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Greetings Modesto Friends
By Chris Murphy

What a year we have been having huh? Amgen Tour in May, Graffiti Summer in June and then our 4th of July Modestocana. MoBand in the Park and our Stanislaus County Fair events have kept us going at a record pace. We finished off this month with a city-wide concert with Modesto Porchfest. We have seen some toasty days, but we have all kept our cool with the amazing line up of things happening in our daily lives. You think to yourself, we have to slow down, but with all that is going on, we can’t. The greater Modesto area is loaded with good things to do.

Last month, one thing I learned is that you don’t try to calm down someone who is road raging. In the middle of all of these things happening, the heat and our business, you need to stay safe and if you ever get involved with an angry person on the road, please go to safety at the Police Station, Fire Station or go someplace very populated. Be safe and take it easy.

Speaking of taking it easy, August is the time to slow things down and get back to basics. Let’s explore the great outdoors, feel the wind in your hair when you are riding the rails, or running a trail or a river or riding your bike. Let’s stop and smell the roses, pick some fruit, wander the farmers markets and simplify our dining and enjoy what the Modesto USA community has to offer. Summer freshness has never tasted so good. Modesto really is a “Classic American City” and in addition to our classic Graffiti history and our Rockabilly music history, one of the things that makes us the most classic is our fresh produce, fresh eats and our farmer’s markets. So this month, we welcome a new ViewCrew member Tasha Williams as she takes us on a Modesto gastronomic Tour de Food. We hope it inspires you to get out there and try something new.

Modesto Friends it is all about exploration. Did you go to Music in the Plaza on a Friday night? Did you solve the Clue-game Mystery 3rd Thursday Art Walk? Did you find the pop-up bar in the Art Alley? Have you been to a jam at the Barkin’ Dog our checked out a show on the patio at Minnie’s? There is so much going on that you need to check out. But we need more. Have you enjoyed Sunday Funday in 10th Street Plaza at Ralston’s Goat? What? Not yet? Well my friends. you can start by checking out the calendar of events at and try something new a couple of times each week. The more people are out and about, the more people will want to open new businesses. The more you tell your friends that things are happening, the more will get involved. So Go Modesto.

Notice something in common about all of these places we visit? They are all locally owned and are part of our community and these events are created by our friends and fellow ViewCrew. ModestoView is here everyday talking about the great local people, business and events. We all do better when our friends do better. As Amazon takes over the rest of the world, let’s show our community that people are valuable, experience is important, and we are supposed to treat our friends and coworkers with respect and support each other. That’s the way this works Modesto. It is our team work and network that will keep us strong. You can’t get a good cocktail on a patio from Prime, or get your face painted or jam with your friends on your tablet.

Let’s live Modesto. Get out in the great outdoors. We will see you there. Come see me and my band Third Party at Music in the Plaza on Sept 1 and we will have a blast.

Chris Murphy, Publisher and Founder, ModestoView<>

P.S. Tell me what you like or don’t like about ModestoView. I would love to hear from you.



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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.