From renovating the Fletcher Cove Community Center to awarding scholarships to local students, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society has helped improve the community for more than six decades. To raise money for various projects, the society hosts its Holiday Boutique every year, with the 61st annual event set for Nov. 15 at La Colonia Community Center.
“This is one of our main fundraisers,” said Solana Beach resident Pam Dalton, who serves as event committee co-chair with Phyllis Schwartzlose. “It varies each year, but it always goes toward something in the community — a need we see.”
The Holiday Boutique will feature mostly homemade items, including holiday decorations, floral arrangements, clothing, jewelry, 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 available.
Members will sell baked goods and free coffee and tea.
“People really enjoy the Holiday Boutique,” Dalton said. “A lot of people come and see old friends, while enjoying a baked good and a cup of coffee.”
The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society evolved from the Solana Beach Women’s Civic Club, which was founded in 1953. After Solana Beach’s incorporation in 1986, the City Council asked the club to become custodians of the city’s history. In 1989 its Certificate of Incorporation was officially modified to create the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and men were welcomed into the organization.
Today the society’s focus is still on civic and cultural advancement, and philanthropy, with the added element of educating others about Solana Beach’s local history through programs at the Heritage Museum located in La Colonia Park. Some of the projects the society has sponsored include the renovation of the Fletcher Cove Community Center, the acquisition of the Gateway property and the continued beautification of the city through plantings and public art.
To host the Holiday Boutique, a 26-member craft group meets every month to create handmade items to sell at the annual fundraiser.
“People make things all through the year and we also have workshops,” Dalton said. “We really have a good time together.”
The Holiday Boutique will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at La Colonia Community Center, located at 715 Valley Avenue in Solana Beach.
Door prizes will be held during the event. The craft group will also raffle off its handmade quilt depicting places throughout Solana Beach.
“It’s just a really fun time,” Dalton said. “I urge people to come and join in the fun.”
For more information about the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society, visit solanabeachcivicandhistoricalsociety.org.