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Seating at First Wednesday Events

Original post made by TerBern, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 18, 2010

I noticed at the First Wednesday events that people buying beer or wine and watching the entertainment are not provided any tables or seating, they are required to stand while those not buying those beverages are provided tables and chairs. Is there any logical reason for this segregation?


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Posted by Mike Hosterman
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

The area of the Round Table parking lot which allows beer and wine drinking becomes too crowded as the night gets later. You are not required to be 21 years old in the area where the tables and chairs are located. Families, with children, are encouraged in that area.

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Posted by TerBern
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Mr. Mayor Hosterman... my question was Why can't people who buy wine or beer have tables and chairs also, like the non-drinkers. And I bet people who drink those beverages also have children. Another question, Do they make all the people who buy beer or other alcoholic drinks at the Oakland Coliseum stand up also?

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 19, 2010 at 11:50 am

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I hear they make wine and beer drinkers stand on one foot at the Oakland Coliseum..

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Posted by Big turn-off
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

While at the First Wednesday party this month, my wife and I stopped by the music area to check it out. While the music was pretty good, it seemed the layout of the listening area was all wrong. There was a big area in the front (Main St. side) that had tables that were too huge and hogging a lot of precious space, with a larger number of dogs than people, it seemed. Then the "adult" area was jam-packed and looked really uncomfortable. Jam-packed standing room only for the grown-ups who wanted a glass of wine while the dogs sprawled out comfortably and little kids sat in adult chairs at the tables seems a bit illogical. And honestly, the whole thing looked a bit seedy. Don't other towns sell wine at events and let the whole gamut of ages listen to music together?

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Posted by GBA Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jul 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I have a solution for all of you! Come down to Angela St. (where the Saturday Farmer's Market is held) and listen to the kids and teens from Garage Band Academy rock the house during 1st Wednesday Parties! You won't need a glass of wine to appreciate the quality performance by these talented musicians. classic rock and more....give it a try!

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Posted by Big turn-off
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

Dear BGA Mom,
Yes, I agree! Once we had decided that the vibe of the packed parking lot corral wasn't inviting at all, we wandered down to Angela St. and enjoyed listening to the kids/teen bands playing and singing. Good stuff - we were impressed.

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Posted by Alice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2010 at 9:29 am

I love 1st Wednesday's, but I totally agree with Big turn-off's comments. The side for families is out of proportion to the rest of the parking lot where those who would like an adult beverage are sequestered to. You can't even dance in front of the band until you finish your drink, and "cross the border" let alone have a seat! And really, what is with all of the dogs in there! I'm always afraid I'm either going to step on one, or spill my beverage on them because the side with the beer and wine is much more crowded than the other side, which would lead one to think that the family side should be a bit smaller and the other side larger.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

I do love pets.....but what is with bringing your large dogs to an event with hoards of people and food. It just seems like a real disconnect to me. I see many children and adults fearful of dogs they don't know and it seems a busy noisy event is perhaps not a good mix for tired hot pets and thousands of strangers.

Also, are we that paranoid with alcohol that we need to sequester the adults into a tiny standing space.....If we're that worried about it - why not make one of the venues a 21 or older spot and the other venue on Angela a family spot. Better yet, why not conduct ourselves in an adult fashion and teach our youngsters to drink responsibly. One drink - some food - some music - some socializing. We may take some of the novelty out of alcohol if we did a better job of being responsible drinkers and integrating it into our lifestyle - Adults should be responsible enough to discard any leftover alcohol so as not to entice the underage. Just a thought.

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Posted by Janet Yarbrough
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:09 am


The Pleasanton Downtown Association sponsors the 1st Wednesday Street Parties. Beginning in August dogs will not be allowed in the beer and wine garden. We are required by the Pleasanton Police Department to segregate the beer and wine garden from the family area.

Janet Yarbrough, President Pleasanton Downtown Association

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:20 am

I also loved listening to the GBA kids playing on Angela Street in front of Your Stage Toys - great music, fun atmosphere and no booze necessary! It's too bad we lost another great store - let's hope the music continues.

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Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 20, 2010 at 11:51 am

For all of you who haven't figured this out quite yet, the City of Pleasanton the PDA & the helicopter mommy crowd has seemingly decided upon themselves that we are not capable of any degree of self control where alcohol is concerned & therefore any public or private event where there is the slightest possibility that the Devils brew (i.e. alcohol) could possibly be consumed must be subdued & relegated to a controllable, policed zone.

Why on earth there has never been an Art & Wine festival downtown or why you cannot walk down Main ST. on 1st Wednesday's with an open glass of wine/beer BUT you are actually encouraged to not only picnic but bring elaborate, tailgate-like setups to the Concerts In The Park on Fridays is beyond me. Somebody please explain the difference between walking on a closed street with an open container or sitting down for 2+ hours & doing nothing BUT consuming food & alcohol?

Alas, the powers that be & the "mommyocracy" elements in this town must see to it that they not only send mixed messages to the citizenry but that they insist on imposing their out-of-date & touch values on the rest of us.

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Posted by downtown resident
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I too was sad to see the segregation happen a couple of years ago. As a downtown resident, I love all the events that take place and can remember many 1st Wed enjoying a glass of wine while the kids played and danced to the music.

Now we are catering to the drinkers, with no kids, only. I'm sure it was because there were some underagers caught. This new segregation only takes away from the family atomsphere. Why not charge extra per drink and add additional police coverage (possibly checking IDs and giving out bracelets).

The underagers are probably still getting in and having a good time, while the local families are being driven away.

There too is probably appetite (and plenty of bands) for a "family" music site at 1st Wed with no alcohol. The GBA is perfect for that.

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