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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: IPPY Award winning 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" — Pioneer Heritage, Backroad Rambles and Vintage Recipes from The Tastiest Little Place on Earth. Currently seeking representation for debut contemporary suspense novel "Big Green Country".
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Kick off the "haunting season" with a double shot of haunting! It is well know that Shakespeare's MACBETH has had strange hauntings and happenings whenever it is played. And it is also well known in this neck of the woods... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It's been a while since I've posted regularly on Southern Sonoma Country Life. I haven't forgotten about you, or all of the great things I like to write about and share from this wonderful corner of the world. I've been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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There's been a renewed focus on our Petaluma River turning basin and waterway with a new campaign for dredging (see Argus Courier article on STORM) but let's not forget the wreckage of the trestle fenced off along the central riverfront... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Celebrate the art and artists of Petaluma and surrounding communities and raise funds for some much needed improvements at the Arts Center. Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 Doors open at 5pm. Dinner served at 6pm. Seating is "Family Style" Fundraising for:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Museum Association and Sky Hill Cultural Alliance are pleased to present a benefit concert performed by pianist Elizabeth Walter on Sunday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. Elizabeth will be performing on the legendary 1899 Henry F. Miller concert grand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Whenever I am in London, I make a date with my dear friend, Bev, who I met in journalism school in Harlow, Essex in the late 80s. We pick out something special to do together for the day and given... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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With time in my travel schedule for just one West End play (plus an afternoon performance at Shakespeare's Globe), imagine my delight when Clive Owen popped up on my play search newly staring as a suitably disheveled the Reverend T.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It was poet and idealist Rupert Brooke's picture-postcard Grantchester long before it was the brilliant, charismatic, crime fighting fictional character, clergyman Sidney Chambers', lead of the popular Masterpiece tv series set in the quiet Cambridgeshire village of the 1950s. Still,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone," Mary Quant From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, Mary Quant took the sixties by colorful, riotous storm, launching a fashion revolution on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Wine lovers and fitness enthusiasts are invited to experience one of the most scenic and inspiring workouts in Sonoma County. Notre Vue Estate Winery in Windsor will welcome guests for a day of wine tasting, exploring the property, an outdoor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The annual California Rare Fruit Growers of the Redwood Empire's annual tree sale will be at the Original Santa Rosa Farmers' Market behind Sutter Hospital at 30 Mark West Springs Road 95403 on Saturday July 20 2019 from 9AM until... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Workshops will be offered on Saturday June 29th OR July 13 2019. 10-2. Cost is $125. All materials will be supplied. Future dates to follow. Classes are limited to 8 people per workshop. All materials will be supplied but you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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I have yet to take a cruise, but if I was to take one anytime soon, this would be a good place to start. Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin have announced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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This summer, Wednesday nights once again mean Wines & Sunsets at Paradise Ridge Winery’s Russian River Valley Estate Amphitheater in Santa Rosa, June 19 to Sept. 18. The Wines & Sunsets series was voted “Best Winery Event in Sonoma County”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma River Park is a nonprofit organization by forward thinking locals on a mission to build a public park for recreation, education, conservation, culture and community. A park for everyone. My husband, Timo is brokering the sale of the land... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Don't miss this terrific bus load of our favorite local musicians at The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Friday, May 17th, 2019. The Space Orchestra performs a tribute to Joe Cocker's legendary rock n roll classic, Mad Dogs & Englishmen with the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Event date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm Featured Book: Zucked:Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe $28 Non-profit organization LiteracyWorks and Copperfield's Books presents as part of its Lecture Series Roger McNamee and his The New York Times’ bestseller about... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Winemakers from the Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area (AVA) fared well at the fifth annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction on Friday, May 3, raising more than $65,000 from eleven auction lots of “Never Before, Never Again” wine, each crafted from... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 7PM FLAMINGO RESORT & SPA, 277 4TH STREET, SANTA ROSA You know him from 60 Minutes. Come meet SCOTT PELLEY, one of the most experienced and awarded correspondents in broadcast journalism in conversation with KSRO Host Pat... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Wednesday, May 15th 7:00 • 8:30PM Location: Petaluma Community Center 320 McDowell Blvd Teen & Transitional Youth Mental Health It's encouraging that there is community dialog happening on this incredibly complex subject matter that impacts so many young people. Collaborating... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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What makes a house an Architectural Digest-worthy home? This means something different for everyone when it comes to the dream home design world, be it mid-century modern open plan, a state-of-the-art beachside apartment, sleek, urban loft with dramatic city scape... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Southern Sonoma Country Life