Bridget Nagle, 5, runs under a parachute at the Farmers' Market Saturday morning during activities by the City of Davis Parks and Recreation Dept. Picnic in the Park returns this Wednesday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise Photo

Bridget Nagle, 5, runs under a parachute at the Farmers' Market Saturday morning during activities by the City of Davis Parks and Recreation Dept. Picnic in the Park returns this Wednesday. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise Photo

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Picnic in the Park returns Wednesday

By March 11, 2011

Listen up

March 16: Mad Dash, rock ‘n’ roll dance music

March 23: Lisa Phenix Band, folk/Americana

March 30: Peter Franklin Band, classic rock

April 6: Guitar Mac & the Blues Express, blues

April 13: Anderson Gram Duo, folk/Americana

April 20: Papa Hip, rock and R&B

April 27: Gary Lee Yoder Band, rock ‘n’ roll and more

May 4: Acoustic S&M, 50 years of folk and rock

May 11: Sidetracked, eclectic folk

May 18: Ron Goldberg Quartet, folk rock

May 25: Picnic Pops: Davis High School and Cal Aggie Band-uh

June 1: The 8-Tracks, classic rock

June 8: Plainfield Pickers, western swing and bluegrass

June 22: Sticky Vikki & The Pinecones, rockabilly

June 29: Hardwater, pop, rock, folk, blues

July 6: Odd Man Out, folk, ’60s and ’70s rock

July 13: Notorious Shank Brothers, bluegrass

July 20: The Hucklebucks, blues

July 27: Shayna & the Bulldog, rock ‘n’ roll

Aug. 3: Cold Shot & Sandy Holman, diversity and dance music

Aug. 10: Rolling Fork Blues Revue, blues

Aug. 17: Catfish & Friends, American roots music

Aug. 24: Pleasant Valley Boys, bluegrass

Aug. 31: Over Forte, Dixieland

Sept. 7: YoloMambo, world music

Sept. 14: Walkin’ the Dog, rock ‘n’ roll

Sept. 21: Sir Finn & the Sharks, surf music

Sept. 28: The Undulations, post-modern swing

Oct. 5: Blue Blazes, rockabilly & blues

Oct. 12: Jenny Lynn & Her Real Gone Daddies, bluegrass

Oct. 19: It’s About Time, Big Band, swing, jazz

Oct. 26: The Surf-Liners, ’60s rock and surf music

Break out the picnic blankets again.

It’s time for the annual return of Picnic in the Park — the family-friendly celebration that takes place every Wednesday evening in Central Park, from spring through fall. The 2011 season is organized by the Davis Farmers Market and sponsored by the Davis Food Co-op.

The event, which runs from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., features live music, an international food fair, children’s entertainment and, of course, the farmers market.

Mad Dash headlines opening day with rock ‘n’ roll dance music of the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Members are Rachelle Byrne, vocals; David Meyer, bass and vocals; Dorothy Sills, saxophone and vocals; Michael Gregory, guitar and vocals; Steve Artz, drums; and Valerie Marston, vocals. The band has played at several wineries and festivals, including Hot August Nights in Reno, the Peach Festival in Marysville and Peggy Sue’s Cruise Car Show in Petaluma.

The food fair offers picnickers a wide array of dinner specialties to tantalize worldly palates, including El Mariachi Taqueria (Mexican cuisine), Raja Indian Cuisine (Indian nan-wrap cuisine), Kathmandu Kitchen (Indian cuisine), Thai Recipes (Thai cuisine), and East West Gourmet (Afghanistan bolanis and condiments).

Caffé Italia will bring its artisan baking oven on wheels to the park to make “pizzas with a purpose,” benefiting the Davis Farm to School Connection, with toppings sourced from local farmers.

Returning food vendors include The Buckhorn (tri-tip and chicken sandwiches and salads), Ciocolat (burgers, pasta and desserts), Davis Creamery (ice cream in farm-fresh flavors), Fat Face (ice pops in farm-fresh flavors), The Hotdogger (hot dogs, veggie dogs, corn dogs and fresh lemonade), Monticello Bistro (farm-fresh salads and sandwiches), Mustard Seed (salads and sandwiches), Santa Fe Trading Co. (farm-fresh snow cones) and Steve’s Pizza.

Soroptimist International of Davis will sell beer and wine, with proceeds going to local charities.

Children’s entertainment includes pony rides from Pony Ranch Parties, Central Park’s bicycle-powered carousel, Rocknasium’s climbing wall, Bouncing Bungalows, face-painting and balloon-maker Dilly Dally the Clown.

Spring and late-winter vegetables — asparagus, greens, lettuces, kiwis and strawberries — fill the market, with craft booths at the north end. For more information, call (530) 756-1695 or visit http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org.

Enterprise staff

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