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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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I'll be meeting and greeting and signing with copies of Fog Valley Crush this coming week at the following locations: Aqus Cafe at Foundry Wharf, 189 H Street, Petaluma, CA — Sunday November 23rd from 10 am to Noon Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Yes, we all love a homemade pie or two or six come Thanksgiving, but when it comes down to the line and pastry making is not on your immediate to-do list, there's nothing better than a pre-order to master bakers... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of my favorite fall outings is the Annual Windrush Farm Sale. I don't think I'll be able to make it out there this November, as I will be spending a large part of that Sunday with my inspirational friend... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” ― Anaïs Nin Petaluma became a part of a fast... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Cinnabar Theater irings in 2015 with the world premiere of a new cabaret celebrating a legendary chanteuse. Edith Piaf: Beneath Paris Skies opens at a special gala on New Year’s Eve and continues through January 17. Let Cinnabar seduce you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: Festive Foxes FUNdraiser - Dec 6th Putting the 'S' in Arts ~ Petaluma Arts Center November 14th - December 20th 2014 Friday November 14, 7:00-9:00pm, Free "Create the Poetic: Art, Life and Work" with Francine Huss and Penelope LaMontagne... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Manliness is not all swagger and mountain climbing. It's also tenderness". "Years from now when you talk about this - and you will - be kind". "All you're supposed to do is once in a while give the boys a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The courage of military veterans of all ages is tested as they struggle to acclimate to civilian life. To ease that stressful transition, a workshop is being offered in Santa Rosa to help inspire veterans to move forward with their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The tale of Theodore Gier spans the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm I, early California entrepeneurial spirit, Prohibition, and anti-German sentiments in the aftermath of World War I. Integral in establishing Mt. Veeder's winemaking community, Gier was one of California's most... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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George Lucas' 1973 blockbuster, the comic, poignant coming of age movie classic, American Graffiti (set in the rock n' roll, drag-racing, diner days of early 1960s Modesto), came close to being filmed in San Rafael. Thanks to consistent complaints of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Augustin of Hippo Taking a few days away from my kitchen table/writer's desk/vineyard in fall view for a big city break with the girls. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Back by popular demand, following last year’s debut engagement of 12 sold-out shows, Le Cirque de Boheme returns to Cornerstone Sonoma with an all new show and cast. Prepare to be captivated by ringleader extraordinaire, Michel Michelis and the enchanting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Event: Predator Friendly Ranching Presentation at Fibershed's Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium Presenter: Keli Hendricks Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 Time: Symposium 10:00 AM -6:00 PM, Presentation at 11:30 Location: Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station Class Summary:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title" Scooby-Doo "From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!" Scottish Saying "Where there... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Judith Cunningham's paintings are rich with traditional Chinese style and symbolism. Her mastery had inauspicious beginnings as she explains: "My interest began at the YMCA, where a painting class was offered as well as free babysitting." That YMCA class was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." – Dale Carnegie It is because that I am so interested... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Where but in Sonoma County might you expect to find an artisan cosmetic line? What a perfect place for a hybrid acclaimed visual artist and stylist to put her color expertise together to create a one-of-a-kind makeup line: Petaluma-based author... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We've all come across familiar regional place names used in context of Pottery-Barn/Williams- Sonoma furnishings and more, but I do think this is the first time I've come across "The Petaluma Skirt". Anthropologie, based out of Philadelphia, ought to have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos: Gilles O'Kane Oh, I love a Grand Opening! Don't miss Petaluma's newest offering for home and yard wares, lots of nice looking & useful gifts for the gardener, cook and espresso lover, too! Petaluma Home & Garden is located... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of the loveliest annual Halloween events in the North Bay is Tara Firma Farms' Pumpkins on Pikes. There are still a few tickets available for this year's gathering on Saturday October 25th. A hugely popular family event, it's always... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Southern Sonoma County-based actor/musician and empress of the world of classic moving pictures, the one and only Annie Lore is currently hard at work to put her cornucopia of a movable movie house, the Excelsior Electric Theatre, on the map.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Do you have a few hours to spare to volunteer on a great-cause painting crew this week or next? If so, you'll be part of a very special space being created for helping others move forward with major life transition.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Celebrate the holiday spirit with Sonoma County’s Cinnabar Theater. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, and all the way into 2015, Cinnabar offers uplifting activities for local families: The Wizard of Oz: November 28 – December 14 Follow the yellow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Viticulture History & Heritage Exhibit continues its run at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum through fall. If you only step foot in your local museum every once in a while, this should be the "once" this year! Especially... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life