As a girl, Jessica (Reynolds) Renshaw saw the world through what some might say a different perspective.
“I saw everything from dead, flat waters to typhoons to a Cold War,” Renshaw said. “I had all kinds of exciting cultural experiences… It was all a big adventure. I wish every child could have that experience.”
Those experiences were a result of living aboard a boat, Phoenix of Hiroshima — now at the bottom of the Sacramento River — for about 10 years, and another three it was her home-base while in college, she said.
Renshaw will be among the attractions at Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays “Summertime Rolls,” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 4, on Atlantic Avenue from Bixby Road to San Antonio Drive. She’ll be at the Expo Arts Center Theater, with a 24-minute video on the vessel and selling her book, “The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat.”
Other First Fridays activities include the Veterans Digital Photography Program exhibition, more than 30 artists, Toaster Music artwork, and more at the Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave.); the 10th art installation at the Allery; 40% off beach/summer items at the Better Half Boutique; Unplugged in the Bus’s eighth trip; a block party at Share & Do Good Long Beach; Cheese Addiction table; face-painting at Boardwalk Properties and Twig&Willow; and much more.
For Renshaw, having first-hand knowledge was better than imagining.
“We’d all read about the places in a book,” she said. “But I got to experience them. I knew a lot about random places. it was better than…
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