FREE CONCERT AND FESTIVAL
In keeping with the event’s Oak-centric theme, our main stage will showcase five Oakland-based bands plus equally talented, “Tweeners” who will deftly fill in the space between the main acts providing seven hours of non-stop music from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
In order of appearance:
- The Jim Grantham Jazz Quartet
- The T-Sisters
- American Nomad
- CHELLE! and Friends.
- David Sturdevant’s Medicine Ball Band with Lady Bianca and Terrie Odabie plus guest artists, percussionist John Santos and Pee Wee Ellis on saxophone.
THE KIDS’ ZONE
A 30-foot diameter yurt provided by Ilya Pinsky will be the centerpiece of the kid’s zone in the northwest corner of the plaza. It will be the venue for a series of “Storytimes” arranged by Miriam Medow, the Children’s Librarian at Lakeview. The yurt will also be stocked with books legos and other toys. For a special treat, take in the flamenco dance lessons provided by a master of the art – La Tania Baile Flamenco beginning at 11:30. From 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., look for a giant pumpkin wandering the park grounds with an invitation to the upcoming Halloween festivities at Fairyland.
Just outside the yurt entry, face-painter extraordinaire Jessica Gates will be working her magic.
Alongside the curving inner edge of the plaza, an assortment of community groups will be represented along with two City agencies plus the management of the Grand Lake Farmers Market as well as the Grand Avenue Business Association and the Lakeshore Business Improvement District. If you don’t yet know how to allow your smart phone to be tracked or other crime-prevention tricks, check out the four neighborhood councils that will be represented: Grand Lake, Adams Point, Cleveland Heights and Eastlake. If you don’t know where your own neighborhood council meets, they can help out with that information as well.
ON SITE FARE
In one corner of the Splash Pad Plaza, we will be proudly serving Oakland-based, Linden Street beer and wine from Periscope Cellars, which has a new tasting room in Swan’s Marketplace. Adjacent to beer and wine garden, we’ll have bottled water (provided by Ken Betts) and sodas (compliments of Trader Joe’s) plus three flavors of popcorn from Scarecrow Popcorn at 3435 Lakeshore. The Jalapeno Pepper is going to go fast — more likely than not, washed down with a glass of Linden Street’s Burning Oak Black Lager.
OFF SITE FARE
When you’re hankering for something more substantial, you’ll find approximately forty restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and dessert emporiums within a two block radius that are prepared to cater to your every whim. A complete list will be printed on the reverse of our event programs.
If you’d like to support Splash Pad Park, look for our Silent Auction in the plaza featuring gift certificates and more from neighboring businesses.
Our fabulous t-shirts combine a lovely watercolor by Frank Rowicki with graphics and layout provided by Splash Pad volunteer, Kim Kerry-Tyerman. The shirts were printed by Rael’s Ant Tee’s in eight sizes and will be available for a $20 donation at the farmers market on October 5th, October 12th and during the festival itself.
Please email us to volunteer as your way of showing support for the park that’s played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Grand Lake neighborhood. FYI: As our way of showing appreciation for your support, we’ll set aside a free shirt for you on event day. In your email, please indicate your shirt size and what hours you’d be available between 7:00 a.m. (set-up) and 7:30 p.m. (clean-up).
Sponsorships of this free event are helping defray our event costs — allowing surplus proceeds to be used for park improvements. Topping our list is new signage and new plants for the existing California Native community garden and for its eventual expansion. Thanks to the following major sponsors for their generosity. Although the original benefit package has expired, let us know if you’d like to join their ranks and we’ll find a way to express our thanks in words and deeds. Thanks also to Trader Joe’s and Ken Betts for their in-kind donations.