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Monday, June 27, 2011

Petaluma Rumas - July 2011

Ahhh . . . July
Independence, Hot and Sassy

Summertime and events are Classy!
And a wee reminder here as we venture in to summer, it does seem to have arrived, and the economy gets you thinking about vacationing closer to home . . . if we sagaciously choose our destinations by invoking the local, community, sustainable principles then the dollar that circulates here will strengthen our county economy. The corporate demise of all the gains made by the working class over the last 100 years is no joke! Big Business America wants you back in the industrial age. Now I shall hop off my bully pulpit and suggest some fab local events to attend.

Lemmee see, my favorite radio station, the KRUSH 95.9 has these totally excellent adventures known as the Backyard Concerts . . . they are free, what’s the catch, Lagunitas beer and an eclectic selection of wines are very reasonably priced, food is great, all proceeds beyond paying the entertainers go to charity, let’s see, downside, you have to bring your own chair to sit on the lawn, we had 300 people for Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums with local fave Miss Kitty and the Big Dogs . . Coming up on Wednesday 7/6 is the sister station show (w/KSXY), starring Vanessa Carlton w/ the Pat Jordan Band, then on Thursday 7/14 is “A Sinners Celebration of the Hotel Café” starring Jim Bianco with the Milk Carton Kids, and third is Thursday, 7/28 Bob Schneider with the Whiskey Thieves. Did I mention these were free! 3565 Standish Avenue off Todd in Santa Rosa, Ca 95407 website

Next up in good ole Petaluma is the AQUS Foundry Festival, sponsored by Aqus Café and the Foundry Wharf, Live Music on the River, 2pm- The Easy Leaves 3pm- Alison Harris & The Barn Owls 4pm- GreenHouse 5pm- The Piezoelectric Effect 6pm- The Mighty Groove – Food Wine Beer – on Saturday July 9th, Tx available at Aqus or the Door, $10 for 21+, $7 for Aqus members, $5 under 21. You can check it out at The AQUS Café, our leader in Social Capitol!!!!

The Petaluma Arts Center has Fire/Ice – a multi media exhibition. Artists worked in all possible media to explore contrasts and opposites . . . 230 Lakeville @ E. Washington St. check out all that happens here at 707-762-5600 or go to

Yet again, we close 4th street between B and Western, or mayhaps it is more fitting to say we open it for a fiesta. A showcase of Petaluma’s artistic and horticultural splendor, the ninth annual Art & Garden Festival returns for another daylong celebration of food, wine, art and garden. The festival honors the arts and horticulture produced in the Petaluma area with an array of local art, garden accessories, fine crafts and handmade jewelry. Many local restaurants will be offering samples of their cuisine. Wineries and Creameries will offer food pairings of cheeses, breads, fruits and ideas for savoring food and wine. Live bands will be performing on stage all day, covering a variety of music styles, all guaranteed to have you dancing in the streets. Over 100 booths filled with beautiful arts and crafts, gardeners, farmers, community organizations and merchants. Sunday 7/10 at 11:00 ayem!

And riding in at the end of the month is the second annual RIVERTOWN REVIVAL on Saturday 7/30 from 11:30 til 7PM. Bring the whole clan to the Greatest Slough on Earth. A one of a kind local, arts-based community festival highlighting the Petaluma River. Enter your craft in the Art Boat Races Two stages of music, Trapeze on the River, Location... Copeland and D at the River Heritage Center. Green! Bring your own water bottle for free fill ups or support the Plastic is Drastic Campaign and RR, buy one onsite for $10. There will be a car tax in our RR parking lot, so ride your bike for free, Valet Parking, or paddle on in. Cash is king, fabulous food, Lagunitas Beers, great wines, over 40 unique local vendors. The Rivertown Revival is sure to be 2010s most unique and creative summer festival! Check out this line-up, and it’s still growing • Dirtfloor Band-The Freys-The Crux-Huckle-Swamp Thang-Smokehouse Gamblers-Hillside Fire-Jugtown Pirates- David Luning Band-Shovelman-The Mighty Chiplings-Conception Vessel. Heck, there’s the Rivertown Re-Vow wedding ceremonies, the location Rocks, the Event benefits the River Heritage Center. Totally kid friendly! Last year nobody wanted it to end! Some are cool and Summer Hot! 

Practicing sustainable enthusiasm!
Da Bugster