It's quiet just about everywhere today, but nowhere does it feel more quiet than in places that are public squares that are rarely lacking in bustle. You can tell that a place is truly a public square when it feels entirely wrong when it's at rest and it's very rare to find Downtown Campbell so empty and devoid of emotion. It's just a little too quiet without the personalities that make a place a place. The women (mostly) and men who create the small town magic in a place like Downtown Campbell are here so much that you can think of them as characters on stage at Disneyland playing a version of themselves in their own little booths. They play the version of themselves that provides you with a "third place". They're characters who know your tastes and make you look great. Sometimes they're even play that face you seek out when you need a little support or encouragement.

Most of the time when you shop, your time and money is converted into a paper receipt or a line item on a billing statement that you get at the end of the month. When you shop or play in a place like Downtown Campbell, the transaction isn't so simple. Every time you come here to buy a cup of coffee, pick up a gift, or even just to sit down for a while on a park bench, you're part of the show. You cast votes with your dollars and feet that a place like Downtown Campbell is a public square where everyone can come be whatever version of themselves they feel like playing that day. Perhaps more than ever, we need our public squares where people are not reduced to usernames and selfies.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we're thankful for all of you who are a part of our community. Some of you have even moved on and still keep in touch because the time you spent here meant something to you. We cherish being that kind of place.

This Place Matters: Louis and Edward Genasci House

Posted on November 1st, 2019 by sheldon

The seventh featured Landmark home is the Louis and Edward Genasci House at 207 N. Central Ave. It is located in one of the earliest sections of the original Benjamin Campbell family land holdings.

Likely built around 1900, it is a one-story rural California Farmhouse style cottage with some Queen Anne and Greek Revival accents that many home builders added. The steeply pitched roof and wide shiplap siding showcase the boxed cornices, and long double hung sash windows with molded cross pieces. In the 1930’s, the previously open front porch was enclosed to make a sun porch. The original two-story wood frame, two door barn still sits at the back of this property and can be seen from the street.

Louis Genasci Sr. immigrated to the United States from Switzerland in 1885. In 1893, he married his wife Albina at the Mission San Luis Obispo, according to a story in the San Jose Mercury Herald. The Genasci family arrived in Campbell in 1911, and opened a thriving grocery and general merchandise store in the new downtown business district, on Campbell Ave. Their sons, Ed and Louis Jr. were the delivery boys while Louis Sr. and Albina ran the store. The family became well known for their many civic contributions to the community.

The town was very concerned about not having any fire protection after two big homes burned down between 1896 and 1902. In June of 1913, the town fathers including Louis Genasci Sr. decided to establish a volunteer fire department. However, the volunteers immediately faced significant challenges. Thirteen hydrants were installed on a few of the new downtown streets but the water pressure was inconsistent. Funding for equipment such as hoses, hooks and ladders, buckets and a hand pulled chemical “fire engine” were not available. The volunteers bought their own badges for about $1.00.

Ed Genasci, who later became chief of the volunteers, was designated coupler of the hose company when the new fire department started. According to Jeanette Watson’s book, Campbell the Orchard City, the volunteers were called to fires by the ringing of the church bells in those early days. This proved to be problem on Sundays, because folks were also called to worship with ringing of the church bells. In 1914, a fire bell was purchased from the city of San Jose for $40.

After a disastrous fire took out many of the businesses on Campbell Avenue at First Street in October of 1917, voters passed a resolution to create a formal fire district, but funding was still hard to come by. It was still a volunteer fire department and they would raise funds by washing down buildings as part of their fire drills and the owners gave them donations.

According to local reports, in 1935, Louis Genasci Sr. fell off his bicycle into a mud hole on his way to a fire at 2 a.m. on a rainy morning. The volunteer fire department had recently become “bicyclized” so they could get to the fires more quickly and if needed, cut through the...Read More

As of morning on Sunday, October 27, 2019, there has been no announcement of any planned PG&E power shut offs for Downtown Campbell. Barring any unforeseen changes, we will be fully powered for our Creepy Crawly Halloween festivities today from 4pm to 7pm.

