Napa Valley Marketplace Magazine July 2023 Issue

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II first started working in the veterinary field in 1961 at the age of 11 for my father, a veterinarian in San Francisco, as a kennel worker. I mopped the floor, held dogs and cats, and ran errands.

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Before reading this article, you may want to slip on your favorite Aloha shirt and pour a tropical drink topped with a slice of pineapple and a paper umbrella.

The entrance to the Napa Valley Museum falls under the shadow of a looming tiki head that welcomes you, albeit with the traditional

scowl, to the current exhibition, Tiki Dreams.

Once inside the museum, you’re treated to a step back in time that reaches into the present. Menus from Club Kona and the Bali Hai restaurants, souvenirs such as matchbooks, tiki mugs and napkins, along with several tall carved tikis, many never displayed

before, all evoke the vibe. Tiki images like these inspired a global art and design movement.

The word Tiki is a Maori word for the carved image of a god or ancestor. It’s often associated with kitschy mugs, wooden carvings and thatched backyard bars. Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, who would change his name to

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Donn Beach, opened what would become Don the Beachcomber restaurant in Hollywood in 1933. It was known for its funky décor of shells, fishing nets and other ephemera that Beach felt reflected the island life.

When Victor Bergeron visited Don the Beachcomber in 1936, he decided he, too, would adopt a similar décor in his Oakland restaurant. He renamed his place Trader Vic’s.

World War II brought U.S. servicemen to Hawaii and the South Pacific and they returned from their tours of duty with souvenirs. By mid-century, the popularity of the South Seas designs permeated the American lifestyle.

San Francisco’s famed hotel, the Fairmont, adopted the style for their Tonga Room. Disneyland started its Enchanted Tiki Room attraction in Adventureland and the original design of the Disneyland Hotel had a tropical theme. By the late 1960s, the craze was petering out.

The NY Times writes, “The craft cocktail revolution of the 2000s paved the way for the modern tiki renaissance.”

This renaissance eventually led to the current Napa Valley exhibition, Tiki Dreams.

In the main gallery of the museum, there’s a life-sized 15’ by 15’ tiki hut bar designed and constructed by Oakland artist Woody Miller. “Woody” has spent ten years

carving, creating handcrafted ceramic tiki mugs and designing elaborate tiki bars for his clients. The tiki bar in the museum is unique in that it has no roof due to fire sprinklers for the building.

“I was interested in Hawaiian culture and discovered the tiki community is a whole subculture,” says Woody. “There’s a lot of interest in Tiki and there’re events all over, including big ones in Florida and New York. Then I heard about something in California called Tiki Oasis that has events every year. That’s when I started to learn more and take classes.”

Tiki Oasis is the brainchild of Otto and Baby Doe von Stroheim, who are the curators of the current Napa Valley Museum exhibit. The original Tiki Oasis was “an invitation to a Modern Primitive weekend,” showcasing Tiki architecture amidst Modernism elements of Palm Springs. Today, Tiki Oasis events are truly a gathering of the Tiki Tribes.

“I was raised in Torrance in Southern California, and as a child I’d be driven by Beachbum Burt’s bar and restaurant daily,” says Otto. “In the mid-1980s, I casually started collecting tiki mugs.”

Baby Doe is a California native. “We both like vintage and thrift shops and began collecting clothing, mugs and vinyl,” she says. “It was an alternative interest.”

They met through Otto’s selfpublished zine, “Tiki News,”

which he wrote from 1995 to 2001. Baby Doe had a nascent blog and subscribed to the zine.

“I started buying mugs and then people saw I had a collection and brought me more mugs,” said Otto. “I optimistically had the first event, “Exoticon ‘95” in November 1995 to promote the zine. Then Baby Doe and I put on the first Tiki Oasis in 2001 to stop the Tropics Hotel from removing their tiki décor. We wanted to prove to the owners that people liked the mid-century ambiance. It was in August, was 120 degrees, and we only had 50 or 60 people attend. We thought it was a flop, but the hotel manager was thrilled that they’d sold so many rooms in August.”

The event moved to the slowest day of the year for the hotel, Mother’s Day, and has been a success ever since. In 2006, they moved Tiki Oasis to the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, where it is a five-night extravaganza of music, cocktails, seminars, DJ’s, a marketplace, fashion and after-hours parties.

