I just picked up a couple packs of the fab Farmers Market stamps at the Post Office the other day. I'll have to stop in again in a few days time for the release of these wonderful, oil-painting style celeb chef stamps for fall mailings. They'd look great on my book packages!
Photo: (l to r)Laura Jorgensen and Dorian Lockett star in Driving Miss Daisy at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. (Photo by Eric Chazankin)
Following five straight shows that extended their engagements, Cinnabar Theater proudly announces its next presentation: Driving Miss Daisy begins its run at Sonoma County’s beloved professional theater on Friday, October 17 and is scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2. Come for a ride with Cinnabar to see the heartwarming and humorous show that has delighted millions of people around the world.
When an elderly widow crashes her car, her son insists that she hire a driver – and the result is a unique friendship formed across the barriers of class and race. Driving Miss Daisy became a huge success on stage and on film. Alfred Uhry’s poignant script won the Pulitzer Prize, the Golden Globe, and the Academy Award on its way to becoming an American classic.
“This intimate story is best experienced on an intimate stage,” said Artistic Director Elly Lichenstein. “Our jewel-box theater is the perfect venue for this unlikely love story set amid an epic period in our nation’s history. We’ve got a terrific cast and creative team for Daisy, and can’t wait to share it with our audience.”
The talented cast for this show features Cinnabar favorite Laura Jorgensen, Dorian Lockett from Of Mice & Men, and popular performer John Browning. The creative team includes Nathan Cummings (director), Wayne Hovey (scenery), and Lisa Eldredge (costumes). Driving Miss Daisy is generously underwritten by Dick and Edith Kapash with Frank Schomer.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for ages 21 and under, with special $9 seats for middle- and high-school students on October 17. Reserve seats online at any time by visiting cinnabartheater.org, or call the box office at 707-763-8920 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM on weekdays. Tickets may also be available at the door, but reservations are recommended as Cinnabar’s shows often sell out.
Every year, Cinnabar Theater produces a thrilling mix of plays, musicals, operas, and concerts in a remarkable range of genres. Cinnabar’s Young Rep offers extensive activities for local youth, and the Cinnabar Singers welcome anyone who wants to be part of a chorus. All these events take place in the iconic red schoolhouse perched atop a grassy hill on the outskirts of Petaluma.
Cinnabar Theater is located at 3333 Petaluma Boulevard North, just off Highway 101 and only minutes from historic downtown Petaluma. There’s ample parking up on the hill… and a friendly herd of goats grazing in the neighboring field. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 707-763-8920 or visit cinnabartheater.org.
Petaluma Educational Foundation’s 2014 gala fundraising BASH, held earlier this month at the gltizy one-off PEF Midtown Lounge, raised over $170,000 for Petaluma area schools.
What was most impressive to more than 500 guests in attendance, even more impressive than glittering table settings, rustic and industrial chic motif, or the festive Beat Street Band, was an out-pouring of community generosity and a steadfast commitment to continue Funding the Future for Petaluma’s 37 K-12 public, not-for-profit and charter schools.
The annual PEF BASH raised more than $170,000 for the foundation’s PEF Impact Grant program to support the needs of the over 13,000 students currentlyattending classes at ocal campuses.
The success of this year’s 2014 PEF BASH illustrates that the mission of the 32-year old foundation, which receives no state or government funding, will remain at the forefront of our community’s priorities.
In order to continue to partner with our schools to enrich and enhance the academicexperience of each and every student, PEF relies on the community-at-large to raise the balance of the monies needed to support the annual PEF Impact Grant program. Teachers will be submitting detailed applications to the Foundation by October 2nd requesting assistance to implement innovative and impactful curriculum-based programs in their classrooms not covered in the school budgets.
“We are fiercely dedicated to making a difference in how teachers teach and how students learn - making them more effective members of our community, better prepared for post-secondary education and trained to join the workforce of 2020 and beyond. It takes people to make a difference, people like those who live and work in Petaluma and the surrounding cities and counties who understand and appreciate our mission and share our goals. Our work has just begun; please join us by investing in the future of our children and community through a pledge to PEF today,” shares Interim Executive Director Maureen Highland.
The success of the PEF 2014 BASH is not only a success benefiting our local schools, but a success that reflects the collaboration and community involvement of local businesses, along with the caring citizens of Petaluma who commit to creating a bright future for all students. Annual PEF Partners for Education - Clover Stornetta Farms, Petaluma Market, Wells Fargo, and Petaluma Health Care District joined presenting sponsors Exchange Bank and Petaluma Creamery as top-tier partners at event. A host of other well-known local businesses came together to host the evening of festivities as corporate partners: Lace House Linen, Dairy Delivery Inc., Andrea & John Barella, Nelson, CamelBak, Encore Events Rentals/Cal West Rents, PG&E, Bank of Marin, First Community Bank, Hansel Auto Center, Hennessy Funds, Mike Hudson Distributing, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, Petaluma Minuteman Press, Solairus Aviation, W.K. McLellan Co., Comcast, Top Speed Data, Umpqua Bank, Don Ramatici Insurance, Friedman’s Home Improvement and Morris Distributing.
