Thursday, April 21, 2005
By Jacquie Oliverius
NOELLE FLORES-JAY, center, does a little shopping during her lunch hour at the farmers market held at Todos Santos
Plaza in Concord on Tuesday. This particular farmers market is held year-round, but markets all over the area are getting
ready to start again.
Concerts, Farmers Markets, Movies chids, to organic cheeses from Petaluma.
Music at Noon Series moves Also, the Thursday night concert,
There will also be hot food this
which has traditionally run from June to
to new day to accommodate August, will instead start May 5 and end in year – chicken kabobs and barbecue from
market-goers September, Weiss said. That expansion is to local caterers – along with fresh honey and a
nursery with spring plants.
accommodate the demand.
he Summer lunch hour just wouldn’t “We’ve added a lot this year,” said Weiss said there will be three
be the same without lively salsa music Vince Scalise, senior market manager for movie nights this year, where residents can
or a jazz solo inﬁltrating the Todos Paciﬁc Coast Farmers Market, the organiza- ﬁrst attend a concert, then shop at the market
Santos Plaza town square. That’s right – the tion in charge of the Concord market. and ﬁnally, when it gets dark, they can break
summer concert series is back, in conjunc- “You have to keep bringing new out the picnic blankets and watch a movie
tion with the farmers market and summer and different things in. You always have the under the stars.
movie nights. Weiss said the Todos Santos
basics, but you also want to have something
But organizers say there are some - movie nights will start Thursday, Aug. 18,
changes this year. with the Elvis Presley classic, “Jailhouse
The Thursday Music and Market
The popular farmers market, Rock.” The movie “Grease” will show Aug.
series will launch with a Cinco De Mayo-
featuring fresh fruit and produce from as far 25. And then the ﬁnal show of the summer
themed Latin beat band called “Orquesta
away as Fresno and Watsonville, expands to will be “Music Man,” on Sept. 1, to go along
D’Soul.” The concerts will take place every
two days a week during the summer – Tues- with a special themed Concord Centennial
day afternoons and Thursday nights. But this Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., but the farm-
ers market is from 4 to 8 p.m. celebration.
year, the Wednesday Music at Noon series Weiss said there will also be a ﬁrst-
is moving to Tuesdays to accommodate the The Tuesday farmers market,
which is a year-round market in its ninth ever “Dad’s Day” event to commemorate
market. Father’s Day – that’s on June 19. It will be
This means there will be free year, will continue to be held from 10 a.m. to
much like the May city-sponsored MomDay
concerts playing during both the Tuesday 2 p.m., with the summer concerts starting at
in Todos Santos Plaza, with children writing
and the Thursday farmers markets, but no noon and lasting until 1:30 p.m. The Tuesday
essays , about why their dads are the great-
concerts on Wednesdays. The new Tuesday concerts will go from May 10 through July
est. Winners will take home prizes, and even
setup, coupled with an existing concert on 26.
those who don’t participate can enjoy food
Thursday nights, means outdoor food sales “It’s just too hot to keep them go-
vendors and entertainment.
will always be accompanied by music. ing in August,” said Weiss.
The MomDay event is set for May
“People just loved having the The farmers markets on Tuesdays, 8, and Weiss said she has already had some
Thursday concert at the same time as the however, will take place come rain or shine, touching entries in the essay contest. The
Thursday market, so it just made sense as they always have, Scalise said. city funds much of the concert series with
to move Wednesday’s show to Tuesday,” At the market, patrons can expect Redevelopment Agency money, taxes from
said Florence Weiss, the city’s Downtown to ﬁnd traditional veggie and fruit booths, increased property values in Concord’s rede-
Coordinator. with everything from fresh cherries to or- velopment area.