“It’s a unique community of all ages who are interested in fine art, designers, and immersive experiences,” says Baby Doe. “We had our first Arizona Tiki Oasis in April in Scottsdale in 2019 and now that event has grown to be over 2500 attendees.”

The ethos of Tiki Oasis was applied to the Tiki Dreams exhibition.

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“We’re all about mid-century preservation,” she says. “We want this culture to survive.”

Otto adds, “For example, the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel is going strong and it’s an example of how a classic place can update to be relevant and still hold onto its history.”

“We can’t tell the tiki story without learning about the past,” says Otto. “We wanted to tell the story and got other collectors together. With the help of several historical societies like those in El Cerrito, Tiburon and Sausalito, as well as the San Francisco and Sacramento Library Special Collections, we collected a lot of artifacts to show the Northern California impact.”

He points to a display of Tiki Bob, the most imitated figure in tiki depictions.

“Donald Harvey is responsible for restoring Tiki Bob to its original 1955 state. There’s still a Tiki Bob

carving which stands at Post and Taylor in San Francisco, in front of what is now a café and crêpary. It had been covered with many layers of paint until being restored.”

The final gallery features revolving displays of modern tiki paintings, carvings and mugs.

The von Stroheims are also organizing a Mid-Century Modern Conference, Resort-o-Rama at nearby Santa Rosa’s Flamingo Resort for 2024. There’ll be the usual mix of seminars, music and fashion.

“It’s got the mid-century modern style,” says Baby Doe of the Flamingo Resort. “It even has a tiki history; they had a Bamboo Room with a tiki in it in the 1950s.”

Until then, get your fill of tiki and tropical décor at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville. Enjoy revisiting the past, including a

photo of Swanson’s Polynesian Style TV dinner, a booklet on What to Wear and Buy in Hawaii, Trader Vic’s Cocktail Recipes, album covers with titles like “Sophisticated Savage” and the catchy “Hawaii on the Rocks with George Auld and his Hala-gans” plus a talking mechanical parrot and continuously running videos. Otto and Baby Doe have monthly gatherings throughout the run of the show, which ends December 31, 2023.

“We have a lot of tiki culture and events in Southern California,” says Otto. “There are many Northern California collectors that must travel far for events. This is our gift to Northern California.”

While you’re at the museum, be sure to visit the lower level which features a nostalgic look back to “The Great California Roadtrip 1962.”

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Teacher Jessel Miller

“Making art is a place to feel peace; to create a balance in peoples’ lives,” says Jessel Miller, owner and operator of Jessel Gallery on Atlas Peak Road in Napa. “We’re happy to offer students three hours in what I call the “Zen Zone,” a floating, wonderful space of calm while they work on their art. We nurture our students.”

In 1984, Jessel Miller started the gallery in what once was the historic Hedgeside Whiskey Distillery and has expanded over the years to 7000 sq. ft. filled with vibrant art, jewelry, books, clothing and more.

Over 20 years ago, a chance meeting occurred at the gallery with Gayle Wilson, wife of then Governor of

California Pete Wilson. Mrs. Wilson admired Jessel’s artwork and the space, eventually asking Jessel to teach her how to paint in watercolors.

“I had never taught a serious class in this medium, yet I had been painting for 30 years,” says Jessel. “I agreed to give it a try. We’re still friends to this day.”

Jessel says that teaching is an art; she honors teachers and is humbled to be called one.

“I wasn’t trained to teach; I was trained in techniques of art.”

She began teaching watercolor classes in the gallery. During the pandemic she transitioned into teaching acrylic classes.

Teacher Diane Pope

“For years I shared with my husband Jim that I wanted to paint,” says Diane. “We would be out somewhere, and I’d see something beautiful and say, “I sure wish I could paint that.” Then one day, Jim surprised me with watercolor supplies and told me about a class. That was 22 years ago, and I have been painting ever since. My next push of encouragement came from Jessel. I mentioned to her my dream of teaching one day and she said, ‘Let’s schedule a class now.’ That was five years ago.”

My goal is to teach watercolor techniques and to help students have fun and feel successful. Sometimes as a theme we might incorporate seasons, do color mixing or use only three

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colors. I’m happy to give guidelines as to how I might approach it.”

Art Classes

Jessel and Diane teach alternate days of the week. Watercolor classes with Diane in July are every other Thursday. Acrylics classes with Jessel are alternating Wednesdays and every Friday. Check the website for exact times and dates ( For either class, the drop-in fee is $75, or $200 for four classes that can be used anytime.

