Sandra Hoyle with Bill Morris /Del Mar Foundation Board
A beach bonfire is a time-honored California tradition. Growing up in Southern California surrounded by sand, surf and the ubiquitous fire ring, I attended so many beach bonfires by my teens that I took them for granted. As time passed, backlash from environmentalists, governments, and coastal property owners, caused beach bonfires to go the way of the Dodo and become extinct where they had once flourished.
It is difficult to convey to you the shock and disbelief I first felt in 2011 when I heard the Del Mar Foundation was launching a beach bonfire! As an adult with a family viewing the world through the eyes of a parent, I identify a vast wasteland of conditions that my children could hurt themselves with if I didn’t apply my helicopter parenting sufficiently. I kept my reservations in check and found myself at the first DMF Bonfire: full of hope that my daughters would have similar magical childhood experiences to mine, and, at the same time, concerned about safety. My apprehension was unfounded. Partnering with the Del Mar Foundation, the Cwwwity of Del Mar’s Community Services and our local fire department ensures a thoughtful and safe event.
The result is truly amazing: a beach bonfire in all of its glory (I promise that your clothes will smell like smoke for a week!) with as little risk as only professional fire fighters and lifeguards can provide. The first bonfire was enchanting and I’ve been hooked ever since. If you’ve ever thought that part of raising children in a small beach town includes an introduction to fire or you want to wax nostalgic, you NEED to sign up for the Del Mar Foundation Spooktacular Beach Bonfire on October 18!