Summers Here! This is by far one of our favorite playlists. We’ve been listening to it daily if that is any indication. Starting with music from 1934 and taking you through to the early 2000’s. It’s nostalgia and pure fun all rolled into one celebration of Summer.
Growing up on a dairy farm in West Central Wisconsin we had our share of fresh creamery butter, cream, raw milk, cheese/cheese curds (squeaky or deep fried) and, of course, ice cream. One of my favorite memories of childhood was my grandmother taking me and my sister to Lookout Store for an ice cream cone. It was an old fashioned country store that the rural community would go to for items that they needed in between shopping trips to the nearest town 9 miles away. It also had the best summer sausage east of the Mississippi! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. In my humble opinion childhood isn’t childhood without:
1) Sweet cold watermelon eaten outdoors because it’s too messy to eat indoors. Plus how can you see how far you can spit seeds if you’re inside?
2) A trip to the drive in “Root Beer” stand for a root beer float or
3) Ice cream in cake cones on hot, humid summer days or any summer day, or evening and morning for that matter.
We carried on the tradition when our twin daughters, Roxy and Chelle, both worked at the Baskin Robbins on Rosecrans in the Village of Point Loma while they were in high school. One of the side effects of scooping ice cream is they boasted the strongest, most muscular right forearms. Their reputation for scooping ice cream caused some of their friends to purchase an ice cream scoop for them that looked like a cow and would moo when you scooped the ice cream. Their stint at 31 flavors left us with a love for Baseball Nut and Love Potion 31.
Papa Todd with his granddaughters Amylia and Claraissa enjoying ice cream cones at Olson’s Ice Cream. The white and black fur person is our senior puppy, Toby Wan Kenobi, enjoying his own dish of Olson’s.
Now it’s our granddaughters’ turn to create memories of ice cream adventures. They are doing that in my husband, Todd’s, home town and what is now their home town of Chippewa Falls, WI at Olson’s Ice Cream. Olson’s has been in business since 1923. Let me tell you when you’ve been making ice cream for nearly 100 years, you get really good at it. If you are ever in Chippewa Fall’s you need to go there. They are the only place I know that makes licorice ice cream. My sweetest memory of our visit last summer with our grandchildren, was while we were having supper (dinner here on the west coast). I leaned over to whisper into Todd’s ear that we should take the kiddos out for ice cream. Our then 3 year old granddaughter, Amylia, must have heard my whisper as she raised up her arms, as if she were the referee at a Green Bay Packer game, signaling that Mason Crosby had scored his field goal kick and yelled out with much enthusiasm, Olson’s! We had no choice but to take them….
Which brings us to one of our favorite YUM finds in San Diego County. Niederfrank’s Ice Cream in National City!
Started in 1948, it has the tastiest blackberry swirl that takes me to my childhood in one lick flat! We love the old fashion ice cream decor with its sweet heart chairs and bistro tables, the mural of downtown National City and Mr. Neiderfranks (Elmer) portrait staring you in the face as you sample their many wholesome flavors. Yum…
What’s your favorite ice cream memory or YUM find in San Diego County? We would love to hear about it. If you haven’t found one yet, here is a list to get you started finding your favorite ice cream or gelato. Keeping cool in summer is easy when you have all of these great places to enjoy in San Diego County.
