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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American journalist and author digging the dirt in daily lifestyle posts from the gateway to Sonoma County wine country.
Interests: Let's start with farmstead food, cheese, wine, beer, home and garden, style and design, arts and culture, enticing things to do in wine country and beyond. A slice of American life out West with a distinctively British twist. I am a Knight Digital Media Center Berkeley Fellow. Read my book: "Fog Valley Crush — Love at First Bite — At Home in the Farmstead Frontier". WWW.FOGVALLEYCRUSH.COM
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All Images courtesy of The Women's Wisdom Initiative Traveling Postcards are handmade postcards containing portraits of love and words of solidarity. They are created to share wisdom with and facilitate healing for those women who are survivors of violence and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Picture: "Leaning Into the Land" by Nancy Stein Click here for tickets to the preview lunch Click here to see the range of stunning artwork that will be available to purchase in this year's show. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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When Jack London died in 1916, the responsibility of caring for the ranch fell on Jack's widow, Charmian London, and his step-sister and ranch superintendent, Eliza London Shepard. When Charmian died in 1955, Eliza’s son, Irving Shepard, inherited the vast... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Collaborating with other artistic types is such fun. How exciting to share the news that the Social Sketch concept taking off in some of the hottest creative communities in the West is coming to Petaluma this spring. Social Sketch, started... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Book a table for a Thursday evening dinner April 2nd, 9th and 16th at Petaluma's tastiest hidden treasure Twisted 2 and experience the best in Southern Sonoma County's slow food, fine wine and live music by winner of West Coast... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There is such a living thing as a Dairy Goddess. And here she is in all her floaty finery — otherwise known as Barbara Martin, third generation dairy farmer with her husband, from Lemoore, CA and first time exhibitor with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.” A.A. Milne “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Leo Tolstoy “It's spring fever. That is what the name of it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Berkeley bursts with fresh and creative energy. And nowhere more so than the sun drenched, light, bright art oasis that is the lovely and gracious Jessica William's Brushstrokes Studio. Southern Sonoma County creatives collaborated with Bay Area art world women... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What better than St. Patrick's Day week (a multi-day extravaganza of all things earthy, tasty and green) for adventuring out west to the wilds of Tomales Bay and a visit to picturesque Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company? A light appearance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Back House Gallery at Heebe Jeebe, Petaluma, presents The Big Eyes Show ... (A Keane Tribute). According to www.tribute.ca: "It all started in 1955 at a San Francisco art fair. A young artist named Margaret was desperately trying to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Stop through Downtown Petaluma on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 and you might just think you've landed in the Himalayan plateaus of Nepal. Petaluma-based company Pashm & Co — importers of uniquely handcrafted “ethical & renewable” Himalayan cashmere scarves, wraps, blankets,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Arts Center announces The Art of Rock ‘n Roll, on view from April 18th through May 31st, 2015. Photo Credit: Curt Gunther New musical movements are known to be an inspiration to all the arts. In the case... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One classic car featured in the fleet of motors in iconic 1973 coming-of-age classic movie "American Graffiti" is considerably more quirky than cool. Known in its native France as "The Tin Snail", this sturdy little "Picnic Version" of the 1967... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We all know that exercise provides a wealth of health benefits and that older adults gain a tremendous amount by being physically active. Moderate exercise and physical activity improves the health of everyone, including those who are frail or medically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma's vital organizations COTS and Mentor Me are teaming up to ensure that every at risk child in our community has a mentor. 80 caring adults are needed to help this dynamic duo prevent homelessness and provide connection for our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Arts Center is proud to present its 4th annual Youth Arts Exhibit, opening March 14th, 2015. The energy and creativity of over 75 budding young artists fills the Arts Center this spring, featuring artwork by talented and expressive Petaluma-area... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Credit Ed Anderson. Kathleen Weber, founder and baker (and recent James Beard Award nominee) at Della Fattoria Bakery in Petaluma, and her son, Aaron, will present a menu inspired by artisan baking from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join Sonoma County’s own Keenan Irish Dance for an evening of top entertainment at their St Patrick Day’s Show. These accomplished dancers will entertain you in a show that will leave all ages feeling excited and tapping their toes! What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance (PGWA) has announced that a petition has been submitted to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) asking for official recognition of the unique character and high quality of the grapes being grown... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
I've long since been a big fan of Bovine Bakery, its original little quarter-century-established mothership an anchor in the heart of bustling Point Reyes Station — and, for the past five years, in its sister bakery and storefront at 23... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's hard to believe that already this is the 9th annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, March 20-22, 2015. I've attended several seminars and joined in on various tours over the years and it is always so fantastic to meet so... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Southern Sonoma Country Life