Idyllwild event mixes art and beer to benefit free living sanctuary

A trip up the mountain to Idyllwild has become more than a way to escape the desert heat. It’s tapping into this evolving arts city, which has undergone some changes since the pandemic.

“With so many people realizing they can work remotely, we have hordes of young professionals and families moving into our community, which was previously made up almost entirely of people of retirement age. It was a bit of a culture shift for both parties,” says Amy Miller-Hawley, one of the organizers of the second edition. Pints ​​in the Pinesa beer and arts festival scheduled for August 20 at the Mile Hi Plaza next to idyllic gardens.

As the event lets visitors sample food truck offerings like Jamaican-African fusion, Italian, Mexican, American “tailgate” and more, sip beers, people-watch and browse stalls. of vendors displaying books, shops and handmade items, your eyes will be drawn to the display of eye-catching murals in the center of town. Often whimsical pieces are increasingly part of the expanding art scene, says Miller-Hawley, owner wild idya gift shop and vacation rental business on North Circle.

Hawley, 37, from Nuevo in unincorporated Riverside County, attended summer school on the mountain as a youngster. In 2016, she took a temporary job in Idyllwild, working as general contractor, and her family fell in love with the place and decided to stay. “It’s hard not to,” she says. She is now an event planner and consultant.