation run several thousand dollars and up. Shade Sails www.shadesails.com or 562/945-9952) offers made-to-order and ready-made options. Coolaroo www.coolaroo.com), an Australian firm, sells ready-made sails. -Sharon Cohoon

Savor the Central Coast!

savor sunsetSeptember 30 – October 3 – Don’t miss this!

Sunset puts on the best events. http://www.savorcentralcoast.com/

And once again they have it ALL, and focused on a spectacular area of California with reduced ticket prices for locals. Take a look:

  • Meet the Growers
  • Kitchen Garden – a 2 acre demonstration garden
  • Wineries – from Monterey to Ventura
  • Things to see and do – regional events
  • Meet the Greats – local authors, chefs, and foodies
  • Movable feast – food on carts coming to you
  • Chickens – why, how, where
  • Tour the Santa Margarita Ranch by Train
  • and so much more!

      Special Events:

  • Winemaker’s Dinners
  • Western Wine Awards Gala, VIP Tasting
  • Chris Isaak concert with a fireworks finale on Sunday

This looks like the most fun you can Pack into one Weekend!!

  • Admission to The Main Event for Saturday or Sunday with a single day ticket is $85.00, 2-day (Saturday and Sunday) admission ticket is $150.00
  • For locals. $75.00 for one day OR 2-day (Saturday and Sunday) $130.00  Local ticket purchases are based on the ZIP codes of San Luis Obispo County.

Sunset Celebration Weekend is Coming up!

Sunset magazine’s spectacular, “something for everyone” Celebration event is almost here. Save the date for 2009! You’ll see flowers, food, food prep, wine abounds, there are crafts and shows, and instructions, and many local vendors. You’ll sample new recipes and be thrilled with the gardening advice and demonstrations.

June 6 and 7, 2009. 10-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. located at Sunset HQ, 80 Willow Rd in Menlo Park.

Parking is a bear for this annual event…. so try CAL TRAIN [Menlo Park station is a few blocks away], or biking there.

Self Tours of the Sunset Garden are also available on the weekdays, if you’d like something more crowd-free.

Also check out their website, they have a new PLANT FINDER and lots of inspiration on how to LOSE your lawn….. ah it is gardening weather. You can learn how to Grow your own food with all the tips and ideas you’ll find here.