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Monday, August 1, 2011

Geyserville Grapevine

Just Strings Music Festival
With both towns on either side of Geyserville having free bands, Healdsburg on Tuesday evening, and Cloverdale on Friday evening, Geyserville is being blessed to have a whole 2-day music festival on Saturday and Sunday August 13th and 14th.

It is not free but you can stay all day with 2 stages of rock, blues, jazz, Americana, Flamenco with Dancers, African and Classical. There will be Geyser Peak Wines, Beer, Arts and Crafts, and Food available also. This is all happening at Hoffman Ranch Picnic Grounds, across from Geyser Peak Winery. Saturday will feature David

Grisman Quintet plus a host of other musicians and Sunday will feature Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidbe and the Mystic Rhythms, and once again many more. There seem to be about 20 bands lined up for this amazing musical weekend.

Tickets are available online at

Creators of this festival are asking for those attending bring some canned foods to Benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

What’s Stirring in the Chamber Pot
July was a very busy month for chamber activity, what with the Bosworth Hardware store celebration of it’s 100th anniversary…where diamonds and denim-clad Geyservillians enjoyed a barbeque, complete with band and lots of wine.

We have all looked forward to the chamber after hour’s mixer, which occurred at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and restaurant called Rustic. It is filled with memorabilia making a visit there like a museum of Coppola’s films. It was an amalgamation of four chambers.  Cloverdale, Healdsburg, and Windsor along with Geyserville so we could all see the wonders of this new addition to Sonoma County, complete with swimming. It was a splendid gathering indeed.

Then there was “Geyserville Celebrates the Arts” which took place at the downtown visitor plaza. There were many booth filled with the work of local artists and a number of catering trucks selling a variety of goodies to feed those meandering among the art and sculpture that now decorates Geyserville Avenue. I was overjoyed seeing that there is a new emphasis on art here in town, as wine and art go together along with the beauty that abounds in our pastoral wine country.

Coming up is the first Annual Harvest Celebration at Silver Oak Cellars. You need to get your tickets in advance. This takes place August 9th at 6 P.M. so if you want a fabulous dinner with live music at this revered winery you must contact the chamber to get your reservation in right away as seating is limited to 100 and the 6th would be the last day you could reserve to partake in this scrumptious feast.

Saying Goodbye to a Great Citizen
Some of you may not have known Gary Hernandez who was written up as a Super Lawyer and one of the top attorneys in Northern California. He did major work to help educational opportunities for Latino youth. His second home was in Dry Creek Valley where he spent time, with his wife, to relax.  He called this getaway “Cresta Sueno” which means “Hill of Dreams”.  I was honored to have known him.   

Wine and Massage
Carolyn Lewis is the force behind the tasting room known as Locals, which features 70 wines from 10 unique wineries. I was attempting to try to find out what makes Carolyn tick but she was too busy to tell me when I entered Locals to talk to her. It is no wonder, as she has a lot going on in her life. Managing Locals but also creating a healing room next door that offers a variety of bodywork in a beautiful peaceful setting. She also puts on the Bodega Bay Film Festival and hosts a website advertising Geyserville, and also has a booth of  fabulous clothes at the vintage store across the street. She helps support The Living Room , a drop in for homeless women. How does she do all this? Maybe it’s the magic combination of wine and massage.

Isis Oasis Retreat
Aug. 26th to 28th are the dates for a symposium on Archaeomythology weekend where one can explore in depth the ancient times when matriarchy held sway.  See to get more information.