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Niles Antique Faire celebrates 50th Anniversary

Wander the streets where Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy began their movie careers choosing among antiques, collectibles, crafts, plants, garden art, handcrafted jewelry and much more! The Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market offers selections from over 200 booths as well as the opportunity to explore the offerings in our unique Niles shops.

Over the past 50 years, roughly 15,000 booths have been filled with millions of items, tempting over two million shoppers. The Antique Faire and Flea Market typically hosts 30,000 attendees for the one-day event. Shoppers have enjoyed years of bargain hunting, searching for unique, one-of-a-kind items or that elusive missing piece of their collection. People come from all over the Bay Area and as far away as Washington and Nevada. Some children, who have visited with mom and dad, have become vendors and shoppers as adults. Once people come to this event they understand the charm of Niles.

The pancake breakfast is back and begins at 5 a.m. To keep up your strength during the day we have the best street food available as well as a variety of restaurants and a deli. For a break from shopping, take a ride on the Niles Canyon Railway, visit the Niles Depot or stop into the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.

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Railroad Fair comes to Ardenwood

Labor Day weekend will once again resonate with the sound of steam locomotive whistles at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. The three-day Washington Township Railroad Fair is sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR). SPCRR operates trains at the Ardenwood Historic Farm during the season using a draft horse to pull the train, but for this special event, trains will be pulled by a historic steam locomotive.

There will be two steam engines at the Farm for the event: the Antelope & Western #1 built by H. K. Porter, Inc. in 1889 and Cortez Mining Co #1, built by the same company in 1890. Both engines burn coal. Trains will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all three days, traveling between the Arden station and Deer Park.

Rail Fair is like going back in time when the mode of transportation was a relaxing trip by train rather than having to drive the horse and wagon, walk, ride a horse or ride a stagecoach, said SPCRR General Manager Barbara Culp. Luxury in travel in that era.

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Scots Guards and Marine Band highlight Scottish Gathering & Games

The 1st Battalion Pipes & Drums Scots Guards and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band have been signed to perform at the 149th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, set for Labor Day weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

The amalgamation of both of these extraordinary bands will be among the highlights of this years 149th Games, stated Geoffrey Craighead, Chief of the Games host from the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. We are very fortunate to host the Scots Guards, whose duty, among others, is ceremonial parading at Buckingham Palace in London. The Scots Guards are one of the most famous of the military pipes bands in the world. Chief Craighead added, Acquiring the services of the famed 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band is an important plus for the Games, following the governments sequestration that kept the Marines from our Games last year. Thanks to the intervention of Congressman Eric Swalwell and his staff, legislation was passed before Congress that allows non-profit organizations such as ours to present to the public the service on one of the nationÕs premier military bands.

The public can see the performance of both bands during the Massed Bands-Closing Ceremonies in front of the grandstands both Saturday and Sunday. The grandstand show begins at 3:45 p.m. with the U.S. Drum Major Championships. The Scots Guards and Marine band march in at 4:15 p.m., along with 30 other pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada, the largest assembly of pipe bands in the nation.
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