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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 and other top flight destinations around the world.
Interests: Lifestyle writer and author of Fog Valley Crush, Fog Valley Winter and Big Green Country.
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It’s been a whole year since our first lockdown here in Sonoma County, when life as we knew it was turned upside down and we, as every single person on planet earth truly learned what it means to lean in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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McEvoy Ranch is a magical place and the team there loves sharing it with guests. Visit any time for Wine and Olive Oil Tastings or a WalkAbout Tour, but mark your calendar for one of the upcoming Workshops or Celebration... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join the team at Nick's Cove for brunch in celebration of the spring launch of their new cookbook, Table with A View: the History & Recipes of Nick’s Cove! Beginning with two brunches in May and continuing once a month... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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With the arrival of Spring after an entire year of Covid restrictions, Petaluma Gap winemakers are eager to inspire and facilitate long-overdue celebrations with small groups of family and friends — either in person or virtually. Here's a selection of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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CreativeSonoma.org Call for Artists – Meredith Pier Public Art Project RFQ Bodega Bay, California DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, April 12, 2021 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Bodega Bay Meredith Pier Public Art Project This opportunity is for a public art installation located at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
An important message from Native Songbird Care and Conservation: Following their arrival to our area this winter, the Pine Siskins are experiencing a Salmonellosis outbreak. Sadly, this is a typical and expected event during an ‘irruption year’ of siskins. Pine... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
This evening, Tuesday, February 9th, the Petaluma Planning Commission is set to hear the revised Environmental Impact Report on the Scott Ranch development project which will add 44 acres to Helen Putnam Park. Within five weeks the City will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Shop Petaluma Gift cards — what a great idea by the Visit Petaluma team to boost support and sales in our local small businesses, salons, spas, stores and cafes. If you're a vendor and you'd like to join the program... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Building on the example of Petaluma Arts Center's successful Get Out And Vote campaign, the center's next exhibition will address climate change. Entitled ACT: Climate Action Now, the exhibition will run online and be on view from Earth Day, April... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photo Credit: RoccoPhotography.com One thing I'm asked to recommend frequently these days is local, high quality, small batch food gift options for delivery in the area and elsewhere in California. I can't think of a collection that would be better... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Partying like its 2021 is certainly going to be an extremely measured affair — though this is a New Year's that we're all so ready for. I've had a little fun with a foray back through history for some vintage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Outside my home office window the street is empty of neighborhood walkers and vehicles at four in the afternoon on a December weekday so close to Christmas to be eerily devoid of holiday hustle and bustle if it weren't for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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We must be more mindful than ever in support of our local small businesses over the holidays and throughout this winter season. At the time of posting this guide Sonoma County is not fully locked down. In any event, retail... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Postponed — Although it was to be a safe distanced, outdoor event in beautiful Dry Creek Valley, we're following the lead from neighboring Bay Area counties and postponing this lovely event until some time next year. Please continue to support... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Thanksgiving by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850 to 1919 We walk on starry fields of white And do not see the daisies; For blessings common in our sight We rarely offer praises. We sigh for some supreme delight To crown our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Congratulations to everyone involved in supporting the Petaluma River Park non-profit organization on the successful purchase of the Petaluma River Park property in the heart of Petaluma. This has been an ambitious four-years-in-the-making dream by a dynamic group of community-minded... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Mary Fassbinder, Amanda Bergan, Jennifer Jensen, Clark Mitchell and Peter Phibbs have stepped into action to set up the ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW at Petaluma Arts Center. Art has been dropped off this past week or so and will be available... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Gap Wine Alliance has been working hard compiling a super series of local wine and holiday food pairings for this 2020 Holiday Season. It's been one heck of a year here in Sonoma County with wildfires and smoke wreaking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Gap Wine Alliance has been working hard compiling a super series of local wine and holiday food pairings for this 2020 Holiday Season. It's been one heck of a year here in Sonoma County with wildfires and smoke wreaking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Gap Wine Alliance has been working hard compiling a super series of local wine and holiday food pairings for this 2020 Holiday Season. It's been one heck of a year here in Sonoma County with wildfires and smoke wreaking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's the season of giving and if you are looking for a local nonprofit to support, let me introduce you to the fantastic work of a local woman with one of the the biggest hearts in town. "After my own... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life