Page 34 - Sonoma County Gazette June 2019
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   The green grasses are turning brown a little later this year, but that doesn’t mean summer isn’t about to be upon us. And summer in Geyserville means numerous fun things to eat, drink, and experience as our local wineries put on a slew of special events.
Still for the Birds
It’s just so cool when you meet people who are different than you are. That can give you a different perspective, a viewpoint on life, or inspire you. I mean, what would the world be like if we were all the same? I think it would be very boring ~ Clara
As I write this, one of our volunteers is on the way to Sonoma County Bird Rescue with an injured songbird turned in to us by a small group of local Geyserville community members who brought it to Isis Oasis Sanctuary
last night after hours because the Bird Rescue was already closed. While we don’t directly do this type of rehabilitation, we are always happy to help with transporting injured creatures to the Bird Rescue or to other appropriate experts. One rescued bird may result in many more being born! By the way, even after hours the Bird Rescue does have a 24-hour drop-off area if you do want to get them there yourself.
One of the wonderful things about Cloverdale is its ever-increasing diversity, including personal perspectives and views on life. Both of us have lived here for almost 20 years. Both of us have been active in our community, meeting different people, listening to them, interacting with each other in many positive ways. Recently, we began thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to start a community dialogue?”
Other good news on birds—the Sonoma County Bird Rescue which faced closure due to the county property they are on being sold off—they have found land for a new location in Cotati. However, they need to raise funds for construction of their new facility. Help out here at the-real-work-begins/ or support them another way by visiting their online bird gear store at - the finger puppets are adorable.
I got involved with the Indivisible movement because I woke up on November 9th, 2016 and knew I had to do something to change the direction of this country. And over the last two years, Cloverdale Indivisible has actively participated in the effort to do just that.
We Go to Wero
Just a quick reminder about one of the most-overlooked eating options in Geyserville—Wero at Virginia Dare. While they have shortened the hours and shortened the name (from Werowocomoco), this different take on fresh cuisine is not short on flavor. You can enjoy the early-American and Native-inspired foods and a bright wine list Friday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm at the Virginia Dare winery just off of Canyon Road on Chianti. They’ve recently introduced a traditional Hard Cider, providing one more reason to stop by.
No, it’s not a new building project at Isis Oasis—our street side Mummy Obelisk will have to fill that role for the time being. But Geyserville-based Hawkes Vineyard is holding a couple of events at their steeply-terraced Pyramid Vineyard. A vineyard lunch is slated for July 20th from noon till 3pm, and will celebrate their Stone Vineyard Cabernet along with the meal and music. It’s $95 per person with discounts for wine club members. Reservations are necessary. And on August 3rd, they will be offering a Pyramid Vineyard Hike and Lunch featuring Hawkes Chardonnay and Cabernet. $45 per person and again, reservations are needed. For a full listing of their many other events this summer, got to or call (707) 433-4295
This beloved annual tradition returns this year on Thursday, May 30th, launching a season of fun, food, and music for the entire summer, through August 29th. Get there early or bring folding chairs for best results. Food trucks provide the food purchase options, Trentadue provides wine at just a few bucks a glass, and the music and dancing is free. It’s a beautiful setting and a delightful way to while away a Thursday evening, when the angled sunlight over the vineyards is just perfect. The weekly event runs from 5pm to 7pm
and a full list of bands and food trucks is available right here: media/1411/2019-happy-hour-lineup.png. I’m looking forward to the Rock & Roll Rhythm Revue pairied with delicious delights from Pilón Kitchen, a fave of mine.
We have contacted and urged our elected officials (both at the state and federal levels) to resist unsafe and unfair policies while promoting legislation that serves to protect and advance civil rights, justice, and equality. Leading up to the 2018 election we worked with several campaigns in California and across the nation by writing thousands of postcards, making hundreds of phone calls, sending thousands of texts, registering voters, and canvassing door-to-door. We rejoiced and celebrated the victories that resulted in a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
A Pyramid in Geyserville?
Our work is not done. The alarming levels of insanity, cruelty, and corruption the current administration gleefully inflicts on our country every day are stunning. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Climate change is a dire and urgent threat to the existence of our planet and civilizations. Civil rights, equality, and justice are necessary for humankind to thrive.
Trentadue Happy Hour Thursday Concert Series
If you’d like to share your experience and/or perspective, write it up (300 words or less) and email it to us: Please include your name, email and/or phone. We will not share your contact information and, if you wish, we will also withhold your name.
Know something I’ve missed?
On to—Friday Night Live! June’s line-up brings us four more evenings of fabulous music, food, wine/beer, singing, dancing, and hanging with friends! On 6/07, it’s Johnny Sansone, “One of the best bluesman/roots musicians of the day with a ‘rip-through-the plaster’ voice and deep grooved harmonica riffs, drawing people in with the wit and wisdom of his lyrics.” 6/14, Hot Buttered Rum features “Roots in Appalachia and branches in California weaving bluegrass, folk, jazz, and soul together using a string bass, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and drums. 6/21, Yarn offers “Americana found by digital natives and new music lovers; a top five group recognized by the AMA and R&R radio charts.” 6/28, it’s T Sisters with “Eclectic indie-folk/Americana music that flows between styles and moods using soaring harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism.” For full info.:
A reminder for the kids! Boys and Girls Club of Cloverdale is now registering for their Summer Camp: 686 South Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-5063, or >Our Clubs>Summer Camp>Cloverdale Camp. Lots of fun!
Please contact me at the email address above.
Vicky Groom is one community leader whose special path we often cross. We asked Vicky to write her personal story of why and how she got involved doing “something” on a local and national level. Here, in her own words, is her inspiring story:
Cloverdale Indivisible’s focus is to continue in our efforts to elect as
many progressives as possible in 2020 who will craft and enact legislation
that ensures our democracy and civilization will prevail. Please join us in
our efforts by contacting for additional information.
One voice. One perspective. With so many voices and perspectives in Cloverdale, our question is: Are you willing to share your story and your perspective? How do you reach into our community? Why do you help your neighbor? Where and why do you volunteer? And what is the perspective that drives you?
When each of us casts peddles into our community pond, each one creates vibrant concentric circles that move outward touching others as they go.
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