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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
This British/American independent journalist spends her days exploring what it means to live "The Good Life" — discovering and sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country
Interests: All things local in the wine, beer, slow food scene. Feature writing focus also includes home and garden, style and design, travel, music, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. Author of "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM and a second book, "Fog Valley WInter" — releasing Aug 2016.
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Petaluma People Services Center invites you to its third annual 1,000 Petaluma Bowls event on November 24th, 2017. This event celebrates our community by featuring bowls painted by many of your neighbors and beautiful ceramic bowls created by local artists.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Browse the exquisite objects, art and arrangements of Vita Collage at Petaluma's IceHouse Gallery in the brick faced Burdell Building at Lakeville and D across from the train station, Nov 17th 2017 through January 7th, 2018. Victoria Swift, curator of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo via Pinterest Amidst the call for giving this season, there are lots of people (young and old) within our communities who've never known a holiday gift to come their way. A rally call on Facebook from Petaluma High School... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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ChefsGiving Gala: Cooking and Pouring for a Cause Sunday, November 19 – 3 to 7 p.m. San Francisco’s Iconic Ferry Building to raise money for victims of the wine country wildfires. #winecountrystrong Experience tastes from more than 400 wines, delicious... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 6.30 pm — I'm delighted to be returning to my favorite local floral emporium, Second Street Flowers, in Petaluma's Theatre Square to read from a chapter on wild mushroom... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Sonoma County farmers for the holidays along the Farm Trails beginning in mid-November through New Years. Come out to support farmers & producers opening their gates & barn doors to offer a taste of life on the farm. Meet... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Chorale's 2017 holiday concert Music For a Winter's Eve, Tuesday, December 5th and Saturday, December 9th at Petaluma Valley Baptist Church, is directed and conducted by Linda Manuilow. Winter’s Eve” features music by Enya, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sara... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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All Photos courtesy of Sonoma Family Meal Volunteer Deborah Smith Heather Irwin, the most recognized voice in the food and hospitality media world of Sonoma County — certainly one of the most read and respected restaurant writers in the Bay... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Wednesday, November 29, 7pm Copperfield's PETALUMA FUNDRAISER FOR NORTH BAY FIRE VICTIMS: REBECCA SOLNIT AND PETER COYOTE IN CONVERSATION Copperfield’s Petaluma is set to host New York Times best-selling authors and activists Rebecca Solnit and Peter Coyote for a night... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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When the Fabulous Women of Petaluma announced their 2017 Festival of Trees Event this fall, the last thing this unstoppable good-doing community group imagined taking hold of the region were the wildfires that devastated Sonoma and neighboring counties. While it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm super excited to be meeting & greeting and signing copies of my books, Fog Valley Crush and Fog Valley Winter at our local bookstore, Copperfields, Petaluma, on Saturday, November 4th from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. Booksellers at Copperfields... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos by Frances Rivetti "To Live in hearts we leave behind is not to die," — Thomas Campbell As Halloween week reaches its annual crescendo with pumpkin carving, decorated homes and trick-or-treating on October 31st, let's not forget All Souls... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Don't miss the procession with giant puppets for the Petaluma celebration of El Día de los Muertos, starting at Water Street at 4pm on Sat Oct 28th and proceeding through downtown to the museum. This beautiful, ritual celebration from Mexico,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you've heard of Undocufund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County and would like to know more about who it helps and who is behind this vital, grassroots campaign, or, if you've yet to stumble across this tremendous community outreach,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
For anyone planning to attend the inaugural Speaker Series event at beautiful Hawkwood Estates in Chileno Valley this Sunday afternoon (Oct 29th), a benefit for the Petaluma Health Center, please note that given our regional focus on fundraising for the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Fabulous Women of Petaluma are excited to announce a partnership with the Petaluma Hotel. This year the theme of Festival of Trees is, "Tidings of Comfort and Joy." "It is fitting for this event to be in the center... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Quarryhill Botanical Garden, the 25-acre wild woodland garden in Glen Ellen, will re-open to the public on Saturday, October 28 and will be free of charge, daily from 9 am to 4 pm (except major holidays) through the end of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Wildlife Rescue of Sonoma County received its first fire related patient, on Saturday, Oct 21st. A juvenile bobcat weighing only 3.4 pounds was transferred to the Sonoma County facility from Napa County. "His paws were severely burned and he was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Top to bottom, left to right: Michele Rosett, Karen Spratt, Phyllis Calvin Thompson, Marta Shannon “Art is a line around your thoughts.” ~ Gustav Klimt Sonoma County's much loved Art Trails has been rescheduled to weekends Oct 21st and 22nd,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There is so much for all of us here in wine country to process in the coming weeks. Thanks to the extraordinary, super-human collective efforts of thousands of first responders, the wildfires that so have so cruelly ravaged our region... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Hawkwood Estates, in Chileno Valley launches a new Petaluma Talks Speaker Series on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm. I'm honored to be included in the inaugural Petaluma Talks Speaker event, speaking alongside three distinguished individuals sharing their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The world around us is filled with disaster and turmoil — this week far closer to home. We are resilient. We have heart and We have hope. Hope springs eternal. My friends at the Back House Gallery & Heebe Jeebesuggest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tickets are selling out for the third annual Sonoma County Home Brewer's Competition, in east Petaluma's craft beer district, Saturday afternoon, October 7th, 2017. Scott Street, if you're wondering, is home to event sponsor 101 Brewing Co and across the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Van Lierde After picking up fixings for my first batch of pumpkin pies of the fall season, this scrumptious recipe for pumpkin pie muffins with fromage blanc frosting popped into my inbox from one of my favorite... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life