The Dam Dinner — the City of Goleta’s community get-together atop the dam built in 1932 to create 51-acre Lake Los Carneros — was back with a crowd last Saturday evening. Held since 2013, except during the recent pandemic period, the event this year saw a record number of 500 people, who brought picnic dinners and dessert to share with family and friends at the long line of tables and chairs set up along the southern edge of the lake. Papusas, tamales, and tacos were on hand from Elubia’s Kitchen, as were icy desserts shaved by the Kona Ice truck, while the Salt Martians four-piece string band plucked and strummed what the bandmates describe as “soulful murder ballads and other selections glorifying unrequited love, prison food, and coal mining.”

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