Bark for Life July 9 A Canine Event to Fight Cancer – American Cancer Society. This is your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember people we have lost, but also to raise funds and awareness to help save lives. 9am-12pm / Grape Street Dog Park, San Diego
(619) 682-7423 / www.relayforlife.org/barksandiegocaChristmas In July Fair July 9-10 Offering handmade arts and craft items (many with Christmas themes) by over 150 artisans, the event also includes a rummage sale, bake sale, food court, raffle, kid’s activity area and live entertainment. 9am-5pm / Mission San Luis Rey Parish: 4070 Mission Ave., Oceanside www.christmasinjulyartisans.comThe Color Run MLB All-Star 5K July 10 The event will combine the enjoyment of a 5K with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation full of unforgettable memories and MLB surprises. 7am / Waterfront Park San Diego: 1600 Pacific Highway www.thecolorrun.comKile Morgan Golf Tournament July 11 First place winner will be listed on the Perpetual Trophy in honor of the late Weldon D. Donaldson. 12-5pm / Coronado Municipal Golf Course: 2000 Visalia Row
(619) 477-9339 / www.nationalcitychamber.orgCelebrate Coronado 2016 Celebrating All Things Islander July 14 Join us for this community-wide celebration as we honor our Local Heroes, our City, Mayor Casey Tanaka and all things Islander! 5-8pm / Coronado Community Center Nautilus Room: 1845 Strand Way
(619) 435-9260 / www.coronadochamber.com
Pride of Hillcrest Block Party July 15 We are taking over the streets of Hillcrest with your favorite local DJ’s, carnival rides, dancing in the street and Gogo dancers. 6-11pm / Hillcrest Pride Flag: University Avenue/Normal Street
(619) 299-3330 / www.fabuloushillcrest.com
Wine & A Bite Art Walk July 15 Stroll the Historic Downtown District, stopping at several venues where you’ll enjoy wine, gourmet food and a unique art experience at each stop! 5-8pm / S. Main Avenue, Fallbrook
(760) 728-5845 / www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org
Sun & Sea Festival July 15-16 World-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair. See website for schedule. / Imperial Beach www.sunandseafestival.com
Rubio’s Coast Fest July 16 This event will include a beach clean-up and party with live music, interactive vendor booths, food, a kid’s zone and much more. 10am-2pm / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside
(760) 435-4500 / www.ci.oceanside.ca.us
FitFest 2016 July 16 An equal dose of group fitness classes, awesome food, music, and activities for the whole family. Fitness experts providing a wealth of knowledge on topics ranging from competition body sculpting to children’s yoga. 8am-7pm / Coronado Ferry Landing
(619) 435-9260 / www.coronadochamber.com
Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market July 16-17 Ranging from all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, piece of furniture, or other amazing treasures for your home or garden. 9am-4pm / Liberty Station, San Diego www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com
The Museum Ball – Night At The Casbah July 23 Directly supports OMA’s mission to celebrate art through engagement, education, and innovation. 6-11pm / Oceanside Museum of Art: 704 Pier View Way
(760) 435-3720 / www.oma-online.org/ball2016
Insect & Ladybug Festival July 23-24 Features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies including live insects, lizards, snakes, and the famous “Madagascar hissing cockroaches.” Entomologists and other bug experts will be available for questions. 10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Gardens, Encinitas
(760) 436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org/insect.htm
Love Run 5k July 24 Premier run/walk for anyone who loves to run, loves their partner, is looking for love, or just plain loves life. 7am / Liberty Station: NTC Park
(619) 269-7047 / www.loverun.rocks
WINE SOCIAL Fundraiser July 27 Raise your glass while raising money for San Diego STEM teachers! 30+ boutique California wineries, delicious bites from the French Gourmet all with a Pacific ocean view. 6pm / Birch Aquarium: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
(858) 771-6481 / www.mitefsd.org/events/wine-social
70th Flag, General & Senior Officers Ball July 29 Get the opportunity to meet with, recognize, and thank local military leaders for their service to our country. 5:30-10:30pm / US Grant Hotel: 326 Broadway, San Diego
(619) 544-1370 / www.sdchamber.org/event/2016ball
Let’s Play Golf FUNdraiser July 29 Join us in our annual FUNd raiser to provide much needed to fund to the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and CAST. 10am / Salt Creek Golf Club: 525 Hunte Pkwy., Chula Vista
(858) 220-5487 / www.chulavistaca.gov
4th of July Celebrations All events take place on July 4 unless otherwise noted.
Camp Pendleton: Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Beach Bash 10am-11pm / Del Mar Beach Resort – Includes Fireworks www.mccscp.com/beachbash
Carlsbad: Red, White and BOOM! Includes Fireworks 10am-9pm / LEGOLAND California www.legoland.com
Have you ever wondered what they do to put in the foundation of a residential high rise building? Zephyr Partners as put together this time lapse video of their new community going up in the Bankers Hill area, called The Park. Check it out, they take it from tearing down the old building to its current foundation status. It’s pretty amazing.
If you would like to take a look at this amazing project, or any other new construciton give me a call. I would be happy to tour you. Rosemary, 619.405.7673, email@example.com
It is amazing to me that this can happen in a real estate transaction, but it has and can again, if you are not careful as a buyer. Thieves are everywhere even in the realm of a home purchase. Watch this video from our Fidelity National Title team Alix Kammeyer and Shawn Harris to get the latest scoop on this new wave of thievery hitting the buyers throughout the country.