ENCINITAS — “Playthings from the Past,” a new exhibit featuring toys from the museum’s extensive collection, will greet visitors at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum’s second annual Lima Bean Faire on Sept. 24, Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. The event highlights the lima bean’s role in local history with a Tequila Tasting and Talent Show on Friday, a Lima Bean Cook-Off contest on Saturday and the Lima Bean Follies on Sunday. All events take place at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.
“Playthings from the Past” will display a wide spectrum of toys from a broad range of time. Dating to
the 1880s, a china head doll with leather body in a calico dress sits on top of a toy mirrored walnut with
burl inlay doll’s dresser from the 1920s. An early Lionel train and heavy iron push cars and trucks recall
the days before electronic video games. Some of the collection, such as the Truax twin’s baby dolls from
the 1930s, recall ties to local history. These dolls belonged to the granddaughters of James Noonan who
bought the beach area known as Swami’s for $1,000 in 1886. Ever popular Barbie and Ken, with their extensive wardrobes recall their mid-1900s rise to fame.
The San Dieguito Heritage Museum tells the history of the San Dieguito region, which includes the communities of Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Cardiff, Solana Beach and Del Mar. For further information contact museum director, Shari Fortmueller at (760) 632-9711.