The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual downtown Menlo Park Block Party last night, and temps in the 80s made for a hot evening.
Unlike the larger street fairs that pepper the Peninsula over the summer, this event focuses on local businesses and non-profits with the Facebook stage hosting talent for local recreation and fitness classes. The restaurants that line Santa Cruz Avenue extend their seating areas to the sidewalks, offering food and beverages.
We spotted a few new attractions. Fleet Feet had a portrait artist in front of its store, with owner Jim Gothers being one of the first customers (pictured top). The City of Menlo Park brought in some of its heavy equipment for kids to “test drive”.
The shiny Plymouth Road Runner Super Bird was pretty to look at, but how fast it could go will remain unknown. Alas, there was no one around to tell its tale.
Some residents chose to forego the Block Party entirely and set up camp at Fremont Park to picnic and listen to music provided by the Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band. We spotted one couple who dressed Woodstock style in matching tie dye outfits.
As with previous Block Parties, we came away feeling there was a lot to see. You just needed to keep your eyes wide open!
Photo of sword dancer by Rebecca Flanagan; other photos by Linda Hubbard