A Weekend Filled with Celebrations

Spread out over the Island this past weekend both well-established and brand-new events were held. Besides the well known Park Street Art & Wine Faire and Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Pancake Breakfast, the new Stargell Plaza was dedicated on the West End, and the Bay Area Radio Museum hosted Radio Day.

AFD Pancake Breakfast 

On Sunday, July 26, community members and firefighters shared breakfast and laughter at the 19th annual Alameda Fire Department’s pancake breakfast. Vintage and modern firetrucks were out for display, inviting curious children to ring the bells and take photos at the wheel. 
With the help of the generous donations of local businesses, attendees could participate in a raffle with a chance various prizes. This year’s grand prizes were two bicycles, donated by Alameda Bicycle and Cycle City, and a weekend getaway to Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. Kathi Honegger and Alameda firefighter Jason Edwards won the bicycles while Rick Murray, Jr. won the Harvey’s trip. 
Over its 19 years, the annual pancake breakfast has raised more than $100,000 to support local charities, such as the Alameda Boys & Girls Club and little league sports. In addition to local charities, proceeds support the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, an organization that provides the necessary support and resources to burn victims. 
With help from the Alameda Public Works Department, the breakfast was an all-green, environmentally friendly event. Organizers Rick Murray, Kara Schlein, and AFD give thanks to local Alameda businesses and other supporters that helped make this community event happen. 

Alameda Art and Wine Faire 

Music, arts and crafts, local vendors, food, drink, games and rides —there was something for everyone at the 31st annual Alameda Art and Wine Faire. On the weekend of July 25 and 26, the fair showcased several tribute bands including Life in the Fast Lane, Long Train Running and Petty Theft. 
For the kids, there was rock climbing, carnival rides, face painting, the ever-popular Waterballerz and even a puppet show. For the grownups, beverage booths were scattered throughout the Faire, serving beers, mimosas and local Rock Wall wine. 

Stargell Plaza Dedicated

Eric J. Kos

Mayor Trish Spencer, former Mayor Marie Gilmore, and other local dignitaries gathered Saturday morning to celebrate officially the creation of Stargell Plaza. 
Located at the intersection of Willie Stargell Avenue and Fifth Street in the new Alameda Landing neighborhood, the plaza hosts a giant baseball sculpture adorned with Stargell’s signature in gold. 
Former teammates from Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates and the Encinal High School Jets were on hand to remember their friend “Pops” Stargell whose fame stems from his leadership and power hitting as part of the Pirates team in the 1970s. 
The celebration featured fair games, giveaways, snacks and a raffle for a baseball actually autographed by Stargell himself.  

A Day to Remember Radio

Rongjian “Eddie” Yu

Is the medium of radio dying or is it already dead? Preservation of the history of this once dominant form of media today lies in the hands of the public. For this reason, the Bay Area Radio Museum hosted Radio Day by the Bay last Saturday, a live event right here at Alameda to educate about, celebrate and revive the age of radio. 
Attendees enjoyed themselves in the flea market, silent and live auctions, and other festive activities. Live perfomances at Kofman and live experimentation with radio technology gave visitors a deeper understanding in the history and appreciation for the medium of radio.
America has undergone four major stages of media transformation. Americans first shared information using print media and spoken word, by the 1920s, radio, (along with telegraph and telephone) sped communication dramatically. Later, television broadcasts and digital information technology took the lead role in communication away from radio and newspapers.
While some believe radio may be dying, according to Alameda resident and radio technician for the museum, Kevin Payne, “it still does many things well and it’s not going away. 
“Radio conveys a story, paints visuals, and accompanies people everywhere. Radio is free. It doesn’t devour data. Best of all, everyone knows how to use it,” said Payne. “Radio is special and we want to educate the public about radio as much as we can so people can rediscover and appreciate this amazing invention.” 
The event spanned two venues: the Kofman Auditorium and the Bay Area Radio Museum itself at 2152 Central Ave. Find out more about the museum and its mission to preserve radio history for future generations at www.
californiaradiosociety.com. 

 Fernanda Castro and Rongjian “Eddie” Yu are Alameda Sun interns. Contact them at editor@alamedasun.com.