At least that was the announcement circulated Friday by shop owner Kathleen McCabe and many others who mistakenly believed McCabe, including the Central Business Association and city officials. According to e-mails, voicemails and Facebook updates, the network TV show, which sends teams on an around-the-world race punctuated by unusual tasks, was supposedly stopping at Global Beads on Castro Street at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, for some sort of challenge involving beads.
When the Voice turned up on Saturday to see what was going on, there were no camera crews, no large crowds, only a handful of onlookers, including two City Council members who had wondered if the news were true as well. Instead of a reality TV show, a mother and two elementary school kids walked up with a card table and some beads, followed by a Mercedes with some parents who frantically spelled out some words with the beads in a faux Amazing Race challenge.
The misunderstood event was actually a fundraiser for Loyola elementary school in Los Altos. It involved 14 couples and raised over $1,000 for the school.
Global Beads owner McCabe was unapologetic when contacted about the misunderstanding.
"I never used the word TV show," she said. "I think that was a conclusion that was jumped to."
People writing on the Voice's Town Square online forum suspected it was a publicity stunt to help McCabe's business.
"If they want to call it a publicity stunt, shame on them," McCabe said.