SOLANA BEACH — Young and old came from near and far for the fifth annual Beach Blanket Movie Night at Fletcher Cove on Aug. 22. Hosted by the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, it is the group’s only fundraiser.
Attendees included everyone from local residents like 1-year-old Olivia Behrmann to Bob and Wanda Monroe, who live in Fullerton but spend their weekends in Solana Beach and were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
Mayor Mike Nichols said he met a family who came from Clairemont for an evening at the beach and ended up staying for the community event.
The evening featured musical entertainment by Kevin Misajon, popcorn, ice cream and a raffle that included surfboards, a wetsuit and a beach cruiser. Attendees brought picnic dinners and pizzas.
Winners of the second annual Grom-o-Rama surf contest held that morning were announced just before sundown, when two surf movies were shown on a giant outdoor screen with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.
The event nets about $4,500 each year, according to Gerri Retman, one of the event coordinators and a Parks and Recreation commissioner.
According to a preliminary estimate, this year’s event raised about $3,500, according to Retman.