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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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
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What a fab local line up for Wild Thang! A benefit concert and dance party for Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue — The Mystic Theater in Petaluma, Sunday, November 5th, 2017, 7pm to 11pm. Marking my calendar for this one .... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Award Winning Journalist Stephanie Scawen has spent the past three plus decades intrepidly reporting from far flung corners of the earth. For a good part of that time, she also explored the world beneath the ocean, deep sea scuba diving... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The National Kidney Foundation will celebrate its 29th Annual San Francisco Authors Luncheon on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Authors include Dr. Christine Carter, Lee Child, Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown, Joyce Maynard,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Rising star Em Rossi returns to her hometown, Petaluma for the first time, this October, since moving to Los Angeles to launch her professional music career, last year. Fresh from releasing her new single No Easy Way with Paul Smith... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Tequila fans, mark your calendars for a professionally guided tasting tour of five different varieties of your favorite tipple, in the main hall of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum amidst the annual El Dia De Los Muertos altars and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: Salmon Creek via California Coastal Trails Association WHEN: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 TIME: 9 a.m. to noon in most locations. Click here to sign up to volunteer in Sonoma County. WHERE: Cleanups will take place at over 1,000 sites... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) program is currently seeking compassionate high school students in the Petaluma Area to take part in its Mary Isaak Fellowship Program. Back in 1988, Mary Isaak acted after seeing families sleeping in their cars... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Shakespeare Company presents its 2017 production of Henry IV, pt 1 this late August and early September down by the river at the Foundry Wharf in Petaluma (corner of 2nd and H Streets). It's not easy being King. Henry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Do you love food & wine pairing and know how to pull together creative, crowd-pleasing appetizers worthy of a trophy? Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is searching for the nation’s best appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Museum Association has announced an upcoming presentation by photograph conservator, Gawain Weaver. Scheduled in conjunction with the PHL&M’s current exhibit, “Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers,” Gawain will discuss the subject of photograph conservation and demonstrate a wide range of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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And now for something pleasingly out of the box — if you like the idea of spicing up your life this summer, here is a fun and free class to add to your calendar. Join the friendly folk at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thank you to my husband and number one fan, Timo for supporting my blogging efforts here at Southern Sonoma Country Life. It's my mission here to share the good life of the place we call home, with regular shout outs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Image: Peter Connors A compelling new exhibit at Petaluma Arts Center Tidal Response explores the intersection of art and science through a series of responses to coastal environments, with particular emphasis on Sonoma County. Some of these marine impressions are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Entertainment provided by Stony Point Ramblers. A silent auction featuring unique products, tastings, experiences and services from Sonoma County businesses will take place before and during dinner, as well as a live auction between dinner and dessert. When: Saturday, August... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark your calendar for a Paella dinner and live music by The Pulsators at Lagunitas Brewery, September 18th, 2017. Trades on Tap will help to sustain Rebuilding Together Petaluma's year-round efforts to repair the homes of extremely low income residents... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Museum Association Presents Public Historian, Arielle Lehmann “The Significance Of Petaluma's 1858 Incorporation Documents” Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 PM Admission: Free Arielle Lehmann, a Public Historian and Petaluma native, will be presenting a free lecture entitled “The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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An all new take on The Taste of Petaluma, the annual culinary journey through downtown Petaluma, takes place Saturday, August 19th from 12pm to 3pm. A fundraiser for Cinnabar Theater, Taste of Petaluma is an outdoor culinary event spanning an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia, the Napa Valley destination for exploring, experiencing, and enjoying the world of food and wine has added new class formats and seasonal themes to its instructional calendar. From knee-high novices to kitchen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life