The city of Dublin will host its 3rd annual Spring Faire at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums starting at noon today, just in time for Mother's Day.
This French-inspired event is open to the public and will feature a craft marketplace, games and activities for the kids, French cuisine, and more. General admission to the event is free, but guests may purchase a wristband for $5, which includes activities such as wagon rides, arts and crafts, croquet, and a tour of the Kolb House Museums.
Visitors may stroll through the Parisian Marketplace for handmade soaps and lotions, antiques, jewelry, and delicious sweets.
Entertainment will feature live music on the outdoor stage with Laura Weinbach of Foxtails Brigade, from noon until 2 p.m., followed by the Left Bank / Rive Gauche trio, performing from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. Roaming entertainment will be provided by mime and stilt artist Peter Dragula, and Michel Michelis, playing the Orgue de Barbarie, a beautiful antique instrument from the 19th century, which he discovered in a shop in Paris.
In addition to French-inspired crafts, games, and entertainment, the event will also feature a French-inspired menu. Visitors will find items such as croque monsieur with pomme frites (grilled sandwiches of ham with cheese and French-fried potatoes), traditional French dip sandwiches, and more. The dessert menu will include delicious crepes or galette, plus French macarons, madeleines and palmiers.
Children's activities will include wagon rides with a vintage tractor, face painting, roaming entertainment, croquet play on the lawn, and May Pole festivities. Arts and crafts activities will also be offered, as children will have the opportunity to create their own unique Mother's Day gift. Visitors can say, "Fromage," when taking photos in the photo booths or in front of a 20-foot tall Eiffel Tower replica.
The Kolb House will be open for tours, and visitors will have a chance to view the newly-planted Back Door Kitchen Garden.
Dublin city historian Georgean VonHeeder Leopold will also be on hand for a question and answer period from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Murray Schoolhouse. Children's Ballet performances will take place in the Sunday School Barn, and French cinema will be playing in Old St. Raymond's Church.
For more information on the event, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m., contact the Dublin Parks and Community Services Department at (925) 556-4500.