Photos from the Twilight Parade

May 28th, 2010

We attended the Twilight Parade yesterday and had tons of fun! It rained the whole day and it stopped just before the parade! The parade lasted for about an hour and twenty minutes, and almost everyone in Healdsburg was there with their families and friends.  It was an amazing event, and we hope you can attend the Country Fair while you’re spending Memorial Day Weekend here in Healdsburg! Visit the Recreational Park, corner of Piper and University street- bring your family and spend a few hours looking at different animals!

Have fun!

Spending Memorial Day Weekend In Healdsburg?

May 25th, 2010

And looking for things to do? Let us give you a few suggestions! There are a lot of fun activities for everyone to enjoy- so take a look at the events below!

May 27, 29, 31, Classic Perfume Rose Harvest & Distillation Tours, at The Russian River Rose Co. A totally unique and wonderfully romantic springtime experience! Help harvest the roses from our beautiful Bulgarian, French and Persian Rose Fields and distill them into fragrant Rose Oil and Rosewater. Become enveloped in the heady scent as you sip tea and enjoy a presentation on rose oil and perfumes from around the world. You will NEVER forget this day in the Wine (and Roses) Country! ! Organic tea refreshments are included. Tours begin at 9:30 and last about 2 hours. $9.95 Thursdays, $12.95 Saturday & Monday. (Children under 8 not recommended). Reservations Required. For reservations call 707-575-6744, Monday-Friday 8-6pm, Sat. 10-1pm. For information and full schedule please visit www.russian-river-rose.com or call 707-433-7455

May 29 & 30, Oysters and More!, at Lambert Bridge Winery, 4085 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with Oysters, Oysters, and more Oysters! We will be pairing Oysters with our crisp, perfect for the summer, white wines in our beautiful picnic gardens. Casually sip on our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier, throw back a few oysters, and learn some basics on how to shuck and grill oysters to perfection! A variety of Oysters from local farms such as Tomales Bay and Hog Island will be served. You won’t want to miss these delightful treats! 2:00pm – 4:00pm, $55 per person; $45 LAC. Reservations Required. For more information please visit www.lambertbridge.com or call 707-431-4670

May 29 – 31, Jimtown Store Barn Sale – Memorial Weekend, at 6706 State Hwy 128, Healdsburg. We are selling our entire barn inventory at 25%-75% off. Find antiques, folk art, vintage treasures & oddities! Memorial Day Weekend (Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-4pm, Mon 9am-3pm). Dealers welcome. Cash or Credit Card Only (v, mc, disc). For more information please visit www.jimtown.com or call 707-433-1212

May 29 – 31, Memorial Weekend Tea in the Rose Garden, (Our last Open Garden until Fall!) at the Russian River Rose Company, 1685 Magnolia Drive Healdsburg. Sip a delicious cup of organic tea as you enjoy the scents and sights of our Rose Display Garden, with its collection of 650 varieties of antique and modern roses, all surrounded by the beautiful vineyards of Dry Creek Valley. Wander down the ‘Rose Allee’, a tunnel of 8 huge arches covered with 28 different rambling roses. Enjoy the fluttering ‘Butterfly Garden’, the fragrant ‘Sweet Scent Seat’, and the ‘Rose History Trail’. Experience our ultra-fragrant Perfume Rose Fields without even having to travel to Bulgaria! Our Nursery will be open and brimming with roses and hummingbird/butterfly attracting annuals & perennials. Our gift shop will offer unique, locally made items as well as our estate produced Rose Water and Rose Oil Perfume. FREE entry to garden. Self-Guided Tour Maps: $2.00. Organic Tea Service: $2.00 per person. (No reservations necessary). For more information please call 707-433-7455

May 28 & 29, Honk Jr., at the Healdsburg Park & Recreation Center at Foss Creek School. The Raven Education Arts Program (REAP) presents, Honk! Jr., a contemporary musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Ugly Duckling. Friday, May 21st at 7pm, Saturday, May 22 at 2pm & 7pm and Sunday, May 24 at 2pm & 4pm at the Healdsburg Park & Recreation Center at Foss Creek School. A second weekend of performances takes place Friday, May 28th at 11am, 2pm & 4pm and Saturday, May 29 at 11am & 2pm at the Healdsburg Boys and Girls Club (up the hill from the FFA fair). Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children under 12. For more information please visit www.raventheater.org or call 707-235-7314

May 30, Healdsburg’s Antiques Fair on the Plaza – 20th Year, in Downtown Healdsburg. Free Admission, 9 am – 4 pm. 20th Year! 90 Dealers! May 30 & August 29, 2010. Sponsored by the Healdsburg Historical Society. For more information please call Bill Weinstein Productions at 707-578-7772

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Healdsburg Future Farmers Country Fair and Twilight Parade

May 24th, 2010

The Healdsburg Future Farmers Country Fair and Twilight Parade will take place this Thursday! This is a special event that’s special to everyone here in Healdsburg, and we sincerely hope you support this wonderful event and all the little ones who are participating! The event will start with a parade- the route runs west along Matheson Street, north along Center Street, east along Piper Street, south on Fitch street, and then east on Matheson street. The Parade will begin about 6:00PM, rain or shine!

