New goal in life: have as much fun as this guy is having at last night’s City of Campbell Summer Concert Series with the Joint Chiefs in Downtown Campbell. There’s no music next week for the 4th of July, but the series resumes the following week with the rock cover band, Tinman. See downtowncampbell.com for a full schedule of upcoming shows.

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Did you catch our close up on TV? Last Friday, the broadcast team that does KTVU Channel 2's Zip Trips spent the morning in Downtown Campbell to tell the world about what an awesome little secret Campbell is. They setup shop for an hour outside of the Ainsley House and highlighted some great stories and things happening this little feeling (but not actually so little) place.

They were having so much fun, they didn't realize that they had left Sushi Randy of Sushi Confidential Campbell alone with Sal Casteneda and you know what happens when you leave Sushi Randy unsupervised, right? Yup, Sal had to learn how to roll his own.

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The Taste of Campbell food and wine tasting event is back for a 3rd year! At last year's event a total of 24 different Campbell restaurants and local area wineries and breweries joined together to offer you bites of signature dishes and an afternoon of wine and beer tasting.

This annual event is held as a fundraiser for Campbell CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Among other things, proceeds from the event go toward purchasing training supplies and funding workshops that Campbell CERT holds to train the community in vital skills for preparing for and handling natural disasters, medical emergencies, and public emergencies.

Tickets for the 2019 Taste of Campbell are on sale now! The event isn't until November 2nd, but if you get your tickets early, there's a steep early bird discount. The normal price for a ticket is $46, but if you get your tickets by June 30th, tickets are only $32 each.

Downtown Campbell's newest restaurant is seeing the love from local media. EatUp Silicon Valley paid a visit to Water Tower Kitchen a couple of weeks ago with one of the founders to give you an up close look at the food and ambience being served up in a fully renovated building that was once a canning warehouse.

Thanks for visiting Downtown Campbell Eat Up!

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Continuing with the Historic Preservation Board’s Celebration of featured Campbell Landmark homes is the Littleton-Martin House at 1690 Littleton Place (formerly listed as 1228 Harriet Avenue).

This stunning, two story farmhouse was built around 1905, on a sprawling 26 acre ranch. Mostly hidden from the street now, the house had a foundation of red brick with shiplap exterior siding. The front entry is reminiscent of a fine southern mansion, like something from the movie, “Gone with the Wind”. A large front door is framed by two narrow, divided light windows and a half round window overhead. With a balcony hovering over the open front porch area, the triangular shaped overhang is supported by six grand columns. This part of the home could be called a unique interpretation of Greek Revival Architecture. The Littletons, an English couple, built the house but occupied it for only a few years before returning to England. They left due to their displeasure over the noise from the railroad’s new Vasona Junction that was built in 1907, near Pollard Road and Winchester Blvd. As the crow flies, the junction was about ¾ of a mile from the house. This “wye” saw daily trains from San Jose bound for Palo Alto or Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. At the time, our valley was covered with vast orchards and huge oak trees, and the sounds from the trains could be heard for miles.

Harriet and A.J. Martin purchased the house, where she lived after his death. Harriet Avenue in Campbell is named after her. Mrs. Martin married Arthur Michael Roesch after A.J.’s death, and the house was again sold in 1938 or 1939.

Felix and Mary Bersano purchased it and moved their family from Oakland. The Bersano name may be known to many longtime residents, as Dick, Ed and Don. All are Campbell High School graduates and their children are all graduates of Los Gatos High School. The family also owned and operated the Italian restaurant Villa Felice in Los Gatos for many years.

The Bersanos raised their family and called this ranch ‘home’ until 1953, when they sold it and moved to Los Gatos. Sadly, the next owners were not kind to this historic property and let it deteriorate, before selling it once again.

The house would now have its fifth owners, and fortunately the new owners wanted to give the 100 year old house a restoration overhaul before selling it to its current owner, who has continued with major restoration efforts inside and out. The house survived both the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes, the orchards are gone, but a fully restored historic home, a carriage house and two of the giant oak trees still grace the property.

Note: Some information for this story came from Casey Jay | Bay Area News Group, September 26, 2011, entitled: Bersano family visits the restored Campbell farmhouse where they lived in the 1940s.

by Susan Blake Historic Preservation Board

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