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The Stroll at Summer's End

September 6, 2012

Solano StrollAnd now summer’s end is here, but all is not lost. The Solano Stroll is still to come this Sunday. It’s one of the Bay Area’s great street fairs, put on by the cities of Berkeley and Albany, and various associations. There’s food galore, arts and crafts booths as far as the eye can see. Every small business and nonprofit in the area is represented. For kids: a carnival atmosphere, with a giant slide and mechanical rides, as well as elves, wizards, clowns, jugglers, street walkers, face painters, and magicians. Not to mention at least 40 entertainers, including the likes of the Spirit of ‘29 Dixieland Jazz, Troupe Tangiers & Sharifa’s Habibis, The Fly Right Sisters, La Peña Community Chorus, Emeryville Taiko, Deep Fried Bubblegum, and the headliners: Back Pages and Cheating Daylight.

Altogether, 26 blocks of dazzle, including a Green Zone where you can be immersed in the latest Green technologies.

The Solano Stroll is Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Solano Avenue. Public transportation advised.

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is