Whether they're vintage or high-tech, bicycles are hot. It's the reason bike fanciers are racing to the finish line to take in "Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse" -- the latest exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum.
Bicycling has a long history in California. The sport of mountain biking was born here in the Bay Area, and it's where accomplished designer, builder, welder and racer Tom Ritchey made a name for himself. You'll see one of his earliest bicycles on display.
Another bicycle of note -- the first bike ridden by three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, who trained in our part of the world -- is here. Also in the group are nostalgic high-wheelers, road and mountain-racing bikes, classic Sting-Rays, a neat wooden bike, plus a workhorse bike from the Los Altos Police Department.
On June 29, two events will complement the show. Next door at the Hillview Center (97 Hillview Ave.), folks will gather for a Family Cycle Carnival with a bike rodeo and performers doing daredevil stunts. A "Design a Bike" workshop put on by Tom Kabat is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It all happens at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. Details: 650-948-9427, www.losaltoshistory.org.
San Joaquin show
The second annual Vintage in the Vines -- a show that blends antiques with gourmet food and wine -- is a go despite a last-minute change of venue. The festivities take place June 21.
Promoter Gail Gabbert will host the sale at her shop, The Owl Box, in Tracy. She says the show may be scaled back just a bit, but it sounds lively. There will be about 25 vendors, plus wine from La Bonne Vie Cellars. Locally made jams, chocolates and delicious food including tamales also will be available.
The Owl Box, tucked inside M&M Builders Supply and Nursery Sales, is at 8010 W. 11th St., Tracy. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. Details: 209-830-0796.
The oft-talked about Remnants of the Past Antique and Vintage Show will have its Northern California debut June 28-29. This extravaganza has been wowing collectors in the southern part of our state for several years.
About 100 merchants will take part in the two-day sale. Expect lots of vintage, handmade and antique items that represent what's most popular with collectors nowadays. There will also be creatively repurposed goods, country chic and French farmhouse-inspired pieces.
This show also offers such niceties as porter services, on-site UPS freight shipping, even a "man cave" boasting a widescreen TV.
On June 28, Ki Nassauer -- antiques maven and editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style magazine -- will be available to sign magazines and hobnob with showgoers.
This biannual show (it'll be back in November) will take place at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose. Admission: $15 (valid for both days). Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 28 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 29. Parking: $8. Gourmet concessions will include wines and an herb cocktail bar. Details: 805-471-5708, www.remnantsofthepast.com.
On June 22 at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View, you can take a trip back in time and experience life the way it was in the 19th century. The bash -- Living History Day -- is something history buffs will relish. This is your chance to dress up, and even drill like a Civil War-era soldier. Learn elegant script writing and compose a letter, or play a Victorian lawn game.
During your visit, find out about fashions of the day, and tour the 12-room Italianate-style residence built circa 1867.
"R" House, as it's often called, is at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome. Details: 650-903-6392, www.r-house.org.
A night out
Filoli, the grand mansion in Woodside, has some special summer hours that will allow folks working a 9-to-5 day an opportunity to partake in some neat evening activities.
"Third Thursdays" will occur June 19 and August 21. You can enjoy a docent-led sunset hike, an orchard walk, or unwind with a leisurely tour of the historic home, which will be open until 7:30 p.m. That includes the wonderful garden and gift shop.
The hikes and walks begin at 6 p.m. on the dot. It's a good idea to make reservations, but drop-ins are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Wear sturdy shoes.
Filoli is at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. There is no fee for current members. Otherwise, it's $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and older) and $8 for students ages 5-17. Details: 650-364-8300, ext. 508, www.filoli.org.
Treasure Island Flea just celebrated its third year of operation. The event attracts a variety of vendors and is held the last full weekend of the month.
San Jose antiques dealer Ed Flemate and his son Edward are veteran sellers. "I enjoy meeting the people," Ed says. "This is a family show. You can bring your dog, have some wine and see a guy walking around on stilts."
Join in on the merriment June 28-29 at 1 Avenue of the Palms on Treasure Island. Admission: $3. Free parking. Details: 415-898-0245, www.treasureislandflea.com.
Gracie Garcia, one of the area's most beloved antiques dealers with a superior line of merchandise, turned 75 in May. Her customers include movie stars, politicians, royalty and regular Joes like me. Drop in to wish her well at her jam-packed shop -- some say it's a museum -- at 7445 Monterey St., Gilroy. For shop hours, call 408-842-1776.
And the heartiest of congratulations to my esteemed colleague, valuable mentor and dear friend Mary Gottschalk. After 45 years in South Bay journalism, Mary will be putting down her pen -- at least some days of the week. Luckily for her fans, she plans to continue her always-anticipated work for Image magazine. Mary's husband, Paul Lukes, is a writer who often snaps the pictures accompanying his wife's mesmerizing text. Deep and lasting thanks for the memories, Mary.
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