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Sparks Fly in Del Mar
Kelley Huggett | Mira Montana Drive


Photo Jill Weitzen MacDonald
Watch the bonfire on YouTube here


A wonderful thing happened on Friday night, October 16. Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights Elementary Schools came together to celebrate community unity by hovering around the flickering flames of the first beach bonfire in Del Mar in many years, at an event sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation.

The evening was kicked off with a bang, when the Del Mar Fire Department lit a torch to start the bonfire as Del Mar children looked on eagerly to see the flames rise high above the sand pit. The Del Mar Lifeguards and the Fire Department could be seen in the shadow of the fire, watching over everything to ensure the crowd’s safety. As the flames lit up the beach, it set the scene for “The Paper Bag Cowboy,” Charles Johnson, to engage the crowd in spooktacular Halloween stories and sing-alongs. Once the crowd was adequately thrilled and chilled, families from both schools connected and gathered around six individual camp fires located along the beach. There they roasted marshmallows, ate s’mores and shared their own spooktacular stories.

It was an evening of community unity for all Del Mar families thanks to the efforts of both the Del Mar Heights and Del Mar Hills PTAs and the Del Mar Foundation Children’s Committee. Many of the parents who brought their children to the event commented that they grew up in Del Mar when beach bonfires were common and they were so happy to have their children able to participate in creating their own childhood memories of living in Del Mar.


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