August 8, 2003


The Del Mar Foundation offers up Payasada, Picnics and Pops!

By Lynn Gaylord

It's a great time to take advantage of the Del Mar Foundation's August offerings for fun and a little culture. Here they are:

August 10 & 11
"Payasada - Horse Play"

This Sunday and Monday evening the ten beautifully painted fiberglass horses will go on the auction block at 7 PM at Horsepark, conveniently located at 14550 El Camino Real just south of Via de la Valle. Five will be auctioned off each evening at the CBTA Yearling Sale. Come and bid on these wonderful works of art or just enjoy the evening watching someone else put a little color in their barn! Proceeds from the Payasada auction go to the non-profit Del Mar Foundation which benefits the community. Silent bids are also possible. Contact the Foundation at (858) 404-0580.

August 19
Twilight Concert in the Park

Bring out the picnic blanket and lawn chairs because it is time to dance the night away! Music will feature San Diego's steel drum band, Island Fever, playing salsa, samba, calypso, jazz, and more. Stirring up a spicy blend of Caribbean and California styles, their high energy, charisma, and showmanship are sure to warm your heart and lift your spirits. The best part of the evening is that you can order a picnic dinner for four with 2 bottles of wine through the Del Mar Foundation with your donation of $150. The picnic dinners for this concert are provided by Harvest Ranch Market and En Fuego Restaurant. Either contact the Foundation at (858) 404-0580 or download an application for a picnic dinner from . Concert starts at 7 PM with picnic dinners available at 5:30 PM from the Del Mar Foundation tent.

August 29
Summer Pops at Navy Pier

The Cultural Arts Committee has put together another great road trip to the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops on August 29 to hear a wonderful night of the best of Broadway. Music from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein will be followed by the traditional fireworks display at the Navy Pier. The best part is that dinner is included down at the Pier and transportation is provided for the evening. No hassles, no fuss, just a great evening with fellow Del Marians. We will leave on our chartered bus from the Del Mar City Hall parking lot at 5:30 PM (check in is 5:15 PM), concert is at 7:30 PM, and we will return to Del Mar at 10:30 PM. This evening is limited to the first 60 people who have their checks for $60 per person in to the Del Mar Foundation, P. O. Box 2913, Del Mar, CA, 92014. You may download an application for the evening from but it isn't necessary. Just state on your check that it is for the August 29 Summer Pops. Please include your telephone number. Your check will be your reservation. See you there!Local tree disagreement outside Del Mar limits

In yet another case of personal property vs. environmental interest, drama ensued at the Del Mar Terrace subdivision, as neighbors protested the removal of two 100-foot tall Torrey Pine trees from a private residence.

As reported in the North County Times, the Via Donada residents removing the tree citing the mess created by snowy egrets and blue herons nesting in the tree as well as an arborist's report that the tree was at risk of falling, as the catalyst for the removal. They financed the $8,000 project after an unsuccessful attempt to install lighting to drive the birds off in a non-invasive way.

Neighbors at the scene during the July 29 removal started an impromptu petition drive, and one even parked his car at the site to stop the contractors from felling the trees. The clash flared tempers on both sides and even resulted in a visit from a state game warden.

"It's perfectly legal. There are no active nests right now. The problem is it's very emotionally charged," said Fish and Game Lt. Mike Ference in an interview with the North County Times.

The Del Mar Terrace subdivision is within the City of San Diego boundaries, and therefore is not subject to Del Mar's laws to protect the endangered species of tree.

The neighbors' protests did halt the job of removing both of the trees. One was removed and the other remains, though cut back, with its main branches intact.