Picnics in the park

Lyman Park is the site of the annual summer concert series, presented by the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce. Last June, the Brian Coutch Band played to an audience of picnickers relaxing in the cool of the evening. This year’s concert series begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 8.

Tom Stockwell, Star

Summer fun in St. Helena

This week’s weather is a reminder that summer is almost here! It’s perfect timing because the Chamber, along with our business partners, has ways for St. Helena locals to enjoy their summer right here at home.

Sidewalk Sales are this weekend. No better time for you to check out our new stores, revisit your favorites and treat yourself to lunch or a glass of wine while strolling along our Main Street. The sale is Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. Don’t miss the deals and the new summer inventory!

Lyman Park Concert Series – Musical Picnics. We are ready to launch our annual concert series in Lyman Park featuring six bands with local ties. The lineup includes bands who are favorites at Porchfest and Silos and some who have played Bottlerock. Concerts are the second and fourth Thursday in June, July and August beginning at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Lyman Park. To keep with tradition, bring your own picnic and wine. If you don’t have time to prepare, food and wine can be purchased at each concert from our food trucks and from a local winery pouring onsite.

Kicking us off on June 8 is Storyteller, a band which plays a mix of R&B with jazz, reggae and Ska. We are bringing back fan favorite Lisa Marie Johnstone with her unique blend of country, Americana, and blues, a style in which she calls “Stomp and Groove” on June 22.

On July 13, St. Helena native Gretchen Earls brings a mix of Brazilian, jazz, rock and nostalgic blues with her band, the Jensen Earls Band. Scott Turnnidge, most notably of Wristrocket, brings his band, Ordinary Sons, with a mix of rock ’n’ roll, blues, and funk on July 27.

St. Helena’s own Jim Anderson and his rock ’n’ roll cover band, N2L performs Aug. 10 and on Aug. 24, Noema, featuring St. Helena local Clark Harding, performs a mix of funk, reggae, R&B and culture-rock.

Food truck appearances include Marks the Spot, Clif Family Bruschetteria, Phat Salads and Wraps and Napa Valley Crust. Umpqua Bank will once again bring their ice cream truck and offer free ice cream for everyone on Aug. 24. All other concerts, desserts are free for kids.

There are still opportunities for your business to be a Concert, Band, Dessert or Wine Sponsor for the Series. Please reach out to Jessica at jessica@sthelena.com for more information.

Earth Day was a huge success again this year and thank you to St. Helena locals who did their spring cleaning. At this annual Chamber event, we shredded over three tons of paper and collected two full dumpsters of e-waste. Thank you to Umpqua Bank and Upper Valley Disposal for their efforts and to the St. Helena Football Team for assistance. Thank you to the City’s water department for having their information on hand and to the Police Department for collecting pharmaceuticals.

Be in the Know: With summer around the corner, we expect more fun around town. The best way to keep up is to subscribe to the Chamber’s weekly email, “This Week in St. Helena” by sending us an email at admin@sthelena.com or signing up on our website. You can also follow us on “The Source St. Helena” on Facebook. Also, peruse through the Chamber’s website under “Events” and “About St. Helena” to find more local information.

Pam Simpson is the CEO and president of the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce.