Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

Friday May 22, 1992

We are up at 7 a.m. We have a continental breakfast in our hotel lobby. Carol arrives with a friend, Ed, about 9:30. We all take the shuttle to Old Sacramento for the 11:30 parade of jazz bands. After the parade we have lunch in a quaint Italian restaurant.

We all go to a couple of tent jazz shows but it is so hot, 95 degrees today. Finally, we give up and head to Holiday Inn for a nice air conditioned jazz show. By 5 p.m. we're back at our hotel to rest awhile. At 6 p.m. we go to Tony Roma's for ribs and onion rings. Wonderful! In the cool of the evening, about 80 degrees, we go to Cal Expo for a few tent shows. We're home at 11 p.m. to see Johnny Carson's last show, forever. Sad.

Mom's good friend Carol was the one who introduced Mom and Frank to jazz festivals and square dancing. She was single for many years, but ended up married to Frank several years after Mom passed away.

Old Sacramento is a restored historical gold rush community on the Sacramento River. It is very charming and a great place to hold a parade. Parking is limited though, so it's a good thing there was a shuttle bus from their hotel. The Jazz Jubilee is held every Memorial Day weekend, and already the weather is very hot there. Sacramento and the rest of the central valley of California doesn't get the cooling marine influence that we get in Sonoma County, so even at night it only cools down to 80 degrees, and during the day it is often over 100. Cal Expo is also the site of the California State Fair over Labor Day weekend in September. We only attended once, and it was incredibly hot and miserable. Just like Mom and Frank, I could only take the crowds and the heat for a few hours.

Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show host and comedian on "The Tonight Show" from 1962-1992. He passed away at the age of 79 in 2005.

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