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Fair attracts with music, merchandise

Community: Monthly event at local college features jazz, food trucks

Posted: January 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Street Fair should be renamed “Santa Clarita Street Excellent,” according to attendees who gave it top marks.

It was better than just fair, said venders, musicians, “foodies” and shoppers interviewed Sunday afternoon at the fair set up in the parking lot of College of The Canyons on Valencia Boulevard.

Under sunny, blue skies, against the jazzy sounds of an inspired young band and amid smell of sizzling food truck fare wafting throughout the grounds, the Santa Clarita Street Fair on Sunday ranked better than fair.

On the fourth weekend of every month, the College of the Canyons offers a marketplace that organizers hope will prove “fun, festive and entertaining.”

On Sunday, they hit that mark.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the fair offer arts, crafts, handmade items and new merchandise.

The gourmet food trucks serve food at the fair between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 3 on Sundays.

“Santa Clarita is a very nice community because there are lots of events like this,” said firsttime Santa Clarita Street Fair jewelry vendor Bar Mandalevy.

The 23-year-old jewelry craftsman said he would normal be selling his wares at the weekly street fair in Hollywood at Melrose and Fairfax or, at very least, the boardwalk in Venice Beach.

A new ordinance passed in Venice prohibiting vendors such as himself, however, convinced him to give Santa Clarita Valley a try.

He was not disappointed.

“I definitely will come back,” he said.

Local mother Jennifer Cohen was drawn to the front of the Fusion Tacos food truck by the smell of chicken cooking on the truck’s Korean barbecue.

“I ended up here because of the smell,” she said, pointing to her two daughters, ages 6 and 10.

While standing in line, she named them “Bored” and “Hungry,” respectively.

While couples like Emma and Ryan snacked on their food-truck chicken in a shady spot nearby and while shoppers like Bea Walker and Eonia Schubert strolled among more than a dozen craft stalls, all agreed it was an excellent day.

“I try not to tell them how nice it is here,” Walker said about telling relatives back in Jersey just how wonderful it is to attend a street fair in mid-70s weather.

While eaters, strollers and window shoppers shopping without even windows to look through, all were treated to the fresh sounding music of local band Enigma Six.

Band members Liam Gillespie on saxophone, Eugene Kim on keyboards, Lukas Schulz on bass, Bryan Fradin on drums and guitarist Billy Bogart pointed to their trombonist Matt Adam — who was sidelined by an injured wrist — playing tambourine.

As each member took their solo turn in a rocky version of jazz great Cannonball Adderley’s “Work Song,” they pointed to Adam for an inspired and lighthearted tambourine solo.

“It’s been great,” band fan Ceilidh Roughton said. “We were joking earlier about all the babies (toddlers) coming up and just looking at the band.”

Young or old, the band’s reception was met with healthy applause from street fair visitors.


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