Why You Should Read our May Issue

Here at Marin Magazine, May is all about art. Actually, we always celebrate our local artists, but this month we feature our Annual Cover Contest winner and finalists. Managing Editor Dan Jewett interviewed winner Jeff Faust, as well as the other finalists to learn about their process. There were some familiar faces as well as some new to the list, including Emmeline Craig, owner of The Blissful Gallery in Stinson Beach. Meet her and many of the other finalists and our staff May 8th at the Greenbrae Shopping Center for our party to celebrate these great artists. We also include a pull out guide to Marin Open Studios, which provides a schedule, map and tour of all the artists featured.

Speaking of art – as in physical poetry – read Rina Neiman’s observations on the skate culture in Marin. The article highlights some of the county’s original ‘shredders,’ who influenced whom, where kids of all ages can go today to learn, practice and, most importantly, buy the coolest gear. While I would definitely consider this an armchair read, we’ve included a list to the parks in Marin for those inclined to partake.

In Q&A this month we talk to Shawna Ferris of Novato, who has been in the role of Snow White many years at the long running Beach Blanket Babylon. She shares her experience and tips on stage fright. Are you a fan? Head to the City Hall on June 6 for the 40-year anniversary celebration put on by cast and crew.

This month in destination, Kimberly Lavato shares her experience driving the Fruit Loop in Oregon, a foodie paradise. While in Journey, Tim Porter shares his story of reconnecting with his original photography muse and how it brought him literally nose to nostril with an angry bull in Mexico.

For a much shorter journey, we have pulled together a list of wildflowers to look for on the trails – complete with photos and names of the most popular. If you see any along the trail and want to share, be sure to hashtag #InMarin and tag us @marinmagazine so others can enjoy. Calin also introduces us to Larry the Hat, the man behind so much in Mill Valley and beyond – she used to work for him at his well-loved shop in downtown Mill Valley, so it was fun for her to show up with her reporter’s notebook.

To prepare for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, we introduce you to the ladies behind Laughing Glass cocktails, the all-natural, organic and I can attest – tasty – alternative to the Skinny Girl Margarita.

Last but not least in Looking Back, Jim Wood highlights the Maypole dance. There's a great photo of kids at Kent Middle School in 1952, so look closely because you might know someone.

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