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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Occidental Oriented - December 2011

My all-time favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It’s often beautiful fall weather; it’s often a great family get-together; and usually of course, the food is fantastic.

I believe gratitude is one of the most under-rated qualities practiced, even by those spiritually “evolved.” Think how much better our world would be if everyone practiced gratitude on a more regular basis. We’d all be counting our blessings, instead of focusing on the relationships and things we don’t have. 

And it’s easy to be thankful, with only the tiniest effort. Consider this sobering thought: if you’re reading this column--no matter how unfortunate you might feel at times--you’re way ahead of at least 2 to 3 billion others out there in the world.

Thanksgiving is also one of the more inclusive holidays in that it’s not based on religious practice, so as a non-majority religion practitioner, unlike with Christmas, I never felt “less than” with Thanksgiving. Something else to be thankful for.

I count myself very lucky to live in one of the most beautiful areas on the planet with my beautiful family, surrounded by some of the most evolved folks, both mentally and spiritually. So Happy Thanksgiving from me, as well as Sonoma Fine Wine. May it be your most wonderful ever.

Occidental Crafts Faire
The 26th Annual  Occidental Community Council Holiday Crafts Faire will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th at the Occidental Community Center (located on the corner of Bohemian Highway and Graton Road) in Occidental.   The event will be open from 10a.m. – 5p.m. on Saturday and 10a.m. – 4p.m. on Sunday.   Admission is free.

Occidental’s Annual Holiday Crafts Faire is a longstanding tradition in the community.   This year there will be more holiday activities for the whole family, and chances to win special gift packages including art, wine, jewelry and other handmade crafts throughout the weekend.

In addition to highlighting over 35 local and regional artists and showcasing their special crafts and holiday pieces, there will be entertainment, a traditional bucket raffle (where attendees chose the prize they want to win), wreaths, fabulous food by Aioli Deli and more.  And, don’t miss the special treats and holiday-baked goods provided and hosted by  Salmon Creek School students.

All are invited to come and participate in the activities at the Holiday Crafts Faire, and follow up with a stroll through town to visit the local merchants and businesses.

Profit from the event benefits the Occidental Community Council, an all- volunteer, non-profit corporation established in 1986. Representing a diverse cross-section of the community, OCC meets once a month to discuss investing and supporting its resources in local programs. Its entire budget is derived from this wonderful Holiday Crafts Faire.

Teresa Tudury Opens Such Fine Things
Teresa Tudury, prominent Sonoma County singer/songwriter, has joined with Deborah Starks, former Berkeley clothing store owner, to open a boutique specializing in vintage resale clothing they refer to as “wearable art.”

The concept, they say, is “glamorous old-time California cowgirl” for that just-off-the-hacienda look. Pleasantly displayed  items, also available for sale, include antique furniture, jewelry, and small objets d’art. Tudury also envisions the quaint, out-of-the way studio as a place for musicians to jam, and is planning a formal music series, beginning with an as yet unannounced Grand Opening.

Tudury wants to spend more time in Occidental, in the hillside cabin she calls home. After many years on the road, and a history that includes two years with Beach Blanket Babylon (while holding down a 5 a.m. waitressing shift at Lefty O’Doul’s), twelve years doing nightclub acts in Hollywood, and performances at the Fillmore during its heyday, she’s a bit tired of gigging up and down Highway 5 between major western cities.

Such Fine Things, named after Tudury’s latest album, promises to add an element of exotic adventure to the Occidental scene. It is nestled into a grove of redwoods in the southernmost corner of Occidental, and opened November 18. Store hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10a.m. to 5p.m. Contact info: 415.515.3361 or on Facebook.