Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunday Streets 2011 in sunny Bayview

The northbound lane of 3rd Street was closed from Evans to Mendell on Sunday June 12th as part of the City's Sunday Streets program.  Community-serving organizations brought activities ranging from free health services to a battle of the Bayview cooks to the event.

All sorts of family-friendly fun opportunities lined 3rd Street with concentrated activity at the Bayview Opera House and Bayview Plaza.  The weather wizards delivered some of Bayview's famous sunshine, just for the occasion.
Something for everyone at music festival

"You've never seen anything like it," James Moore says of the Shrimp N' Grits Cook-Off.

James manages the Third Street Corridor Program, and is an organizer for the
2nd Annual Bayview Music Street Festival.  The lineup of musical acts included Juan Escovedo and the Latin All-Stars, Ashling Cole of Graham Central Station, Rhonda Benin and the Soulful Strut, and Clifford Brown III and the Brewing Company.

James has sat in every other meeting room in the neighborhood these past months making sure Bayview Hunters Point residents know about the festival on Galvez Avenue at Third Street (Next to Bayview Plaza).

His eyes light up when he mentions the
“People’s Choice Shrimp N’ Grits Cook-Off” which pit local food luminaries against one another.  Proceeds benefitted the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

The festival also included local arts and crafts vendors, roller skate rentals, and a church dessert contest.

With one lane of Third Street closed, and dozens of community serving organizations offering activities, Bayview hosted active living visitors and folks from the neighborhood alike.  With fog visible in the distance, Bayview's famous sun stayed true, and welcoming residents opened one of San Francisco's most unique neighborhoods for all to enjoy.

Congratulations to all the volunteers, community-based organizations, and public agencies that worked hard to make today's event such a success.  HUGE thanks to the Bayview Opera House, Bayview Renaissance/Third Street Corridor Project, Bayview Merchants Association, and the Sunday Streets Program for hosting and organizing!

Heard on the street
"Getting Dogpatch and Bayview people in the same room during the organizing really broke new ground."

"Yup, it's been peaceful.  I was only worried about the weather, but that's been great."  (Police Officer)

"It feels like we've arrived...sort of."

"I'm fixing to head over to the festival in a bit."

"Have I missed the Shrimp n' Grits contest?"

"I love how the politicians always come to Bayview."

"This is the first time an event on Third Street has really felt right to me."

"We've given away 150 pieces of fruit!"

"These things don't change the neighborhood, but they end up showing how much the neighborhood has already changed."


Anonymous said...

So great to see this evetn in the Bayview! Hopefully we can do it again soon!

Ariel said...

my family and I had so much fun there that day. It is beautiful every year to see the community come out into the streets and have a great time together. Thank you, Shape Up SF for organizing, and QGI for showcasing this and other things we can be proud of as a Bayview Hunters Point community.