This will be a wonderful experience for you and your family, and especially for your kids! Farming is so imporant and vital, and we hope to keep it alive for the future generations to come! We sincerely hope to see you there!

Have You Been To Quivira Winery?

May 18th, 2010

If you haven’t, you really should. Quivira Winery is one of my favorite wineries of all time. I love their beliefs, and I love how they practice biodynamic farming. In their website, it says that the core of biodynamics is creating the healthiest soil possible. Following this farming discipline, the soil in our vineyards is closely (bordering on obsessively) monitored, ensuring that it is teaming with natural, healthy microbiotic life. Balance is essential: if we take something out, we put something back in. We feed the microbiotic life with natural, time-tested techniques. Everything we do in the vineyards is a testament to the fact that the earth under our feet is just as alive as the vines above ground.

They take care of their land and are very concerned about the environment. Not only do they make good wine, they have organic vegetables, too! In the mornings, when I pass by the winery on my way to work, I see people working on the vegetable garden as early as 6:30AM and all throughout the day. They also have chickens of different kinds, and they also have Ruby, their very cute, happy and adorable pig.

You just have to visit Quivira Winery when you’re in town- you’ll definitely be amazed! Their Rose, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Grenache is absolutely amazing- you can taste how much love was put into those grape- just simply delicate! And once you’ve tried it, I assure you you’ll be back for more.

Enjoy!

Delicious Jam

May 13th, 2010

I came across Artisan Preserves at Quivira Winery during Passport To Dry Cry Valley. The owner, Elissa Rubin Mahon, had a table underneath an olive tree, with a basket of jam to the right, and small wooden spoons with beautiful, different colored jams carefully placed in the middle of the table for everyone to enjoy. I tried almost all the jams they had that day and left with a few bottles and I must say, they’re absolutely delicious! The jam is just so delicate, and you can just tell that they were made with so much love. I’ll definitely be getting my jam from her for now on- it’s that yummy! What I love about Elissa Rubin Mahon is that her fruit preserves and jellies strive to capture the vibrance of the fruit. They are therefore hand made in micro-batches and small quantities, so that the intimate interaction between the artisan and product are not lost. All fruits are procured from growers who believe in sustainable agriculture or gleaned from wild sources.

Making the best preserves requires using sustainably grown local fruit that is not frozen or refrigerated and is processed within a day of attaining ripeness. It is hand-cut and cooked by open kettle method without the addition of pectin, and is prepared in batches that contain no more than 7 pounds of perfectly ripened fruit. Each batch of Artisan Preserves is carefully prepared and adjusted to accommodate variation in fruit due to changing seasonal conditions. No batch of preserve can be identical because it is hand made and each picking of fruit has it’s own character. Pleasure of flavor as well as color, texture and clarity are the goal of my art. -Elissa Rubin Mahon

We highly recommend that you try Elissa’s jam. Her website is http://www.artisanpreserves.com. Happy eating!

Looking For A Caring Veterinarian For Your Pet?

May 12th, 2010

Our dog, Bailey, got sick a few weeks ago and we rushed him to Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital. We’ve never brought him there before- so we were very nervous about taking him there. We called first, and we were greeted by someone on the phone who asked us a lot of questions about Bailey; his background; if he had any medical history. The lady on the phone said they were excited to meet Bailey since it was our first time, and that made us feel comfortable right away.

When we took Bailey to there, we were greeted by everyone in the front desk. They were all so sweet and caring, and we introduced them to Bailey and he was comfortable and not anxious at all. The doctor and the assistant who saw Bailey were so sweet and gentle with Bailey, and Bailey was just in such great hands. Bailey healed almost overnight with the antibiotics, and when we brought him back for a check-up, the doctor was amazed at how fast he healed!

With this being said, we highly recommend the Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital for your pet’s needs. I’m very picky when it comes to vets, and I highly recommend them because the staff is so caring, the facilities are clean, and our Bailey was in good hands!

The 2010 Summer Schedule at Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital is Mondays, spay/neuter clinic reduced 25%. Tuesdays, big savings on vaccines, and if you buy a one year supply of Heartgard, you receive a $5.00 rebate on Mondays Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, it’s Senior Pet Profiles day. On Thursdays, it’s 50% off routine dental cleaning, and it’s also vaccine clinic- vaccines, wormings and other preventative health services. On Fridays, it’s 50% off routine dental cleaning (by appointment) and on Saturdays, it’s also vaccine clinic.

Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital is located at 15 Healdsburg Avenue in Healdsburg. Their phone number is (707) 433-6916.

Taste Alexander Valley Is Just A Month Away!

May 10th, 2010

Now that Barrel Tasting and Passport To Dry Creek Valley is over, there’s a new event to look forward to- Taste Alexander Valley! 35 wineries will participate in this extremely fun event, and just like Passport To Dry Creek Valley, each winery will host their own party with great wine and food pairings, live entertainment and special weekend wine discounts.

