An­tiques fair in Tracy; lace sale in Sun­ny­vale

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Many for­merly quiet East Bay sub­urbs have drawn lots of new res­i­dents the past few years be­cause of well­priced hous­ing. One grow­ing city, Tracy, boasts a vi­brant down­town loaded with ex­cit­ing shops, eater­ies — and a Vin­tage and An­tique Street Faire held twice a year. The fall ver­sion of the show will hap­pen Oct. 7.

Pa­trons will find about 30 an­tiques, col­lectible and craft ven­dors at the event, along with food trucks and a farm­ers mar­ket loaded with Cen­tral Val­ley pro­duce, candy sell­ers and baked goods. And the first-ever Blues, Brews and BBQ, a mu­sic and food fes­ti­val, will take place the same day from noon to 6 p.m.

While in Tracy, check out the Grand The­ater at 715 N. Cen­tral Ave. The build­ing opened in 1923 for vaude­ville per­for­mances and had its hey­day in the 1940s as a movie palace. It closed in the 1970s but re­opened in 2007 as the Grand Theatre Cen­ter for the Arts.

The an­tiques fair takes place at 10th and A streets. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Ad­mis­sion and park­ing free. De­tails: 209-8300796, or see its Face­book page. The pop­u­lar show is or­ga­nized by Owl Box An­tiques and the Tracy City Cen­ter As­so­ci­a­tion.

A BEN­E­FIT >> Look for laceedged bed­spreads, ta­ble run­ners, nap­kins, hand­ker­chiefs, needle­point, vin­tage jew­elry and more when the non­profit Lace Mu­seum holds its semi­an­nual sale Sept. 22-23. And don’t for­get to peek at the cur­rent show of 1940s to 1960s pieces in the dis­play ti­tled “Grandma’s Lace.”

The mu­seum is at 552 S. Mur­phy Ave., Sun­ny­vale. Mem­bers-only pre­sale: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Sale hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22-23. Free park­ing. De­tails: 408-7304695, or www.thelace­mu­

DANVILLE DIS­PLAY >> An ex­hibit hon­or­ing the great play­wright Eu­gene O’Neill is at the Mu­seum of the San Ra­mon Val­ley un­til Sept. 30. See a se­lec­tion of play­bills and information about O’Neill’s deep Ir­ish roots.

The mu­seum, a for­mer South­ern Pa­cific rail­road de­pot, is at 205 Rail­road Ave., Danville. Ad­mis­sion: adults $5; se­niors, stu­dents and chil­dren, $3; mem­bers, free. Hours vari­able Tuesday-Sun­day. De­tails: 925837-3750, or­se­um­

GOURDS APLENTY >> The 15th Mag­i­cal Glass Pump­kin Patch is set for Sept. 23-24, with view­ing hours Sept. 22. The sale was founded in 2002 by Gigi Erick­son, Shelly Mon­fort, Ken Mol­lenauer and the late great wiz­ard of glass, Tom Stan­ton. Pro­ceeds sup­port Los Gatos High School art pro­grams.

A record num­ber of col­or­ful orbs — more than 3,500 — in many new de­signs will be avail­able. Hours: 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22 (you may look only!) then sale hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 24. De­tails: www. mag­i­cal­glasspump­kin­ IT’S MORE THAN A SIGN >> The Preser­va­tion Ac­tion Coun­cil of San Jose has re­leased a sec­ond print­ing of its “The San Jose Signs Project: A Guide to the Vin­tage Sig­nage of San Jose.” This slim pa­per­back ($10) is a jour­ney down Me­mory Lane that will surely ap­peal to all South Bay na­tives and any­one en­am­ored with old ad­ver­tis­ing.

Shown are 25 no­table gems, mostly pho­tographed by area his­to­rian Heather David. You’ll get the his­tory on the eye­catch­ing sym­bols of West­ern Ap­pli­ance, Wing’s Chi­nese restau­rant, the Cam­brian Park Plaza Carousel, Cen­tury The­atres and City Cen­ter Mo­tel. A cen­ter­fold map lo­cates each sign. Two pages of “lost but not for­got­ten” ex­am­ples count Val­ley Fair, Alma Bowl and Spivey’s Drive-In among them.

Get a copy at the An­tiques Colony, 1881 W. San Car­los St., San Jose, or His­tory San Jose, 1650 Sen­ter Road, San Jose. Pro­ceeds aid The San Jose Signs Project.

TRAVEL TIP >> An­gel’s Flight, the his­toric fu­nic­u­lar climb­ing Bunker Hill in down­town Los An­ge­les (it has been shown in count­less films) re­cently re­sumed op­er­a­tions since clos­ing in 2013. When it first opened on New Year’s Eve in 1901, the cost of a ride was a penny. It’s now $1 for a one-way trip. I’d sug­gest adding a jour­ney to your bucket list.


Thirty an­tiques, col­lectibles and craft ven­dors will con­verge in down­town Tracy on Oct. 7for the twice yearly Vin­tage and An­tique Street Faire.

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