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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

Enjoy three suites for Solo Cello by Bach, performed by concert cellist and symphony conductor Thomas Shoebotham, Sept. 25, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Quent Cordair Fine Art Gallery, 1301 First St. 

Each suite will be followed by a wine-tasting intermission sponsored by Capp Heritage Vineyards, paired with exquisite chocolates. The seated performance will start promptly at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Call 707 255-2242 for advance tickets.

Heads up…

The city of Napa and several other public agencies offer an urgent notification service called Nixle.

This service allows agencies to send information to your cell phone or email about real-time public safety emergencies, crime watch, weather impacts, road closures and other safety tips.

Find out before you’re crawling up Silverado Trail that there is an event there that’s impacting traffic. Nixle is free, and can be formatted to provide you only the information in which you are interested. Register with Nixle at

River Concert for Friends…

That’s as in Friends of the Napa River. Copia will host a musical event on Oct. 8, which will feature the Napa Valley Youth Symphony and the Kellie Fuller Quartert, plus food from the Culinary Institute of America and plenty of Napa Valley wines.

It’s a fund/friend raiser, and sure to be a good time. Visit for details and tickets.

Just clowning around…

The Zoppé Family Circus is returning to Napa with five shows at the Napa Valley Expo, Oct. 1-2.

Zoppé emerged from humble beginnings more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe.

Today, Zoppé welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition.

Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story — as opposed to individual acts — that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Details and tickets are at 224-4353 or

Tha-tha- that’s all, folks!

Last month’s Main Street Reunion Car Show and the following weekend’s Blues, Brews & BBQ are saying goodbye to First Street.

In May 2017, the Archer hotel will open and both events will be moving to new sites so that hotel guests can get to and from the hotel.

It turns out to be a win-win all the way around. That the hotel is opening is great news, and both the car show and Blues, Brews and BBQ have outgrown the space both have occupied for all these years.

For Blues, Brews & BBQ, more space will mean the ability to bring in bigger and better bands. So, it’s not goodbye, it’s good news!

And speaking of the hotel…

Watching the Archer hotel being built is fascinating. If you haven’t watched as the crane moves from right to left, simultaneously lifting or lowering a load while moving it forward or backward, it can be as disorienting as this sentence.

See you downtown!

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Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or