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.
Didn't make it to the BASH but would like to support grant funding in Petaluma area schools this year? Click here to pledge - all donations are welcome, large or small.
Visit www.pefinfo.com for more information on the Petaluma Educational Foundation or
contact PEF Interim Executive Director, Maureen Highland, at email@example.com-
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.
Arts Centers in more affluent areas of the corner of East Anglia in which I was raised, include this (click here) particularly robust model of a community space in Stamford, Lincolnshire. For an arts center to thrive, it really ought to cater to its wider, greater thinking population. The arts, as we know extend to all outlets of human expression.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
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,
THE LEGACY OF LUTHER BURBANK, A GALLERY SHOW — Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 6 to 7:30 pm at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol, CA.
Fourteen Sonoma County botanical artists will exhibit paintings of plants from the Luther Burbank Experiment Garden in Sebastopol and the Luther Burbank Home & Garden in Santa Rosa. His signature plants were aimed towards food production, both for humans and animals, fruit trees for people, and even cactus for cows. He also experimented with flowers and is responsible for inventing the Shasta daisy.
Colored pencil on a variety of papers and films was used in presenting botanically accurate depictions of selected plants, fruits, flowers and trees created through Burbank’s experiments. The artists worked directly with specimens from both locations and have created a “Florilegium” of Burbank’s work in Sonoma County.
Della Fattoria bread lovers mark your calendar for September 25th, 2014 for a hometown signing with tasty treats at Petaluma's Copperfields Bookstore of Southern Sonoma County's own Kathleen Weber's brand new bible on breadmaking!
I'm not at all convinced that I'd in a million years be able to replicate my favorite loaves from Della, but I'm very excited to peruse this lovely book.
Copperfields Books writes of the book: "Bread is one of the most fundamental parts of our diet, yet so many of us rely on bland grocery-store offerings when flavorsome breads can easily be made at home. "Della Fattoria Bread" teaches readers to make the popular breads of this award-winning bakery. More than an instructional guide, the book takes the fear out of bread baking, and encourages bakers to draw on their senses, experiences, and instincts. Weber s teachings are homespun and based on passed-down wisdom, not on finicky science or dull kitchen textbooks.
The book is filled with invaluable bread-baking secrets, including starters and proper techniques, and features recipes for all levels of bakers. Beginners can learn to bake yeasted breads using pans. Advanced bakers can jump right into making free-form loaves of naturally leavened breads in all shapes and flavors. Other chapters include recipes for enriched breads like brioche and challah; pre-fermented breads, including baguettes; and crackers, breadsticks, naan, and more. The book includes recipes that incorporate the breads, too, such as Tomato Bread Soup and Della Fattoria s famous Tuna Melt Piadina, along with the stories of the bakery and the unique family that has run it for nearly 20 years."
Another terrific new book for the locavore reader and beyond is Michael "Bug" Deakin's "Heritage Salvage" released by Petaluma-based publishers, Cameron and Company, this fall.
At Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, the weathered white oak timbers of an Ohio corn mill and rough-sawn beams of an Idaho sheep ranch are the perfect building blocks for today’s rustic design aesthetic.Heritage Salvage takes readers on a tour of the restaurants, bars, and furniture that Michael Deakin has crafted from repurposed materials otherwise destined for landfill. Sure to inspire readers to rethink the process of design and construction, Reclamation Road shines a light on the beauty and potential of collapsing old barns and worn floorboards. From wooden pickling tanks to bleacher boards from old gymnasiums, Deakin sees the stories in old materials and uses them to tell a new story with his elegant and stylish designs.
The Vintage Trailer Valley is such an annual highlight here in Southern Sonoma County, thanks to Chris Aluia of Petaluma for bringing this 'show on the road' to the edge of town each year. Don't miss the spectacle of a Vintage Trailer Caravan Cruise along Petaluma Blvd on Friday Sept 12th at 12:30 pm.
Head on over to the KOA for a free-to-the-public Open House of more than 100 trailers and a Vintage Trailer Yard Sale and an interesting look into the life of a Tin Can Tourist. View more than 50 trailers and motor coaches.
The Tin Can Tourists were organized at Desoto Park, Tampa, Florida, in 1919. They received the official state charter a year later. The groups stated objective was “to unite fraternally all autocampers”. Their guiding principles were clean camps, friendliness among campers, decent behavior and to secure plenty of clean, wholesome entertainment for those in camp. The group known for the soldered tin can on their radiator caps grew rapidly during the twenties and thirties. Members could be inducted by fellow campers through an initiation process that taught the prospective member the secret handshake, sign, and password. After singing the official song “The More We Get Together” the trailerite was an official member of the Tin Can Tourists of the World.
Summer reunions were held at various Midwest locations, with Traverse City, Michigan serving as a primary host city. The club spent winters at Desoto Park until 1924. Because locals grew tired of the park being overrun with northerners, the park was closed a month early in March. The canners took the hint and moved the Winter Convention to Arcadia, where the community had built a municipal park especially for the Tin Can Tourists.
By 1932, with, membership estimates ranging from 30,000 to 100,000, many cities were actively pursuing TCT to choose their community for Homecoming, Winter Convention or Going Home meets. The Winter Convention was the best attended and was an economic boon to the host community. Sarasota had its eye on the prize and lured the Convention away from Arcadia in 1932.
The vote on the Winter Convention site was hotly contested. Many Canners were loyal to Arcadia, the town that wanted them after their ejection from Tampa. A 250 strong car caravan let by Sarasota’s mayor and other public officials, helped swing the vote selecting Sarasota as the Winter Convention site for 1932. As a concession to those that favored Arcadia, it was designated as the official site for Homecoming festivities. In 1938, the mayor of Sarasota indicated that the national perception that Sarasota was a tin can tourist’s town was hurting the community and that he would not renew the Winter Convention contract. Tampa offered the canners a five-year deal to return to Tampa. TCT accepted and the Winter Convention returned to specially built Municipal Park.
The group faced membership declines due to combination of factors, (1) a schism within the ranks and the formation of ATA, the Automobile Tourists Association, (2) an economic recession in 1939 that greatly diminished the number of trailer manufactures, and (3) the onset of World War II. A Winter Convention photograph depicts a much smaller group in 1948 at Tampa. The original groups “Swan Song” convention was held in Eustis, Florida in 1968. By the early 1980’s, the club was no longer in existence in any form.
In 1998, Forrest and Jeri Bone renewed the club as an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. The renewal gathering was held at Camp Dearborn, Milford, Michigan. Twenty-one rigs attended the May Renewal Gathering. By the end of the year, fifty members were accepted as charter members of the renewed version of the Tin Can Tourists. The group has grown steadily, currently holding Annual Gatherings in Michigan, Florida, and regional rallies at various locations in the US. Regional Representatives have been added to represent Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan. The new version of Tin Can Tourists is open to all. Its goal is to abide by the original group’s objectives and guiding principles as well as the promotion and preservation of vintage trailers and motor coaches through Gatherings and information exchange.