My idea to feature an easy to follow vintage or modern day recipe at the end of each chapter of "Fog Valley Crush" serves as a sweet and tasty reminder of how simple it is to eat seasonally and locally.
Tomato season is here in Sonoma County. There's just no stopping the bounty. I fell in love with Mrs. Button's Stuffed Tomatoesrecipe during research at the Petaluma Historical Museum and Library. It was a tough assignment, but what can I say?
"Fog Valley Crush" makes for a marvelous holiday gift for those on your list who have a passion for history, food, farming, beer, wine, cheese and southern Sonoma County, west Marin farm-to-table culture.
Please do share this article with friends and family. I'm almost to the half way point in my Kickstarter Campaign for pre-orders of limited first vintage edition books.
My first employment as a newspaper reporter in the wilds of the East Anglian Fens in England introduced me to several communities, some large market towns and one of the smallest cities in the UK.
My first news editor informed me that I'd scoop all the best stories at the bar of the local pub. And though the prospect of a ploughmans lunch and a half pint was not unappealing on occasion, propping up the bar of an evening on a week night (unless a fellow cub reporter was along for the outing) wasn't quite my style.
Hence my initiation to the civilized culture of the universal (local) Arts Center. Every market town or small city in England worth visiting has its own, longtime established arts center. One city I worked in, of which I won't mention a name though a very select few who read this post will know to which I refer, had its own arts center and a neighboring American cafe to boot. No one went out for breakfast any day of the week unless they drove a lorry (truck) for a living in that neck of the woods, so the sweet, homey, little American cafe persuaded the locals that pancakes and french toast were perfectly acceptable lunch items.
That particular arts center was a classic diamond in the rough. Anyone who had any appreciation of the arts was welcome and it didn't have to be a special occasion to pop in for a glass of wine and a salad or sandwich at the tiny bar and a peruse of whatever was on the walls that week, or month. Independent films were a mainstay and a regular fixture. Small theatrical productions and family events were peppered throughout the calendar year. Thinking back, it was the place to meet people after hours to talk about what was going on in the town. It was the un-pub public space - one with a couple of stylish, comfortable couches and an air of intellectual possibility, without any pretense.
Here in Petaluma, gateway to wine country, we are so fortunate to have an exceptional Arts Center in the hub of the city. Still, it is surprising to hear how many people I know here in southern Sonoma County who have yet to step foot inside. This fall, there are all sorts of exciting developments in outreach to bring the arts in all its forms to even more members of the community.
Would you like to volunteer with the Petaluma Arts Center to help put on Artists' Receptions and other one-time small events? The center is putting together a team of people to manage receptions for six to seven exhibitions each year, along with an ongoing series of events — music nights, film nights and more, that need a small set-up of a bar and hors d'oeuvres. Most of the events are in the evening or late afternoon, with occasional mid-afternoon events on the weekend. The Arts Center would greatly appreciate hearing from the sorts of people who are ace at solicit ingdonations for drinks and food, creating and maintain a back-up stock of supplies, managing excellent volunteers, work events, prep and set up the food and bar, clean up at the end of the event. It takes a village to make a community space that we all love and want to frequent. Email email@example.com if you're interested.
Rebuilding Together Petaluma's October 18th fall workday is fast approaching.
RBT will be improving health and safety at six homes for extremely limted income seniors and also painting at the Mary Isaak Center for COTS.
To make this happen, volunteers are needed, people willing to lend their time and skills to improve the homes and lives of these Petalumans. Some of the projects are large and some are very small and will likely only take half a day.
VOLUNTEERS (LIKE YOU) MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE FOR THESE NEIGHBORS IN NEED.
WHEN: October 18th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or earlier
WHAT: Six home repair projects for disabled seniors. Each home has a variety of repairs and tasks.
HOW: Go to www.rtpetaluma.org click “register to volunteer”. If you want to work with a friend or a group, in the field that asks with whom you prefer to work, put their name.
DETAILS: Free hearty lunch , free t-shirt, free barn raising experience improving life for someone in Petaluma.
A total of 220 people are needed. Now’s the time to register!
