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Park Street Spring Festival This Weekend

Celebrate Mother's Day weekend at the annual street fair

The annual Park Street Spring Festival celebrates Mother’s Day weekend Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Weekend activities include art and craft vendors, live music, a children's area, food vendors, and beer and wine sales.

New this year, a second stage will be set up near Lincoln Avenue and will feature local Alameda bands, including The Beer Detectives, Studio O, and Rene Escovedo & The Fuse. Local band Spill the Wine will open the street fair with a performance on Saturday at 10 a.m. on the main stage.

For more information, visit http://www.shopparkstreet.com/springfestival.html.

Jeff Mark May 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I have to say I'm disappointed with the variety of the music selection. It's a street fair to be sure, so one needs to keep one's expectations in check, but on the one hand, four of the fourteen bands are repeating both days (so 10 bands cover all 14 slots), and on the other, two bands, Spill the Wine and Zebop! are old standbys, easy choices. (And is there some kind of law that requires any street fair to book Zebop!? No offense to the band, but it seems like that sometimes.) I had the same complaint about last year's Art & Whine Faire. (sic) Welcome to the official opening of tribute band season.
a94501er May 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thanks for the heads-up ... will stay away from Park St until 6pm.
Star Valdez May 11, 2012 at 02:58 PM
This sounds great! I look forward to what is always a good time.
Tom Brody May 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I was glad to see folks on Park Street lined up for mojitos at the Havana Cafe. There is nothing like a happy crowd listening and swaying to the hypnotic rhythms of congas and a stringed bass. Anyway, typically, mojito is made with yerba buena. According to Wikipedia, Yerba buena (Micromeria douglasii) is a rambling aromatic herb of western and northwestern North America, ranging from maritime Alaska southwards to Baja California Sur. The plant takes the form of a sprawling, mat-forming perennial, and is especially abundant close to the coast. The plant's most common name, the same in English and Spanish, is an alternate form of the Spanish hierba buena (meaning "good herb"). The name was bestowed by pioneer Catholic priests of Alta California as they settled an area where the plant is native. It was so abundant there that its name was also applied to the settler's town adjacent to Mission San Francisco de Asís. In 1846, the town of Yerba Buena was seized by the United States during the Mexican-American War, and its name was changed in 1847 to San Francisco, after a nearby mission. (I didn't know that San Francisco was originally called, "Yerba Buena." Oh-Em-Gee.)
Mark Irons May 15, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Jeff, I wouldn't stand and watch the band stand for two solid days anyway. I generally prefer this fair to Art and Wine which on certain years I'd refer to as Booze and Kitsch Festival, to be avoided. At 11 a.m. Saturday it was pretty mellow scene. I haven't been to either fair in several years. The band at eleven a.m. was probably doing covers but not readily recognizable to me. It had drums, conga, bass , guitar, keyboard and female vocalist who in my book was above average voice. I'm usually more or less indifferent to the music and cruise the booths quickly and get out, but took a minute to listen. Gee, hope it wasn't Zeebop! Probably was Spill the Wine. I bought a bonzai tree and a photo post card of tropical reef ( miniature octopus living in a beer can). A dozen years ago I bought a hand painted silk scarf of salmon swimming, but I didn't notice much of that sort of art this time. Years ago my son became obsessed with the wooden rubber band guns which I also didn't see this year. I have more original art than wall space or I might have sprung for a photo of the waterfall in Yosemite illuminated by the sun so it looked like lava. That photographer said he has tried to shoot that about seven or eight times and many years it was overcast. It occurs only a few days a year in February. He said 2008 was by far the most outstanding. Somebody ran a red light pretty outrageously and could have nailed a dozen people if the peds hadn't been heads up. Pretty F-ed up.

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