Wrap Party for 2014 Concert Series

The 2014 Wrap Party for the Concert Series is an Italian buffet dinner on the Vine patio to benefit the 2015 Niles Summer Concert Series. Enjoy the day of music at the Niles Town Plaza and finish it off with a private party with the musicians. Seating is limited so reserve your seat now.


September 21, 2014

6 – 9pm



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$50 per person.


Featured image courtesy of Martin Kull

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Pink Flamingo Call for Participation

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The Legend of the Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market

Once upon a time (probably the 60ís) in a village called Niles, a tradition arose of antiques and flea markets. Some say it began when Betty Hanna and Shirley Filgate dragged some antiques outdoors for sale. Some say it was the brainchild of Janet Pasagno, Harry Avila, and Al Lopez and his wife, Vicky. However it began, the annual Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market has been a fond, funky event for 50 years. This year, Keith Elrod and the Niles Main Street Assn. were presented with a proclamation on the 50th Anniversary of the Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market.

The "Fearless Flea Marketeer," Keith Elrod, and members of the Niles Main Street Association board receiving the proclamation from the City of Fremont. Photo by: Nancy Haylock

The “Fearless Flea Marketeer,” Keith Elrod, and members of the Niles Main Street Association board receiving the proclamation from the City of Fremont. Photo by: Nancy Haylock

In the early days of the faire, the antiques at that time were judged entries. Vendors were required to submit an application and have their antiques judged before selling them at the faire. Along with antiques were food booths and beer sellers.

The faire began with a Sunday morning pancake breakfast at the Merchantsí Association rail car. The residents in the back streets of old town Niles took advantage of the shoppers in town to display their own ìwaresî at yard sales. In the 1960ís, the Merchantsí Association joined the faire and assumed operating it with the help of Boys Scouts who ran the parking lots on Mission and other hired personnel to man the entrances to town.

Although the beer booths seemed like a good idea at the time, they tended to encourage scandalous hooliganism, and in the end, they were 86íd from the faire. When Bob Wasserman was police chief, he claimed theyíd fill the paddy wagon with drunks from the faire and there were so many, and they were so drunk that when they got to the police station and opened the doors, they all fell out into a heap on the parking lot.

In 1972, Loren English took over the reins of the faire and captained the event during its prime for about 9 years. At its peak, the Antique Faire sponsored about 300 booths, stretching from the corner of Sullivanís Underpass to the corner of J Street, as well as the first blocks of the side streets and the Niles Blvd parking lot. Vendors from around the Bay Area were drawn to the festivities, parking their RVs and moving trucks across Mission Blvd and down Mowry until they could set up their booths on Saturday night. Many Niles residents were involved in helping the faire set up. Bruce Cates would help clear Niles Blvd by rousting bar patrons early so the vendors could start setting up booths. Steve Cho regularly manned the front gate to let in the vendors, and Al Cunha was a familiar face during the midnight setups.
Rumor has it that somewhere lurks a picture taken from the top of the Ellsworth building, looking down on the faire crowded with 100.000 people.

Not bad for a little town.

Niles neighbors contributed a large portion of chaos to the event by holding yard sales that started on Saturday morning and rolled into Saturday night parties that rolled into Sunday morning yard sales and shopping. One of these parties was known as the ìPole Dropping Partyî because as the Saturday night party wrapped up, the partiers could hear the vendors starting to set up shop. (Sadly, the traditional pole sound faded with the adoption of the EZ pop-up canopies.) Serious antiqueíers and flea market shoppers would start browsing the town with flashlights starting at 4 a.m. to find the best bargainsósomething that often startled new residents to the Old Town.

Itís a grand way to celebrate the end of summer! Let the chaos begin!!!

Editor’s note: This article was put together from lore and hearsay, and we claim no responsibility for errors of fact or libelous mudslinging. As a matter of fact, we would love to have your input regarding the faire and flea market. We would like to expand this little blog to a full-blown, as-best-as-we-remember-it history of this wild event. Please send me a note so we can add to this story for next year, and the years after!

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Niles Farmers’ Market – Every Saturday

Fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables

Fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables

Walk up Main Street to the parking lot by the Plaza and visit the Niles Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning. Get fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables while visiting with your neighbors. Also see some of our local vendors at the market, such as Niles Pie Company and Pamela Soap, or stop by and chat with some of the folks at the Niles Main Street Association booth.


Saturday, 10am until 2pm, All Year Round
Photo courtesy of Kristina Sayer Smith

Photo courtesy of Kristina Sayer Smith

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Niles Plaza Concert Series Third Event

Sunday, September 7, 2014  3 – 6pm


Felsen and Rocktapus

Niles Town Plaza in the Historic Niles District of Fremont

37592 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

felsenThe Free Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series in Fremont continues its 5th season with a Blues-rock and Americana co-bill. Bohemian Highway plays at3pm (Folk-Rock meets Honky Tonk), and the Mike Osborn Band goes on at 4:45 (Classic Rock, Blues). The concerts are family-friendly, just bring a lawn chair or two, maybe a small umbrella for shade.

Oakland-based indie rockers, Felsen, fourth album, ‘I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore’, was released by SF’s boutique record label, Sign Shop Records on September 4, 2013. Felsen has toured throughout the West and have just completed their largest national Club tour to date. The songs fit together like a novel telling a story about the need to re-humanize ourselves in the wake of soul-crushing technological advancements; art wins, humanity prevails. Felsen’s influences include The Beatles, Beach Boys, U2, The Shins, Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, Spoon, and Camper Van Beethoven. Frontman Andrew Griffin started Felsen after his 2006 cancer diagnosis, which led to the release of Felsen’s first album, Accidental Drowning, in 2009. Felsen Loves You—an EP on the Ninth Street Opus label—followed in 2010, and in 2011 another full-length album—Breaking up with Loneliness—was self-released. Felsen has been featured on Bay Area radio stations KPFA, KALX, KZSU and have been selected to be on KFOG (One of the nation’s top AAA radio stations) Local Scene Volume 11. Additionally ‘I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore’ was named 2013’s album of the year by Sacramento’s Twirl Radio

Rocktapus-webRocktapus are four seasoned musicians playing rocking originals, classic rock and new country covers guaranteed to get you up and dancing. Based in the East Bay, they perform a variety of danceable, grooving, head bobbing Rock n’ Roll classics, Latin Rock, and modern Country. The band consists of Ken Younger on lead guitar and vocals, Bill Desmidt on rhythm guitar and vocals, Frank Grygus on bass and vocals, and Kevin McNair on drums, percussion & sequencer.

The concerts are free to the public, just bring a lawn chair and grab any open seating on the plaza lawn. There is also ample bench seating facing the amphitheater with great views of the stage, the Niles hills, and the historic old town.


This event is sponsored by:

 Dale Hardware,  Valley Oak Partners, Fremont Cultural Arts Council, ACWD, 

Mr Mikey’s Country Store, Florence Bar & Grill, Papillon Restaurant, The Vine, The Nile Cafe, Niles Pie Company, Don’s Antique Auto Parts, Lorna Jaynes Law & Mediation, Team DeAnda.

Kid’s Zone sponsored by Early Start Music & Toys. Sound provided by DC Sound.

Presented by Niles Main Street Association & Mudpuddle Music

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