“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
Same could be said of a holiday shopping refreshment stop at Free Range Provisions & Eats on Fourth Street, directly opposite the Museum in historic downtown Petaluma. Proprietor Suzanne's sumptuous sandwiches and salads are the talk of the town. Wrapped up with parchment paper, love and brown string, sandwiches melt in the mouth and lunch time boxed salads are take home-worthy for dinner time too. Yes, they're that good!
Still, Suzanne's a connsoisseur of good taste in all departments. And holiday season is her showcase time for simple and sublime.
Stocking stuffer central. No contest.
“The thing to do,' I said as we gained the lane that leads to Beech Green and Fairacre, 'is to get absolutely everything in the summer and lock it in a cupboard. Then order every scrap of food from a shop the week before Christmas and sit back and enjoy watching everyone else go mad. I've been meaning to do it for years.”
Miss Read, Village School
Well, if you, like me, failed to stockpile in August, the annual Downtown Merchants' Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 6th is a fine date to set out for your festive buying expedition.
It's a busy December in the Rivetti household. I hope to accomplish as much of my holiday shopping as possible in my own home town. I hope that you do too.
“Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”
I'm quite sure that he meant department store (big boxes of today) shopping. You and I know how fun it is to find all the treasures we need right on our doorstep in our own home town.
One of the fascinating findings I've had since launching into print this Fall is the basic nuts and bolts of each book's journey into market.
Now that almost all of the Kickstarter pre-orders are in hands, on bedside tables or winging their merry way around the world on international missions to far-off lands, it is very exciting to send fellow book lovers into local stores to pick up extra copies in person.
Owners of the Mercantile, Patti and Jenny curate the store's merchandise extremely carefully, with an eye for beautiful, contemporary items made in large part by artists and craftspeople within the community.
Make your gift giving a Petaluma, California-themed bonanza of quality goods this year!
This Saturday, December 6th, 2014 is the annual Downtown Merchants Holiday Open House. Stop in at B Street Mercantile while out and aboit for hot cider and a holiday gift wrap treat (while supplies last) if you spend more than $20 that day.
McEvoy Ranch annual Holiday Open House is this Sunday, December 7th. I'm very honored to be signing books, al fresco against the foggy, scenic backdrop that truly is one of the most beautiful ag-enterprises featured in Fog Valley Crush.
Don't miss you chance to explore the ranch on a self-guided orchard walk, enjoy music, raffle prizes and light refreshments for the whole family and take a peek inside the olive mill.
Join Sonoma County's own Stephanie (photography), Jess (dolls), Nina (author) and Lulu and Pip their lovely selves for tea and storytime at Copperfield's Book Store in Healdsburg this Sunday, December 7th, at 11 am.
Come see me Sunday November 30th, from 12 to 2 pm at Free Range Provisions & Eats — 25 Fourth Street in Downtown Petaluma, opposite the steps to the Historical Library and Museum.
I'll have a stack of pre-ordered copies of Fog Valley Crush to collect and have signed to friends and family, extras too.
Free Range's Suzanne has all sorts of gorgeous gift items stacked to the rafters. Rain or shine, this haven of hospitality is a welcome respite from some of the more daunting holiday shopping options.
Stop by to say hi while strolling Fourth Street's terrrific neighboring stores. I enjoyed a little post Thanksgiving shop-local action myself this week, focusing on quality over quantity, creativity and originality. Festive frippery or savvy seasonal spending? Keep it in the community.
Table for two - how sweet this would be tucked under the eaves for al fresco holiday coffee on a SoCo porch?
Stop by Petaluma Home & Garden at 516 Petaluma Boulevard South, Petaluma, Tuesday November 25th from 4pm to 6pm. I'll be there to see you, along with store owner and friend, Alonda, seasonal cheer and a pile of "Fog Valley Crush" pre-order & more books for pick-up.
This stylish store has all sorts of international goodies for holiday and home shopping. Pop in and say hi!
Moonalice, a psychedelic, roots-rock band of seasoned musicians is performing at the Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, the day after Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2014. Here's a band that lives life to the full. Guaranteed to make you smile!
The band mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Every show features an original art poster, created by a well-known artist, and with its own unique Moonalice "legend". A copy of the poster will be given free to all attendees. All Moonalice concerts are broadcast live in HD and available in an online archive shortly after their set.
SHOW DETAILS: Friday, November 28, 2014 – 8:30pm Moonalice is opening For New Riders of the Purple Sage Mystic Theatre 21 Petaluma Blvd. North Petaluma, CA 94952 mystictheatre.com
Tickets: $24 Poster Artist: Chris Shaw
The long-awaited return of The New Riders of the Purple Sage has fans in a psychedelic/country head spin.Guitarist David Nelson and pedal steel wizard Buddy Cage will represent the NRPS catalog along with Michael Falzarano (guitar, mandolin and vocals), Johnny Markowski (drums and vocals) and Ron Penque (bass and vocals). You may recognize Falzarano from Hot Tuna, Markowski from Stir Fried and Penque from Melvin Seals and JGB. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert, drummer Spencer Dryden and co-founder John Dawson have passed away, Nonetheless, the new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere.
Moonalice plays mostly original material mixed with some covers, and during their extended freeform jams the band moves as one, drawing from many musical genres honed from years of experience playing with various major acts. Band members: Barry Sless - lead guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass (Phil Lesh & Friends, David Nelson Band, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz), Pete Sears - keyboards, bass, guitar, vocals (Sam Gopal Dream, Rod Stewart, original Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh & Friends, John Lee Hooker), Roger McNamee - rhythm and lead guitar, vocals, bass (Guff, The Engineers, Random Axes, Flying Other Brothers) , and John Molo - drums, vocals (Bruce Hornsby & The Range, John Fogerty, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Other Ones). The band manager is Big Steve Parish - Road Scholar, Medicine Man, Story Teller, Grateful Dead family member, and co-founder of Jerry Garcia Band.