This past weekend was Blackie's Hay Day in Tiburon. It was such a great day for both children and adults. I was honored to be asked to help out with all their Graphic Design needs. Blackie's Hay is a wonderful event put on by Bookmarks which is a program of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation. Bookmarks is a volunteer organization that provides funding for the children's library and teen programs of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
Growing up in Belvedere, the Belvedere-Tiburon Library was a special place for my brothers and me. The library is now in a different location than it once was but I will forever remember being in the library with my brother the day the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake struck. After years of school drills, the second the ground started shaking, my brother and I slid under the table as we had been instructed to all those years. I can picture the entire day in my mind like it was yesterday. Once the ground settled, we stayed to help the librarians clean up the many books that had fallen and then rode our bikes home. These were the days before cell phones, so my parents had no idea where we were but they knew we were together and most likely safe.
Fast forward many (ahem) years to a new beautiful library in a different location. It is a bizarre feeling to raise your kids in the area where you grew up. I try to catch myself from saying how different things are from when I was a kid but wow, they are. The one constant is my love of books and the library. So far, this seems to be the same for Brooke and I couldn't be more thrilled. She loves story time and "reading" books. Her brother, not so much just yet. During my maternity leave, there were many Mondays that I would strap Luke to me in the carrier and take Brooke to story time. The woman who does the baby bounce story time at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library is amazing. She always picks out several great books relative to the season and sings the most adorable songs. Being back at work, this is one of things I really miss doing with the kids.
To be part of the fundraising efforts to help my hometown library was a no brainer! Plus, the location of Blackie's Hay Day in Blackie's pasture is an all time favorite of mine. Blackie's pasture is named after the swayback horse who stood there for 28 years. He died before I was born but he seemed like an amazing horse. He stood in the same spot, facing the same direction, day after day until his death. In his working years he was part of the rodeo and then became a cavalry horse accompanying the Army horses in San Francisco as they rode to Yosemite National Park to patrol the park. Upon his retirement at 12 years old, he came to be at his pasture in Tiburon and that is where he stood for 28 years. His grave is there along with a statue that was erected in 1995. From playing there as a kid, running cross country in middle school, to taking my own children on stroller walks with friends while our babies slept, Blackie's pasture has been a steady background to the film reels of my life.
Blackie's Hay Day is a more recent event and wasn't going on while I was growing up so when I had kids, I started to attend. When my friend, who is co-chair of the Blackie's Hay Day committee contacted me to do their Graphic Design, I jumped at the chance. Previous Graphic Designers had already done a great job with the design so it was easy taking the reigns. (pun intended)
I was able to help on several aspects of the day. First, we started with creating advertisements for the local paper and mother's club magazines. I had a lot of fun designing the "thank you to our sponsors" sign. I used Blackie's body to showcase the top donors and highlighted the other top donors by font size and color. These were made into flyers to hand out to guests with the activities portion of the day on the flip side. Both signs were blown up and placed on coroblast and displayed at the entrance of the event. I also helped with other various signs needed, such as the town banner and new game signs. It was a lot of work but so awesome to see it all come together in the end.
I am so impressed with the entire Blackie's Hay Day Volunteer Committee. They poured their hearts into the day and it shows!
Here are a few pictures from the day along with the kids enjoying the festivities.