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Media Life: Auburn braces for food truck cortege

Last Andrews Sisters’ death shines renewed light on sister, Maxene, who lived in Auburn
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Media Life columnist
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Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com. Also hear Thomson most Fridays at 6 p.m. on Dave Rosenthal’s drive-time radio show on KAHI 950 AM. He’s also a regular guest on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight.” And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.

 

While the Old Town-Downtown food-truck issues are simmering for now, plans are afoot to bring a convoy of mobile cuisine vendors to Auburn this summer.

And who other than Scott Holbrook, Auburn’s instigator of fun, to help get the party started. Holbrook and the Auburn Recreation District he serves as director with will be getting some know-how and able assistance from a Sacto non-profit group called the Foodmob.

This vision of a roundup of colorful food trucks, lines of foodies and curious Auburnites buzzing about the emerging food truck culture, and the aroma of a variety of tasty mobile eats wafting through the air already has a date and a venue. It will be from 4:30-9 p.m. Aug. 23 at Auburn’s Recreation Park.

Holbrook, whose Keep Smilin’ Promotions is bringing name acts Poor Man’s Whiskey and I See Hawks In L.A. to Auburn in coming weeks, said he’ll be helping find some music to go with the foodfest. A big plus has been a commitment by the Auburn Ale House to provide the craft draft as a donation to aid the Auburn Bike Park pump-track effort. The Ale House is also chipping in with brew for another pump track fundraiser – February 23’s spaghetti dinner at the Canyon View Community Center, Holbrook said.

For a first-time event, Holbrook envisions about 10 or 12 food trucks making the trek to the shaded spaces of Recreation Park, including local favorite Maria’s and Sacramento’s Cajun Wagon.

 

Auburn’s Andrews Sister

Wednesday’s news of the death of Patty Andrews in Los Angeles, the last surviving Andrews Sister, is more than a footnote in music history for Auburn.

Patty, 94 when she died, harmonized with sisters Maxene and LaVerne on some of the classic pop tunes of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and several hits with Bing Crosby.

Laverne died in 1967 in L.A. and Maxene Andrews passed away in 1995 in Cape Cod.

Maxene, however, died while vacationing in the East. Her real home, some locals may remember, was off a side street near Bell Road in North Auburn. Andrews had made Auburn her hometown after moving from Encino to Auburn in 1989. During her all-too short time in the city, she didn’t take a high profile but did appear at functions involving veterans. World War II was the hey-day for the trio of singing sisters and Andrews never forgot the soldiers she performed for on USO tours and in the U.S. at Hollywood’s Stagedoor Canteen.

Andrews, with Lincoln-raised character actor Fred Clark, also has another claim to local fame. She and her sisters gained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the late 1970s, joining Clark, whose star was enshrined in 1960. They’re the lone Placer County people on the Walk of Fame.

 

Bits and pieces

Media Life’s column on the lamented closing of Pappy’s restaurant on Highway 49 had an error that will now stand corrected. We wrote “McDuff’s” for the eatery that preceded it for a short time. But it was actually “McDuck’s,” and co-owned by Duane Hatfield. Here’s an argument starter. We’re hearing that McDuck’s, which lasted for a couple of years in the early 1980s, was the first restaurant in Auburn with a salad bar.

Speaking to Holbrook about this upcoming June’s Party in the Park outdoor music event, we learned that it’s been a difficult task this year finding just the right act for the show with the budget he’s been given. Holbrook suggests that there might be a benefactor out there interested in pitching in some extra money to help out. There’s a “band sponsor” sign in it for anyone interested in signing up, Holbrook said.

 

Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com. Also hear Thomson most Fridays at 6 p.m. on Dave Rosenthal’s drive-time radio show on KAHI 950 AM. He’s also a regular guest on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight.” And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.