A weekend to remember

Rebecca Raves



As exhausted as I am to this day, I am also still in awe of the magic that was Merry on Main this past weekend. From the tree lighting ceremony, talent show and good fun at the Pleasanton River Park on Friday night to the many performances, vendors, food booths, events and let’s not forget, the lighted Christmas parade and firework show on Saturday, it was something to not be missed! As much as I wanted to, I did not have the energy to stay for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales on Saturday night, but I watched the many live videos on the Pleasanton Express and Merry on Main Facebook pages to know it was a huge hit for the community. I mean, who doesn’t love an old-fashioned street dance in downtown?

I cannot thank the Merry on Main Committee and City of Pleasanton enough for the hard work they put into this wonderful event. Also, a huge thanks goes out to the Pleasanton Police Department! Everywhere I turned, there was a police officer either looking out for everyone or joining in on the Merry on Main fun. And a special shoutout to Justin Menchaca of Pleasanton Parks and Recreation for all he is doing to bring our community together. I love seeing everyone coming together during times like this, especially after the hard two years we’ve had. Merry on Main was a magical experience that I know will continue to grow in the years to come. I’m looking forward to next year’s event already!

And I cannot forget the fun shopping experience I had at Vintage in Verdi on Friday afternoon with my wonderful, fellow Pleasanton Express coworkers Noel Wilkerson Holmes and Lisa Luna along with Noel’s sister, Katie. Talk about bargain shopping! I took a certain amount of cash to spend and walked away with Christmas gifts galore! If I’m being honest, though, I spent the majority of my money on the many sweets and treats that were made available by local businesses like George Farms in Poteet by Jennifer George and Little Flower Farm in Pleasanton by Nicole Brauchle. If you didn’t try a pumpkin roll, banana nut bread or pretzels, you don’t know what you are missing. VNV can definitely expect me back next year with more cash to spend! Thank you, Kate Jasik for a fun, unique way to Christmas shop while supporting small and local businesses from around the state!

REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at rpesqueda@pleasantonexpress.com

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