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“Summer feels like it was just yesterday,” someone whispers to me over a candlelight hot cocoa that warms my palette on a brisk evening in the heart of downtown. And although I hadn’t said them, the words felt as though they’d left my own mouth.

As I sit outside at the Queen Bean listening to the sounds of the open-mic performers I can’t help but notice the cold air mixed with the turning of the leaves. Instantly I’m reminded that it’s that time of year again where being grateful means giving of oneself. As the Thanksgiving season approaches I know I can think of no better place to give and receive a great deal than in the Modesto Area. Here’s some great food, music & more to check out…

A great way to get you swinging on a star is to check out the scene at Gallo Arts Center on November 27th. The swinging sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are returning by popular demand. Tickets won’t break your bank, $20-$50. But don’t snooze or you’ll lose Daddy-O’s and Chickadee’s because this party will sell out.

If a bit of swing isn’t your scene take a gander down the street at Deva Café on Thursdays for Thursday Night Ramble. For the cover of $5 you’ll find your inner musical spirit tantalized tremendously to some very colorful local sounds. The sounds often vary but the enthusiastic crowd is always a key player at this event. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Info: Thursday Night Ramble Info:

Feeling a bit more cerebral with your energy and looking for a one of a kind experience? Head your feet over to Camp 4 Wine Bar. There’s nothing like the spirit of great people and a warm atmosphere to make for a fun evening. Not sure how to pick a good wine? Head down anyway! Start a conversation over your first glass and let the experience of a new flavor be on your palette. Stop by on Monday nights and get lost in the sound of local artist, not an Airplane. If the bustle of Black Friday already has you in a tizzy think no more about the stress of the season that begs you to spend to give! Keep those $$$ local & check outevery day specials in the heart of downtown Modesto. Take a walk on J Street! It’s a fabulous place to spread a little holiday cheer by bringing some much needed $$$ back to the local economy without breaking your budget. Grab a coffee at the Serrano Social Club before heading out to peruse the local stores. Ranging from Hand crafted atIntrinsic Elements to Crow Trading Co.’s Antiquities to Art from Paper Planes there’s sure to be something for someone on your list. Don’t forget to wander off the beaten path along the way!

These links will help guide your way: Nestled in this small community is a heart of gold that never seems to fall short of giving. Enjoy your Holidays!



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.