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on Feb 6, 2014
I don't see this change as a "sea change." I remember the Fall Arts & Crafts Fair for several years in early 2000s allowing people to stroll the event with a lovely commemorative glass of wine. It was very enjoyable and I missed being able to do that when they instituted the policy of wine and beer consumption only in the restricted areas.
Happy to see that the days of old are coming back :) Yes I agree when you corral someone and make them drink (basically it's a quick drink not savored) in a location that does not allow them to mingle with the Festival, which is the reason they came in the first place, it's a bit prudish to say the least. Let the police do their job and yank out anybody that over steps the drinking limits of decency, so the rest of us can Savor our drink in our Festival glasses and Enjoy the Festival at the same time.
The same goes for the Wine Strolls and Street Fairs in Pleasanton. You are forced to Down your Drink (for Wine Strolls) before you can stroll to the next designated location for your tasting. Perhaps if Danville can bring back the joy of a TRUE Festival Atmosphere to Savor your drink while enjoying the Exhibiting booths, it will open the eyes of those in Pleasanton too. Let the police do their job and yank out anybody that over steps the drinking limits of decency, so the rest of us can Savor our drink in our Festival glasses and Enjoy the Festival at the same time. The turn out will be much Greater and more successful for those that participate as Vendors.
Does having a "good time " always have to involve drinking, especially in this valley ? These are daytime events and I would like to think anyone could survive a couple of hours, during an afternoon, without a cocktail. How many beers or wines will anyone consume before they get behind the wheel and drive home ??? So very prevalent in this area.
Stepper is right, in that we do have a problem with youth and alcohol in this community. Kids get together, slam down booze as fast as possible - "pre-gaming" - then head out to drink some more.
But I fail to see how observing responsible adults enjoying a leisurely glass of wine, strolling through the streets, is "sending the wrong message" about that. I think Stepper has it exactly backwards: the message she's sending is that alcohol is about getting drunk. The idea that alcoholic beverages exist solely for the purpose of getting wasted is the problem. There's a lot of room between teetotaling and getting drunk, and being able to tell the difference between enjoying a glass of wine and getting blitzed is actually a pretty valuable lesson, which folks like Also a festival goer don't seem to be able to fathom.
I'm with Huh, Festival Goer and David. Let the adults be adults and show the kids how to sip and savor instead of slamming shots.
This is a decent move!
Many other cities have "fairs" that allow alcohol walked down the street that have proved the concept without major incidents.
(That doesn't mean that there will be zero problems as there is always the possibility of some dumb idiot acting badly. But we shouldn't be controlled by the lowest common denominator.)
Besides, Danville used to have a number of alcohol allowed events that went off with major problems--like walking around doing store to store shopping/browsing with wine tasting and apps in the stores. (Those events seemed to have dried up.....or gone to $25 paid events!?! Why?)
IMO, if there was any event that was on the edge of having trouble, it was the Thursday Night Car Rally event. So that might be the event (and crowd) to have some concerns about.
I appreciate the change. I agree with David and look forward to having the option of strolling with a glass of wine. And if anything sends the wrong message, it's corraling people and having them "drink up" before they leave.
The government / police state reacts to "one bad apple" by cutting down the tree. And why is it that at every "event" I go to there are police hanging around. It feels like the gestapo state smothering mankind. But they have to be there at every event, in fact charging a fee for their presence. Is this a coercive fee? Does the public have the option of saying we don't want police surveillance?
I would like to expand a little on Huh? s comments about Stepper..........she's always gotten everything backwards in her time on the City (Developers) Council.
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