“For the first class, we provide the material so the students can see what they need,” says Jessel. “I also sell most supplies, except paint. We will advise the students about the best places to purchase their supplies.”

Jessel explained that the class is not a “paint-by-numbers or paint and sip

class.” The class is more about teaching techniques and learning new ways of expressing your feelings through art. Everyone goes home with a completed piece of art.

Jessel added, “In the summer, we offer a rooftop space and can accommodate up to 12 students. Working offsite, we can handle up to 50. We’ve taught groups like YouTube and Google executives as team-building exercises when they’re in Napa. Recently, we held a class for corporate CEO’s at Shadybrook Winery. We also offer private lessons for families and friends, making this a unique teaching experience.”

“People approach art differently,” says Jessel. “I’m happy when students are open to trying something new and I offer guidance when they need assistance.”

Diane and Jessel say that many times they’ve heard potential students share that when they have tried painting in the past, the instructor has told them they were doing it incorrectly. They may never try making art again.

“We want to take the fear out of the experience,” says Diane. “People don’t realize how words like ‘you’re doing it wrong’ can affect a person. I had one student who was very nervous before the class. She worked on a landscape during her lesson and when she finished the landscape she was overcome with emotion. Happy tears flowed. She was feeling so good and successful that it was a relief.”

“This is a safe space,” says Jessel. “Our students are encouraged throughout the process.”

Both art instructors are successful professional artists; so why do they teach?

“I enjoy it,” says Diane. “It feels good to help people; it’s my love language. When students are happy with their work, I’m happy.”

“It’s helping others,” says Jessel. “It’s a supporting community. From the students, I learn to see what they see. Each has an individual style, whether they know it or not. My teaching method is different than Diane’s. Diane remains in the classroom throughout the class. I go in and out of the classroom and want the students to jump into the middle of the pool. I’m the lifeguard to help, but I want them to splatter about and see who they are.”

Student comments bear this out. “Jessel encourages indulging in experimentation and embracing freedom, in a way that often causes me to arrive at outcomes I didn’t see coming,” says one student. Another writes, “We are mostly inspired by Jessel, who encourages and guides us to feel our painting intuitively.”

Jessel’s “W(h)ine Jar” is well-known by her students. Whenever they are critical of themselves, they put $1 in the jar. The money collected is used to provide wine for Jessel’s potluck lunches.

“We encourage people to get over their doubts and fear; there’s no negativity here,” says Jessel.


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Craig Smith | photos by Sarah Anne Risk Chef Todd and his team preparing a meal for the shelter

WWendi Moore has a lot of people depending on her. Since 2018, she’s served as the Napa Community Engagement Coordinator for Abode Services, the nonprofit that runs the South Napa Shelter for adults experiencing homelessness, and it is her job to provide lunch for 60 people, five days a week. She admits that, when she started, she was at a bit of a loss about how to pull that off. So, she asked a friend for help.

“Todd Humphries and I are friends (he’s the chef and one of the owners of The Kitchen Door,) so I sat down with him,” she said. He immediately said he could prepare and deliver meals one day a month. He also offered to call other restaurant owners to get more help.”

Humphries also discussed the project with one of his partners, Tim Seberson, who immediately agreed that the Kitchen Door should help. “There are a lot of hungry people out there, man,” said Seberson. He said he and Todd used to make sandwiches for the folks they would see around town, but both men recognized that Moore’s proposition would be a much more effective way to help. “Todd asked me if he thought we could pull it off, but we both knew we’d do whatever we had to do to make it happen.”

One of the first people Humphries invited to join in the effort was Ken Frank, chef owner of La Toque and BANK Café and Grill in the Westin. When Moore followed up with a call to Frank, asking for his support, his answer surprised her. “Wendi, we wouldn’t be talking if I wasn’t already in. How can I help?” Frank agreed to doing two meals a week. “I was shocked at how willing both chefs were, and how quickly they stepped up,” said Moore.

Humphries and Frank each made more calls to other restaurant owners, and in no time Angele, Oenotri, Napa Palisades and Aroma Indian Cuisine all said yes. When he heard about the program, Darioush Khaledi, founder

Chef Ken Frank Todd Humphries & Tim Seberson Lunch from La Toque

of Darioush Winery called and offered to provide meals as well. A little more than a year ago, Frank emailed Filippi’s owner Tom Finch, who has been supporting nonprofits since he opened the restaurant in 2005. “I said yes right away. I mean, it’s the right thing to do,” said Finch. He prepares homestyle meals, “You know, the stuff you used to get at Grandma’s house.” Asked what it cost to provide that many meals, Tom just smiled. “It costs a lot less than it pays in gratitude to be able to do it. We’ll be part of this as long as they need us.”

