The Summer of Love Hits 50
San Francisco, 1967. The city is heaving with some 75,000 young people caught up in a wave of heat, glamour and liberation. This is the Summer of Love, and it’s still very much alive today, influencing the look, feel and businesses of San Francisco. This summer marks 50 years since the flower power revolution, and in celebration Shuttlecock Inc brought this never-ending Age of Aquarius to Carousel for one unforgettable night hosted by the San Francisco Tourist Board.
Guests were transported back to ’67 the moment they set foot into what was once our ground-floor Restaurant, now transformed into the City Lights bookstore. They were greeted with jazz and poetry from a resident beatnik, whose bookshelves led to a Californian wine-tasting experience, paired with out-of-this-world seafood risotto and ricotta pancakes.
Moving Upstairs, flower power girls and boys shook up and doled out cocktails and canapés like there was no tomorrow – think G&Ts spiked with love and a side of grilled mackerel tacos – whilst a live artist brought the walls to life as she worked on her psychedelic street art mural.
Meanwhile Downstairs offered a taste of 3 districts of modern-day San Fran: Chinatown, lined with with food stalls brimming with minced-pork dumplings and duck pancakes, Mission, which constituted a downright seedy dive bar offering up frozen margaritas, and finally Castro, where everyone let loose with the help of a drag queen, DJ and a whole lotta shots.
Big love to everyone who got their groove on and said hell yeah to a never-ending summer!