San Leandro’s Sausage and Suds Festival 2013 started Oktoberfest with sizzle. The sexiest salsa band this side of the Mission Avance and the nerdiest new wave 80s show since high school The Spazmatics, got eight thousand of San Leandro’s young and old swinging. Dancers and people watchers enjoyed the swaying hips and head bopping outside the Englander Pub in the beer and wine garden until what must have been six p.m. on a Sunday evening. Everybody from Marina High cheerleaders '77 to Bay Area Legal Aid's Claire Johnson and her new baby enjoyed the summer evening elbow to elbow and butt to butt.
Here is one Spazmatics video and another is in this blog.
The festival started Sunday morning, October 6 at ten with a free zumba dance lesson. The bands played all day. The sausage part would be Aidells Sausages in buns or on sticks, hot and smokin’ off the grill and smelling Heavenly.
Speaking of smokin’ hot, celebrity sightings included song leaders from Marina High School class of 1977 Donna Andrade Petersen, Linda Kay Fritz, Nancy Wesley (and myself Cindy Warner) along with outstanding athlete Mary Ann Japec. Donna Condrashoff promised to appear next year after Donna Andrade posted the pictures of the girls dancing on Facebook. As Nancy said,
Men come and go but girlfriends are forever.
Donna added, yes because we don’t leave the seat up.
San Leandro’s Kaeleen Costa found herself dancing with new friends who work together in Fremont, Konstantine in real lederhosen from Germany, $300, made of suede with pewter buckles; Arsenal fan Perry who biked over and danced in his bike helmet; and colleague Christine.
Bay Area Legal Aid’s Claire Johnson attended with newborn baby Jonathan in a baby carrier on her chest, she on maternity leave. She looks prettier and happier and more content than ever. She lives near downtown San Leandro with her husband.
Jimmy Flores from Central America, a lead singer with the salsa band Avance, enjoyed the festivities with friends after his set. Jimmy had a moment to smile for a picture. The San Francisco Bay Area band has been together twenty years. One nimble young woman got up on stage with the band when each front man showed his moves and thrilled the crowd with some bootie lischousness, while wearing a red t-shirt that read, “Keep Calm and Salsa On”.
Admission and dancing was free. Beer and wine cost $20 for two tickets and a commemorative San Leandro beer glass or wine glass.
For more information: San Leandro Downtown Association
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