Nativity Carnival kicks off the summer of 2011

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on June 10, 2011

ferris wheel at Nativity Carnival in Menlo Park

When the carnival comes to town, taking up residence on the corner of Oak Grove Ave. and Laurel St., it’s a sign that summer is here.  The 31st edition of the Nativity Carnival, which begins at 5:00 pm today and runs through Sunday at 6:00 pm, has many of the same features that make it a perennial favorite of Menlo and Atherton residents. But there are some new twists as well.

“This year we’ve really changed the layout by creating an area that’s oriented for the younger kids,” said Steven Machado, who’s co-chairing the event along with Patrick O’Hare.  “All our school booths and food vendors are on one half of the property and all the rides are on the other half.  It will be very kid friendly and allow parents to let kids run freely without getting too spread out. It also allows the older kids to all be together since they generally concentrate around the rides.”

Both Friday and Saturday night will feature a Men’s Club Dinner with the choice of rotisserie chicken or Tri Tip. The silent auction in the new Sobrato Pavilion Gym has over 200 items, according to Machado. The Grand Prize winner of this year’s raffle, which will be announced at 5:00 pm on Sunday, will receive either a Toyota Prius or $15,000.

Live entertainment includes R&B band Spill the Wine on Friday night. The Saturday line up includes the Menlo-Atherton Jazz Band from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, acoustic rock band Maneck from 3:oo to 5:00 pm and local favorites The Bell Brothers from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. On Sunday afternoon The Second Story Band will play from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.

Admission to the Carnival is free. Proceeds benefit Nativity School.

Single image HDR photo of ferris wheel at 2010 Nativity Carnival by Scott Loftesness

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