The Annual Scottish Games in Pleasanton 2017 – This Weekend

The Scottish Games this weekend in Pleasanton California – September 2nd and 3rd

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Heritage and culture are always a fun celebration. Some cities and towns have small celebrations and others have large ones. There are things like Italian Fest’s, Medieval Fairs, and Mardi gras and then there is San Francisco’s “Scottish Games.”

California has been the home to the Scottish games since 1866. The Caledonian Club of San Francisco hosts this celebration every year. This is 2 day event now rather than the one day event that it began as. The Scottish Games has been going on for over a hundred years.

The gathering and games started as more of a family picnic and grown more and more over the years. They have been held in San Francisco, Sausalito, Oakland, Santa Rosa and have finally come to rest in Pleasanton. This particular celebration has lasted through the economic depression, wars, earthquakes, and bridge closures.

In tradition the Scottish games, were known as heavy athletics. These events were held in Scotland, they began as strength training for the Scottish military soldiers. During those events, strong men would heave tree trunks, toss large river rocks, and lead weights. As time went on and progression happened the games became more of a family picnic gathering for the town folk.

Scottish Games in Pleasanton CA 2017

The California Gold Rush attracted many scots’s to San Francisco. Along with them came their heritage and their culture. Seventeen men, worked together to organize and plan the Inaugural Scottish Games, they made them happen a week later on Thanksgiving day in November 1866,

What started as tree trunk heaving, river rock distance tossing and lead weight tossing this has definitely evolved into a more modern set of events. The games have grown from 9 events to over 60 competitive games, with additional venues. The games have also extended from 1 day to 2 days. The original events may appear barbaric and well behind the times, however they were designed for men and proving strength.

Some of the modern day events have gone beyond being a test of strength. Just like with anything as time goes forward, things evolve and change to match the current time period. They have drum major events, dancing championship, pipe band competitions and so much more. There are also archery exhibitions, bird of prey shows, reenactments and more.

The games occur at different venues around the fairgrounds. You can now find the Traditional Entertainment stage, Irish Pavilion, Celtic Heritage Stage, Game Grand stands and more. Each stage offers something different dating from original events to modern day events. The stages have been spread out around the fairgrounds so different events can run concurrently.

With the attraction of almost 50,000 attendees, the Scottish Games are an amazing event produced on all on volunteer participation. The event is an amazing honor of the heritage and culture of the Scottish. If you enjoy traveling the world and experiencing culture then the Scottish games at the Alameda Fairgrounds is a highly recommended experience.

HERE is their website for full information, events and tickets.

Contact Us for more information on the Games here in Pleasanton and maybe we will see you there 🙂

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The Historic Livermore California Train Depot

Livermore Train Depot

There was much controversy going down in the East Bay Area and more specifically in the Tri Valley, and unsurprisingly it involved a tampering with a bit of history. The historic train depot in Livermore California is 125 years old, and has been used as a place where tickets were sold to cattle ranchers, farmers and traders moving plants, cattle any other such goods by rail.

The 1872-built depot was actually relocated over a five hour period in the middle of the night on a Sunday morning, July 16, 2017. It was moved from the South L Street location – where it stood for a century and a quarter to it’s new “home” at 2500 Railroad Avenue.

The project took months in planning and cost more than $3 million to execute. But the restoration work has only just begun. Historical renovations will continue to take place and it is hoped that much of the charm of this small depot will be maintained in the new facelift.

When the small building was moved, it had to be cut in half, as it was too long to transport as one unit. It was transported all the way down to Railroad Avenue, where the slow-moving motorcade passed through two sets of traffic lights (that had been switched off as part of road closures), a traffic signal that had been temporarily removed, in case the depot came too close, and even underneath some power lines, that the local electricity company had raised just for the move.

Here is a great video of the move:

It had been a massive project, which required some meticulous planning. But despite some objections, locals and historians are thankful that it is still even here. In the past, it has been home to a restaurant, a dance studio and a real estate office, before being closed down in 1973 and earmarked for the bulldozers.

This gave rise to a movement known as the Livermore Heritage Guild, a historic appreciation society that was unhappy with the sheer volume of old heritage buildings being knocked down in Livermore. There were no longer any railroad tracks outside the depot, so it seemed the historic depot was either doomed to destruction or moved to a place where it can continue its legacy.

Thankfully, many from the guild were happy that the 125-year old piece of history kept its life in a new location next to the railroad tracks. We look forward to seeing the changes and restorations set to be made for the important Livermore landmark.

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Our latest Award – Luxury Marketing Council

We are so excited to have been listed in the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco and San Francisco Magazine’s “The Leading 100” List of Top Producing Agents  

Our sales of over $105 Million in 2016 qualified us for this accolade  and we are proud to have been acknowledge for this award. Thank you to all our amazing clients and the people who have sent us referrals in 2016 in order to achieve this award.

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It’s All About Family – Pending in Ruby Hill Golf Community

You may have viewed this Beautiful Ruby Hill Golf Community Home that we listed just a few weeks ago. Well, it’s now Pending with a unique twist. The family selling this home has a boy at Amador Valley High School, playing football on the same team with a boy who’s family just got their offer accepted on the home. It’s all about family!

This Special custom home, just minutes to downtown Pleasanton, sits on about a half acre, has over 4,100 sq feet and a salt water pool. No doubt that the sellers will miss this home, but at least their son can still visit his friend and his childhood home after football practice.

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In Escrow in Less Than A week – Pending In Only 6 Days!!

We are so excited to have this home in escrow only 6 days after we placed it on the market. In Mountain House CA, just east of Livermore CA, is this beautiful corner unit in popular Bethany Village with 3 bedrooms, 2 car garage and just under 1,800 square feet.

We are even more excited that our sellers are a young newlywed couple with a new addition to their family, and are embarking on a journey back to their home state to be around their family. We wish you only the best on your move!!

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Another Amazing Client and a Special Pleasanton Home Sold

Another Amazing Client and another stunning Luxury Estate Sold here in Pleasanton California. We were so happy to help these soon-to-be empty nesters sell their home. Nothing can compare to the memories they made here by bringing up their children and building their family over the years.

We wish them the best on the new chapter in their life.

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Proud to Support Our Children and all Students of our Award Winning Pleasanton schools.

We are so excited for the concert on August 5th to benefit music in Pleasanton schools! Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier will be performing at Firehouse Arts Center and all proceeds benefit music in Pleasanton Schools!!!

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Join us for a night of GREAT music for a GREAT cause! Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier will be at the Firehouse Arts Center on Saturday, August 5th holding a concert to help us raise funds for music in Pleasanton schools. Tickets range in price from $10-$25. Get your tickets now. Invite your friends and family – get a group together – for a fun evening that will impact our kids for years to come. The Flyer is below and Get more details and tickets here:
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