"There's nothing happening in this town."
It's a refrain I've said myself many times. And it's an easy frame of mind to slip into. We live in a smallish town, and it feels quiet, like a place where there's not much going on. But it's a frame of mind, not the truth. There is, actually, quite a bit going on.
Take this weekend, for instance. Starting tomorrow, there is quite a bit happening in downtown Martinez. Let's take a look.
Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 7:
Sin Silver at Armando's: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Sin Silver is an Irish-born singer/songwriter with a voice like a clear mountain stream, who writes songs that will send chills down your soul. She is a fantastic musical experience, and the stunning part is that she plays Armando's during Happy Hour and a Half, when there is no cover charge, and drinks are discounted.
Martinez Art Gallop: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This event, which is scheduled to take place on the first Friday of each month, continues to grow in size and popularity. You can begin at Lemongrass Bistro, at the 500 block of Main Street, and work your way up, or start at the mARTinez Gallery at 640 Court St. and work your way down. Ten merchants, many artists displaying their work, and each store will feature a special for shoppers to enjoy. The stores and artists are:
-Holly Burgess, Ellen Graves, Diana Wesche, Roseann Curran, and art from The Center for Adaptive Learning.
-Chris Kapsalis and Lorena Castillo
Still Point Gallery- Multiple artists
STF BMX-Ed May and Melinda Kristine
Saturday, Oct. 8
Martinez Home Tour 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fifth annual event will feature historic homes in the so-called Italian district in the north part of town. People will meet at the Shell Clubhouse on Pacheco Boulevard and can choose to drive to the homes, or walk, or take the shuttle. This year the event also features live music.
Downtown Restaurant Tour 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sample tasty treats from 17 restaurants. This event is sponsored by the City of Martinez Recreation Department. All ticket sales benefits a series of free after school performances for children, "Oohs, Ahs, and Giggles" Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the Recreation Department (372-3510) or the Martinez Senior Center (370-8770)
The tour participants should arrive with an empty stomach, comfortable shoes and a loose belt. The 17 participating restaurants are Royal Thai Restaurant, Roxx on the Main, Smokey D's, Whiskey Lane, Family Kitchen, Pacifica Pizza, Tthe Ferry Street Station, Haute Stuff, Hot Dog Depot, Luigi’s, La Tapatia, LeGateau Elegant, Taqueria Los Toros, Legal Grounds Café, Lemon Grass, Main Street Sweets and California Magic Dinner Theater.
And you thought there was nothing going on.
Have a great weeekend.