June 13, 2006 > A celebration of summer
A celebration of summer
by Sabrina Mahajan
After an extra-long rainy season, summer is here, finally! The Sunol Wilderness Music Festival, Saturday, June 17, is a fine way to celebrate summer the old-fashioned way, with the whole family out in the open. East Bay Park District's Naturalist Program has organized its very first Music Festival at Sunol Wilderness Park. The park area is a paradise for nature lovers, novice climbers, and weekend landscape painters or for anyone who wants to breathe some fresh air away from the crowds.
The festival aims to explore the rich culture and traditions of the area through song and dance. It promises loads of fun for the whole family with plenty of arts and crafts, booths for the kids and live music for those who want to sit back and relax in the sun. In addition, those feeling more energetic can practice their doe-cee-does with some genuine, foot-stomping square dancing.
The festival begins with a presentation by Ballet Folklorico, followed by renowned "banjo-ologist" Gary Ohliger. Next up will be Bluegrass band, Sidesaddle, leading into square dancing with Mike Arnell. Then you can relax your tired feet and listen to Native American stories told by Albert Tanaya.
Local artist, Jo Ann Frisch's beautiful watercolor painting of the Old Green Barn at Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness is featured on the festival brochure. She says, "I hope this very first music festival will turn into a memorable annual event".
All programs are held at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or low chair for this free event.
For directions or to learn more about the festival contact Cat Taylor at (925) 862-2603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations for disabled visitors are available upon request.
Sunol Wilderness Music Festival
Saturday, June 17
Southeast end of Geary Road
Tentative schedule of events
4 to 4:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Gary Ohliger;
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sidesaddle
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mike Arnell
7:30 to 8 p.m. Albert Tanaya.
Parking fee: $5