Rain doesn’t dampen family fun at Filoli’s Spring Fling

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 30, 2014

There were just enough breaks between the cloudbursts — and enough indoor entertainment — for the annual Spring Fling at Filoli in Woodside yesterday to be usual family-pleasing event it always is. After all, what’s better than stomping through puddles in galoshes?

Sterling Johnson, the Bubblesmith, entertained with a steady production of gigantic bubbles, all the better to pop, along with putting kids one-by- one into the middle of a bubble.

Revised James at Filoli plantingThe potting shed was a good place to dodge the raindrops. Kids were given a terra-cotta pot to decorate. They then proceeded to the shed where docents were on hand to help them plant some pansies.

Indoor shows included Andy Z and the Queen Bee Dancers, puppetry by Randall Metz, and a magic show performed by Heather Rogers. There was also storytelling and face painting. And, of course, the beautiful gardens to wander through, filled with tulips.

James and Grace_weather at FiloliNote for those keeping track of our local rainfall. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “The total from the most recent storm, including what fell overnight is .45″, bringing my season-to-date total to 7.7″. That compares to 16.05″ at the same point in 2013 when the first three months of calendar 2013 produced but 1.40″.  January thru today (3/30/14)shows 5.50″. This has been a wetter three months that the same period in 2013. ”

Top photo by Linda Hubbard; middle photo by Dennis Nugent; bottom photo by John Getze

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Christina March 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Dear Linda,
A big bouquet of thanks for writing this article and sharing Spring Fling and Filoli with our community. The photos are so much fun.

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