Presented by the Melo Park Chamber of Commerce, the 28th annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace comes to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 19-20. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days; admission is free. There is also a “Saturday Twilight Concert” featuring Steely Dan/Chicago tribute band Aja Vu from 5:30-8:00 pm on Saturday, July 19 in Fremont Park.
Festival goers will be able to visit with and buy from 250 artists displaying original work in sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, metal and mixed media. Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls are among the one-of-a-kind items available.
Nine bands will line the street playing an eclectic mix of classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz, funk, dance and party music. The lineup includes The Megatones, California Blues Machine, Long Train Runnin’, SF Bay Jazz, HeartStrings Music, Oscar Reynolds, and The GroWiser Band.
A longtime festival favorite, the Chefs’ Demo Tent will showcase talented chefs from local restaurants. Makers of artisan specialty foods will be on-hand to sample and sell their edibles. There will also be a wide variety of food and beverages available to purchase
The action-packed Kids’ Fun Zone features a bungee jump, Mobile Rock’s 24’ climbing wall, Fit Kids obstacle course, Phillips Brooks School kids art zone, feather hair extensions, super cool face painting, and temporary henna tattoos.
Rounding out the lineup is the Connoisseurs’ Collector Car Showcase, featuring a special display of world-class exotic automobiles, presented by GT Auto Concepts and AutoVino.
Photos courtesy of Miramar Events; eagle-eyed locals will spot long time resident and chiropractor Bill Tarr in second second photo