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Summer is alive and swingin’ at Folsom’s Thursday Night Market

By June 20, 2011

The warm — hot — days of summer are here, at long last. And Old Town Folsom’s Sutter Street renovation project is also complete (at long last). So there’s only one thing to do: check out all the improvements and new shops during the summer Thursday Night Market.

The Folsom Thursday Night Market goes back many years. Some folks may remember when East Bidwell Street used to be closed for a few blocks so families could enjoy our area’s warm summer evenings.

The market moved to Sutter Street more than a decade ago, and it’s been a fixture ever since.

The Thursday Night Market is more than the sum of its parts: unique vendors and products, live entertainment and demonstrations. There is a sense of history here and a sense of the present, too. In fact, the Thursday Night Market is the best place to “people watch” in the entire region. It’s a weekly, summer “happening.”

More than 80 local merchants and 100 vendors signed up to make the events worth checking out.

Live bands performing this summer on the 600 block of Sutter Street include: The Vibro Counts, playing mid-’60s dance and surfer music (June 23); Better Man, a Pearl Jam tribute band (July 7); Marcelle, playing silky smooth R&B and jazz standards (July 14); Jahari Sai Group, playing a blend of folk, jazz and pop that emerges as neo-accoustic soul (July 21); and Push, playing classic rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s (July 28).

Sutter Street Theatre is providing opportunities to partake of their live theater experiences during the Thursday Night Markets, through July 14. Enjoy an evening of “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits” in the intimate theater setting at 717 Sutter St. The actors and directors at the theater greet audience members after each play (and often before each play as well). You’ll find yourself hooked — and may even make some new friends.

There is something for everyone at the Thursday Night Market. Moms will enjoy the shopping. Dads will enjoy the food. Teens will enjoy checking everything — and everybody — out. Kids and canines (yes, bring the family pooch) will enjoy all the sights and sounds.

With the completion of the renovation of Sutter Street, there is a lot to see. The sidewalks have all been replaced, but the historical markings remain — reset into the new concrete. Buildings now have markers that note original businesses. Even the manhole covers in the street have history stamped all over them.

Free parking is available in the Folsom Historic District Parking Garage (located on Leidesdorff Street). You’ll be able to see all the activity taking place just adjacent to the garage; that city’s next project: Folsom Station.

So check out the Thursday Night Market this summer. There’s always something new to see, and it looks like that trend will continue in the years to come.

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Susan Laird


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