Categories for Holidays

December 17 | Find the Fountain in Its Finery for 3 More Weeks

Friends and neighbors: Happy holidays! Just a note to remind you that for the next three weeks, the Fountain at The Circle will remain dressed for the season, with garlands of green around the perimeter of the center island and wreaths and kippahs adorning the fountain’s grizzly bear cubs. The lights come on about sundown and remain on for several...


December 28 | An Accident at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: This was to be a year-end note expressing our gratitude to everyone who has shown their support for Friends of the Fountain and Walk this year, especially our devoted volunteers and those who have responded so generously to our annual holiday mailing. It is truly touching to see just how much this community values the Fountain at...


December 8 | More Lovely Photos of the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: Ira Serkes, a great friend of Friends of the Fountain and Walk, has made some new images of the Fountain at The Circle dressed in its holiday finery. Ira sells these and other images online, and donates any proceeds from sales of fountain-related images to FOFW. So enjoy these new images (shown here) and, if you are...


December 3 | Fountain-Themed Holiday Gifts

Friends and neighbors: While Friends of the Fountain and Walk works to rethink and restock its own online store (clicking on our “Shop” link will tell you it is on hiatus), anyone in search of fountain-themed greeting card and gift possibilities can still find them elsewhere. Here are some that let you buy local and support FOFW: Greeting/note cards and...


December 10 | Happy Holidays from FOFW!

Friends and neighbors: Happy holidays from Friends of the Fountain and Walk! If you have been by The Circle recently, you’ve seen that the fountain has donned its seasonal finery once again. We hope this annual display brings a little light and joy into your holiday season. You also may have noticed a few masons out around the perimeter of...


November 13 | News Updates from the Fountain and Walk

Friends and neighbors: The end of 2018 is almost here. But there is much still to do around The Fountain at the Circle and Fountain Walk. Repairs scheduled: In the next few weeks, much-needed repair work will get underway on the historic balustrade that borders The Circle. Several large cracks have developed over the years that need to be fixed....


December 31 | Happy New Year! (and an update)

Hi, folks. A quick update: The lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island in The Circle will be taken down today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) ahead of the expected rains. They were to stay up until Saturday, but the wet weather expected today means it is better to take them down now, so they can be dry when stored...


July 2 | A Happy Holiday Weekend

Friends and neighbors: Just a note to say that happily, Berkeley’s landmark fountain is flowing again this weekend. Many thanks to the City of Berkeley staff, led by parks maintenance supervisor Bruce Pratt, for their help in draining and refilling the fountain after the most recent vandalism. We hope this will be the last incident for some time. As we’ve...


December 5 | Holiday Finery at the Fountain

The tradition of decorating the Fountain at The Circle for the holiday season was carried out again this past weekend, as volunteers with Friends of the Fountain and Walk added greenery and lighting — and snazzy holiday outfits for the fountain’s four grizzly bear cubs. Last week, a crew led by longtime FOFW president and volunteer coordinator Sara Holmes crafted...


March 27 | Easter Egg Hunt!

Hello and happy spring from Friends of the Fountain and Walk! If you are passing by The Circle or strolling along Fountain Walk today, keep an eye out for some Easter eggs like this one that have been hidden (in plain sight), containing some treats and a message. Happy hunting!