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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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This first week of September, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Take a pause from the never ending, mind-numbing news of pandemic, wildfire and politics to remember and honor the myriad service members and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Renowned Northern California jazz institution Healdsburg Jazz announces today the appointment of acclaimed composer and bandleader Marcus Shelby as their new Artistic Director. Shelby will lead the organization and its flagship Healdsburg Jazz Festival into its next generation of dynamic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Renowned Northern California jazz institution Healdsburg Jazz announces today the appointment of acclaimed composer and bandleader Marcus Shelby as their new Artistic Director. Shelby will lead the organization and its flagship Healdsburg Jazz Festival into its next generation of dynamic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Good news for staycationers and wine country visitors alike. In an effort to showcase the vast diversity of the local craft beverage community, Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) has rolled out the “Sonoma County Tasting Pass,” featuring award-winning wineries, renowned craft... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Educational Foundation invites us to have a little well-earned fun for an evening as we experience our shared community spirit at the 2020 PEF BASH. This longtime and much-loved signature event supporting the mission of the Petaluma Educational Foundation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma Arts Center is energizing artists and community to ramp up the Voting spirit this August as we count down the weeks until the most important VOTING DAY of most of our lives. To see all of the Arts Center... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Sonoma County winery spotlight to kick off the 2020 harvest season and fall releases puts a well-deserved focus on Kutch, of Sonoma, as the small, bespoke winery newly releases an offering of its only single vineyard Chardonnay-Trout Gulch, its acclaimed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Pinot lovers, mark your calendars for August 18, 5 PM. Raise a Glass with Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance President Erica Stancliff & VP Tom Gendall on National PinotNoirDay for a Facebook Live Celebration of PetalumaGap Wines. The Petaluma Gap Pinots... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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​Petaluma Arts Association's (not to be confused with the Arts Center) annual Art in the Park has brought regional artists and our local community together in historic Walnut Park since 1957. As with all of our favorite annual outdoor festivals... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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"Every fire season I show up to put in my work," says community hero Miriam Donaldson, founding chef of Sonoma Family Meal. "Please help me build a long term relief structure for Herzog Hall Kitchen at the Petaluma Fair Grounds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Petaluma-based beauty expert, artist and professional color stylist Jennifer Robin is one of my favorite go-to, local buddies for a regular reminder that we don't have to go completely wild with our new all-natural approach to hair and makeup during... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Join the good folk at Bellwether Farms in raising funds to help farmers and families in Northern California. Covid-19 has caused widespread disruption to agricultural businesses and family farms. Fifty % of the US food supply is consumed in restaurants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Supporting fellow local authors is important to me. Getting word out about a new book in our community seeds its journey into the outside world. Here's a fun one to add to your kids' book collection this summer. Spout isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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In these trying times, small cheese makers, farmers and producers need our support more than ever. Here is The California Cheese Trail guide to supporting the local cheese community in California: Curbside Pickups & Deliveries Achadinha Cheese Co – Pickup... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Wow! How exciting to open my email and discover that my novel Big Green Country is a finalist in this year's National Indie Excellence Awards, a second honor after winning a Gold medal this Spring in the IPPYS. Thanks to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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As Petaluma prepares for its Women's Suffrage Centennial events this late summer and fall, I'm sharing this piece I wrote for the Online Biographical Dictionary Project of Women's Suffrage Activists on Petaluma Suffragette Josephine Pilkington Hill — Sonoma-Marin W.C.T.U, Charter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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So much work is taking place behind the scenes of lockdown for a remarkable series of events to commemorate the Women's Suffrage Movement Centennial from a Petaluma perspective. What an amazing team of historians we have here in town and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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The Petaluma Wildlife & Natural Science Museum is the only student-run natural history museum in the country, dedicated to “inspiring the next generation of conservationists through environmental education and practical conservation.” The Museum, which relies on donations as a 501(c)3... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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It was fun to run into the intrepid Mary Fassbinder delivering Petaluma Arts Center's ArtApart signs around Petaluma on two wheels. Peddle power is where its at during Shelter in Place especially. Mary was dropping off a sign in front... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING, ORDERS INCLUDE A $10 DONATION TO THE CALIFORNIA ARTISAN CHEESE GUILD A celebration of the strength and resilience of community, the new #VictoryCheese box is Cowgirl Creamery's call to join the fight to save the American artisan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Photos Via Pinterest "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." – Joseph Campbell "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." – Mark Twain... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Made with Lavender, McEvoy Ranch's new Botanical Hand Sanitizer Spritz feels good and is soap-free with a clean, light feel. This multipurpose sanitizer spritz with 65% ethyl alcohol purifies hands and other items. For A Limited Time Buy 2 Botanical... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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“Masked, I advance.” René Descartes - 1596 - 1650 important scientific thinker and an original metaphysician Staffers in the West Wing have finally been directed to wear face masks to work in the White House, except when at their own... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life
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Still pinching myself following recent exciting news on a big, first award for my debut novel Big Green Country. The 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards is a highly respected annual literary award competition open exclusively to independent authors, small publishing... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at Southern Sonoma Country Life