You can lookup planned shutoffs by address online using the PG&E Potential PSPS Address Lookup Tool.

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Dear friends, it is that day again upon which I must warn you of strange happenings that befall Downtown Campbell once a year on the Friday before Halloween. Do not worry about what I am about to say.

If you are in Downtown Campbell tonight having dinner on the sidewalk and you see a horde of zombies lurching in your direction, do not panic. They're only here for the appetizers. Stay calm and eat on.

If you've already eaten all of the appetizers, you'll need to run but there is still no reason for alarm. Simply remember this sage old advice:

If you're being chased by zombies, trip someone slower than you.

For those of you who have kids who can't do candy due to dietary or allergy reasons, we'll have Books for Treats back again this year to hand out books for Halloween. Also, there will likely be other organizations with us who'll be handing out non-edible goodies. Of course there will be activities, photo booths, and the general fun of being at a huge costume party as well.

A Note About Creepy Crawly Halloween in Downtown Campbell

Posted on October 22nd, 2019 by sheldon

We are looking forward to seeing some great costumes at our Creepy Crawly Halloween event this Sunday from 4-7pm! It's an all ages event so get costumed up and show us that you're young at heart or an old soul for young bones.

We'd like to remind everyone that this is an extremely popular event so if you have children or animals that are sensitive, this may not be the event for you. It will be crowded.

There will be thousands of people and paws in amazing costumes. If you're coming to see that and be a part of huge costume party in the streets, you'll have a great time. If you're coming to dash for candy and leave with as big of a stash as possible, you may leave disappointed.

There will be lots of candy and gizmos given away and activity stations to keep the little goblins occupied, but there will still be lines. We add more candy, activities, and stations every year, but it's just never going to be enough with the number of people who come.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

East Stage (by light rail tracks)

  • 10am-1pm: Rusty Rock n' Roll Band
  • 2pm-5pm: Given to Fly

Biersch Garten (center of downtown)

  • 10am-5pm: Zicke-Zacke Band
  • 2:00pm: Braumeister (Home-Brew) Competition
  • 3:00pm: Stein-Holding & Best-Dressed Contests

1st. St. Stage

  • 10am-1pm: Bri Cauz
  • 2pm-5pm: Lavender Fields

Tessora's German Stage (by Tessora's)

  • 10am-5pm: Alpine Sound

Community Stage (West end of downtown)

  • 10am: National Anthem
  • 10:30am: Sharat Lin-Dance of Peace
  • 11am: Westmont High School Jazz Combo
  • Noon: Jack Pavlina Solo
  • 1pm: Ooompa Band with Roberta Howe
  • 2pm: Maximum Hold-Don Woodward
  • 3pm: Zumba with Cel Galizo
  • 3:30pm: College of Adaptive Arts
  • 4:30pm: Ensemble Folclorico Colibri

Saturday, October 19, 2019

East Stage

  • 10am-1pm: Beagle at the Door
  • 2-6pm: Johnny Neri Band

Biersch Garten

  • 10am-6pm: Zicke-Zacke Band
  • 3:00pm: Stein Holding & Best Dressed Contests

1st St. Stage

  • 10:00am: Brooke & Emil
  • 2pm-5:30pm: Mary Ellen Duo

Tessora's German Stage

  • 10am-2pm: Deutscher Musikverein, San Francisco
  • 3:00pm: TBA

Community Stage

  • 10am: National Anthem
  • 10:30am: Lady Fingers Guitar Duo
  • 11:30am: Grace the Friendly Fairy
  • Noon: Brandon Southworth
  • 12:30pm: San Jose Saxophone Choir
  • 1:30pm California Sports Center
  • 2:30pm Cassandra & Taylor
  • 3pm: Zumba with Cel Galizo
  • 4pm: College of Adaptive Arts
  • 5pm: Movement Elevation Dance Arts

You can download a copy of the schedule and event map....Read More

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