MARIPOSA — There are moments in life when I push the pause button.
Choosing to ignore the rush of demands and myriad obligatory tasks and responsibilities, I step outside, enjoy the caress of a springtime breeze, and watch a bumblebee or butterfly busily at work in my garden.
Observing the tiny miracles of nature is something I never tire of.
This weekend is a time to celebrate one of nature's miracles.
Today through Sunday, Mariposa will welcome thousands of visitors to its annual Butterfly Festival.
It's the one time of year when hundreds of newly hatched butterflies are released, delighting the child in each of us.
From Friday through Sunday, activities will take place at various locations in and around town. A few highlights:
"Taste of Mariposa" features area restaurants offering delicious samples from their menus, held at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds beginning at 7 p.m.
"Butterfly Hat Competition" is a time for adults to spread their wings, held in conjunction with the Taste of Mariposa.
"Winged Wonders Parade" takes place in downtown Mariposa from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Live music and entertainment can be found in the Art Park and on Seventh Street.
Children's activities, costume contests and art competitions are held at the Art Park and the County Park Amphitheater.
Craft booths feature hand-crafted artwork by area artists and artisans.
A book sale will be held at the Mariposa County Library through Sunday.
The Mariposa Museum and History Center hosts high school bands and a quilt raffle on Saturday. Entrance to the center is free on Saturday and Sunday.
Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale featuring vegetables, fruits, herbs, heirlooms, annuals, perennials and native plants from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds. There will be tool sharpening and other gardening-related demonstrations.
Great food, line dancing and sidewalk chalk art are part of the festivities.
"Butterfly Spirit" features inspirational music played Sunday morning and accompanied by a complimentary breakfast -- while supplies last.
And butterfly releases will take place throughout the weekend.
Visit www.mariposabutterflyfestival.net, check the festival page on Facebook, or call Trish at (209) 966-3232 for event details.
Come enjoy the festival celebrating Mariposa's namesake during a beautiful time for visiting the foothills.
Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.