48th time will be a charm at the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair

Summer beckons the Bay Area hobbyist to hit the road in pursuit of antiques and collectibles.. I guarantee you’ll be rewarded in the weeks to come.

On Sunday, July 29, the coastal village of Moss Landing hosts its 48th annual Antique Street Fair. I’ve been going to this shindig for decades and usually ferret out a prize or two. Last time, it was a 1950s-era water sprinkler ($12) and a few butter dishes ($9).

Some folks say the Moss Landing they recall is a memory now that the permanent antiques stores have shuttered their doors. Still, 200 visiting vendors bring a huge array of old and new merchandise. I like the addition of plants, wind chimes and birdhouses for sale.

Two bits of advice: Watch out for the numerous gopher holes in the ground. You want to avoid falling or twisting your ankle while on a treasure hunt. And put on a hat or sunscreen to prevent getting burned.

Shopping builds up an appetite. You have selections here whether you wish fresh seafood caught in the Monterey Bay at Phil’s Fish Market (7600 Sandholdt Road), a filling breakfast at Moss Landing Café (421 Moss Landing Road, or the delectable fried artichokes with a tangy dip served by food trucks.

Moss Landing is located halfway between Monterey and Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Details: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5, no charge for children 12 and under; parking free or in private lots for small fee; no dogs; 831-633-4501.

AN EXHIBITION: There’s a thought-provoking show at the Hayward Area Historical Society Museum of History and Culture. It’s titled “Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope and Diversity in America” It’s up and running until Aug. 19.

In 1965, curator Douglas Keister acquired 280 glass plate negatives purchased at a garage sale. It was not until his mother sent him an article in 1999 that Keister knew the rare glimpses of life and the powerful images he had. It turned out many were taken by the African-American photographer John Johnson between 1910 and1925. Keister eventually donated some of the portraits to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

An exhibit was born that told a story hitherto unknown. The display has depictions of many racial groups shown together, a rare occurrence at the time. Interestingly, a number of those pictured migrated to our state.

Details: T22380 Foothill Blvd., Hayward; Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; free admission and

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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