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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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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Takes all sorts. Partial to a horror flick on occasion? Not me, but if you are and you're up for going the extra mile for a night of ghoulish thrills, then look no further than this rather unique travel and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma’s downtown merchants inbite you to stop by for Petaluma’s Harvest Days and “Scarecrows on the Town,” — October 24th -26th, 2014. Events will be taking place in merchant locations at various times all three days, as the community celebrates... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Jason Jenkins hosts his hot ticket item event — the 8th Annual Vine & Barrel Champagne and Oyster Tasting extravaganza, featuring 30 houses of the finest sparkling from around the world, on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. "Some of these wineries... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There's a new store on the block this holiday shopping season. As we continue our focus on shopping locally, especially when out and about buying gifts, it's good to have lots of options around town. Petaluma Home & Garden is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Jayne Moye's August 2104 intro to Fodor's Travel 10 Best River Towns guide offers food for thought on the ongoing status of the jewel in the sadly shabby crown that is the Victorian ironfront downtown pedestrian area of the Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Reset Go offers a phenomenal, free program consisting of a 12-hour workshop, life coaching and an online support community to veterans to empower them to thrive as civilians and transition into civilian life more successfully. The program was launched in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based artist Shannon Abbey whose illustrated works have featured in the Wall Street Journal and Pottery Barn, brings chalk board art to a new, affordable level, locally, this Fall season. Her beautiful, one-of-a-kind chalkboards are meticulously created with durable chalk... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Blood Orange Eggnog Blood Orange infused into the spice blend of eggnog...a holiday classic 1.5 oz. Charbay Blood Orange Vodka 4 oz. eggnog Mix ingredients; if possible, allow to sit for 30 minutes for flavors to bind. Garnish with an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life