The Holiday Boutique is back, which means shoppers can look locally for gift-giving ideas. Sponsored by the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society, the 62nd annual event is set for Nov. 14 at La Colonia Community Center in Solana Beach.
From cute baby clothes to cozy quilts, the Holiday Boutique will feature mostly handcrafted items, including holiday decorations, clothing, accessories, gifts, and other arts and crafts. Two historical books on the city by Solana Beach historian Jim Nelson, as well as a book on North County beaches by Dr. Wolf Berger, will also be for sale.
“It’s a fun thing for the community,” said Solana Beach resident Pam Dalton, who serves as event committee co-chair with Phyllis Schwartzlose. “You find unique gifts and see people you haven’t seen in a while.”
The Holiday Boutique helps the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society raise funds for various community projects.
The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society evolved from the Solana Beach Women’s Civic Club, which was formed in 1953. The City Council asked the club in 1989 to become custodians of the city’s history. The club’s Certificate of Incorporation was then modified to create the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society, and membership became open to all adults in the community.
Today the society focuses on civic and cultural advancement, education and philanthropy. Some of the projects the society has sponsored over the years are the renovation of Fletcher Cove Community Center, the acquisition of the Gateway property and the continued beautification of the city through plantings and public art.
The society also awards scholarships to local students and educates community members about Solana Beach’s history through programs at the Heritage Museum located in La Colonia Park.
To host the Holiday Boutique, a 26-member craft group meets monthly to create items for the annual fundraiser.
“There’s some very talented people,” said Dalton, who enjoys making items for children, including doll clothes. Her son from Oklahoma also donates handcrafted wooden bowls to the boutique. “We love getting together once a month. It’s lighthearted and fun.”
The Holiday Boutique will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave. in Solana Beach.
The event will include a silent auction and hourly raffle prizes, including a knitted cactus garden. The craft group will also sell baked goods and provide free coffee and tea.
“That’s a big draw for the boutique,” Dalton said. “People like to come and shop, and sit with friends and neighbors. It’s a real community feel.”