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San Francisco's 20th International Beer Festival

Milk and Cookies Meets Beer and Fun

by Bob Coleman

     Don't miss the chance to have a great time supporting a worthy nonprofit school while enjoying over 100 beers, food supplied by local restaurants, and live music at the 20th annual International Beer Festival in San Francisco. One of Northern California's legendary good-time parties, this year's fest will be held on Saturday, AprilĘ12, 2003, from 7 to 10Ęp.m. at the regular venue, Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion (Beach and Laguna Streets, across from the Marina Safeway).

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     The character of this festival is unique. The event is produced entirely (and expertly) by the families of the students of the community-operated Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School. Since 1954, the school has provided a happy and supportive "learning through play" environment for children ages two through five. The festival is the school's sole fund-raiser, supplying 70 percent of its operating funds. Distributors and local merchants donate the beer, food and raffle prizes.

     Prior to the beer festival, the school put on various events, including a notable 1966 concert featuring Quicksilver Messenger Service and Country Joe and the Fish. By 1983, Lucy Stofle, the school's director, came to believe that a beer festival would be distinctive and fun. Her enthusiasm for good beer had grown during her years of residence in Montreal, Canada, and continued after her relocation to San Francisco.

     Stofle's positive, lively spirit has been the underpinning of the festival's success over two decades. She encourages attendees to "come and have a good time eating and dancing and enjoying yourselves for a really good cause."

     Tickets are $40 in advance through Ticketmaster (415-421-TIXS or www.ticketmaster.com) or $50 at the door; 21 and older admitted with ID. Tickets are also available at selected restaurants listed on the festival's Website, www.sfbeerfest.com. Parking at Fort Mason is supplemented by public transportation and by additional free parking at the Marina Middle School at Bay and Webster Streets. For school information or to make direct donations, contact Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School, 555ĘChestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133, or phone 415-421-3313.

Copyright 2003, Celebrator No material herein may be reprinted without permission of the Celebrator Distributed On the W3 For personal, non-commercial enjoyment and use only. Cheers!

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