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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Funding ahdanco and the Arts - Five Dollars at a Time

We all know that the arts are being defunded and that it's harder for artists to attract sponsorship in the current economic clime, but do you know about Kickstarter? It's an innovative new way to raise money for creative and artistic endeavors.
See the 'Consider Funding ahdanco' banner to the right.

The artist or group creates a video pitch and states their goal. Individuals pledge an amount, anything from $5 and the money is deducted, if and when, the total goal is reached. The idea is that you can support artists, or small artistic companies, in the community around you without being a big donor - though they love them too!

We found out about Kickstarter  because our dear friend Abigail Hosien is raising money for her dance company ahdanco. Their new season will be in Berkeley at the Ashby Stage this May. She currently has 40 backers (including us) who have pledged a total of $3,690, with only 18 days to go to reach their  $4,500 goal. If they don't reach their goal by April 4th they lose all the pledges and the show 'won't go on', at this stage every dollar matters.

Why fund ahdanco? ahdanco is a wonderful young dance company that combines the contemporary choreography of Abigail Hosein in collaboration with the the work of local artists including composers, poets and musicians. We loved the show last year which brought together poets from the Oakland Poetry Slam with the dancers. It was great to see and we highly recommend their upcoming season.

So, consider making a donation to ahdanco, check out their video on Kickstarter and have a look at all the great arts projects happening around us. I love the idea of harnessing small donations to help create the beauty, art and community we so need in our world.