The Blossom Festival Bursts with Fun on June 23
What does a Mad Scientist, classic Chevy, and apricots have in common? You can find them at the Blossom Festival June 23 at the Saratoga Civic Center. Rained out in March, the festival will be bursting with interesting art, crafts, antique cars, live music, history, and food trucks thanks to the Saratoga Historical Foundation.
Located at 13777 Fruitvale, from 10-4 PM, the free event will provide a day’s worth of family fun. Antique cars from the Santa Clara Valley Model T and Model A Ford Clubs will provide an array of shiny vehicles and owners ready to talk about them. The San Jose Classic Chevy Club will also provide some rare vehicles. Saratoga’s own 1928 Ford Model AA fire truck will also be on hand thanks to the Saratoga Fire District. The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Club will also display an array of working farm motors.
Arts and Crafts
Over 50 local artists and crafts people will show their handcrafted wares for purchase. Some of the special vendors to see include Joanne Jaeger who started Big Al’s Best. Her son Alex who has autism makes delicious toffee, greeting cards and artwork featuring his calligraphy.
Susan Lutter makes cards, pillows, and jewelry from recycled items with the proceeds going to Ape Action Africa, a nonprofit committed to ape conservation in Africa.
Stang’s Apiary, a beekeeper and member of the Santa Clara Valley Beekeepers Guild, will give you tips on saving bees as well as showcasing his line of honey, soaps, lotions and products made from beeswax.
Fun for Children
There will be many activities for children including face painting, creating origami animals, temporary tattoos and more. The Girl Scouts will offer a range of activities. Be sure to meet the Mad Scientist who might share a trick or two. Or play the earthquake game with the Saratoga Rotary. And don’t forget the petting zoo with its baby pigs, chickens, goats, roosters and more.
The Sunnyvale Rotary will be on hand with New York Life’s Child ID program. Using the EZ Child ID System, within minutes a Child ID card is printed free of charge for the parent. Child ID cards feature a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other data needed by the police in case of an emergency.
Lisa Newman, author of “For the Love of Apricots,” a new cookbook, will be on hand to sell and autograph her cookbook which combines recipes and memories of the Valley of Hearts Delight (Santa Clara County). In the book, Lisa draws upon her memories of growing up in Saratoga.
Areas of Knowledge
Over 35 organizations from gardening with UC Master Gardeners, Composting Education Program to arts with Peninsula Youth Theatre and Silicon Valley Shakespeare to SCV Audubon Society and Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley—all with information to improve the environment.
Sit and listen to the country and western songs of the Skillet Likkers, rock and roll of the Emphatics and jazz of Toot Sweet. Walk around and enjoy the sounds of the Celtic Harmony band, Lovin’ Ukes and No Direction.
Food Trucks and Pancakes
Enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8:30-11:30 AM for just $5.00 at the Senior Center. And take time to check out Capelo’s BBQ, Mustache Mike’s gelato and Italian ice cream, Curry Up and 3 Brothers Asian fusion food.
Costumed Saratoga Historical Figures will roam the area. Be sure to take a photo with them or ask a question about Saratoga history. Stop by the Warner Hutton house and see old time movies of the Santa Clara Valley shown from 12-4 PM.
Saratoga Civic Center is located at 13777 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga. Free all-day parking can be found at West Valley College, Parking Lot 4—within short walking distance of the event.
The event is sponsored by the City of Saratoga. For more information go up to www.saratogahistory.com or call 408-867-4311.