Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The mountain resort town of Idyllwild has a population of about 3,500...
...and seemingly more hippie style gift shops per capita than anywhere in the world...
...including the Artspresso Fine Art Gallery and Divine Scents Candle Gallery.
According to a Wikipedia article, after the invention of the automobile, "the town presented itself as an alpine village, and hotels and businesses had German or German-sounding names, but this practice ended during World War II."
The article continues: "In the late 1960s and 1970s, there was an influx of hippies in Idyllwild, which changed the nature of the town and alarmed many longtime residents."
There is an arts academy nearby for teenagers, which Jolene from "Saturday Matinee" attended, and downtown hosts "The Rustic Theatre" which is a combination hot dog stand, video rental store, movie theatre, and performing arts center in a tiny little building.
This is no small town backwater, though. They were even offering a special midnight showing of the latest "Harry Potter" movie on the day it was opening nationally.
There is also a local newspaper called "The Town Crier" (click here for an online version) that is a model for local news.