Are you handy? This could be you! Photo Credit: Frank Simpson, RBT/Mentor Me Cavanagh Center Project Summer 2014
French Hen Antiques is one of my favorite downtown Petaluma stores to browse and enjoy a catch-up with owner, the lovely Brenda.
This year, French Hen, at home in its own vintage building on Petaluma Boulevard, is one of the locations of the 2014 Heritage Homes of Petaluma Tour on September 21st. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day, so best to buy in the French Hen or other locations around town listed on the web site, ahead of time.
Resident artist Shannon Abbey expertly chalks the blackboards in French Hen. This one is particularly pretty with its vibrant fall sunflowers and a calendar reminder for the always packed Petaluma Antique Fair, September 28th,
Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages has announced two new packages that will appeal to visitors and locals alike this autumn. Whether seeking a romantic sunset sail in a catamaran on Tomales Bay or a nighttime kayaking excursion to see bioluminescent dinoflagellates, this October and November brings adventurous new opportunities to enjoy the natural splendor of Tomales Bay.
A virtual paradise for outdoor activities, Tomales Bay is indisputably the largest unspoiled bay on the California coast. Not only is it beautiful, but Tomales Bay also happens to be home to some very rare bioluminescent dinoflagellates that, depending on the time of year and circadian rhythms, give water the appearance of sparkling light at nighttime.
Autumn tends to be a good time of year to witness this special occurrence, so this October and November, guests of Nick’s Cove may book the Bioluminescence Kayak Adventure package and enjoy a private guided nighttime tour of the illuminated waters of Tomales Bay led by Blue Waters Kayaking. On nights when the moon is shining too brightly to witness the bioluminescence, guests are encouraged to take to the water in a romantic moonlit kayak tour or embark upon a sunset paddle.
The Bioluminescence Kayak Adventure package is perfect for first-timers as well as experienced kayakers and includes:
Overnight accommodations in a luxurious Waterview Cottage at Nick’s Cove
A three hour, nighttime, naturalist-led, bioluminescence kayak tour for two by Blue Waters Kayaking
BBQ oysters delivered upon arrival
Continental breakfast for two delivered to the cottage in the morning with the day’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle
Two Nick’s Cove long-sleeved t-shirts and two Nick’s Cove metal water bottles, perfect for staying hydrated while paddling around the bay
The package is $538 October 1 through November 31, 2014, valid Monday – Thursday nights. Price is based on double occupancy and does not include room tax or gratuity for the kayak tour. If you book with another couple, the rate reduces to $418 per couple (price includes all of the above, including individual water view cottages).
For those who prefer to explore Tomales Bay by day, Nick’s Cove and Blue Waters Kayaking are also offering a morning paddle that bring guests up close and personal with the flora and fauna that call this beautiful coastal inlet home.
For the same price as the nighttime kayaking options, guests who book a morning paddle on Tomales Bay will experience a gentle naturalist-led tour that is perfect for first-timers as well as experienced paddlers and promises sightings of some of the area’s most beautiful wildlife including Tule Elk, harbor seals, pelicans, bat rays, osprey, and more.
For a nautical experience that requires less physical exertion and more indulgence, Nick’s Cove is excited to partner with Tomales Bay Sailing to offer a new Sunset Sailing Package this fall that takes guests on a two hour private, naturalist-led sail around Tomales Bay with Captain Brett Miller. Complete with sparkling wine and cheese platter to enjoy aboard the 32-foot catamaran as well as a Chef’s Tasting dinner in the award-winning restaurant at Nick’s Cove afterwards, this romantic evening includes:
Two night accommodations in a luxurious Waterview Cottage at Nick’s Cove
A two hour, guided sunset sail on a private catamaran that departs from and returns to Nick’s Cove
Two Nick’s Cove long-sleeved t-shirts, perfect for boating
Select sparkling wine and artisan cheese platter to enjoy on the water
A Chef’s Tasting dinner for two in the restaurant at Nick’s Cove
BBQ oysters delivered to the cottage upon arrival
Continental breakfast for two delivered to the cottage in the morning with the day’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle
The package is $787 October 1 through November 31, 2014, valid Monday – Thursday nights. Price is based on double occupancy and does not include room tax or gratuity for the sailing trip. If you book with another couple, the rate reduces to $699 per couple (price includes all of the above including individual waterview cottages; aboard there will be one bottle of sparkling wine and cheese platter for four).
Groups of up to six people may also book a catamaran sailing adventure through Nick’s Cove, without purchasing the overnight package. Sailing prices start at $96/hour for two passengers, up to $150/hour for six passengers. There is a two hour minimum; guests can sail the seas of Tomales Bay on a 32-foot catamaran led by a licensed captain at the helm. Guests may also request champagne, oysters, a cheese platter, and more for an extra charge. 72-hour notice required.