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.
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
- 10am-1pm: Beagle at the Door
- 2-6pm: Johnny Neri Band
- 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
- 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
A Taste of Campbell is an annual fundraiser event organized by Campbell CERT to help them fund their activities to improve disaster and emergency preparedness throughout the community. This year's event will be held at Orchard City Banquet Hall on November 2nd and will feature some of Campbell's hottest restaurants.
Use promo code OCTSAVE to get $4 off!
Tickets for the event are $46, but from now through October 20th, you can get $4 off if you use the promo code octsave when you purchase your tickets! You'll save a few bucks and get to enjoy a delicious afternoon while investing in the safety of your neighborhood and greater community. What's not to love?
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As you may know, PG&E has announced public safety power shut offs for various regions around California starting from today. As of this time, Downtown Campbell is not affected by any planned shutoffs.
Photo courtesty of Susan Blake.
This month’s featured historic home is the James Henry and Jessie Campbell House at 91 South Second Street. It is the most significant historic home directly related to town founder, Benjamin Campbell.
Built in 1895, it sits on what was once part of a 160-acre ranch that Benjamin purchased from the United States Government in 1870. The 20,000 square foot lot was a gift from Benjamin to his son James Henry Campbell and his wife Jessie Agnes McKenzie. James used the land for dairy farming for many years, but when he married Jessie he decided to subdivide parcels.
The two-story Queen Anne Cottage style home is a fine example by local builder George Whitney who built many of Campbell’s original historic homes. Several of these homes still stand in downtown. Whitney’s attention to detail and craftmanship can be seen in the porch brackets, the turned wooden pillars and the wrap-around front veranda, and the unique cut eve shingles which was a builder’s signature in that time.
A large basement was added to the house around 1905. James and Jessie created a “milk room” under the coolest, north portion of the house, since there was no refrigeration at the time. It served as a cooling room for milk from their Jersey cows to be stored and kept for a short time. According to Jeannette Watson’s book, Campbell the Orchard City, Jessie used large pans for the milk which were placed on rotating racks. Later, the cream would be skimmed off the top and churned into butter. James and Jessie sold the milk, cream and butter to the townspeople. Benjamin Campbell and his wife Mary who lived a block and a half away on what is now Campbell Avenue, would frequently stop by.
Remarkably, this house has had only two owners. It remained in the Campbell family until the 1950’s, when Joseph P. and Connie Russo purchased it completely furnished for $112,000 from Jessie Agnes Campbell, who was now a widow. Mr. and Mrs. Russo worked in real estate and Joseph saw something unique and charming about the old house and grounds. They lovingly restored it and enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching traffic, according to their son, Joe Russo Jr.
After his parents passed away in the early 2000’s, Joe Jr. and his wife Mary Ann became the sole owners of the property when Joe’s brother who lived in Visalia declared he was not interested in it. This next generation of the Russo family has done extensive restoration, seismic retrofitting and needed upgrades to the house. While doing the seismic retrofitting to the basement, the Russo’s came across an old 7 lb. flat iron and the top of a wooden barrel. The top shows the words, “Farmers Union Campbell”.
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It was an unusual sight in Downtown Campbell this Monday night. Traffic was heavy and parking spaces were hard to come by even though many of the stores were closed early. Our apologies for the inconvenience, but we were honoring a friend. We didn't plan to close the street on you, but when a river of flickering candles spills into the street and drifts silently down the road, it's a road closure by any other name. We're also sorry that some who came to the event didn't get a candle. There were 500 prepared and a few more than expected showed up.
A lot of things happened on Monday night that we didn't expect. Topping that list would be that we never thought we'd be celebrating the memory of someone so important to our community with a candlelight vigil after her untimely passing at the age of 48. Kelly Young Crowley was Campbell's Citizen of the Year in 2017, a board member of the Downtown Campbell Business Association (us), and our acting President this past year. She wasn't just someone we loved and was (obviously) loved by many, but she was someone who perfectly embodied the kind of place that we are and want to be.
More than just about anyone else, she knew Downtown Campbell from all angles because she lived it. She started off waiting tables at restaurants and would eventually graduate to being the general manager of Khartoum over a decade later. Somewhere in between she owned a boutique with a friend. They were actually both still waiting tables and would take turns at the shop and then go make their shifts at restaurants down the strip.
She was kinda everywhere. Over the years, Kelly had a key role in all sorts of events and activities big and small in and around Downtown Campbell. She worked on our Wine Walks, Halloween events, toy drives, and numerous other holiday events. She's scheduled entertainment for festivals and fundraised for charities. Last year, she was the coordinator for the Carol of Lights. The list of things she's touched goes on almost as long as the line of people who came to pay their respects this week.
Downtown Campbell is a culture of many hands joining together to do awesome things. If the people and organizations that make up our community were organs, Kelly would have been the heart. To a fault, she loved her community and had a bottomless desire to give to it. She was a joy to work with, cared for others, and was never too concerned about getting enough credit for the things she did.
We are not only shocked and deeply saddened by her untimely passing, but we're also going to be dealing with how we move on without Kelly the leader, Kelly the volunteer, Kelly the cheerleader, and Kelly the friend. Tonight we will have to run our first Wine Walk without Kelly. Next month it'll be our first Halloween.
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