By Miriam Raftery
Photos: HeART of Mt. Helix
Listen to our interview, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link.
August 1, 2019 (Mt. Helix) – Krista Powers with the Mt. Helix Park Foundation shared some fascinating history of Mt. Helix and the evolution of the foundation in an interview on our East County Magazine Radio Show.
She also talked about the upcoming heart of Mt. Helix food, wine and art festival coming up on August 10th. The benefit event features live music and dancing, art demonstrations, a high-value raffle and auction, food tastings from local restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries and more – all at the mountaintop amphitheater with 360 degree views. This year, the Old Town trolley will shuttle people to the event.
“They come up the mountain and right away, guests walk into a live art experience,” Powers says. Up to Sunset Peak, you can do tastings and enjoy music, after which there will be a live auction with vacation stays and more, cooking demonstration, and even a new VIP seating area with lounge chairs and continued tastings. After sunset, the Good Mojo band will provide dancing under the stars.
The event helps fund habitat restoration in the park and a wealth of other events held there, including a Halloween Harvest Festival, yoga, astronomy nights, classes, concerts, and a holiday event that this year will including the annual caroling party as well as an event similar to the Christmas markets of Europe.
"We rely 100% on our donors and volunteers," says Powers, noting that the foundation receives no government funding. Events include a fun volunteer in the park day, monthly gatherings at Helix brewing for volunteers and friends.
For tickets to the heART of Mt. Helix, information on other events or opportunities to volunteer, visit www.Mt.HelixPark.org.