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frances rivetti
Sonoma County, California
British/American lifestyle writer sharing the best of the south county at the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country and other top flight destinations around the world.
Interests: Lifestyle writer and author of Fog Valley Crush, Fog Valley Winter and a novel, Big Green Country.
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Join me and fellow poetry readers as guest poet Sandra Anfang and the winners of Petaluma Arts Center's poetry competition, juried by new Sonoma County Poet Laureate Elizabeth Herron, read our work in the galleries against the backdrop of the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Bookworms and bibliophiles rejoice, for today, Tuesday, August 9th, is National Book Lovers Day! It's a great day (or evening) to ditch the phone and the tv remote, pick up a new read or an old favorite and transport into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Music Festival is a non-profit festival and all proceeds benefit the music education programs in all Petaluma area public schools. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult Students 13-17 may purchase $25 tickets at the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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McEvoy Ranch and Saffron Communities have announced a new summer season event: "Art In The Orchard." Stroll through olive orchards sipping on wine and engage with over 40 local artists as they display their custom work. Many artists will be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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On August 13, 2022 the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers will be pouring their wines to celebrate the upcoming harvest and another year of award-winning releases. A wide array of wines will be poured, with Pinot Noir being featured, due to its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties are launching a coordinated campaign to provide visitor education and outreach to reduce the amount of litter and waste in coastal regions and watersheds through a three-County memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the non-profit organization... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Good news for Sonoma County/Reno/Tahoe travelers — aha! Airlines (an acronym for “air-hotel-adventure”), a leisure carrier operated by ExpressJet, launches daily nonstop service beginning July 14 between its hub at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) and the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
We love our Sonoma wines, now we can be even more specific when purchasing micro-climate wines from specific regions in our county. Wineries located in the cool coastal reaches of Sonoma County are now able to feature “West Sonoma Coast”... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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If you haven't already checked out all of the new additions to West Petaluma's rural I street ranch lands on recent drives out to San Antonio Road, then you've yet to discover the energy of estate, studio, barn, sunflower field,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Partnership for the Presidio has announced its opening season programs at San Francisco's most anticipated new national park destination – Presidio Tunnel Tops. The slate was co-curated with the community to include experiences that reflect our region's cultural vibrancy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This one appeals to me so much that I'm going to have a go at penning a poem, an adaptation of my Fog Valley books. I hope this call for submissions also appeals to many of my writer and artist... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“After I’m Dead, You’ll Have to Feed Everyone,” is a daughter’s comical love letter to her immigrant mother, Ellen Straus, a European city kid who found love on a California dairy farm and emerged as one of West Marin’s iconic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Dreaming of La Belle France? Provence Rosé Group celebrated this summer's National Rosé Day with a contest to win a luxury stay in Provence and you, readers of Southern Sonoma Country Life are invite to throw our hats in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Penngrove-based social worker, teacher, podcaster, award-winning author and dear friend, Suzanne Maggio is newly returned from her second intrepid Camino walk in Spain. She's an absolute trooper, walking solo (though building her Camino Family along the way), carrying her own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Glass Bottle House by Mildred Howard If you, like me, have driven by the metal sheep that dotted the hill at the entrance to the former di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature, now known as the di Rosa Center for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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My focus has been on the river in my community writing in recent months and there's something very exciting happening within the fledgling Petaluma River Park this spring. It's not possible to cover this important Petaluma story without going into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Images — Gailfoulkes.com I'm absolutely delighted to share the stunning new website of my beloved friend, prolific multi media artist Gail Foulkes, who works her magic from an idyllic studio in a turn-of-the-century Red Barn on her family's rustic country... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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NEW this Spring! McEvoy Ranch Wildflower Honey Collection offers three unique local Northern California honey that pay homage to the tastes profiles of each region's flowers, orchards, vineyards, or fields the bees are visiting. Marin Wildflower Honey A buttery mixture... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Boulevard Cinema and the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance are pleased to jointly announce a summer series, “Petaluma Gap Wine Nights at the Movies,” pairing iconic wine-related films and Hollywood classics with premium wines from the Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"It's worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change." — Queen Elizabeth, 2019 Christmas Broadcast Expats and Anglophiles will be partying in the streets around the world on... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It was my pleasure to check out Saturday's Vintner's Plaza Grand Tasting at the first ever Healdsburg Food & Wine Experience. a three-day celebration featuring the best of Sonoma County and world-renowned food and wines. This extensive festival showcased our... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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As part of Sonoma County Winegrowers' co-founding partnership with this coming weekend's inaugural Healdsburg Wine and Food Experience, it is offering its exclusive Truck Talks for the first time to consumers Historically, Truck Talks have been part of the county... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Want to see the dilapidated Petaluma Trestle turned into a riverfront community promenade? I do. I wrote an in-depth feature on the sore subject of this decaying mass back in February of this year. The article (click here) traveled far... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.” Anthony Bourdain Well, I am definitely a romantic. And I invested more of my household staple budget and shopping time in cheese and wine... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at Southern Sonoma Country Life