Saturday, Sept. 24, will be a busy day on the Coastside: a concert of gospel music is scheduled in Half Moon Bay and a fundraising event acquainting diners with farming from seed to table is planned in Pescadero.
Tickets for both are on sale now.
Coastsiders Peter Bland and Kellie Morlock of Half Moon Bay and Nancy Zumwalt of Moss Beach are members of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, which crosses the San Francisco Bay for a show at 7:30 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay.
The choir's 55 singers from across the Bay Area, accompanied by two organists, bass and percussion, perform heartfelt traditional spirituals and uplifting contemporary gospel music. Founded in 1986 out of a gospel music workshop in the Jazz Camp West on the Coastside, the choir performs holiday and regular concerts and in prisons, hospitals and homeless shelters throughout the Bay Area and the country.
It comes to Half Moon Bay as part of an ongoing, growing relationship between Oakland's gospel and the Coastside's spiritual communities, Coastside participants say.
The soulful, spirited presentation is not meant to proselytize, said Bland.
Rather, instead of a faith-based message it hopes to offer a generally positive one, he said. What he called "the crown jewel of gospel choirs" that is "open to all faiths or none" allows the music to speak for itself.
"This is about affinity to the music and a message of hope, encouragement and strength in times of adversity and learning how to help each other," Bland said.
To that end Bland invited other local spiritual leaders to the concert, which will open with a brief performance by the 20 or so singers age 13 to 18 of the Oakland interfaith youth choir. Bland hopes their presence underlines positive messages about that community across the bay.
Tickets for the concert are now available at Bay Book Company in Strawflower Village, at $25 general admission and $22 for youth under 18 and seniors over 65.
Pie Ranch, located right off the highway at 2080 Cabrillo Highway in Pescadero, will host its third annual Farm-to-Table fundraiser. Called "This Land is your Land," beginning at 3 p.m. at the ranch, it is geared to bring participants into contact with the land through the food it yields, the farmers who tend it, and the chefs who turn the food into nutritious meals.
The event will begin with time to visit the farm and talk with docents, and will continue with a five-course meal prepared by Station 1 restaurant in Woodside using fresh ingredients harvested from Pie Ranch and neighboring farms. They will be paired with vintages from the Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards in Woodside or Bonny Doon Vineyards in Santa Cruz.
It will include live and silent auctions with restaurant and hotel packages from Santa Monica, the Coastside and the Bay Area.
And the evening will end with a barn dance to bluegrass music by a band that appears frequently at Pie Ranch events. Proceeds will go to programs that introduce youth to the farm or support emerging farmers.
Seating is limited. Tickets at $200 are available now through www.pieranch.org.