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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
My daily letter from Petaluma, California. I'm an ex-pat British American writer 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.
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I just picked up a couple packs of the fab Farmers Market stamps at the Post Office the other day. I'll have to stop in again in a few days time for the release of these wonderful, oil-painting style celeb... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo: (l to r) Laura Jorgensen and Dorian Lockett star in Driving Miss Daisy at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. (Photo by Eric Chazankin) Following five straight shows that extended their engagements, Cinnabar Theater proudly announces its next presentation: Driving Miss... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Educational Foundation’s 2014 gala fundraising BASH, held earlier this month at the gltizy one-off PEF Midtown Lounge, raised over $170,000 for Petaluma area schools. What was most impressive to more than 500 guests in attendance, even more impressive than... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My idea to feature an easy to follow vintage or modern day recipe at the end of each chapter of "Fog Valley Crush" serves as a sweet and tasty reminder of how simple it is to eat seasonally and locally.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My first employment as a newspaper reporter in the wilds of the East Anglian Fens in England introduced me to several communities, some large market towns and one of the smallest cities in the UK. My first news editor informed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Rebuilding Together Petaluma's October 18th fall workday is fast approaching. RBT will be improving health and safety at six homes for extremely limted income seniors and also painting at the Mary Isaak Center for COTS. To make this happen, volunteers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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French Hen Antiques is one of my favorite downtown Petaluma stores to browse and enjoy a catch-up with owner, the lovely Brenda. This year, French Hen, at home in its own vintage building on Petaluma Boulevard, is one of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages has announced two new packages that will appeal to visitors and locals alike this autumn. Whether seeking a romantic sunset sail in a catamaran on Tomales Bay or a nighttime kayaking excursion to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Doctors and nurses who attend hospital birthing yet choose to give birth themselves, at home explore risk, safety, and the experience of childbirth in America in an upcoming documentary out of Petaluma, Sonoma County. "Why Not Home?" is a feature... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What better timing than the wildly popular Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 for drawing widespread and renewed attention to the ongoing plight of downtown's dilapidated historic railroad trestle? By restoring the trestle to its former... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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THE LEGACY OF LUTHER BURBANK, A GALLERY SHOW — Reception: Thursday, September 11, 2014 6 to 7:30 pm at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol, CA. Fourteen Sonoma County botanical artists will exhibit paintings of plants from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Home winemakers unite! The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Petaluma Historical Museum cordially invite you to enter your wines in the Petaluma Pro-Am Homemade Wine Competition! Entry of your wine is free. The rules are as follows: 1.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Della Fattoria bread lovers mark your calendar for September 25th, 2014 for a hometown signing with tasty treats at Petaluma's Copperfields Bookstore of Southern Sonoma County's own Kathleen Weber's brand new bible on breadmaking! I'm not at all convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Vintage Trailer Valley is such an annual highlight here in Southern Sonoma County, thanks to Chris Aluia of Petaluma for bringing this 'show on the road' to the edge of town each year. Don't miss the spectacle of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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One of the hottest topics surrounding my recent book campaign announcement has been that of the brave new world of the cinematic book trailer. I have a rather lovely one of my own on Kickstarter for "Fog Valley Crush", but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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CLICK HERE for the Kickstarter Campaign and help bring Fog Valley Crush into the world! Word for the day is gratitude. I'm so thankful for the tremendous early outpouring of support for my upcoming book, "Fog Valley Crush" — written... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Thank you, Anastasia, so kind of you, as always. There is a nice mention of owl boxes within the pages, too......
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It's only fair to share this with you all first — much appreciated longtime supporters of Southern Sonoma Country Life. For the past two-and-a-half years I have been feverishly (and enthusiastically, lest that sounds like it wasn't the fun that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Be a part of history by supporting a highly innovative, new fundraising campaign for science education. The Petaluma City Schools (PCS) in conjunction with National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) proposes to participate in the Student Spaceflight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Everything I ever wanted to know about Sonoma County wines (as well as the best beers, brews and bites) I learn a little more about each Labor Day Saturday at the annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend's awsome, all-day Taste event... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Southern Sonoma Country Life