Wine, Beer, and Art Walk a triumph for needy kids

Salvio Pacheco Courtyard and Downtown Concord never looked as good as it did on Saturday, May 10, with the festive atmosphere brought about by the 2nd Annual Wine Beer and Art Walk organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Outside of raising over $ 7,000 to provide educational scholarships to assist local women seek higher education, and send seventh-grade girls to Tech Trek, a math and science summer camp, the event was a great deal of fun for the 300-plus Walk participants. Music filled the air, especially around Vinnie’s Bar & Grill as bands played all afternoon.

artwalk3Those who purchased a Wine Beer and Art Walk ticket were treated to excellent food on their trek from business to business.  Of special note were the sliders served at Tower Grill, tri tip sandwiches at the Parlor Barber Shop, the delicious pizza at Ravioli’s and the fried calamari at Le Sen Bistro.  Wine and beer were also served at each location with the exception Wells Fargo where Federal regulations do not permit serving alcoholic beverages.

At the Brendon Theatre, aside from partaking in wine and cheese, visitors were able to view the origami crane sculpture commissioned by the Concord Ambassadors. This work of art was crafted from 10,000 origami cranes folded by Concord residents at a March 2011 candlelight vigil that followed the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan.

Beautiful artwork by local artists was displayed at each business that participated in the Walk.  In Salvio Pacheco Courtyard colorful paintings for sale by local artists provided an atmosphere that reminded visitors more of Paris on a sunny afternoon than normally sedate Concord.

artwalk4This year, in addition to some new event sponsors, AAUW added a beer component.  Local breweries that participated included Ale Industries, Black Diamond Brewery, and E.J. Phair.

Among the patrons of the Wine Beer and Art Walk were Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, Concord Mayor Tim Grayson, Vice Mayor Ron Leone, Councilmember Edi Birsan, and City Manager Valerie Barone.

This year according to Walk Organizer and Concord resident, Carlyn Obringer, “We were able to attract people from around the Bay Area to participate in this wonderful event. It’s great when we can raise money for a great cause and provide an excellent time for people.”