Need a new diversion to keep boredom at bay? Inject some fun into Benicia’s waning summer days.
Scenic Marina Walkabout
For a casual stroll or a mile-long extension to a runner’s route, the Benicia Marina provides a meandering path with a show-stopping vista. From the Harbormaster building to the turnaround point, art and nature converge: seabirds in the harbor are watched over by the bronze duck on Robert Arneson’s sculpture, Benicia Bench.
Ship’s Hull, Upside-down
Stage two of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of First and J Streets downtown was built in 1863. Replacing the original flat roof is the famous vaulted ceiling, built by Norwegian shipwrights in the shape of an upside-down ship’s hull. Stop in to peak at the architecture and relax in the shade of the surrounding public garden. Tours of the church will be given throughout the day during the Peddler’s Fair, August 14. www.stpaulsbenicia.org.
Artistic expression from the elegant to the edgy is manifested through downtown shop windows. Often reflecting pop culture or current events, downtown window displays are one more avenue in which to explore Benicia’s creative spirit.
Bike the Bridge
Have you been meaning to get around to biking across the Benicia Bridge? This month, make it a reality. A bit noisy and a bit windy, this 3.5-mile round trip ride has the side benefit of providing bragging opportunities at parties.
Bocce Ball Hits the Big Time
Benicia Bocce Ball has caught on like wildfire. With 27 teams this spring, players were being turned away for lack of space. Recently the Benicia Bocce Ball League expanded to weekend games so more teams could be accommodated. There are now 37 teams and counting. For summer entertainment with a twist, take in a game.
Schedules are posted at www.beniciabocceball.com
Tiles & Tea
Benicia’s rich history can be found in the unique form of mosaic tile murals along First Street sidewalks. The tiles were created by the renowned artist, the late Bill Granizo, whose studio was in Benicia. As you stroll, stop at the tiles on each block and discover Benicia’s past. For a lunchtime respite, enjoy a refreshing iced tea or a relaxing, traditional tea service at Bay Area favorite Camellia Tea Room. www.camelliatearoom.com
Go Antiquing: Benicia Peddler’s Fair
At 47 years young, this pedestrian-only antiques and collectibles fair stretches down First Street from J Street to the waterfront. With over 300 vendor booths, the annual event attracts more than 30,000 visitors. Food, beer and wine can be purchased and admission is free. Saturday, August 14, 8am-5pm.
Musical under the Moon
Enjoy a little West Coast Soul as the Spenger Garden Music Series continues with San Francisco’s Edna Love and the North Beach Brass Band. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer and the warmth of a summer evening in this lovely outdoor garden venue. Tickets can be purchased at www.beniciahistoricalmuseum.org