Moore was beyond pleased at how well things were going. And then, the pandemic hit. Besides all the other consequences of that, the number of people depending on meals at the shelter swelled from 60 to 75 a day. And the restaurants that were supporting the project? Virtually all were forced to close.

“Almost overnight, we had no restaurant partners and even more people to feed. I almost panicked.” Instead, she called her now-friend Frank, and asked for advice. “I’ll tell you what, Wendi. I’ve got over a 100 people on staff who depend on us for a living. We’ll provide all five meals for you, every day, until this is all over. That will help us keep our folks on staff as well as keeping you going.” Moore couldn’t believe what she was hearing.

Frank said some of the food for the program comes from the Food Bank, and he is able to pick up protein from occasional oversupplies. His commitment is that meals are nutritious and delicious, and he decided to do some fund raising to make sure he could deliver on that. Abode offered to handle the funding. “I think they expected that we’d raise a few hundred, maybe a thousand dollars,” said Frank. “They didn’t have any idea how generous a community this is.” In fact, he raised $25,000 in just two weeks. “I see it as ‘Benevolent Capital.’ The folks at Abode were blown away by our local generosity.”

The Napa Farmers Market also has a Shopping for the Shelter program. Customers there can donate money, 100% of which goes towards fresh Market produce for the Shelter program.

For Frank, the program goes beyond feeding people. “People who have lunch at the Shelter also have access to social services at the same location. This program helps people get off the street.” Frank does his best to exceed everyone’s expectations. “We always send dessert. It gets people amped up because they don’t expect it.

Today, with the pandemic in the rearview mirror, the Shelter program is in full swing with all their restaurant partners. “We live in such an amazing community,” said Moore. “I am so grateful to live and work here.”

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Mama Said ..............................July 7

Alvon Johnson .......................July 7

Tin Man .................................July 14

I*Ko YaYa ..............................July 14

Road Eleven .........................July 21

Marshall Law ......................July 21

Sonoma Shakers ................July 28

The Daniel Castro Band ......July 28

When the organizers of Napa City Nights called it quits after last year’s concerts, Napans began mourning what was, for seventeen years, a great Friday night event. Well, mourn no more – this year, the music returns every Friday Night in July at Veterans Park. And the lineup is spectacular.

Connie Anderson, publisher of the Napa Valley Marketplace, president of the Downtown Napa Association (DNA) and a life-long lover of live music, reacted immediately when the Napa City Nights announced the “retirement” of the summer series. “We have to

figure out how to keep this going. We also have to make it bigger than ever,” she said.

The result is the return of Friday Night music in Veterans Park during the month of July. Each night, two bands will perform. As always, admission is free. The series opens with Mama Said, a Napa band that has become a BottleRock regular, and ends July 28 with the Daniel Castro Band, a blues-based band out of San Francisco and one of the past favorites at Blues, Brews & BBQ. “We decided to go with two bands each night instead of the three

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from past years, so that we could focus on more playing time and really good bands,“ said Bill La Liberte from the DNA.

“We are super happy about the direction the DNA is taking and that they are keeping the music going,” said Chris Chesbrough, who with his wife Sue and a dozen other volunteers staged Napa City Nights for its entire run. “Chefs Market was the model for how live music is done in Napa. The DNA ran that, and they are the perfect group to run Friday Nights in the Park.” As a musician in the band Road Eleven, which will play the new event on July 21 along with Marshall Law, Chesbrough

understands that this is a group effort that includes attendees. “Napa has a very cool community of musicians. The audience is just as important as the music is.”

This is a community effort in every respect. Downtown Napa property owners, operating as the Property Owners Improvement District (PBID) quickly stepped up as the presenting sponsor. That was closely followed by the hotel and B&B owners, organized as the Tourist Improvement District (TID). Sara Brooks, the GM of the Hatt Building and who sits on both groups’ boards, said, “Anytime we can help with an event that our residents and visitors

in the Park

will love, we consider it a winwin.” Bank of Marin, the founding and continuing sponsor of Napa’s Hometown Halloween Party, has joined in the production of Friday Nights in the Park. Without the support of these sponsors, there would be no event.

