In This Issue

  • Gerry Foisy finishes out a joyous career as Mr. Garlic

    Kimberly Ewertz

    Mr. Garlic Photo by Jessica Perez

    Mr. Garlic
    Photo by Jessica Perez

    Adorned in his puffy white garlic bulb costume, his cowboy hat decorated with garlic bulbs and his trademark Birkenstocks, he strolls through the grounds of Christmas Hill Park. Everywhere he goes, choruses of, “Hey, it’s the Garlic Dude,” are shouted by children and adults alike.

    Mr. Garlic is as much a part of the fabric of Gilroy, as the Garlic Festival itself. But who is Mr. Garlic?

    He’s Gerry Foisy, and he’s 73 years young.

    “He is like our Santa Claus,” says Brian M. Bowe, executive director of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association.

    Originally from Ohio, Gerry moved to Gilroy in the late 1970s. Since moving here he’s held numerous roles: real estate agent, supervisor at Gilroy Foods, and owner/operator of a property maintenance company.

    For the past 18 years, Gerry’s been … READ MORE

  • PetFew things makes us happier than our pets. Sure there’s the occasional—or maybe frequent—mess to be cleaned up. But every pet owner knows that adding man’s best friend, or cool cat, also means you’re adding a member to the family. And like family, we want to take them just about everywhere we go.

    We’ve compiled a list of some of the best dog parks in the South Bay, as well as a list of pet friendly restaurants and tips to make sure the only itch to be scratched is where to adventure next. Enjoy the summer and the animals that enhance our lives.



    Los Gatos Creek County Dog Park
    Dogs will stay cool and clean with plenty of trees to provide shade and fake grass to run on around the fenced off areas. 1250 Dell Ave.

    Edith Morley Park
    Green and yellow leaves, blue skies and dirt … READ MORE

  • Kimberly Ewertz

    Can you smell the pungent aroma in the air? It’s that time of year again, as everyone ramps up for the 2016 Garlic Festival, held on July 29-31. Here is a list of the top 10 attractions to check out at this year’s festival.

    1. The number one attraction has to be the food and drinks. There will be vendors of every kind offering treats to please any palate. Options include: Cajun cheesesteak sliders, garlic salmon, hot wings, cold sangria, wine coolers, soda for the non-alcoholic crowd, Dippin Dots ice cream for the kiddos, and even wood-fired pizza.
    2. Speaking of food, this year features the first-ever Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge – a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned, four-meat Championship Series event. In addition to the competition, there will be an opportunity for attendees to purchase a sampling ticket to enjoy the BBQ dishes.
    3. On Friday, July 29, the brand