A great big thank you to all the participating businesses and artists who graced Downtown Alameda with their creative and awe-inspiring artistry during the holiday window contest. Thanks to the panel of judges who visited each and every window display and had the difficult job of choosing winners. Congrats to one and all.
There is no shortage of fun things to do on the West End this New Year’s Eve.
The Fireside, at 1453 Webster St., has a no-cover event featuring a Rockabilly band called The Revtones. Dance to their rocking sounds from 8 p.m. until well into the New Year. The Revtones are an eight-piece band dedicated to presenting the hits of the 1950s and ’60s.
You’ll find a celebration for every interest in Downtown Alameda. Meet up with friends at a favorite restaurant, catch a movie, or extend the evening by ringing in the New Year at one of the district’s many parties.
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) Catch a liive performance of national singing star Tora Woloshin and her sister Jasmine in the Historic Alameda Theatre before the evening movie.
Tora became a national hit with her appearance in the inaugural season of Fox Television’s hit reality show, The X Factor.
On Oct. 19, 1880, the City of Alameda founded its fire department. That same year Artesian Water Company founder Robert R. Thompson’s mansion was rising up on High Street, not far from the street that bears his name today. On Nov. 17 three fire-fighting companies formed. One, Thompson Hose Company No. 1, bore his name.