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The second annual Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa returns July 28–30, 2023 at the Silverado Resort. This year’s lineup includes Mary J. Blige, Nas, and Chance the Rapper.

Grammy Award winner and Blue Note Artist in Residence Robert Glasper curated the show and will also perform. The festival’s host is comedian Dave Chappelle.

“Like a blue note in music, which has a slightly different pitch, our festival has a unique tone by presenting big-name artists in small, intimate spaces,” says Steven Bensusan, president of the organizer Blue Note Entertainment Group. “You won’t find any other festival like this.”

The festival will have three scattered stages between the Silverado Resort’s golf courses and acres of oak groves and vineyards. More than 40 additional artists will appear including Funkadelic featuring

George Clinton, Digable Planets, Ari Lennox, Big Freedia, Cordae and Taylor McFerrin and Marcus Gilmore with Special Guest Bobby McFerrin. The festival’s setting makes the ideal backdrop for a weekend of great music, food and wine to celebrate jazz’s influence during the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

“Jazz’s boundless influence, spontaneity and artistic flexibility serves as inspiration for the diverse range of musicians on the festival line-up,” says Alex Kurland, Director of Programming of Blue Note.

Afterparties will include DJs 9th Wonder, DJ Trauma, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J.Period and DJ Pee.Wee’s (Anderson .Paak) all vinyl set.

“I want to make sure the guests and the performers have unique experiences,” says curator Robert Glasper. “The festival, like my Blue Note residency, is full of unexpected jams and surprises during one huge musical family reunion with artists and an audience that share a love of the arts.”

The Blue Note Jazz Festival brand was established in 2011 in New York and has since become the largest jazz festival in New York City. The festival expanded to Napa Valley in 2022, where it showcases the biggest names in music and culture.

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Join the community for this special annual event to celebrate the 4th of July in Downtown Napa from 10 am to 12 pm!



Free community event presented by the City of Napa Parks & Recreation from 3 to 8 pm in the Oxbow Commons. Enjoy live music, food, kid zone, and a Salute to America.

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A Summer tradition in the Napa Valley, now brought to you by the Downtown Napa Association and partners. Concerts will take place every Friday in July from 6 to 10 pm in Veterans Memorial Park, as hundreds of people show up to the amphitheater along the Napa Riverwalk Promenade. Bring a picnic dinner, and don’t forget the wine.

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Blue Note Summer Sessions has a new home: The Meritage Resort and Spa! An Evening with Judy Collins (July 7), Dave Koz

(July 7-8), Marlon Wayans (July 15), One Night of Queen (July 21), Heather McDonald (July 22), and Andrew Bird (July 23).

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July 7 features 70s to 90s pop rock cover band The Vinyl Countdown. July 8 is local band People Earth playing a mix of Classic Rock, R&B and Blues from the 60s to the 90s. Put on your dancing shoes and have some fun at Lucky Penny!



Bored Teachers presents the We Can’t Make This Stuff Up Comedy Tour featuring the funniest teacher-comedians in the world! Their hilarious skits have amassed millions of views on the internet, and they’re all joining comic forces on the stage to bring you a night of laughter you do not want to miss!



Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation and Ripple Effect Animal Project have teamed up to host the First Annual Wags N Wine Festival at The Meritage Resort and Spa from 1 to 4 pm for an

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afternoon of wine, music, food and dogs! Your well-behaved dog is welcome to accompany his human.



A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.



Charlie Wilson is the musical powerhouse whose vocal prowess began as founding member and lead singer of the legendary GAP Band. Chaka Khan is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated music icons.



The signature Festival Napa Valley event celebrating the bounty of Napa Valley from around the globe from 11 am to 3 pm on the central piazza of The Meritage. Guests can sample fare from more than 70 wineries, restaurants and culinary artisans, enjoy live music and take part in a chance to win prizes.



Train is a multi–GRAMMY and Billboard Award–winning band from San Francisco that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 since the release of their debut self-titled album. Train has sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide.



Neil Young pulls from his extensive catalog performing songs all day through

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It’s an understatement to say Collective Soul frontman and chief songwriter Ed Roland is unwaveringly driven in his desire to do more of what he does best – making music, sweet music, both in the studio and onstage. A formidable five-man band humming along in unison with good vibrations to share with masses far and wide.




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