All is fair at St. Mary’s, fair trade at Bluebottle Coffee

The St. Mary’s Country Fair returns Oct. 8-10, with a full weekend of activities scheduled at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 219 Bean Ave. This year, there are a few new things to look forwards to: The fair only accepts credit cards—no cash—and tickets can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate. On Saturday, from 4-6 p.m., there will be live music from local bands, a talent show, dancing performances, and handicraft booths where people may make birdhouses and picture frames, in addition to the ever-popular bingo games. Ping-pong basketball and a toilet toss(?) should provide plenty of amusement. Friday, Oct. 8, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. are the hours of the fair. On Thursday, Oct. 7, the harvest market was set to reopen.

Bluebottle Coffee’s newest shop, at 29 University Ave., between Steamer’s and Banana Republic, will open soon. What makes Blue Bottle Coffee unique? Their coffee is sourced from a “single sustainable green bean source.” The narrative of the first Blue Bottle Café is much more intriguing: Franz George Kolshitsky, a battle hero in the late 1600s, discovered bags of coffee beans left by a retreating Turkish army, who mistook them for camel feed. Kolshitsky acquired the coffee and launched The Blue Bottle, Central Europe’s first coffee shop, in Vienna, Austria. After that, the rest is history.

The number one show on Broadway gets a new appearance and sound. Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., a live country band performs country line dancing classes on the newly rebuilt watering hole’s huge dance floor. At 9 p.m. on Thursdays, there are duelling pianos. On Fridays and Saturdays, prominent Bay Area dancing bands perform live music.

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