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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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Summer Sustainability Series in Sebastopol Conversations with Local Fishermen Featuring Water2Table, TwoXSea and Hog Island The Bay area’s coastal waters and the Susan River in Lassen county are the focus of a new “Deep Dive” conversational series with local fishermen... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based startup Aftertec Advanced Imaging invites you to explore the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum in a great new 3D virtual tour of its current Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers exhibit. This is exciting technology and all the more poignant when... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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During the mid-1960s, artists, activists, writers, and musicians converged on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. It was a time of international upheaval. By 1967, the neighborhood attracted 100,000 young people from all over... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Top: Master and Mistress of the Revels (Ron Patterson & Amie Hill), China Camp Forest, San Rafael 1967 (photo courtesy of Patterson Family archive) The original Renaissance Pleasure Faire arrived in Marin County ~ quite appropriately ~ during 1967's "Summer... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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How'd you like that novel you've been itching to read, dropped off at your door? Download the newly launched Bookal App and it can happen in hours. Are you a book clubber, a starving college student, a parent drowning in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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photo: The EasyLeaves Every once in a while a more out of the ordinary email drops into my inbox to bring a smile to my face. I love to hear of philanthropic support for the creatives in our community who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer garden parties and get togethers are ramping up now that school's out. Beautify tour space with lush summer tablescape, learned from the experts at my favorite floral store, Second Street Flowers, in downtown Petaluma. Discover how to infuse summer's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Friends out at Monkey Ranch, a 50 acre former dairy ranch seven miles west of Petaluma have let us in on the menu fixings and wine pairings for an upcoming ranch dinner on June 17th. Chef Aimee is sourcing local... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The most exciting double bill in Petaluma in years, I am so excited to stop by both openings of these super promising new shows in the south county, this Saturday, June 10th, 2017. I'll be featuring more in-depth coverage of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Summer season is heating up here in the South County. It's getting hard to keep up with so many fun things to do, especially on the weekends. Here's a great one for all you live music lovers out there. Petaluma... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mark you calendar for Sunday, June 4th — Petaluma's Heritage Salvage welcomes Julia Butterfly Hill, Brock Dolman & Trathen Heckman for a super fun event called Big Mama Day – a celebration of the Planet! Noon to 6pm . .... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you can't stay for the afternoon, take a tip from volunteers and purchase a chicken dinner to-go. Word on the street is that this is the best and tastiest Chicken Dinner BBQ in town. And all for a good... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Paul Heavenridge, Executive Director of Sonoma County based Literacyworks , a nationally recognized nonprofit providing literacy resources to adult and family education programs, announced today the organization’s 2017 Literacyworks Lecture Series. Brian Fishman will kick off the 2017 series on... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma County's first ever Finding History — A Day of Discovery was a big success, on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. I learned so much about the many, fascinating historical non-profit groups and organizations in our county. Highlight of the day... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What an enticing event in which to discover a fairly new barn party venue in the Petaluma countryside. Local chef Aimee Hunter www.hunterca.com is a talented and creative chef in her own right and will be making the following cocktails... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It seems like the dark ages now when I think back to summer camp options when my boys were in elementary school, especially, my first born, who turns 26 at the end of this month. The pickings were slim and... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I'm looking forward to participating in the first Finding History in Sonoma County – A Day of Discovery on Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 2pm at the DeTurk Round Barn, 819 Donahue Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. This event... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Turn the clocks back to the bustling little riverfront city of Petaluma 1929 and you won't find too many architectural treasures to compete with feed mill entrepreneur Carl Behrens and his wife Juanita's newly constructed Spanish Mediterranean Style luxury home... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Nomadic singer/songwriter Stacey Joy has traveled the world with her young family and guitar in hand — she's toured the highways and backroads of USA, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina, Brazil, Fiji and New Zealand. I was lucky to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's that time of year and I'll be at the judges' table once again for the salsa entries at the Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Saturday afternoon, May 6th, at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. Each year... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Abigail's Party 40th anniversary production starring Amanda Abbington as Beverly, Ben Caplan as Laurence, Charlotte Mills as Angela, Ciarán Owens as Tony and Rose Keegan as Susan. Picture: Nobby Clark It has been 40 years since the appalling Beverly first... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Got olive trees? Join McEvoy Ranch’s General Manager Samantha Dorsey and Extra Virgin Alliance’s Alexandra Devarenne for a full-day olive oil workshop on May 19th, 2017. This course will cover season-by-season cultural practices for growers to cultivate healthy olive trees... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I stopped in at the Petaluma Arts Center over the weekend to view the center's latest, much talked about show theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore (through May 20th) featuring profound and powerful, thought provoking work from 50 artists representing seven counties in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Southern Sonoma Country Life