This is the perfect time to visit Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale since the weather will be perfect- sunny and hot, and the grapes will be visible by then!

Taste of Alexander Valley will be held on June 5 and 6, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on both days. Weekend pass $65 per person in advance, $75 at the door. You can purchase tickets here. The wineries participating are:

Alexander Valley Vineyards
Clos du Bois
deLorimier Winery
Fieldstone Winery & Vineyard
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Garden Creek Winery
Hanna Winery & Vineyards
Hart’s Desire Wines
Hawkes Wine
Icaria Winery
Joseph Family Vineyards
J. Rickards Winery
Kelley & Young
Medlock Ames
Mercury Wine
Mojon’s Bench Winery
Palmeri Wines
Pech Merle Winery
Pendleton Estate
Quaking Hills Winery
Robert Young Estate Winery
Rodney Strong Vineyards (Sunday Only)
Sapphire Hill Winery
Sausal Winery
Silver Oak Cellars (Saturday Only)
Simi Winery
Souverain
Starlite Vineyards
Stonestreet Winery
Stryker Sonoma
Stuhlmuller Vineyards
Trentadue Winery
Trione Vineyards & Winery
White Oak Vineyards & Winery
Wilson Fleming Estate Winery

We encourage you to join this fun event, but be safe and responsible. This event is only for those who are 21 years old and up. Please have a designated driver at all times. See you there!

Looking For Fun Activities For Your Little Ones?

May 6th, 2010

If you’re here in Healdsburg visiting, or if you plan to visit Healdsburg soon, there’s a fun activity for kids starting now till June! The Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to team up with the Healdsburg Jazz Festival to bring African drum and dance master Tacuma King back to Healdsburg this year.

Students will learn to play hand drums and other percussion instruments with an emphasis on learning rhythms, sons and dance from African Caribbean cultures. Beginners and advanced students welcome! Fee is $50 for this class, and it starts now, every Tuesday, from 3:30PM-5:00PM at the Healdsburg Community Center.

This’ll be a fun activity that your kids will surely enjoy. Have fun!

Looking For Things To Do In Calistoga?

May 4th, 2010

Calistoga has attracted visitors from all over the world, and it’s the only location that’s 30 minutes or less from famous places such as Chateau Montelena, Sterling Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, the Old Faithful Geyser of California, and of course, the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

There are so many things to do in Calistoga- hot air balloon rides, big name entertainment, Safari West wildlife preserve, the Petrified Forest, and so much more.  Calistoga is also known for its spa treatments with mud baths and natural springs. It’s the perfect place to have a romantic getaway, or have a girls weekend!

Outdoor Activities

  • The Calistoga Community Pool will re-open for the 2010 swimming season on May 15th and stays open to cool off the whole family through September 6. For more information, pleae call (707) 942-2846.
  • Golfers have several nearby options including Napa’s Silverado Country Club, which they’ll recognize from many nationally-televised professional golf tournaments, as well as Calistoga’s 9-hole Municipal Course.
  • Cycling enthusiasts flock to the area for its miles of country roads that wine through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. There are also bike paths along the Napa River and world-class mountain biking trails in the Palisade Mountains above Calistoga. For bike rentals and guided tours, you could visit Calistoga Bike Shop, Getaway Adventures, and LifeCyclie Adventures.
  • History and architecture buffs will find treausres on foot in Calistoga, from the 1874 Victorian known as the Elmsto the original Brannan Resort cottages built in 1862 which are sprinkled around town. Two other locations you shouldn’t miss: The Sharpsteen Museum, which displays beautiful and fascinating artifacts from Calistoga’s earliest days, including baskets made by the Wappo Indians, the area’s native people;and Pioneer Cemetery on Highway 29, the historic and peaceful resting place of many imporant Calistogans.

So we encourage you to visit Calistoga when you’re in the area! Have fun!

The Calistoga Farmers Market Has Started!

May 3rd, 2010

The season for farmers markets has officially started last Saturday! This is an amazing time- everyone gathers in Sharpsteen Plaza on Washington Street to buy fresh produce! Of course, there will be locally grown seasonal produce, vine and tree-ripened fruits and vegetables. There will also be colorful cut-flowers and nursery grown ornamental plants- so for those who have started working on their vegetable gardens at home, this is the perfec time to buy your starter plants!

There will also be gourmet and pre-packaged food, Mediterranean deli items, olive oils, and vinegars. Also available at this farmers market are fresh seafood, smoked salmon, Thai food and treats from the bakery! Home Plate Cafe and JoLe Restaurant will be serving delicious Savory breakfast treats as well, so make sure to save some room in your tummy when you go!

To make farmers market more enjoyable, there will be live music from various local artists. Bring your family and friends and enjoy four and half hours of great food! Farmers market will start from 8:30AM to 12 noon every Saturday till October 30th.

See you there!